• Aug 28, 2009
Brammo Enertia TTR at Best Buy - Click above for high-res image gallery

News comes today by way of Brammofan.com that the Brammo Enertia has finally hit Best Buy locations on the West Coast. Apparently, the actual bike that came in third place at the TTXGP zero-emissions motorcycle race earlier this year at the historic Isle of Man is on display at Cascade Station Best Buy in Portland, Oregon.

A quick phone call to the store location revealed that this particular location has bikes in stock and ready to go. "We have three in the back, ready for test drives. All you need is a driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement," said a store employee by the name of Jessica.

As a refresher, the Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle costs $11,995 to start, has a top speed of over 55 miles per hour with a range of roughly 50 miles per charge. Click past the break for a video of the machine in action.




[Source: Brammofan]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the idea but these numbers are easily achieved by a 150cc scooter for $1200. Don't get me wrong, if had money to burn I'd buy one but otherwise, I don't see how they can sell enough of them at that price point to maintain enough buyers. I know, I know...these sales will eventually lower the cost of entry and improve the breed to where they eventually become competitive but right now, I could never justify the price. I currently ride an '08 Ninja 250R that I paid $3k for. Has a top speed of 100mph (but still interstate riding is a bit stressful and pushes the comfort level of the bike) and gets about 65mph. At this point, it's still just no contest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I could live with the range, because my employer would let me pull it in to the warehouse and plug it in during the day. The top speed needs to be about 70mph so I can get up on the freeway and not get run over.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike, you pretty much nailed it. Neat stuff and I hope it gets better, but not ready for most people.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well, for one thing, those batteries alone costt $6000. They're lithium iron phosphate. What's great about these modules particularly is that they'll keep going strong after 5 years and are fully recyclable after 6 years of regular use in the Brammo. Vectrix? Chinese crap. And i wouldn't be caught dead on a scooter! sooo lame. Nobody wants to buy american these days, but i think they're coming around. saw a new taurus on the road the other day -- hot as hell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why buy this for $12000 when you can pick up a new Vectrix on Ebay for $4-4500? Vecrix even has slightly higher top speed & range specs. As great as I think Ecycles are, I fear Brammo is on the same path as Vectrix
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Vectrix has crummy range. It only gets the same range as this has listed if you keep it to 30mph or something. I need a bike that can do 40 miles a day at 45mph.

        Neither of these appear to be it.

        Vectrix used to very honest about their range. I appreciate that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm really curious why these cost so much. Is it low volume, high cost of development, or what?

      Over a typical 250cc bike, they add:
      * power controller - $500-1000
      * charger - $500 for a good one
      * 3-4kwhr in batteries - $2000-4000
      * electric motor - $500

      They lose:
      * fuel tank
      * oil reservoir
      * gas motor
      * exhaust system, catalytic converters ($$)
      * (optional) liquid cooling tubing, radiator
      * various fluid pumps
      * ignition system (probably retain an accessory battery, may lose the alternator)
      * (optional) transmission system, clutch

      A Ninja 250R retails for $4000. The bill of parts doesn't add up to support a $10000-12000 price tag..
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, for 12K you are getting very little. Ebikes are not new they have been around for a while so where is the 12K going?

        Lovely bike though
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's probably profit and labour costs. Would be nice to be cheaper!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Epic Fail! Too expensive for so little performance. ICE motorcycles and scooters get great mileage already compared to a car and you don't have to spend $12,000.00 to buy. This is nothing more than a sit-on Segway!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is expensive even by the standards of electric motorcycles and scooters.

      Electric Motorsport GPR-S: $8.5k, 60-70mph, 35 miles performance / 60 miles economy
      KLD Neue Scooter: $3.9-$4.9k (depending on pack), 65mph, 50mi@25mph to 100mi@25mph (depending on pack). Not out until Q3 2010.
      Quantya Track: $10k, 45mph, "2.5 hours of operation"
      Vectrix VX-1: $10.5k, 62mph, 33-55 miles range
      Vectrix VX-1e: $8.5k, 50mph, 20-30 miles range
      Vectrix VX-2: $5.2k, 30mph, 45-50 miles range
      Zero-S: $10k, 60mph, up to 60 miles range
      Zero-X Sport: $7.5k, 60mph, "2 hours" or "up to 40 miles" range.

      Now, these may be using different estimates of range, but the top speed numbers should at least be solid. The Enertia is the most expensive of the bunch. Of those that are out now, the GPR-S looks best. It'll be interesting to see if KLD Tecnologies can deliver, though.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd love one of these but the range is definetly too short and the top speed leaves a lot to be desired for a crotch rocket.

      Guess I'll have to buy that used CBR or wait for Gen 2 or 3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, Segway has sold some where near 70,000 segways. So if brammo sells 70,000 I think they will be happy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      According to Brammo's new website - www.brammo.com - the top speed is "60+ mph". It has definitely been creeping upwards over the past few months.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather have the Zero dual sport, it has nearly the same top speed, range and price, plus you can ride in the dirt.
      Julian
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, i build myself one and it goes 50+ . i spent around 2000$ total for conversion and batteries are the range limiter. if i spend another 3000$ on batteries it'll go a lot further and weigh a lot less. i think that 8000$ is fair for them and us and is what a new advanced bike costs. I'd rather pay for a triumph street triple personally, but then again i already have an electric motorcycle.

      http://evalbum.com/2965

      but you're right it's not for everyone and some people just need to have two bikes, one to commute on and one to carve with on the weekends. I have a gas bike as well for longer stuff. But the ebike is more convenient for short errands and my lady likes riding on it more.



      • 5 Years Ago
      ABG: It's not nice to put a self-playing video on your page.
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