Thursday, April 26, 2012
Battle of the Bikes - Zero S ZF6 Vs. Brammo Empulse
Whether you're running out to buy one or you're still trying to decide whether to burn them or just ignore them, there's no denying that electric motorcycles are, indeed, a fast growing market in the motorcycle industry. And with gas prices toeing the $5 a gallon line and having little promise of going down, many people who never thought about electric motorcycles might start searching for more information in their internet browsers. But, as with any newer technology, there is a fat debate raging on what really is the best electric motorcycle. So, without further ado, here are the specs for the two most popular electric street motorcycles today, side by side for your viewing pleasure.
Zero S ZF6
City: 76 miles
Highway: 43 miles
Type: Force Air-cooled Double-stator axial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor
Controller: 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with re-generative deceleration
Top Speed: 88 mph
Transmission: Clutchless one speed
Final Drive: 132T / 28T, Poly Chain GT Carbon belt
Type: Z-Force patented Li-Ion intelligent power pack
Max Capacity: 6.0 kWh
Normal Capacity: 5.3 kWh
Charge Time: 6.0 hours
Battery Life: 205,000 miles to 80% capacity
Weight: 297 lbs.
Seat Height: 33.1 in.
Wheelbase: 56.6 in.
Front: 38mm inverted forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear: Direct-link shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front Tire: 110/70-17
Rear Tire: 130/70-17
Front: 2 piston hydraulic, 310x4 mm floating disc
Rear: 1 piston hydraulic, 220x4 mm disc
Brammo Empulse R
City: 121 miles
Highway: 56 miles
Type: Permanent Magnet AC (PMAC) - Water Cooled
Controller: Sevcon Gen 4
Top Speed: 100 mph +
Transmission: IET 6 speed gearbox with multi-plate, hydrolic activated wet clutch
Final Drive: Direct Chain Drive (14/48) 520 O-ring chain
Type: Brammo Power BPM15/90 Lithium-Ion
Max Capacity: 10.2 kWh
Normal Capacity: 9.31 kWh
Input: 103.6 V
Charge Time: 8 Hours
Battery Life: 1,500 cycles to 80% capacity
Weight: 440 lbs.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Wheelbase: 58.0 in.
Front: Fully Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks
Rear: Fully Adjustable Sachs Shock
Front Tire: 120/70-17 AVON AV79
Rear Tire: 180/55-17 AVON AV80
Front: Dual 310mm Brembo floating disk with twin four piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Calipers, Radial Mount
Rear: Brembo single disk with dual piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Caliper
Think these are some far advanced technology that you would never get the chance to see in your life time? For the small cost of 11 grand, you too could have a Zero S ZF6 in your garage. The Brammo Empulse R, however is still waiting to hit showroom floors with a still unrevealed price later this year. You can, however, get your hands on one of their Brammo Enertia models for around $8,000.
So why are we stacking the Empulse up against the ZF6 rather than the Enertia? Well, we think the two are a little bit closer in style and abilities. Both the Brammo Empulse and the Zero S ZF6 feature sexy sport bike looks and actually look like motorcycles. Not to mention the Empulse supposedly hits over 100 mph while the Enertia is stuck around 60. Either way, the battle between the electric bikes has begun. And with new models hitting the production lines, it won't be long before they start popping up on the roads. But the question that really would like answered is what would you rather ride, the Brammo Empulse or the Zero S ZF6?