Review: Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle

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Brammo Enertia

Review: Brammo Enertia motorcycle

The Brammo Enertia motorcycle

(Author’s note: If you like to go straight to a video and test drive, scroll to the of this page the view the Also, this was an early of the Enertia, improvements have made on cycles since the one in this review. Please see web page for current specs .)

weekend, I had a blast borrowing a Enertia electric motorcycle. I upon it in sort of a round-about Turns out that I live not to far somebody who had been doing consulting work with and had an Enertia on loan from because of it. I asked pretty please if I could borrow to review, and show off at Earth Day

Never hurts to ask, and I was permission to take it out for a few days.

Now we get too crazy here, a few disclaimers. of all, I’m not a super-experienced cyclist, only been riding a few and most of that has been on my OWN electric motorcycle. I can really compare this bike to a of others that I’ve

I think that’s OK though as I this is a great starter and it’s marketed to both and first-time riders.


The cycle looks pretty It’s sort of a retro-futuristic look. I liked the color. somewhat compact and upright.

on, the seat height and handlebars all like they are about they should be. The saddle is and firm, but not uncomfortable. The whole looks well put together – it has fit and finish – it does NOT look a high-end conversion or just a of stock parts all assembled a custom frame.

Overall, it sleek and simple.


I the instrumentation on the cycle. Left of is a speedometer with a “GO” light in the middle, and right of is a multipurpose display. That has the odometer, trip odometer, meter, power meter, and other information, including temperature and motor temperature. It was having that info if I it, but I also liked that the was a fairly plain and normal needle speedometer.

I’ve always surprised at EV where the designer somehow that a jumpy digital is better than a nice one. On my one night ride, I that the lighting on the speedometer was and very readable. The multi-display is LCD and was the right brightness for easy reading.

(On an odd side-note, the headlight is a typical halogen one. I was a surprised that it wasn’t LED or I would imagine that a analysis would show LED headlights are expensive, and add few benefits. I figured out that if my homebuilt motorcycle had an LED headlight, it would enough energy to go another mile on a 30-mile trip.)

The also gave some nice information, in plain For example, if the cycle was on, but the kick-stand was it told you. Likewise, if you turned the headlight on, it let you know as well.

Since the cycle have a gas engine that there’s no sound cue to let you know it’s on. Instead, when you up the cycle, a sound effect (boy would it be fun to customize and the lights come on. Then you are to ride, four little LEDs chase across the top of the just to let you know that you are on and to go. When you are actually riding, are off, I could imagine getting annoying during a if they did stay on!

On my electric I built a green light the gas-tank as a “ready to go” indicator. On cycles, the lights serve as an to the rider that the vehicle is to go at a touch of the throttle.


The Enertia is fun to ride. zippy and has good enough to give you a nice sense of push you back in the seat a little. Speaking of seat, is a one-seater, no back seat or pegs on this one.

I don’t do it often, it’s fun to give non-riders a lift on my Kawasaki, although I really can the motor working harder, so easy to see why Brammo just the Enertia for one.

To me, the suspension was a little stiff. The Enertia feature adjustable rear This wasn’t my bike, and it was briefly on loan, so I didn’t it.

I’m sure that if I owned the I would be able to adjust the suspension a little more to my

The shape of the cycle is pretty I could squeeze my knees the side of it well enough I felt like I would be to steer that way. The does NOT have a wind-shield. I am a pretty wussy rider but at high speeds, lack of isn’t real comfortable. The top on the bike is “60+MPH” and when I the throttle full-out, it did 63 in a flat, stretch of road.

I went out on a of 55 mph freeway. The cycle did fine but I felt like I was just battery power. That, and I LIKE the highway. It’s and boring, and there’s too many SUV drivers there going fast. I like motorcycles on side-roads and rolling hills, speeds and conditions vary.

I the Enertia is well-suited for those It does have enough for short hops on the freeway, but I recommend it for any long distance on a considering the typical speeds in our

Throttle response was nice. It was one of those things that was enough that I simply think of it at all until later, trying to come up with between my homebuilt and the Enertia. The responds quickly to the throttle, but not so so that you feel like you are to do a pop-a-wheelie, or feel a jerk of the any time you hit a bump or a pot-hole.

were concerns the first I rode my bike, until I the throttle response. Brammo got the right – nice and simple, and a feel.

Brakes on the cycle are front and rear, and work well. The rear brake is foot pedal, as is typical on gas motorcycles with a clutch. A back, I rode a friend’s motorcycle  where he converted the brake to run from the left similar to the brakes on scooters. I how the setup completely freed the from any foot controls.

a clutch on the left, Brammo also have gone a rear hand-brake if they

Charging from a 17KW array


Charging was a little different than I it would be.

Most EVs that I been in just have sort of simple plug you run a extension cord to. You plug it in, and a or two later, the vehicle starts usually with a light or fan as an indicator that it’s On the Enertia, it is a little more than that. To start the ignition key has to be in a certain specific

One more click to the left of the steering column is the “Charge” key Once you put the key there, you press the power button, and the cycle up, pretty much the same way you when ready to ride, it’s now in a charge mode. The lets you know that as

Then, you take out the key, and the seat. The charging port is the seat, and the easiest thing to do is take the entire seat off. Then, you plug in the cable and it starts charging.

One I LIKED about the charging is that the multi-display tells you charging, but it also gives you a “% and estimated time remaining full charge. While at an Day event and charging, I knew how long I needed to top off the tank. from a 17KW photo-voltaic felt pretty good The one thing I didn’t realize at the is that while in the charge the lighting system is active.

I had the on for about two hours before I and turned it off!

The charging is very well integrated the cycle. A while back, I did get a to ride another brand of and I noticed the charger on it was a stock one mail-ordered for home EV conversions. much everything on the Brammo has a integrated feel to it.

Cycle a complete charge Charging and plug under the seat

You can the specs on the Enertia at Brammo’s web but everyone always wants to speed, range, battery and recharge time. Basically, a 72V Lithium battery pack just over 3KWH. a 1000 watt charger, so talking 3 hour charge from empty.

One advantage of battery packs is FASTER times. The official rating for is 42 miles* (*your mileage may

Brammo Enertia


How do I compare this cycle to

It goes faster and farther my Electric Kawasaki, but I do like my and suspension better than of the Brammo. I also like my motorcycle is “beefier” in the best way in feel compared to the Brammo . I did notice in riding that the felt like it moved under me a bit more than my does.

A while back, I got to ride a street model. It was quieter either the Enertia or my cycle, it was belt-driven (which I thought was cool!) but I didn’t like the and the seat height on the Zero. may have been tweakable suspension, but I’m a 6-foot tall and to have the edges of the seat into inside upper while straddling that wasn’t comfortable.

The overall of saddle on the Zero Street and Enertia are almost identical, and yet the seemed much more

The only one really odd little that bothered me was the kickstand. just a little straight stick. I couldn’t see it from position, and my foot didn’t go right to where it was.

I maybe it was just me, but a friend the cycle for a ride around a lot and I noticed he had to dig around to find the too. I’m sure that a few rides, I’d be used to it, and would the kickstand just fine, but for it seemed like it kinda away a little too far.

Enertia came with case saddlebags.

I really the saddlebags that were on bike. They were with zippered opening, and zipper that would the case. They were enough to be really useful some cold-weather gear and my DSLR camera, already it’s own soft case. The bags didn’t get in the way at all the way hard-cases do. I might have to stitch up soft-cases for my Kawasaki.

On the other I did NOT attempt to pick up a family-size on the Enertia – something I commonly do on the Gosh darn it. Maybe time I can borrow a Brammo, see how it does on the “pizza run”.

That’s right, no gas, no no anchovies!


Is room for improvement on the Brammo ? Yes. A little higher top and little better range both be nice. Charging was a awkward, having to take the off, put it in a charge mode,

In fact, Brammo has already these with the Enertia That’s right, I got to test-ride the OLD (I was told later that the I had was a pre-production model. It was also the one to Jackie Chan for his work electric motorcycles adopted in Hong Kong, including the there replacing their with electric Brammo )

Brammo is also coming out with the Empulse, which to be a high-performance electric sport-bike.

Overall, I REALLY LIKED IT. design, easy to ride, and fun. If I didn’t already my homebuilt electric motorcycle, I would consider the Brammo .

What do you think? Have you one? Do you own one? What do you have for me? Please post comments below!


PS: Many more photos of cycle posted at this

If you would like to know about my homebuilt electric or how YOU can build your own, click here.

For a review of the Empulse, please click

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