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

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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.

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S – Moar Monster

11/04/2013 @ 8:23 am, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

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True to Ducati form, we cannot have a base model 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 without also having a higher-spec 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S. As usual, the addition of a single letter signals the addition of more power from the 1,198cc Testastretta 11° engine, as well as high-spec suspension and braking components. Also true to form, Ducati has made some aesthetic differences between the two models.

The big change of course is in the engine, as the Ducati Monster 1200 S makes an extra 10hp over the base model, with a peak horsepower figure of 145hp and maximum torque coming in at 92 lbs•ft at 7,250.

With Öhlins suspension front and back, Monster 1200 S owners will also enjoy the machine’s 330mm discs, which are grappled by Brembo M50 calipers, which are radially mounted.

Wheels are machined cast aluminum, while the exhaust tips on the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S have been blacked-out for added effect.

Ducati’s last bit of luxury is the carbon fiber mudguard for the front. Pricing for the American market will be $15,995, available in March 2014.

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  1. Adam says:

    I like this one too!

  2. John o says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve never liked the styling of any stock, liquid cooled Monster. There’s something about the radiator placement that messes up the negative space at the front.

    I realize it’d be too expensive, and probably impractical, but I love the radiator placement on the Vyrus


  3. Willie says:

    I need to see more pics, But it does not look finished. very disappointing details. The stamped plastic tank, where seat-tank meet, the bolt holding the top radiator. Naked does not mean exposed.

  4. Tom Baxter says:

    Ducati’s entire goal with this bike seems strange. Its about 20% less cost and 10hp less than the Streetfighter S was back in 2010. That model was not a sales success. I know the Monster line had water cooled bikes for years before the SF, but this seems to be replowing old, not too fertile, ground. Perhaps the entire Monster line is going to water cooling and this is the typical effort to harvest the biggest prices first, before letting loose the less expensive, smaller variants. Still seems like an ugly SF to me.

  5. Norm G. says:

    re: “The stamped plastic tank, where seat-tank meet”

    bologna’s already seen this movie, rest assured, that’s ain’t plastic.

  6. Rob says:

    Having seen the bike in the flesh, I can attest to the quality being fantastic. Standing next to an 1199 you get to soak in all the details and quality bits, this Monster gives that same feeling…I cannot wait to ride it!

  7. proudAmerican says:

    I’ve never been too keen on the air-cooled Monsters, and the Street Fighter was hideous IMHO.

    But, this bike looks very nice to me, and the horsepower numbers are impressive.

  8. M says:

    So much want….

  9. ML says:

    I’m going to sell/trade in my 696 for this one… this is looking too good to pass up.

  10. TonyC says:

    Great evolution of the Monster line and a great revival of the liquid-cooled S4R. It will do wonders for Ducati. But does this signal the end of the streetfighter line?

  11. matt says:

    Great biking coverage as ever… I love how the Monster has evolved over time, the latest redesign has become its own bike, as iconic as the original.

    But after reading it countless times in many articles, PLEASE stop using the word ‘Moar’. Written by a 23 year old… its not cool.

    It immediately degenerates the everything that follows into some sort of 13 year old’s Youtube comment.

    Your journalism is better than this.

  12. hawkman647 says:

    Looks like they need to cut about a foot off the wheel base. Swingarm looks real loooonnngggg.

  13. Westward says:

    I like it, but I’ll wait for the 899 version…

  14. Quiet American says:

    Wheelbase at 59.5 inches is just right for my needs. It will have a nice mix of sport and stability. It is funny how subtle revisions of a twenty year old Galluzzi design look better than about anything else available in 2014.

  15. Tom says:

    Sweet bike. They finally got rid of that silver splitter bar that goes horizontally across the center of the headlight. That was pure stupid and hideous.

  16. AC says:

    Man, guess I’m the only one who thinks it looks terrible. The tiny trellis frame, the awkward tank shape, the weird little finishing around the oil cooler.

    Manages to look neither as classic as a Monster or as purposely aggressive as the Streetfighter.

  17. I like it in white, but I wish they had painted the frame white, instead of that ugly brown. The red is more aesthetically balanced for this reason.

  18. Bill S says:

    I cant wait to see 0-60, 0-100, and 1/4 mile times. I’m buying this or a streetfighter S. I love this bike.

  19. renhan says:

    it’s not yet a monster

  20. p95 says:

    Another swing and a miss. Nice tank, tail section blows

  21. p95 says:

    That is too say, I hate the tank as well. WTF