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Basem Wasef

2013 Brammo Empulse R Review: An Electric Ride For Serious Riders

By December 19, 2012

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2013 Brammo Empulse First Ride

It takes a committed electric motorcycle enthusiast to dedicate $19,000-- more than the cost of a Ducati 1199 Panigale-- towards a brand new Brammo Empulse R.

What you get for nearly twenty Gs-- a six-speed transmission, Brembo brakes, Marzocchi forks-- is remarkable within the extremely limited market of mainstream electric rides. But more crucially, does this high-end 'scoot live up to its claimed range of 121 miles in the city, or 56 miles on the highway?

I put this newest player in the electric game to the test, and share my thoughts in this 2013 Brammo Empulse R Review.


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December 19, 2012 at 11:39 am
(1) Pete says:

$20,000 !
60 miles range

These people are on something…maybe the L.I. is leeching through their skin and they’re suffering from chemical induced dillusions of grandeur.

Speaking of costs more than a Panigale…
How to spend obscene amounts of money frivously and have a REALLY good time? See next posting re Ducati school taught by ‘Ole 9 fingers’…

December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(2) Joe says:

Pete is right on, can’t see any of these Electrics selling until they can make one that can go 250+ miles on a charge and cut the charge time to under 30mins (if that is even possible). They just don’t fit in with most people’s life styles, especially at almost $20k.

December 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(3) Dabber says:

I look at this tech as stepping stones, They have to start somewhere. I bet it’s fun to ride. It’s not ready to compete 1 to 1 with ICE bikes but they are getting close. My first bike was a 883 with a peanut tank would carry me 80 miles then reserve, much to irritation of my friends. Anyway, I wouldn’t nay say this bike for what it is, although expensive. Just enjoy the fact that someone dares to dream. Rapid charging will make these bikes more user friendly.

December 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(4) Scottie says:

Nice components and a gear box.

We still need a breakthrough in battery technology.

December 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm
(5) Pete says:

Basem…and all the regulars….Joe, Scottie, et al –


December 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm
(6) Joe says:

Merry X mas to you too Pete!

December 22, 2012 at 1:43 am
(7) Karl says:

Rich rider toy for now.

The technology is evolving and eventually we will have an electric motorcycle that is affordable and can go the distance. Look how far Brammo has come. I test rode one of their bike about 4 years ago and it was not even close to this one in style or performance. I’d bet this one is a hoot to ride.

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