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.

Spoof: The Last Honest Harley-Davidson Ad

05/26/2010 @ 6:01 am, by Jensen Beeler25 COMMENTS

This is getting a chuckle around the A&R office this morning. It looks like some Buell owners are finding some extra time on their hands now that the American street bike company is out of business. That’s ok by us, because these boys have a good sense of humor, and some balls to grab some footage from a Harley-Davidson dealer.

Taking a couple good shots at Harley-Davidson, we’re left only with the question as to whether the Extra Soft Tail Deluxe Hyperglide American Bald Eagle Historical Limited VXFR1200 Patriot Skull Edition comes in Nightster Black.

Source: Bikers in the Fast Lane

Comment:

  1. Skipper says:

    Boy if this isn’t the truth…..

  2. buellracerx says:

    haha pretty good spoof. I would challenge the reliability dig, tho. I have yet to see a crotch rocket w/ 100k+ on it…

    diff bikes for diff purposes…

  3. Steveo says:

    100K is childs play. Try a 93′ CBR900 with 240K and still running. Or an SV with 110K and climbing. I personally have seen several sport bikes with well in excess of 85K with zero maintenance and repair work besides forks and tires.

    Sport bikes owned by responsible people, that do not abuse them, run forever but bikes owned by idiots and children will be destroyed in months, wheelies and crashes claim most of the sport bikes I’ve seen.

  4. tmmdb says:

    reality is setting in at HD, there comes a time when a push rod air cooled engine bike for $30k just wont cut it anymore, that reality is NOW, HD has lost its ENTIRE 25-35 yr old following, not many 25yr olds i know want to ride a 883 skirtster which is about all they can afford at that age, now a 146hp 1125r/cr, THATS what they ride!! not just my opinion, look at the last 3 quarter HD sales reports!! they are in the crapper!!! sucks to be HD

  5. buellysses says:

    That’s funny as hell.

    “This is the most reliable bike on our show room floor” Priceless, and oh-so-true.

    F*#k H-D. Buell FTW.

  6. Spoof: The Last Honest Harley-Davidson Ad – http://aspha.lt/11f #motorcycle

  7. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Spoof: The Last Honest Harley-Davidson Ad – http://aspha.lt/11f #motorcycle

  8. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Spoof: The Last Honest Harley-Davidson Ad – http://aspha.lt/11f #motorcycle

  9. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Spoof: The Last Honest Harley-Davidson Ad http://aspha.lt/11f

  10. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Spoof: The Last Honest Harley-Davidson Ad http://aspha.lt/11f (via @ScooterDiva) hahahaa

  11. RT @Asphalt_Rubber Spoof: The Last Honest Harley-Davidson Ad – http://aspha.lt/11f #motorcycle

  12. SAM FONTE says:

    MY FIRST BIKE WAS A 1937 HD knucklehead 61cu.in. PAID $675.00 FOR IT IN 1969. RODE THAT BIKE FOR 20 YEARS, 4SPEED TANK SHIFT, HARDTAIL! PUT OVER 100,000 MILES ON IT, AND ONE DAY A GENTLEMAN OFFERED ME $16,000 FOR IT, AND I SOLD IT, WITH REGRETS. SINCE THEN I’VE OWNED 14 MORE HARLEYS, HAVE BEEN RIDING FOR 41 YEARS NOW. SURE I HAD MY BREAKDOWNS, BUT THEY WERE FIXED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, IT DIDN’T TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO GET ME BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN, AND MOST OF THE TIME, THE FIX WAS CHEAP! , AND PEOPLE HELPED FOR FREE! GOING ON A TRIP WAS AN ADVENTURE, NOT A BORING HUMMMMMM, WE’LL BE THERE SOON. I’M A MOTORCYCLE ENTHUIAST, NEVER BAD MOUTHED IMPORT BIKE RIDERS, ” AND I AM BEING POLITE”, BUT THEY ALWAYS BAD MOUTHED THE HARLEYS, WHY IS THAT? IS IT BECAUSE AFTER 20 YEARS OF OWNING A IMPORT BIKE YOU WERE LUCKY IF YOU GOT $400.00 FOR IT , IF IT STILL RAN? MY 37 HD IS STILL RUNNING, AND TODAY IT IS WORTH AROUND $25 TO $35,000 DOLLARS! YOU WILL NEVER SEE THAT IN IMPORT BIKES, IN YOUR LIFETIME. YOU SEE THERE ARE BIKERS, AND THEN THERE ARE REAL BIKERS, YOU ARE PROBABLY TOO YOUNG TO KNOW THE REAL DIFFERENCE, AND I REALLY DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO EDUCATE YOU. PLUS I AM PROUD TO BUY AN AMERICAN MACHINE, MADE BY FELLOW AMERICAN WORKERS, AND SUPPORT THEM AND OUR COUNTRYS ECONOMY, NOT SENDING MY MONEY TO SUPPORT A FOREIGN COUNTRY, AND THEIR WORKERS, WHILE OUR OWN ECONOMY IS AT STAKE, DUE TO THE FACT THAT THERE ARE AMERICANS, AND THEN THERE ARE REAL AMERICANS, ANOTHER THING I DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO EDUCATE YOU ABOUT. EVEN IF THOSE IMPORTS WERE BETTER, I WOULD STILL SUPPORT MY COUNTRY AND IT’S WORKERS, AND I ALWAYS WILL, YOU WERE PROBABLY BUSY PLAYING PAC- MAN , WHEN IT WAS TIME TO LEARN ABOUT ” AMERICA “, AND ” UNITED WE STAND “. THANKS TO ALL YOU IMPORT BUYERS, YOU HAVE HELPED SELL OUT YOUR OWN COUNTRY, AMERICAN WORKERS AND JOBS AND INDUSTRY HERE. HOPE YOU FEEL REAL PROUD DRIVING THAT IMPORT , AFTER ALL ,I AM SURE IT GETS YOU ALOT OF ATTENTION, MAKES ONE HELL OF LOUD GROUND SHAKING RUMBLE, HAS GREAT LOOKING BABES WANTING TO GO FOR A RIDE ON IT, AND EVEN THE OLD, OLD, OLD, OLD, PEOPLE COME UP TO YOU AN ADMIRE YOUR MACHINE, AND START TELLING YOU ABOUT THERE RIDING TRIPS AND MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURES IN THEIR YOUNGER DAYS, WOW, SOUNDS JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENS TO ME WHEN I RIDE MY OLD HARLEY……

  13. kevin says:

    Dude,

    Try inserting some paragraphs, line breaks, or some other way to break up that wall of text.

  14. Greg says:

    Holy smokes Sam! Whew. Where to start? Well, first with caps lock, yours is on. Here is a great link for capitalization rules http://www.libraryonline.com/default.asp?pID=48 I’m not touching the rest of it, I’ll just say therapy is a good option for you, lots of it. Then maybe another (maybe a 1st?) trip through high school to brush up on your writing skills. Then, maybe you should check the prices on vintage imports. Many of those Ducs, Hondas, BMW, MV Agustas, etc. go for many, many times what they went for new. Have you seen those ’70′s Honda CBs and what they get for those? A bit more than your average ’70′s AMF Harley, if you can find one running.

  15. Jason says:

    Urgh. formatting aside, I’d settle for just turning the caps lock off. It’s kinda funny, the caps lock personifies the obnoxiously loud personality that apparently comes packaged with a Harley Davidson purchase. It started off well, but quickly deteriorated to traditional mix of “Buy American”, “I bought a Harley for attention”, and “I bought it to be part of a clicke”. The memories he holds dear can be had on any bike, it doesn’t need a Harley Davidson logo and price tag. Riding is about the journey, not bragging rights and recognition. Harley has absolutley no bikes targeted at the entry level buyers. They don’t care about spreading the joy of riding to new riders, they’re simply banking on the exclusivity of their little club, which ironically is only exclusive in terms of money, not skill or passion. This cannot be any more evident than in the R&D department, if they even have one. If they cared about riders, they’d make improvements to their design to enhance the ride.

    His paragraph starts off claiming he respects all riders, then quickly deteriorates to how he is exclusive and superior to the import riders. I’m happy that his bike is now worth $30k, but that’s not why I chose my bike. I chose my bike based upon power, handling, reliability, looks, comfort, and most importantly, price. I don’t view it as an investment, it’s meant to be enjoyed. I simply wouldn’t enjoy something that is rated lowest in every category yet highest in price. I thought the joy of riding, was riding? As such, I cannot choose a bike based upon recognition and exclusivity alone, and call myself a rider in the mirror. There’s no recognition riding a Buell, as you won’t even see me. I’m not cruising down mainstreet, I’m taking the twisties.

    Nothing against Harley riders, but they need to learn how to respect the Jap and Euro bikes (and maybe Buells). I’m tired of not getting the wave when I pass one, because I didn’t buy his brand. Different tastes, still riders. They really can’t throw stones claiming we don’t love the road, because on paper we’re the true riders.

    Ride safe everyone. May all your bikes reach the ripe age of 70. All the Gear, All the Time in case they don’t.

  16. Fuggin' HYSTERICAL (and a touch sad). Got to love some Harley ribbing: http://bit.ly/97rvDr

  17. Truth Hurts.... says:

    Real good take on Harley Davidson. Harley needs to spend some money on R&D and not a new line of belt buckles and t shirts. I laugh every time I see some sucker riding his new out of date Harley. Even if I was interested in buying a Harley I sure would not buy a new one. The newspapers are full of used Harley’s selling at low prices. All of them are “low miles”. It seems the seller found out what he bought and now he wants to get rid of it at any price. A Harley is your basic “show off” bike. Take the muffler off, dress up like a pirate and ride around town making a lot of noise on your slow Harley trying to impress people. Actually, when people see those morons on Harleys with no mufflers they are thinking or saying “what a stupid moron”.

  18. Alfonso Rodriguez says:

    Hey Sam Fonte, couple of years ago I was itching to get a new bike. “Well” I thought, “should I get this cool looking and RED Ducati Hypermotard, or maybe support my country and its workers?” Well, like you mentioned, I went ahead and supported the American brand. Yep, got myself a Buell Ulysses and love it to death. What does Harley go and do? They stab Erik in the back, the dumb cowards. Buells were (are) the best bikes Harley ever produced. I just don’t understand their decision and have vowed to NEVER again set foot in a Harley shop, much less spend one cent of my money there. However, if and when Erik builds more Buells for the public I will be excited as hell to support American workers again. Hell, I might even apply for a job. Harley (and willi g.) can kiss my Hispanic ass!!!!!! Oh, and I’m getting one of those new CD’s of Erik and the Thunderbolts to support American made music.

  19. BikePilot says:

    Lol, that’s great! A certain irony that it was posted by Buell riders;)

  20. Argie says:

    I wish Harley would take their V Rod engine and use it on the whole fleet. keep a couple retro models for the die hard’s, but just move on.
    Update and expand their line up, to include technology. wouldn’t hurt to come out with a couple new models for the entry level bikers either.

    Please Harley, the whole country is begging!

  21. SamSame says:

    Sam had 1 bike for 20 years, and a different bike on average every 18 months since..lol
    and they broke down on him, holy taco’s!!!

  22. Jake318 says:

    Mr Fonte I have 10 bikes all 1000cc&up . & different brands including Harelys best Jims 131ci engine with roller rockers cams ect ect best of the best . Also Buells 1125 the the cyclone and again a XB12 firebolt with the best available parts . …BUT.. even then the european and Japanese products will outlast any harley product hands down . The Metalurgy might be the same qualityas the Jap/euro products but being 1950s technology beating itself to death with recipricating mass fighting itself internally with every rotation of the crank, the Harley engine will never hold up as well as the smooth running machines the competition has to offer. A person doesnt have to have an engineering degree to figure this out just not be in denial that harley is what it is.. an old tech behind the times dinosaur that has charm but not the longevity of all the other brands on the market .

  23. Donny says:

    I wish that was played in the board room at harley davidson,my be then they would wake up to the fact it’s not 1950.(PS)They for got about the druggy 2000 tail bone crusher bike that harley davidson has.

  24. Yeah, that’s good

  25. Ted says:

    I own a 1996 S2T Buell and it has been the best all around bike I have ridden to date. I also have a 2006 VRSCR Streetrod. Harley should slam this motor in a touring machine and go watercooled. Traditionalists will catch on to the new model when it blows by their aircooled V twin. I would never buy a traditional V twin from Harley and neither should you. There are so many other great bikes out there now!