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2013 Brammo Empulse/Empulse R

Now with gears!

 

2013 Brammo Empulse

WORDS: Aaron Frank

PHOTOS: Brammo

First previewed in Motorcyclist’s November 2010 issue, Brammo’s Empulse promised to be the frst electric bike to achieve something resembling performance and price parity with internal-combustion machines. Now, almost a year behind schedule, Brammo has at last announced production of its long-awaited eBike. The 100-mile range and 100-mph top speed claims remain, though the base price has jumped from $13,995 to $16,995.

The production version debuts two new technologies. The frst is a six-speed integrated electric transmission (IET)—a production eBike frst. Multiple gears maximize acceleration and top speed—one or the other typically suffers on a single-speed machine— as well as improve effciency and deliver a more authentic motorcycling experience. The second piece is an integrated Level 2 charging system. If you have access to dedicated Level 2 charging stations in your city, the Brammo Power 15/90 Lithium Ion battery can be fully recharged in 3.5 hours, compared to 8 hours using a standard 110-volt electrical outlet.

Normal or Sport ride modes tailor power delivery from the liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet, 54-horsepower AC motor, and the styling has been revised. Best of all, you can actually buy one now—though only the upgraded, $18,995 Empulse R is currently available. The base Empulse will be available early next year. Look for a full test soon.

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COMMENTS:

  1. Janaina
    Posted on: March 1, 2013 2:24 pm

    This is an interesting qustieon.The Ultra Classic Electric Glide comes closest to my needs. Big touring motorcycle. The new 96 cubic engine mated to the new 6 speed transmission is a great combination and makes up with the lack of oomph from the previous engine. This is not my opinion, this is the observation made by a co-worker that purchased an Ultra about 3 years ago and had the Stage 1 kit installed before it left the show room floor.The other Harley I would like to own would be an 8 valve board track racer from the 1920s.