Brutus 2.0 Electric Sport Cruiser Was Born To Be Quiet

by Mike Perlman | January 23, 2012

The creation that whizzes by in the 11-second clip above is not a piddlydink little electric scooter. It’s called the Brutus 2.0, and the it’s the latest Frankenstein by builder Chris Bell, who unleashed the lead-acid battery powered electric Brutus 1.0 last October. Bell’s latest build incorporates a lithium-ion battery that boasts a 100-mile range, though that number may dwindle depending on the nature of the rider’s wrist. The Brutus 2.0 also sports an unconventional dual rear caliper setup on the rear brake rotor, controlled individually by a lever on the handlebars and a conventional foot pedal. Bell did this for riders who want to simulate the feel of engine breaking to ease the transition from a traditional combustion engine bike.

Builder Bell refers to the Brutus 2.0 as a Sport Cruiser, though I see more sport in the bike than cruiser. The bike’s performance wheels with Michelin Pilot Power tires, USD forks, Ducati-like trellis frame, bikini fairing and wave brake rotors will make Ninja and Gixxer owners drool. The Brutus 2.0’s teardrop faux “gas tank,” chopper-like saddle and Indian styled fenders give the cruiser crowd something to ogle at. But check out that chrome belt drive cover, which is no longer covering a belt drive. Bell opted for a chain drive on the Brutus 2.0, and check out that bluish glass tube running in front of the bikes rear sets (foot pegs). That’s called the Hairball interface for the liquid cooled Zilla controller. A Zilla controller is a modulator for electric engines that takes care of voltage power output, allowing adjustment of multiple limits on battery voltage, battery current, motor current, motor voltage, RPM and more.

As for performance, the Brutus 2.0 is a beast for an electric bike. Bell was able to hit 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and believes that the Brutus 2.0 will hit 100MPH, though a top speed has not been reached yet. This is quite an achievement, given that the Brutus 2.0 weighs 500 pounds. We could see the Brutus 2.0 in full production by the end of the year, and it will probably be even more monstrous in its finalized form.


Mike Perlman

Mike Perlman grew up in Nintendo Land and developed a relationship with all things electronic and nerdy early on in his childhood career. Today,...