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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:27 AM
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It's too bad Best Buy only sells this in a few West Coast stores
Brammo - Enertia Electric Bike


In select stores: #140(9739 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland OR), #450(1127 Industrial Rd, San Francisco CA), #1011(740 S Sepulveda Blvd,Los Angeles CA).

$7,995.00



Extruded aluminum frame
Provides long-lasting durability.
Brembo disk brakes
Help the bike to come to a complete stop safely.
Sealed permanent-magnet AC-synchronous disc motor
Powers the bike.
72V lithium-iron-phosphate battery
With built-in charger to quickly recharge the bike.
Reaches speeds up to 60 mph
With a range up to 42 miles (depends on rider weight).
Tubeless Avon Roadrider tires
Feature reliable traction and stable handling as well as our lightweight Cast Aluminum Wheels.
Elka rear suspension with Marzocchi front forks
Provides a smooth ride.
Motorcycle-style handlebars with full NHTSA-certified controls
For easy use.
Minimal assembly required


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Brammo+-+Enertia+Electric+B...

http://www.brammo.com/
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:38 AM
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1. Some assembly required?
:shrug:
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:51 AM
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3. "Minimal", but you could call them and ask, maybe license plates? Mirrors?.
:shrug:
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:58 AM
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6. Get the Geek Squad to do it
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deacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:39 AM
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2. 0/~ Born to be miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiild....get your motor runnin'...quiet on the highway ... :)
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Greybnk48 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:39 AM
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21. LOL!!!!!!!!!
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:55 AM
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4. Too bad this is where its power comes from.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:58 AM
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5. Too bad someone on DU always finds a way to rain on every sunny day
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 07:59 AM by DainBramaged
:banghead:

PS

Never mind, just not worth it.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:06 AM
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7. Too bad electricity doesn't come from magic fairies
in LaLa-land.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:15 AM
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9. WTF should we do, ride horses?
Get a clue. Some of you bitch about Hummers, and then when a cleaner alternative comes along, you bitch about where the power comes from.

Goodbye, go dig peat in a bog and burn that for energy. Small steps are better than tripping and falling.

Or maybe I should hike the 15 miles to work each day.

Merry Christmas.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:21 AM
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13. Remind me again how burning oil in an electric plant
is cleaner than burning gasoline in an automobile.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:46 AM
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24. An electric plant doesn't necessarily need oil, as solar plants and wind farms expand.
This will especially take off when a smart grid is developed.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:22 AM
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36. Solar and wind will never come close to meeting our current demand.
So, yes, the electric plant necessarily needs oil, coal or nuclear fuel.

Our only hope is for people to reduce the amount of electricity we use.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:36 AM
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41. Never is a long time and current upward % increases of renewable energy usage world wide
suggest otherwise.

Reducing the amount of energy used should also come in to play but there must a be an aggressive conversion to more environmentally friendly sources as well, this is especially true as the Earth's human population now cracking 7 billion increases.

Just as the first automobiles were inefficient by today's standards, they nonetheless replaced he horse, so it will be with renewable energy, if humanity is to survive over the long term, we don't really have any choice.

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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:56 PM
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51. Yes they can according to the DOE.
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:06 AM
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33. Better crank up your laptop.
You don't want to lose power mid-post.

Hypocrite.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:13 PM
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45. I never said I don't use electricity.
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 02:15 PM by tabasco
Why did you make that false implication?

The truth is - I don't use very much.

People who make false statements are called liars.

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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:10 PM
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48. You seem very unstable.
Get some help.
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zorahopkins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:42 AM
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22. Walk
What should we do"?

In a word: Walk.

If more people walked instead of getting in or on vehicles that consume fossil fuels, we'd have a much better planet.

That would mean, of course, that people would actually have to be committed to living near to their places of employment (assuming they are lucky enough to have a job!).

Riding a bicycle would also be OK.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:33 AM
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39. Sure, just like the Teabaggers, go back to the 19th century
No thanks. Maybe you should give up using your computer it uses more electricity than you know.

try these instead, oh wait, you have to live REALLY CLOSE to use these.



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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:49 AM
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27. I call people who do that "seagulls"
They fly in out of nowhere, squawk loudly, drown out the conversation, and shit all over everything.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:43 AM
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43. HAHAHAHA YUP, perfect
oh look, a flock of seagulls, LOLOLOLOL


and sometimes if you look closely, you'll find solitary ones trying to muck the place up.
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brewens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:15 AM
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10. I have a kid occasionally harass me about our blood center bus
in Moscow, Idaho. Moscow is where the U of I is and there are a lot of environmentalists there. I'm usually on their side. One time he was right that we could have been parked in a better place and I moved the bus.
We have to run a diesel generator for blood drives. It's runs pretty clean but the exhaust is an issue. He's complained and tried to force us to run on electric power. We can but it requires being able to plug in and the cord also becomes an issue. We never do it.
I told him that even using electricity we are impacting the environment somewhere. I have to resist using my W.C. Fields impression on him, "get outta here kid, ya bother me."
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:18 AM
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11. Maybe 100 years from now when we're ALL dust the sun will be the primary power source
but for now, you do the best you can with what you have, but some people will bitch no matter what the occasion. And those are the same people who want us to go back to the 18th Century.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:19 AM
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17. Thank god it can actually come from here for cheaper:
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 09:20 AM by grahamhgreen




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zorahopkins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:48 AM
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26. Not Good For Birds
I understand that those turbine blades kill lots and lots of birds every year.

Even wind power causes a disruption to the natural environment.

Who knows the long-term effect of killing all those birds?
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:54 AM
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31. Evolution should eventually take care of that.
Birds will evolve not to fly into windmills.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:06 AM
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52. Careful there.
I used that argument on another thread a few weeks back, and someone accused me of sounding like a Republican. For referencing evolution.

I still stand by that. Birds have been flying for millions of years. You think they would have evolved to not fly into shit by now. The ones that do probably shouldn't be passing on their genetics anyway...
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:54 PM
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50. It is a sliver of 1% of those killed by cars, or electrical wires, or pollutants.
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:44 AM
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23. Not in California. nt
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:19 AM
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35. Not here on the west coast. n/t
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Hosnon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:36 AM
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40. Never seen a better candidate for the eyeroll smilie:
:eyes:
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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:07 AM
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8. Many State require ANYTHING with an engine to be licensed if it is used on a public road.
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 08:35 AM by happyslug
California and Texas (Among other states) permit 50cc or smaller engine mopeds (And electric engines of the same amount of power) to operate on the public road WITHOUT a license, but my home state of Pennsylvania requires ANYTHING with an engine to be registered with the state and HAVE a License. Sounds like Best Buy does NOT want to get into registration of Motor Vehicles in those states that REQUIRE such registration IF the bike is intended to be used on public roads (Pennsylvania even requires licenses on vehicles that operate only off road UNLESS it is used on property owned by the owner of the vehicle OR the owner of the Vehicle has the express written permission of the owner of the property).

Penndot's "Fact Sheet" on "MOPEDS, MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLES AND MOTORCYCLES"
http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/fact_sheets/fs-mom...

It even mention motorized scooters, and clearly state they are illegal in Pennsylvania to be operated on public roads or sidewalks (you can use them on your own property, but NOT any sidewalk opened to the public).

http://www.pamsp.com/MotorcycleLaws.aspx

More details on Required on a Motorized Cycle or a Motorized pedacycles (Two different items under Pa Law, the above is a Motorized Cycle not a Motorized Pedacycle, thus MUST also pass state inspection):
http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/pub_45/section_j.p...



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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:19 AM
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12. If I had both eyes, it would be perfect for me
15 miles one way, can charge at work. 75% of my days are good weather here from March till October, so it is a great alternative.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:25 AM
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14. What are you driving now? n/t
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:38 AM
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20. He's got a Toyota Tacoma
but won't ever admit it :P
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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:39 AM
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15. I am just pointing out the LEGAL requirements to operate such a Vehicle
NOT that is can NOT be used to commute. Many states, Pennsylvania is among those states, REQUIRE anything on the road that has a motor or engine to be licensed AND the person operating said vehicle also have a license. If the Vehicle has a motor, and it is NOT licensed and you are not licensed it is illegal to use such a vehicle on the public roads of Pennsylvania.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:25 AM
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18. It is the same in NJ, what is the point?
I would HAPPILY renew my motorcycle license if I wasn't visually handicapped.
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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:32 AM
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19. My point was to answer the question of why this was only on the West Coast
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 09:44 AM by happyslug
And why it may NOT extend to the rest of the nation. The seller does NOT want to get into registration of these electric cycles (which include annual inspections) and thus why this is only a West Coast item as opposed to the rest of the nation.

Something like this comes up every so many years on DU and people need to know what is legal is some states are NOT legal in others. Electric Mopeds is an example of that, in some states it is NOT a motor vehicle in others it is a motor vehicle.

Motorized cycles came up in the following DU threads:

in 2008:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

In 2009:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:46 AM
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16. Man that looks so cool!!!
I'd love to get one!!
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Upton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:47 AM
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25. An incredible range of 42 whole miles?
Geez, I couldn't even make it into town and back on that thing..
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:51 AM
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28. So? It isn't for everyone, I'm sure it's more fucking interesting thanCharlie Sheen
I give up.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:52 AM
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29. For some people that may be far enough but I imagine the range will improve with advances
in battery technology.
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:17 PM
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46. I would imagine you are correct...but that range is perfect for me...
..thankfully work is less than 6 miles from my shack..
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:53 AM
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30. But is it made by a union shop?
:)
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:54 AM
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32. Wow! Until I realized all the other things I could do with $8,000, this was cool!
Hey, it's a good idea. But seriously...$8,000?

Nice try.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:16 AM
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42. 8000 seems a little steep..
when i can get a used gixxer for about 4-5000.
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:17 PM
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47. Don't forget the tax break you get from buying an electric vehicle...
...that softens the blow somewhat..
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DefenseLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:15 PM
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49. Only 8 Grand?
What a bargain
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