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Dear Santa Baby,

I hope it’s not too late to send you this “wish list” but, I have been busy. After the tree was up, the gifts bought and wrapped, the house decorated, the community service events completed, the local food closet helped out, the local toy drives’ barrels stuffed, the family dinners are cooked, and I am finally finished, I realized that I hadn’t sent you this request. So here we go…
Santa, I know that you are all about being nice but, can’t you be a little naughty in an effort to be nice? ALL I want for Christmas is the new Enertia Plus from Brammo, and in order to get it for me, you may have to send a team of “Special Forces Elves” (like the ones that they showed on Tim Allen’s “The Santa Clause”) and pick up the one at the Brammo headquarters in Ashland, Oregon. Just go to the website and it will tell you the address and show you pictures of the bike. Just in case, I am sending a picture of one:
Carbon CalculatorMake sure its the one that has the “+” on the body piece directly after the word “Enertia” and my preference would be the white one. Remember to bring the plug for the start button that will be on my old panels so that I can switch it out with the new panels. Once we get the pink Dorothy Robinson panels on the new Enertia Plus, we are home free!!

Now, while you are down in Ashland and the Elves are in the Brammo headquarters, if they happen to see a really hot

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cafe racer looking bike called the “Empulse” and you have room on the sleigh, I know my daughter is really excited about getting her hands on one of those. Here is a picture… just in case.
You know that she has been a really good girl this year… really good! She is a full-time single mom, a full-time student going for her teaching degree, just completed her tax preparers classes in unison with her regular schooling, and cleans houses to give her daughter all the extras like band and cheerleading. 
I don’t know where she finds the time or the energy. And, if she rode an Empulse, she could save money on gas by going electric!
Well, Santa… that’s the request and that’s the plan. I know that if you don’t do this for me I will have to wait till next year and I’m not sure I can. I dream about that new bikes everyday and the fact that my own little Dorothy will go from my commuter to my little cruiser. That extra 40 mile possibility gets me all giggly!! You know those sugar plums that dance around ones head… with me, its Empulses and the Enertia Plus. PLEASE, Santa… you gotta help me!!

Oh, one more thing. While you are there at the Brammo headquarters, can you see if there is one of those Brammo jackets that Harry Mallin(aka @Brammofan on twitter) got from Jackie Chan’s JCAM. He gets all the cool stuff!!

If you could leave the Brammo guys something really nice, that would be really cool. All the guys down there work really hard. I was thinking that they could have constant massages while they work or plates that hold their favorite foods and replenish themselves anytime they get hungry?? I’ll leave that to you….

Thanks Santa Baby, you’re the best…
Lady Godiva on wheels…. hoping, hoping, hoping.


The new Brammo hat…. and more??

This last weekend brought me down to the headquarters of Brammo, in Ashland, Oregon. I toured the facility and had a great time with all the Brammo boys. Before I left, I was presented with a brand new Brammo hat! Could this be the first in a line of apparel that Brammo will make available on their website at ??
To give you a little idea of how terribly cool the Brammo boys are, the hats are made from 100% RPET. What is RPET? Let me quote Tom Larson of the GreenSmart Notebook:
” What is rPET Polyester Fabric?
This question has been coming up lately, so why not talk about it in a blog? It’s not difficult to get, it’s just never explained.
rPET stands for recycled PET, the bottles that we are all familiar with used for water and soda. The recycle symbol #1. PET is Polyethylene terephthalate, a member of the polyester family, which most people don’t realize. What has always been the case is that PET is the same chemistry as polyester. The difference is that a PET bottle is molded and polyester is a fiber. So in most respects PET and Polyester are synonymous. If that doesn’t quite add up, you could think of dough in a loaf pan to make bread or dough in a pasta machine to make linguine. The source of both is dough, but, the result is totally different.
When anyone puts a bottle in the recycle bin, it may go back through the recycle process to become a bottle, or it may become a polyester fiber of some kind. It may come back all kinds of forms. Polyester is tremendously strong, inherently water-resistant, and pretty much totally color fast. In outerwear you’ll find polyester as polar fleece, in general apparel because it is lightweight and wrinkle resistant, as a component in clothing (cotton/poly blend), bedspreads, sheets, curtains and in all types household fabrics. Additionally, polyester is found in tires, ropes, conveyor belts, safety belts and lots of industrial applications.
Any one of these applications could have rPET origins, but, most don’t. What makes rPET fascinating is how much energy is saved in production and of course, it consumes what would otherwise go to landfill, the bottle. So when you see something labeled as rPET, rest assured that it is a recycled material.”

I thought that tag on the cap from the CAP AMERICA company, put it so well. “This cap began life as a plastic bottle and now has a new purpose. After the bottle was recycled it became PET and was spun into yarn that was used to make your cap.  Enjoy your new headwear knowing you are doing your part to keep our planet beautiful for futur generations.”  
Brammo has chosen to create motorcycles that are made of recycled materials or parts that can be recycled. This kind of conscientious thinking has spilled over to the hat they gave me. I am constantly being amazed by this company! I look forward to being amazed in the future…..

Lady Godiva on wheels…. thankful for conscientious companies like Brammo!


My Enertia may have a big sister…

A couple weekends ago was a great treat for me with a visit to the Brammo headquarters down in Ashland, Oregon. Along with the great visit, I started hearing  that my Enertia, Dorothy, may have a new sister. A BIGGER sister. Yup, that’s right…. a BIGGER sister, with an estimate of 60 miles on a charge!
The new motorcycle, speculated to be  named the Enertia Plus,  has better battery technology that make the range better. I even heard someone say that there will be some other changes to the bike as well, such as the absence of the ON button in the middle of the body panel. There will also be some colors that weren’t available on the original Enertia. So, as soon as they make the announcement, go to to see all the information about the newest addition to the Brammo family of electric motorcycles.
As lithium batteries become more popular and the demand increases, the cost of the material to make them goes down allowing companies to spend more time and money on new technology.  Brammo is constantly looking for ways to bring us a better motorcycle for the best price possible. Compare the Brammo bikes to any other electric motorcycle on the market and you will find this to be true. I am expecting Brammo to get to the point that their bikes are comparable in price to the ICE bikes on the market.  
For everyone’s information…. that is what cultivated the partnership between Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) and Brammo (Cant wait till they go public!). A huge electronics manufacturing company with facilities in over 30 countries would be able to aid in keeping costs down. Flextronics has contracts with such large companies as Microsoft, Lego, and Verizon Wireless and has been in business since 1969. This should be a great journey to watch! When I heard the news about the partnership, I was doing the happy dance under the covers in my bed with the flu. That was the most spunky I had been in three days!! I actually started feeling better after that….who wouldnt??

Brammo has also expressed the fact that the owners of the original Enertia, like mine, will be able to take advantage of the new technology. We will have to wait to find out what that means but, they promise that they will do their best to make sure we aren’t forgotten. I have to say that I was a little surprised about the attitude there! How many companies are helping you to upgrade when a new model comes out?  I can’t think of one….  Thanks Brammo!! I can’t wait to have a longer range in Dorothy!!

Lady Godiva on wheels…. gettin an upgrade!!  YAHOO…