We brought you news of the street version of Brammo Empulse last week and the folks at Brammo have officially released the specifications today. The Oregon-based company will produce two versions, the Brammo Empulse and the Brammo Empulse R. Quite impressive we must say. The Empulse R can reach a top speed of over 100 mph. Brammo claims a range of 121 miles in the city (stop-and-go traffic with an average speed of 19 mph), 56 miles on the highway (at a sustained speed of 70 mph), and a combined range of 77 miles in half-city, half-highway riding.

The Empulse R operates in two riding modes, selectable through a handlebar-mounted switch. “Normal” mode optimizes range by limiting acceleration through reducing the maximum current level. “Sport” mode offers maximum performance by not capping acceleration or speed. Brammo’s BPM 15/90 lithium-ion battery has a 10.2 kWh capacity which can be charged with Level I and Level II J1772 charge stations. Brammo says the battery can be fully charged with the 120V Level I in 8 hours while the 240V Level II can fully charge the battery in 3.5 hours. Brammo also claims a range of 5 miles for every ten minutes of charging at Level II. The battery also gets a charge through regenerative braking. The Brammo Empulse R is equipped with a 43mm Marzocchi fork and Sachs rear shock, both of which are fully-adjustable. The front wheel is equipped with dual 310mm brake discs with radial-mount four-piston Brembo calipers while a single two-piston Brembo caliper grips the rear disc.

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Specifications for the 2012 Brammo Empulse R
Motor TypePermanent Magnet AC (PMAC) — Water Cooled
Motor ControllerSevcon Gen 4
Peak Motor Power40kW,  @  8,200 rpm (54 hp)
Peak Torque63Nm  (46.5 foot pounds)
Final DriveDirect Chain Drive (14/48) 520 O-ring chain
TransmissionIET 6 speed gearbox with multi-plate, hydraulic activated wet clutch
Battery TypeBrammo Powerâ„¢ BPM15/90 Lithium-Ion ( NCM Chemistry)
Battery Pack Capacity9.31 kWh (nominal), 10.2 kWh (max)
Battery Pack Voltage103.6 V (nominal)
Recharge J1772Level I maximum charging time:   8 Hours. (0 — 99% SOC, no cell imbalances)
Level I and IILevel II maximum charging time:  3.5 Hours.  (0 — 99% SOC, no cell imbalances)
110V AC to J1772 Level 1 Adapter includedEvery 10 minutes of Level II charging adds up to 5 miles of range
Battery Cycle Life1,500 cycles to 80% capacity (100% DOD)
Max Speed100 + mph   (160 + km/h)
Driving RangeCity: 121 miles*   (195 km)
Highway: 56 miles**    (90 km)
Combined: 77 miles***  (124 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)
Operating Modes2 Operating Modes selectable through the handlebar switch:
1. “Normal” — limits acceleration by reducing maximum current delivered to the motor through the motor controller in order to maximize driving range.
2. “Sport” — provides maximum performance in both acceleration and top speed.
Regenerative BrakingUnder deceleration, energy is returned to the battery system to both extend driving range and provide familiar rider feedback.
Operating CostAssuming 13 cents /kWh for electricity:
1 cent per mile around town
2 cents per mile on the highway
Approximately 400 miles for every $4.00 of electricity (city)
Data CollectionBrammo DDCâ„¢ (Dynamic Data Collection) records key motorcycle parameters at 1Hz (1 sample/second) for analysis and service support.
FrameBrammo E-Beamâ„¢ Aluminum, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Suspension / FrontFully Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks
Suspension / RearFully Adjustable Sachs Shock
Triple ClampsForged Aluminum
Swing ArmTubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Sub FrameTubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Brakes / FrontDual 310mm Brembo floating disk with twin four piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Calipers, Radial Mount.
Brakes / RearBrembo single disk with dual piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Caliper
Wheels– Front / Rear17″x 3.5″ Marchesini / 17″ x 5.5″ Marchesini
Tires– Front / Rear120/70-17 AVON AV79 / 180/55-17 AVON AV80
InstrumentationLCD display; speed, tach, odometer, gear position, energy consumption, battery status, estimated range and system status
Wheelbase58.0″    147.32 cm
Seat Height31.5″     80.0 cm
Width31.8″ (bar end-to-bar end)     80.77 cm
Height42.6″ (highest portion of the dash)    108.2 cm
Length81.3″   206.5 cm
Ground Clearance7.3″     18.54 cm
Rake / Trail24 degrees / 3.8″
Storage CapacityOptional Brammo hard saddle bags and top trunk.
Fuel Economy485 mpg-e      206 km/L-e
Vehicle Weight440lbs. / 200kg
Carrying CapacityCargo Capacity   365 lbs. / 165.6 kg
(805 lbs. / 365.1 kg total combined motorcycle, rider, passenger and cargo)
2 Years (Limited Factory Warranty) 1 year Fender-to-Fender Limited Warranty, 2 year Limited  Powertrain Warranty (Batteries and Motor)
ColorsTrue Blood Red, Eclipsed Black, White Noise



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