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 Triumph Street Triple – Surprise! New Headlights!

03/27/2011 @ 11:36 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

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When news of the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple hit the interwebs, with its spiffy new headlight and crazy-light aluminum frame, the clock immediately started ticking on when the 1050cc triple’s little sibling, the 675cc Street Triple & Street Triple R would get the same treatment from Triumph.

Hopes for a 2011 update were seemingly dashed when the British company posted the current model Street Triple as its 2011 offering, but rumors persisted that we’d see an updated middleweight naked very soon.

Being released as an early 2012 model, our colleagues in France have seemingly gotten the first official photos of the 2012 Triumph Street Triple & 2012 Triumph Street Triple R, as the bikes were unveiled at a new store on the Avenue de la Grande Armée in Paris.

While the new Triumph Street Triple is a cosmetic upgrade to the British naked line, Triumph has apparently gone out of its way to attend to the details of the new Street Triple, polishing off some of the less refined edges on the bike’s design. The new Street Triples will make 106hp and 50 lbs•ft of torque,

Along with the Speed Triple’s headlights, the Street Triple will also borrow the Street Triple R’s aluminum handlebars. Otherwise we’re having a hard time seeing other changes in these images from the earlier model, besides the noticeably new engine case cover. Shout out anything else you notice in the comments section.

Of note is the new stylized Triumph logo on the tank (same as was seen on the 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R), while color choices will be white, black, and purple for the Street Triple, and red, white, or black with gold wheels for the Street Triple R.

Pricing is reportedly the same in France, which bodes will for us here in the United States, and readers in other countries as well. Availability is apparently immediate, with an April arrival date being quoted, which is instep with other rumors.

Source: Moto.Caradisiac


  1. Ian says:

    I ordered this new one on Friday, in black with the belly pan. Having seen these pictures I can honestly say I’m starting to get a bit giddy now.

  2. 190mph says:

    Is this bike fitted with radial or normal brake calipers? The purple bike being ridden has normal calipers fitted, yet the white bike has radials. But in the profile shots the white bike has normal calipers fitted while the other colours have radials.

  3. Matt says:

    @ 190mph: The R has radial-brakes, the non-R not.

    As far as the bike goes, its just the old one with new headlights and a new logo.

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  5. MikeD says:

    TRIUMPH! The Western Version of Honda!


    I understand not to mess with success, but damn…it’s been a while now for their 675 Fleet…refresh it a bit deeper…will ya ? Specially the Daytona 675. Same thing with the Street Triple CopOut they pulled (last year was it ?). Everyone thought even a new mill was coming…LMAO, instead they squeezed some more that Zombie Dinosaur 1050…IT JUST WON’T DIE, WILL IT ?
    I know the economy is on the toilet and the bike sales sector has been deeply impacted but if u sit idle and don’t refresh u’ll find yourself caught with your pants down when things get suddenly moving again.

  6. MikeD says:

    My bad, with all that ranting i made i forgot to add:

    And Bold New Headlights.

  7. MikeD says:

    And i kept F&^%ing Up…meant to say, Street* Triple CopOut.

  8. MikeD says:

    Speed*…i need some Zzzzz…

  9. crackhelmet says:

    look like Wall E…..great!!

  10. patron says:

    This is what happens when you let Michael Bay redesign your motorcycle. Hideous

  11. Ciprian says:

    The new speed is a little bit more than the old one with new headlights… It has totally new frame.
    That 1050 engine is perfect as it is… no new engine needed!

    As far as street triple goes, the new one is indeed an 2007 with the speed face. I would have expected the 800 cc engine in that frame :D

  12. MikeD says:


    Don’t get me wrong, i was just being a Sarcastic Prick…i now about all the new perks on the Speedy, It’s more of a evolution than a revolution…that’s what struck a nerve with me. (^_^ )

    I guess i have to learn to lower my spectations every Fall about Motorcycle Releases on this depression we are living on…on the USA at least.

    Oh, and about that 1050 Dinosaur…TIME takes “care” of EVERYTHING…I know it’ll be gone soon…let’s see for how long it can keep meeting emission standards that get tighter and tighter every year…w/o loosing HP or driveability.

  13. SFTripod says:

    Humm, with the revisions, how will the Speed stack up against the Z ??….