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.

XXX: MotoCzysz Bike Porn – The Under-the-Tank Edition

12/30/2011 @ 3:04 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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Hopefully you have done the laundry since our absolutely raunchy post that showed the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale without its clothes on, because we have got some more hardcore and explicit photos for you on this Friday afternoon. A reminder that everything new and exciting has probably been done before by someone else, we can see that Ducati could easily have had some inspiration with the Panigale’s design if they looked at the MotoCzysz C1 990, circa 2006 (and the Britten V1000, circa 1991, etc.). After all, it’s said that imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Housing a VR4 motor instead of the 1199′s Superquadro v-twin, Czysz & Co. employed a similar design that incorporates the frame, airbox, and headstock into a single component. While the MotoCzysz C1 uses a carbon fiber monocoque chassis design (as does the company’s electric superbike: the MotoCzysz E1pc), Ducati has of course made a more practical choice with its use of an aluminum frame (how long will it take for an aftermarket carbon fiber solution to hit the streets?).

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In the above photos we can see the oval intakes, shower-head injectors, and carbon fiber airbox that MotoCzysz designed for its MotoGP contender. Perhaps if we want to glimpse at what superbike designs will look like in another six years, we can glimpse into our crystal ball that is the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc. Where once the fire breathing cylinders of an internal combustion engine used to reside, the Portland-base company has found a new use for the shape found commonly between a rider’s legs. I hesitate to call it a gas tank, because MotoCzysz now uses the compartment to house two Race-Tech shocks for its front and rear suspension system. Look for its production motorcycle debut sometime around the 2018 model year.

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2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Testing at Jurby Airfield, Isle of Man:

Photos: © 2006-2011 MotoCzysz / All Rights Reserved
Gallery: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. deejay51 says:

    Huge respect for the MotoCzysz Team, marvelous design, technology and real world results.

  2. Corey says:

    This is one of the best sets of images I’ve seen of the ’11 E1. I’m always in awe of what they’ve been able to achieve.

  3. DWolvin says:

    Seiously~ SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  4. DWolvin says:

    Hellfire, no edit?

  5. MikeD says:

    What a shame that she never saw action…(did she ?) The ICE Bike that is.
    U can keep “The Electrons Fueled Horse”…ICE has not been banned yet. LOL.

    I think they should try to get something($$$$$) out of their (failed?) MotoGP effort…as in…how about a street legal version of their cool piece of machinery that the C1 990 is. Think Buell but more accesible[$$] to regular folks.
    No, NO need to have 250hp and be 300lbs fueled anorexic light made of Un-obtanium, just a sport bike with good manners on the street…heck, make different styles out of the same hardware to dampen cost a bit.

  6. jamesy says:

    simply inject cubic dollars and one could be yours I bet.

  7. 2018 huh? Just in time for electrics to be competing in MotoGP. ; )

  8. frogy6 says:

    I still have my doubts, like have any of the motogp ones raced for long without blowing something

  9. RJ says:

    Now is the time to go racing Mr. Czysz. The rules have been switched back in your favor with 1000cc’s. The digital bikes are cool, but the C1 needs it’s tech proven on the racetrack. Stop thinking like an analyst and make decisions with your heart.

    If Czysz raced his machine, Honda would no longer have the most advanced technology on the racetrack…

  10. Tom says:

    I have to wonder why Czysz isn’t interested in selling the IP rights to the C1 as his heart is in electrics and someone else can refine the designs and run with then in a new street bike.

  11. G.Irish says:

    @RJ
    If anything I think Michael Czysz’s problem was that he was doing the exact opposite, making decisions with his heart and not analytically. The C1 was a great idea but they were going for radical innovation on multiple variables. The carbon fiber frame, counter-rotating engine, the funny front end, and who knows what else. By putting so many variables into the bike they all but guaranteed that they would not be able to get it all sorted out. Look at the Ducati. They’ve got a lot more resources than Motoczysz and they couldn’t get a bike with a carbon fiber chassis and a conventional engine and suspension to work.

    I think had Motoczysz just focused on one area to be radical on, they could’ve had a bike on the market by now. Maybe just roll with the counter-rotating engine in a conventional chassis, or maybe make a bespoke aluminum chassis with their new suspension design and an off-the-shelf engine (a la Bimota).

    It’s a shame because I think there are a lot of people who would’ve been more than happy to buy an exotic American supersport. Here’s to hoping they can get something on the market some day.