BUILDING ON the innovative design and engineering that produced the fastest USA electric motorcycle at the recent Isle of Man TT Zero race, Victory Motorcycles has introduced the Empluse TT, a fully electric street-legal sport bike that is as capable of carving tight lines on twisting roads as it is powering the daily commute.
The Empulse TT features a sport bike-style aluminum beam-frame, adjustable suspension and aggressive brakes. With a combination of advanced technology and stylish, modern design, this unique new motorcycle delivers outstanding overall performance, zero-emission output, and a torquey motor. The key features include a fully adjustable suspension featuring a single rear shock and upside down forks; dual-disk front brakes that deliver confidence inspiring stopping power; lightweight new cast aluminum wheels; the greatest lean angle in the electric class; and a sportbike-style riding position.
The Empulse TT shares some DNA with the original Brammo Empulse R motorcycle. Victory has been working with Brammo since 2011, but in January 2015, Victory’s parent company, Polaris Industries, acquired Brammo’s motorcycle assets. Since then, Victory engineers worked with the Brammo product team to achieve improvements in battery capacity, display function, and handling.
The Victory Empulse TT is capable of top speeds of more than 160 km/h, and it has a high-capacity 10.4 kWh battery. The bike has a built-in battery charger and an easily accessible plug atop the bodywork in front of the seat. The bike’s Brammo Power Lithium Ion battery fully charges in just 3.9 hours.
In typical riding, the Empulse TT battery provides a range of 104 km; and 160 km is possible with throttle management and use of the bike’s regenerative charging.
Riders can make the most efficient use of the battery’s 10.4 kWh of electricity by using the six-speed gearbox. Downshifting helps to create regenerative power (under deceleration), and also produce a feeling familiar to experienced riders of the compression braking on gasoline-powered motorcycles.
The rider only needs to use the clutch when shifting between gears, not for taking off or coming to a stop. When coming to a stop, a rider can leave the bike in gear, or choose to click the shifter down (without pulling in the clutch) to put the bike in neutral. To take off from a stop, the rider simply twists the throttle to unleash the liquid-cooled electric motor’s impressive torque.
In the Empulse TT’s proprietary transmission, neutral is found between 2nd and 3rd gears, and the transmission can be left in 3rd gear for most riding speeds and conditions.
To begin riding, a rider can simply turn the bike’s power on; select 3rd gear (without the clutch), twist the throttle, and go.
Not all competitive electric motorcycles have gearboxes, so the Empulse TT gearbox gives the bike a significantly sportier feel, and it enhances a rider’s engagement with the bike.
The Victory Empulse TT also has an optional SPORT mode for high-performance riding. In SPORT mode, 20 percent more battery power is released to the motor, resulting in enhanced acceleration. SPORT mode also increases the amount of regenerative braking which further increases the feeling similar to compression braking when the rider rolls off the throttle. To select SPORT mode, a rider presses and holds the start button for one second.
The bike’s LCD displays the battery level as a horizontal bar accompanied by the percentage of battery energy remaining, and provides an estimate of remaining riding range.
Genuine Victory Accessories immediately available for the Empulse TT include Victory performance forks, frame sliders, tall and short windscreens, and side luggage bags.