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Time for a wrap-up of this week’s Brammo-centric news:
1. Brammo Ladies (Brammo-ettes, Brammo Babes, Brammo Girls — call them what you wish) make the RoadRacerX Magazine Umbrella Girls of the Week feature.
Additionally, they dominate the slideshow, which usually contains six photos of six different ladies. Congratulations to Ryan, Kelly, Jessica and Ilanna!
2. Brammo quietly releases some great photos on their new photo site: http://brammoelectricmotorcycles.smugmug.com
Most of the photos are freely downloadable in hi-res versions and some can even be purchased as the featured photo on your coffee mug, luggage tag, apron (I know what MsBrammofan’s getting for our 11th anniversary – a Brammo Ladies apron!) , and my current favorite: playing cards. I must get this set of playing cards. Now:
3. Shooting finished on the set of “The Dilemma.” TTR Racebike and Enertia headed back to Ashland. (news, via the Brammo Powercycle Facebook Page).
4. Brammo Empulse video hits, exceeds, 300,000 views. Watch it again and get your pre-order in.
5. Brammo announces that it will give an Empulse to one of the first 1000 pre-orders of the bike.
6. Bike swap.
And, finally, I swapped bikes today with Mark Gardiner, author of “Riding Man,” and writer for, among others, RoadRacerX Magazine, where he writes the weekly feature “Backmarker.” He is riding my beloved Enertia (see above), and I am riding his LOUD, rusty, planet-killing, but loveable Triumph Bonneville, pictured below. We’ll have to see how this one shakes out.
I’ve been pretty busy lately, riding my Brammo Enertia to and from work, to the grocery store, to the library. “Honey, need me to go get/drop off/something? Want some ‘me time’ with yourself?” Basically, using any excuse possible to ride it anywhere I can.
But I’m not too busy riding to get a message from Brammo that something big is coming up — probably an announcement about a new model . . . or models.
The above tweet, posted earlier today, suggests that something worthy of capturing on video is on its way. That, in and of itself, isn’t enough to get me off my bike and inside, but some other news in read in conjunction with this tweet seems noteworthy.
Yesterday, allaboutbikes.com snagged an interview with the elusive Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo. In the interview, the following interchange occured:
AAB: Any plans for a sport-oriented competition-only machine?
BW: If that is what customers ask for then it would be foolish of us to ignore that.
AAB: Any chance we could see a dirt-specific, enduro or dual-purpose Brammo motorcycles?
BW: Quantya and KTM have more ambitions in this area than we do. But, if customers ask for it…
These statements, read with the knowledge that Brammo has already built two “sport-oriented competition-only” machines, namely, the two Brammo TTRs which it raced in last year’s TTXGP on the Isle of Man (one of which placed third) …
and earlier news that it had a scooter-sized bike in the works , lead to an obvious conclusion: one or more announcements are in the works.
Just in case any doubt remained, Wismann blew that out of the water with this:
AAB: So, what do you have in the development stages for us in the future (2011 and beyond)?
BW: A motorcycle company (or car company for that matter) cannot only sell one product and hope to be successful. You will see new products and continued innovation from Brammo in the future. We’re excited and you should be too! As always, Brammo customers will be the first to hear “the scoop” on new developments.
I guess his point is, if you want to hear “the scoop,” you need to be a customer. Sounds reasonable to me.
Of course, I could be way off the mark here. Perhaps they’ve developed a new power technology fueled by mud and dandelions that is 100 times more energy dense than their current battery system. Perhaps they will announce another $4,000 price drop for the Enertia, or maybe they’ll state that the bike is appearing in yet another movie (my daughter is begging for it to show up in the new Twilight movie, displacing the omnipresent Volvo).
But my money is on the new product announcement.
Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo, just posted some pictures from a trip he and Lead Engineer Aaron Bland took to Southern California over the last couple of weeks.
Just got back from a fun road trip to SoCal with Lead Engineer, Aaron Bland. Had some great meetings + brought our Enertias with us for some riding around Santa Monica and Palos Verdes. Man… I thought Ashland was the perfect spot for an Enertia, but boy was I wrong!
Here are the bikes parked in front of the Rose Cafe in Venice beach…
Stealing a charge from Trump’s golf course on the penninsula… They didn’t get a round of golf out of us, but they did charge us a pretty penny for breakfast! I think we’re even…
You never know where you’ll find a “charging station”… it certainly never hurts to ask! The bikes were all back up to near 100% SOC by the time we finished up breakfast.
And then there’s this picture, which Wismann tweeted last Friday.
That’s Aaron Bland on the Bramm TTR, which raced in last year’s TTXGP race on the Isle of Man. I wonder why they took it along on their trip?
My co-guest is John Adamo, also known as @skadamo on Twitter. He also can be found at Plugbike.com, his blog on the subject of electric motorcycles and bicycles; at ElectricMotorcycleForum.com; and at about 20 other forums he’s created. Additionally, he is a frequent contributor to Asphalt&Rubber, usually on the subject of electric motorcycles.
Me, I’m Harry Mallin, also known as @Brammofan on Twitter, and I tend to focus on all things Brammo on this blog. I am also @eMotoRules on Twitter and have a blog that can be found at www.emotorules.com that focuses on my other role as the moderator on the TTXGP Technical Rules Wiki.
That’s a lot of identities in the (virtual) room at once.
I am still waiting on Nikki to send the show notes, but hope to talk about Brammo, TTXGP, electric motorcycles in general, crowdsourcing, and Chelsea Sexton.
Tune in live at evcast.com or grab the podcast. Attendance for brammofans is MANDATORY.