Call it the Empulse — or maybe the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Oregon-based electric-motorcycle manufacturer Brammo is showing off a new
model that looks, and should nearly perform, like a gas-fed naked sport bike.
The company says the Empulse will hit 160 km/h and weighs in at a slim 390 lb (177 kg). It’s fitted with full-size tires, good quality brakes and suspension, and is powered by a 55-hp motor that’s water-cooled (a first, they say, for an electric streetbike) that will develop 59 lb-ft of torque from one throttle stop to the other.
The bike was developed following a fairly successful foray into racing at last year’s Isle of Man TTXGP all-electric road race, in which they finished third.
There’s the usual limit with these things — range — but this one comes in three battery-pack versions, the 6.0, the 8.0, and the 10.0 — for 60 miles (about 100 km), 80 miles, and 100 miles before the juice runs out. Each version will hit that 160 km/h mark, they say, and recharging is a matter of plugging an ordinary electrical cord into the bike’s socket, located where a gas cap would be on an old-fashioned motorcycle.
Prices will range from $10,000 for the
6.0 to $14,000 for the 10.0, when the bike goes on sale next year. In
the U.S., green incentives will lower that price by a few thousand