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.

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.

More Photos of the 2013 Honda CBR600RR

11/12/2012 @ 4:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

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Judging by the temperature emanating from the Asphalt & Rubber server hard drives, the 2013 Honda CBR600RR caused quite a stir today when it broke cover ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Unfortunately at the time of our coverage, we only had a few side-profile photos to share with you, which really didn’t do any justice to the bike’s visual redesign efforts.

That is about to change though, as we have a few more shots, which most importantly give a good look at the Honda CBR600RR’s new mug. A more aerodynamic bodywork package (the new fairings have a 6% air-flow factor), Honda’s new RAM-air intake on the CBR600RR also helps put a little more pep in the supersport’s step. Check it out after the jump.

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Comment:

  1. Jaybond says:

    I have a feeling that this new CBR 600RR is a tad uglier than before…look at those lamp..

  2. Jason says:

    So far I like it. I hated the last one’s styling. I think this looks nice in profile. Want to see it in person though.

  3. kostritzer says:

    Brutally hideous. The previous version wasn’t the most beautiful supersport, but this is just about the ugliest bike I’ve ever seen. I thought this was a joke when I first saw pics. Side and lower fairings look like the 05-06 model! Huge step back in the styling department in my opinion.

  4. mutanic says:

    The red+blue+white scheme color just like Ultraman…hahaha

  5. ML says:

    Its like they are racing towards the title of ugliest bike. Honda is clearly in the lead.

  6. kostritzer says:

    Whoever penned this bike had better commit hari kari before they’re let loose on the new V4.

    Its the honorable thing to do.

  7. Spektre76 says:

    “Butterface” ……nuff said.

  8. kostritzer says:

    “Butterface” ……nuff said.

    I think you nailed it! But I wouldn’t…

  9. Bryan Niese says:

    So they pretty much gave me no reason to change from my 07 model to this one. Well played Honda. At least you can see the engine again unlike the 09-12 models. Fairings that are simpler and not pieced together from a stupid number of smaller panels would be at least nice. It looks like they at least did something about that but of course they uglified it in the process. Same engine with the lowest in-class horsepower and same chassis with just some revised suspension. Hope Yamaha does a little better whenever they get around to revising the R6.

  10. Jay says:

    Love it.

  11. Bryan says:

    Honda man thru and thru……but this is one of the ugliest ‘things’ I have ever seen. That is not a race bike. It doesn’t look mean. It looks like your great uncle Gilbert with his bifocals on.

  12. smiler says:

    The wheels look brilliant. The front fairing looks like Starks first helmet in Ironman 1. What were they thinking of.
    Prices for earlier models with it would seem the same performance will go down though.

  13. Afletra says:

    Big influence from moto2, look at those fairing, hahaha…

  14. L2C says:

    I like it. Love that it evokes older designs while echoing the RCV213. It’s like an anticipation of greater things to come. Nostalgia that you can buy today, because tomorrow’s will be radically different.

    Of course, that’s just me. Again, I like it.

  15. WetMan says:

    Honda has lost its mojo.

  16. MikeD says:

    The Desmosedici/R6 front end is growing on me.
    Can’t say the same about the rest of the plastics…same as the 05 MY ? It does have a sligth stench of Moto2 to it.
    I like the Solid Red…refreshing.
    The least they could have done to it looks wise could have been slap the under belly 1000 xhaust and lower the tail unit…at least to get it out of the early 2000′s look.

  17. wow says:

    Ugliest thing I have ever seen. By far, the japanese have lost some innovation in their designs. I kept waiting year after year for an update, and this is what we get lol. I am sure its overall a better bike, but man is it an ugly mofo heh. The front is just hideous.

  18. DeezToolz says:

    To echo the general sentiment of the thread, this thing is a MASSIVE step backwards for Honda, aesthetically.

    The profile of the front end looks very similar to the ’05 Yamaha R6. That was back when I still didn’t pay attention to Yamaha b/c they didn’t know style. The ’06 fixed that…

  19. L2C says:

    All the hate on the web about the design of this bike … I swear, I must be looking at a different bike. It’s quite a departure from last year’s design, in a great way.

  20. Faust says:

    I realy like it. I have a black and green 2009 CBR600RR and I like the look of this one better. Putting the lights back above the exhaust, and changing the fairings to free up access to the engine oil fill again is better. It may be older concepts, but it makes more sense.

  21. Tai says:

    It’s a shame that so many people complain when things stay the same, but at the same time they’re so resistant to change.

    At least there won’t be so many out on the street, and I can pick one up for a steal.

    The new design is awesome. I love that they’ve put the tail light back above the exhaust, and retained the under-seat exhaust. But the headlights are without a doubt the best part. Factory repsol paint on a 600rr is great, and the retro classic tri-colour is also

    It looks much more aggressive, and less feline. Thank god we’re finally seeing the end of the obsession with making headlights and noses as sharp and pointy as possible, as if that makes it look “faster”.

    Compared to the ’05 R6, they look nothing alike, and the ’13 600RR is far superior.