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.

“I’m So Sorry. Are You Okay?”

02/07/2011 @ 9:46 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

We don’t really know how this accident happened on the byway (it’s hard not to notice a motorcycle that you sat behind at a traffic light just seconds earlier), but we’re pretty sure of two things: 1) that Suzuki is a total loss, and 2) the rider’s face plant into the Mitsubishi SUV will buff right out. It’s amazing that his rear-end job didn’t result in a worse outcome for the motorcyclist (from what we can tell at least). Thank goodness for ATGATT. Thanks for the tip Jason!

Source: Jalopnik


  1. CBR600RR says:

    Wow…Just Wow!

    Thankfully he is ok!

  2. Rolf says:

    Amazing, glad to see the guy seemed to walk away unharmed. This is exactly why Diving instructors over here tell you to keep at least a bike-length distance even when standing still, and always keep it in first gear. This way when you spot a car in your mirror coming at you, at least you have a chance.

    If he had a rear-view camera, I’d bet a few bucks that the was on the phone, or playing with the navigation, or the radio. Definitely not looking ahead in any way.

  3. buellracerx says:

    Thankfully the Suzuki is a total loss, otherwise some of that energy may have been absorbed by the rider…

    Hopefully this serves as a reminder to those who text, eat, apply makeup, etc. while driving to START SEEING MOTORCYCLES

  4. BikePilot says:

    Always, always watch the mirrors, especially when braking hard in a situation like that. Often its better to go around a cage that suddenly slows than to break hard with it as ya never know if the next cage will stop in time. Very glad the rider is ok.

  5. Kumo says:

    I was hit like that in a stop signal. Was a minor hit, but the car driver began his speech with the typical “I didn’t see you… I belive… I thought…” I hate that. Use your f*cking eyes!

    Lucky rider, btw.

  6. CFC says:

    Female. At least she said sorry. So many would try to avoid accountability.

  7. JoshG says:

    This is the intersection of 19th and Lincoln in San Francisco, part of my daily commute. Street is extremely sketchy and the best of times.

  8. JoshG says:

    “at” the best of times, that is.

  9. 2strokes rule says:

    f that, it would be incredibly hard for me to not beat the .s .out of that woman driving the car…

  10. 2strokes rule says:

    someone on youtube pointed out that she was using something (phone)at :17 and puts it in her pocket at :18

  11. Andrey says:

    Riding into the sun, stopped in a shadow and stopped pretty quickly because he didn’t have enough distance to brake slowly. Not blaming the rider of course but when riding into the sun we all become much less noticeable. Had she been paying attention though, it would not have happened. Lucky lucky guy. She certainly looked like she was putting something away before she got out of the car. I would request her cellphone records.

  12. deejay51 says:

    I was rear ended when stopped at a STOP sign, by a taxi, he hit me at less than 5mph but it jettisoned me over my R60/5 full tour fairing into the intersection. That was over 30 years ago, car or bike from that day forward a mandatory part of any pull up is a check of my mirrors for the whacko that is NOT reducing speed along with me. Oh, the Passengers in the taxi, whilst I was on the ground they gave me ‘that’ look, like they were looking at scum, very disheartening. Oh my beautiful BMW, new top box, new rear carrier, and horrendous burn to my inner leg with hair roots infected, all of course at my cost. Never, never forget to look in your mirrors!

  13. 76 says:

    Part of me after catching my breath and counting my limbs would have knocked grandma out, sorry but the truth, I really dont care who it is at that point, its my life and you fcked with it.

    Remember to filter as much as humanly possible and keep up pressure to the states that still havent caught on yet that its not only safter but faster for everyone.

  14. waynecyclebum says:

    They shouldn’t let the stupid people drive. They need to make the test to get a drivers license much tougher.

  15. Keith says:

    That isn’t an accident, it is a collisions with intent.

  16. Shaitan says:

    Sad to see a typical example, but AT LEAST she got out and actually asked if he was okay — I’ve been hit and totally avoided as people literally hid in their cars.

  17. Steveo says:

    Closest I ever came was a busy 4 lane road, I was turning left I had no mirrors on my bike (I do now) I pulled through a narrow gap in traffic but enough that oncoming didn’t have to touch there brakes, the same instant I pulled away I heard a screech when I cleared the 2 on coming lanes I saw tire smoke and a car pulling away from a panic stop had I not jumped the chance they would have hit me at between 25-45.

    Needless to say I bought mirrors that night and I check, check check and in town its rare I don’t know who is beside and behind me.

  18. Dragonchow says:

    If it were me, after a “Thank you God!” I would get witness info, contact a lawyer (the slimier the better) and begin the process of financially cleaning her eff’ing clock. The state probably eventually let her off with a BS “defective vehicle” but I’d make damn sure she wouldn’t be able to afford insurance for the next 5 years!

  19. blkhk1up says:

    Texting while driving. pure luck he didn’t get killed
    take her license