The latest videos from Brammo about the TTR, starring Aaron Bland, Lead Engineer for the Brammo TTR race bike and the Enertia; Brian Wisman, Director of Product Development; and George Alter, Lead Electrical Engineer.
Bland, comparing the TTR to the stock Enertia: “This bike has about twice the power and three times the torque and well over twice the battery capacity on board.”
Biggest challenge according to Bland was fitting the larger batteries into the space available. Also, “we’ve gone quite a bit bigger in the motor . . . and added a water cooling system . . . .” He said that what they have learned during the design of the TTR will be applied on future products, allowing them to get even more energy density and capacity in a compact motorcycle platform.
Wisman: “We’re putting in some massive hours, but, I can’t complain. At the end of the day we’re getting to work on motorcycles full-time . . . .”
Alter: “The motor controller and motor that we are using are ‘big brothers’ of the production Enertia Motorcycle. . . .”
To me, these videos emphasize that Brammo’s detour into motorcycle racing is not just a frivolous distraction from their goal of producing a clean, green, commuter motorcycle. Racing drives innovation in product development. Competition figures into product improvement. The drive to be better and faster can ultimately bring us a more efficient product.
While you ponder that, enjoy some of that sweet racing footage in video #1.