2014 Brammo Empulse R Review

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2014 Brammo Empulse R
2014 Brammo Empulse R

2014 Brammo Empulse R
2014 Brammo Empulse R

2014 Brammo Empulse R
2014 Brammo Empulse R

2014 Brammo Empulse R
2014 Brammo Empulse R



2014 Brammo Empulse R Review

2014 Brammo Empulse R on Totalmotorcycle.com

eXCITING!

The 2014 Empulse is an evolution of the highly acclaimed, award winning 2013 Empulse. With its unique water cooled motor, six speed gearbox and integrated J1772 rapid charging, the Empulse remains as the market leader in the category. A top speed of 110mph (177kph) and a 3kW onboard charger means the Brammo Empulse retains its crown as the world’s fastest electric motorcycle in serial production both riding and charging. The 2014 Empulse embodies many new and improved components making it an EV technology tour de force.

Fully 10lbs of weight is removed from the Empulse, further improving performance, handling, and range. With the ground-breaking IET integrated 6-speed transmission, the Empulse is able to translate its 90Nm (66 lb-ft) of electric motor torque to over 880Nm (650 ft-lbs) at the rear wheel*. That’s enough forward thrust to relegate direct-drive competitors to the rear view mirrors and compel the motorcycling press to compare the substantial performance to that of 650cc twin class motorcycles.
*In first gear.

Of course performance isn’t everything, and so the Empulse also boasts an impressive 438 MPGe (MPG electric equivalency) (.54 litre/100km-e) fuel economy, making the Empulse a smart move from a cost of ownership perspective as one of the cheapest motorcycles on the planet to refuel.

Craig Bramscher, Founder and CEO of Brammo said ”Our customers expect Brammo to design and produce the world’s most desirable, high performance electric motorcycles and that’s exactly what we do.” Bramscher continued, “Today’s announcement underlines our commitment to listen to our customers and continually improve our products.”

Brian Wismann , Head of Product Development at Brammo said ”The 2014 Empulse represents a huge effort by the engineering team at Brammo to further refine and reduce the platform’s weight for the bike’s sophomore model year.” Wismann added “We’ve also ensured that the bike is ready for its European launch with additional testing and certifications required for the EU market. All the hard work will be worth it when the first customer in Europe twists the throttle and gets their first ’EV grin.’”

 

2014 Brammo Empulse R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Global Availability – During 2014 the award winning Empulse and Empulse R will become available in the United States, Canada, Europe (including the United Kingdom), and in Asia. Brammo’s ever growing dealer network and service capability ensure that our high levels of customer service will be maintained as the company scales up its international operations.

Battery Warranty – The 2014 Empulse battery modules come with a limited five year or 50,000 miles battery warranty, whichever comes first.


 

2014 Brammo Empulse R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Charging – Still the only electric motorcycle to offer a 3kW integrated onboard charger, the 2014 Empulse is compatible with nearly 7000 Level 2 public charging stations available in the US, with no extra equipment required. An Empulse owner can charge from 20% to 80% in less than 2 hours using this existing nationwide charging infrastructure. Overnight charges in your garage are no problem either, as the Empulse comes standard with a J1772 charge coupler that plugs into a standard household outlet.

Battery Brackets –The distinctive Empulse battery brackets that secure the Brammo Power 15/90 battery packs are now redesigned and nickel plated, adding a distinctive and technical look to the bike’s familiar profile.

Dash – The 2014 Empulse sports a redesigned LCD dash in a robust waterproof housing, which displays a wide range of riding metrics including: battery SOC (State-of-Charge), roadspeed, motor speed, odometer, energy use, gear position, battery status, estimated range, and system status.

Handlebars – The 2014 Empulse has changed to a tapered aluminum handlebar with oversized clamp diameter. These bars give a better overall riding position and are manufactured by Accossato in Italy specifically for the 2014 Brammo Empulse R.

Tires – 2014 sees a move to new rubber manufactured by Continental. The SportAttack 2 is acknowledged as the best all-round performer. Continental engineers focused on creating a sport bike tire that can provide the best overall quality.

Colors – Two new colors are introduced to the color palette this year, standard for the Empulse R and optional for the Empulse. In addition to True Blood Red and Eclipsed Black,customers can now select:
Maillot Jaune* Yellow and Neodymium** Silver Metallic.

Bold New Brammo Graphics – The lower body panel now sports a white Brammo logo to make identification even easier for those not yet familiar with the world leader in electric motorcycles.

 

 

 


 

2014 Brammo Empulse R – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $18,995 USD


Motor

Motor Type Parker GVM IPM
Motor Controller Sevcon Gen 4, Size 6 (650A peak)
Peak Motor Power 40kW, @ 4,500 rpm (54 hp)
Peak Torque 90Nm (66 foot pounds)
Final Drive Direct Chain Drive (14/48) 520 O-ring chain
Transmission IET™ 6 speed gearbox with multi-plate, hydraulic activated wet clutch.
Emissions None

Battery Pack

Battery Type Brammo Power™ BPM15/90 Lithium-Ion (NCM Chemistry)
Battery Pack Capacity 9.31 kWh (nominal), 10.2 kWh (max)
Battery Pack Voltage 103.6 V (nominal), 117.6 Vdc (max)
Recharge Time 2.0 hrs (typical, Level II charging from 20 to 80% SOC)
3.5 hrs (maximum, Level II charging from 0 to 100% SOC)
8.0 hrs (maximum, Level I charging from 0 to 100% SOC)
Battery Life 1,500 cycles (approx.100,000 miles) to 80% initial capacity

Performance

Max Speed 110 mph / 177 km/h
Driving Range City: 128 miles* / 206 km
Highway: 58 miles** / 93 km
Combined: 80 miles*** / 129 km

*SAE City Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles
(variable speed, 19 mph / 30km/h average)
**SAE Highway / Constant Speed Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles
(70 mph / 113 km/h sustained)
*** SAE Highway Commuting Cycle (.5 City weighting, .5 Highway weighting)

Regenerative Braking Under deceleration, energy is returned to the battery system to both extend driving range and provide familiar rider feedback.
Data Collection Brammo DDC™ (Dynamic Data Collection) records key motorcycle parameters at 1Hz (1 sample/second) for analysis and service support.

Key Components

Frame Brammo E-Beam Aluminum, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Sub-Frame Tubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Swing Arm Tubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Suspension – Front Fully Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks
(Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks)
Suspension – Rear Fully Adjustable Sachs Shock (Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable Sachs Shocks)
Brakes – Front Dual 310mm Brembo floating disk with twin four piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Calipers, Radial Mount.
Brakes – Rear Brembo single disk with dual piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Caliper
Wheels – Front / Back 17” x 3.5” Marchesini / 17” x 5.5” Marchesini
Tires – Front / Back Continental 120-70 ZR17, 58W / 180-55 ZR17, 73W
Instrumentation LCD display; speed, tach, odometer, gear position, energy consumption, battery status, estimated range and system status

Dimensions

Weight 460 lbs / 213 kg
Seat Height 31.5” / 80.0 cm
Width 31.8” (bar end-to-bar end) / 80.77 cm
Height 42.6” (highest portion of the dash) / 108.2 cm
Length 81.3” / 206.5 cm
Ground Clearance 7.3” / 18.54 cm
Rake/Trail 24° / 3.8″
Storage Capacity Optional Brammo hard side bags by GIVI.
Carrying Capacity Cargo Capacity 368 lbs / 167 kg
(838 lbs / 380 kg total combined motorcycle, rider, passenger and cargo)
Wheelbase 58.0” / 147.32 cm

Warranty

Two year limited factory warranty. Five year or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, limited warranty on the battery modules.

Colors

Empulse: True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black,
Empulse R : True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black, Maillot Jaune Yellow, Neodymium Silver Metallic


The Empulse and Empulse R utilize the world’s first drivetrain to be designed and built for a production electric motorcycle. It features a water-cooled AC motor, IET™ high performance 6 speed transmission and Brammo’s unique BPM 15/90 battery modules. This drivetrain package endows the Empulse and Empulse R with rapid off-the-line acceleration, sustained high speed and industry leading range.

Unique for a production electric motorcycle, both Empulse models also have a J1772 Level II on-board charging system, allowing riders to easily take advantage of the growing number of charging stations being installed in cities around the world. Just two hours of Level II charging will take the Empulse from 20% to 80% state of charge. Every 10 minutes of charging adds 5 miles of range.


 

 


 

2014 Brammo Empulse R – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $21,949 CDN

Motor

Motor Type Parker GVM IPM
Motor Controller Sevcon Gen 4, Size 6 (650A peak)
Peak Motor Power 40kW, @ 4,500 rpm (54 hp)
Peak Torque 90Nm (66 foot pounds)
Final Drive Direct Chain Drive (14/48) 520 O-ring chain
Transmission IET™ 6 speed gearbox with multi-plate, hydraulic activated wet clutch.
Emissions None

Battery Pack

Battery Type Brammo Power™ BPM15/90 Lithium-Ion (NCM Chemistry)
Battery Pack Capacity 9.31 kWh (nominal), 10.2 kWh (max)
Battery Pack Voltage 103.6 V (nominal), 117.6 Vdc (max)
Recharge Time 2.0 hrs (typical, Level II charging from 20 to 80% SOC)
3.5 hrs (maximum, Level II charging from 0 to 100% SOC)
8.0 hrs (maximum, Level I charging from 0 to 100% SOC)
Battery Life 1,500 cycles (approx.100,000 miles) to 80% initial capacity

Performance

Max Speed 110 mph / 177 km/h
Driving Range City: 128 miles* / 206 km
Highway: 58 miles** / 93 km
Combined: 80 miles*** / 129 km

*SAE City Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles
(variable speed, 19 mph / 30km/h average)
**SAE Highway / Constant Speed Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles
(70 mph / 113 km/h sustained)
*** SAE Highway Commuting Cycle (.5 City weighting, .5 Highway weighting)

Regenerative Braking Under deceleration, energy is returned to the battery system to both extend driving range and provide familiar rider feedback.
Data Collection Brammo DDC™ (Dynamic Data Collection) records key motorcycle parameters at 1Hz (1 sample/second) for analysis and service support.

Key Components

Frame Brammo E-Beam Aluminum, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Sub-Frame Tubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Swing Arm Tubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Suspension – Front Fully Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks
(Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks)
Suspension – Rear Fully Adjustable Sachs Shock (Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable Sachs Shocks)
Brakes – Front Dual 310mm Brembo floating disk with twin four piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Calipers, Radial Mount.
Brakes – Rear Brembo single disk with dual piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Caliper
Wheels – Front / Back 17” x 3.5” Marchesini / 17” x 5.5” Marchesini
Tires – Front / Back Continental 120-70 ZR17, 58W / 180-55 ZR17, 73W
Instrumentation LCD display; speed, tach, odometer, gear position, energy consumption, battery status, estimated range and system status

Dimensions

Weight 460 lbs / 213 kg
Seat Height 31.5” / 80.0 cm
Width 31.8” (bar end-to-bar end) / 80.77 cm
Height 42.6” (highest portion of the dash) / 108.2 cm
Length 81.3” / 206.5 cm
Ground Clearance 7.3” / 18.54 cm
Rake/Trail 24° / 3.8″
Storage Capacity Optional Brammo hard side bags by GIVI.
Carrying Capacity Cargo Capacity 368 lbs / 167 kg
(838 lbs / 380 kg total combined motorcycle, rider, passenger and cargo)
Wheelbase 58.0” / 147.32 cm

Warranty

Two year limited factory warranty. Five year or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, limited warranty on the battery modules.

Colors

Empulse: True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black,
Empulse R : True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black, Maillot Jaune Yellow, Neodymium Silver Metallic


The Empulse and Empulse R utilize the world’s first drivetrain to be designed and built for a production electric motorcycle. It features a water-cooled AC motor, IET™ high performance 6 speed transmission and Brammo’s unique BPM 15/90 battery modules. This drivetrain package endows the Empulse and Empulse R with rapid off-the-line acceleration, sustained high speed and industry leading range.

Unique for a production electric motorcycle, both Empulse models also have a J1772 Level II on-board charging system, allowing riders to easily take advantage of the growing number of charging stations being installed in cities around the world. Just two hours of Level II charging will take the Empulse from 20% to 80% state of charge. Every 10 minutes of charging adds 5 miles of range.




Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.

 


 

2014 Brammo Empulse R – Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK/Asia Specifications/Technical Details
International MSRP Price: Europe €17640, UK £14999, HK$155995 Asia

Motor

Motor Type Parker GVM IPM
Motor Controller Sevcon Gen 4, Size 6 (650A peak)
Peak Motor Power 40kW, @ 4,500 rpm (54 hp)
Peak Torque 90Nm (66 foot pounds)
Final Drive Direct Chain Drive (14/48) 520 O-ring chain
Transmission IET™ 6 speed gearbox with multi-plate, hydraulic activated wet clutch.
Emissions None

Battery Pack

Battery Type Brammo Power™ BPM15/90 Lithium-Ion (NCM Chemistry)
Battery Pack Capacity 9.31 kWh (nominal), 10.2 kWh (max)
Battery Pack Voltage 103.6 V (nominal), 117.6 Vdc (max)
Recharge Time 2.0 hrs (typical, Level II charging from 20 to 80% SOC)
3.5 hrs (maximum, Level II charging from 0 to 100% SOC)
8.0 hrs (maximum, Level I charging from 0 to 100% SOC)
Battery Life 1,500 cycles (approx.100,000 miles) to 80% initial capacity

Performance

Max Speed 110 mph / 177 km/h
Driving Range City: 128 miles* / 206 km
Highway: 58 miles** / 93 km
Combined: 80 miles*** / 129 km

*SAE City Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles
(variable speed, 19 mph / 30km/h average)
**SAE Highway / Constant Speed Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles
(70 mph / 113 km/h sustained)
*** SAE Highway Commuting Cycle (.5 City weighting, .5 Highway weighting)

Regenerative Braking Under deceleration, energy is returned to the battery system to both extend driving range and provide familiar rider feedback.
Data Collection Brammo DDC™ (Dynamic Data Collection) records key motorcycle parameters at 1Hz (1 sample/second) for analysis and service support.

Key Components

Frame Brammo E-Beam Aluminum, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Sub-Frame Tubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Swing Arm Tubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Suspension – Front Fully Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks
(Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks)
Suspension – Rear Fully Adjustable Sachs Shock (Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable Sachs Shocks)
Brakes – Front Dual 310mm Brembo floating disk with twin four piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Calipers, Radial Mount.
Brakes – Rear Brembo single disk with dual piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Caliper
Wheels – Front / Back 17” x 3.5” Marchesini / 17” x 5.5” Marchesini
Tires – Front / Back Continental 120-70 ZR17, 58W / 180-55 ZR17, 73W
Instrumentation LCD display; speed, tach, odometer, gear position, energy consumption, battery status, estimated range and system status

Dimensions

Weight 460 lbs / 213 kg
Seat Height 31.5” / 80.0 cm
Width 31.8” (bar end-to-bar end) / 80.77 cm
Height 42.6” (highest portion of the dash) / 108.2 cm
Length 81.3” / 206.5 cm
Ground Clearance 7.3” / 18.54 cm
Rake/Trail 24° / 3.8″
Storage Capacity Optional Brammo hard side bags by GIVI.
Carrying Capacity Cargo Capacity 368 lbs / 167 kg
(838 lbs / 380 kg total combined motorcycle, rider, passenger and cargo)
Wheelbase 58.0” / 147.32 cm

Warranty

Two year limited factory warranty. Five year or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, limited warranty on the battery modules.

Colors

Empulse: True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black,
Empulse R : True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black, Maillot Jaune Yellow, Neodymium Silver Metallic


The Empulse and Empulse R utilize the world’s first drivetrain to be designed and built for a production electric motorcycle. It features a water-cooled AC motor, IET™ high performance 6 speed transmission and Brammo’s unique BPM 15/90 battery modules. This drivetrain package endows the Empulse and Empulse R with rapid off-the-line acceleration, sustained high speed and industry leading range.

Unique for a production electric motorcycle, both Empulse models also have a J1772 Level II on-board charging system, allowing riders to easily take advantage of the growing number of charging stations being installed in cities around the world. Just two hours of Level II charging will take the Empulse from 20% to 80% state of charge. Every 10 minutes of charging adds 5 miles of range.



Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.

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