A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

In the coming years, US special forces may be riding a tw0-wheel drive, hybrid-electric, multi-fuel motorcycle co-developed by BRD Motorcycles and Logos Technologies. Helping make this project possible is a Small Business Innovation Research grant from DARPA. The goal is to make a single-track vehicle for US expeditionary and special forces that will be nearly silent in operation, yet also capable of traveling long distances. Details on the proposed machine are light, of course, but it sounds like the 2WD dirt bike will be based off the BRD RedShift MX (shown above), and use an electric drivetrain, as well as a multi-fuel internal combustion engine to achieve its goals.

Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Real Ultimate Power!!!

10/25/2010 @ 5:38 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

If you weren’t a product of the first .com boom, then you probably won’t get this reference (Google it), but that’s ok as this latest video from the makers of the Ultimate Driving Machine should pretty much explain itself. Still the king of horsepower in the United States (the ZX-10R will be de-tuned upon import to the USA), the BMW S1000RR shows off its mad power yo, and supplants the <<insert Japanese motorcycle name here>> as the bike of choice amongst the burn-out loving stuntah crowd (although, when was the last time you saw a gathering of BMW’s stunting in an industrial park?).

If that’s too much teenage angst for you, then here is a lovely viral video by BMW that uses some light humor to promote its new S1000RR superbike.

Source: Real Ultimate Power


  1. froryde says:

    A bit disappointed – the “hole in the ground” is pretty lame…

  2. buzzmanrm says:

    Absolutely stupid waste of money and time, it would have been better recieved covered in fur doing triple digit wheelies on highways splitting lanes. “so awesome the police won’t know you passed them”

    BTW where his helmet??? burnouts are dangerous the link proves it.

    and thanks for reminding me of how sweet ninjas are…

  3. Shaman says:

    Horsepower king? Hasn’t met my Gixxers. The track bike cost me $5000, has degreed cams, no head work, PAIR delete, track bodywork, revalved forks, MRA screen and brembo MC; 520 conversion. Six times against a S1000RR with him ahead and getting a two bike jump and beat him down every time by several bike lengths.

    And the street bike? Degreed cams, head work, Akra full system, PAIR delete, BST wheels, BrakeTech Ceramic/Metallic Composite rotors, P2 battery, minor lightening, Puig DB screen and a few other things. It cost me $18K to buy and build. This race wasn’t even close, twice I gave him the jump and steamed past him immediately, pulling 8+ bike lengths at an indicated 270km/h. Against a CBR 1000RR, I pulled probably 20, though….

    Silly wheelie and traction control on the BMW had the thing porpoising down the pavement as he watched me ride away from him both straights and corners. I’m sure it’s got its uses and I’m sure it will make a better rider out of many people, but it didn’t work against a $5,000 GSX-R. There’s nowhere on the track the BMW wasn’t in danger – at one point there were three GSX-Rs, one of them a stock 07 that passed him in a long straight (all of us of course wanting to bag the BMW, lol) at the same time and he was so miffed that he started using the ABS and just standing the thing on its nose in the braking zone trying to keep us from passing him every session.

    Just want to clear a little of the hype that this bike seems to generate.

  4. Jake Fox says:

    @Shaman What does that have to do with anything? Why not compare someone who doesn’t know how to ride a motorcycle on a MotoGP bike vs. Valentino Rossi on a 250 Ninja while you’re at it.

    Take an unmodded Gixxer and put it on a dyno and run it. Then do the same thing with an unmodded S1000rr. The S1000rr will win. That’s what horsepower king means.

  5. jamesy says:

    WRONG sparky, HP King is dusting the pretenders on a straight-line pull. Go fight your Brochure Wars on printed paper sumwhere. Far as I can see, the thing aint won any races… hazzit? Does it mean Haslam is sooo superior to Corser??
    If winning were digits on screens well maybe its the top dog but….NOT.

  6. jamesy says:

    AND, yeh, I’m with froryde, the whole hole thing is lame as a peashooter…

  7. buzzmanrm says:

    you guys are idiots.

    Look at Wera, Asra, CCS, and World Superstock. Did the BMW win??? How about jeremy Toye? and the fact that he is the 19 club at willow oh wait racing wins only count in the heavily modded WSBK class where TC and performance go hand in hand…

    The Bmw is a solid winner it lacks the aftermarket development and refinement the other brands hold on too.

    BTW work on your grammar.

  8. jamesy says:

    I was working on grammar while you were crapping your pants. I still am and apparently you are as well. I know a guy who once won a twins race on an XV920 Virago, so what?? Careful, it looks like some of the smoke thats been blown up your patootie is starting to come out of your keyboard, fuzzyman.

  9. jamesy says:

    Sometimes folks want something to be so badly enough that reality will actually twist in support of their “cause”.
    “I swear to God man, I saw 125 in first gear!!

  10. jamesy says:

    Still a totally lame commercial.

  11. Shaman says:

    Tell you what, Jake… I’ve got me passing that BMW on video twice and when I get it from my buddy Bruno, I’ll post it up on Vimeo. You want to talk crap on these forums, I want to go out and ride bikes.

    You go out and spend $22K on your BMW and come looking for me on my $18K GSX-R. I’ll lay a hurt on you, and you can come back here and cry about how I cheated because I had modifications on my bike. But in the end, you’ll still get your ass beat by a 5 year old bike with some nice parts bolted to it and a little headwork. Didn’t even change the cams (just the gears) or the velocity stacks; it makes 86lb/ft torque peak and 180whp+ on Shell 93 with a full-fuel weight of about 385lbs. By the way, I didn’t do the engine work myself… could have saved $4k in labour if I had the machine shop.

    Point is, this is all “bench racing,” only I’ve done the real thing and you haven’t. The BMW is a great package for a stock bike, but by the time you kit the thing out I will have built something faster and more fun for less money. I really don’t like the “King” hype I see in the motorcycle industry, I’ve seen a guy on a Pacific Coast 800 with R1 forks and brakes, a CBR swingarm and R1 wheels run Deal’s Gap in 11 minutes flat from CROT to the Overlook. You think you got what it takes to beat him on your S1000RR, man up…

  12. Jake Fox says:

    1. You don’t know anything about me or my background.
    2. Your comparison of a stock bike vs. a modded bike is comparing apples to oranges.
    3. There could be any number of reasons as to why you were faster than the BMW not the least of which is the dude you were racing against (if he even knew he was racing against you) may not have been a very good rider or he was just taking it easy.
    4. World Superstock results are a far more legitimate comparison to the bikes off the showroom floor than World Superbike and the S1000rr flat out dominated this year.
    5. Since when does a S1000rr cost $22k? My local dealership would let me walk out the door with one for $15k today and that’s without any bargaining whatsoever.
    5. I never started talking crap about you, only about your invalid argument.

  13. steveo says:

    One last jab,

    Chris Peris sets new lap record at Inde Motorsports park. No that is not a Typo. It is Inde.

    And his record was 1.5 seconds under the previous record… Oh and Mark Miller, Jeremy toye and Chris Peris are headed to the invitation only Macau GP.

  14. jamesy says:

    Look, no-one says its not a good bike. No-one says it doesnt have a bunch of horsepower. No-one says that in expert hands it isnt a capable machine. What HAS BEEN SAID is that when you come up with a ridiculous commercial like this one you leave yourself open for comments that might lean toward the DOWNSIDE of your package. Capiche? What good is a 12 inch dick without blood pressure? Ya gotta make it work, ne’ ce’pas?
    So, some are getting there, good on ‘em, but where are the big time results, the sustainable everybody’s on a Bmer results. They may well come but until they do you’ve only got a hole in the ground and a bunch of smoke.