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.

Are You the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14 / ZZR1400?

09/06/2011 @ 8:50 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Are You the 2012 Kawasaki ZX 14 / ZZR1400? 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 14 leak 1 635x476

The internet has been abuzz lately with leaked/early/spy photos, some real, and some not so much. Looking a bit like the genuine article, we get another alleged glimpse at a soon to be released motorcycle before its public unveiling. While Kawasaki has been busy teasing the interwebs with videos that feature a nice exhaust note, a flash of green light, and the date: 10/10/2011,  it looks like Asian motorcycle magazine Young Machine has released its issue featuring the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14 (that’s the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 for our friends in other markets) a tad early.

In what looks to be the first photos of the new Kawasaki ZX-14, we also get a look at some of the basic features that the new hypersport will boast in 2012, namely a 1429cc motor, anti-lock brakes, Kawasaki’s traction control system, and rider-selectable engine maps. As for looks…ZX-10R owners will be pleased. Photos after the jump, and if you read what appears to be Japanese, help us out with a translation in the comments. Thanks for the tip John!

Source: Driven to Ride via GSXR.com

Comment:

  1. Jason says:

    Wow, this bike could be a revelation. If this is the real article, and it is as small and lightweight as it looks, and handles like a litrebike instead of a big tourer……. Well, I’m imaging this being to a ZX-10 what a ZX-10 is to a ZX-6. Not giving up much on handing and weight for the big-bore power. My interest is piqued!

  2. Jason says:

    Hopefully I’m not totally highjacking the thread, but I’m sure a limitation to handling (lean-angle) with big bore bikes would be how wide the motor is across the frame. That got me thinking how Triumph has a special opportunity in the big-big-bore market if they ever wanted to compete there. A 1300 or 1400cc triple only as wide or heavy as a litrebike anyone? With racy geometry? …Guess I should be hoping for an 1100cc daytona first (wouldn’t WSBK’s set-up of 100cc I4 and 1200cc v2 mean an 1100cc I3?). I know I’d rather have a torque monster liter bike than the current offering of top end only power. That is the whole reason this new ZX tease is appealing to me…

  3. Justyn says:

    According to teaser shots posted on the big ZX1400 forum (now pulled off at the request of Kawi) during US drag testing, the bootup screen on the new bike’s dash still shows the old 6 headlight design. I really hope the above spy shots are correct but it’s not looking likely.

  4. T.J. says:

    Check this teaser!

  5. AK says:

    look great from the front if its real… current gen is ugly as hell.

  6. Jithin says:

    i can see 200-210ps at the bottom of the pic.

  7. MikeD says:

    Waiting with LOTS OF SALT…U know…in case we get something new BUT as significant or under the level of BNGs.

    Wondering if they have another new(refreshed) watercrafts too like Yamaha did like a month ago…Lots of Salt on that one too…as i believe that gun still smoking.

  8. BobD says:

    Lolz, Hellforleather decided to hate hard on you guys because this is probably fake. but at the end of the day: who the fuck cares, this is a free article to read, something those capitalistic, self-obsessed (no i dont give a fuck about the author acquiring a new concubine to spread his herpes to) pricks wont ever understand. And sure, if this was fake(it probably is, but you guys kinda thought that as well), it still doesnt out-weigh the hundreds of well-informed articles you do publish that are well worth my time (seldom to be said about hell for leather) added to the fact that the article’s title clearly states the uncertainty as to whether this is genuine, good journalism Asphalt, and thank you for being free!

  9. nobody says:

    oh, Young Machine…
    in japan, nobody believes this magazine. lol

  10. Richard Gozinya says:

    Ok, so HFL and A&R have both been tricked now. Does this mean the war of words moves onto something else, or will people just drop the petty crap?

    Oh, and BobD, pretty much every blog is run by capitalists, they all want to make some money off of it, they just do it in different ways (Subscription vs. ad revenue). I prefer the ad revenue approach, as do most people. Apparently it’s working for HFL though, so good for them.

  11. Damo says:

    The problem isn’t so much that HFL is or isn’t money oriented so much as their articles, for the most part, wouldn’t be worth reading if they were free.

    With so many good websites that report news gratis, why would I pay for the haga they spin over there?

    Although I wish I could log onto HFL to give him the old, “You mad bro?”

  12. Let’s turn the conversation away from the differences between “this is” and “is this” when framing articles, and instead focus on a far more interesting topic that comes from this nonsense.

    The great thing about the internet is that it creates an environment for a multitude of opinions and points-of-view, as the online medium itself, from a technical perspective, allows for instantaneous dialogue to surround a story/article.

    I actually really enjoy reading stories/comments from others that touch on a topic that I’ve also covered, especially when what’s written serves as a counterpoint to the issues. This comes back to the dialectal process that the internet creates, and from a journalistic perspective it makes for a more robust, accurate, and truthful stream of information for readers to digest.

    Unfortunately, the idea that there can only be one correct point-of-view or opinion is a pervasive belief in certain circles. When you try and curtail the conversation either directly (limiting who can comment and respond to what you’ve written), or indirectly (accosting any competing thought from others), you create an ecosystem prone to group-think behaviors. While that’s great for stroking egos, it brings little else to the table in my opinion.

    I don’t know why some want to frame things in “us” vs. “them” manner. There’s no scorecard here, at least I don’t keep one. The ethos of A&R has always been to take a deep-dive on the motorcycle industry, and to have a daily news element to help frame the topics of discussion.

    A well-reasonsed argument has been put forward that what Young Machine published, and what we covered, is in fact not the new ZX-14. While the more base conversation might revolve about who was right or wrong, I think the better point of conversation to have is about how great it is that such a reaction could occur over this story in such a short timespan.

    Now we just have to work on some elements of decorum in the process.

  13. Damo says:

    Damn you Jensen, now I feel guilty.

    That was like one of those, “I am not so much angry, as I am disappointed” dad speeches I got as kid after hucking myself down a set of stairs on a skateboard for the sixth time.

    That being said one of the reasons I keep coming back to A&R is the oddly high level of civil debate that takes place here (for the most part). A rarity these days.

    Back on topic, I hope the pictures are in fact accurate, as relatively nimble 1400cc hyperbike would be right up my alley. I love the Hayabusa and ZX-14, but the handling just isn’t there for me.

  14. John says:

    ZX-14R is a special edition bike running fast in the streets and perform various perfect maneuvers in the streets.