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.

BMW S1000R Priced at $13,150 Base for the USA

01/29/2014 @ 11:53 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

BMW S1000R Priced at $13,150 Base for the USA 2014 BMW S1000R design 42 635x430

While we remain firm in our opinion that the BMW R nineT is the most important model to come from BMW Motorrad in a long while (which is saying something, since the liquid-cooled BMW R1200GS was a major step for the iconic and well-selling motorcycle), perhaps the most exciting model to come from Bavaria for the 2014 model year is the BMW S1000R.

Long-expected, the S1000R is the scandalously clad sibling to the venerable S1000RR superbike. Building the streetfighter model, the Germans went an interesting route with the BMW S1000R, instead of dropping mega horsepower, to compete with the Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS and KTM 1290 SuperDuke R, the Motorraders built a bike with a serious midrange.

True to form though, BMW is aggressively pricing the S1000R for the US market, with the base price set at $13,150. Of course will all things BMW, you have to pay to play with all the goodies.

The true price breakdown is as follows:

  • $13,150 – Base model
  • $13,995 – Standard Package: Pro ride mode, quick-shifter, dynamic traction control, and cruise control
  • $14,950 – Premium Package: Dynamic damping control, heated grips, engine spoiler, Pro ride mode, quick-shifter, dynamic traction control, and cruise control

Comparing apples to apples, BMW comes in a little cheaper than the 167hp Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, which has an MSRP of $14,499. The Tuono has class leading electronics though, which may or may not be worth the $500 premium.

Of note, given how hard of a time the Italian brand has had moving those machines in the USA, we imagine dealers will be flexible on that price as well. The gearboxes are pretty tight, but otherwise this has to be one of our favorite bikes on the market right now.

That could change though, as with all the bells and whistles on it, the 160hp S1000R looks like an attractive option to the Tuono, especially with the semi-active suspension on-board for only $500 more. And of course there are heated grips to consider, because…BMW.

The other machine to consider is the 180hp KTM 1290 SuperDuke R, which is expected to come to the USA, though no pricing has been confirmed. Considering the small fortune that KTM is asking for the machine in Europe though, we imagine the new Duke will be the most expensive 1,000+ cc streetfighter model in the US when it arrives, by a considerable margin.

The question for riders in this category will be a tough one. Depending where your priorities reside, it is a tough call between the evenly priced S1000R and the Tuono. For the “money is no option” and “horsepower is king” crowds, the Duke is probably the bike for you, though it is going to come with a several thousand dollar premium, we suspect.

These are not bad problems to have though, and we look forward to flogging the BMW S1000R in the near future.

Source: BMW Motorrad USA


  1. Ton Up Jax says:

    The trick is- can you find one priced at $13,150? I have investigated and been told that the entire first production run of S1000R’s are full-tilt loaded models, and for those of us that eschew the “computer crap” being forced on motorcyclists these days- we’re gonna have to wait awhile for a “real” one. I look forward to getting one eventually, though- I believe an S1R with luggage would make about the best “do everything from touring to track” bike in history. Now hurry up, BMW, and make some base models for us purists.

  2. Cdub says:

    The S1000R may be my next bike. But, what I’d really like to see is a bike like the Ninja 1000 made from this platform by BMW. A light weight sport tourer with this beautiful motor, full fairings, luggage options, and a nice upright seating position would be great.

    I came close to buying a K1300S a few years back, they are a wonderful bike but I feel like they’re just too heavy and long. It’s unfortunate that Kawasaki makes the only light weight, powerful, full fairing ST bike on the market. Are you listening BMW? Make this bike! The S1000ST!!

  3. Brandon says:

    Whoa, gills and asymmetric stuff! who wouldn’t want one!

  4. Jaybond says:

    Don’t forget another new streetfighter model that will join the fray – Ducati Monster 1200 S.

  5. Talonz says:

    Ton up, my local dealer said and showed me on paper that their order is one of each kind of bike, and that’s their only order of the single r they could make. I’d be surprised if yours was different.

  6. paulus says:

    15,000 USD for the top of the range… man, you guys have it good.
    With import duties and dealer gouging they will be 30,000 USD+ here in Asia

  7. Ton Up Jax says:

    Talonz, a dealer can order anything they like- BMW decides what gets shipped, and when…

  8. Kumar says:

    Dude you must be from Malaysia? Right? hehehe

  9. Travis says:

    Here I was all ready to trade in the ’09 Speed Triple on a 2013 Multistrada and then BMW has to go and do something like this to make me re-think my next purchase and stay on a Naked….

  10. deltaboxii says:

    Did Aprilia raise the price of the 2014 Tuono? I thought that I read back in July on A&R that Aprilia dropped the price of the APRC ABS to $13,999?

    And Ton Up Jax is right…BMW intentionally offers a low MSRP to attract buyers but as far as availability goes, good luck finding a base model out there in the dealer network. Even if the dealers want them, they still don’t produce them. Its all about the factory options at BMW. I guess those heated grips pay alot of bills.

  11. Shaman says:

    I am surprised it’s so low in price but I still believe that the Tuono will prove to be the overall better machine, and in this case I think it will also be the much more interesting one to ride, whatever spec sheets and objective tests say. But I guess we’ll have to wait for some independent testing.

  12. deltaboxii that was a promotional price done on the 2013 and leftover 2012 models. For 2014, the Tuono gets ABS in the USA, I guess they’re hoping the bikes will move on their own with the $500 bump for brakes.

  13. deltaboxii says:

    Thanks Jensen. $500 for ABS is reasonable, most Euro companies charge almost $1,000 extra for it. For Triumph it was always $800.

    Even if the BMW has a slightly lower MSRP, I would rather have the V4 Tuono any day. The S1000R may be “retuned for midrange”, but nothing compares to the sound and grunt of a V4…except maybe a V5.. but I am giving up on that ever happening.

  14. ML says:

    The price ain’t bad at all… Would actually pick this over the new Ducati Monster 1200s.

  15. AntiHero says:

    Unfortunately, an amazing bike with a lazy crazy eye is like an amazing woman with a lazy crazy eye. Just can’t fall in love no matter how hard I try. But man can she cook.

  16. sburns2421 says:

    Have a hard time getting excited about this bike in the slightest. The Tuono, Monster 1200, and KTM 1290 all have more interesting engines that will sound much better and offer similar levels of power and electronics for about the same price as a loaded S1000R.

    Kawasaki also has a new naked inline four with the same toys, equally ugly, and thousands cheaper.

    MV has an aging big Brutale with most of the electronics, but still looks better than anything else in the class.

    So the BMW has a base price of $13k, but in reality almost all will be $15k, so it is the ugliest and one of the most expensive. Why again does thing even exist?