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.

And Here is the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6…

09/12/2012 @ 6:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Just like the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R1, the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 gets an update to its blue, red, and black motorcycle livery color scheme choices. Available in September 2012 (wait, that’s…now!), the new R6 is just like the old R6, but umm…newer. Yeah, we are having a hard time writing anything of note about the tuning fork brand’s latest true-600cc supersport offering.

The new colors do look like an improvement over last year’s though, and the Graves-inspired racy Team Yamaha Blue/White color scheme is our favorite from the bunch. Is it worth the $200 price premium ($11,190 MSRP)? We’re not so sure about that, but it is nice. Photos after the jump.

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Source: Yamaha USA


  1. Tyler says:

    @11,900 for an R6…………………….

    Used market is set to thrive even better… I’ll take a 2007-2008 R6 for half of that please.

    Interesting to note.. I bought a 2008 CBR1000RR with 3K miles for $7000 in 2010 – meanwhile Honda was fire-saleing them for $7000 NEW. You can barely find the same model year NOW for that price.

  2. Bold new paint/graphics? says:

    Yamaha has been spending too much time on their Star business, they’ve adopted the H-D business model.

    Note to editor: This thing looks pretty fast for 60 cc’s…

  3. Bryan Niese says:

    At least some other companies (Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph, and maybe Ducati) will be updating their supersports this year. It makes no sense to me why companies focus on either superbikes or budget minded 250′s and seem to ignore the supersports. Supersports make so much practical sense for so many sport riders. I’ve been looking to upgrade from my 2007 600rr but it’s been frustrating waiting for the manufacturers to get around to it. Honda and Yamaha both got WORSE in 2009 with increased EPA regulations. How they keep increasing the MSRP’s without doing any real developement is beyond me. The Kawi will be interesting to see tomorrow, especially since they should come in at a great price point comparatively while offering an engine with a little more character.

  4. Spektre76 says:

    2013? It looks like a 2008. I bet they’ll wonder why they wont be selling many of these. The ‘same old, same old’ doesn’t cut it these days. So, far it looks like the Kwacker for me. Let’s see what Suzuki has to offer.

  5. Gutterslob says:

    Disappointed. Yamaha haven’t done any proper model updating since the first crossplane-crank R1 got released. You’d have thought that this (or next) was the year for at least one of their sports models to get a full repplacement. Heck, even their 250 motocrosser is still on carbs for 2013. What the hell, Yamaha?!

    Well, at least the exhaust didn’t get ginormous like everything else coming out for 2013……

  6. Xlomotion says:

    I guess that I’m keeping my 06 50th anniversary R6 for another while. It’s not worth to upgrade for just another color scheme and more epa bullshit to eliminate.

  7. MikeD says:

    Nothing to say that the other poster’s haven’t yet…or myself already on the R1 Article.

    Yamaha…U BLOWS. I figure u must be in pain but you are not the only one…look at the others and how they are still trying, kicking and trying to invent themselves…LAME TOO MUCH ?

    I hope u clean your act, redeem yourself with an updated CrossPlaned FJR, FZ1, FZ8 & street legal WR450F OR THIS:


    Swim or Sink, BEEATCH ! The global economy won’t get magically fixed tomorrow…(-_-)

    @Gutterslob & BNP&G:

    +1. Yamaha: Lay off the Star Kool-Aid and the Lazy Ass Rocking Chair.

  8. Dman says:

    Economy is doing well for the companies who invest in new technology.

  9. Slangbuster says:


  10. Jason says:

    If I were in the market for a new Supersport, I’d be looking at the new Kawasaki ZX-6R 636!

  11. Ken says:

    Id would have expected in the least that they woold have updated the styling in 09-10but this is redic. It looks the same as the 06 model. At least if they updated the styling it would give people the reason to go look a them in the dealers.

    Im really shocked it just got color updates…. really…..Honda is in the same boat

  12. Bern says:

    Price range is $10,990 – $11,190. The blue is just $200 worth of stickers, not $1000.

  13. BBQdog says:

    …. nothing new …

    Did ride the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600 and was impressed especially with the suspension, but also handling, rider friendlyness, low seat position, power band. The Suzuki is a friend of the rider, not some bike you are struggling against.

  14. dc4go says:

    Thats the brand new 2008 model?? What gives yamaha? For 12k i would much rather buy a used liter bike….. bought my 10 RSV4 factory with 1k miles for 14.5 last year….

  15. Westward says:

    The least they could have done was modernize the turn signal and mirrors..

  16. WetMan says:

    Are you sure they didn’t accidentally send you the photo’s of the 2009 model..?
    If not then maybe they should add ‘classic’ to the model name…

  17. grr says:

    Its so sad how the motorbike market got affected, one can only imagine where this bikes would be if they had kept evolving at the rate they used to. That being said, honestly this is still one of the best looking supersports out there, one of the best looking bikes, period. One part of me knows this is one of those classic eternal designs and is happy that you can still by this brand new, and will be sad to lose her.

  18. James Yocius says:

    I own a 2009 yzf r6……Its a wonderful sportbike . lotsa of fun plenty of power exceptional handling…….But it was overly expensive in 2009,,,, and you havnt changed it… so, WHY ARE YOU CHARGING MORE FOR IT! And dont say inflation because most of the parts for this bike were made 6 years ago and have been sitting in a warehouse waiting to become your 2013 model. the tuning fork needs to man up! no one is going to buy this thing ! LOL

  19. Ben says:

    Obviously not true Yamaha fans here. Why would you change this bike at all. The styling is timeless and riding is extremely fun for a 600. Yamaha hit the nail on the head back in 2005/2006 with this bike. I own an 07 R6 and when put next to my friends 2011 CBR600RR the people choose mine as their bike of choice just by the way they are presented. They have the mean race look on the road.