The idea of riding the Empulse at Crater Lake had been discussed for several years. Due to busy work schedules, it seemed like we never had the time to do it (or the roads were closed off-season). This year we made a commitment to make the ride happen… and we finally did.
The Empulse LE is ideal for deployments where the low sound profile is important, whether it be for tactical or customer service considerations. The lack of emissions allows for the Empulse LE to be used both for outdoor and indoor assignments and in sensitive environments. With a top speed of over 105 mph and a range of 120 miles, the Empulse LE can be used for focused patrols or as a daily traffic enforcement motorcycle.
The Empulse LE provides instant torque that allows the officer to quickly overtake vehicles and affect traffic stops safely. The light weight of the Empulse LE and the lack of heat emitted on to the rider, allows for ease of operation and less wear and tear on the rider.
The Empulse LE comes with the only production 6-speed transmission in the electric motorcycle industry. Brammo technology allows the rider to use the Empulse LE without using the clutch as well. Simply by leaving the bike in one gear...
I'll be honest...I started off the 2 day shoot a bit apprehensive about the bikes. For those of you that know me well, I'm pretty OCD about some stuff. Charging my gadgets is one of them. I start freaking out when my phone drops below 70% charge. And we were RIDING the bikes to locations...guerilla style, with the possibility of killing the battery and being left, stranded, with no food, water, or rescources to stay alive in downtown Los Angeles... This wasn't just a shoot, this was SURVIVAL as far as I was concerned. :D
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