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2008 Brammo Enertia First Ride Photo Gallery

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 article.

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