Bad news for Brammo’s electric bikers: according to Asphalt and Rubber, word has it that the company’s flagship Empulse motorbike will now be delayed to 2012, citing CEO Craig Bramscher’s decision to integrate a certain new technology before launch. What could this be? Well, the site speculates that this has something to do with the six-speed Integrated Electric Transmission (IET) that Brammo recently licensed from Italian firm S.M.R.E., and this technology’s already featured on the company’s Engage and Encite dirt bikes announced last week. That said, there’s also a rumor that Brammo didn’t reach its pre-order goal of 1,000 units, which would certainly make sense for the company to delay the launch to pimp up its 100mph ride. We asked the Stig for a comment, and he wasn’t impressed.
Brammo delays flagship Empulse electric motobike to 2012, teases new transmission tech originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 May 2011 02:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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You remember the Enertia, right — that sweet electric motorcycle from Brammo? Well, a few years back the company slapped some dirt bike tires on this silent cycle (seen above) and taunted the world with the possibility of an Earth-friendly offroad ride. Such a creation never made it to market, sadly, but it looks like the company may finally be ready to deliver. The bike hounds over at Asphalt & Rubber were digging through the AMA MiniMoto SX supercross race list of entrants when they spotted the Brammo name… which is odd since the Oregon-based company’s current vehicles are all street-only affairs. Guess Zero Motorcycles better watch its back, there may be new challenger for king of the electric dirt bike hill. We won’t have to wait long to know for sure — the Brammo team will be launching its latest creation through the muddy, hairpin turns at the South Point Arena in Vegas next week.
Brammo taking its electric motorcycles offroad in Vegas next week, puts Zero on notice originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We haven’t heard an awful lot about the Brammo Empulse since it launched last summer, but Asphalt and Rubber managed to catch the thing doing its thing at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California. The bike and its crew were out for some testing, abbreviated tail all taped full of telemetry and spitting back data as the it quietly screamed its way around the track. The race-ready Empulse RR is getting ready for the 2011 TTXGP series for electric race bikes, where it’ll be competing against the likes of the Mission R — which hopefully will have put its fairings back on by then.
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Brammo Empulse RR electric race bike goes screaming by at Thunderhill test (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.