2010 Bimota DB6 Superlight – The Carbon Fiber Trellis Frame Dream Bike

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.

2010 Bimota DB6 Superlight – The Carbon Fiber Trellis Frame Dream Bike

03/11/2010 @ 6:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

2010 Bimota DB6 Superlight   The Carbon Fiber Trellis Frame Dream Bike 2010 Bimota DB6 Delirio Superlight

Debuting at the Rome Motodays event this week, Bimota unveiled a very special bike: the 2010 Bimota DB6 Superlight. Unfortunately we weren’t there to witness this wonderful piece of carbon fiber mastery, but the good folks at OmniMoto were, and have a gallery full of delicious photographs that are sure to become your next desktop wallpaper. Why is the Bimota DB6 Superlight so special? It could be it’s carbon trellis frame, or it’s carbon trellis swingarm, or its feather light weight, or it could just be a combination of all of the above. Find out more about the DB6 Superlight after the jump.

It could be said that the 2010 Bimota DB6 is an exotic version of the Ducati Monster 1100, since both bikes share the 1,100cc air-cooled Ducati two valve lump and have a standard riding position. The 2010 Ducati Monster 1100 weighs 390lbs dry, and makes a modest 90hp. Bimota of course has taken the essence of the monster, and built extensively upon it. The result is the 2010 Bimota DB6 Delirio, which is similarly weighted and powered as the Monster, but makes a exceedingly larger impression visually.

This visual improvement wasn’t enough for Bimota. They had to beat the Ducati in every way possible, and thus the Bimota DB6R was born. For 2010 the DB6R tips the scales at 370lbs, while making 95hp. For those keeping score that’s 20lbs less, +5hp, 2x more aesthetics by our count. Bimota could have stopped here, but they had to take it one step further with the 2010 Bimota DB6 Superlight. With carbon fiber everywhere (frame, forks, swingarm, body panels, you name it), the DB6 Superlight drops another 20lbs to come in at 348lbs dry, making it one impressive piece of machinery both visually and technically. Rumors have it that when Bimota gets its hands on the latest version of the 1100 DS, another 7lbs could be lost from the bike, and five more pony powers found.

Added on top of this impressive spec sheet is one of the nicest looking carbon fiber frames we’ve ever seen, and a bike that looks fit for MotoGP duty or an art show…we’re not sure which. BR Bikeresearch is responsible for helping Bimota mate the carbon fiber trellis to its machined aluminum subframe. This combination can be found on both the main frame and on the Superlight’s swingarm. Carbon fiber covers the bike’s forks, and also makes up all the body panels. Everything else is your standard Bimota exercise in eye-candy creation. Check out OmniMoto’s post for more pictures of the 2010 Bimota DB6 Superlight.

Source: OmniMoto

Comment:

  1. jim says:

    this is porn.i love it

  2. umm, yes please!
    -peter

  3. Foggel says:

    that beautiful frame is hidden under all the unnecessarily sharp edges they put on rest of the bike.

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  5. Charlie says:

    Stunning. While the new MV F4 (i.e front fender, exhaust) and Brutale (dash) look dreadful, Bimota continues to carry on the Italian tradition of stunning aesthetics and techno innovation.

  6. Sean Mitchell says:

    What, no carbon wheels? Pfff, talk about half arsing it. ;)

    And carbon fork covers? Okay I admit they look cool, but are contrary to the spirit of functional carbon like the frame. While it’s not much, those just add weight.

  7. patron says:

    I just went from six to midnight

  8. Scatterbrained says:

    carbon fiber forks. Wow. Absolutely sick. I love it!

  9. Bjorn says:

    @ Sean Mitchell – I dont think those are carbon fibre fork covers. Check out the integrated lower clamp, I’d put money on those legs being just carbon fibre tubes.

    I’m somewhat suprised that they chose to closely replicate the steel trellis frame in carbon, rather than use the properties of carbon fibre to free them from the neccessity of straight lines.

    Maybe carbon fibre motorcycle frames will follow the path bicycles took and start by copying the existing shapes before getting more organic. Of course organic forms would clash with that stying and Bimota are probably scared of creating another sales success like the Sacha Lakic styled Mantra.

  10. Two VERY different trellis designs: garden > http://bit.ly/dos9qb and road > http://bit.ly/cR8rM4 One u can build and one I WISH I could buy