This always happens. I say I am going to take a break and then these guys come out news I’ve been waiting months to hear.
First it was the TTXGP, and now Brammo. They said this on their Facebook page:
We plan to contest every North American Round of TTXGP and the World Final in Daytona. Plus the FIM race at Laguna Seca. More details and announcement of our new sponsor coming soon….
Brammo has had me on am emotional “will they or won’t they” roller coaster ride over the off season. Finally some news, and it’s good news. Although after our interview with BrammoBrian, I highly suspected. So, Lightning is all in trying to get back the national championship they lost last year and Brammo is saying not so fast and will be back to defend what they took from Lightning. Its going to be great because these guys race. There will be no only if it make business sense BS because, like the Honda of yore, racing is in the DNA of both of these companies.
I have seen a lot of bloggers posting the recent video of Lighting’s bike at Chuckwalla and
going on about implying it is a sneak peak of the new 2012 bike. Well, it seems like an exaggeration to me. I believe it is the 2011 bike we saw last year, only handling like it should. Don’t get me wrong those guys have busted their butts, and if Barney is back I’m sure it’ll feel like a whole new bike to him, but does proper ergonomics, dial suspension, and “Lightning” fast handling qualify it as a whole new bike? I don’t feel it does. It just makes all the other guys efforts seem a bit more lucky, and a tad less skillful. 240hp and proper race bike handling, for maybe the first time ever, with over 14kWr on board make this a beast to be reckoned with.
But Brammo isn’t coming with with a whole new bike either. Well, maybe. I have been told to expect a motor that is twice as powerful of the 2011 motor. It was all the Brammo Empulse RR was missing last year. It had the handling, a leprechaun sized rider that carries some serious corner speed, and a 13.5kWhr battery pack that was only less than a kWh less than the competitions. All it was missing was the oomph. This year it will have it. We’ll have to see how all this affects the weigh, because before the bump from 12kWr to 13.5kWh, the weight was comparatively svelte. Don’t expect Brammo to be any where near the monster hp figures of the Lightning. But do expect that they have crunched the numbers and will come with as much as they feel they need.
At this point the 75 class could end up being bigger than the GP class. I am thinking three 75 bikes (two college bikes) and two GP bikes. Maybe MotoCzysz will come out and play, but I’m not holding my breath. Laguna will continue to be the biggest international round in 2012.