Brutus Electric Motorcycle

Chris Bell was a construction worker in Las Vegas until the real estate crash kept him in his garage wondering what he could do to employ himself. Being a biker with some experience in building custom bikes, and convinced that green machines will become more and more popular, he wondered why most electric motorcycles still look like glorified mopeds. Although not an electrical engineer, Chris decided to build a green prototype as “bad to the bone” as possible, something feeling and riding like a motorcycle, of course rumble not included…

The result is named Brutus, a quite massive and wide contraption due to the number of battery packs fitted in what would normally be the gas tank. At 535 pounds, Bell says that the 153-volt bike goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and can run for 100 miles at highway speed on a single charge. What looks like an exhaust pipe is a housing for circuitry connected to the throttle. Particularity, contrary to most electric motorcycles, it has a transmission so that you you can continue to enjoy the noise of the shifting and rattling of chains. And now that the prototype is done, road tested and adjusted to perfect riding, Chris Bell is convinced that the Brutus may interest mainstream motorcycle bikers. So now he spends his time lookingg for investors, not to buy his design, but to seed his own manufacturing company with investment capital. Brutus Electric Motorcycle.

6 Responses to “Brutus Electric Motorcycle”

  1. 1 VanityPrintz Mar 14th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    This is ‘VERY INTERESTING’! Should this product be as it appears in this artical, he should not have major issues finding investors.

  2. 2 CafeSportyTC Mar 14th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    another hellcat look alike. but atleast it has conventional style with a fuax tank and such, it looks almost like a normal bike. cool if it does what it claims to do, anyone know what it cost to replace the batteries years down the line? i know on the god awful prius a battery pack is like 6 grand

  3. 3 Odlamn Mar 15th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I’m not a fan of electric…not until someone explains clearly the environmental cost of drawing electric power (all known energy requires energy to produce) to charge batteries every 100 miles. Calculate the cost ($ and coal/hydro/nuclear enviro impact) of 50 charges for a typical 6 month riding season at ???howmany??? amps per charge?

    Then there’s the days we ride more than 100 miles???? That’s 50 miles away from the garage and back. Oh, and the silent running issues, not to mention it’s unattractive.

    What does impress me is a builder with the skill and talent to engineer and produce something like this. Great vision and perseverance. I wish you luck, Chris, even though the project is not for me…always interesting what we find on Cyril’s pages in the morning.


  4. 4 alan Mar 16th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    just ugly a motorcycle need some carburetors or fuel injection or is not a motorcycle for me

  5. 5 orillia3 Mar 23rd, 2012 at 10:22 am

    When does a bike like this start to look attractive to people? $10 a gallon for gas? At least the energy to run this stuff is locally produced, not imported from some country where they hate us, and we are paying them increasing amounts of money to maintain a semblance of our lifestyle. How many trillions of dollars and lives has it taken to secure our oil supplies in the Middle East?

    Needs carburetors? Sounds like the old cry “get a horse” when the first horseless carriages first came out, remember them? Of course you don’t because they all died off, like you will die off, and a modern thinking generation will take over that is not afraid of electric propulsion. Hopefully one day internal combustion will be displayed alongside the old steam engines at county fairs.

  6. 6 orillia3 Mar 23rd, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Having said the above, the styling is kinda ugly, and trying to look like a gas bike. That fake gas tank reminds me of the rear spoilers that were popular on front wheel drives for a while. Form should follow function, I have seen better designs that this Mad Max inspired creation.

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