Brammo Empulse R | First Ride

eBike Fun, Now With Gears

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Kevin Wing

TECH SPEC

EVOLUTION
Chassis and engine technology borrowed from Brammo’s TTXGP racer, cloaked in streetfighter styling, and finished with the first Integrated Electric Transmission.

RIVALS
Zero S

TECH 
Price$18,995
Motor typel-c permanent-magnet AC (PMAC)
Motor controllerSevcon Gen 4
BatteryBrammo Power BPM15/90 lithium ion, 252 cells
Battery capacity9.3 kWh (nominal)/10.2 kWh (max)
Battery voltage103.6 V (nominal)
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Transmission6-speed
Claimed horsepower54.0 bhp @ 8200 rpm
Claimed torque60.5 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm
FrameAluminum twin-spar
Front suspensionMarzocchi 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping 
Rear suspensionSachs shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brakeDual Brembo four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brakeBrembo two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire120/70ZR-17 Avon AV79
Rear tire180/55ZR-17 Avon AV80
Rake/trail24°/3.8 in.
Seat height31.5 in.
Wheelbase58.0 in.
Claimed Range121 city/56 highway/77 combined
Recharge time8 hrs. (Level 1)/3.5 hrs. (Level 2)
Claimed curb weight470 lbs.
ColorEclipsed Black, True Blood Red, White Noise
AvailableNow
Warranty24 mo., unlimited mi.
ContactBrammo
550 Clover Lane
Ashland, OR
97520
541.552.0414
www.brammo.com

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars
Six speeds, serious acceleration, credible top speed, and (almost) real-world range make this the most dynamic and exciting eBike yet.

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