Get Your Green On with a Brammo

I attended the “Get Your Green On” event at the City Market in Kansas City, Missouri, last weekend.  The ride in was a bit chilly — 55 degrees and foggy — but once the sun came out, temperatures soared into the 90s.  And tempers flared among the ubiquitous Harley fans that passed by. (Note: Kansas City has a Harley Davidson assembly plant in addition to being the home state of Shovelhead).

“Where’s the vroom-vroom?”

“60 miles an hour? Shiiiii—”

“How are the cars supposed to hear you coming?”

I explained the best I could — it doesn’t need a “vroom-vroom.”  It’s a commuter bike and doesn’t need to go faster than it does.  And I don’t care (or depend on) whether the other cars hear me coming . . . I can hear THEM coming.

For the most part, however, people were:

amazed “Electric? An electric motorcycle? COOL!”

impressed “Looks like it’s a real motorcycle.”

interested in learning more “Check out brammo.com

and eager to own one . . . almost “I want one of these . . . but not everyone is as rich as Obama” Huh?

I’m starting to recognize some familiar faces at these events.  The Coulomb Charge Point pedestal I’m plugged into in the picture, above, is a demo unit from the local distributor, Lilypad EV.  They are pretty cool — swipe your key fob or Charge Point Card, open the door, plug in, and then lock the door so that no one can unplug your bike.  Soon, they’ll be everywhere.  Depending, of course, on how you define “soon” and “everywhere.”

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  1. #1 by Cameron Brown on April 11, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    There are ALWAYS

  2. #2 by Cameron Brown on April 11, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Sorry, miskeyed. There are ALWAYS going to be naysayers who want noise, speed, range, etc. I love the charging station! Keep up the good work.

  3. #3 by jim on April 12, 2011 - 3:17 am

    If I owned an EV and someone gave me crap about it, my #1 response would be: my EV burns american electrons, yours burns saudi arabian hydocarbons, how does that make you feel?

    • #4 by brammofan on April 12, 2011 - 5:32 am

      Yeah, a couple times I said something like, “and on the way home from work I cruise by the Phillips 66 station and flip off the Saudis.” Usually resulted in a vacant stare.

      • #5 by jim on April 12, 2011 - 2:20 pm

        very nice!

      • #6 by jim on April 12, 2011 - 2:21 pm

        oh, and keep up the good work promoting EVs!

  4. #7 by EmpulseBuyer on April 12, 2011 - 11:21 am

    Amazing how many people aren’t aware electric motorcycles exist let alone Brammo’s offerings. Good thing your out there spreading the word. Let’s see a superbowl ad from Brammo next year! Would be millions well spent 🙂

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