2012 Brammo Empulse Review


The 2012 Brammo Empulse has a six-speed transmission as standard equipment. The Integrated Electric Transmission (IET) is a mechatronic propulsion unit that emulates the feeling and performance of a traditional internal-combustion engine, with a specially developed electric motor, clutch and gear shift, that enables the Empulse to accelerate hard from the line up to a high top speed, something that is just not possible to achieve with a single ratio electric motorcycle. The 2012 Empulse is also the world's first production electric motorcycle to feature water-cooling.

The 2012 line also features the Empulse R which has a carbon fiber headlight shroud, front and rear fenders, top panel (this is the panel immediately ahead of the colored panel), and rear light housing. Empulse R also has a name badge and also features fully adjustable (gold) front suspension and fully adjustable rear-suspension. For both models, the battery is expected to charge in 8 hours using the Level I, while the Level II can fully charge the battery in 3.5 hours. The battery also gets charged through regenerative braking, which means that under deceleration, energy is returned to the battery system to both extend driving range and provide familiar rider feedback.

New For 2012

  • Longer ride time and battery life
  • Updated graphics and decals

2012 Brammo Empulse Specs

  • Model: Empulse, Empulse R
  • Engine Type: Permanent Magnet AC (PMAC) - Water Cooled
  • Bore and Stroke: Not applicable
  • Compression ratio: Not applicable
  • Valve Train: Not applicable
  • Induction: Not applicable
  • Ignition: electric
  • Transmission: IET six-speed gearbox with multi-plate, hydraulic activated wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Direct Chain Drive (14/48) 520 O-ring chain
  • Fuel Capacity: Electric motor
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: Electric motor with equivalent of 438 city MPG and 203 highway MPG. 121-mile range in city, 56-mile range on highway
  • Brakes (Front): Dual 310mm Brembo floating disk with twin four piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Calipers, Radial Mount.
  • Brakes (Rear): Brembo single disk with dual piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Caliper
  • Suspension (Front): Fully Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks (Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks)
  • Suspension (Rear): Fully Adjustable Sachs Shock (Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable Sachs Shocks)
  • Wheelbase: 58 inches
  • Rake: 24 degrees
  • Trail: 3.8 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 470 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70-17 AVON AV79
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55-17 AVON AV80


  • Unavailable

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