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Located in Ashland, Oregon, Brammo Motorsports revealed its new Empulse exclusively to Motorcycle USA at the photo shoot in the hanger of nearby Brim Helicopter

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Dave Lagman - Service & Support Operations Mgr  September 14, 2010 08:38 AM
I've been a big fan of just about anything EV. Currently I ride a petrol canyon carving Buell Firebolt to satisfy my weekend 2 wheeled rides but for years I've thought about building an EV motorcycle. I have modified an all electric full size scooter with a top speed reaching 50+mph, a standup recreational scooter, built an electric power assisted mt bike and even built/raced a petrol killing pocketbike for kart track racing. Through the years the biggest roadblock for me to justify building the ideal EV motorcycle has been the estimated cost for the batteries and motor to achieve what Brammo claims has done with the Empulse. I love the performance claims and like the Ducati Monster styling. I would prefer a full fairing model and I'd bet Brammo a version already in the works. Part of owning a motorcycle is customizing your bike and the 1st thing I would mod is a custom rear tire hugger, next would be a sporty subframe/tail section with a passenger seat+pegs then maybe add a full fairing which should help extend the range even more. Will be a tough wait for Mid-2011 to find out if Brammo's spec claims of 100mi range (realworld average) is fact or fiction, 100+mph top speed is a nice claim but I'd be happier to see a true 100 miles of range riding at a steady 65mph. Sticking with petrol for now but patiently waiting for the Empulse to arrive.