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

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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.

Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica: 200hp, 175kg, €50,000

05/10/2010 @ 4:19 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica: 200hp, 175kg, €50,000 Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica 10 560x420

UPDATE: Aprilia has confirmed that the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica will not be available for purchase directly in the US, and is bought directly from Aprilia Racing in Italy. The Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica is also upgradeable via Aprilia Racing’s catalog, which means gear-driven cam shafts, Biaggi swingarms, and all the other fun go-fast parts that are “publicly” available to meet WSBK regulations.

Well the rumors were true, as the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica was launched this weekend at the World Superbike races being held at Monza, Italy. Boasting the goodies found on Max Biaggi’s Aprilia RSV4 race bike, the RSV4 Biaggi Replica has an astounding 200hp motor strapped to its anorexic 175kg (385lbs wet sans fuel) frame. For that level of performance, you can expect some sticker shock, and the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica is no exception. Owning this true race replica will set you back €50,000, but it’s totally worth it, right? Photos and more after the jump.

The track-only Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica, comes with zero interest in taking the race-winning superbike onto regular street roads. Devoid of mirrors, signals, and headlights, this is a down-to-business track weapon…and Aprilia isn’t bringing a knife to this gunfight. We were admittedly wrong in our assessment to the rumors surrounding the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica, as we did not expect Aprilia to put a consumer-level track bike out at a price point so close to the Ducati Desmosedici RR (although it remains to be seen if this isn’t a thinly disguised privateer/satellite Aprilia team in WSBK, and there’s some hints to suggest this to be the case…but more on that later). The Desmo GP bike retails for about $7,000 more than the Aprilia at today’s market prices, and offers similar specs in a much sexier package, but still the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica is no slouch.

Aprilia’s press release tell us that the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica is a consumer product, but the rest of the verbiage clearly states that this offering from Aprilia Racing is a SBK legal racing machine that’s destined to a life of track duty. With fairings available in both the Alitalia Aprilia livery (Biaggi-style of course) or bare carbon, the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica can be used as an entry level class race bike in accordance with FIM Superbike regulations. Available for purchase directly from Aprilia Racing with a base price of €50,000, the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica can be set-up and prepared to the customer’s exact specifications, down to the tiniest detail. Aprilia Racing plans to also continually produce performance parts for the bike as the season continues. Now does this sound like just a mere consumer race replica to you?

Power from the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica comes in at 200hp, and will likely rip your eyes out of your skull while it puts down 92lbs•ft of torque. Ride-by-wire and four variable height intakes help keep things smooth on the dyno charts, while everything that goes into the intake culminates at the Akrapovic exhaust can found at the rear of the motor. Helping make the shifts happen more quickly is a slipper clutch assembly that’s mated to a handlebar mounted quickshifter system.

The frame of the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica is fully adjustable, and comes with 43mm Öhlins forks and a TTX36 Öhlins rear-shock. Braking comes from 320mm Brembo monoblocs with a radial master cylinder, as you would expect from a bike of this caliper. The real gem in keeping the chassis under control though is the electronics package that comes with the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica. Aprilia Racing’s APX system allows the rider to control the bike’s traction control, quickshift, anti-wheelie, and pit-speed systems…basically the electronics you’d expect on a high-caliber racing machine. Remember when we said we thought this sounded like a privateer World Superbike?

Technical Specification of the Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica:

Engine: Aprilia longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshafts (DOHC), four valves per cylinder

Bore x Stroke: 78 x 52.3 mm

Total displacement: 999.6 cc

Maximum power at the crank: + 20 HP (more than production bike)

Maximum torque at the crank:
+10 Nm (more than production bike)

Fuel system: Sealed airbox pressurized by two front dynamic air intakes. Four Weber-Marelli 48-mm throttle bodies actuated by “ride by wire” system, two injectors per cylinder and variable length intake ducts controlled and customizable by ECU device.

Ignition: One spark plug per cylinder powered by “stick-coil”-type controlled by Aprilia Racing Engine ECU APX2. Possibility of customization of ignition and injection tables and engine management parameters via ARES software. Light weight racing wire harness and dashboard showing laptime as well as main engine information.

Vehicle Management: Presence of enhanced vehicle management strategies: QuickShift, TCS, AntiBacklash, Engine Braking, Distance Based, Gear Power Reduction, Speed Limiter for Box Entry. Possibility of fast parameters modification with Aprilia Racing Palm system and handlebar switches.

Data Management: Acquisition of engine and vehicle working parameters for optimized vehicle management and strategies. Acquisition Data Management via ABM Lite software. Starting: Electric.

Exhaust: Akrapovich titanium 4 into 2 into 1 with single lateral carbon-titanium silencer.

Generator: Flywheel mounted 420W alternator with rare earth magnets.

Lubrication: Wet sump lubrication system with oil radiator and two oil pumps (lubrication and cooling).

Gear box: 6-speed cassette type gearbox 1st: 39/15 (2.6) 2nd: 33/16 (2,063) 3rd: 34/20 (1.7) 4th: 32/22 (1,455) 5th: 34/26 (1,308) 6th: 33/27 (1,222) with “quick shift” sensor.

Clutch: Multi-disc wet, with mechanical slipper system.

Primary drive: Straight cut gears and integrated flexible coupling, drive ratio: 73/44 (1,659).

Final drive: Regina Racing drive chain with final drive ratio: 40/16 (2,5)

Frame:
Twin-spar adjustable aluminum frame, with castings and pressings. Envisaged adjustments: • headstock position and rake • engine height • swingarm pin height. Adjustable racing footrest. Racing handlebar and mount with conical coupling. Öhlins adjustable steering dumper with dedicated damping stack. Measure: wheelbase: 1440mm, steering angle: 24.5°, trial: 105mm, seat height 880mm.

Front suspension:
Öhlins upside-down fork adjustable in spring preload, compression and rebound. 43-mm inner tubes (with Tin surface treatment) equiped with pressurized Ohlins Racing cartridges with dedicated damping stack and forged aluminum radial caliper mountings. Wheel travel: 120 mm with Racing upper triple clamp

Rear suspension:
Twin sided aluminum swingarm; mixed low thickness and sheet casting technology. Öhlins Racing TTX36 shock adjustable in length, spring preload compression and rebound with dedicated damping stack. APS progressive linkages. Wheel travel: 120 mm

Brakes:
Front: Dual floating disk with 320-mm diameter lightweight stainless steel rotor and 6 pin aluminum flange. Brembo monoblock radial callipers with 4 34-mm pistons and racing sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose. Rear: 220-mm diameter disc; Brembo caliper with two 32-mm pistons with racing sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose.

Wheels: Marchesini 7 spokes Forged Magnesium rims with “anti slip” treatment. Front: 3.5”x16.5” Rear: 6.25”x16.5”

Tyres: Radial tubeless Pirelli Diablo SBK. Ant: 120/75 R 420, Post: 190/65 R 420 Weight: 175 kg (in riding condition with empty fuel tank). Weight distribution 52% front, 48% rear

Fuel tank: 17 liters capacity with racing fuel cap

Fairing, seat, rear cowl and engine protections:
Carbon fiber fairing, single seat and rear cowl. Carbon-Kevlar engine protection.

Other parts: Footrest Racing Kit, Handlebars Racing Kit, ECU handheld setting device, bike stand and Aprilia Racing bike cover.

Source: Aprilia

Comment:

  1. jim says:

    actually that’s pretty good value :))

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  4. Glad I got the street model. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica: 200hp http://bit.ly/9YhlMf #motorcycles

  5. Doctor Jelly says:

    Heh, “…bike of this caliper.”

  6. Jaybond says:

    Could be a mistake by Aprilia, for not making it road-legal in the same manner like Ducati 1098R. As many potential customers would like ride their bikes from home to the tracks.

  7. loki says:

    @ Jaybond:

    I agree, but the 1098R isn’t as sharp as this. It has many elements that make it road legal and heavier. This is really “no compromise”, for those who have a van to carry it from home to the track. It isn’t at home anywhere else…

  8. wow… but i can’t just say wow, so, wow, wow…
    -peter