Up-Close with the Brammo Empulse RR at Infineon Raceway

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Getting ready for the first practice session of the 2011 TTXGP season, the Brammo Empulse RR is on hand at Infineon now we got a chance to take some photos and talk to Director of Product Development Brian Wismann. We already brought you the first photo of the revised Empulse RR, standing in front of the Brammo offices in Ashland, Oregon, where we saw the newly revised race livery (now in Brammo Racing Green). Photos and details of the Brammo Empulse RR after the jump.

Getting a chance to see the bike in-person now, we can tell that more than just paint has been added to the Brammo race bike, as Wismann walked us through the numerous revisions he and his team have undertaken on the Empulse RR. Most pronounced probably is the bodywork, which incorporates a self-supporting carbon fiber tail section that has an added lip to help support the rider. The tank shape has also been revised to be wider and more lower-torso friendly under braking.

The new design also helps a rider hang off the bike through long sweepers, not to mention adds to the aesthetic. Other improvements include improved venting through the radiators, a taller windscreen and forward profile, and improved aerodynamics. We’ll see how the Empulse RR goes around Infineon later today with Steve Atlas on-board, but won’t be able to compare it to the Lightning bikes until Saturday, as Flying Banana is still coming together at the last minute.

Photos: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0