The Powercycle Diaries

Not Nathan, not an Enertia...and not (legally) possible on the single seater.

Nathan is getting ready to fly to Portland tomorrow to pick up his Brammo Enertia at Best Buy.

He will then start riding it home.  He may even ride it a bit farther.

Home, for Nathan, is Atlanta, Georgia.

Here’s his planned route:

Nathan has called himself a “Brammo Fool” and an “idiot.” Here in Brammofan Central, we’re withholding judgment, (although if anyone wants to get in the betting pool on 1. number of days until voyage ends; 2. number of total miles traveled; or 3. amount of ransom requested by the banditos that capture him in Juarez, please leave your contact information in the comments, below.)

Nathan says that part of the inspiration for his ride was the ShockingBarack trip, from Detroit to Washington, D.C.  Brian Wismann wasn’t available for comment, but I imagine he’s hoping for a “fairy tale ending” to this one.

I will, of course, follow his grand adventures across the nation.  What’s not to love about this story?

T-minus 1.5 days until this little 3800 mile, 300 kilowatt, cross-country electric folly kicks off. 49 degrees & raining in Portland but I couldn’t be more excited. Yeah, water & electricity aren’t BFF but when you think about it, life is a risk… and maybe the greatest risk you run in life isn’t dying, but never making time to be alive. Whatev. It’s not every day you get to ride a 65mph computer across the country. Sh**ty motels, here I come. It’s carpe diem time.



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  1. #1 by Cali Biker on November 20, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    If you’re not picking a bike up at the factory, why not get it at one of the Los Angeles Best Buy stores? It’ll knock about 960 miles off the trip, including the coldest, wettest part. I flew to Portland to pick up my last car a month ago, but drove the entire trip the same day, (nearly on one tank of diesel.)

    There’ll still be plenty of adventure driving east across the south.

    Either way, if you need a couch to sleep on, a socket to charge from or a hot meal in Los Angeles, contact Brammofan and he’ll give you my email address. Right Brammofan?


    • #2 by brammofan on November 20, 2009 - 4:57 pm

      Just sent you each an email. Hope it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship. This is what makes the interwebs so awesome. Thank you, Al, for inventing it.

  2. #3 by jpm on November 20, 2009 - 7:24 pm

    Damn this guy is crazy!

    After watching the ShockingBarack tour, I must say get a good helmet! It took me 5 years to discover the best belmet made by Nolan: it has rubber seals all around the shield, it comes with an anti-fog shield that works great, there is a flap that stops air from coming up into your chin area. There’s also a placeholder for bluetooth accessories (but i haven’t utilized that). This helmet would have saved the ShockingBarack guys a lot of misery. I rode in PA weather for a few years (in winter) so I can attest.


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