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Brutus two, eh? We thought the original Brutus electric cruiser was a beautiful beast and fully expected the lithium-powered follow-up to be decidedly better than the lead-acid battery beta. We didn't, however, expect this. With acceleration that will surprise you like a backstab, this new build puts the bike squarely in the sports cruiser category and transforms its look from custom classic to contemporary killer.

While much of the bike has stayed they same – the exposed truss frame, the nouveau-retro fenders, the DC motor paired to a 5-speed transmission – there are a number of electrical, mechanical and cosmetic changes. Click through the gallery and your eye is quickly drawn to the chrome louvered primary chain-set cover on the port side where previously a belt setup had been employed. More subtle, but more intriguing, is the glass tube on the starboard that harbors the Hairball interface for the liquid-cooled Zilla controller. The front end also gets a new bit of sexy as the once-naked head lamp is now adorned with a bikini fairing.

Then there's the performance. Brutal. Chris Bell, the man behind the machine, hasn't fully turned up the wick in the limited testing he's performed so far, but he easily pulled down a 4.7-second 0-60 time. Considering this beast weighs well over 500 pounds, that's impressive. And, we only expect that quickness to increase as the prototype moves closer to production, losing weight and gaining power along the way. Top speed hasn't yet been reached, but Bell is confident it will easily ring past 100 miles per hour, having already come within a cat's whisker of that mark. While the all-important range figure is predicted to be 100 miles, the proof of that pudding also remains untasted.

Equally important as the going is the stopping and Brutus 2.0 is no slouch in this area either. The twin rotors up front each sport a 6-piston caliper, while the rear ring wears a pair of clamps that are individually controlled – one by a handlebar-mounted lever and the other by the traditional foot pedal. Feathering the rear lever into the turns is said to approximate the engine-braking feel that some might miss from their internal combustion rides.

On the commercialization front, there are a couple deals in the offing that could see Brutus in production with 50-state homologation by the end of the year. As we alluded to earlier, the bike is still a work-in-progress and so the machine that emerges from the development process will be simultaneously more refined and beastlier. We can't wait.

Hit the jump for a pair of videos. One giving a quick taste of the electric sports cruiser's sound, the other offering a few glimpses of the machine in motion.





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      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Autoblog. Can'T you fix autoblog? Comments don't work, rating of those is disabled. The picture gallery is since 2011 foked. i click the big first picture "We're sorry!The Web page you are looking for could not be found. Please check the address and try again, browse the directory below, or use the search box above to find what you need." There is seriously something wrong under the hood.
      DarylMc
      • 3 Years Ago
      To me it seems like a two wheel version of a large V8 SUV. But if that's what it takes to create interest in electric bikes then I'm not going to complain.
        DarylMc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DarylMc
        OK bad boys I will say what I really think. Since EV's by nature have a short range, driving a machine as powerfull and heavy as this around the city makes about as much sense to me as doing the same in a 6.4 litre Cherokee. But if that's what gets people excited who am I to criticize :)
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a fan of the look.. ditch the faux-gasoline era motorcycle cues and move forward.. electric needs it's own styling.
        uncle_sam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        It is a motorbike, what is it supposed to look like? Like a eco dork mobile? It has no exhaust, no big cylinder(s). I really like its design.
      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want a video without the soundtrack and with the bike noise.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Busy component colors. The frame should be black or silver.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great to see this bike up and running again. As you can see by the comments motorcycle enthusiasts are a fickle bunch. Each wants a bike of their own favorite style. Therefor the more we have the better.
      Ele Truk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool bike, but too bad they aren't using one of the new Remy AC motors, and then get regen braking so you aren't just wasting that kinetic energy.
      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh now I am banned. great autoblog
      Bill Fracalossi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the bike and the naked trellis frame, but in my mind, the retro fenders take away from the streetfighter look, pulling it in two directions. That being said, I would take this or a Brammo Empluse in a New York minute!
        russellbgeister
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Fracalossi
        im with you lookes more like a muscle bike than a cruiser the fenders look dumb
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      for motorcycles I believe in hub motors.
        DarylMc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        "for motorcycles I believe in hub motors" Same here but they wont have the power of this machine without having a large unsprung weight.
          DarylMc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          2WM Sure For something a bit more modest than this machine that would be plenty.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          always trust that I know what I'm talking about : )
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          You'd be surprised what a hub motor can do.. a few have just been released for eBikes that can push the bicycle up to around 70 miles per hour. That's only using half the available space in the wheel :) Hubs do have their ups and downs. Water ingestion is the major problem i see with hub motors. Lighter chassis and lack of transmission are the upsides.
      mazdamattyp5
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've often wondered why more EV builders don't use a simple gearbox with them. It seems only logical to keep power consumption down while using gearing to maintain speed. I hope this works out well for them but I'm withholding judgement until I see a pricetag.
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