The sun may be setting on summer, but it's just rising on the best electric motorcycle deal ever. Brammo has just launched an end-of-summer promotion that chops thousands of dollars off the price tags of several of its models. If you've been mulling a move to a two-wheeled electric vehicle, this is likely the best value you will see for some time.

The Enertia Plus is the least expensive electric motorcycle you can buy.

Though the Oregon-based company likes to focus on its premier products, the Empulse and Emulse R, its Enertia Plus is a pretty sweet commuter bike. It has a simpler one-gear drivetrain and offers between 40-to-80 miles of range. Now, at $6,995 – down from $10,995 – it's the least expensive electric motorcycle you can buy.

Of course, the Empulse models are probably the best-handling and best-looking battery bike currently on the market, and with $5,000 slashed from the bottom line, they only become even more compelling. Step back in time and grab a 2013 machine and you can save an additional $2,000.

If you want to ride into summer's sunset, we suggest stopping by a dealer for a test drive. For Angelenos, that will mean a visit to Brammo's newest retailer, Hollywood Electrics. To get a good technical look at what goes into an Empulse, scroll below for video featuring the company's director of product development (and all-around nice guy) Brian Wismann explaining its workings using a cut-away model.

As a bonus, we've also thrown in an awesome video from Brammo's racing sponsor, Icon, which features a pair of prototype Empulse RR bikes enthusiastically tearing up some curvaceous blacktop in the Northwest wilds. While these machines are not available for sale at any price, we suspect something similar may make its way into the line up before too long.





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      LittleFreak
      • 3 Months Ago
      Mine got dropped off yesterday. Awesome bike so far.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Months Ago
      What exactly is the difference between the Empulse and the Empulse R?
        karlInSanDiego
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @BipDBo
        http://www.brammo.com/empulse_specifications/ Apparently in 2014 model the major differences are: R has higher peak torque motor R has fully adjustable forks vs. semi adjustable R has fully adjustable shock vs. semi adjustable R is available in more colors R (used to anyway) have carbon fiber front fender and rear hugger, chainguard and binnacle.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Outstanding explanation and visual. I still don't see the advantage of 6 gears though seeing as how the completion has fixed gearing and is fast both off the line and at high speed. A transmission adds weight which is a huge negative trade off.
        DarylMc
        • 3 Months Ago
        Hi Dan White Yeah it was an outstanding video of the inner workings of the machine. I'd like to see more of that and think it can only help with product acceptance and interest in EV's. I understand they had to choose something which was available but my guess is 6 gears is probably a lot more than it needs. Not because the weight would be that huge but purely from a mechanical and operating simplicity point of view.
        karlInSanDiego
        • 3 Months Ago
        Dan an infinitely powerful motor with infinite rpm rating could do it all, but if you want to scale the motor back to be more efficient, you can lean on a transmission to give a better mechanical advantage of that smaller motor for quick accel off the line, while still allowing for a taller gear for top speed that is still in the sweet spot of motor efficiency. Zero is def. comparable, but some components aren't as substantial. I definitely enjoyed the riding experience of the Brammo Empulse over the Zero S, and the engaging clutch and shifter work is part of that enjoyment. Empulse started life as a single speed and their TTX race bike still is one, but they saw an opportunity to refine the design and actually make it better with that transmission. Non riders, or fans of automatic cars will have a hard time accepting that the addition of the effort needed to operate two hands and two feet instead of one and hand one foot is a good thing.
          LittleFreak
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @karlInSanDiego
          The TTX isn't single geared. Neither is the RR.
          LittleFreak
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @karlInSanDiego
          NM seems like some TTX are and some arn't depending on what build it is. So they have tried both options.
        LittleFreak
        • 3 Months Ago
        I have an Empulse R and the gear makes sense if you ride one. For example you could put this bike into 6th gear and never have to shift and you will have the same top speed and still an acceleration to out pace most cars, but you wouldn't have the bat out of hell acceleration you get on the lower gears of this bike. It adds a lot to the bike. They upgraded their Enertia model to fit the people who are looking for a bike that is simply efficient. The Empulse is competing with super sports and therefore it designed like one.
        • 3 Months Ago
        They bike they refer to in the article-the cheap seats Enertia Plus-is listed as having a single gear, so it's direct drive. Since they contrast it with it's more expensive stable mates of the Empulse and Empulse R, but don't specify, I assume that they have a multispeed gearbox but just don't know as I am not familiar with them.
        Peter Middleton
        • 3 Months Ago
        Cuz shifting gears is fun and allows smaller other components
      • 3 Months Ago
      I have a Honda VFR800 and love it. I seldom ever ride only 40-80 miles in a single trip. I don't feel like I've even ridden my bike if it's less than 100 miles, and prefer 500+ in a day (covers 3-4 states for me). I would have no use for this bike as I do not commute with my bike. These drivers will absolutely kill you and don't care that it's their fault. I prefer long country/mountain roads, and this bike doesn't even get close to addressing my needs regarding a bike. If it works for some - then great. I'd probably just buy an Elio before this bike.
        Peter Middleton
        • 3 Months Ago
        So dont buy it.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Than buying a bike specifically aimed at commuters is probably not a good move for you, electric or not. Move along...
      danfred311
      • 3 Months Ago
      Motorcycles still don't and will never matter. Brammo, make a 600kg 200km range aerodynamic Tesla Roadster and sell it for 25k$. Be relevant instead of that bullshit. How hard can it be to understand.
      Jared Kaufman
      • 3 Months Ago
      My comments got cut off for some reason. What I was saying was that for my needs, the lower-end single-speed bike at the price-point originally advertised was my sweet spot. I was on the waiting list (number 60-something) until Brammo decided to make a major engineering change and hike the price. I ended up going ICE thinking that someday someone would make the bike for me. I realize that Brammo can't make a bike for everyone. Hopefully the new pricing will carry through to new model years and isn't just "making way for the new models" and in that case in a few years when I'm ready I'll take another look at Brammo...
      • 3 Months Ago
      Hi everybody, what about the european dealers?
        Spiffster
        • 3 Months Ago
        Thats a very good question... and you are in luck as well. Check this out! http://www.brammo.com/eu-incentives/
          DarylMc
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spiffster
          Hi Spifter I see that you are providing good info on this blog but is there somewhere else where you are relaying you experience with the machine? It would be good to read a bit more about it from an owner.
          LittleFreak
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @Spiffster
          There is a Brammo Owners Forum with a lot of knowledge from actual owners.
      Jeff Gilleran
      • 3 Months Ago
      Some great engineering went into this bike. Very impressive. If I had the money, Id buy one right now. :)
      • 3 Months Ago
      Odd that there is not one picture of the Enertia shown in the gallery. It is no where near as nice looking as the Empulse.
      DarylMc
      • 3 Months Ago
      I'm sure Brammo is watching the comments and I just want to pass on what an excellent video the technical talk on the cutaway bike was. There is definitely a shortage of that kind of information on the internet. Whether or not the Empulse race bikes in the second video are ever likely to see road use it was excellent to watch as well. We can only hope so. Congratulations Brammo.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Domenick, thanks for the coverage of the electric motorcycle world thus far. It's an area that most EV websites don't cover. I was hoping that when Autoblog Green picked up on the Brammo fire sale, they might go into more detail of it's implications than the blogs did. Instead, this is just a rehashing of Brammo's press announcement. I was hoping you could discuss weather this is good or bad for Brammo, and how it will effect 2015.
      • 3 Months Ago
      My round trip commute to work every day is about 62 miles. So if this thing only gets 40 miles to a charge (the low end of claimed range) I'm walking a lot. No thanks. I'll stick to my current commuter bike. 2013 FLHTCU. Even though I live in the wilds of NE PA, I average about 12k a year on her.
        Spiffster
        • 4 Hours Ago
        I dont have any experience with the Enertia but can tell you from experience that my Empulse R gets 60 miles range, and thats all highway speeds of 70+ riding somewhat aggressively. I have managed 70 miles before (all highway). I would agree thats still cutting it too short for your commute, but if you could charge at work, you would be good.
        LittleFreak
        • 4 Hours Ago
        I'll be running a similar length trip this weekend on my Empulse R. We will see if it can do the distance. I go 3 days without charging for my 20 mile round trip commute. Also I'm not driving it effeciently because I'm still in the break in period.
        Peter Middleton
        • 4 Hours Ago
        Right there you said it. NE Pennsylvania. This is essentially an urban bike. Not made for you.
        • 4 Hours Ago
        Similarly my roundtrip commute is near 70 miles so the low-end Enertia probably will not cut it for me. I doubt my work would allow me to recharge here either. I too will stick with my current motorycle, a 2010 BMW S1000RR. Gets around 43 MPG if I keep the rev's down. And like you Grinch I put about 10k miles a year on it.
          • 4 Hours Ago
          Dana if I don't grab a lot of right wrist I get about 40 in a 50-50 highway-2 lane commute. Gotten as much as 44 on long highway trips were I kept to the speed limit. Gotten as low as 36 in commuting. And I find my 'Glide's riding position (this is the second Glide I had, the first one was an 01 bought brand new, then totaled in August '13 by a little old lady who pulled out in front of me) and ergos and such to fit me to a T. When you spend as much time in the saddle as we do, that's really the important factor, other than safety of course. And no, my workplace would not let me plug in and recharge while I was there. If they upped the range to say 150-200 miles this might be a tempting commuter bike, but as is, not for me.
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