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.

2010 MV Agusta F4 Pricing at $18,500 MSRP

06/22/2010 @ 3:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

2010 MV Agusta F4 Pricing at $18,500 MSRP 2010 mv agusta f4 5 560x372

MV Agusta USA has announced that pricing for the 2010 MV Agusta F4 superbike will be set at $18,500 MSRP. MV hopes that his price point will make the bike a competitive entry in the US market, and is aimed squarely at the Ducati 1198S ($21,795) and Aprilia RSV4 Factory ($20,999) on price, while still offering a bike with traction control and adjustable engine maps (not to mention 186hp) at a lower price point than the two other Italian brands.

“For over ten years, MV Agusta USA has consistently offered only the very best motorcycles to those looking for the ultimate in performance, design, and exclusivity,” says MV Agusta USA Operations Director Lawrence Ferracci. “With the announcement of U.S. pricing set at $18,500 for the 2010 F4, we’re offering our finest standard production model ever at a price that allows more people to experience it. Riders interested in the best need to take a serious look at the 2010 MV Agusta F4.”

“It also highlights the great efforts over the last 24 months by our management team, engineers, and employees to bring this revered motorcycle brand’s latest and best to market at a better than expected price,” continued Ferraci.

The 2010 MV Agusta F4 retains the same classic Tamburini design, but has a significant amount of changes done to the bikes chassis, motor, electronics, and ergonomics. The result is still a stunning motorcycle, but we remain steadfast in our desire to see the brand explore new design elements, and move on from its years with the Grandmaster of motorcycle design. For the price though, Ducati owners will have to seriously consider an F4 when looking at an 1198 Superbike.

Source: MV Agusta

Comment:

  1. fazer6 says:

    It ain’t a Tamburini design.

  2. Sen Heng says:

    >fazer6

    So?

    Tamburini is no longer at Bimota too, does that mean they should stop making motorcycles as well?

  3. fazer6 says:

    Who said anything about stopping production? I’m simply referring to the article stating that it is a Tamburini design–It’s not.
    Adrian Morton is the designer of the new F4, not Tam.
    It may be based on the original, but it has lost so many things and is changed fundamentally in philosophy.

  4. Jenny Gun says:

    I didn’t say it’s Tamburini design, the article says we wished MV Agusta would move on from the Tamburini design of the classic F4.

    Adrian did a stunning job with the new F4, but my worry is that MV Agusta is getting itself in a design rut, with both the F4 and Brutale designs drawing heavily on the bikes inked by Massimo.

    Sorry if there was any confusion on that.

  5. fazer6 says:

    I agree wholeheartedly Jenny, MV have failed to create a new benchmark of design, and have simply decided to cheapen and tweak the existing design, almost like a knockoff.
    I fail to be convinced that the F4 cannot be outdone, just as the cycle world once assumed the 916 series was the pinnacle of design–There MUST be another great design, waiting to be penned (or possibly penned by MT before H-D bought MV). Maybe MV won’t be the company to do it–I, like you, was hoping they would.

  6. Jenny Gun says:

    I think they still can lead the industry with their aesthetics, but the current design is where I would have liked to have seen MV 4-5 years ago, and then have the 2010 model take things a step further or in a different direction.

    If you saw the 2010 without ever seeing its predecessor, I think you’d say it’s the most beautiful bike you’ve ever seen, unfortunately almost everyone has had an older F4 on the computer desktop at one point or another.

  7. 2010 MV Agusta F4 Pricing at $18,500 MSRP – http://aspha.lt/13w #motorcycle

  8. that other guy says:

    isn’t beemer’s liter bike MSRP @ 17k ? and it’s better all the rest of them too

  9. Sen Heng says:

    I would say the same thing about Ducati too. There’s only so many times they can re-use a particular design. At least the F4 has subtle differences between the different models, Ducati re-uses the exact same plastic for the 1098, 1198 and 848.

  10. Jake says:

    See this is where I disagree with a lot of you guys and I’ll use Japan as my example. I simply hate everything that hase come out of Japan over the last 3yrs desgin wise, because it’s been change for the sake of change. More then that it’s gone in the wrong dirrection (very ugly) in my opinion. But now None of the Japanese bikes have an identity. every other year now it’s completely different and not always for the better.

    Then you look at Ducati and the 999 wich again was change for the sake of change and the results were terrible (again in my opinion). So I don’t see what is wrong with MV staying true to a stylistic design, that was generally universally consider almost perfect from the start? 20years on I still look at Halle Berry and go damn she’s still breathetaking. Further more the comment from the aurthor about if we hadn’t seen the original we’d think the new one is the most beautiful, etc……. I loved (and owned several of them) and I’m glad they stayed true to the design.

    People couldn’t afford one complained the MVs were too expensive, so now that they are affordable people are complaining that they are “Cheap knock -offs” If you’ve ever owned a MV and I mean spent a lot of time with one you’d welcome the changes because they’ve addressed a lot of issues (and they were indeed issues not itlatian charaecter) with the previous models. And now instead of just a fancy paint job and up’d CCs they’ve built a motor that compares with the rest of the litre bikes CC to CC and you guys think that’s a bad thing?

    As for as a huge leap……again I think it’s all hype and ego. Where is the leap in the BMW S1000r , aside from it being different from what BMW has done in the past? Yeah it has power, but does anyone really think that the Japanese couldn’t do that if they wanted too? for whatever reason they chose not to, but you can bet that now that BMW open that door they will soon follow. And all the electronics…..geez I’m sick of it already. Everyone wants more power that they can’t use then want electronics to control it for them.

    If I read one more person say, “yeah dude I was full throttle in that corner exit…..” I’m going freaking go crazy. You may be full throttle but not full power. you are letting the computer do what your wrist should have. Everyone has just fallin into the hype of traction control but no one seems to want to admit the truth.

  11. Kevin in Austin says:

    While you guys kill this topic I’ll be riding the Aorilia. Thank you

  12. Tom says:

    Hey! Mr. Tamburini Man, design a bike for me,
    I’m not poor and there is nothing else I’d rather do.
    Hey! Mr. Tamburini Man, design a bike for me,
    If you ever win a race, I’ll actually care about you.