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Brammo Empulse Mods / Re: DC fast charging the Empulse?
« Last post by shayan on September 24, 2016, 03:14:33 AM »
Are u planning to replace the onboard charger with the charger for a Chademo outlet or do u intend to use it as an add on charger?
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Brammo Empulse / Brammo Empulse R versus Victory Empulse TT, which is a better deal?
« Last post by kingcharles on September 23, 2016, 03:59:39 PM »
Thanks for confirming the heaters!
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Off Topic / Re: Way Off Topic
« Last post by Shinysideup on September 23, 2016, 12:04:21 PM »
And in my calculus, besides the cost-per-mile, there is also, uh, the planet. Not to sound too sanctimonious, but that's definitely a big deal for me, as I love her dearly and am keenly aware of how I participate in the Great Plunder of consumerism. I even have a sign on the back of my electric bicycle: "Oil Is For Sissies." I know: obnoxious!
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Off Topic / Re: Way Off Topic
« Last post by Virtually Yours on September 23, 2016, 02:03:11 AM »
I know gas is cheaper... But I couldn't see driving another leaf and there's nothing on the market that appealed to me. My GT is just me getting back to my roots... Besides Race Red with the premium Red leather interior is sexy!

I hear ya on the the siren song of GT's.

I also "sold out" and just bought a used Yamaha FJ-09 for longer road trips, but still use the Empulse for my daily commute. SOOOO much better in the city!

As to cages, I don't have one but I'm trying to persuade SWMBO to sell her 2008 Prius and get a Chevy Bolt BEV when it comes out in a couple of months. Sure the styling is not sexy (though quite practical), but that 200 mile range is sweet, and for less than half of a Tesla! If we want to do a larger road trip (rare occurence for us), renting an ICE car would be financially practical.
I don't know if I would characterize it as selling out as much as there really isn't a big selection of what I would like to drive. If there was an electric sports car that would give me the performance, style, and price of the Mustang I would have purchased it. Unfortunately that car may not be out for some time. I wish there was because I've enjoyed the electric drive train. Besides the wife's EcoBoost Mustang breaks down to $.08 a mile with the current gas prices where we live. Her Leaf was $.04 a mile if we charged at home and $.14 a mile if we used public charging at $.39 per kwh.
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Brammo Empulse / Re: Brammo Empulse R versus Victory Empulse TT, which is a better deal?
« Last post by shayan on September 22, 2016, 09:52:43 PM »
Yep. San Jose, CA. Sure, i'll post about my experience. I had checked with him initially if he would service Brammo motorcycles and he had said YES (this was when i was still contemplating on a used Empulse R). But i havent asked anything beyond that. I'll post my experience after i get my first service done.
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I would have been very surprised if Victory didn't carry over the heaters.

Are you in San Jose, CA?

If so maybe you could post something about your Victory dealer service experience when you get some data...
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Brammo Empulse / Re: Brammo Empulse R versus Victory Empulse TT, which is a better deal?
« Last post by shayan on September 22, 2016, 03:10:25 PM »
Guess , what that answers my morning's question.
Was pretty cold in San Jose last night and today morning. I turned on the bike and the power usage reading on the dash was showing 0.3kwH (when the bike was stationary) and i was wondering why the bike was consuming the energy (i did make a wild guess that it could be to heat up the batteries). After i got to work, the readings went back to zero.

So the Victory has a heater too then  8)
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Another way to tell: Charge the pack until full. Then the next night (assuming it's a cold night), after not using the bike, plug the EVSE into a usage meter to see how many watt hours were used.

Here's one such meter:

https://www.amazon.com/P3-P4400-Electricity-Usage-Monitor/dp/B00009MDBU?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAJJY2YKHHLJKYIBNA&tag=slk03b1-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00009MDBU

If I remember correctly, the heaters use about 300 watts, so that usage should show up.

A quick-and-dirty way, is just to look at the dash, the next cold night after a full charge and see if your bike is drawing about 300 watts.
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Brammo Empulse Mods / Re: DC fast charging the Empulse?
« Last post by shayan on September 22, 2016, 01:08:53 PM »
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Brammo Empulse / Re: Brammo Empulse R versus Victory Empulse TT, which is a better deal?
« Last post by frodus on September 22, 2016, 11:34:14 AM »
I am not too sure, but ideally it should. Do you know where the heaters are located? I can check on my bike and see if i find them.

They're inside the battery modules, in between each cell.
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