There's no serious nip-and-tuck going on here, but there are actual improvements that see its already-great handling improved, its range ever-so-slightly increased and its top speed raised. For instance, it's gone on a diet and, at 460 pounds, weighs 10 lbs less than the original. Also, for 2014, its hoops come swathed in SportAttack 2 high-tech rubber from Continental to helped keep it glued to the road. Even the riding position is adjusted, at least on the Empulse R, thanks to a new tapered aluminum handlebar.
The view from behind those bars has changed a bit too, with an updated dash now showing RPMs in analog and other info, such as speed and state of charge, featured on an incorporated LCD display. The boost in bling even extends to the battery brackets that are one of the bike's strongest styling cues. They've received a slight redesign and are now nickle plated for a more enduring shine.
The view from behind the handlebars has changed, too.
Spec-wise, the 2014 is similar to the previous model year. This means the battery holds 10.2 kWh (9.31 nominal) and takes 3.5 hours to go from completely empty to slap full while plugged into a 220-volt power source. Range is given as 128 miles in the city, 58 miles on the highway and 80 miles combined. Its said to achieve an impressive 438 MPGe. While both the base Brammo and the R-spec have motors that peak at 40 kW (54 horsepower), the unit in the R features more torque – 66 pound feet versus 46.5 lb-ft – for snappier acceleration. They both feature a 6-speed gearbox and now top out at 110 miles per hour.
Despite the improvements, the price tags read the same: $16,995 for the Empulse and $18,995 for the Empulse R. For more details on the official press release, scroll down a bit further.
Brammo is pleased to announce its 2014 Empulse and Empulse R. With its unique water cooled motor, six speed gearbox and integrated J1772 rapid charging, the Empulse remains as the market leader in the category.
A top speed of 110mph (177kph) and a 3kW onboard charger means the Brammo Empulse retains its crown as the world's fastest electric motorcycle in serial production both riding and charging.
The 2014 Empulse embodies many new and improved components making it an EV technology tour de force. Fully 10lbs of weight is removed from the Empulse, further improving performance, handling, and range.
With the ground-breaking IET integrated 6-speed transmission, the Empulse is able to translate its 90Nm (66 lb-ft) of electric motor torque to over 880Nm (650 ft-lbs) at the rear wheel. That's enough forward thrust to relegate direct-drive competitors to the rear view mirrors and compel the motorcycling press to compare the substantial performance to that of 650cc twin class motorcycles.
Of course performance isn't everything, and so the Empulse also boasts an impressive 438 MPGe (MPG electric equivalency) (.54 litre/100km-e) fuel economy, making the Empulse a smart move from a cost of ownership perspective as one of the cheapest motorcycles on the planet to refuel.
Craig Bramscher, Founder and CEO of Brammo said "Our customers expect Brammo to design and produce the world's most desirable, high performance electric motorcycles and that's exactly what we do." Bramscher continued, "Today's announcement underlines our commitment to listen to our customers and continually improve our products."
During 2014 the award winning Empulse and Empulse R will become available in the United States, Canada, Europe (including the United Kingdom), and in Asia. Brammo's ever growing dealer network and service capability ensure that our high levels of customer service will be maintained as the company scales up its international operations.
Brammo's new 100,000 sq ft (9290 m2) campus in Southern Oregon is home to the world's largest electric motorcycle facility, both the Brammo Power BPM15/90 battery packs and the 2014 Brammo Empulse are designed and assembled in Southern Oregon.