I'll take a stab your list of questions...
As part of the ordering process, were you asked your weight so the correct springs could be chosen for the shocks? I live and work (from my bike) in San Francisco and am very much interested in shocks that can soak up some of our terrible street nightmares. I had some Wilburs on a R1200R that were solid in the twisties AND just lovely over rapid quick harsh surfaces. I would like to duplicate that experience on the Empulse.
Please clarify, if you can, the reasoning behind keeping the bike in "Normal" mode initially. Is that so YOU can break in to the bike? Ease the batteries into their cycles? Baby the new bearings in the motor? This just doesn't make obvious sense to me.
When I got to test ride the Empulse R, I and others noted the drive train lash when transitioning from throttle to regen. Don said the software update fixed that. What's your experience in that area with your bike? Smooth enough?
The latest Motorcycle.com review video mentioned a "kind of clunky" tranny. Although I've experienced balky gearboxes that loosen up with break in (and synthetic oil), I'd like to hear your impression.
Any experience to give us a good estimate of the range at a constant 65 mph on the freeways?
Did you get any sense about the flow of future bikes into Scuderia West?
Any word on an ETA for the side and top cases? Windshield?
Do you have any idea of the wattage limit of the 12V accessory port?
1) I asked the same question on springs since I had always upgraded mine on bikes I used for the track. They didn't have numbers for me when I took delivery, but I'm guessing they're standard for the suspension components since the bike only weighs 470lbs. I'll see if I can get some photos of part numbers on the forks/shock to try and match them.
2) "Sport" seems to effect the abruptness of the throttle - both accelerating harder and kicking in regen more aggressively (see the photo of the owners manual below). I'm guessing the "break in" is more for the transmission/clutch since I did have the clutch slip once on quick acceleration onto the freeway while shifting. It's feeling a lot better after 180 miles.
3) The driveline lash is not an issue at all while the bike is rolling. It feels different, but not "bad". The only real lash that I find a little strange is starting from a dead stop, if you try to accelerate aggressively from a dead stop with the clutch out, there's a little bit of a clunk.
4) I'll have to do a 65MPH test and see where the range seems to settle. I've been a bit heavy handed, so I know that continuous 75-80MPH seems good for 50-60 miles.
5) Talk to Don about the next bikes at Scuderia - he'll be the best source.
6) The Brammo guys let me know they have a whole range of accessories in the works, but I'm assuming they're focusing on getting the bikes out right now. I'll probably start with some more universal stuff like bar-end mirrors.
7) I asked about the 12v port too, and they didn't have the specs when I picked it up. I'll follow up with an e-mail. I'd like to plug in a heated vest for this time of year, and didn't want to blow a fuse.