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.

170 Hi-Res Photos of the BMW R nineT

10/16/2013 @ 4:32 pm, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

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The final realization of the BMW LoRider concept, a modular roadster design project, the BMW R nineT debuted in Munich today as a commemoration of 90 years of BMW motorcycles.

Powered by the German company’s venerable air-cooled 1,170cc boxer twin, the nineT is likely the last motorcycle in the OEM’s range to use the motor, as BMW Motorrad shifts its attention to its new “precision-cooled” boxer. That nostalgia probably only adds to the retro roadster’s mystique though, and if our comments section is any indication, people are likely what they see here.

Built with customization in mind, BMW has gone to some length to make a chassis that builders and hobbyists can easily build-off of to suit their individual tastes — a basic tenet of the original LoRider concept.nIt doesn’t hurt of course that BMW has a litany of genuine accessories and parts to help in that endeavor as well.

Because we know you just can’t get enough of this bike (we certainly like it, though the name is a bit cumbersome), we have 170 high-resolution photos for you after the jump. Enjoy!

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  1. Andrey says:

    Best looking BMW I have ever seen I think!
    Fantastic combination of old and new

  2. coreyvwc says:

    I really dig that head tube badge and those chrome pipes, I will say that!
    It’s good to see that the little nuanced details of old aren’t quite dead yet.

  3. ross ewich says:

    like all other A&R posts that are picture intensive…

    REALLY frikin annoying that i cant SCROLL thru them!

  4. KSW says:


    170 free photos that a photog got bad next to nothing for and will now never have additional income for nor a need for images from others is worth more than the few seconds it takes to get to them on this site. Unless you can find 170 free photos of this bike quicker ……

  5. Maxpr1 says:

    We’ll I hope they’ll offer case covers for this thing, cause I bet getting this through the twisties could be a lot of fun! Great looking bike!

  6. We’re working on a new gallery system. Until then, it is what it is.

  7. L2C says:

    Great design. Beautiful bike. I love it.

  8. Bill Farrenkothen says:

    This is what we have all been waiting for – Mine will be black, thank you !

  9. 5492 says:

    What’s up?

  10. 5492 says:

    Beautiful bike! Hope I will have the opportunity to ride on it one day :)

  11. MrDefo says:

    Does anyone know if there is an OEM option to retain brake lights/turn signals/license plate when it’s in “solo seat mode”?

  12. gazzo says:

    Can I get it in my original R90S Daytona Orange?

  13. Gabe says:

    I am not drinking the Kool Aid.

    This is the culmination of 90 years? The R bikes are solid, but they are boring. I am not sure making a copy of the Ducati Monster (and yet, not as clean, visually) is a fitting capstone on that legacy.

  14. I really like the way it looks with the low-slung Akrapovic can. I think BMW did a great job of having the bike look both fresh and retro at the same time. Me likey.

  15. Jimbo says:

    It’s what the R1200R should have been. I glad they dropped the ridiculous A-arm lever front suspension and made the look more classic.

  16. hugh lyonsack says:

    Even better with a wunderlich trophy fairing or old style R90 bikini type fairing

  17. MikeD says:

    The single Akra Can does miracles to clean the back half of this bike.
    Not digging the silver panels (specially the silly pillion cover) and spoked wheels.
    Like much better the looks of the TeleLever SYstem.
    Like it was voiced before, it does look a lot like the Griso (a bad or a good thing depending on your taste).
    Like the instrument’s cluster.


    NO, THANKS BUT NO. Leave the R1200R ALONE. It’s a magnificent, does it all, under the radar, xcellent UGM.


    I wonder how long they are going to keep the AIR cooled in production now that the water cooled is out ?


    Where’s my K1600R/S

  18. Jason says:

    I am a sport bike fanatic, so it came as quite a surprise when I felt a deep desire to own this bike the instant I saw it. Classically beautiful. Timeless. It is a great looking machine and it looks like fun… I want it.

  19. Tractor says:

    Mine is ordered :-)

  20. ron p says:

    What a shame about the gold…”yuck” ..forks on such a beautiful machine. Finally lost the ugly chrome and now this. Otherwise a spectacular bike!

  21. Moonrunner says:

    Ordered mine last week, will be good company for my K1300S. My very first Beamer was an R90S, this will be back to the future for me. The fact that it can be optioned up to the nines is just icing on the cake. Love it