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Brammo Empulse Mods / Re: TechSpec Tank Pro added
« Last post by Consultec on Today at 10:13:37 AM »
Can you remove it easily? Why not go with Clear?
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Brammo Empulse / Re: Trolled a Gixxer
« Last post by Shinysideup on September 03, 2015, 11:54:57 PM »
Good one!

Similarly, After I beat a sport bike off the line at 3 traffic lights in a row and stayed ahead for about half a block each time until he came screaming past me with after-market pipes wailing, I said,

"That was fun! How many cc's ya got?"

He replied,
"One thousand. And you?"

I held up my hand, and touched my thumb to my forefinger,
"Zero."

[Aren't electric bikes fun?]

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Brammo Empulse / Trolled a Gixxer
« Last post by roma258 on September 03, 2015, 09:01:44 PM »
Went for a little night spin of my local loop. Coming back to the freeway, I'm at a light and an early 2000s GSX-R rolls up next to me. Guy's in full leathers, Kriega backpack, which is rare enough around here. Looks over and goes "Hey never seen one of those in person, it looks pretty cool". I go, "Thanks, but yours has a little more power". He laughs and responds "A little?". I give him a big smile and go, "Yeah, a little" Light turns green and I crack it open in second gear (my bike was at 15% so I'm pretty sure it wasn't even full power), get to the ramp and rail through to the highway. A couple seconds later he comes flying past, but I have zero desire to play tag on a busy-ish highway. Anyway, I never think of a clever thing to say at a moment's notice, so I'm pretty proud of myself  ;D
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Off Topic / Juicer 3KW electric bike
« Last post by Richard230 on September 03, 2015, 04:36:49 PM »
Juicer is back with an updated model of their cool electric motor/bicycle: 

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/09/03/juicer-3kw-concept-more-powerful-california-custom-cruiser/
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Wanting to buy / Re: I'd like to buy an Empulse R
« Last post by Consultec on September 03, 2015, 09:55:33 AM »
Talk to Logan Roberts at Grand Canyon Cycles. They have red 2014 Empulse available. I bought the R.  I have a shipper guy name Jeff who picked it up and delivered Santa Cruz. Awesome Jon. He's picking up my wife Enertia in LA next week.
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I didn't take away the same negativity from the review.  I thought it was useful and fair.  But Jeff's point, though it may have been framed a little to stridently, is a good one.  Range matters as it relates to your daily use, not how you might push the envelope if you really tried.

I don't think I've ever come really close to running out of electrons, simply because I plan my rides with battery capacity in mind.  If I wanted to chase burritos across the city (and I would!), I'd probably take the gas bike, just because I'd want to be free to bust spontaneous moves.
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Brammo Empulse / Re: Install Carbon Kit Package
« Last post by frodus on September 01, 2015, 07:00:52 PM »
Not the bike, the carbon kit.. I just received my 2014 Empulse R today..
Might be willing to get rid of my carbon kit. Pm or email me.
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I bet Troy generated a whole lot of gas at the end of that burrito-eating ride - and probably weighed a few pounds more, too.  :o
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Yeah, it was a pretty disappointing review, especially since Troy seems pretty enlightened when it comes to electric bikes. Oh well, can't win 'em all.
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Cross posted from a forum member over at electricmotorcycle.com:

Motorcycle.com loads up another slam in disguise for electric motorcycles.

My comment below:

Tree-hugging vegetarian EV owners? Really you guys? I realize you were poking fun but that's still kind of a crap attitude and perpetuates a BS stereotype. I can tell you that my Zero S does just as well on runs for brisket and burgers, thanks, and while your ilk are stopping for fuel, I'm getting my 100% animal product ice cream home before it melts on my genuine cow hide leathers.

I don't know why the motorcycle media can't wrap their heads around the idea that these bikes aren't about draining the battery for everything that it's worth every time you throw a leg over it. They're about keeping up with the general daily use that the typical motorcyclist is likely to throw at it, and doing it better than gas bikes. After over a year of my Zero S with the baby 8.5kwh battery pack being my primary vehicle, I can't stress enough how convenient it is to walk out to the garage, unplug the bike, ride to work, ride around on my lunch break, run some errands on the way home, pull back into the garage with well over half the charge left, plug it back in, and repeat the next day and the next with no drama whatsoever. In over 3000 miles (would be double that but I don't commute anymore), Fuel stops, 0. Oil changes, 0. Chain maintenance, 0. Carb cleans, 0. Coolant flushes, 0. The only maintenance I've done with this thing is to adjust the tire pressure a couple times. Other than that, it's all about the riding, and the riding is incredibly good.

Yes, sometimes I want to ride farther than the Zero can reach, so I jump on my Honda Magna and curse it for not idling right because the carbs have clogged (again). I then jump on my $2,500 Versys, ride it until my butt can't stand it anymore, then bring it home and park it for another month while I list the Magna on Craigslist and scramble around town on the Zero to pick up oil, chain lube, Seafoam and/or Sta-Bil, and a battery tender for the Kwak.

Guys, seriously, get your heads out, and quit bashing on these bikes even though you're heaping praise on them for their rideability and convenience. Are you so afraid that your readers are going to disagree with you and poo-poo your love for something different? Maybe that's why I'm paying more attention to Lanesplitter these days...
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