Brammo will offer its electric motorcycles with a six-speed transmission beginning in 2012, the company announced today.
The bikes will be unveiled this Friday in Las Vegas shortly before competing in the MiniMotoSX race.
Motorcycle manufacturer Brammo could make a big impact on the motorcycle world with this change.
While electric motorcycles have been around for some time, and even had their own race on the Isle of Man in June 2009, up until now they've mainly been seen as bikes for early adopters interested in green tech, or those who might otherwise consider a moped.
Electric motorcycles are relatively quiet, have a limited range, and arguably offer limited speed and performance when compared to comparable racing bikes with internal combustion engines. They're also fighting an image problem in a market famous for exuding a longstanding sexy, powerful, and adventurous appeal.
"Electric motorcycle design has always been a bit of a balancing act in direct drive systems where great acceleration performance comes at the expense of low top-end speed," Brian Wismann, director of product development at Brammo, said in a statement.… Read more