At the time of writing, it’s unclear if this new Brammo Empulse RR will be racing at the first TTXGP race of the season. Practicing at Infineon yesterday, rider Steve Atlas highsided the new 130bhp race bike, fracturing six vertebra and injuring a finger. While the team tries to patch things together and find a pinch hitter, enjoy these 13 photos.
Update: five great new pre-crash action photos from Charles Lee.
Complete with a livery from sponsor Icon — a houndstooth or dazzle-like pattern derived from half the Brammo bull/lightning bolt logo — this new Empulse RR is surely one of the most stunning race bikes out there.
Writing earlier yesterday, Steve engaged in a bit of ominous foreshadowing. “Another byproduct of this addition oomph was fairly heavy spinning of the rear tire exiting several of the medium speed corners,” the former AMA Pro Superbike rider wrote on his blog. “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.”
According to Brammo, the accident means at least six weeks off for Steve; he could miss the TTXGP round at Portland International Raceway too.
Look closely at Steve’s neon green helmet in the lead photo. Is that an upcoming product from Icon?