I am Brammofan. Long ago, I rode a 1973 Honda CB550. Got tired of my family always telling me that they were “praying for me” and worrying about me wiping out. Like the good son I was (and still am), I sold it. I still miss that oil-leaking rustbucket, but haven’t owned anything but cars and bicycles since. (Confession: …also owned two minivans. )
In early 2009, I discovered the Brammo Enertia online one day and have been a fan ever since. I’ve been devouring what information I can find on the electric motorcycle industry in general, and Brammo products specifically. No apologies: I am partial to the Enertia. I won’t go out of my way to criticize other brands of electrics, but expect a pro-Brammo spin here.
Update: Just to clarify – I am not a Brammo, Inc. employee, or a Weber-Shandwick employee, or a CP+B employee, or a resident of Ashland or Oregon. I have a “day job” that continues to provide adequate income. It is unrelated to motorcycles, manufacturing, advertising, public relations or really, anything interesting at all. There are some who doubt my impartiality. Please do. Be skeptical. I believe that our inherent sense of doubt can be a powerful force, and it should be respected. I said in the first paragraph that there will be no apologies: I am partial to the Enertia. My allegiance, however, is because of the engineering, design, and originality of the product. This is not a paid advertisement. This is my personal brand of obsessive compulsive disorder coupled with a well of creative energy that has been untapped for many years; plus, of course, caffeine.
Disclosure: I have received monetary compensation from Brammo, but that compensation is/was totally separate from my blogging activity, here on Brammofan.com. The compensation was for time spent writing and editing articles about the company and its products for Wikipedia, for some editing on press releases and its website, and for some boring regulatory stuff that is just too yawn-inducing to discuss. I am not in any way an “employee” of Brammo. I suppose that, at most, I am an independent contractor that they utilize from time to time because of my scintillating personality and eagle eye for typoes.
In other disclosure-related-news, I went to the same high school as the CEO, but we hung out in different groups. He was a football jock and I was a band geek. No, this blog is not part of a grand plan to retaliate for that time he stuffed me into a locker. He never stuffed me into a locker. It was a dumpster. Kidding.
So, just to clarify: this blog, my first blog, is a labor of love and a personal outlet of creativity for which I receive no compensation, save for the warm feeling I get when I push the “publish” button. I truly believe in the mission of Brammo, in the superiority of the product, and in the moral imperative that we humans need to shift away from internal combustion engines and end our addiction to petroleum. There. I’ve said it.
As reported in the blog, Brammo announced a contest for Brammo Evangelist of the Year, and several weeks later, announced I was the winner. The prize was a Brammo Enertia. Although they gave me a “free Brammo,” I am responsible for taxes (including state sales tax and income tax), licensing, insurance, etc. As someone wiser than me once said, “‘Free’ has a cost.” Brammo also paid for a trip for me and my wife to travel to the ePower race in Monterey, California so that they could officially hand over the keys to the bike to me.
I do not consider myself a journalist so whether or not I’m impartial (Hey… I’m not impartial) makes no difference to me, and it shouldn’t bother you. Do I get scoops and exclusives from time to time? Yes. Do I get paid for publishing them on this blog? Nope.
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