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Hungarians make goulash of Enertia

The world is flat. And it’s shrinking. You might, for instance, see a video on YouTube posted from another country with people speaking a foreign language, but something familiar catches your eye.

For example, here’s a video of a couple guys at the Brammo booth from the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy last Autumn.  You don’t have to speak their language to know that they are mightily impressed with the Enertia.

Thank goodness there are generous people in this crazy mixed-up world who like to help out a non-Hungarian speaker with a rough translation of the review.

(Warning – not for the faint-of-heart-Brammo-fans)

Don’t be rattled by people’s shock about electric motorcycles — though looking at this design (points at the Enertia) I am not surprised.  Nowadays everyone wants to build alternative energy vehicles, which for now means batteries. Can’t imagine what the designer was thinking when he decided that it should look like this.

I warned you.  It gets worse.

That’s not even the worst of it — listen: 95kph top speed which even a (unintelligible) can pass; 128km range — two round trips in town then you can plug it in to charge and take a taxi to your destination.  And the price — 8600 Euro — what idiot would pay more than 2.5 million (forints) for this?  If there is such a person anywhere that was willing to buy one of these, let us know, I swear we’ll pay them for a spin on this.

But  why does a motrcycle have to look like this?  Suppose when much smaller batteries are developed, the shape of the chassis will change…  (pans camera to two girls roller skating by — Hello, now that’s the kind of alternative transportation I could stand — tie them to a sled, they would pull and I would crack my whip — giddyup!).

(pan back to the bike):  They kept the chassis simple and tried to figure out how to maintain the motorcycle look while fitting numerous batteries in there.  This is why this technology is in its infancy — so much crap needs to go in there, that a motor block is around 50kg.  This battery mass is a lot.  It’s true that the gyroscopic effects of a gas motor are no longer present, so pushing the bike into a turn may be easier, but there is a lot of room for advancements.  This is why the traditional ice bike makers do not need to shake in their boots — even twenty years from now there’ll be a need for ice machines.  I support the effort — hooray, work on it, but not in such a disgusting form — it makes me want to puke.

Look at the photos.  What a production floor.  These guys are dead serious about this.  That someone is actually going to buy this.  2.5 million+ (forints)…

The American flag on top of the pole tells us that these guys are from the other side of the ocean.  Regardless an Italian word comes to mind that I would use to describe this: “un-do-ri-to”  ( actually an Italian-sounding Hungarian word, means disgusting).

It gets better . . . slightly.

(standing by the Empulse).  Moments ago I gave this brand a one star rating,  but now I’ll change it to just below a three, since this bike looks much more like a bike, though what they messed up here is that the batteries are visible.  The reason it’s below 3, not above, is that the girls at the booth keep running away from the camera — they look like crap and refuse to be on camera — then why are they here?

Standing by the 2009 race bike — the value of the brand is increasing in my eyes, now that I see they built a race bike as well — they now have my 3 star+ rating.

Okay, so it ends on an “up” note.  Plus, it gives me an excuse to post one of my favorite pictures from the EICMA show:

Ciao, le Brammo Ragazze

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Pinkyracr Wins!

I’m pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Brammofan Brammo Babe of the Year award:

Susanna a/k/a @pinkyracr

Susanna was added as an official contestant when it became clear that she had enough write-in votes that she was in the top five from the original contestants.  At that point, she became a real contender and eventually won with 30.63% of the vote, well ahead of the second place finisher Alana, who had 17%.  However, if Susanna is unable to fulfill her duties as BBOTY, Alana will step in, no doubt, to attend the various grocery store grand-openings and other public appearances required by the BBOTY.

Susanna was unavailable for comment at the time of the publishing of this post because she was out doing wheelies on her R1.  She did, however, post on Twitter: ”thanks so much to you and all my other adoring fans! I promise to usher in a new era of love for motorcycling. 🙂 ” When she’s not darting around on her bike, she writes at Gas2.org and seems to spend lots of time on Facebook and Twitter jonesing for a free Brammo Empulse.

The BBOTY - Susanna, a/k/a Pinkyracr

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Brammofan’s BrammoBabe of the Year

So many Brammo Babes, so little time.

Disclaimer: If you knew my background, you’d know that I am all about treating women as men’s equals (although, for the life of me, I can’t understand why women would want to lower themselves to our level).  If any of my female readers or, heck, any of my readers regardless of gender want to suggest winners of this year’s “Brammofan Brammo Beefcake of the Year,” have at it.)

(UPDATED: December 15, 2010.  One of the nominees has requested that her likeness and name not be used in this competition.  I have complied.  If you happened to be one of the many people who voted for her, I’m sorry, but your votes just got flushed.  I edited the poll so that you may vote again.)

(UPDATE: Due to the FLOOD of requests following the write-in votes for Susanna Schick (aka @pinkyracr ), her photos have been added, below, and her name has been added to the poll, as well.  In her own words: “I’m the only one doing it for LOVE” )

The nominees, in order of appearance:

Laguna Seca, Brammo Empulse unveiling

From left: Jessica, Alana, Kelly, some ugly dude, and she-who-wishes-to-not-be-named.

Here’s my favorite pic from the event:

From left: Alana, Kelly, and Jessica

EICMA, Milan, Italy

From left: Vessy, Suzanna, Alessandra, and Alessia

Another picture:

From left: Alessia, Alessandra, Suzanna and Vessy

Macau Grand Prix and Hong Kong Bike Show:

From left: Jojo, Mark Buckley (not in the running for Brammo Babe of the Year), and Ceres.

And another:

From left: Ceres and Jojo.

And by special request:

Pinkyracr, back when we had no idea who the masked rider was...

And, for the evening gown portion of the show . . .

Pinkyracr, again, on an Orange Enertia this time...

I definitely have my favorite(s), but I figured that among my millions, thousands, hundreds, dozens of readers, there were likely a few who had favorites as well.  So I’ll throw it open to the minions for a vote:

Answers due . . . soon.

(Note: because of the addition of pinkyracr, I have additional, write-in votes that need to be added on to her final total.  Also, the write-in vote for “some ugly dude,” referencing the first picture from the Laguna event, will have to be discarded, as the Brammo Man of the Year contest has not been announced yet.)

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Brammofan Motorcycle of the Year – 2010

Rhapsody in Blue

(Kansas City, Missouri, December 7, 2010) – Brammofan, the blog with the mission of “covering the momentum of Enertia” has announced the awardee of its coveted “Brammofan Motorcycle of the Year” award for 2010.  This year’s recipient: the 2010 Brammo Enertia.

Artist's re-creation of actual trophy.

Brammofan, a/k/a Harry Mallin, announced the award today to a packed house of media representatives and electric vehicle dignitaries attending the first annual “Brammofantasy Ball” in the spacious Shawnee Ballroom at the White Haven Motel, Overland Park, Kansas.  Holding the golden lightning bolt trophy above his head, like Zeus upon Mt. Olympus, Mallin broke the news to the surprised crowd.  “Enertia!” he bellowed.

“We were totally surprised” said one attendee.

“I am thrilled to finally share the recipient of this year’s award,” said Brammofan.  “The Brammo Enertia is already the recipient of several awards, but I’m sure the gang in Ashland has saved a special spot in the trophy case for this one.”

Craig Bramscher, Brammo CEO, was unavailable for comment, but Adrian Stewart, Brammo Director of Channel Development, who was also unavailable for comment, would likely say something British and zany, like “we’re thrilled to get this award. Bloody thrilled. It’s all part of our cunning plan to save the planet. Cheerio.”

Brammofan will be announcing other awards throughout the remaining days of 2010.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to announce the Past Tense Intransitive Verb of 2011.  ‘Thrilled,’ of course, was the winner of the PTIV for 2010 and it was put to good use in many press releases.  Many.  I don’t want to give you any useful clues for what 2011 holds, but let me state that you just might be titillated to finally hear what it will be,” said Brammofan.

Brammofan also screened the following teaser from the epic film about Brammo that he is producing in conjunction with Spielberg*.

*Izzy Spielberg. No relation.

Stay tuned for more surprising announcements coming later this month.  And yes, Bill, there will be a Brammo Babe of the Year award.

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Brammo Slideshow from EICMA 2010

Graphic on the Brammo Booth at EICMA

Enjoy this slideshow of the various pictures posted by Brammo folks of what’s going on around their booth at EICMA. I plan to update this album all week long, so keep watching.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Big Brammo Week

Time for a wrap-up of this week’s Brammo-centric news:

1.  Brammo Ladies (Brammo-ettes, Brammo Babes, Brammo Girls — call them what you wish) make the RoadRacerX Magazine Umbrella Girls of the Week feature.

Additionally, they dominate the slideshow, which usually contains six photos of six different ladies.  Congratulations to Ryan, Kelly, Jessica and Ilanna!

Kelly hams it up on the Brammo Empulse

2. Brammo quietly releases some great photos on their new photo site: http://brammoelectricmotorcycles.smugmug.com

Most of the photos are freely downloadable in hi-res versions and some can even be purchased as the featured photo on your coffee mug, luggage tag, apron (I know what MsBrammofan’s getting for our 11th anniversary – a Brammo Ladies apron!) , and my current favorite: playing cards.  I must get this set of playing cards.  Now:

Yes, that's my Enertia, taken the week before it was delivered to me.

3. Shooting finished on the set of “The Dilemma.” TTR Racebike and Enertia headed back to Ashland. (news, via the Brammo Powercycle Facebook Page).

Brammo TTR seems unfazed by its glamorous Hollywood life.

4.  Brammo Empulse video hits, exceeds, 300,000 views.  Watch it again and get your pre-order in.

5. Brammo announces that it will give an Empulse to one of the first 1000 pre-orders of the bike.

Crazy Craig's at it again.

6.  Bike swap.

And, finally, I swapped bikes today with Mark Gardiner, author of “Riding Man,” and writer for, among others, RoadRacerX Magazine, where he writes the weekly feature “Backmarker.” He is riding my beloved Enertia (see above), and I am riding his LOUD, rusty, planet-killing, but loveable Triumph Bonneville, pictured below.  We’ll have to see how this one shakes out.

Mark's Bonnie

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Repulsed? Or Empulse?

Recently, a twitter user by the name of @billsvision had this to say about the use of the Brammo Babes in recent photos that emerged from the Red Bull Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca:

For a 'NEW' Motorcycle company, this is repulsive. “@ESXMotorsports: Check out the Empulse w/ the Brammo-ettes http://bit.ly/a7UItI

The “offending” picture is this one … prepare to be repulsed:

Being married to @MsBrammofan, I am, perhaps, more sensitive than most to the issues behind the objectification of women.  I am also the father of two girls.  I realize that there are at least a couple ways to look at this situation:

1. These women are victims of men’s oppression of women.  They are being objectified and are mere props, posed in sexually suggestive ways to draw attention to a product.

2. These women are shrewd businesswomen, leveraging the power of their beauty, talent, and physical fitness to earn money for themselves.  When people say things like, “you’re a victim” or “you only do this because you have low self-esteem” or “you’re doing a disservice to women and the equality movement” they think to themselves, “I’m crying inside . . . all the way to the bank.”

So, dear Brammofan readers, what’s your take?  Are they oppressed, or impressive?  And, after the poll, add your thoughts about whether it’s right or wrong for Brammo to use “sex” to sell “new” motorcycles.

UPDATE:  Video just released of the Brammo Babes in action at Mazda Raceway, a wretched hive of scum and villainy if I’ve ever seen one:

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