More About Brammo Doubling Their Enertia

Brammo Enertia Plus As you know by now, Brammo has announced a new updated version of their venerable Enertia electric motorcycle. It is to be called the Enertia Plus – and there is good reason for the nomenclature. The Enertia Plus will have double the range of the original model due to the use of a new battery pack. Brammo has replaced the previous model’s Valence-designed version with the new Brammo Power batteries. The new machine will have its maximum range extended to 80 miles on one full charge. Brammo’s research indicated that most customers can live with the 40 miles range of the initial Enertia, but they found that 60 miles was more ideal.

The battery comes from the recently announced Empulse line, which was developed during the company’s TT race effort, and is technology proprietary to Brammo alone.  The extra density of the lithium-ion pack allows the new Enertia Plus to carry 6 kWh of energy allowing for the increase in range. The Plus retains the 63 Mph top speed and the same 72 volt DC motor as its forbear. It will also come in four new colors: Aluminum Silver, Eclipsed Black, Peacekeeping Blue, and True Blood Red. Brammo Enertia Plus

The Enertia Plus will also have further updates over the model it replaces. A new triple clamp provides for much sharper steering and thus better road riding. The handlebar has been pushed back one inch and Brammo tightened up the turning radius. That last improvement is to make the bike a bit easier to ride on tight European roads so that Brammo can tackle that market. They already have in motion their entry into Asia.

Look for the Enertia Plus to hit Best Buy and other Brammo authorized dealers by the middle of 2011 and will be priced at $8,995. To make your reservation, please point your browser to: http://www.brammo.com/enertia-plus/.

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Middle Kingdom Ride: 2 Brothers 2 Bikes

Middle Kingdom Ride logoChina seems to be a more and more popular topic for conversation lately. That is no different for this story as the Middle Kingdom, a literal translation of the characters which make up the Chinese name for their homeland, is a protagonist herein. The other important subjects are the two brothers from Canada, Colin and Ryan Pyle, and their two motorcycles, both are BMW’s F800GS. The ride involves 11,589 miles (18,651 Km) and 65 days over some of the roughest terrain, the wettest paths, and the longest traffic jams on Earth. And the cause is for the SEVA Foundation, a group whose sole purpose is to help alleviate the suffering of people caused by disease and poverty. Interested yet?

The Pyle brothers departed Shanghai in August of this year and arrived in the same city 65 days later on 17 October 2010 at 14:00. It was a full five days longer than they had planned, though it is understandable given the obstacles they encountered. They ran into issues with a burned-out clutch on one of the BMW F800GS bikes in a very remote part of Tibet. Shortly afterwards the ride was delayed again due to being detoured around another part of Tibet to which they were forbidden access. Brothers Pyle were also involved in that world-famous 19 mile long traffic jam on the Beijing to Tibet Expressway.

By far the worst parts of the odyssey were the constantly shifting weather conditions. One example would be a day when they were riding along in 72°F (22°C) with bright sun, and within an hour it had become 41°F (5°C) with a pummeling rainstorm mixed with hail.

Luckily, the Pyle brothers are interested in doing things right and were well prepared for the journey. They were also smart enough to hook up with some very helpful sponsors. The list is very long, so head to the website for everyone involved: http://www.mkride.com/. It would also be a good idea to donate a little something for their efforts and the incredibly decent people at the SEVA Foundation; Colin and Ryan Pyle went through a great deal to help a large number of people, give them a hand.

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Kuryakyn Ergo Engine Guards: A Smart Design

Engine guards and highway pegs are common accessories on all sorts of cruisers.  I recently came across an accessory that combines the two in a unique package.  The Kuryakyn Ergo Engine Guards incorporate a patented flip-out highway peg that looks slick in both the inboard and outboard position.  In the extended position, the pegs feature an ergonomic pull back to relieve that uncomfortable outward pressure on the feet and legs.  In the folded position, the package looks clean and uncluttered.  In both positions, a stable foot tread is featured.

The Ergo Plus Engine Guard bolts directly to existing mounts on your frame, thus they do not use any unsightly universal clamps.  Needless to say they are not a universal fitment.  They are offered in configurations for both American and metric cruisers.

All in all, the The Kuryakyn Ergo Engine Guards are a solid and creative combination of engine protection and rider comfort.  They offer the cleanest and most versatile highway pegs I have come across.

Take a look at the picture and you’ll see what a good idea Kuryakyn has come up with.  Prices run in the range of $270 to $370 depending on the specific application.

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Written by Tim Kessel, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

2010 MotoGP Preview: Estoril

motogp_estoril The penultimate round of the 2010 MotoGP season kicks off this weekend at Estoril. Jorge Lorenzo has already secured the MotoGP championship, but there are plenty of other riders fighting for the remaining spots on the podium.

Dani Pedrosa was sitting comfortably in second place, but an injury that forced him to sit out the last three rounds has put his position in jeopardy. Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, and Pedrosa’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, all have a shot at second place.

Stoner is the biggest threat right now. Stoner trails Pedrosa by just 13 points, and is currently the hottest rider in the MotoGP paddock. Stoner is riding his best races of the season, and has taken victories at the last three MotoGP races.

“I was fast there last year,” said Stoner. “But Jorge was a little faster. He is very strong at this circuit and I think we can expect him to be so again on Sunday.”

And Lorenzo will be tough to beat. Not only does Lorenzo have the confidence of being the 2010 MotoGP champ, but he also has an impressive record at Estoril. Lorenzo has earned two race wins at Estoril, both from the pole position.

“We now have the last two races in a row, and they are two very special races,” Lorenzo said. “The first one is Estoril, where I’ve had some of my best moments in MotoGP in the last two seasons. I had never won there before in 125 or 250, but since 2008 I have had two victories. It’s the only place where I’ve won twice in this category!”

Lorenzo’s record at Estoril is impressive, but it doesn’t hold a candle to his teammate, Valentino Rossi’s record. Rossi has won 5 times at the Estoril circuit. He’s also finished on the podium 9 out of the 10 times he’s raced there. The only time he missed the podium he finished fourth. Rossi is also coming off of three podium finishes, including one race win, and is looking to end his season, and career with Yamaha, on a positive note.

“The flyaways were very good for us, three podiums including one win – we were happy with how much we had improved the bike and also the level of my shoulder,” Rossi said. “Now we return to Europe and I feel very strongly that I want to enjoy these final two races and try to win again. Estoril was not a good track for me last year, we had some problems and I couldn’t make it onto the podium so we will be trying to change that this year. After Phillip Island we hope the weather will be a bit warmer, but Estoril can change very quickly so it could be a factor again.”

Andrea Dovizioso has an outside chance at second place, but is still in strong contention for the final spot on the podium.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Rossi Wants To Close MotoGP Season With Two Race Wins

motogp_Rossi For Valentino Rossi, the 2010 MotoGP season is a sentimental one. It will be the last time he rides his beloved M1, and the last time he rides from the Fiat Yamaha garage. Rossi’s 2010 season has been plagued with injuries, but now that the rider is getting back into form, Rossi has his bike aimed squarely at the top of the podium, where he plans to end his run with Yamaha.

He’ll get his first chance of victory this weekend at Estoril, where he has quite an impressive record. Rossi is the most successful rider in MotoGP history at Estoril, where he has claimed 5 premier class victories. Rossi’s only non podium finish at Estoril, he’s been there 10 times, came last year when he finished fourth.

“Estoril was not a good track for me last year, we had some problems and I couldn’t make it onto the podium so we will be trying to change that this year. After Phillip Island we hope the weather will be a bit warmer but Estoril can change very quickly so it could be a factor again.”

Rossi is coming off of his third consecutive podium, including one race win at Malaysia.

“The flyaways were very good for us, three podiums including one win – we were happy with how much we had improved the bike and also the level of my shoulder. Now we return to Europe and I feel very strongly that I want to enjoy these final two races and try to win again.”

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com