What happens when a company releases an update to a vehicle which promises twice as much fun as its predecessor? It happens rarely, but today an Oregonian company has accomplished just that. 

Keen to show the world that electric vehicles don’t always have to have four wheels to be impressive and fresh from its successes at the TTXGP, Brammo has just announced a longer-range version of  its already-popular Enertia electric motorcycle which it will sell for an expected $8,995 MSRP alongside the existing Enertia model.  

Don’t think for a second that this update is little more than a few new colors and fancy accessories. It isn’t. 

The new 2011 Brammo Enertia Plus features technological improvements in everything from the battery pack to the  suspension system. What’s more, the improvements follow in the footsteps of so many great advances in engineering excellence: the race-track.

Twice The Capacity

The original Brammo Enertia is a fun ride, but with a limited range of just 40 miles at city speeds and only 20 miles or so at 60+ mph it is somewhat lacking in its ability to go far. 

But the updated 2011 Brammo Enertia Plus features a battery pack twice the capacity of the original. At 6 kilowatt hours, the updated version is capable of up to 80 miles of riding when measured on the EPA generated drive cycle, increasing its usability as a commuter bike. While the cost of the Enertia Plus is $1,000 above the standard Enertia, the promise of twice the range is well worth the extra cash.

2011 Brammo Enertia Plus Instrument Panel

2011 Brammo Enertia Plus Instrument Panel

Improved Riding Stance, Better Handling, Simpler Operation

At 324 lbs, the 2011 Brammo Enertia Plus weighs the same as the standard Brammo, but riding position is improved by revised geometry.  This comes in the form of an increased fork offset and decreased trail, as well as placing the handlebars 1” further back. 

Also improved are the front forks and brake design, using Italian-made Brembo discs front and rear to ensure emergency stops are safely executed. 

As a consequence of all these improvements Brammo claims a much tighter turning radius and a more comfortable ride, making the 2011 Brammo Enertia Plus an ideal commuter bike. 

In addition, improved simplicity for charging and power-on improves the user experience, making the act of plugging in and riding off much quicker. 

Upgrade Discount, Rebate Ready

Don’t despair if you’re an existing Brammo Enertia envious of the extra range and better riding experience. Brammo is offering a Brammo customer loyalty rebate - buy a 2011 Brammo Enertia Plus and send in proof of purchase for your original Brammo Enertia and a $2,500 rebate will head your way, reducing the price down from $8.995 to $6,495. 

The New Enertia Plus is also eligable for applicable federal and state tax credits, reducing the effective purchase price down even further. 

Win A Free Bike

In addition to the Brammo customer loyalty rebate, the firm is offering to give a randomly selected buyer from the first 1,000 pre-orders a free 2011 Brammo Enertia Plus. Pre-order details are set to follow soon

Colors, Options 

2011 Brammo Enertia Plus Electric Motorbike

2011 Brammo Enertia Plus Electric Motorbike

In addition to a redesigned crowd-sourced logo and a choice of four new colors, Eclipsed Black, Aluminium Silver, True Blood Red and Peacekeeping Blue, the 2011 Brammo Enertia Plus features optional center stand and GIVI side bags, finishing the update to the already popular electric motorcycle. 

In Conclusion

The official launch of the bike will occur at the 68th International Bicycle And Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy. Scheduled to take place November 2-7, the 2011 Enertia Plus will be displayed alongside the 2011 Brammo Empulse and the company’s race-specification all electric motorcycles before heading to china for the 57th Macau Grand Prix. 

While the 2011 Brammo Enertia Plus is more pricey than its base model sibling and lacks the high-power performance of its big brother, we think the updated riding position and improved range of the Enertia Plus will help entice more commuters onto two-wheeled electric transport.