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2008 Brammo Enertia First Ride Photo Gallery
Brammo Enertia Prototype First Ride
Motorcycle USA takes a spin on the Brammo Enertia, an electric-powered motorcycle prototype that runs for less than two cents per mile. Read all about it in the
2008 Brammo Enertia First Ride
The Brammo Enertia taps electric power, making it a green alternative - especially when sourcing renewable power, like solar.
The Enertia could be the beginning of a two-wheeled revolution.
Is that the new electric motorcycle?
The Enertia is an extremely quiet motorcycle, and riders will hear road noises they didn't notice before.
The Enertia drew plenty of attention during our brief test ride.
Strolling through downtown Ashland. The Enertia is a purpose-built commuter, ideal as a zero-emission errand runner.
Riding position on the Brammo is quite comfortable, feeling like a smaller dual-sport.
Brammo was successful in designing an electric two-wheeler that retains a traditional motorcycle feel.
Wide footpegs are comfortably placed.
Another button, by the throttle, must be pressed before the action begins, which is fortunate as it is easy for a lackadaisical rider to mistakenly twist a live throttle.
Brembo stoppers, dual-piston front / single-piston rear, are competent and more than adequate for the Enertia’s commuting duties.
An Elka shock, adjustable for compression and rebound, links the swingarm to the frame.
A 12V plug is located in the top of where a gas tank would be in a conventional bike.
A simple 12V plug and 3 hours is all a rider needs to fill up the Enertia for a full charge.
A small gokart chain will be replaced by a sturdier motorcycle chain in the production version of the Enertia.
Getting on the ‘gas’ and the immediate electric power is evident.
With a 24-degree rake, 3.7-in trail and 56-in wheelbase, the riding feel is quite familiar.
The Brammo Enertia taps power from six lithium-phosphate batteries manufactured by Austin, Texas-based Valence Technologies.
Where an ECU meters out precise fuel and ignition in an internal combustion engine, the Brammo utilizes a BMS (battery management system).
Perhaps summoning his Dell design experience, Wissman fashioned a very computer-like power button resting on top of where a fuel tank would normally be.
The Enertia is a balanced, quick-turning mount that feels even lighter than its 280-lb claim.
Able to ditch the heft of a conventional transmission, clutch and exhaust system and the Enertia tips the scales at a skinny 280 lbs.
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