Victory Motorcycles has turned a new page by unveiling its first fully electric motorcycle. The 2016 Empulse TT is a road-legal electric streetbike based on Brammo’s Empulse R. The company’s entry into the electric market follows its successful participation at the2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, where its Empulse-powered racebike emerged as the fastest US electric motorcycle.
Oregon-based Brammo’s electric motorcycle business was bought in January by Victory’s mother company, Polaris Industries, so common sense dictated that it was a matter of time before an electric motorcycle would emerge from either Victory or Indian – or possibly both. After all it was Harley-Davidson that had drawn first blood with itsproject Livewire. Now that the production version of the electric H-D has officially been put on hold, Polaris has an opportunity to take the initiative.
The Empulse TT is effectively a rebadged Brammo Empulse R. The naked electric sportbike features a twin-spar aluminum frame, fully adjustable suspension with an inverted fork and a single rear shock, dual-disk brakes at the front and lightweight cast aluminum rims all around. A notable difference from the Brammo model is the change from 180 to a 160-section rear tire.
It is powered by a Permanent Magnet AC Induction electric motor, peaking at 54 hp (40.3 kW) and 61 ft-lb (80.7 Nm). The power source is a Brammo Power Li-ion battery, with an output of 10.4 kWh; a marginal increase over the 10.2 kWh of the 2014 Empulse R. It requires 3.9 hours for a full charge with a Stage 2 charger, which is available as an accessory. With a Stage 1 charger the same process will need 8 hours.