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.

Photos: seDUCATIve vs. MANigale

08/29/2012 @ 11:28 am, by Jensen Beeler36 COMMENTS

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In case you haven’t heard one of my tirades on the subject before, I’m not a big fan of the “girl on a bike” trope that seems so ever-present in the motorcycle world. Yeah, if I regularly dedicated our post list to a few scantily clad women it would probably do wonders to our pageviews report; but honestly, I have zero intentions of ever having Asphalt & Rubber chase and pander to an audience.

In case you didn’t know, if you really need some eye candy of the opposite sex, there are plenty of other websites on the internet that can suit your desires.

So, when we saw Portland-based Ducati dealer MotoCorsa do a photo shoot with a lovely lady named Kylie and a Ducati 1199 Panigale, we passed on running the photos. Then something interesting happened: MotoCorsa did a follow-up photo shoot, this time with men from around the shop, recreating the shots from the photo shoot with Kylie. Perhaps not the most flattering photos we’ve ever seen, it is however a delicious role-reversal, not to mention showing some good humor from the gentlemen involved.

Apparently a successful ad campaign in the motorcycle industry doesn’t have to be all Miracle Bras and ass cheeks…well, at least not in the traditional sense. Who knew?

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MotoCorsa seDUCATIve Photo Shoot:

MotoCorsa MANigale Photo Shoot:

Source: MotoCorsa; Photos: Alicia Mariah Elfving

Comment:

  1. Micahel says:

    MY EYES, OH GOD, MY EYES!!!

  2. John O says:

    I’m sorry, but that’s farking hilarious!

  3. Joe says:

    This is awesome! love the sense of humor. This shop seems like it’s nothing but great people. Check out their facebook page- “Team London the 2 Legged Pit Bull”. Looks like they have some side projects going on as well. Great work Moto Corsa!

  4. philly Phil says:

    nice…

  5. Jake F. says:

    Those shoes are FABULOUS!!!

  6. RedNick says:

    You ‘re starting to scare me a little !

  7. JW says:

    I showed my wife, she now likes A and R a little better now, in the past she has accused me of spending too much time with my other girlfriend moto GP

  8. Dc4go says:

    wow that’s funny!!! Glad i ride an RSV4 cause thats kinda embarrassing!! lol…

  9. Campisi says:

    I have to admit, my opinion of the entire Ducati brand has improved because of the humour of this campaign.

  10. bemer2six says:

    LMFAO!! dont think there is any thing more to say….

  11. Ray says:

    I thought it was obvious already, but apparently someone felt the need to illustrate why pinups have always been female. Kudos to the guys at Motocorsa for having the guts to do this.

  12. Andrey says:

    Did anyone notice the writing on the wall? ….. “All cracks leak”
    Hidden meaning there do you think???

  13. Bellini says:

    Well, the girl is mighty hot… the bike is sexy. I chose not to see anything else.

  14. Alonzo B says:

    I know Arun and the Motocorsa folks It hurts my eyes but its funny as hell. Nice work and Kylie, thanks for making it palatable

  15. Spektre76 says:

    Need to add a “NSFW” tag or your eyes!

  16. Andrew says:

    What girl ??

  17. Leo says:

    Why oh why!!!!! Really??????
    WTF!!!!!!!!!
    I’m 1 click away from deleting A&R from my faves… Seriously…..WTF!

  18. Steve Lang says:

    That is soooo funny! That took a lot of balls…so to speak. I am a huge fan of self deprecating humor. This is perfect and certainly more entertaining than waiting for Ducati to be up front at a Moto GP race. Kudos to whoever thought this up. Bravo!

  19. Hilarious. You gotta love humour.

  20. David says:

    Supercross riders know how to do this better.

    Miss Supercross and Baggett photo shoot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI0F1C8YuNc&feature=player_embedded

    I love off the wall humor…even if it does burn my eyes.

  21. anders eliasson says:

    Ugh, what has been seen cannot be unseen, aaahhhh …

    ACE

  22. TimM says:

    Does this bike make my butt look big?

  23. John says:

    PLEASE take this down!!!!!!!!!!

  24. feber says:

    Hej @karinadelskold! Är det typ så här du vill att vi ska göra? =) Kram! http://t.co/6L6R0umX

  25. Patron says:

    Ummm…how dare you, they, and myself for clicking on this link.

  26. irksome says:

    @TimM: “It’s not the bike, dear.”

    But my favorite answer-I-cannot-utter is “At your age, what does it matter?”

  27. Cgit says:

    epic fail, im gay now

  28. Equal-opportunity sexual objectification: http://t.co/DRa5J4Fh /via @joestump:@b6n

  29. Anna says:

    Thank you so much for this! it’s nice to see it go the other way for once :)

  30. I love this for inverting a meme: http://t.co/S14RgWoL The whole "drape-a-scantily-clad-woman-over-it" is very, very tedious indeed.

  31. I hope some of you guys are trying to be as funny as these pictures, otherwise you should go to your local GP to see if they’ll sort you an appointment with a surgeon to get the sticks removed out of your butts!

  32. Bret says:

    my vote still goes for the models on the left… consider me old fashioned

  33. kymbo says:

    Fantastic, I cryed from laughing soo much, thanks guys and thanks for keeping the bimbo’s off the bikes on this site.

  34. Nick says:

    Nicely done.

  35. Elly Blue says:

    Haha! Someone did the "menups" for motorcycle babe pics. Thanks @WpgCycleChick for the hot tip: http://t.co/XUwnxV7a