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Running on Fumes

Brammo Wants to Shock Barack

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Our neighbors here in Southern Oregon, Brammo Motorsports, have been making a lot of news lately. First, by pushing an improved version of the electric Enertia powercycle into production and onto the sales floor at Best Buy. Second, a prominent role in the first-ever international electric road race - the TTXGP at the Isle of Man. And now the Brammo boys are staging a savvy PR coup by delivering an Enertia to our president, Barack Obama.
Able to ditch the heft of a conventional transmission  clutch and exhaust system and the Enertia tips the scales at a skinny 280 lbs.
Motorcycle USA tested the Enertia prototype last year and Wismann promises the production version is improved, with the top speed raised from 50s to 60s. He also assured us a test ride on the newer version in the near future. Stay tuned.

Shocking Barack is the name of the journey and the idea for the trip is quite clever. Enertia Lead Designer Brian Wismann and ad rep Dave Schiff are retracing the steps of the Big Three auto makers from Detroit to Washington, D.C. when they crawled to the capital looking for a bailout. 

“Only instead of private jets and $20,000 round trip, we’re going via Brammo powercycles and about $4 worth of electricity,” said Schiff in the introductory video (see below). “And when we get there instead of asking for a handout, our hope is to present the President with what we think is a homegrown solution to the transportation crisis.”

At this time the duo are braving the weather riding their way to D.C. one power charge at a time. The Enertia has a range upward of 40 miles, depending on the way it's ridden, so lots of stops to recharge the batteries. Along the way the two are showing off the potential of the electric design to curious onlookers and having a fine time, if their blog is any indication.

But can they make it?

It’s a question they are asking themselves, with their latest blog post:

“Can we make it do DC? Can we really give a bike to Obama? From the outset we’ve asked ourselves those questions. But those aren’t the real questions, the big questions, the questions to which even an imagined “yes” generates goose bumps. Can Americans innovate? Can we create jobs? Can people go from A to B without harming the earth? These are the questions that matter, the real questions behind our trip.”

For a little inspiration the Brammo crew stopped off at a custom painter in Pittsburg to put their answer on the Enertia’s tank. The words are something the Commander in Chief should be familiar with - “Yes We Can!”

Follow Brian and Dave progress at www.shockingbarack.com  

Post Tags: electric motorcycles, barack obama
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Comments
Tim B -Keep your toy! October 22, 2009 09:49 AM
Haha! That's true Bernard! Who wants a Power Wheels motorcycle?! OK I should say what ADULT wants a Power Wheels motorcycle? NOT I!!!

This PR trip has alterior motives no matter what lie Brammo is telling us. Brammo wants some kind of tax break, tax incentives, or some kind of handout/bailout for them and/or their customers even if they're not asking for it. At the least, they're doing this as a huge publicity stunt. The funny thing is that they're riding a dud to give it to another dud. Call the pair Barack O'Brammo! Haha!

Battery powered electric vehicles are NOT the answer to our ecologicial problems. Batteries have their own ecological impact as do power plants. When will people wake up and realize this?

The good thing is we are nowhere close to having electric powered sport bikes. Unless of course you want to pull a trailer full of batteries.

Did anybody read about the joke they call the TTXGP? They weren't racing, they were cruising around the Isle at street legal speeds. And some bikes didn't even finish the race without having to be recharged.
Sam -Yes we can, what? October 22, 2009 09:38 AM
Someone remind me, what exactly are we saving the planet from? Global warming? Oh that's right we can't call it Global warming anymore since the Earth has been in a cooling trend for the last 9 years and is expected to continue cooling for the next 30 years! Now it's "Climate Change".

Give me the internal combustion motor! If I want an electric bike I'll go pick up one from Fisher-Price toys.

We are all getting hosed by the chicken-little's telling us if we just throw money at them or ride inferior performing vehicles, they can save the planet.

Always follow the money and not the hype and you'll see the truth behind the myth.

Bernard Shattuck -Electric scooter October 22, 2009 05:25 AM
I had one of those when I was five. What a load of crap.