BRAMMO EMPULSE (2014 - 2015) Review

At a glance

Power: 54 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.5 in / 800 mm)
Weight: Medium (470 lbs / 213 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

There’s no doubt electric bikes are coming, and Brammo arriving on UK shores is good news. But owning an Empulse R right now can only be an abject exercise in compromise, an early adopter’s novelty, or a rich man’s indulgence.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Without the burbles and vibrations of an internal combustion engine, the feel through the tyres and frame is intensified, while the extra sense of freedom that comes from not having to control an engine, unsettling at first, quickly feels normal as confidence in the package grows. The conventional braking set-up scrubs off speed with a little help from the regenerative engine braking, and is made quicker still if you tap down through the gearbox as well.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The instant and silent surge of acceleration is a shock to the system and even though the clutch and gearbox are comfortingly familiar, they're also a strangely redundant addition. The Brammo can’t stall if you stop without pulling the clutch in; you can pull away in any gear thanks to peak torque being on tap from the get-go; and neutral is, bizarrely, positioned between second and third. An ‘overdrive’ gear for improved economy and comfort would be a sensible addition but a whole gearbox of six cogs is unnecessary.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Some of the components on the Brammo are top notch, but the bike itself does feel a little below par in terms of overall quality. There are less moving parts than a conventional motorcycle, so theoretically there's less to go wrong.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Performance is equivalent to a middleweight petrol commuter while the price the same as a high-end Superbike. And although daily running costs will be in the pennies, questions about residuals and longterm reliability abound.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

Brammo’s range-topper is equipped with off-the-shelf Marzocchi forks, a Sachs rear shock, and Brembo brakes. It's also the only current electric bike with a six-speed transmission included, Brammo say, not just to appeal to traditional motorcyclists but to eke out maximum performance from the compact 40kW motor.


Engine size -
Engine type Parker GVM IPM
Frame type Brammo E-Beam aluminium, tubular steel subframe and swingarm
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 213kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable 43mm Marzocchi forks
Rear suspension Fully adjustable Sachs rear shock
Front brake Dual 320mm Brembo floating discs with four-piston calipers
Rear brake Brembo single disc with dual-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70-17
Rear tyre size 180/55-17

Mpg, costs & insurance

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Insurance group -
How much to insure?
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Top speed & performance

Max power 54 bhp
Max torque 66 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 80 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Brammo had been building electric bikes in small quantities since 2010, when it announced the Empulse R. But the American-built bike didn't arrive in the UK until 2014.

The Brammo brand was acquired by Polaris Industries in January 2015.

Other versions


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