Most everyone interested in electric motorcycles has heard by now, the Brammo Empulse is out in its final production form and it’s a looker. From the start, the Empulse had a lot of visual appeal and the production version looks even better. There’s both an Empulse and Empulse R, priced at $16,995 for the standard version and $18,995 if you want the carbon fiber extras.
So what does the Empulse offer? The technology is pretty impressive, it has a 54hp water cooled AC motor and a six speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch for those of us that like to fiddle with gears. Regenerative braking puts a bit of energy back into the batteries and makes the deceleration feel more like conventional engine braking.
It has a 100mph+ top speed and a city range of 121 miles, highway driving runs out at 56 miles and a combined half and half driving type yields 77 miles before recharge. Recharging at Level 1 (120 volt single phase) takes 8 hours and Level 2 (240 volt
three split phase) takes 3.5 hours.
The Empulse represents the best the electric motorcycle manufacturers have right now and there is certainly a lot to like. Electric enthusiasts will cheer and I would hope they start spending hard earned dollars to back up their enthusiasm with a purchase and then begin using the Empulse for daily riding.
Personally, I think the Empulse is a step in the right direction, but I’m waiting for the “no excuse necessary” model, because whenever I see recharge times measured in hours, it’s pretty clear, we’re not there yet.