Video: Brammo Empulse RR in action

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After a disappointing debut at FIM e-Power Laguna, at which the bike couldn’t race due to a mechanical failure, we’re finally getting a peak at the Brammo Empulse RR in action. In these two videos Brian Wismann, the bike’s designer, puts the race version of the Brammo Empulse through its paces both at Thunderhill and on local roads. Never thought you’d see an electric pass an ICE superbike on a track? You’re about to.

Speaking of the track video, Brian says, “The on-board track video was recorded while we were doing some data logging, so the focus on the track was getting good data, not setting record times.  We were also doing at most 3 laps back to back (out lap, 1 complete lap, in lap) in order to check that we were getting the data we needed.  Therefore, all of the laps were done at a 80-90% pace. The speedo is close, but not really calibrated to the rear wheel/tire/sprocket combo we were experimenting with at the time.  The board at the start says “B” because it was a light trackday and they were running A and B group together.  I don’t apex turn 1 because it’s track etiquette. ”

via BrammoForum

  • BrammoBrian

    Didn’t take you long to find that…

    • Wes Siler

      I would have found it faster if you’d emailed it to me!

    • Brammofan

      Thanks for the exclusive, Brian! Brammo Owners Forum: home of the true believers.

  • Richard

    I want.

  • Johndo

    Even with a loud bike animals don’t always hear you coming. I’d be concerned about going so fast in the twisties with a sports bike that makes barely any sound…

    That said, the bike looks brilliant!

  • Sasha Pave

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see one of these on the road.

    Of course you were well under the speed limit in the road video ;)

    • BrammoBrian

      Of course…

  • Dave H

    I wish I were in a position to buy an Empulse.

  • pinkyracer

    want. now. pleeeeeeeeeze stop teasing meeeee!!!

    ONE month till 2011. I expect to see some production bikes come January. I’m tired of lugging that damn gas hog around LA, I need my Empulse!!!

  • R.Sallee

    I am pretty sure I could live with the limits of an electric bike. Less sure that I could live without exhaust noises and gear changes…

  • Mason

    When watching these videos, I was wondering about engine braking, range, crash damage, and what would happen if it got stolen.

    Then I realized, those are the kinds of things I wonder about for any motorcycle, not just electrics.

    If the Empulse really is going to be priced competitively to what the Suzuki SV650 and has a 100-mile range, I might be selling off some bikes to free up some cash.

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  • Stacey

    What boggles my mind is that ten years ago there wasn’t even one really viable electric motorcycle. And here were are standing on the verge of getting it on!

    I wish Brammo (and all their competitors) the best!

  • Scott

    No gear-changes! Wow, 33% improvement in my smoothiness factor.

    • BrammoBrian

      I never thought you lost much time changing gears on a track until I had the chance to stalk some gassers on the Empulse RR and see where I could make up time on them and where they could pull away from me… pretty wild.

  • slowestGSXRever