Plug-in bike lives up to its extrovert name
By Gavin Conway on January 24, 2012 11:19 AM
This extraordinary bike’s been around a while, but here's the latest iteration – and we do like to grab every opportunity to run pics of extremely cool electric vehicles. The Brutus motorcycle is an American creation (no kidding, we hear you say), and this is the company’s follow up to the prototype.
The headline figures for the latest Brutus are: top speed of 100mph, a range of 100 miles and 0-60mph in just 4.74secs (while not in superbike territory, that’s still pretty darn swift).
Cosmetically, the bike still looks quite similar to the prototype, except for a tiny fairing around the single headlight and some other mild tweaks.
The battery uses lithium polymer chemistry and is designed to last up to 50,000 miles with zero maintenance. The company claims that a full charge on a U.S. household 110v plug takes only three hours. Interestingly, the company also claims that the 100 mile range is achievable with "aggressive" riding, and a better result can be had if you don’t drive like your hair’s on fire.
Another neat touch is the five-speed clutchless mechanical gearbox, which should give a convincingly big-bike like experience. The Brutus also features twin six-piston dual rotor front brakes, which is reassuring as the whole rig weighs 535lbs (242kg) – that’s not Honda Goldwing territory, but neither is it a lightweight).
There’s no word on production yet, but the Brutus already has the look of a machine that’s ready to be built. You can see a video of it underway here:
The only thing those Hells Angels might find a bit of a downer is the lack of thunderous ‘thunka thunka’ exhaust notes. They like a bit of noise, those Hells Angels fellas.