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OK, so the electric bike had a ringer on it. Big deal.

Former AMA Pro Superbike rider Steve Atlas decided to have some fun with a Brammo Empulse RR e-bike at Portland International Raceway, racing some club riders on 600cc motorcycles during some warm-up laps, according to Hell For Leather Magazine.

The five-minute video isn't for the squeamish, as it's taken from the vantage point of a lower part of the bike, but it does show the electric bike hanging with the others, all with the approximate volume of a skateboard going downhill.

Last year, Brammo, which also makes electric bikes such as the Enertia and Engage, received a $28 million equity investment from powersports vehicle maker Polaris Industries, which also owns neighborhood-electric vehicle maker Global Electric Motorcars.

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      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Huge improvement over last year's RR with ~40 more HP and twice the torque. at this pace, the Empulse RR will be spanking the 600cc class bikes in no time. :-)
        christianii
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        what about the number of laps? i really don't think these bikes will doing 15-20+ laps at full throttle...
          Spiffster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @christianii
          I think they are doing about 9-10 laps at full power if im not mistaken... the TTXGP series are tailored for these limitations. As battery tech improves, so will performance and range, just a matter of time before electrics are the bikes to beat.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @christianii
          Brammo says the Brammo RR "could have completed an OMRRA race distance (12 laps) at race pace with no issues, even though the TTX race was only 9 laps."
      car
      • 3 Years Ago
      christianii do have a good budget to buy
      christianii
      • 3 Years Ago
      bike looks great! how much these things supposed to go for?
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @christianii
        christian, The Empulse RR is the full factory works race bike. It isn't for sale at any price. Brammo does sell other e-moto's with less performance. Currently you can buy their city-commuter bike called the Enertia, but all these bikes would blow by it like it was standing still. If the Brammo RR turns you on, the Enertia probably would be too slow for your tastes. If you want to get on a wait-list, Brammo is in the final stages of putting out 3 new street bikes. There is the Enertia Plus which is the same as their Enertia city-commuter bike, but with much more range. Then there are the Empulse and Empulse R. These are the baby brothers to the Empulse RR, with a smaller battery pack and a smaller motor and nakid. Brammo adds a 6-speed manual transmission to the Empulse and Empulse R to help make up for the lower power compared to the RR. They are 17K-19K in price in the US, and while they aren't going to be as fast as the Brammo RR in the video, they are rumored to be pretty darn quick for a street bike. Think Suzuki SV650 kind of quick, not 600RR quick. If you are cool with SV650 kind of quick, you might be able to snag one by next riding season if you get on the wait list.
      Marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Polaris Industries, is one of those very unsung hero's of EV technology. A well funded, well run organization with engineering skills to match it's management skills. Polaris invests in the more humble, but very necessary EV vehicles as the Polaris group steadily grows in size and diversity. There have been a lot of failures among aspiring EV makers, it's good to see Polaris solidly succeeding. Brammo couldn't have gained a better shareholder.