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.

XXX: Brough Superior SS100

11/09/2013 @ 2:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

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I’m still mulling over own my thoughts about what bike was the highlight of the 2013 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, but for sure on the short-list is the Brough Superior SS100. Like its predecessor from nearly 90 years ago, the new SS100 is a rolling piece of art, and is also matched with some innovated pieces of tech.

One of those motorcycles you have to see in person to fully appreciate, it is a shame that only a few hand-built specimens will make it onto the roadway, since everyone should get a chance to see this motorcycle. The detail work on the Brough Superior SS100 is superb, from its 88 twin-cylinder engine, to its titanium Fior-style front-end.

You can easily spend hours staring at this machine, and find new nuances to drool over…we sure did. To help you live that same experience that we had in Milan, we have 53 high-resolution photos of the beautiful Brough Superior SS100 waiting for you after the jump. Enjoy.

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Source: Brough Superior


  1. PD says:

    Yum yum yum…


  2. Diego Martinez says:

    This bike is not anything special, does not do anything new or better than the competition, and just smacks of someone trying to cash out. Take Bimota or Vyrus. They build bikes that are superior to this motorcycle in both performance and materials, for half the price. XXX? Not really, this bike is as generic as they can come, give me the new electric monkey bike by Suzuki or the Husky 701 concept. In all actuality, if they crushed this motorcycle, they would be doing the world a favor.

  3. PD says:

    Diego’s profound comment forces me to reevaluate my thoughts, and, upon said reevaluation, I must withdraw my earlier, misguided thoughts of appreciation for the SS100, and concur that this bike is nothing more than an anachronistic indulgence, a waste of valuable metal and rubber. And, while we’re at it, we should collect all these Rembrandts, Klimts, da Vincis, Monets, hanging around doing even less than the SS100 will be doing, and cast them all into a heaving heap of likewise worthless flotsam and incinerate them into the darkest depths of the worst corners of hell.

  4. Andrew says:

    it might have the exquisite details and materials but the overall look doesn’t work very well for me. I can see how they tried to carry on the design cues from the original, but something got lost in the translation…
    also, it doesn’t look even remotely road legal. What’s the point of having a bike you can’t actually take anywhere, unless it travels on a trailer?

  5. Natalie S. says:

    It’s a nice bike but I’m more of a classic Harley girl when it comes to motorcycles.

  6. pooch says:

    wtf …

    Comparing this bike to vyrus, bimota, is plain dumb. You might as well say to someone who owns a step-through scooter, that yeah man I like your scooter but hey, I like the RCV213V Factory better dude.

    This bike is in a class of it’s own. It would help your own appreciation and understanding of motorcycles to not compare it against *anything* but accept it for what it is – motorcyle as art form. It is completely and eyelid flutteringly beautifully stripped back, old school cool. If you can’t see that then, I feel a bit sorry for you.

  7. paulus says:

    It is beautifully crafted. Awesome details.

  8. Jimmyjohn says:

    Love to look at it, wouldn’t want to ride it…far.

  9. GlobalMessenger says:

    Bimota…Vyrus???? …done before???…generic????its called HISTORY children…The Brough Superior is a legend. Yes its an new take on an old bike, but please learn how to do a Google search stating that this is a poor replica??? Who is a copy of whom?? That is like saying a Ferrari is a poor copy of a Pontiac. As a machinist, I look at the tool path on the heads and Dyno cover and tip my hat, let alone trying to wrap my head around the jigs and weld sequence to TIG the Ti trestle and swing arm to minimize weld induced torsional stress. That is a work of art. There isn’t an app for that kids, just endless hours of design, programming, tool path generation, prototyping and experience earned skill . The only unoriginal thing about this bike is the comments it draws from ignorant trolls. Kudos to its makers.

  10. some guy says:

    Whats the point???? weird to be weird

  11. Hugo says:

    Comparing this bike to a Vyrus or Bimota doesn’t make sense because those brands/bikes use an existing engine and building an engine from scratch is the most expensive part of a bike hence the 100.000 price. And we are not even talking about homologation, etc. The front suspensions is very interesting in that they use titanium and magnesium to reduce unsprung weight (when we built the Morlaco, on my “wishlist” was a magnesium (forged and cnc milled) front fork); the Fior front suspension was supposed to be very good and already very lightweight (I think the last version with aluminium fork weighed 8 kg’s) and for sure this system is much more optimized meaning handling will be interesting for such a bike. Boxer is known to built good bikes and combining classical looks with modern performance is something which people want at the moment

  12. Westward says:

    I tried to take someone to a museum to look at art, and all they wanted to do was watch Disney flicks and reality tele…

    It’s like trying to explain to someone what an iPhone is, when all they see is an Android with a smaller screen…

  13. I like it. And I’m not a big fan of coffee-table motorcycles, the kind of bikes that the well-heeled buy and put in their living room for guest to look at, so they can give a nod and say yeah, I ride, with an air of superiority they hope will elicit admiration and envy. And 30 years later it still has 3 miles on it. Even still, I like it.

  14. Scott says:

    “Andrew says: it might have the exquisite details and materials but the overall look doesn’t work very well for me.”

    +11ty billion I’m a huge fan of the original Brough but this one just doesn’t cut it aesthetically IMO.

  15. jaybond says:

    Magnifecent looking bike. Maybe someone can do a comparo test with the Norton Commando 961?

  16. Diego Martinez says:

    I compared this motorcycle to Bimota and Vyrus because these are a few of the handful bikes in a similar price range. The original Brough was a bike that was the fastest motorcycle you could buy, and it’s claim to fame was it’s speed which was a major progression of the sport. The fact that they where tested by running the ton was one of the reasons such a high price. It’s performance is not exemplary any more, it’s actually rather pedestrian now. This motorcycle has no reason for being, even nostalgia is out of the question as you would have to be over 100 years old to have purchased a new one back in the day. Hell, even the engine was being developed for something else. As far as comparing it to a Monet, that is not an argument, as most of you had never heard of Brough but had heard of Monet. I am not a troll, and I can see the craftsmanship in both the machine work and the assembly of this bike, but $100,000 is entirely excessive for what it is and you can get 2 tubular swingarms with the Tesi 3D for half that price and handbuilt no less. But it’s all academic in the end.

  17. JohnMc says:

    Nice story Brough

  18. Bruce Monighan says:

    In this world we have lots of unique expressions of motorcycling, some practical, some not so much. In a world where the Confederate and the V-10 Tomahawk get attention, interest and in some cases praise, where Indian can be reborn again and again and again and the exotics of Europe can be reviewed and at times revered, I see no reason not to have this motorcycle as part of our varied taste and opportunity. If the anachronistic Harley can have an audience and receive praise by some, I see no reason not to have this motorcycle to ponder. I would much rather look at this well engineered piece of two wheel expression than the MV Agusta Rivale 800 which I find excessive for stylistic taste and a mess of design cues.

    You may not like the recreation of historic brands as they bridge between the nostalgic/historic and new. Some consider that sacrilegious. However most design builds on things past, things learned and technological influences. So I find this very satisfying to look at and ponder how it was put together. I will never know how it actually rides nor will the great majority of us. For that we will need to eventually let other inform us.

    For now I will just enjoy the pure gearhead aspects of this meld of engineering, history and technology