The Brammo electric motorcycle comes in three models, all starting with the letter E. The models are the Enertia, Enertia Plus, Empulse and Encite. All three models are built on a similar platform. All three models get good to great reviews. Brammo's are fast on the track.
The Brammo Enertia
The Enertia is your basic Brammo. The bike features a direct drive from motor to rear sprocket, no gearbox and no gear changing required. Brembo brakes and quality Marzocchi forks linked to Elka shocks are standard.
The Enertia is propelled by a 13 kW motor powered by a 3.1 kwH Li-Ion battery pack. The pack runs at 72 volts average, and can push out 80 amps of current. For comparison, a 15 amp hour / 36 volt e-bike battery pack holds amount 1/2 kWh of energy.
The Empulse has been reviewed by Popular Science Magazine, and was awarded a Best of What's New Award for 2011 in the Automotive Category. From the track comes the street ready Empulse. The Empulse provides decent road performance equal to some contemporary cafe racers. The Empulse will not beat out the top gas powered road rockets, but certainly has respectable performance and range.
The Brammo Engage MX, SMR and SMS
The latest Brammo offroad line consists of the Motocross, Super Moto Race and Super Moto Street. These bikes feature a 6 speed gearbox, and are designed to compete in the 250cc class.
Preliminary reviews indicate that Brammo has a great motorcycle. The bikes are in protoype testing and are expected to hit the market soon.
Brammo releases the Empulse R. The new ride claims a 100+ mph top end and 120 mile range. A built in J1722 charge port makes the new model R an EV range king.
Brammo at the Track
Brammo cycles set speed records at the 2012 TTXGP World Championship race in Daytona, FL. Track speeds of 169 and 170 miles per hour were recorded. This compares to 2011 Bonneville land speed records of 216 miles per hour. These are likely the fastest ever eCycle track speeds.
Brammo and the LAPD
The LAPD is testing out modified versions of the Brammo LE, and Zero DS cycles. The bikes are cost competitive with Harley Davidson bikes now used. In addition, the eCycles are stealthy and offer way reduced maintenance. The agency also employs hybrid and three wheel Evs in its fleet.
The LAPD is using the Brammo Empulse cycles for police work.