Hawkeye stops riding long enough to give some info

Hawkeye (on the left) with Josh, from Brammo.

Hawkeye (on the left) with Josh, from Brammo.

The first (as far as we know) recipient of a Brammo Enertia has stopped by one of my favorite forums, the Electric Motorcycle Forum to share some impressions of the bike:

I’ve had the bike for 10 days now (of course it rained 5 of those days) and it’s a very fun, very easy bike to ride. And it does attract a lot of attention.

Range: I live about 9 miles out of town, so most of my riding is at highway speeds and my range is about 28-35 miles (keep in mind that I’m a little heavy on the throttle). I took a 17 mile ride the other day (mostly highway) and still had 22.8 miles remaining on the gauge. The battery level drops noticeably at 60-65 mph, but as soon as you reduce speed in town or stop for a little bit, the battery level (and your range) goes back up (I’ve seen it go from 30% all the way back up to 57%).

Also I believe that they may have built in some sort of a reserve… I ventured a little too far away from home today on a joy ride and had a stiff headwind on the return trip. Long story short I was on the highway 2 miles from home and I was showing 0.0 miles remaining on my range and 0% battery. I was nervous… however, I still had FULL power and made it home just fine.

Top speed is about 65 mph, and it appears that it may be limited to that speed because you can get to and hold top speed with only about 75-80% throttle. And at top speed it doesn’t seem to let you use more that about 80% battery power but you can give it 100% power at lower speeds.

Highway cruising speed for me is about 62 mph (unless the battery level is getting low then I back it down to 55-57 mph). And just about everywhere I go I tend to speed a little bit, without the noise or vibration you don’t realize how fast you are actually going.

Yeah, I recommend the bike. And I’m looking forward to the wi fi connectivity so I can adjust the power settings. Josh (the Head Tech) said that the bike power is set to the optimum power to distance ratio setting, however I’d love to play with it at full power.

Hawkeye's Bike

Hawkeye's Bike

"Grabbing a little juice for the ride home." via Hawkeye

"Grabbing a little juice for the ride home." via Hawkeye

Enertia Instrument Panel

Enertia Instrument Panel

Hope to hear more information and to see more pics from our friend from Iowa.

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