So the time has come to say goodbye to my eVFR and to say hello to a 2013 Brammo Empulse R.
The eVFR started a few years ago and then an upgrade began to increase the performance and range. Between staying busy outside work and having a side business, I haven’t had the spare time required to finish. I’ve been dependent on EV buddies of mine for the fabrication/welding/3D CAD, so I have to work on their schedule. The electrical system has been together for some time now, but the mechanical side has all but stopped. So I started to look at my other options; buy versus build. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to sell what I’ve got and purchase a production motorcycle.
So with that decision, I started selling everything. My eVFR chassis, my SV650, the electrical components (motor, controller, batteries, charger BMS) and my recently acquired battery testing equipment so that I could put it all towards the new bike. I figured the moving from DIY to Production I wouldn’t need any of my equipment. I’m still keeping Electro Motive Force, LLC. Open and have been still selling parts, but I don’t think I’ll be as heavily involved with battery testing from this point forward. I’ll still have access to my testing equipment if I need it, as it’s being sold to a friend of mine locally.
I then spent the last month or so researching everything I could on all of the bikes available. I’ve read the reviews, talked to people who own one, 3rd parties that have ridden one, watched videos, looked into the technology inside each one, look at what comes with each one. I talked to dealers like Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics and directly to Brian at Brammo. After weighing all the pro’s and con’s of each, I feel that the Empulse has what I’m looking for in a bike.
I told Brian that I’d like to move forward, but there are no Oregon dealers yet, so we tried to figure out how to get my hands on one before the spring. Because of my proximity to Ashland, and flexibility on time, Brian said he’d let me know if there were any opportunities of purchasing a marketing/engineering bike if one came available. He told me the wait could be long or short, but I decided to be put on the waiting list to see what happens.
After about a month on the list, Brian let me know that there was an engineering bike available. It’s got 500 miles on it, but is otherwise a full production model. I requested their “White Noise” trim. They’re going to run it through their QC department to fully test the bike, and let me know when it’s available for Pickup or if they would be coming to Portland and could deliver.
I don’t have a solid idea of when I’ll have it, but I would guess early March, just in time for riding season to start. I’m excited to say the least.
P.S. I’ll keep this website up a while for posterity, but I likely won’t be posting any more eVFR related blog updates.