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Answers to some of the speculation:How the !@#$% did this guy get the first bike?
Like many of us, I was waiting for a company to deliver the first 100MPH/100mi bike. I almost caved on a Vectrix a few years back, but the lack of true highway speeds nixed that for me. When I saw Brammo's original announcement a few years back that they were going to build the Empulse, I went to the web site and saw you could pre-order (and no deposit required), so I quickly hit the button.
Turns out, I was #2 on the list, but the guy in front of me backed out on taking the first bike (from what I've heard), so I kind of lucked into the #1 spot.First Impressions
The bike is really great! I put about 150 miles on it since last Friday and it doesn't disappoint. About the only complaint I had on cold weekend mornings is that the Avon tires run a little cold and they take a while to warm up.
Suspension is firm. It feels much more like a sport bike - you'll feel the big bumps on the highway, but in the twisty sections the feedback is great. I haven't played with the settings yet, but I'll probably mess with preload and the damping a bit.
With a mix of back roads, running errands, and trying out various public chargers I've had plenty of range and never had to "plan" for a charging stop. Brammo includes a 110v Clipper Creek charger, but I've charged it on the following 240v chargers and it works great: Chevy Voltec, Clipper Creek (public), and Chargepoint (public).
The Empulse has both "Normal" and "Sport" modes that you can switch between, and they recommended leaving it in "Normal" for the first 100 miles. I'm going to play with "Sport" some more, but "Normal" has been great for most riding around.Range
Doing sustained 80MPH seems to drop you into the 50-60mi range, but doing a mix of riding (highways and back roads) is easily seeing 75-80mi of range. This is not actively trying to "baby" the throttle to max the range either, I'm just riding the way I'd ride any motorcycle.Side note:
The general public is oblivious to the fact that the bike is electric. I've occasionally had a double-take from people when I pull up to a stop light and someone realizes there's no engine noise. The downside is that when you're trying to pull out of a parking space, people will walk right in front of you at any time since they assume the engine is off. Usually people hear a motorcycle engine and they pause waiting for you to pull away - something to keep and eye on.
I'll try to get some more photos together and some helmet cam video pulled together in the next couple days too.