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Gavin’s VERY detailed Brammo Enertia review

One of the more active (and vocal) members of the Brammo Owners Forum has written a novella about his experience with the Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle. The company let him take it on a test ride that can fairly be described as “extended.”  It may be lengthy, but it’s an easy read and a recommended read for anyone considering making the switch to electric vehicles and, specifically to a Brammo bike.

 

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Another Satisfied Brammo Test Ride

Being part of a community has its perks, and the group of subscribers and commenters at HellForLeather is no exception. About a year ago I wrote an article about my Brammo Enertia and had some critics chide my review of the bike as not being by a “real rider.”  In the comments to that post, another resident of my city spoke up and offered to come out and do an independent review.  We did some emailing and made it happen: “A “real” rider takes my Brammo for a spin”

His take – it’s a real motorcycle.  (Not that I needed any confirmation of the obvious).

This morning, another ride occurred as the result of a friendship that began in the comments on HellForLeather.  Mark rides a Kawasaki Ninja 500R and is on an epic voyage from his home in Boston, Massachusetts, to a new home in San Francisco where he will be attending law school.  We ended up as Facebook friends somehow and he posted his plans for this journey on his wall.  His route took him through Kansas City so I offered a place to stay along his way, and he accepted.

He showed up last night – I have to mention here that the Midwest is slogging through one of the longest and most intense heatwaves in history.  He endured riding through Illinois and Missouri during this heat wave, encountering temperatures over 106 degrees.  We joked that the choice of visor up (staring directly into a hot air dryer) or visor down (slowly cooking inside an oven) presents an interesting dilemma.  He hit the showers upon his arrival and then we headed to Latin Bistro for beers and amazing food by Chef Tito.

This morning we slammed down some coffee and headed to the Brammo Midwest Proving Grounds.

Brammo Midwest Proving Grounds - No Corkscrew Here - We use screw top bottles only.

The BMPG is the housing development that never was.  It is now used as a training center for young drivers, a dog walk track, a hang out for teens who think they can’t be seen from the highway, and the prime location for practicing sweet jumps on my bike.

Mark followed me there and we swapped bikes.  After a short introduction and safety lecture (“Do not twist the throttle to hear it rev” and “prepare yourself for zero engine braking”) he was off.  And, after an aborted stall because I let the clutch out too fast, so was I.  I had a blast on his Ninja, but really appreciated the more casual riding posture of my bike.

Here’s the video -(note that the engine you hear at the beginning of the video belongs to the Ninja).  His first words: “That was fun!”

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Motorcycle.com: Brammo Wins the e-Bike Shootout

Go to the article on Motorcycle.com about the site’s comparison of the Brammo Enertia, Zero S, and Native S electric motorcycles for the whole story.  It’s another well-written piece by Jeff Cobb, who has authored several comprehensive articles about electric bikes.

The challengers, posed in front of a Dinosaur Juicemaker. (Image courtesy Motorcycle.com)

Seriously… go read the article.  I’m just going to pull out a few Brammo-centric quotes:

We also liked the Brammo, which falls neutrally into turns – albeit with limited steering lock which makes on-street turnarounds tight. Otherwise, it’s confidence inspiring, and will eventually drag its lower alloy platform pegs which complete its Sportster-like riding position. Its 100/90-18 front and130/80-17 rear Avon Road Rider Tires offer adequate grip for city/suburban purposes.

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All these bikes have hydraulic front and rear disc brakes with the Brammo’s Brembos being tops.

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Similarly, the Zero’s square-tubed alloy kickstand seems like overkill to some MO staffers, but alternately could be looked at as burley and unique. The same could be said of the Brammo’s cast kickstand with “Brammo” embossed as evidence of yet another high-quality touch to this most thoroughly-sorted machine.

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In all seriousness, potential consumers can make their own minds up about fit and aesthetic considerations, but we otherwise feel most confident with the $7,995 Brammo Enertia, over the $9,995 Zero and $7,500 Native S, in this order.

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Although not able to match the Zero’s power-to-weight ratio, and lacking some of the assiduously thought out weight-saving details, the Brammo has its own qualities and is the most all-around solid. If the Zero had better brakes and suspension, it would have been closer, but despite the Brammo’s slightly lower range potential, its 20% lower price tips us over the edge in its favor.

The Enertia feels solid and well-engineered,” Kevin comments. “It’s what I imagine Honda might’ve built if it had taken the plunge as early as Brammo.”

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Further, Brammo’s dealer support may be best, especially if the company’s plans to roll out a national network come to pass.

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At this juncture at the dawn of the proposed EV revolution, our e-bike pick of the day is the Brammo Enertia.

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A “real” rider takes my Brammo for a spin

I recently wrote an article for HellforLeatherMagazine.com about my experience with my recently-delivered Brammo Enertia.  Perhaps more noteworthy than the article itself were the comments (59 so far) that ran the gamut from cheerful (“Oh, yeah, and go Harry!”) to outright disgust (“The guy doesn’t ride motorcycles, thus, his opinion is invalid”).

Amidst the pros and cons was this one:

Harry, I live in Blue Springs and would love to take you up on your offer (sacrifice) of allowing others to ride your Brammo!

I responded to this message and found out that his name is Justin, he rides a BMW G 650 GS to work almost every day, and that he was willing to come out and put my bike through its paces.  Here’s the video of part of his ride and his review:

I had a great time riding his BMW out to the proving grounds (a housing subdivision that never happened, near my house).

He’s much more on top of things than I am, as he already wrote and published his review:

Brammo Enertia

. . . The Brammo’s suspension was really nicely set up. The chassis felt nice and tight and I had no shudders, shakes, or hard hits. I didn’t notice any flex or floppiness from any part of the chassis. The Brembo brakes did a great job controlling the speed. ABS would be nice (I’ve had a wreck due to a locking up a wheel) but the brakes felt as good as those on my BMW. . . .

He took some great pics, too:

My Brammo Enertia (pic by Justin)

(More pics and a complete review over at his site.)

Thanks again, Justin!

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Brammo Enertia on Green Overdrive!

From Katie Fehrenbacher of earth2tech.com comes this great ride review of the Brammo Enertia. Also featured on the video review is Brammo Tech Jennifer Rafiner, who is also a member of the Brammo Owners Forum.

“On this week’s episode of GigaOM TV’s Green Overdrive video show (where if it’s green, we’ll drive it) I take Brammo’s electric motorcycle out for a spin. The e-bike costs close to $8,000, has a max speed of 60 mph, and a range of 40 miles.

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more about “Brammo Enertia on Green Overdrive!“, posted with vodpod

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Brammo Test Ride – Ashland Localsguide

Brammofan can’t pass up a story with a line like this:

I ran into Brammo’s Marketing Director Adrian Stewart at the Science Works Earth Day celebration back in April.

It turns out it was a worthwhile read.  Authored by “AaronsAutoWerks”  of Ashland, Oregon, it includes a well-written review of his ride of the Brammo Enertia.

Adrian Stewart's Enertia?

I joked with him to let me ride it and I would write a story about it in the LocalsGuide. Well the next thing I know I had a demo bike at my shop charged up and ready to go. I received an extension cord and a quick “how-to” instructional from the Brammo technician who delivered the Enertia. I quickly donned my helmet and threw a leg over the bike and felt right at home. My first impression is that this is a real motorcycle not some one-off kit bike.

More impressions and the full ride review along with a great collection of must-see folks if you ever happen to find yourself in Southern Oregon, at his blog:

Ashland Oregon Locals Guide

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Cycle World Reviews the Brammo Enertia

Cycle World magazine has posted the ride review of the Brammo Enertia that appeared in its April 2010 (tree-killer) issue.  It’s definitely a must-read for Brammo fans.  Some choice quotes:

So, there you sit, in complete silence, LEDs winking rapidly. What next? You simply twist the throttle. Response varies with the speed by which the throttle is opened, but there is never a threat of a flip-over. To get the front wheel off the ground, you will physically have to pick it up. Acceleration is smooth, if not rapid, and accompanied by light motor whine and drive-chain whir. The farther you twist the throttle—maximum opening is recorded by a digital tattle-tale on the dash—the faster you go, up to an indicated top speed of 62 mph.

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Go easy, freewheeling to stops—making a game of it, even—and, depending on geography and traffic conditions, you might get Bramscher’s targeted 40 miles from a full charge.

And my favorite, from Brian Wismann, lead designer of the bike, with a frank honesty that you don’t normally hear from manufacturers:

“If you don’t value being green, owning something unique or supporting an effort to get us off oil, then this product won’t pencil out for you, and we’ll make no claim to the contrary,” said Wismann. “On the other hand, if these are things you do care about, then the Enertia provides a much more cost-effective entry into the EV market than nearly anything else out there. At $8K, the Enertia may not be a ‘bargain,’ but it’s also not a rip-off.”

Make sure to read the whole article, but definitely watch the video review for some in-ride action that was informative and captivating if you are considering the purchase of any electric bike in the near future.  Plus, the article has some excellent photographs by Brian Blades, like this beauty:

Brammo Enertia in front of its fuel source, via Cycle World Magazine, Brian Blades

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