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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.
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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.
Just a couple pictures, today, of Jackie Chan admiring the Brammo TTR race bike and the Brammo Empulse.
Captions? Put ’em in the comments. Challenge: No “Rush Hour” references. And yes, those appear to be sunglasses, not some sort of orthodontic headgear.
My Mandarin is a bit rusty these days so I’m not sure what the announcer is saying in this video about Brammo. Perhaps one of my visitors who is a bit more fluent can provide a translation. I do have to say, my first thoughts were:
1. Wow… they already have Enertias in China, and
2. This part of China looks amazingly similar to Ashland, Oregon, home of Brammo.
I eventually figured it out, and you will too. Lots of footage of Enertias, and some Isle of Man 2009 TTXGP racing footage about mid-way into this video.
Now that the news is out about Brammo racing at the e-Power electric motorcycle race next week during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Mazda Raceway (Laguna Seca), I get to spill my own little pot of beans: I’ll be there.
Brammo will be doing a formal “handing over of the keys” to me at some point during the weekend. In case you’re new around here, I won the title of “Brammo Evangelist of the Year” and received the prize – a 2010 Brammo Enertia. Although I’ve already taken delivery of the prize, Brammo wanted to do it up right. The challenge, of course, is going to involve me handing the existing key over to them, so they can hand it back to me. It’s all about trust. (note to self- leave extra key at home).
I’ll be at the Brammo Paddock/Tent/Headquarters along with the usual suspects: CEO Craig Bramscher, Product Development Director (and designer of the Enertia and the Empulse) Brian Wismann, Marketing guru Adrian Stewart, and the rest of the Brammo minions. Aaron Gobert, Brammo’s rider and AMA speedster might be hanging out as well. I hear that, along with the Empulse-based race bike, they will be bringing the Empulse prototype, the Shocking Barack bike, and maybe an Enertia or two for test rides.
Will Ali Afshar and the ESX Motorsports crew be there? Likely. Lady Gaga? Not so likely. Jay Leno? Possibly. Jackie Chan? I couldn’t say.
I may even be accompanied by Ms.Brammofan, but she’s been scouting out some shopping venues in nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea (sounds Hazardous-to-my Wallet), so no guarantees you’ll actually get to meet her. If you’re going to be there, be sure to drop by Brammo HQ. If you say “Hi! I’m a Brammo Fan, too,” I’ll even waive the usual surcharge on having your picture taken with me. Unless, of course, you’re a certain EV advocate who still owes me the surcharge plus interest and penalties from the last time I agree to have my picture taken with her:
For some reason, Ms.Brammofan is very interested in meeting Ms. Sexton.
Drop on by, see the Empulse, meet the Brammo Boys, and let’s watch some great racing together.
(See UPDATE, below!)
According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the year of the Tiger. See if you can find the Tiger in the following photos:
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No Tiger? Correct. But you might have seen a Bull:
And you might have seen some knobby tires, a high mount enduro-style off-road front fender, about 3″ more suspension travel than the standard 5″, and some new handguards, among other modifications . . . not to mention the flat olive drab paint job.
Why would someone paint a couple bikes olive drab? For that matter, why would someone paint six bikes in that color:
Either the U.S. Army is ordering a squadron of stealth killer bikes, or maybe it has something to do with this man:
and a certain movie that the Brammo Enertia is scheduled/rumored to appear in.
Because, apparently, when Jackie Chan rides a motorcycle or drives a car or sits on a chair or touches anything that could possibly be used as a weapon, it’s going to get a little banged up. And when they film a movie with Jackie, it might involve a few takes before he’s satisfied with the result. If that’s correct, then you might as well kiss these bad babies goodbye.
Jackie Chan connection confirmed! From elmoto.net, Brian Wismann said: “Brammo got the chance to flex some of it’s own off-road design skills in converting a bone-stock Enertia into a dirt capable, movie jump bike for Jackie Chan.”