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.

2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12

03/19/2012 @ 5:52 am, by Jensen Beeler29 COMMENTS

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Unveiled online today, here are the first pictures of the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12. Unsurprisingly using a twin-spar aluminum frame, instead of the carbon fiber chassis found on the GP11, perhaps the biggest change for fans who have been following the GP12′s development is the new tri-colore paint scheme, which is visually very similar to the design of the Ducati 1199 Panigale Tricolore.

Getting hip to this whole internet fad, Ducati Corse made its 2012 season launch live on Facebook, hosted by team sponsor TIM. With 96,000 fans connected to the video stream, it’s arguably the most public launch of a Desmosedici to date, and the subject of social media was a hot topic for the unveilings Q&A session (including some insight into Nicky Hayden’s accidental leaking of the Ducati Streetfighter 848). We’ve got a bunch of hi-res studio shots after the jump, along with some photos from the live unveiling.

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Studio Photos of the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12:

Live Unveiling Photos of the GP12:

Source: TIM (Facebook), Nicky Hayden (Twitter), & Valentino Rossi (Twitter)


  1. Cpt.Slow says:


  2. Skeptical says:


  3. Neil says:

    I knew it would have green in it, lol…

  4. adam s says:

    FINALLY! i dont see Willie G.’s mug when i sign on!

  5. Jake says:

    The Desmo GP7 and GP8 were considerably better looking than this. I’m not a fan of the snub nose and fat ass.

  6. Jake says:

    Then again, so long as it goes like stink all is forgiven.

  7. M.I. says:

    More shameless hoopla. Ducati better hope Rossi can pull off a miracle with this new incarnation or they’re going to regret all of the money they’ve spent on the Emperor’s new clothing.

  8. Dr. Gellar says:

    ^^What M.I. said…^^

  9. Westward says:

    Oh! huh? ahh-h…

  10. I added the studio photos from Ducati Corse to the post.

  11. AC says:

    I’m just glad there’s no Rossi neon green (besides the 46) clashing with the red.

  12. shumy27 says:

    it’s not a Ducati… :-(

  13. F1 says:

    good stuff,, better than last year for sure. But I can’t see how much longer Marlboro is going to put up this kind of coin without even a shadow and bar code on a bike that, objectively speaking, won’t come within 10 seconds of a podium.

  14. BBQdog says:

    I wanna see nudy picts of this Duc.

  15. Rexr says:

    The Desmo use to be a stunning bike but WTF have they done to it……

  16. misterminor says:

    very clean “sponsor bikes”.. can’t even find a “58″ on Rossi’s bike. Let’s hope it’ll do well. Both riders deserves it.

  17. RJ says:

    There’s some neon Japanese writing on the side of Rossi’s seat unit. Apparently it says “No Hard Feelings About Last Year Japan!”

  18. RT @Jmal18: RT @Asphalt_Rubber: 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12 http://t.co/cCoZGxgd <-I'm in love with the tricolore livery!

  19. PD says:

    Think the best Desmo thus far was the ’10, with the solid deep, dark, metallic red.

    This red (as well for the ’11) is just too lacking in substance, and the wide white band does not help. I do like the addition of the green however, particularly when in combination with Vale’s yellow.

    Not that I want to support Altria or its ilk in any way, but I don’t quite get that there’s really no visible indication whatsoever of Marlboro’s sponsorship on the bike. If you didn’t know of the sponsorship, there would be no way that you could discern it by looking at the bike. How would Marlboro be OK with this? But then again, in the big picture, this is a good thing.

  20. Just added the studio shots of the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12 to the post – http://t.co/O39TGoHs #MotoGP

  21. @RJ: Apparently, your Japanese sucks. It says, “Good luck, Rossi-fumi!”


    They managed to make a bike uglier than last year!!!! Lime green, yellow aend orangish red with the ugliest tail section since the suzuki hayabusa!!!!!! and they copied many things from the 1199 tricolor. LAME!!!Im chering for honda (Casey) and yamaha (Ben) again this year.


    garbage bike!!!!!!!!

  24. Beary says:

    Ah welcome the new Ducatiha. Or is that Yamacati ?

  25. Tony says:

    i thought they could only improve on the terrible paint job on the gp11 bike, i was wrong.

  26. bram says:

    Desmosedici in Stoner era is the best…

  27. RJ says:

    @Trane Francks: Apparently, your ability to tell what is sarcasm sucks too.

  28. @RJ: Stranger things have been known to happen. ;-)

  29. finance says:

    I need to send this to my roommate we were just talking about this this morning!