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.

Bottpower BOTT XR-1 – If Buell Made a Harley

03/07/2011 @ 8:23 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

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Bottpower may have not had the most success in the Moto2 racing category, but they sure know how to make some drool-worthy motorcycles. Taking its hands to a different style of motorcycle, the Spanish firm envisions a flat track racer that’s not too disimilar from the Harley-Davidson XR1200. Cool, but not crazy, right?

Well the best part about this one-off motorcycle, which Bottpower is making the frame for a special customer (a kit for other customers may be possible if the demand is there), is that the BOTT XR-1 will be built from spare Buell parts, which is a sorta of perverse and ironic twist of fate if you ask us.

Borrowing a donor Buell’s motor, suspension, wheels, brakes, and swingarm, the BOTT XR-1 uses a central spine chassis that is of Bottpower’s own creation. Although designed after the Harley-Davidson XR 750, the bike’s closest modern doppelganger is the XR1200, which has seen some favorable buzz now that it’s finally stateside. Compared to Harley’s flat track inspired street bike, the Bottpower BOTT XR-1 compares very favorably performance-wise.

Making 100hp and weighing 375 lbs, the BOTT XR-1 easily tops the XR1200′s 85hp and 550 lbs bulk, despite the two sharing a common thread in the Sportster-derived motor. We generally just like the flat track meets street look that Bottpower has created here, which has a bit sportier feel than the Harley-Davidson pater familias. Milwaukee take note please.

Source: Bottpower via The Kneeslider


  1. Other Sean says:

    This is a flat tracker. The XR1200 is not. That thing is just another bloated pig with some flat tracker styling queues.

  2. hoyt says:

    “Making 100hp and weighing 375 lbs, the BOTT XR-1 easily tops the XR 1200′s 85hp and 550 lbs bulk, despite the two sharing a common thread in the Sportster-derived motor.”

    That was worth noting again.

  3. Steve says:

    Very nice!!!! I’ll take one.

  4. kevin says:

    A bike like this would be great to get the sportbike/naked crowd thinking about a Harley. I really don’t think Harley has any interest in something like this.

    True they built the XR-1200 which is a start but like the article mentioned kept the power down and the weight up.

    For the record I’d love something like this.

  5. Richard Gozinya says:

    About time someone did this. The Buell XB motor is better in every way than the crap stuck in the XR1200. More power, more torque, even gets better fuel economy. Will be interesting to see how well this bike performs, the concept looks great.

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  7. Scooter says:

    Just what I always wanted. A motorcycle with an under powered and out dated Harley Davidson motor. No thanks – I’ll pass.

  8. buellracerx says:

    Interested to know how they got it down to 375lbs…even race-spec H-D XR’s weigh in at 415-420lbs…especially running what looks like the heavy Buell stock undercan

    great looking bike, but bottom line – ANYTHING can look good on paper. make it work in the real world (talking chassis dynamics here) and I’ll be impressed.

  9. Buellista says:

    I used to tolerate harley-davidson because they sold Buells, which I came to love for their clever design. However, after the cowardly stabbing of Erik in the back, h-d can burn in hell forever!!! They (h-d) are too cowardly to build anything other than heavy, ill handling, chrome covered piles of mierda. Bottpower is a breath of fresh air and I truly hope they build this tracker and, perhaps, others with an S&S X-Wedge engine. Power to the people!

  10. Jeff B says:

    The bike looks great and if the weight is accurate it will rip. You fools no nothing of the XR by the way you guys all talk. Its the same engine as the XB Buell and the only reason Buell makes more numbers is because the air box and exhaust set up. The XR is any thing but a big PIG and will give most Sport bikes a run for there money. Although the XR is not what you would call super fast it will handle in the twisties like any sport bike and with the right rider better. I have mine down to about 520lbs and the power is up to 92hp with 84Tq. Its topend has been increased from 120 mph to 141. So the next time I here one of you fools spouting how great your Jap bike is I know you never rode the XR. Many people I know have made the switch from ducati,aprilia,bmw and Jap bikes to the XR and they love it so before you criticize, get your lazy Arse to the nearest HD dealer and become a believer