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.

2014 Honda CBR300R Breaks Cover in China

10/17/2013 @ 4:42 pm, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

2014 Honda CBR300R Breaks Cover in China 2014 honda cbr300r abs

Not content to have only the Honda CBR250R as its small-displacement offering, Honda Motor Corp. announced at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition in Chongqing yesterday that the 2014 Honda CBR300R would be its latest “world model” motorcycle, with production set to start at Honda’s Thailand factory.

Details on the small-displacement motorcycle are next-to-nonexistent, with Seiji Kuraishi, Chief Operating Officer for Honda China simply stating that “Honda is exhibiting the world premiere of the CBR300R, a global motorcycle model for which Honda is planning to begin production in Thailand in the future. The market introduction of this model in China will be discussed in the future.”

Releasing only two photos of the new CBR300R, Honda has at least tipped us to the fact that the Honda CBR300R will share the same styling as the Honda CBR500R. What isn’t clear though is whether the 300cc machine will replace the 250cc Honda CBR250R outright in many developed markets, or if the CBR300R will stand as an additional small-displacement model in Honda’s lineup, much as the Kawasaki Ninja 300 stands with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

Small-displacement machines have been focus for OEMs as of late, as price-conscious buyers are looking for more affordable options on their dealer floors. From the photos we can see that anti-locking brakes (ABS) will be an option for the Honda CBR300R, likely in the same way it was for the CBR250R.

No word yet on pricing, nor on availability in the USA. Time will tell though if American Honda decides to bring this bike to the United States. More details as we get them.

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Source: Honda

Comment:

  1. Lucas says:

    I just hope this one has more than one cylinder…

  2. Tom says:

    I hope it’s single cylinder. They can then transplant that motor into a CRF300L which is the enduro I’ve been waiting for. I wish Honda would make a CRF450L or 450cc super single street bike but doubtful.

  3. Jon says:

    Looks to be a single from the pictures (only one header pipe) . I hope they make a CRF300L, the extra pep would be nice on the open road on the way to the trails. Just go crazy and Honda and do a no frills 450cc single dual sport.

  4. Neil says:

    Why is Honda doing this to me.

    They bring out these little cute knat bikes left and right all the while Im drooling of the next new Honda “Interceptor”/”RCV1000RR/RVF1000r/ etc……..

    Please …..

  5. TheSwede says:

    Boring looking, and gonna weigh a ton. The RC390 will wipe the floor with it

  6. TexusTim says:

    I was hoping the would increase the dispalcement eversince kawasaki upped theres,I see the 250 club race’s all going to 300 cc.
    @swede Its a street bike man..how can it compete..wasnt meant to man

  7. jay says:

    cbr 250 looks much better…really..

  8. paulus says:

    It has been news here in Thailand for a while… it is a bored out CBR250.

  9. Grimey Benson says:

    @TheSwede
    “Boring looking, and gonna weigh a ton. The RC390 will wipe the floor with it”

    Yeah and the RC390 will cost almost as much as a CBR600RR.

  10. MikeD says:

    This is what the 500′s should have looked like, NOT like some washed up 2005 CBR600RR or like a Mini VFR1200 as the 250 sister.

    Honestly thought it was going to be a twin but at only 300cc it should have been a given it was a single.

    The R-W-B paint job looks AWESOME.

  11. Tom says:

    RC390 is cool but I wish a Japanese manufacture would make an affordable, reliable/low maitenance (detuned) 450cc engine. You could then use that engine platform to build a street bike, an sport touring bike, and supermoto/enduro bike. Also, a 450cc single would be lighter and more torque down low than a comparable 300cc-500cc twin. I’m not sure how this would sell in the world markets but I think it would sell well in the USA.

  12. mike says:

    Boring sorry but it is.

    Would love though for someone to return to the old 250-400 multis we once knew.

    Why is it 20 years ago…yes TWENTY….we had better? Like NC-35 etc or 250 rr’s
    Today some watered down lifeless crap that are basically scooters then they go so far as to add ABS???
    Gimme a break please. Build a small displacement SPORTBIKE please?

    Time is ripe. Fuel is expensive & budgets tight due to worldwide problems. We dont need another stinking unobtainable special edition that 500 rich old guys can put into storage.

    We need 300 pound real bikes with 11k+ rpms, 40-50 ponies & real suspension. Is that too much to ask?

  13. Norm G. says:

    re: “Would love though for someone to return to the old 250-400 multis we once knew.”

    done. $15 grand. paper or plastic…?

  14. Norm G. says:

    re: “Is that too much to ask?”

    yes, you want free lunch.

  15. Westward says:

    Maybe this will mean more youths will get involved into racing in the west. I can see new racing leagues sprouting up all over. Now that there are much cooler bikes and variety with Kawasaki, Honda, and KTM. Too bad Yamaha seems clueless…

  16. T says:

    In Japan they have a current parallel twin CBR 400R. Which is what the US 500s are based on. I like the looks of this 300 more than the 250. But I want a modern 250/400s of Japanese 1980s and 1990s sport bikes. Can you imagine how awesome a real light weight sport bike of that cc would be?

  17. MikeD says:

    Those of you wishing for the 250-400cc I4 better start playing Lotto or keep watering that $100 note u planted on the back yard.

    There’s a WAY BIGGER CHANCE of that happening before any of the Big Four grant you your selfish wish.

    Back then the conditions were right and the world could take it, NOW . . . there’s no ” NEED ” for those.

    NEED as in NO BUSINESS CASE on building such hardware.

    Better start looking on Craigslist or the Grey Import Market.