Victory launches first electric bike

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Victory Motorcycles has unveiled its first full production electric bike model called the Empulse TT.

The bike, which is a revised version of the Brammo Empulse R, will only be sold in the US, until Victory completes a ‘process of determining global demand’.

Sharing the same DNA with the Empulse R, the Victory Empuse TT now has a longer recharge time and shorter combined range than the Brammo Empluse R.

The Victory Empulse TT is capable of top speeds over 160 kmh and it has a high-capacity 10.4kWh battery. The bike has a built-in battery charger and an easily accessible SAE J1772 plug atop the bodywork to the front of the seat.

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The bike’s Brammo Power Lithium Ion battery fully charges up in just under four hours using a Stage 2 charger (available as an accessory utilising a 240V outlet).

In typical riding, the Empulse TT battery provides riders with a range of about 65 miles and a range of 100 miles is possible with throttle management and use of the bike’s regenerative charging. In preliminary testing, the bike demonstrated a Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) city range of 94 miles. The bike delivered an MIC “combined 70 mph highway and city range” of 57 miles.

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Riders can make the most efficient use of the battery’s 10.4kWh of electricity by using the six-speed gearbox. Shifting and downshifting helps to create regenerative power (when the bike is under deceleration) and also produces a feeling similar to the compression braking that riders experience on petrol-powered motorcycles.

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