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“All of the sportbike, none of the back pain” Brammo Empulse

After squinting at fuzzy pictures this morning, I finally scored two great pictures of the Brammo Empulse with the new upright handlebars:

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Gone are the clip-ons that made this naked sportbike into a cafe racer-style bike that had us older guys groaning at our weak wrists and achy backs.  When the Empulse debuted, about the only discussion that could be considered negative (beyond the usual, “give me Harley or give me death” and “how long of an extension cord you gonna need, ahilk, ahilk, ahilk”) was these guys who immediately began surmising about how one might put an upright handle bar on it.  Brammo answered fairly quickly that, when the Empulse begins production, it will come standard with uprights, not clip-ons.

So, beyond looking at something that appears one step closer to production, what do these photos show us?

One thing that popped out at me: gone is the omnipresent Alpinestars gear usually worn by the riders at Brammo.  In its place is gear by ICON.  Nothing is ever done by accident at Brammo (anyone remember the TTR racebike photo that CEO Craig Bramscher “inadvertently” left up on his computer monitor during an interview?), so I predict we’ll see more ICON gear and perhaps some more indication that the two are hanging around the same roller rink, timing their visits to the concession stand.  Maybe ICON will be the first company to commit to developing a line of gear specifically for electric motorcycle riders.  Who knows?

In related news, visitors to the Portland International Auto Show next week will be able to see this Empulse and maybe even hoist a leg over and experience its non-back-breaking comfort.  Apparently, on Friday of the show, there is a conference about Oregon’s charging infrastructure that might be worth a listen.  Looks like the Nissan Leaf will be featured, as well.

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Givi Bags, Graphics, and Some New Events for Brammo

We’ve seen the Givi Bags that Brammo has in its online store, but Brian Wismann has posted some pictures recently of some graphic wraps that will soon be available for those Brammo Enertia owners who wish to update the look of their side panels.

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These are pictures of the Enertia Plus — me want centerstand — which will be rolling into the hands of willing buyers any day now.  Actually, I have no idea when that will occur but there are many willing and vocal buyers over on the Brammo Owners Forum who want that day to be sooner, rather than later.

Coming Events

Brammo updated its Events Calendar and for those in the Portland area (or anyone else willing to travel to Portlandia) it will be the last weekend of January. Here are the events on the way:

April 12th-14th 2011 The 3rd EV Battery Forum (Barcelona, Spain) The European leg of the 3rd EV Battery Forum features 60 different speakers.
(Washington D.C.) The Electric Drive Transportation Association – EDTA 2011 Conference & Annual Meeting will be held during Earth Week
Sept/Oct 30th-1st / 7th-8th 6th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference
November 2011 EICMA 2011 EICMA show in Milan featured
November 2011 Hong Kong Motorcycle Show

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Brammo Enertia at the Portland Auto Show

Brammo will be on the “Electric Avenue” of the Portland Auto Show this weekend.

We salute the efforts of the automobile industry to reduce carbon emissions, develop alternative engines and fuels, and recycle materials.  We have a special display at this year’s event to showcase the future in automotive fuel efficiency.  We will be having an M-1 all-electric ATV from Barefoot Motors, an all-electric motorcycle from Brammo, a Tesla Roadster with an electric vehicle charging station and a law enforcement vehicle with the Energy Extreme system

The first person to tweet or email a photo or video of the Brammo Enertia to me wins worldwide celebrity status when I post said photo or video here, and give you full and complete attribution.  Yes, you too can have the global reach of Brammofan’s millions thousands dozens of unique page views per day.

One aside: the “law enforcement vehicle with the Energy Extreme system” may just be this one:

Chelsea Sexton, impersonating an electric RoboCop

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He who hesitates is lost

San Carlos, California, E-Day + 1

(update… below)

That, my friends, is a photo sent to me by one of the BrammoBrigade Regulars.  He claims it is a picture of the display stand for the Enertia at the San Carlos, California Best Buy store.  The store, which finally got its certification as a motorcycle dealer midday yesterday, immediately sold all three of its Enertias from its stock room, and sold the “floor model” to another customer early this afternoon.  “Bob the Bike Guy” at the store couldn’t be reached at the time of this post, but I hope to talk to him later tonight or possibly tomorrow to get the background.

Calls to other Best Buy stores resulted in similar stories.  The Cascades Parkway Store sold its bikes, but does have the floor model.  They have eight more coming from Brammo . . . but they are all sold. I asked David the helpful EV guy how long it would take to get one if I told him I wanted one today, and he said “one to two weeks.”

If you wait any longer it becomes a matter of a simple equation:

inertiaEnertia

Just in case you think its a bunch of hype/buzz/bull, recall the post from earlier today.  If it starts selling in China, those wait times are likely to increase.  The last I heard, they have eleventy billion people over there.

UPDATE:

Here is a picture of Michael.  Michael is a happy man.  He just bought one of the bikes from Best Buy in San Carlos:

The only thing Michael is worried about is the moment when his wife discovers that the bike only seats one adult.

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Enertias in the Pearl

Just a few pictures posted last weekend during the Brammo getaway/showoff  of five Enertias in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon.

Made it to Portland.... And more importantly... DINNER! (via @brammodesigner)

Made it to Portland.... And more importantly... DINNER! (via @brammodesigner)

Sticking it to the man... They charge for parking, but we charge for free...(via @brammodesigner)

Sticking it to the man... They charge for parking, but we charge for free...(via @brammodesigner)

The Enertia among "vintage" bikes... (via @brammodesigner)

The Enertia among "vintage" bikes... (via @brammodesigner)

Charging bikes outside caffe Umbria in the Pearl. (via @brammodesigner)

Charging bikes outside caffe Umbria in the Pearl. (via @brammodesigner)

Charging at one of Portland's free charging stations... Sweet! (via @brammodesigner)

Charging at one of Portland's free charging stations... Sweet! (via @brammodesigner)

Great weekend of riding... Thank you Portland! On our way back to the mothership... (via @brammodesigner)

Great weekend of riding... Thank you Portland! On our way back to the mothership... (via @brammodesigner)

Brammofan’s going to be away from command central for most of this week, but will try to post from his phone and from his hotel room when he’s not doing his time as the mild-mannered office drone attending a conference in a southern state.  Be good y’all.

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Enertias on a charge up to Portland

If you happen to be in or headed to Portland, Oregon this weekend, and can tear yourself away from the Enertia display at Best Buy, head over to the Pearl District and find the Brammo team.  According to Brian Wismann’s recent posts on Twitter, there will be several bikes available for a look-see:

We're on a charge up to Portland with some Engineering bikes... Come see us if you're hanging around the Pearl. (via @brammodesigner)

We're on a charge up to Portland with some Engineering bikes... Come see us if you're hanging around the Pearl. (via @brammodesigner)

Close-up of carbon fiber sidepanels and fender... (via @brammodesigner)

Close-up of carbon fiber sidepanels and fender... (via @brammodesigner)

Better photos of the first LE bike to ship...  (via @brammodesigner)

Better photos of the first LE bike to ship... (via @brammodesigner)

And... The key to owning an Enertia... (via @brammodesigner)

And... The key to owning an Enertia... (via @brammodesigner)

For more on The Pearl District, click the pic:

Explore The Pearl

Explore The Pearl

If you happen to see one or two or more… pull out your camera or your iPhone or whatever, and send the result to brammofan at brammofan dot com.  You may see your artistic camerawork right here.

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