Although news of this amazing new production sportbike has been making its way around the internet, Brammo chose to officially unveil the Empulse this past weekend at Laguna Seca, in conjunction with the MotoGP race and the FIM's American ePower round. The first thing I noticed, apart from its tough, sexy styling, is the oil cooler. Oil? OK, not oil as such, but this e-bike is indeed liquid-cooled, thus preparing it very well for a life lived in high speed.
The biggest issue with racing electric bikes, when using “off-the-shelf” electric motors, is that they tend to overheat, as they were never intended to be used in such an extreme way. We saw this in the Infineon round of the TTXGP, as it was the beginning of the season and the learning curve. However, Brammo has developed this motor themselves, specifically for the Empulse. Thus, it should do fine in racing conditions. Unfortunately, we didn't find out this weekend, as they pulled out of the race. (more…)