Icon x Brammo Racing

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“Not only is Icon’s involvement important for Brammo, it’s also important for the sport of electric motorcycle racing,” states Brammo designer Brian Wismann. “Here is a brand that is known for being innovative and different, stepping up to support an entirely new genre in the motorcycle world – electrics. Last year was a huge milestone with Steve Atlas (pictured) bringing home our first TTXGP championship and we’re excited to have the opportunity to defend that championship with a great partner in Icon Motosports. With the bike’s distinctive design, you’ll be hard pressed to miss Team Icon Brammo on the track this year.”

As for performance, writing on Brammo’s blog, Steve says, “On the dyno this new engine spun the drum at an extemely respectible 130hp. And though this number may not drop your jaw by itself, considering our peak output last year was roughly 88hp, a jump of over 40hp is pretty darn impressive. Add to that a winter diet that shaved off 35 pounds and a torque output that has doubled — yes, doubled — and the end result should surely be a noticeable difference.”

“In fact, after the first session at Oregon Raceway Park, a track I had never ridden before, I was nearly speachless,” he continues. “Can you say a totally new motorcycle? Everything felt so alien it was like I had never ridden the bike before! The added power had me carrying straightaway speeds double-digits above anything seen last year and this was at a track with relatively short straights. And dispite the reduced weight, this added pace increased braking forces so heavily that I was bottoming the forks with ease. Another byproduct of this addition oomph was fairly heavy spinning of the rear tire exiting several of the medium speed corners. And while the linear torque production of the electric motor makes controlling them relatively easy, last year’s bike simply didn’t have the power to break the Pirelli stick loose, so this was something new to get used to.”

“In total we did five, 3-5 lap sessions on the new Empulse RR and even though the track was totally new to me, by the final session we were on pace, if not slightly quicker, than what the fastest gas-powered bike has ever done there before, so this was encouraging,” concludes Steve. “But because this was just a word-of-mouth comparison and no really big racing organizations go to ORP, it’s hard to tell just how fast we were going. Either way, I can assure you it was several seconds, if not more, quicker than what last year’s bike would have been capable of, so I can quite confidently say that our Infineon lap record from last year should be broken very quickly and by a healthy margin.”

  • zipp4

    I’m not exactly sure what Icon is getting out of this deal, but this is a smart move on Brammo’s part.

  • BigRooster

    The graphics look like the stuff they put on car test mules to obfuscate fine detail ques.

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    Half of the Brammo logo / lightning bolt / houndstooth pattern. It both hurts my head, and I love it.

    I wish nothing but the best of luck to both parties in this endeavor.

  • Lucas Worthing

    Hey Brammo, that’s the tail section you need!!!!! Finally! Now put something like that on the impulse R, lighten up the over-rear-wheel tail section, and put a nice hugger on the swing arm- done!

    • BigRooster
  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Sooooo electric.

    • BigRooster

      Some say it’s mystic
      It’s electric
      Boogie woogie, woogie
      You can’t resist it
      It’s electric
      Boogie woogie, woogie
      You can’t do without it
      It’s electric
      Boogie woogie, woogie

      • Gene

        You win one internets, sir!

  • smoke4ndmears

    Icon… is going racing!?

    • protomech

      Probably just a sponsorship, but they’ve done a fair bit of cross-promotion with Brammo already.

  • Dr. Gellar

    Congratulations Brammo, way to bring in another new sponsor to electric motorsport (as MotoCzysz did with Segway)… :-)

  • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D [EX500]

    The TTXGP is at Infineon this weekend, and I have a Federal Income Taxation final on Saturday.

    The Universe sucks sometimes.

  • Hap

    This bike has really got my interest. Performance and looks on the brammo are really starting to challenge the street bikes out there. Hopefully the price tag won’t break the bank! Glad to see Icon moving away from stunting and towards racing

  • http://respectthetrade.tumblr.com/ KR Tong

    Oh snap is this coming to infineon again?

    Anyone remember the weight of the bike from last year? I think it was in the 5′s.H

  • daniel dominguez

    i think it looks sick

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    As it turned out, it was a rough weekend for Brammo. Steve Atlas high-sided at Turn 7 – has some fractured vertebrae and finger. Brammo got the bike put back together, got Steve Rapp (outside of AMA Pro Racing, he rode the Mission R electric last year) to ride it for the qualifying session. He, too, crashed out at Turn 7 – broke his wrist. The curse of the #1 plate?