The 2016/2017 Victory Empulse TT

Take A Look At The Sensational Victory Empulse TT

Updated August 14, 2018

It might be electric, but it comes with gears – and when we’re talking about unfettered power delivery and a respectable top speed wrapped up in a sporty package, we reckon the 2017 Victory Empulse TT is pretty damn impressive. It’s already got a string of podium finishes to its name – the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Isle of Man TT Zero – and the price is pretty affordable when compared to other electric offerings. In terms of “bang for buck,” it’s not too bad at all.

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Victory released their 2017 line up to the press last month, and while every other model was given the “2017” treatment, the Empulse was still tagged with the “2016” label – but we’re going to go out on a limb and guess that that was just a typo. Anyway, let’s call it the 2017 and be done with it: so what will next year bring us?

The Victory Empulse comes with a powerful 10.4 kWh battery system, that’s capable of pushing the bike to speed in excess of 100 mph, that can be fully charged in a mere 3.9 hours. We’re not talking “charged to 80% in a heartbeat but if you want to charge it to 100% it takes two and half weeks more” like a lot of other electric bikes out there, Victory’s Empulse does the full charge in the time quoted.

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Apart from the fast charging time, the Empulse TT also comes with a six speed transmission. One of the biggest problems conventional gas-powered motorcyclists have with the electric world is the lack of gearing, which is ultimately a lack of control. Luckily, the Empulse TT has the best of both worlds: you can go out and out twist and go, or you can select gears as you please. That’s a massive boon, because anyone who has ever ridden a twist and go scooter will tell you how disconcerting the feeling is…

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And the final plus point? That’s got to be the price. Firstly, Victory are the only major manufacturer that are offering a top-end, high spec electric bike. Which means that you’re already investing into a class leading machine…and it only costs $19,999. That is still expensive compared to a petrol powered equivalent, but when compared with other electric bikes out there (which can tip the financial scales to upwards of $50k a pop) it’s not too bad at all. Especially when you consider that it comes with adjustable suspension, cast aluminum wheels and a sophisticated regenerative braking system too.


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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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