Photo: Brammo Empulse RR takes Thunderhill’s Cyclone

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This sequence shows the company’s designer and test rider Brian Wismann riding the Brammo Empulse RR through Thunderhill’s Cyclone. Brammo is preparing for the 2011 TTXGP race season, which will see it compete against bikes like the Mission R and possibly the MotoCzysz E1pc as well as some as-yet-unseen hotness from an HFL contributor. This photo’s available in high-res, along with a bunch of others, in the gallery below.

Photos: Charles Lee

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Here’s two videos from the test session, but our favorite Empulse RR footage remains this on-board video from a public trackday in which Brian can be seen passing gas bikes.

  • Brammofan

    Love that photo sequence. My new desktop, methinks.

  • BN.

    I never thought I’d say it about an electric bike, but this is something I could see myself spending money on.

  • 2ndderivative

    I’m really excited about all the developments in electric bikes. Thanks HFL for the advocacy and exposure. Though I have my heart set on the new Speed Triple for now, I’m pretty sure my bike after that won’t have an ICE.

  • BuellDoc

    Would an instrument cluster on electric bike
    have an RPM guage?

    • Ted

      no, it’s unnecessary.

  • Sean

    This makes me want a Brammo even more.

  • Zach

    Because race bike?

    • 2ndderivative

      What is “Why?!?!”

      • Zach

        Meh. I don’t think it translates well to bikes/informed and mature discussion.

  • damien

    That pic with the windmills is very fitting.

  • Mark

    Most electric motors (including all of the several ones on electric motorcycles I’ve tested) have a high-rpm torque falloff. (This seems to set in around 2/3s of the motor’s outright peak rpm; sometimes not much of a practical problem, since heat builds up anyway.) So it’s a question of time before we start seeing the first gearboxes on these bikes. Then, I suppose, it could be relevant for the rider to know revs. Right now, it might be more interesting for the rider to have input from a few temp sensors in the motor.