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.

2011 Triumph Daytona 675R – Gets Just Suspension

11/02/2010 @ 6:04 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

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Triumph fans were probably delighted when news of the 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R leaked ahead of EICMA, showing off one good looking triple. The highly anticipated “R” version of the three-cylinder sport bike comes equipped with some nice kit, but now the rumors are confirmed that the Daytona 675R will not get any engine modifications, despite its elevated status.

Making 125hp and 54 lbs·ft of torque, the Triumph Daytona 675R only benefits from its Öhlins suspension. Of course that’s like saying someone has only won the SuperLotto Plus, and not the MegaMillions lottto with its Mega Ball prize, as the 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R gets Öhlins premium NIX30 43mm forks and TTX36 mono-shock.

The 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R will also come standard with a quick shifter, and Brembo radial monobloc calipers up front. Otherwise changes to the Daytona 675R are purely cosmetic, as the bike gets a unique paint job and carbon front fender. We were hoping for a little bit more from Triumph on this one, especially after hanging the “R” label on the adored three-cylinder. While the Öhlins suspension is probably more likely to equate to lower track times for riders, it is also a modification that can easily be done at home if one were so inclined, which sort of takes away from the prestige. It’ll be interesting to see how Triumph prices the 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R, no word on availability yet.

Source: Triumph


  1. dfelix says:

    …and brakes! So, not “just” the suspension.
    I believe that suspension and brakes are “just” what Triumph needed to put Daytona in the same step as 848 and the new F3.

    Also, this bike could mean FIM homologation to use premium material in WSS next year instead of those tuned-up Showas and crappy nissin’s.

  2. bikepilot says:

    This sounds perfect to me. Ducati S models are often just suspension and brakes ahead of standard models as well.

  3. Wiggins says:

    I wasn’t expecting any real power differences with the R anyways; the Ohlins, the Brembos and the quickshifter are an amazing addition to an already stellar bike. I’m just concerned about the price hike, our Ducati S models tend to sit on the floor a lot longer than their base model brothers.

  4. SayWhen says:

    what is with the more power more power more power craziness? too much focus is put on hp, 125 hp is an insane amount for a middle weight! if you want hp buy a liter bike. we need a lighter, more corner speed, more finesse, and inspire mor that one off.e confidence craze. which is exactly what this bike is improving upon. kudos triumph! …but please pick a less “trendy wendy” paint scheme next time.

    a red sub-frame…really? even i don’t move my hands enough when i talk to pull that one off.

  5. MikeD says:

    Nice Fancy Shrimp… Now where’s the full blown Machine? Daytona 1200 Triple.
    To those pilots who say too much power already, lighter, more finesse, better feel…w/e floats your boats….that doesn’t float mine’s and many others for that matter.

    U got ur floaties already(this)…now is time for ours(1200)…lol.
    Nothing personal, just regular bitching mode at Triumph.

  6. SayWhen says:

    LoL “Floaties” – MachoMikeD this 675R on a race track would scare you like a little girl. It would make your a$$ pucker so hard you would be making diamonds.

  7. MikeD says:

    SayWhen: YES IT WILL, but… i DON’T CARE about race tracks and cat on a rug handling and all the great things this bike stands for, im sure i made that point on my previous post pretty clear(don’t want this bike but a 1200)…and said it wasn’t personal, i just used ur valid points cause it was pretty convenient.

    What u like and think is Great and Enough already doesn’t work for everyone even in the event that u make a good case(like here)…I can’t afford track days, don’t have a track near by, couldn’t afford to dump this bike(it would be my daily rider, can’t afford 2), i hate revving small engines to the moon and “no power now, 8K-10K rpm later” Mills. Is a matter of taste, good, bad or don’t have any at all…but works for others and me.

    Just because the 675 is Awesome and is more than enouh for U and others does it mean that other riders don’t have the right to try and hope for else? Don’t be selfish.

    Diversity is the spice of life. Thats one of the more beatiful aspects of this hobby…it keeps us spending and lusting for new toys. Go with w/e works for u i say.

    Natural Selection always get rid of the bad seeds( if i don’t know any better i will be disposed of properly and timely and won’t be poluting the roads, making noises and using gas and air that could be put to better use than wasted on me)…all because i wanted more bike than i could barely and poorly handle and didn’t listen to SayWhen advise.

    (^_^ )