Looking at this thing, its an alien. I’m a motorcycle rider, and have been since I was a kid, but never ridden anything that didn’t involve shifting or an annoying exhaust. This is like the less-annoying fixie bike for a motorcyclist: clean lines, modern look, no gears. I’d call you a liar if you said you weren’t the least bit curious about riding it.
Within 30 minutes, I’m out the door of Scuderia and zipping down Division Street at a pace that surprised me. The pickup is a bit slow, which might be a really good thing, but once you’re past 5mph, it starts cookin’. In San Francisco, getting out of 2nd gear is a rare option, and you certainly don’t need a ton of torque or horsepower to function in the city limits. What you do need is a little bit of pickup and a good set of brakes.
I’m used to riding a sport bike in the city where we typically only use the front brake for stopping power, something that I do initially feel has little input on the Brammo. I was a little nervous about where to start applying my brakes and how hard to squeeze, but this is something I’m sure I can get used to and adjust a bit, particularly because the Enertia sports the always-loved Brembos.
Sadly, I only had a short amount of riding to do today, and the battery has to be nurtured a bit to get up to full speed. I’ll see how it rides over the next few days and report back. As of now, I’m excited to have such a new and interesting toy to play around with. I fully plan on exploiting some of the better sides of this green machine.
First impressions: great option for city riders, scooterists looking for an upgrade, and tech junkies looking to spend some nice post-IPO Facebook dollars. This particular Brammo MSRPs for $7,999, but the lifetime savings seem inarguable for a city dweller. I think it comes to $0.01 per city mile, and $0.02 per freeway mile; Brammo’s website estimates the battery life to withstand 50k miles of riding. In a 7×7 mile city, you could ride a lifetime and never reach that.
Downside: You will likely need a garage or a reliable location to allow for the 4 hour charge time. Not too many garages in SF, but it will plug into any standard 110v outlet.