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Old 09-24-2011, 12:56 PM   #21
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Okay, I should've referenced personal mobility when I downgraded steam power.
The only reason we use Diesel-electric for Locomotives is not because the D-E is better, it's because they're CHEAP, and a Drooling Idiot can operate one. They didn't call steam-train operators "Engineers" for no reason.

Much the same with steam-powered personal-transportation. It takes someone that knows what they're doing to operate what is essentially a bomb by any other name in a safe manner. Then again, Arkansas will give a Stationary Power Boiler license to nearly any Drooling Idiot that can make an "X" in the correct box on the exam.....
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:58 PM   #22
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Like the electric cars?
Actually, I think (so far as racing goes) electric-power is a better match for a single-track than any 4-or-more-wheeled vehicle.

Commuting? That's a different story entirely.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:16 PM   #23
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Actually, I think (so far as racing goes) electric-power is a better match for a single-track than any 4-or-more-wheeled vehicle.

Commuting? That's a different story entirely.
Perhaps. But I've been hearing this mantra that we'll be saved by cheap efficient electric cars if we just keep throwing more OPM at it for a couple of decades now. Always the same high sounding arguments but with no juice to back it up. And always from people who know absolutely nothing about the technology except the propaganda from the people who are on the govt money train.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:15 AM   #24
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While the electric powertrain grabs the headlines, the Empulse features chassis upgrades as well. Taking development cues off its original Electric TTR racebike the Empulse features an adjustable fork and rear shock. It also sports dual four-piston Nissin brakes up front. As for the frame, Brammo designed an aluminum twin-spar unit which holds the batteries. The rear swingarm pivots on the motor axis, with a direct chain drive from the motor to the rear wheel.
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While the electric powertrain grabs the headlines, the Empulse features chassis upgrades as well. Taking development cues off its original Electric TTR racebike the Empulse features an adjustable fork and rear shock. It also sports dual four-piston Nissin brakes up front. As for the frame, Brammo designed an aluminum twin-spar unit which holds the batteries. The rear swingarm pivots on the motor axis, with a direct chain drive from the motor to the rear wheel.
Ok, that's cool. When will the bike be for sale? Or even out in demo circulation at bike shows and rallies?

My personal take on the Empulse: after the Empulse hype-fest of well over a year ago, after asking people to sign up for "pre-orders" with no product in sight, and after all those emails with "exciting news" about a product that has yet to see the light of day, the bike better stand the world on it's head. If its anything less, Brammo is going to kick the E-Bike industry into the gutter for years to come.
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