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Would you ride a Brammo Electric Motorbike (Enertia,Enertia +, Empulse), until your “S” is delivered?

100 miles range, plug and play!

petero - That's pretty cool. I didn't know electric motorcycle technology had reached that point.

However, I was just in the process of buying an electric assist bicycle and that process was pretty amazing too. Bikes with a 20mi - 30mi range (unassisted), and a cruising speed of 16 - 20mph. Some are even foldable, so you can easily store a couple of them in the Model S trunk. Remember the Model S has no roof rack option, and does not accommodate a hitch, therefore bikes must go inside!

So, if you are plugging in somewhere, but want to do some sightseeing while you are charging, this is a great option!

There are rack mounting points on the panoramic roof. Tesla just doesn't have a roof rack being resold through them on the options page.

Wow it looks a lot cooler than their first model, imo.

However, I think I still wouldn't want an electric bike until the range is at least 200 miles, and I want to pay about have the price the Empulse is.

oh my gosh

*half

Brammo has been promising the Empulse for quite a while now and pushing the date back. Riders are starting to believe the dates a little better now, but I'm not sure I'd put the same trust in their delivery schedule as I would with Tesla. Still, they are starting to claim that they are readying their first production bikes in the next couple of months, so let's hope that's true.

Also, there is another brand (a few others in fact, but these are the major 2) called "Zero Motorcycles" that are actually shipping a 100+ mile bike right now. The distinction is that the Zero ZF9 models are only rated 112-114 miles range in the city-based EPA UDDS test, they get significantly less on the highway. They don't even quote the true highway range, instead they quote a number that is "half highway and half city" with the justification that "you have to ride on some city streets to get to the highway and from the highway to your destination" - and at that, the longest "highway" range they quote is 63 miles. Zero bikes are single speed, though, like the Tesla, but the size of a bike-sized electric motor means it takes a big hit at highway speeds (especially with no fairing) and the off-the-line acceleration is not as impressive as its rolling-passing power. What it lacks in off-the-line brutality, though, it more than makes up for with steady consistent power delivery that is incredibly smooth and accumulates relentlessly.

The Brammo Empulse is hoping to work around those limitations with a 6-speed gearbox so that they can offer better off-the-line acceleration and also better highway range than the Zeros. Time will tell if they hit their targets, but they will have more maintenance than the Zeros due to the added gearbox (and chain drive instead of belt drive).

For the record, I've test ridden a Zero S and DS (ZF6 versions) and also a Tesla Roadster. The bikes did not have the video-game-like thrilling instant acceleration that the Roadster had, but their power delivery was so smooth that it was still a lot of fun and you felt plenty zippy for being so green. I also got to experience "limp mode" on both the Zero motorcycles because the test ride they sent me on with one of their salesmen was a little too ambitious for the SOC on the bikes (one was brand new still with the factory charge so its meter should not have been trusted, the other left the showroom at half charge). We rode and swapped bikes until the Dual Sport went into limp mode on me (it was the one that started with a half charge) and then the salesman gave me the S bike with 2 bars left and called for a tow. By the time I got back to the dealership the S was on limp mode as well and I barely pulled up at their front door with the last couple of miles on "0 bars blinking" and serious power limits (I was having trouble getting to 25 going up a small hill). The mileage was only about 30 miles total, but given the questionable charge levels I don't consider that experience to be a real world test of range. To be fair, I am planning on doing a range test ride later with a demo that has had its battery cycled a few times and starting with a full charge. I am not expecting it to be a killer fast sport bike, though. It will be more of a green bike with plenty of power to have fun with.


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