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 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Race Bike

07/12/2013 @ 12:11 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

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Another year, and another Pikes Peak race bike from the Falkner Livingston Racing crew to frustrate current Ducati Multistrada 1200 S owners. This gorgeous machine was quick all throughout practice week in the hands of Micky Dymond, but being the first runner out of the gate on race day, with a very green track that had endured two heavy rainstorms, Micky hit the tarmac on several occasions during his Race to the Clouds — a herculean effort in its own right.

Certainly not the result the team deserved, but as Nicky Hayden is found to remind us, that’s why we line-up on the grid on Sunday. Taking the “official” fastest time up the mountain on a motorcycle was Bruno Langlois, with the Frenchman riding a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S as well. Of course, we all know Carlin Dunne was the fastest up the course on his electric superbike from Lightning Motorcycles, but the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb doesn’t count the exhibition class in those results.

Each year I wax on about how gorgeous these Multistradas are, and this year is no different. In the pictures after the jump you will find yet another mouth-watering Ducati, with a new race livery, a custom-built exhaust from Akrapovič (only six were made), carbon brakes, a dry slipper-clutch conversion, and a bevy of other interesting modifications to the Italian adventure sport-tourer. Enjoy!

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Photos: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. I am very interested in how they have the riding position and geometry of bike setup, suspension, etc..

    I’d like to ride it to feel it out.. I’m a sportbike guy but have to say being more comfortable for cruising and longer riding days can be nice.. but I do not want to compromise the sport suspension and front-end feel I love..

    Maybe someday I can have it all… and not be required to have 4 different bikes?

  2. cruise says:

    Wouldn´t a classic superbike be the better concept to race the course since it is completely paved? I think they are giving away some potential here by using the Multistrada instead of, lets say, Panigale or whatever. But in the end – still an impressive piece of machinery!

  3. jimmy smith JR says:

    I’d like to get a feel of that geometry after that pants adjustment….if ya get my drift!

  4. jimmy smith JR says:

    And Mr. Cruise….paved though it may be now…it is still majorly bumpy/undulating. So the Multi gives ya a bit more suspension travel. I suspect that’s why there doing that.

  5. Spider Grips says:

    Hi guys – the current rules for Pikes Peak in the 1205 class require that the motorcycle comes from the factory with top mounted handlebars – which made the Multi the bike of choice for us from Ducati.

  6. Gabe says:

    The official motorcycle classes for PPIHC require handlebars. That’s why the sportbikes with clip-ons compete on the “exhibition” category. That’s where the Panigale would compete.

  7. Richard Gozinya says:

    The handlebars rule is just to keep the motorcycles from smoking the cars.

  8. chris says:

    beautiul! it also has an aluminum subframe… not that you can seen it. i built it, yeah!

  9. KK says:

    wouldn’t the hypermotard maybe be a better bet? probably lighter and I think you can get an 1100 cc in it. hmm

    either way im sure they choose the multistrada for a reason that us plebeians cant under stand

  10. 76 says:

    Sportbikes with clipons have their own class – 750 superbike

    The more upright riding position with handlebars does have some advantages on a course like Pikes Peak, so does the power of a twin.

    There are some sections that a “sportbike” will have advantages even the fact that its a inline4, its all about the right recipe up there and these guys have obviously found something right with setup and the Multi

    Does look smoking though!

  11. Faust says:

    After all the times people have mentioned the 750 class on here, people still haven’t heard anything about it and continue to claim you can’t use clip ons at Pikes Peak…. Wow.

  12. Here’s an Electric one for you! The bottom line is that CARLIN DUNNE WON!… and he qualified on pole! He was faster than Micky Dymond in qualifying and on race day, by 5 seconds…., AND, of all things, he was ON AN ELECTRIC BIKE, which is only in its development stages! The fact is an electric vehicle has never won a major sporting event race, and Carlin is the pioneer to do so! If Carlin had been riding a Multistrada, as he was when he won the last two years, he would have surpassed all by a lot more this year…

    Carlin won two years ago on a demo Multistrada from Ducati of Santa Barbara. If he had raced on that same bike this year, I think he would have spanked Dymond. Your publication is making it sound like Dymond’s lesser results have a “green track” to blame. Well, this isn’t golf. The turf doesn’t determine the lay of these kinds of balls. Ducati is to blame. An electric bike, driven by Dunne, beat the second and third place finishers who were both on Ducatis. If Ducati would have had Dunne racing for them again this year, he would have won for them. It’s obvious. Scientific even. What could be faster than Lightening? Carlin Dunne on a Multistrada. Sincerely, Lauren Sullivan

  13. L2C says:

    Nothing as beautiful as twin Akrapovič umbrellas. Stunning. And the bike’s exhaust is pretty nice, too.

  14. paulus says:

    I get the feeling it is simply for Ducati to sell more ‘bling’ on an annual basis… and destroy the value of the loyal buyers who bought last year’s model.

  15. Dave says:

    paulus, time has proven over and over that is will not in fact destroy any loyalty, ducati buyers just keep on buying.

    that Multi really is nice, the only thing that puts me off about them is that at the Austin MotoGP round, there were about 75 multis to every Ducati superbike. I kind of value the unique…

  16. yungjaxxx says:

    KK, the Multis have been smoking the hypermotards for a several years now at PP

    Multi = Superbike power but touring comfort and riding position

    You gotta try one…they are LEGIT and so fun to ride

    *yes, I came off of sport/track bikes to a Multi :-D