Brammo know-how and Isle of Man TT racing experience leads Polaris to relaunch the Empulse as a Victory, complete with 54 horsepower and zero emissions.
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 2014 Brammo Empulse has made its official entrance and, as you can see by the photo above, it's looking just as sweet as ever. Perhaps even a tad sweeter. That's because it's done the electric-motorcycle equivalent of preparing for a high school reunion. Yup, it's had a bit of a make over.
The gauntlet has been thrown down. Although the freshly revealed Spark-Renault SRT_01E racecar isn't scheduled to spin a wheel in anger for another year yet, when the Formula E series officially kicks off, it has already received its first challenge. One from an unexpected source.
After becoming the first media outlet to ride the Brammo Empulse R, Hell For Leather has announced that the electric motorcycle has finally arrived. The enthusiast website has, in the past, had its way with other battery-powered bikes, but they either were not yet available for sale or, if they were, they failed to impress. Not so with the Empulse.
After enduring a wait for the Brammo Empulse R reveal that was so long it seemed a construct of Samuel Beckett, the moment of truth seemed to pass us by far too quickly. While we've comforted ourselves with the thought that there will soon be deliveries and real-world reviews of the sexy electric street fighter, we are certainly relieved to have our Empulse cravings calmed somewhat by the release of a promotional video.
Last night, after nearly two years of waiting, the wraps finally came off the Brammo Empulse and Empulse R electric sport bikes. And, wow! Although it's received many refinements, there is still a strong similarity between the final design and the prototype, with lots of sexy to be seen in the naked streetfighter.
Twenty-one months ago, Brammo announced the Empulse, a hot-looking electric streetfighter capable of hitting 100 miles per hour and offering up to 100 miles of range. Electric motorcycles had arrived. Minds were changed, $6 million in pre-orders were placed and enthusiastic fans hunkered down and chatted about this two-wheeled object of desire on internet forums and waited. And waited. And then...nothing.
How does a company grow from being a small outfit in Ashland, Oregon with a product line consisting of a single electric motorcycle to becoming a world-dominating tour de force with an impressive range of machines and volume-manufacturing capability on four continents? If you're Brammo, you partner with Flextronics. This multi-billion dollar electronics manufacturer with a presence in 30 countries and a highly developed supply chain will enable the brand to hold down costs, build bikes close to