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Photos of the production line of the Brammo Empulse:
(via the Brammole)
I was watching my “Nearby” feed on Google + when I noticed a posting by Louie Buchanan, a Kansas City artist who is slowly carving out a niche in the custom-painted motorcycle helmet world. Here’s the helmet I saw, initially:
I’m not that much into skulls, especially when they are on the back of something which my skull is currently inside of, but I could see talent here and I was interested. I began chatting with Louie on G+ and asked him to take a look at my current helmet, an AGV Miglia, and the current design detail, a Brammo bull’s head logo:
I told Louie about my bike – most significantly, that it’s electric. A few days later, he sent me this:
I liked the “electric” feel of this, but, before I could make any suggestions, Louie sent me one that he thought reflected the “American Made” aspect of Brammo:
I tend to think that Harley Davidson has the stars and stripes angle on motorcycle riding gear pretty wrapped up, so I told him that while I liked his creativity, I didn’t want to go with the “Old Glory” design. I did, however, appreciate what I thought was a subliminally suggestive figure of a female body under the sheets. Can anyone else see it, or am I just being a dirty old man?
Louie then sent me the following design, which, I think, is what I’m going with. I like the chrome-like accents, the stripes, and especially, the electric arc effects wrapping around the stripes:
If you’re interested in working with Louie on your ideas for a custom painted helmet, he is extremely easy to work with and has a lot of creative energy to expend on these projects. He’s got a Facebook page: L B Customs or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know, you miss my rapier wit and my “how did he find that out” exclusive Brammo news. I miss you, too, dear reader. It’s just hard out there for a Brammofan.
Most of the action, these days, occurs over on the Brammo Owners Forum which I run (with @skadamo’s invaluable assistance).
I’m not shutting this blog down, it’s just that I’m acknowledging the fact that I spend an unhealthy amount of time on the forum.
So come on over, join if you feel so inclined. You don’t NEED to be a Brammo Owner – but you might WANT to be after hanging around with us.
A word to the wise – turn your speaker volume down before playing this video, which came to me via a Bothan spy embedded in Ashland, Oregon.
Is this the Enertia Plus LE (Law Enforcement) model, getting ready to be loaded into a shipping container headed toward Hong Kong?
Or is it, perhaps, the new, standard equipment for all electric vehicles in order to comply with the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act that promises to keep our world as noisy as it can possibly be?
Brammo has sent emails to U.S. residents who have placed orders for the Enertia Plus, sharing details on the production model and asking them to confirm their interest in purchasing.
For now, just the facts:
The much anticipated Enertia Plus is now entering production and your pre-order has reached the point where you will need to confirm your order by following the link below. Once you have confirmed your order you will be contacted with a delivery date, and at that time you will be expected to make a non-refundable deposit of $1000. The Enertia platform has advanced a great deal since it was first introduced to the world in 2009. Leveraging what we’ve learned from customers along with key developments in electric vehicle technology, The Enertia Plus represents the longest range, highest performance Enertia we’ve offered to date.
In the Enertia Plus, two BPM44/70 battery modules take the place of the six smaller modules found in the standard Enertia. The chemistry in the Enertia is Lithium Iron Phosphate. The chemistry in the Enertia Plus is Lithium NCM (Nickel Cobalt Manganese Oxide), sometimes referred to as Lithium “mixed metal oxide”. Both chemistries are well known for their safety and very good life cycle performance. The Lithium NCM has the benefit of greater energy density, which is how we achieve more capacity for the same weight. A higher nominal battery bus voltage (88.8Vdc) and lower series resistance means less voltage sag, higher continuous performance, and greater overall system efficiency for the Plus as well.
Upgraded Motor – Although the power level remains the same, the actively air-cooled permanent magnet AC motor features greater efficiency which reduces the heat generated, allowing more performance to be pulled out of the bike before it reaches its thermal limit.
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 stability at speed. Handle bar position is roughly 1″ higher and 1″ back towards the rider which was unanimously judged to be more comfortable for a variety of rider sizes.
New Cast Aluminum Headlamp Brackets clean up the aesthetic of the front end and make servicing parts in that assembly much easier. The brackets also reposition the dash closer to the triple clamp and change the angle slightly. The new brackets were designed to accept accessories like the optional windscreen with a simple bolt-on kit.
New Enertia Plus Motor Controller which allows for greater configuration options and more robust communications with the Brammo VCU (Vehicle Control Unit).
Auto-Start Module Integration – The Enertia Plus now starts with the key switch and does not require the button press. The button has been replaced with a stylish aluminum Brammo bull head badge. The Enertia Plus also starts charging when plugged in to AC power. No special key position or steps are required.
Warranty – The Enertia Plus comes with a 12 month warranty and the Brammo Power BPM44/70 batteries with a 24 month warranty.
The MSRP of the 2012 Enertia Plus is now $10,995 – and can be financed for as little as $220 per month subject to credit approval.
2012 Enertia Plus Specifications
60+ mph / 95+ km/h
17hp / 13 kw
29.5 ft-lb / 40 Nm
6.2 kWh (nominal)
80 miles / 128 km
(based on MIC “city” range test)
330 lbs / 150 kg
Level 1 (US) Recharge Time:
0% to 100% – 8 hours
One of the more active (and vocal) members of the Brammo Owners Forum has written a novella about his experience with the Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle. The company let him take it on a test ride that can fairly be described as “extended.” It may be lengthy, but it’s an easy read and a recommended read for anyone considering making the switch to electric vehicles and, specifically to a Brammo bike.
Some lucky dude won his showcase on CBS’s iconic game show, “The Price is Right” today. Included in that showcase was one Brammo Enertia.
The guy also took home a treadmill and will be going on a trip to Dubai. Memories of vacations fade and the best laid plans for regular exercise seem to fall by the wayside, but we’re hopeful he’ll be zipping along on this beauty for years to come.
(and shame on you CBS for making it so difficult to download anything with a decent resolution from your nightmare of a website. I had to watch almost half an hour of advertisements to get these two screenshots)