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Hungarians make goulash of Enertia

The world is flat. And it’s shrinking. You might, for instance, see a video on YouTube posted from another country with people speaking a foreign language, but something familiar catches your eye.

For example, here’s a video of a couple guys at the Brammo booth from the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy last Autumn.  You don’t have to speak their language to know that they are mightily impressed with the Enertia.

Thank goodness there are generous people in this crazy mixed-up world who like to help out a non-Hungarian speaker with a rough translation of the review.

(Warning – not for the faint-of-heart-Brammo-fans)

Don’t be rattled by people’s shock about electric motorcycles — though looking at this design (points at the Enertia) I am not surprised.  Nowadays everyone wants to build alternative energy vehicles, which for now means batteries. Can’t imagine what the designer was thinking when he decided that it should look like this.

I warned you.  It gets worse.

That’s not even the worst of it — listen: 95kph top speed which even a (unintelligible) can pass; 128km range — two round trips in town then you can plug it in to charge and take a taxi to your destination.  And the price — 8600 Euro — what idiot would pay more than 2.5 million (forints) for this?  If there is such a person anywhere that was willing to buy one of these, let us know, I swear we’ll pay them for a spin on this.

But  why does a motrcycle have to look like this?  Suppose when much smaller batteries are developed, the shape of the chassis will change…  (pans camera to two girls roller skating by — Hello, now that’s the kind of alternative transportation I could stand — tie them to a sled, they would pull and I would crack my whip — giddyup!).

(pan back to the bike):  They kept the chassis simple and tried to figure out how to maintain the motorcycle look while fitting numerous batteries in there.  This is why this technology is in its infancy — so much crap needs to go in there, that a motor block is around 50kg.  This battery mass is a lot.  It’s true that the gyroscopic effects of a gas motor are no longer present, so pushing the bike into a turn may be easier, but there is a lot of room for advancements.  This is why the traditional ice bike makers do not need to shake in their boots — even twenty years from now there’ll be a need for ice machines.  I support the effort — hooray, work on it, but not in such a disgusting form — it makes me want to puke.

Look at the photos.  What a production floor.  These guys are dead serious about this.  That someone is actually going to buy this.  2.5 million+ (forints)…

The American flag on top of the pole tells us that these guys are from the other side of the ocean.  Regardless an Italian word comes to mind that I would use to describe this: “un-do-ri-to”  ( actually an Italian-sounding Hungarian word, means disgusting).

It gets better . . . slightly.

(standing by the Empulse).  Moments ago I gave this brand a one star rating,  but now I’ll change it to just below a three, since this bike looks much more like a bike, though what they messed up here is that the batteries are visible.  The reason it’s below 3, not above, is that the girls at the booth keep running away from the camera — they look like crap and refuse to be on camera — then why are they here?

Standing by the 2009 race bike — the value of the brand is increasing in my eyes, now that I see they built a race bike as well — they now have my 3 star+ rating.

Okay, so it ends on an “up” note.  Plus, it gives me an excuse to post one of my favorite pictures from the EICMA show:

Ciao, le Brammo Ragazze

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Hong Kong Loves Brammo

Brammo Enertia in Hong Kong 2010

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.

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Jackie Chan + Brammo = Love

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.

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Brammo babes at Macau Grand Prix

Brammo Rider, Mark Buckley (center), with the two Brammo Babes from the Macau Grand Prix. (Holding a shirt that's on its way to me, btw).

Enjoy some of the photos of the Brammo spokesmodels trickling in from the JCAM crew at the Macau Grand Prix. Will update with more pictures as they arrive.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Speculation: Brammo to Macau Grand Prix?

My Brammo-centric obsessive compulsive disorder is working overtime this morning.  I just saw this tweet from JCAMJames, who happens to work at JCAM (in Hong Kong, I think):

JCAM is the distributor of Segways and other electric vehicles in Singapore and Hong Kong, and is owned by Jackie Chan, who is in possession of some specially-modified Brammo Enertias he plans to abuse in an upcoming movie, Chinese Zodiac.

Of course, I started wondering about the significance of Macau and November, and a quick search revealed that November 18 – 21, 2010, is the weekend of the Macau Grand Prix. According to the official website:

The three headline races are the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinential Cup, the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 44thEdition, and the FIA World Touring Car Championship – Guia Race of Macau, with five supporting races: The Macau GT Cup, Macau Road Sport Challenge, CTM Macau Touring Car Race, Hotel Fortuna MAC/HKG Interport Race, and Formula BMW Pacific.

No mention of any electric motorcycle race there (or on the TTXGP site or the FIM ePower site).  But the schedule of the event for Sunday, the 21st, states:

13:45 – 14:45     Special Event

“Special Event”?  Is it too OCD of me to notice that JCAMJAMES and the Macau GP folks used the same words?

If you answered “yes,” then you’ll love this:  On the Provisional Entry List of riders, is #66 – Mark Buckley. Buckley was the rider of the Brammo Enertia TTR Race Bike that finished third in the inaugural TTXGP on the Isle of Man in June 2009.  Maybe it’s just another coincidence.

Maybe not.


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Big Brammo Week

Time for a wrap-up of this week’s Brammo-centric news:

1.  Brammo Ladies (Brammo-ettes, Brammo Babes, Brammo Girls — call them what you wish) make the RoadRacerX Magazine Umbrella Girls of the Week feature.

Additionally, they dominate the slideshow, which usually contains six photos of six different ladies.  Congratulations to Ryan, Kelly, Jessica and Ilanna!

Kelly hams it up on the Brammo Empulse

2. Brammo quietly releases some great photos on their new photo site: http://brammoelectricmotorcycles.smugmug.com

Most of the photos are freely downloadable in hi-res versions and some can even be purchased as the featured photo on your coffee mug, luggage tag, apron (I know what MsBrammofan’s getting for our 11th anniversary – a Brammo Ladies apron!) , and my current favorite: playing cards.  I must get this set of playing cards.  Now:

Yes, that's my Enertia, taken the week before it was delivered to me.

3. Shooting finished on the set of “The Dilemma.” TTR Racebike and Enertia headed back to Ashland. (news, via the Brammo Powercycle Facebook Page).

Brammo TTR seems unfazed by its glamorous Hollywood life.

4.  Brammo Empulse video hits, exceeds, 300,000 views.  Watch it again and get your pre-order in.

5. Brammo announces that it will give an Empulse to one of the first 1000 pre-orders of the bike.

Crazy Craig's at it again.

6.  Bike swap.

And, finally, I swapped bikes today with Mark Gardiner, author of “Riding Man,” and writer for, among others, RoadRacerX Magazine, where he writes the weekly feature “Backmarker.” He is riding my beloved Enertia (see above), and I am riding his LOUD, rusty, planet-killing, but loveable Triumph Bonneville, pictured below.  We’ll have to see how this one shakes out.

Mark's Bonnie

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Brammo Racebike Spotting!

Just saw this short video interview of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James being interviewed about their new movie “What You Don’t Know” on the ET website. Check out the background:

Yes… that is the #11 Brammo TTR Race Bike behind Vaughn (and a green Enertia behind James).   The bike raced on the Isle of Man in June 2009 at the first TTXGP.

No, it’s not the Empulse RR Racebike, but it’s definitely one of the bike’s main influences.  Movie out in January 2011.

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