Victory’s $19,999 Empulse TT electric motorcycle can go 140 miles on a charge

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If the Empulse TT looks familiar, there’s a good reason: it’s a refreshed and rebadged version of the Brammo Empulse. Victory bought Brammo’s motorcycle business earlier this year, taking its electric vehicle tech over to the famed (and notoriously deadly) Isle of Man TT for a proper shakedown — now, it’s heading back to the retail market.

The bike is virtually indistinguishable from the Brammo model it replaces, but that might be okay: it’ll go over 100 miles per hour, climb from zero to 100 percent charge in three and a half hours, and run up to 140 miles between those charges. Most of those stats are the same, but the range has jumped a few miles from the 2014 model. (Real-world range will inevitably be lower.) Power also remains the same — 54 hp — while the peak torque of 61 ft-lbs. falls between the outgoing Empulse and high-performance Empulse R models, which offered 46.5 and 66 ft-lbs., respectively. The dry weight of 460 lbs. is unchanged (and, of course, you don’t have to worry about fuel weight with this one).

The 2016 Empulse TT goes on sale in “late 2015” in the US; other markets are to be announced. It’ll run $19,999, a $1,000 bump over the outgoing Brammo Empulse R.


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