First Look: 2011 Brammo Empulse - E-Parity

Electric prototype's performance and price-gains on gas bikes

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Brammo

The Empulse pictured here, revealed to the public during the USGP at Laguna Seca this past July, is a production-intent prototype. Battery chemistry isn't the only aspect influenced by the TTXGP racebike. From the aluminum beam frame that mounts the liquid-cooled motor as a stressed member to the inverted fork and monoshock rear suspension, the Empulse looks virtually identical to the Enertia TTR, save for the streetfighter bodywork and lights.

Bramscher says the model could move into production as soon as spring of 2011, depending on initial consumer response. "Delivery depends on pre-order status, which ties directly to funding," Bramscher explains. "If we can get to 1000 pre-orders on the website fairly quickly, we can probably get there by early spring. If it's less, it will probably be mid-summer. That's the target."

Bramscher reports the company already logged "a few hundred" pre-orders (no deposit required) in the two weeks following the Empulse's debut. Apparently, this promising prototype has reduced electrical resistance by a few ohms already.

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