2009 Brammo Enertia: Initial Report

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brammoenertia.jpgThe Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle goes on-sale at select Best Buys on July 5. That distribution hints at its intended purpose: to appeal to people that don’t buy traditional motorcycles. With zero-emissions, low running costs, and silent, simple operation it should do just that. But after people buy it, how well is it going to work?

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Initial Report: 2009 Brammo Enertia

  • Crosstie

    Wow – that’s the first time I’ve looked at an electric bike and had an instant ‘WANT’ reaction – the styling hits all the right marks for me.

    The performance sounds fine for around-town riding – here’s hoping the price tag comes down into my range before too long.

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk Urban Rider

    +1 for the Brammo. I could definitely see me owning of these for commuting.

    With the good weather I use my old 2 stroke 175 Yamaha for my 5 mile journey each way. I imagine the two feel fairly similar in terms of weight and power output.

    And I like the styling.

  • JR

    This may be obvious, but can someone explain the tread pattern on the front tire of this bike. It looks like it should be spinning the other direction to throw water away from the tire not scoop it up into the center of the tire.

    See what I’m sayin?

    I’m thinking I’m missing something obvious though.

  • AJ

    Those are Avon tires, I’ve got a set of those, and yeah those tires are put on correctly, even if it looks like they’re backwards.
    Looks like a sweet machine, I can’t wait to get my own! I’ve heard they are a blast to ride.

  • Paul

    I like it, but for 12k? I can think of a handful of gas powered, lust-worthy bikes I could buy with that much money. Then there’s the safety issue. Drivers have hard enough time paying attention to bikes already. Do I really want a silent one?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Silence is not a safety issue. Your trust in other drivers being competent enough to not kill you is.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      At this point you’re paying for the batteries, cost will come down as battery production ramps up worldwide in the next few years.

      $12,000 to be the first person on your block with an overbuilt, super sexy electric motorcycle is pretty good.

      Silence is a plus, not a minus.

  • s0crates82

    if you’re worried about people not hearing/seeing you, hit the horn if you think there’s imminent danger. be ready, at all times, to emergency brake, or maneuver around obstacles.

    this bike is killer. if it did 80mph for 40 miles, i’d want it for my daily commute.

  • Paul

    Good point…

  • Stephen

    Where would you go if the bike needed to be repaired? The lack of repair shops that can solve service problems is an argument I’d make against it.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      What needs fixing? There’s exponentially less moving parts than in an internal combustion engine and all the moving bits: forks, brakes, shock etc are common to all motorcycles and can be fixed by anyone.

      Battery or motor problems, which will be far less common than engine break downs, can be handled by the Geek Squad.

      • Stephen

        That’s exactly what I was wondering. Thanks.

  • JR

    Wes, you make a great point about the maintenance. Less parts equals less parts to break.

    I’m looking forward to the price coming down to an “almost college grad” price range.

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  • Alex Hatcher

    You can get a speaker that makes noise if you one of those that think sound travels in front of you.

  • BobG

    And they already have a huge dealer network – Best Buy. Like everything else they sell, you may even be able to get it fixed there. Pretty neat.

  • Gerry

    I can’t wait until these come to Pennsylvania.

  • Mike

    I will wait until the price tag comes down to around 6K. By then it will be a proven viable option to gas. Also in 10 years I may be ready to give up my cruiser! HA HA HA

  • http://HTML Susan sackett ONeil

    Its still an open air,vulnerable and trusting other people NOT to kill you is foolhardy.