• A Quick Preview of 2015’s Racing: Updated.

    Hello All, long time no writing.

    This is just a Quick and Dirty  from here in the North Sea. As is typical I receive next to nothing from teams or series in my in box. The only way I get info from manufactures is because I sign up for their news letters. eMotoRacing is getting better and their Facebook page keeps you pretty up to date.

    eMotoRacing (USA): Well these folks (OK the dude) put the racing schedule up months ago. The first round has already gone down and looks like another solid year of club racing for them with some former Superbike racers fielding bikes on the grid. The biggest news is Round 2 is this weekend, so stay tuned to their Facebook page and website for the details. And keep an eye out in April for a 100hp Empulse R hot rod, the work of Brian Wismann (Brammo’s Dir. of Prod. Dev.) and Ely Schless. Its a not for certain deal, and may be a private entry as for now it is a side project the two are doing on their own time.

    Moto-E (Europe): The brainchild of a member of the now defunct TTXGP has yet to post a schedule. I know of at least one bike being built that series that is looking pretty badass. A few months back I was assured that there would be a series this year, but the website hasn’t been updated since September and I have seen no official word. Looks like more of the same from across the pond. Bad show ol’ boys.

    eFX (Australia): Well, after the media guys who were trying to push the series hard gave up, its pretty much any other club series no one else pays attention too. [Update} Oh, I finally got the site to load and stumble my way through it. The first race is this weekend.

    Pikes Peak: So far there are 4 production based Zeros signed up, and 3 prototypes. So that should be fun. No Brammo or Lightning.

    Ilse of Mann: Mugen will be back with yet another new bike, and Sarolea (sp?) has a pretty active Facebook page, so I suspect they will be back too. I don’t know who eles might show. [Update] Sarolea got a hold of me minuets after I posted this. So first of, thank you guys for being one of the 6 people who still read my blog and being so proactive in keeping me up to date.. :D Second, and more importantly, they WILL be back for the 2015 TT Zero, AND with a new bike that is going to be unveiled April 5, 2015. Remember that date. I am excited to see what they bring to the table after a year under their belt!

    Elmotos taking on the ICE Armada: Look out for Brammo to bring out and continue to use racing to develop their stuff in the AFM series. The Electric cowboys are taking on the same small displacement GP series they have for the past few years out west, and have been doing it on Zero SRs. Yeah, that seems fair . . . not. Also, there has already been one Empulse owner taking it to the Clubman class bikes in another local series.

    That’s all I have for now. I’ll be home in two weeks, but then I am off to finish my music ed degree, so don’t expect to hear much from. Things are heating up though, so keep an eye out on the Esbk.co Facebook page where I try to share all the goings on. As far as the day of 160-200hp elmoto prototypes doing battle at Laguna Seca . . . those days are gone. At best we could hope to see a battle between Mugen, Lightning, and Brammo at the Ilse of Mann, but that is but a pipe dream. Maybe if I win the Lottery. Be sure to tell your grand kids about back in the day when electric two wheeled monsters roamed the earth and did battle like gladiators.

    KTRSD



  • Episode 32: Interview with Kenyon Kluge of Zero Motorcycles (part of the “Lost Interviews”)

    Courtesy of Kenyon Kluge
    Courtesy of Kenyon Kluge

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Later than late. I have given up being able to upload podcasts on the boat, in the hotel, or in the airport. It just doesn’t work. And then I have been distracted since I got home. Either way this is a really good interview with Kenyon from December of 2013. Enjoy!

    Episode 32 Interview with Kenyon Kluge

     



  • Episode 31: Interview with Shelina Moreda part 2 (of the “lost” interviews)

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    And here is the (hopefully) much-anticipated part two of the interview with Shelina. What a way to bring in 2015, no? In this last part we talk a bit about her new Brammo Enertia and about her new motorcycle training school. She mentions a discount for listeners, but please remember this was recorded over a year ago, so you can’t hold her to it.

    Episode 31 Interview with Shelina Moreda pt 2

    The next episode will be an interview with Kenyon Kluge also from last year about the 2014 Zeros. If you’re a gear head this will be a MUST listen.



  • Episode 30: Interview with Shelina Moreda part 1 (of the “lost” interviews)

    courtesy of Brammo
    courtesy of Brammo

    Hello again, everyone, and Happy New Year! I trust you all had a Merry Christmas. Well here is part 1 of an Interview with Shelina Moreda recorded the beginning of December 2013. That’s right, it’s over a year old. Add to that we are talking about a race that had happened 4-5 months prior to that. In this interview we’ll be talking about the last eRoadRacing race in North America, ever. Even though at the time we had no idea that was to be the case. Well, we had an inkling, but nothing more than that.

    Also, the intro and outro were recorded in my buddies studio so let me know if it appreciably increases your listening pleasure.

    Enjoy!

    Episode 30 Interview with Shelina Moreda pt 1



  • Episode 29: Interview with an Empulse owner pt 3, Rise of the Empulser

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    Little did I realize, until just now, that it has been over a year since the last podcast. This is the last hour and a half of my interview with Jeff, Brammo Empulse owner and EV evangelist recorded late last fall. This is the first of 5 interviews that I never got put up, but all of which I feel have enough content that is still relevant to make them worthy of finishing and putting up.

    In this interview we do kind of go all over the place, and laugh a little loud, but have a good time and manage to hit on a lot of the minutia of owning an Empluse that eluded my organizational abilities. Enjoy.

    EP. 29 Interview with an Empulse Owner part 3 Rise of the Empulser



  • There is racing this weekend!

    From Future Electric’s Facebook page
    OK, so I have a smoking new computer that I am still getting set up (transferring files and such), more trail building going on, bike rides, and no I didn’t get an Empulse. What do financing people know anyway. But above an beyond all that there is racing this weekend! MotoE is at  Hockenheim this weekend and Future Electric, JJ, who knows, who else are already there (OK, Mike Edwards knows). I am off to the bike shop to work on kids bikes and change bicycle tubes for the day. Enjoy!


  • Heading back home soon, and news to look out for

    So my 5 week “hitch” as they call it in the seismic community is coming to a close. That’s 5 weeks straight of 12 hour days, so as you can imagine I’m ready to be able to sleep in for a change. But there has been a bunch of stuff happening that I have not been able to blog about. But I have been doing my best to share what I find on my Facebook feed.

    Mostly we have the first two rounds of the MotoE racing series in Europe with the next two coming at the end of this month and a Final scheduled at Donington Park in October, if memory serves. That means the last two rounds are in Great Britain (for however long that lasts) and at major tracks. That’s a nice score for MotoE.

    eMotoRacing here in the US just ran last weekend with their round at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. The kids from Calgary showed up with a very clean-looking bike. I am not sure any Zeros made it though. EBoz still has the the Empulse R (TTX?) railing, and Shane Turpin, who is for all intent and purposes THE Miller ringer, not only left all the eSuperStock bikes behind, but also crushed every last gas bike on the circuit. No seriously. He won by so much on Saturday they made him start from the back on Sunday, and even then it didn’t make much of a difference. Brammo clearly has been working on that bike.

     

    Speaking of which, Brammo is having a ridiculous sale that lasts until the end of October. $7000 off of 2013 Empulses and $5000 off of 2014. Go get ‘em if you can find them.

    Since I have been busy with this new job I have not been in as good a contact with folks. A little bit here and there, so the hope is after I get settled in back at home I can get some detail to these stories. I might even have time to analyze lap times if I can get my hands on them. I really want to record some new interviews as it has been a while, but I really need to get all those old ones edited and up first. They are still relevant. I also have an appointment scheduled to talk to someone about professionally doing the website. We’ll see how that goes. And progress shall be made on the 500 Interceptor, come hell or high water. ;)

    KTRSD

     



  • FB Blurb outs Brammo as bringing the RR to eMR Miller round

    This is a quickie, but hopefully will wet your appetite for news coming out of this weekends Miller Motorsports Park’s round of the eMotoRacing series. Here’s the post from last week’s post on the Electric Racing group on facebook:

    eMotoRacing coming to BonnevilleGP at Miller Motorsports Park Aug 30/31. The Brammo Racing Team including the fast RR, Zeus Racing Team from the Univ of Calgary, the debut of a full streamliner, plus privateers from all over…will you be there?
    This is the last race out west of the 10 round series, and it will be a good one!

    Follow eMotoracing and Brammo on Facebook. I will try to share on the ESBK.co Facebook page as best I can.



  • Press Release: University of Calgary to contest Miller round of eMR

    Another university to rescue of electric motorcycle racing. Excellent.

    TEAM ZEUS of the UNIVERSITY of CALGARY to contest eMotoRacing event at Miller Motorsports Park

    Press Release: for immediate release

     

    On August 29 – 31, eMotoRacing will hold it’s 8th race of the 2014 season at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah.  We have had a great stirring of rumors as to who will be in attendance.  One thing is certain — there will be a good mix of contestants, including the official Brammo racing team, and Team “ZEUS” of the University of Calgary. “ZEUS” stands for “Zero Emission Ucalgary Superbike”, and the team is comprised of engineers, business and physics majors. The team will be racing their Generation I bike, which uses an Agni 95-R motor mounted to the frame of a 2004 Suzuki GSX 600, which was straight from the factory, and then stripped of its gasoline engine components.  We are excited to see this eBike in action!  To check out more about Team ZEUS, hit their website or facebook page.