Lately, it seems like the automobile industry can’t go more than a week without announcing or releasing a new all-electric (or at the very least plug-in hybrid) car or truck. Such is the desire to offer up a green, forward-thinking image to the public and – perhaps more importantly – gain real-world data and knowledge to put to use on future combustion-free offerings. And while all this is going on, the motorcycle industry is just sticking its collective head in the sand, right?
Wrong, homeslice. More and more motorcycle buyers are getting a charge (Okay, that’s the only electricity pun, we promise.) out of electric bikes. Even Jay Leno, who has a fleet of fossil-fueled bikes to rival most museums, finds a lot to like about these whisper-quiet two wheelers. This is particularly true of electric bikes that are as potent as the Empulse R from American manufacturer Brammo. And it’s a proper sportbike, complete with a 6-speed transmission.