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.

BMW S600RR Existence Denied – There is No Spoon

05/06/2010 @ 6:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

BMW S600RR Existence Denied   There is No Spoon BMW S600RR concept 560x420

BMW has reported put the kibosh on any rumors that the Bavarian brand is working on a 600cc-ish sportbike to compliment its now wildly popular 2010 BMW S1000RR superbike. MCN is reporting that BMW has acquired the domain name of s600rr.de merely as a defensive IP strategy, and currently has no plans to pursue a follow-up to the S1000RR.

BMW is reported as saying that “developing a 600 supersport bike is more or less as expensive as a 1000cc superbike; the production costs aren’t very much lower but the retail price would be.” BMW goes on to cite that because of the lower margins in the middleweight market, the development costs would out-shadow sales returns, making the venture less appealing from an ROI perspective.

While the points are all well and true by BMW, there still remains strong arguments for why the Bavarians should still pursue a middleweight sportbike. For starters 600′s serve as an entry point for liter-bike sales, and help bring in customers that otherwise would not have bought a motorcycle from the German manufacturer.

Clearly from its statement, BMW is choosing to ignore this theory of product segmentation, which leaves the company the option of taking a different approach to middleweight motorcycles. When rumors initially hit about the S600RR, there was speculation about a possible three cylinder, 675cc configuration. With exotic designs like the concept above, BMW could possibly ask for a premium on a machine that separates itself from the Japanese 600′s…of course this ethos would be counter to their current game plan with the S1000RR. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Source: MCN; Photo: Bako


  1. james Farley says:

    I miss my BMW alas the wife made me get rid of it when we tied the knot. Something about not getting something until I get rid of something.


  2. CBR600RR 09 says:

    ….You let your wife hold “something” over you until you sold your bike?? WOW!!! My wife used to hate motorbikes and tried that on me. She now knows better and in fact loves motorbikes, is an avid Casey fan and Pillions with me any chance she gets.

    Oh and I still get “something”

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  4. Ryan says:

    Wow! Sucks for you. I am happily married to my wife and I had to “convince” her that it is just in my blood. All she does now is limit my time on the bike (trackdays really).

    Came into the marriage with 2 bikes and less than two years there are four now!

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  6. kevin says:


    Dude… nip it in the bud now or you’ll be forever “whipped”.

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  9. BikePilot says:

    A 675cc triple would be interesting. I don’t think there’s a racing class for it right now, but if they were to lop a cylinder off the 1000 to make a 750cc, short stroke triple, that would be quite an interesting machine.

  10. Jaybond says:

    BikePilot, there’s already a class where 675cc triple bike can compete, that is World Supersport, and Triumph 675cc bike has been joining it the past two seasons..
    As for the BMW 600cc , I would envision it to be a conventional In Line 4 cylinder machine to compete with the Japanese.

  11. luckyguy19 says:


    No pussy, I mean no pussy is worth getting rid of something you love. There’s no excuse for a woman demanding her husband give up riding. The world is full of confident women who will not make such demands. I would have laughed in her face. What right does a wife have to limit your riding or demand you stop??? I can’t belive men marry women like that, she’s got your balls in a vice for the rest of your marriage. Just because you start a family, dosen’t mean you should have to give up doing something you love.

    BTW, I’ve been happily married for 7 years. 3 bikes in the garage, I ride when I want, as much as I want. My wife respects me and knows that if I’m happy, I will choose to spend more time at home to be with her and our daughter. I ride dirt twice a week, and ride street commuting, and some evenings after work, trackdays a couple of times a year. I’ve also started desert racing this year. I have very good life insurance that will take care of them should anything happen to me. If I stop riding then I’m not the same man my wife chose to marry.

  12. luckyguy19 says:

    back on topic,

    A 675 triple can race in World Supersport. I would love for BMW to produce this bike with the same specs as the 1000rr, including the traction control and abs. This would make a better around town bike than the 1000.

  13. Bako says:

    This picture was made for Moto Journal by Bako Design&Com’ (www.bako.fr) in September 2008 in order to illustrate spyshot.

  14. hoyt says:

    BMW’s 675 could also differentiate itself with an alternative front-end.* James Parker’s latest design on the GSX-RADD 1000 dropped 22 pounds from the stock bike. Dropping a similar amount of weight from the 600 cc range of bikes would be impressive. In-line 4′s haven’t reduced that much weight since the early 90s

    *hopefully the buying public would be open to this type of design when considering the weight reduction and (at least) on-par suspension performance with the current teles

  15. juan says:

    In the 2011 catalogue doen’t appear the f800s !!