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.

MV Agusta F4 Gets ABS for 2013

04/16/2013 @ 5:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

MV Agusta F4 Gets ABS for 2013 mv augusta f4 rr abs 635x529

The boys and girls in Varese, Italy are giving only modest updates to the MV Agusta F4 for the 2013 model year, as the company’s four-cylinder superbike will sport an ABS package from Bosch. Featuring the dual-channel Bosch 9M+ anti-lock braking system with anti-rear wheel lift, the F4 will be able to handle better low-traction stops and wet surfaces.

As the name suggests, the Bosch system also keeps the rear-wheel from lifting up during hard braking actions, which may throw a wench in your plans for epic stoppies, but it also will keep Italian dream machine in-check when diving deep into the braking zones.

MV Agusta has programmed two modes into the ABS package: Normal and Race. In the “normal” mode, ABS kicks in freely and at all times, whereas in “race” mode, its thresholds are set much higher for racing conditions. Pretty straight-forward stuff, right? And yes for you Luddites, the Bosch 9M+ can also be switched completely off for those of you who have an extremely well-calibrated braking grip.

The addition of ABS to the MV Agusta F4 completes the Italian company’s modernization of its superbike flagship, having already added traction control, electronically adjusted suspension, and a ride-by-wire throttle to the Italian superbike. So what are you waiting for? Go buy one already.

MV Agusta F4 Gets ABS for 2013 mv augusta f4 rr bosch abs

Source: MV Agusta


  1. loki says:

    Hummm… Panigale rear wheel?

  2. Damo says:

    As soon as new MV’s come with a competent dealer network as well, maybe I’ll look at one.

  3. jake says:

    “modest upgrades for 2013″ that’s kind of funny since they added the full electronic package, electronic suspension, ride by wire, lighter wheels, shorten exhaust, trimmed fairings, etc…… just sayin that’s a bit more than modest. http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/2013-mv-agusta-f4-r-rr-teaser/

    anyway all these rider aids are killing the joy of biking for me. Not one of them would make me buy any of the new bikes. especially if I couldn’t completely disable or remove them out right.. Instead of all this marketing junk they are throwing at the MV, they should instead focus on simple things, like better support for their products,tanks that don’t expand, controls that are actually useful. you know simple stuff. great bikes but the company lacks focus

  4. Gutterslob says:

    I think ABS will be mandatory for all bikes in the EU after 2015, so you can’t blame MV for that one. They’re just getting a head start. Personally can’t form a concrete opinion on ABS. I’ve only tried one bike with it, and it felt weird.

  5. Norm G. says:

    re: “Hummm… Panigale rear wheel?”

    not so much, look closely. but you can be sure the mental association you just made is the one they were going for. :)

    re: “I think ABS will be mandatory for all bikes in the EU after 2015″

    correct. ABS being optional on current CBR250′s and NIN250′s tells us everything we need to know.

    re: “Personally can’t form a concrete opinion on ABS. I’ve only tried one bike with it, and it felt weird.”

    3 words… BRAKING ZONE OWNAGE…!!!

  6. Jordan says:

    Considering how hard it is to fuel a bike smoothly that will still pass emissions and the fall out from the F3′s release, it will be interesting to see if MV ever recovers any grace. I’m not jumping on the hate train, it’s that just kind of hurt my confidence in the company.

  7. niko says:

    what’s new on this bike? nothing..

    what happen to MV’s engineer?did they lack of idea to build the new 100% MV Agusta F4?

    we’ve seen the face for years..many many years…MV should give the bike the new face one..

    just look at ducati..from 996, 999, 1198 and 1199 panigale..

    what a shame on MV Agusta…they should fire all the engineer or take prezisiosi to lead the new design

  8. Norm G. says:

    re: “what’s new on this bike? nothing.”

    everything. someone hasn’t been paying attention.

  9. Robert Chase says:

    Disclaimer: I’m an F4 owner.

    Between traction control and ABS I would rather ABS. Throttle control is slightly easier than brake modulation at least for me. Glad to see MV’s finally got ABS on these machines.

    Starting in 2010 these bikes were completely redesigned. MV has done a lot of engineering work on them since 2010. Even though the looks are the same it’s not exactly what they started out with. Any of your truly beautiful designs stay the same for many years. Tamburini got it right many years ago. 2010+ bikes have very few if any parts compatible with the 2009 and earlier models.

    What I don’t like is the cost cutting that MV has done over the years on these bikes. My F4 is an older 2002 evo2. The new models don’t have the fit and finish that the older ones did. Add in the plastic fuel tank that distorts when you put E10 fuel in it and the problems with the fueling and the electronics that MV has had with the newer models and you start to understand why I am so happy with my 11 year old F4 and have no interest in upgrading.

    MV needs to make a significant investment in quality and their dealer network if they want to grow. Not all of your owners are groupies of your brand that will buy forever regardless of what you put your logo on.

  10. Motocrazy says:

    Nobody has a mind or originality of their own!! Monkey see monkeys do

  11. Faust says:

    Nothing is new on these bikes? Well, the entire lineup (F4, F4R, F4RR) now use the same short stroke engine that was previously only available on the RR which puts out a claimed 195 HP at the crank (so COMPLETLY different from last year). They also bumped the RR up to a claimed 201 at the crank. The new MVICS system is completely different now thanks to the new ride by wire throttle. The F4 and F4R have the Brembo M4s, but the F4RR gets the top of the line Brembo M50s, along with a revised frame and a new Ohlins electronic steering dampner. The RR has electronically adjustable suspension like the Duc too. They added a throttle blipper to the F4 lineup (not too many bikes come stock with that, eh?). For some reason the RR has a 4 piston rear caliper too. Sound like they put some new stuff on the bike to you? Oh well, people are always going to just blindly hate things, so I don’t even know why I bother.