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The Hong Kong Police have given the green light to Brammo electric motorcycles becoming a permanent part of the fleet. Additionally, the Hong Kong Water Supplies Department has tapped Brammo’s Enertia Plus for use by its engineers to ride to various district service locations. It’s been over a year since the HK police originally tried out the Brammo Enertia, and this deal keeps Brammo and electric vehicles prominent in the news feeds, following last week’s big news about Polaris Industries becoming a big investor in Brammo.
The fact that HK is going to be phasing out its fleet of petrol bikes in favor of adopting the electrics produced by Brammo is a big deal – HK and China have a significantly bigger problem with air pollution than the U.S., and any move toward reducing the amount of emissions from tailpipes is a good one.
Press release, after the break. Read the rest of this entry »
Time to count ’em down, folks. These are, in my fair and balanced opinion, the top ten Brammo stories of 2010, in reverse order, of course:
10. Brammo Enertia wins the Edison award for “Best New Product: Transportation.”
9. Ali Afshar and ESX Motorsports starts showing off the Brammo Enertia at Malibu’s “Rock Store,” Bob’s Big Boy, and the Power Rangers convention. Ali – ESX, weekly rides and Power Rangers.
8. Brammo branches out of the Best Buy marketplace, looking for dealers, and finding at least one: Hollywood Electrics. See: Dealership development director solicitation and the Hollywood Electrics story. (There would have been at least an Honorable Mention for the Brammo Enertia Appears on BestBuy.com story, but for the unfortunate attempted buying experience story).
7. The Hong Kong Police test a fleet of Brammo Enertias.
6. Main stream media cover Brammo and some even call it the “Best Electric Motorcycle of 2010.” See, also, Cycle World review, Popular Mechanics , Entrepreneur, National Geographic (not on the site, yet), CNBC Power Lunch – one of the best products of 2010, and too many more to list here.
5. Jackie Chan and his company, JCAM, team with Brammo to introduce the motorcycles to Asia and to an upcoming Jackie Chan movie. And, basically, the world gets to see the Brammo bikes at EICMA in Milan and at the Hong Kong Motorcycle show.
4. Brammo announces the partnership with Flextronics to produce electric motorcycles around the world.
2. Brammo unveils the Brammo Enertia Plus with Double the range.
And finally, the top story in my opinion, of 2010:
1. Brammo announces the Empulse – 100 mph, 100 mile range, naked streetfighter.
Some honorable mentions:
Voyage of Rob Novey, and the (hopefully) soon-to-be-published book of Zen and the Art of Electric Motorcycle Maintenance.
It looks like I’m not the only one putting together a list of the great year Brammo has had. Click here to see their 2010 Christmas Card with a slide show that includes many of the stories, above.
If you happened to be following me on Twitter yesterday, you already know that I received a box from Hong Kong with presents from JCAM, the folks who will be distributing Brammo motorcycles in their neck of the woods. And you know that they neglected to put a “Do not open ’til Christmas” sticker on the box (not that it would have mattered, anyway).
The contents of the card:
and, finally, the contents of the box:
That jacket is all kinds of awesome, by the way. The HTC cameraphone picture does a disservice to it. A much better picture of one (and an order form) can be found in the Brammo Store.
But let’s get back to the picture of Jackie Chan:
My daughter (who happens to be Chinese-born, and who happens to have taken Mandarin lessons for about 5 years) had no idea what Jackie wrote there. Until I hear otherwise, I’m telling everyone that it is:
“To Harry – a kick-ass Brammo Fan. May good fortune continue to smile on you, your family, your friends, and JCAM and Brammo and everyone else who deserves it. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, and Happy Year of the Rabbit to you. Jackie”
I know, it seems a bit wordy compared to the amount of writing on it, but I’ve always been amazed at how much meaning can be represented in a single character of Mandarin.
If you happen to have a more accurate translation, let me know in the comments.
And to JCAM: Thanks again to all of you for the thoughtful gifts. It’s been great getting to know you this year and I look forward to a fantastic 2011. Brammo fans on twitter should definitely follow the JCAM crew: @JCAMMATT @JCAMJAMES @JCAMFRANCIS @JCAMBENNYHO @JCAMTIN @JCAMBENNYNG @JCAMSUKI @JCAMGRACE @JCAMBRAMMO . (I hope I didn’t forget anyone). Oh, and @EyeOfJackieChan, of course.
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
Here’s my favorite pic from the event:
EICMA, Milan, Italy
Macau Grand Prix and Hong Kong Bike Show:
And by special request:
And, for the evening gown portion of the show . . .
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.)
Too many great photos to steal and post here, so you’ll just have to go to Brammo’s smugmug photo site for last weekend’s Hong Kong Motorcycle Show: Hong Kong Photos.
According to Electrovelocity:
The Brammo stand had dozens of photographers jockeying for position whereas the next most popular stand (with the new Ducati Diavel) had just 7 guys taking pictures in a rather relaxed fashion.
I’m sure the throngs had nothing to do with the lovely ladies demonstrating proper riding techniques and everything to do with the Enertia, Empulse, and TTR Racebike that Brammo had on display.
Count on JCAM, the Asian distributor for Brammo, to display some more of their custom colors and paint jobs on the Enertia. The woven carbon fiber on the Enertia in the photo above actually appears to be a wrap provided by Wraptivo, a division of Meguiar’s, which is better known for its car care products. Look for more companies competing for this niche in the near future, including the possibility of another legendary Brammofan Contest for a side-panel wrap design.
JCAM is burnin’ up the Brammo Newswire this week; first, with the breaking news about the Enertia getting provisional type authority in Hong Kong, and now, with preparations for an EV Rally in Hong Kong.
The EVS25 Hong Kong Rally and Exhibition begins tomorrow. Brammo will be in “Group C” See document, below, for a description of the event and exhibition.
By tomorrow, we should have some pictures of the event, which will also include a Tesla
being shown by the JCAM crew,(Thanks, Francis!) and an exhibition at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park-
Early news from the head of Brammo’s distributor in Hong Kong, JCAM, is that the Enertia has received Provisional Type Approval today.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Motorcycle enthusiasts in Hong Kong…The Brammo Enertia receive provisional Type Approval in Hong Kong today!!!
I would try to translate the text of the articles here, but my Mandarin is a bit rusty. Really, you should go to the websites and read it for yourself. I used Google Chrome’s built-in translator and came up with this paragraph, full of information that was new to me:
Because cars and automatic gear stick wave sheep, can allow this action. But the trams are not allowed to, because there is no engine has launched a tram jitter sense, there is no need to turn the engine into the waves and the number of friction points will be raised to the characteristics of traffic, trams, twist on the line.
There is a lot more to ruminate on in those articles, including some great pictures of the Enertia and the color schemes being offered to buyers in HK.