Brammo Enertia Plus: double the range, not double the price

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Equipped with double the battery capacity, the Brammo Enertia Plus doubles the standard Enertia’s range from 40 to 80 miles. The tradeoff? Well, the weight remains unaltered, but the price does increase by $1,000 to $8,995. Electric commuting starting to make sense yet?
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In addition to the new 6.0kWh Lithium Iron Phosphate battery pack, Brammo has also tweaked the handling with a increased fork offset and decreased trail, also positioning the handlebars 1-inch further back, this should make the Enertia Plus a touch easier to steer. Brammo also claims the Plus has a tighter turning circle.

When we rode the Brammo Enertia in New York last summer, we found it to be a near ideal urban commuting bike. With a measured (up hill) top speed of 65mph, it was quick enough for short stretches of highway and the 29.5lb/ft of torque enabled it to easily out accelerate most other traffic away from a stoplight. Clutch free and impossibly slim, it was unbelievably easy to ride and unintimidating, but the Marzocchi forks and stiff chassis meant it also handled extremely well. Unlike some of the competition, it felt expensive, not cheap and more like a motorcycle than a motorized bicycle. These changes will only make it better.

Already own an Enertia and want to upgrade? Brammo’s offering a $2,500 rebate to all existing customers which, in addition to a 10 percent federal tax break and state tax incentives of up to $1,500 (depending on which state you live in), helps make this a very sweet deal.

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  • MichaelMM

    Wow, super tempting! Too bad I dumped all my eggs into the Ducati basket with my last purchase, haha!

  • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

    “Marzocchi forks and stiff chassis meant it also handled extremely well”

    When riding Brammofan’s Enertia, I noticed these same attributes. My only complaint about handling is the small amount that the forks could move. I felt like another 5 to 10 degrees between stops would have been more appropriate.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Well it looks like you’re getting that with the Plus, assuming we’re talking about turning radius here that is.

    • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

      Hey Justin! I guess they listened to us about that fork limitation.

  • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

    Applause for progress. The new range validates the concept of perfect commuter for the vast majority of people.

  • http://www.brammo.com BrammoBrian

    Thanks for the comments! Listening to customers is what has pushed the development of the Empulse and now the Enertia Plus. Yes – the new bike addresses the relatively poor turning lock-to-lock on the original bike.

    • Cajun58

      The range and speed would work really well for an off road bike or dual sport and electric power would be excellent in the dirt. I like the styling by the way.

  • Johndo

    Very nice to see these companies pushing the envelope. Unfortunately for now it couldn’t meet my needs, as I regularly travel 2-300km in a day and I would miss the sound of those traditionnal engines :) That said, If I had the money to buy 2 bikes, I’d certainly put one of those on my list for city commuting. Great idea, well done. Hope it catches on in the big cities and in a few years those sales allow development of bikes with 2-3 times that range and more power.

  • John

    That’s fantastic. Now can you make it something less than hideous? I’m not that superficial, but I have my limits.

    “Ladies and gentleman, [this motorcycle is] gay.”

    “I mean, not homosexual gay, but you know, my parents were chaperoning the dance — gay.”

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s actually a really nice looking bike, it’s just really hard to shoot. Check out Grant’s photos, they’re the only ones I’ve ever see that do it justice:

      http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2009/06/2009-brammo-enertia-initial-report/

      • John

        Rosanne Barr is “difficult to shoot”. That’s what we call “impossible to shoot, even with Photoshop”.

        The Empulse is gorgeous. But not looking terribly practical for what is going to be an in-town runabout.

    • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

      That’s some funny sh!t. I know my wife wishes it was more gay than it is. The last time we went to a local festival, I rode, she followed in her car. She was kind of pissed by the time we got to the destination because she “lost count of how many bitches chatted you up” at stop lights. Then, it took me half an hour to get out of the parking lot because people were asking me questions about it. Gay? Sure… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • John

        Well, I just hope you don’t do what my brother did, calling people on the cell phone to tell them how many mpg he is getting in his Prius.

  • John

    I’m very much willing to buy an electric bike, but for $10K, I need a 200-250 mile range as a minimum, or it will more likely be a Triumph Tiger and then we’ll revisit it in a few years. A $6-$7K Supermoto or small adventure/commuter with 100 mile range would be fine.

    They’re getting close, but they need to get rid of the Enertia ASAP and build something that is attractive as well as practical. Something as attractive as the Empulse, but with an upright riding position. From a marketing standpoint, the Enertia sets back electric bikes for years, based on the Prius factor. Very small clientele group willing to look that silly and the Brammo name gets associated with the new definition of “gay” instead of something like the Empulse.

    • EmpulseBuyer

      What’s with you an this whole “gay” thing? I’ll be the first to admit that I bought the Fusion Hybrid because I thought the Prius was for chicks but you bring it to a whole new level. I guess it depends on your point of view and what constitutes “gay” in your opinion… 200-250 mile range? Very few ICE bike worth riding get that kinda range. My Ducati 749 gets about 120 from a tank. But if if you can fuel up every time you go home 80 is a comfortable range. But that’s just my opinion, and anyone else is certainly entitled to there’s, even if it’s “gay”.

      • John

        New Vince Vaughn movie line.

        Hybrids are kind of silly, you can get better mileage from a diesel. The new Amarok pickup has better highway mlleage than the Fusion hybrid. Hybrids are the worst of both worlds.

        • EmpulseBuyer

          Thanks for the valuable insight into my poor purchase decision. I have no need for a pickup, or a diesel of any kind for that matter. I traded in my 03 BMW 325i for the Fusion and dont miss that German POS one bit. I average 45 mpg out of my full size sedan, all the creature comforts I could possibly want, and will never have to service the brakes or the electric motor. Handling is much more than adequate, and it has 57 more hp than the Prius. But no, your right, the Prius is crap.

    • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

      The Enertia is far from “silly” looking, especially in person. It’s a very serious and modern machine.

      For a commuter bike, 80 miles is also some serious range! My 1200 Sportster popped on the gas light at around 100 miles, not much difference.

      • John

        It looks like a chicklet with wheels attached.

        How long does it take to fill up your Sportster tank?

  • JR

    Yeah I agree that is is a fantastic bike on paper. I just want it to look indistinguishable from a traditional bike at first glance. I want an electric bike, but not one with the aforementioned Prius factor.

    I want it because it as low maintenance, low cost of operation and doesn’t poor 75% heat energy waste around me while I’m sitting in 10,000 degree traffic in full goddamn gear.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Looks like Moore’s law works for electric bikes as well as it works for computers. I can’t imagine a better bike for an urban, west coast city like San Francisco.

    Well, ok, maybe a 250 supermoto. But in a couple of years, it’ll be a push! Exciting.

  • ridingdirtymaui

    This is exciting because its a step forward. Someday there will be differnt eBikes built for every class, but we have to start somewhere and this is a GREAT place to start. Quit complaining! ;-)

    Is there anywhere in SoCal to test drive one of these?

    • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

      Try Hollywood Electrics, 901 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. They have the Brammo Enertia… so far, no one but Brammo has the Enertia Plus.

  • redblur360

    I went and test rode one down at the Best Buy down in Portland last year and held off just because I average around 50 miles on my commute. This definitely makes it more tempting.

  • JimSmiffy

    Wes, or one of the Brammo Plants in this message chain, you should post up a pick of your “Best Buy” sponsored race brammo from Laguna this year. Was surprised to see the Best Buy Brammo didn’t race in the electric bike race there. What gives?
    Oh and feel free to post up some pix of those amazing Brammo Girls that were at Laguna as well. As for me the technology isn’t there yet, the pluses of electronic transport don’t out way the yawn factor and impractacality. Besides for as fun as our bikes are still pretty rediculusly fuel efficient compared to cars.

  • Mattro

    yeah, totally gay. what with it’s disjunct, unpleasant lines, ugly commodity-driven features (like the nasty, jagged rear mudguard), disgusting neon colors, and generally cheap, “plastic” look…

    wait… were we talking about the inertia or the average sport bike?

    pots n kettles.

  • Bald Shaun

    I think it looks O.K., certainly much better than a scooter. But just O.K. won’t get the masses out there buying them in throngs. If you could make it look more like the Empulse and keep it near the same price point without cheaping out on the materials, you’d have something a lot more people would get excited about.

  • ontheroad

    The looks are questionable for sure, but i think it’s prettier than some of it’s competition and at least has a “finished” look to it. The range is a huge step in the right direction and the use of components that create a proper motorcycle feel is encouraging. It’s like an EX250 with a 2 gallon gas tank (and certainly less unsightly than the previous generation mini-Ninja). Brammo’s done well, I look forward to seeing the next round of updates, particularly to the Enertia.

  • webman

    Man this is great news! They’ve doubled the range in less than 2 model years… Well done, brammo. This should put the range anxiety issues to rest, at least until the empulse comes out. Now that’s the one I’m looking for. As soon as I can save up the cash, my trusty old Seca II will be on the block, if it performs as promised by the prototype.

    Wes, what’s the deal with all the haters on here? Are most of your readers really this conservative regarding design? I think the enertia looks pretty cool, far better than the competition, which looks like they’re hauling around a beer cooler in their frames. Again, I like the empulse better, with its more aggressive styling, but I think the enertia is a nicely resolved piece of industrial design. Everyone here also needs to remember that this bike isn’t specifically targeted at them; it’s really geared towards beginning riders; don’t we all want to get more people riding?

    • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

      Hating is just so much fun, though!

      The Enertia is great for its target market, as you said. I don’t think it’s made to appeal to existing riders – the Empulse is the one for us. Wait until the technology is at a more reasonable point before going after the skeptical riding community. That sounds like a wise move on Brammo’s part.

      To be fair, though, I have an ex or two I never want to see ride. Ever.

  • noblsht

    Two things have to be nailed down for battery powered bikes (and for battery anything, actually): Given real-world use and abuse, how long the batteries will last; when they don’t last, how much do they cost to replace. If I ride 25,000 miles electric and save $2,031 in fuel costs (opposed to 40mpg gas bike at $3.25 gallon), I might feel a bit agitated if the gone-south battery replacement costs $5,000 or more.