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.

2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B – A Tourer Minus the Touring

11/12/2012 @ 3:00 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B   A Tourer Minus the Touring 2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B black 635x476

The last of Honda’s six new models for the 2013 model year (checkout our coverage of the 2013 Honda CBR500R, 2013 Honda CB500F, 2013 Honda CB500X, & 2013 Honda CBR600RR), the 2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B is in a class of its own.

If the traditional Honda Gold Wing is the Cadillac of the motorcycling world, then the Honda Gold Wing F6B must be what the bike looks like with a drop-top. Taking the huge weekend touring machine, Honda has made the Gold Wing F6B more of a day-to-day cruiser…but not in a horrible Honda Rune sort of way.

Using the same chassis and 1,832cc flat-six motor that is found in the Honda Gold Wing, the 2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B not only looks like less motorcycle than its predecessor, but it also sports 62 lbs in less heft than the base tourer model, for a “curvy” 842 lbs curb weight.

Coming in two models, the Honda Gold Wing F6B will cost $19,999, while the Honda Gold Wing F6B Deluxe will cost $20,999, and will include a center stand, passenger backrest, and self-cancelling turn signals. Color choices are simple: black or red. Photos and tech specs are after the jump.

2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B   A Tourer Minus the Touring 2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B red 635x476

2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B Technical Specifications:

ENGINE
Engine Type1832cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Bore And Stroke74.0mm x 71.0mm
InductionPGM-FI
IgnitionComputer-controlled digital with 3-D mapping
Compression Ratio9.8:1
Valve TrainSOHC; two valves per cylinder
DRIVETRAIN
TransmissionFive-speed including Overdrive
Final DriveShaft
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 4.8 inches travel
Rear SuspensionPro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with remote-controlled spring preload adjustment
Front BrakesDual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers
Rear BrakeSingle ventilated 316mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper
Front Tire130/70R-18
Rear Tire180/60R-16
DIMENSIONS
Rake29.15 degrees
Trail109mm (4.3 inches)
Wheelbase66.5 inches
Seat Height29.1 inches
Curb Weight842 pounds
Fuel Capacity6.7 gallons
Miles Per GallonTBD – Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
OTHER
Model IdGL1800B
EmissionsMeets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards.
Available ColorsBlack, Red
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
Three YearsTransferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Source: American Honda

Comment:

  1. JoeD says:

    “Only 842 lbs?!!!!” For only a bit more weight and less money, I would rather have a Fiat 500 with four passenger seating and climate control.

  2. Bill says:

    Good luck competing with the HD Streetrod, and Victory Cross Country in that arena of stripped bagger. If your first thought is buy a car you are not a motorcyclist.

  3. webbiker says:

    Surprising! I would not be caught dead on a Gold Wing, but I quite like this version. I would never ever ever buy one, but it’s kinda cool in some perverted way.

  4. Bern says:

    I can’t remember the last time I was excited about the new offerings from Honda. I see this year is no different.

  5. Silas says:

    So true Bern. The only thing that can make up for 5 years of boredom is the V4 super bike. Let’s see if it actually materialises.

  6. Brij says:

    this has gotto be a quantum leap for honda to do anything “different” with the gold wing! Now, if they could make that a belt drive or chain drive and with a valkyrie frame, it will open doors for a lot of customising!!

  7. JoeD says:

    If this were my only choice, a Fiat 500 gets the nod. Thankfully, I have four bikes in the shed and a truck for firewood and emergencies.

  8. Bill E says:

    Im an advent Honda rider and have been since the earlier 600 automatics. I currently ride a Rune, but have been looking to get a 2009-12 Wing. I recently was asked “Have you seen the New Wing” by a friend and that has started and stoped my search. This bike looks awsome. If it packs enough on the long ride features (confort, storage, etc), Ill need to waive the 2009-12 for the F6B.

  9. Paul McM says:

    Gold Wings are comfortable and surprisingly capable bikes, despite their massive weight. With this, Honda is trying to do the “bad boy tourer” thing and steal market share from Harley, Victory. I wonder is the American V-Twin faithful will go for it. Maybe — there are certainly enough leather-vested dorks riding around in black beanies in my neck of the woods. And Honda must be channeling P.T. Barnum (who believed a sucker was born every minute). You have to pay $1000.00 more (on top of $19,999) for the “DeLuxe” to get a centerstand, back-rest, and self-cancelling turn-signals (which were std on 250cc bikes in the 70s!). Give me a break…

  10. BOB ROY says:

    I PERSONALLY LIKE THE HONDA GOLD WING MODEL 2013, ITS A COOL LOOKING BIKE, IVE HAD GOLD WINGS ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1975, THEY CANT BE BEAT FOR DURABILITY, AND COMFORT, AND ROAD ABILITY, AND SPEED, MY HARLEY BUDS SAY THEY LOOK LIKE A SOFA GOING DOWN THE HWY, MAYBE BUT A GREAT RIDE, IM NOW ON A 2012 TRIUMPH ROCKET III ROADSTER, ITS AN AMAZING 2300 CC MOTORCYCLE, I WOULD CLASS IT WITH THE GOLDWING AS FAR AS COMFORT, ITS MUCH FASTER, BUILT IN ENGLAND, I WISH I HAD A BUILDING THAT WOULD HOLD ABOUT 20 MOTORCYCLES , I WOULD HAVE ONE OF ALL THE POWER CRUISERS, A WING, A ROCKET, A HARLEY, A MAINTENANCE MAN TO DO NOTHING BUT KEEP THE OIL CHANGED AND KEEP THEM WAXED AND IN GOOD RUNNING SHAPE, ETC

  11. ozone says:

    I have been riding harley davidson for many years. For the same price as a stripped road glide. You can get a F6B deluxe with 118 HP and 125 lbs of rear wheel torque in a pretty cool looking package…hmm this maybe a no-brainer.. trade the 5,000 mile harley service for , I thought I read, 30,000 mile service intervals.. not a bad deal.. just my opinion…