Posts Tagged Field of Dreams

Hawkeye’s Art Gallery – Brammo Enertia in Iowa

Compliments of Hawkeye, some stunning pictures of his bike in the wilds of Iowa.

Other Hawkeye-related posts:

Brammo Enertia on its way to Field of Dreams

Hawkeye Makes the News

Hawkeye’s New Toy – Video of Brammo Enertia delivery

Hawkeye stops riding long enough to give some info

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Hawkeye stops riding long enough to give some info

Hawkeye (on the left) with Josh, from Brammo.

Hawkeye (on the left) with Josh, from Brammo.

The first (as far as we know) recipient of a Brammo Enertia has stopped by one of my favorite forums, the Electric Motorcycle Forum to share some impressions of the bike:

I’ve had the bike for 10 days now (of course it rained 5 of those days) and it’s a very fun, very easy bike to ride. And it does attract a lot of attention.

Range: I live about 9 miles out of town, so most of my riding is at highway speeds and my range is about 28-35 miles (keep in mind that I’m a little heavy on the throttle). I took a 17 mile ride the other day (mostly highway) and still had 22.8 miles remaining on the gauge. The battery level drops noticeably at 60-65 mph, but as soon as you reduce speed in town or stop for a little bit, the battery level (and your range) goes back up (I’ve seen it go from 30% all the way back up to 57%).

Also I believe that they may have built in some sort of a reserve… I ventured a little too far away from home today on a joy ride and had a stiff headwind on the return trip. Long story short I was on the highway 2 miles from home and I was showing 0.0 miles remaining on my range and 0% battery. I was nervous… however, I still had FULL power and made it home just fine.

Top speed is about 65 mph, and it appears that it may be limited to that speed because you can get to and hold top speed with only about 75-80% throttle. And at top speed it doesn’t seem to let you use more that about 80% battery power but you can give it 100% power at lower speeds.

Highway cruising speed for me is about 62 mph (unless the battery level is getting low then I back it down to 55-57 mph). And just about everywhere I go I tend to speed a little bit, without the noise or vibration you don’t realize how fast you are actually going.

Yeah, I recommend the bike. And I’m looking forward to the wi fi connectivity so I can adjust the power settings. Josh (the Head Tech) said that the bike power is set to the optimum power to distance ratio setting, however I’d love to play with it at full power.

Hawkeye's Bike

Hawkeye's Bike

"Grabbing a little juice for the ride home." via Hawkeye

"Grabbing a little juice for the ride home." via Hawkeye

Enertia Instrument Panel

Enertia Instrument Panel

Hope to hear more information and to see more pics from our friend from Iowa.

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Hawkeye’s New Toy – Video of Brammo Enertia delivery

Finally, a video file, courtesy of KCCI.com or CBS, for which they, of course have all legal right, duty, responsibility, etc.

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The Enertia has Landed – Iowa Pics a’plenty

Hawkeye, my new best friend, has just received his bike:

Hawkeye (on the left) with Josh, from Brammo.

Hawkeye (on the left) with Josh, from Brammo.

The “unboxing” will be televised on his local TV station, KCCI, and should appear on their website later tonight.  From Hawkeye:

Ok,
We have Enertia.
Josh (from Brammo), the reporter and camera crew left a little while ago. They interviewed me, they interviewed Josh, they filmed shots of me riding all around the neighborhood… busy day. The story is going to air on the six o’clock news tonight the they said the story should be on their website shortly after that.

I couldn’t grab much video of my own because they had me mic’d and were asking me interview questions throughout the process. I’m sure the cameraman got some good video though.

Now, time to go for a ride.

Lots of excitement, for sure.  A slew of pics, below:

It has arrived!

It has arrived!

Getting ready to roll it out.

Getting ready to roll it out.

Josh starts slicing...

Josh starts slicing...

Hawkeye's new toy.

Hawkeye's new toy.

Another angle, getting ready for the Iowa sunshine.

Another angle, getting ready for the Iowa sunshine.

Closeup of the instrument cluster

Closeup of the instrument cluster

The keys to ... (I'll defer to @brammodesigner's double entendre: "owning an Enertia")

The keys to ... (I'll defer to @brammodesigner's double entendre: "owning an Enertia")

Out of the truck, finally.

Out of the truck, finally.

Up the driveway...

Up the driveway...

Instructions by Josh, or is he just having fun?

Instructions by Josh, or is he just having fun?

KCCI reporter interviewing Josh.

KCCI reporter interviewing Josh.

Wonder why they picked Josh for the first delivery?

Wonder why they picked Josh for the first delivery?

Yeah, if Josh is going to deliver more of these, Ms. Brammofan might actually let me order one.

Hawkeye has promised more pics, so stay tuned.

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Every Solution Poses a New Problem

Headline is a quote from this article, which, among other items worthy of attention, addresses a favorite issue of mine: quiet cars.  From the article:

“The electric car will account for 10% of the global market in 10 years,” predicts Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of alliance partners Renault and Nissan in a BBC interview. “It is time for zero emission motoring.”

If Mr. Ghosn and those who think like him are right, then the future looks bleak.

At least, that is, if you are a pigeon.

“Normally, when they hear a car they fly away last minute,” says the man from Sixt, the car rental firm that handles the German energy company RWE’s fleet of electric cars, during the Tesla drive in Frankfurt.

“But when this one comes along, they don’t hear it.”

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If pigeons cannot hear electric cars then perhaps people should worry too?Not at all, insists Volkswagen’s Ulrich Hackenberg as he presses a button on the dashboard of the company’s E-Up concept to release a canned sound of a revving engine.

“Electric cars could sound like this in the future,” he says.

It’s been awhile, but we had heard some rumblings earlier on about the Brammo Enertia’s onboard speakers and the ability to produce a sound at low speed levels.  I haven’t heard anything very recently about this issue, at least since the Enertia was introduced at Portland, Oregon area Best Buy stores.

Perhaps we’ll learn more about it later today or tomorrow, when one of the first Enertias gets delivered to a lucky Iowan, I’ve dubbed, “Hawkeye.”  He’s been emailing me and has confirmed that, absent any calamities, his new bike will be delivered today.  Stay tuned to Brammofan.com for updates on the Enertia’s arrival in the Field of Dreams.

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