Posts Tagged ‘electric motorcycles

15
Oct
10

An interesting bit of research about E-motorcycles…

A Quote from Exhaust Notes’ James Tate says, “The year 2016 is right around the corner, and for the many electric motorcycle manufacturers in this country and around the world, it can’t come soon enough. A new study by Pike Research says that by that time, there will be a dizzying 466 million electric motorcycles spread around the globe. Think that sounds a little fishy? Think again: The electric motorcycle business is ramping up in a big way, and the past few years have seen the birth of a number of startups dedicated to bringing EV technology to the 2-wheel world.”
I’m keeping my eye on Brammo,Inc.  This company is going to REALLY put E-motorcycles…REAL MOTORCYCLES FOR ALL YOU SKEPTICS..on the map.

Lady Godiva on wheels and an investor…yes, I have a business brain, as well!! Go figure!

29
Sep
10

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 brammo.com 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…

29
Sep
10

Guess where Dorothy and I went last weekend??

This last weekend, Dorothy got to get back to her roots! Yup, she went right back down to Ashland, Oregon to see the place of her birth….er, assembly…Brammo!
On Friday I loaded my beautiful little electric darling up on her trailer and we made the four-hour trip to Ashland, a lovely little town near the Oregon/ California border. The next day we traveled over to the Brammo headquarters and were given the VIP treatment! Myself, my dear friend Cindi Servante (Motoette in Forward Motion and Girlracer) and her darling niece and our favorite helicopter pilot, Devon Watkins, were shown around the place and we shot video for hours. We were even shown some top-secret things!!  I promised I wouldn’t tell so, don’t ask me. (FYI, tell ya later!!)
A special thanks goes out to Wayne Buck, Project Engineer for Brammo, for taking really good care of us while we waited. He was so patient and showed us all around the assembly part of the building and in to the design and conception areas. Another “thank you” goes out to Adrian Stewart, director of sales and marketing,  for helping organize this weekend and for showing us all the really ‘COOL’ stuff! Oh, and for the tea…he’s British!  Last but certainly not least, thank you, Craig Bramscher, for allowing us to interview and just generally “bug” you. You were so gracious.
There is much more to say so, stay tuned! We have a couple big stories to come…..

Lady Godiva on wheels….keepin the lips zipped!!

10
May
10

How to answer the question, “What is it like to ride a motorcycle?”

I have a new product that Im looking at that will allow anyone to answer the question that non-riders ask all the time, “What is it like to ride a motorcycle?”.  With a picture being worth a thousand words this little camera is about the size of a couple matchboxes, according to AMERICAN RIDER MAGAZINES REG KITTRELLE (www.americanrider.com), and comes with everything you need in the kit to make it possible. Its the GoPro HERO at http://www.goprocamera.com/
The HERO can be mounted on the handlebars, on the motor, on your chest, or your helmet with the different mounts available. It comes with a waterproof case that makes it possible to take still shots or videos, even in the worst weather. A fully charged battery gives you about two hours worth of filming time. The kit provides all the cables you need to hook up to your own computer and can make you a YouTube junky!!
Here is an example from my friend and fellow Enertia owner/rider, Implovator.  http://www.implovator.com/2010/05/video-of-a-spirited-ride-on-the-enertia/

So, enjoy the video taken with the GoPro HERO. If you love taking shots of your ride or love to be a YouTube participant, this is the way to go. It also answers the age old question for those non-riders in your life!

Lady Godiva, enjoyin the ride…




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