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.

Say Hello to the 2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R

09/26/2013 @ 1:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

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With four days still on the countdown clock, we didn’t expect to see the 2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R until its October debut, but those crafty Frenchies at Moto-Station have gotten their hands on a couple photos of Austria’s new street hooligan machine.

Giving us a glimpse into “The Beast’s” final lines, we see that the new KTM Super Duke 1290 R retains the headlight shape from the prototype concept (better seen on the Patriot Edition concept), though sadly does not incorporate Kiska’s underslung GP-style system, opting instead for the standard single-can setup that was seen in the various spy photos that we have shown.

Overall, it would seem that KTM has chosen to pick a design path that keeps the Super Duke 1290 closer in style to its 690cc single-cylindered cousin, the KTM 690 Duke. At nearly twice the displacement, the KTM Super Duke 1290 R has also twice the cylinders, borrowing its v-twin powerplant from the KTM RC8 R superbike.

KTM has maintained its position that the Super Duke 1290 R’s peak horsepower figure was “enough” but we expect that detuned “ready to race” engine to put down figures north of 160hp.

We would expect traction control and ABS to come as standard on the Super Duke 1290 R, though we cannot see the wheel-speed pick-ups for those electronic systems from these photos. It will of course be interesting to see if KTM includes the new Bosch MSC stability control system with the new Super Duke as well.

Just four more days dear readers until we will know everything. Patience remains a virtue.

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Source: Moto-Station


  1. This is a stupendous offering from the stables of KTM. It ought to have factory fitted ABS & Traction control. That would be helpful to riders cutting across experiences.

    Now, i am just waiting for my DUKE 390.

  2. Terry says:

    I love the exhaust on that I have to say.
    Any news of other new arrivals from ktm?
    And what about existing models? Rumour is the 990 smt will be no more, which is dreadful news if true.
    Looking to get one myself soon, absolutely love them, its an amazing bike. Will have to be 2nd hand if that rumour is true. No bad thing, but cat see why this model would be killed off. Crazy in my opinion.

  3. Curtis d'Auteuil says:

    Finally! A worthy successor to my ’07 Ducati Monster S4RS.

  4. Jake F. says:

    Dead sexy.

  5. sportionic says:

    Wow this is very amazing!
    How much is this?
    Or it’s just in my dream?

  6. paulus - Thailand says:

    this should be raw… no rider aids!
    KTM, dont sell out with the Duke range…

  7. Paul McM says:

    I love this KTM for the power, handling, the machinery that is its soul. But what’s with all the pointy plastic bits. I have this vision that one morning the CEO of KTM wakes up and says: “A motorcycle does not have to look like a bad Origami experiment or a praying mantis”. If KTM could combine their kick-ass engineering with a stylist that doesn’t worship an insectizoid God, we would have a bike for the ages.

  8. MikeD says:

    I for one LOVE all the crazy sharp angles and shapes of the VERY KTMish Origami look, the same goes for their affinity for Orange.

    The stock pipe looks like poop but i think it’ll be a blessing on the long run for those of us who want to swap it out for something else lighter & less bulky, i bet is cheaper and easier to replace with an aftermarket piece than the under-slung model of the 1190 RC8R.

    I must say, there’s something about the front end i don’t like and can’t quiet put my finger on it:

    Too big of a headlite ? Too big of a mud guard ?

    If there’s a KTM that could truly benefit of their fancy MCS system is this BEASTY.
    I hope the engine didn’t get all WATERED DOWN from the rumored 180hp the mill of The Beast was pumping out.

  9. Though this pic floated around as long as a week back:


    Nonetheless, I love it <3

  10. dagoof says:

    Said by MikeD “I must say, there’s something about the front end i don’t like and can’t quiet put my finger on it:

    Too big of a headlite ? Too big of a mud guard ?”

    I agree, something is off there. I think it’s the instrument cluster. I’m not thrilled with it just hanging in the breeze like that. Otherwise, I love it. I’m a big fan of the 690 and this seems like more of everything!

  11. DFR says:

    KTM had a chance to “design” a worthy successor (I sold my KTM SuperDuke and moved over to a Ducati SF, Absolutely “no regrets”).
    I’m certain an already very good bike is NOW (KTM) even better, but the design will leave me and many colder than ever. You guys had a chance.
    Let’s see what happens on the numbers. I won’t hold by breath!

  12. Jared says:

    Honestly I’m a little let down, but will stay optimistic as possible until next week! I am NOT thrilled about the instrument cluster either as some others have pointed out. I also REALLY hope it comes in some more attractive color combinations because that is hideous, haha.

    Retaining judgement till next week tho!

  13. roslli says:

    I love the look of it..i don’t mind those plastics, I cannot imagine all-metal cladding….different people different liking…so if you don’t like it don’t bother buying one.