The Translogic crew has trekked northward to Ashland, OR, to ride the epically electrified Brammo Empulse R motorcycle. With a six-speed transmission that enables both huge accelerative potential and 100+ mile per hour top speeds, as well as a maximum range of 121 miles, the Empulse R case on paper is pretty solid.

As it turns out, the case the EV bike makes for itself on the street is rock solid, too – at least that's the impression we're given from the huge smiles in the video below. Translogic also chats with Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher, and catches up with the progress of the racing team. Check it out.



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      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I read the test on this in one of the motorcycle pubs. I like the use of a transmission and thought it might be a cool second bike to own. At least until I read the price! At least they are realistic at targeting the street fighter and commuter market as the performance is not there to challenge the ludicrous performance available in modern super sports.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've ridden my SV for hundreds of miles in a day. Back roads, river roads, etc. You simply cannot do that with this bike. But hey, you can commute on the damn thing! Woohoo! I guess it's a step in the right direction.
      hb341
      • 1 Year Ago
      Call me when the range is 300 miles and recharge time is 30 seconds. Just saying...
        Ricardo Gozinya
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hb341
        300 mile range? Most motorcycles can't even do 200 miles. And it takes longer than 30 seconds to fill them up at the gas station.
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hb341
        You don't get it, do you?
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @S.
          He does, he's saying he doesn't give a ****. Guess you couldn't pick up on that.
      Max Wagner
      • 1 Year Ago
      As the owner of an Empulse R, I'm really glad that my ride is being covered. It balances eco-friendliness and sportiness.
        rpiian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Wagner
        You are THE owner? Well sir, I bow in your general direction! :) Congrats on the purchase!
          tgintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rpiian
          There\'s more owners than you think, myself being another one.
        tgintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Wagner
        max, you on the forums? Where ya from?
      tgintz
      • 1 Year Ago
      No one ever said that this vehicle is for everyone. No motorcycle ever is! Sure it doesn't go far enough, fast enough, etc. for a percentage of the riders out there….it’s the same way a Cruiser isn’t for anyone, or a scooter isn’t for everyone. I'm part of the demographic who's lifestyle the Empulse fits… and that’s who Brammo is marketing to. And I happen to be the owner of White Noise #24. I've driven mine maybe 300 miles so far (3 weeks, it's been rainy most of that time here in Portland) at a cost of maybe $3. I absolutely love this bike. The range is just fine for ALL of my daily riding. I can get to and from work twice without recharging (~30 miles round trip). I can go home, eat dinner, and go back out riding again. The transmission is a blast, it handles better than any bike I’ve owned, it’s cheap to ride, it looks great and I get a ton of people jerking their heads sideways and giving me thumbs up as I ride past them. Sure it’s expensive, but I don’t mind being an early adopter that helps contribute to bringing the cost down for everyone else…. And I definitely don’t mind zipping past gas stations.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its a good start. The price will keep people like me away but I am sure they will eventually offer something better and more affordable. For now I am happy not driving my mustang gt (16 mpg) but riding my ninja (40-50 mpg)
        Xopher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        They've also the the Enertia, with models ranging from 7,995 to 10,995. Not nearly as streetfighter-cool or as powerful as thisone, but far more affordable and perfectly good as city-bikes, from the look of them.
      justgoawaymad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like fun BUT for 19k I can buy a TON of gas for any of my gas powered cycles. My victory gets the worst at 42. Maybe at 10k but not 19. Sorry but for electric to work for me it has to pencil.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @justgoawaymad
        The non-S version will be sold for 17K, and will be eligible for a federal income tax credit this year, making the price $15,300 instead of 19K. But yea, that's still pretty expensive. It will be nice once prices start getting more realistic.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @justgoawaymad
        BUT THE ENVIRONMENT GUYSSS.
      Codeman
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I go motorcycling, I want to get out of the city and head to the nicest driving roads in the region. A typical weekend joyride will take at least half a day. Too bad electric vehicles have such limited ranges.
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Codeman
        When I go motorcycling, 98% of the time it's my fun commuter vehicle. Las Vegas isn't that big across, and this would be a great fun commuter with the perfect range, if not for that (relatively) steep price. Different strokes for different folks, man.
          rpiian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @S.
          Agreed. I would say I'm more of a commuter but there are days where I'll poach my favorite twisties for 4-5 hours at a time. The Impulse R would be more than adequate for my commuting.
          Mr Sled
          • 1 Year Ago
          @S.
          You are different folks mr commuter.
      Xopher
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very much want. There just seems to be very little drawback to this, beyond cost. Hopefully the maintenance infrastructure is available widely enough.
      eeenok
      • 1 Year Ago
      you might think the sound is silly, but it's EXACTLY what vehicles sounded like in 70's sci-fi, so for me it's totally awesome
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      56 highway miles doesn't get me to work. Let alone home after work. And what's the range when hauling down backroads after work? I suspect worse than the 56mile range. Besides: I don't ride a motorcycle to save money. I ride one because I want to. And being limited to riding an hour at a time doesn't work for me at all.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Coming from a family of biker's I thought the entire intent of motorcycles was to be able to enjoy the windy back roads.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Electric bikes are perfect for picking up the ladies, zero fumes, no loud noise, no pipes to burn their legs etc.
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        @paulwesterberg
        [blocked]
          audisp0rta4
          • 1 Year Ago
          *1322lb. Still asinine...
          audisp0rta4
          • 1 Year Ago
          The amount of crack you've got to be smoking to determine that Tesla could easily sell a 1280lb version of the Roadster for only 25k...when they couldn't even sell the "real" Roadster for under 100k is mind boggling. You make us motorcycle riders seem like perfectly sensible people, lol
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