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 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.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

2010 Yamaha FZ1 Owners Dodge a Bullet

09/11/2009 @ 11:52 am, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

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Owners of the “ultimate street brawler” (their words, not ours) will be simulataneously pleased and disappointed to see the 2010 Yamaha FZ1. As we reported earlier last month, the 2010 FZ1 did not see the incorporation of the YZF-R1′s cross-plane crankshaft, and it also missed out on some of the R1′s other attributes, both good and bad. Photos and more after the jump.

On the bright side, we were thankfully wrong about the styling update to the FZ1 that would bring the bike’s styling in-line with the current R1′s fairings and headlights. It also appears that the 6-pot front-calipers are a no-go for 2010. Indeed, the only performance modifications it appears that Yamaha has made to the 2010 FZ1, is an ECU re-map that provides a snappier throttle response.

To shake things up a little it, the 2010 FZ1 will be available in a set of new colors. Replacing the Cobalt Blue color scheme is a new Candy Red paint job. The Raven paint stays, but includes a more blacked out exhaust can and other bits Both color schemes will see the addition of gold forks and wheels.

Slowdown with your bad self Yamaha.

Source: Yamaha-Motor


  1. Bill Smith says:

    Yet another testament to the chronic inaccuracy in reporting from You’ve reported Jorge Lorenzo all but signed with Ducatti, Malboro/Ducatti dropping Casey Stoner, a mashup/makeshift photo for the new 2010 FZ1. Is there any truth to any of your reporting???

    I love the site but I recommend a name change:

  2. 2010 Yamaha FZ1 Owners Dodge a Bullet – #motorcycle

  3. Gary says:

    Wow, someone woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning. You guys do a fantastic job. The website looks great, the stories are all very interesting, and in these days of instant news there will always be inaccuracies. Ignore Mr. Bill Smith. He could never in a million years put together what you guys did. You all should be proud of your creation and ignore people like him. It’s easy to be a critic, not easy to work your a$$ off and do something worthwhile that so many people appreciate. Keep up the GREAT work!!

    PS – Thank the gods above yamaha didn’t use that horrendous R-1 styling. I can’t handle another bike with that horrible face! LOL!

  4. Bill,

    You’re more than welcome to your opinion on the quality and accuracy of the information on our site (please voice it whenever you think its an issue). When it comes to items in the news, we strive to bring only accurate information on what is happening in the motorcycle world, but like any publication, we will be misinformed and wrong at times. That’s just the nature of any level of journalism, and is not limited to only the online world.

    However, there is one thing you will never see happen on this site while I’m editor: speculation turned into fact, and that includes renders, photoshops, and drawings.

    When rumors are rumors, we state them as so. When we’re reporting what another site has heard or produced, we cite our source. In cases where something doesn’t pass “the smell test” we leave a comment stating such, and voice our personal barometer on the matter. And I think most importantly, when we’re wrong, we say that we were wrong, as is the case with this article.

    For the record, here are the articles that you’ve called into question:

    No Cross-Plane Crankshaft for 2010 Yamaha FZ1

    Rumor: Lorenzo/Ducati Deal All But Done

    I assume you’re getting the “Malboro/Ducatti dropping Casey Stoner” comment from the above article as well. Correct me if I’m mistaken.

    PS. I must admit, this article was a complete fabrication, but we couldn’t resist:

  5. Bob Bryant says:

    2010 Yamaha FZ1 Owners Dodge a Bullet – Asphalt & Rubber

  6. Bill Smith says:

    Troll/Stoner – now that’s journalism at its finest (funniest), keep up the good work!

    I smell the bait, I see the lure, but I’m not biting!