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.

Video: Rider Crashes in Front of CHP

03/29/2010 @ 6:05 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

Video: Rider Crashes in Front of CHP Crash Mulholland drive CHP police 560x274

Seeing a low-speed lowside crash on Mulholland isn’t exactly a rare event with so many inexperienced riders taking to the infamous twisty SoCal roadway. Caught on video though, this Kawasaki ZX-6R was surprised to see one of CHP’s finest waiting for him around the apex of a turn. Showing his greeness to trail braking, our protaganist grabs a fistfull of brake, and promptly tucks the front tire in front of the officer. Check out the video after the jump.

Source: YouTube via HFL


  1. DOH! Even for a rookie that pretty bad. It can’t be a total surprise that there might be a cop around every bend. sheesh.. he’d be off a cliff if he’d been at Deals Gap.

  2. eze1976 says:

    I know I’ve done it, grabbing an instant handful when getting suprised by a cop up there, its just your first reaction sometimes (yes even though bad practice). To be honest I think its pretty wrong to be waiting at the end like that. I would think the highway patrol would rather just give a ticket than cause an accident too. There is no doubt in my mind that cop caused that crash by his position and intent.

  3. Brammofan says:

    The cop “caused that crash by his position and intent.” Really? The rider had nothing whatsoever to do with it?

    By the way, doesn’t it seem kinda fishy that someone was there, catching this all on video?

  4. SLVSTR says:

    Ai… I know the feeling, never grabbed my front brake thought. Just got an OH F*ck feeling inside, also because I know I was speeding. It didn’t look like he was going fast so he didn’t have anything to worry about. I do agree It’s partly do to the position of the cop he went down, on a straight he’d be fine.

  5. JP56 says:

    Do you remember a few years back there was the video of the sport bike rider crashing on Mulholland? There was a lot of press and it made the national news. A few weeks later it came out that it was staged by insurance company. I think itwas part of a campaign to limit sport bike capabilities. This video makes me wonder who’s behind it and what agenda they might have. The video seems well shot. Not a cheapo handled.

  6. staged? says:

    it does look a little staged, good camera quality, sound no sound from the camera guy. the cop is not even parked, he is just on the brakes, and starts moving forward 1sec after the he hits the ground.

    if not staged it the cops fault for parking on a tight curve, provoking a driver to react fast.

  7. local says:

    It’s not staged, this is a curve in Mulholland called “the snake” where a photography studio often plants themselves on sat and sun and takes pics of the riders going by, which are of course available for purchase later. There has been increased CHP activity in recent years and I’m sure the camera crew sees a lot of this sort of thing so they were expecting it to happen.

    Personally I know the cop didnt “cause” the accident but it seems unfair of him to sit in the middle of the turn, at a point where the motorcyclist is most prone to crashing. They should sit back a few hundred yards to wait until the bike accelerates out of the turn, i think there would be less chance of a crash in that situation.

  8. erik says:

    guys are up on the hill every weekend filming and taking photos, not staged… Check out one of the dudes flickr account rockstorephotos.com or something pretty close to it

  9. wayne says:

    Saying the LEO “caused” this guy to go down is not so far removed from blaming flies for garbage trucks and pencils for spelling mistakes.

  10. davidro says:

    Coming around a blind turn like that and seeing a chp cruiser opposite can target fixation. I’m surprised the rider did go straight to the car.

  11. This is the rider’s fault—he either overreacted to the turn, the CHP, or, more likely, both and grabbed a handful of brake. What he should have done is slowed down BEFORE going into the turn, i.e Slow-in, fast-out. If he wanted to speed-racer through the turn he should have stayed off the brake (he’d need to pick a better line to make this work) or applied the tiniest bit of trail braking.

    Live and learn.

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  14. Sean Mitchell says:

    Cops suck. Go fight some real crime, you glorified tax collector.

  15. Don says:

    …perhaps the CHP did not cause the accident, but did he/she “precipitate” it? Was that officer culpable? It is reasonable to think that if the CHP vehicle was not there then the crash would not have happened. I’m sure there are lots of places for the officer to set up and lots of speeding riders to write tickets to. I bet CHP officers are well trained about how to pull a vehicle over to minimize potential accidents with road traffic. I know I would not want to do anything that would increase the likely-hood of any motorcycle accident.

  16. Blackbrained johnny says:

    rnickeymouse is the videographer. if you check out youtube he has already captured dozens of incident on this corner over the past year.

    not staged. not some kind of scam

    just lots of squids…