Hey all. two things:
First, I am not sure if you remember but last year Brammo had an outside sponsor or two and painted up the bikes for the Macau GP last year. Now, it was just suppose to be an exhibition lap or 2 but that event was canceled, the Best Buy fairings went back on and appropriately beautiful girls were then draped all over them. So, with Jackie Chan owning the company that imports the Brammos into Hong Kong, and the show being about the same time, and the Hong Kong Police just placing their order, it seems logical that Brammo would try to make a similar appearance this year. All of this came to mind when I heard Jim Race mention on MotoPOD that Mark Miller was getting ready for the race that he has done regularly for several years. Well, thank to Bramofan’s twitter it seems Brian Wismann is headed for Hong Kong. He may be just going there for the show, but he may be there with a bike and rider, again for a demo. Now, being the smart folks I know they are they may try to use this opportunity as a shake down/base line for the Isle of Man, which they announced this summer they are planning on doing.
Now this starts to tie into part number two. I think it is safe to call him my Italian counterpart, Motoelettriche (really I’m his American counterpart) just posted information about SMRE and the 2012 Empulse. It appears that Brammo is going with a dual motor design in conjunction with the 6 speed gear box. This is supposed to be good for 82hp and 150mph (called it :D). Google translate also says that motor setup will be run at the Isle of Man. Makes since as the IoM is the ultimate proving grounds. This also begs the question, how will that bike stack up against CRP’s Energica? It could be a whole lot closer than CRP would like. It is going to be a really long wait before the journalists are finally given bikes they can ride and test.
Sooo, what will Brammo be bringing to Hong Kong? Will it be the 2011 RR just to check gearing, suspension, chassis, ect. Or will it be the new ’12 Empulse in sheeps clothing? Or could they just be knocking the dust off the ol’ TTRs for the hell of it? Only time will tell.