2012 Enertia Secrets Revealed

One of the Brammo Faithful dropped into the Brammo Owners Forum yesterday and shared lots of new developments with the Enertia platform for 2012:

The 2012 Enertia which is in Europe now and arrives in the US shortly has a number of changes that you will also see on the Enertia Plus:

  • Low speed maneuverability is much improved.
  • EU and UK homologation and Bold New Colors !
  • New motor controller allowing for greater configuration options and more robust communications with the Vehicle Control Unit.  This change is mostly transparent to you the customer, it may provide room for growth into “sport” or “economy” driving maps in the future.
  • New forged triple clamp with much improved steering lock and slightly modified geometry and ergonomics.  Reduced trail plus the increased lock makes for a dramatic improvement to low-speed maneuverability, without sacrificing any stability at speed.  The handle bar position is roughly 1″ higher and 1″ back towards the rider which was judged to be more comfortable for a wide variety of rider shapes and sizes.
  • New cast aluminum headlamp brackets clean up the aesthetic of the front end and make servicing to any of the parts in that assembly much easier (i.e. more room for tools).  They also reposition the dash closer to the triple clamp and change the angle slightly. The new brackets were also designed to accept accessories like the windscreen with a simple bolt-on kit.
  • New upgraded motor. The power level is the same, but the motor features greater efficiency which reduces the heat generated, allowing more performance to be pulled out of the bike.
  • New auto-start module integration – The Enertia now starts with the key switch and does not require the button press.  The start button has been replaced with a tasteful stamped aluminum Brammo bull head badge.
  • The Enertia also charges when plugged in to AC power, no special key position or steps required.
  • New mirrors and new handlebar grips.

All of these are great news for aspiring Enertia owners.  Even something that may sound mundane to you has a lot of meaning to the owner of the 2010 and 2011 bikes.  For example, the “much improved steering lock” might not sound important, but it will come in handy while trying to maneuver the bike into narrow places.  I’m actually jealous.

My favorite of the updates is probably either the motor controller that may provide for the possibility of a “launch button” at some time, or perhaps the upgraded motor.  But darn it, I also want the headlamp bracket so I can bolt on a windscreen.  I want it all, as usual.

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  1. #1 by Cameron Brown on October 5, 2011 - 11:31 pm

    You’re never satisfied…But on the upside improvements are continuing. I was hoping to see an improvement in range or something like that, but perhaps in the future. I’d like to see a 60 mile range or passenger pegs so I can take my 8 year old to school on it. The longer range would help compensate for the hills I have to climb to and from work every day. But I may have to just wait on the Empulse.

  2. #2 by ttxgpfan (@ttxgpfan) on October 24, 2011 - 9:43 pm

    I got to ride that model at Miller at the final US round. They had one there to get around on and show off. I did not get to take it anywhere but the parking lot as I didn’t have any riding gear with me. However, I can attest to it’s low speed maneuvering abilities, as I specifically seeked those out. It also had a very solid feeling front end. It seemed a bit too big to me, to be honest. Fine for me at 6’2″, but my Mom at 5’2″ wouldn’t have a prayer. Brian also mentioned that the top end acceleration was greatly improved. Not that I got it over 40 mph. Having ridden for a number of years and owned 2 bikes, and gotten on as many others as I could, I have to say the fit and finish was really good. Did I mention the front end was really solid? I really wanted to chuck it through some corners, but alas, no gear, no knee dragging attempts. My only critique, again, is that it was too big, and felt really big in the front end. I didn’t care for the forward pegs and high handle bars as I am more of a sport focused rider, but that is personal preference, and what the Empulse is for. I got used to the handlebars quickly, but not the pegs. It clunked a bit as I rocked it between my knees, but that is the only thing that struck me as anything but high quality. This is not a $4000 Ninja 250 that costs $8000. It feels like an $8000+ motorcycle. That being said, if Brammo ever though of a redesign, I don’t see anything wrong with building a bike that takes square aim at the new Honda CBR250R. It is really nice having such a planted solid feeling front end, but a bit overkill, I though. However, it’s really nice to see a company overbuild a bike rather than under build it.

    A disclaimer though; that was the first Brammo I have ever ridden.

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