Victory Motorcycles has definitely taken another step into the future with the unveiling of its very first, fully electric motorcycle that is known as the 2016 Empulse TT. Make no bones about it, the Empulse TT is a road-legal electric streetbike that will be based on Brammo’s Empulse R, and this is a continuation from their efforts at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, where the Empulse-powered racebike came out tops where the fastest US electric motorcycle is concerned.
The Empulse TT is basically a rebadged Brammo Empulse R, where there will be a twin-spar aluminum frame, fully adjustable suspension with an inverted fork, as well as a single rear shock, dual-disc brakes at the front and lightweight cast aluminum rims all around. As for its LCD display, it will depict all of the essential information there – a speedometer, tachometer, gear indicator, clock, battery level and estimated range.
A Permanent Magnet AC Induction electric motor keeps it running, where it peaks at 54 hp (40.3 kW) and 61 ft-lb (80.7 Nm). It takes close to 4 hours for a full charge using a Stage 2 charger, while a Stage 1 charger would require 8 hours. The asking price? $20,000 a pop.
It would be interesting to see whether electric motorcycle owners will one day be given $1,000 to participate in a research so that their two-wheeled beauties are charged based on a selected schedule. That should be a long time off, if it happens anyway.
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