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.

Confederate C2 P-51 Fighter — Pierre Terblanche’s Latest Motorcycling Creation

12/07/2013 @ 8:12 am, by Jensen Beeler34 COMMENTS

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It has been over two years since we saw a new motorcycle from Confederate Motors, but you would be wrong to think that the boutique Southern brand has been sitting idly by all this time.

Earlier this year, Confederate added esteemed motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche to its ranks, and now we get to see the first fruition of the South African’s influence on the American motorcycle company.

Announcing today the Confederate C2 P-51 Fighter, Terblanche has created Confederate’s second-generation model of the Fighter line — no easy feat to build upon, as Terblanche calls the original fighter one of his all-time favorite motorcycle designs.

Available in June/July of 2014, the 2015 Confederate C2 P-51 Fighter features a number of improvements over the original design, according to Terblanche. One notable statistic is that the C2 Fighter drops 40 lbs off the weight of the Fighter’s cylinder crank cases alone.

Only 31 specimens of the C2 Fighter will be made available to Confederate customers, which according to the render above, should be a truly unique piece of motorcycling art.

Source: Confederate


  1. Quiet American says:

    Good to see that Pierre can do to redneck cruisers what he did to Italian Sportbikes.

  2. Lance Boyle says:

    “Specimen” seems accurate.

  3. K1200Rider says:

    Atleast Pierre admits that Confederate bikes are “outlandish”! lol!!

  4. Suit Hoodie says:

    @QuietAmerican – Make them better?

  5. Gutterslob says:

    The brand still rubs me the wrong way, but I have to admit their bikes tend to look good.

  6. Phil says:

    I’d love one, but they’re just too damn expensive for your average biker.

  7. Andrey says:

    40 lbs off the crank cases, not the heads

  8. John D'Orazio says:

    Wow!!! But not in a good way.

  9. Will says:

    “Esteemed.” Ha! Good one!

    Big, heavy, ugly, why? But opinions are like assholes. I am one!

  10. Nick B says:

    Wow – lolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.

  11. Bicho says:

    Nasty piece of metal ,WTF? lost in design languages they are…………

  12. Gonzo says:

    Yawn….just him talking…yada yada yada…. show us more of the damn bike, even if your company is named after a bunch of inbred traitors, you could still show more of the bike.

  13. Andrew says:

    I’m glad Terblanche found his home with Confederate – at least there he only ruins 30 bikes at a time.

  14. Quiet American says:

    That is ten times more bikes than his designs spawned at Guzzi. Oops, those three concepts weren’t even real, working bikes.

  15. Quiet American says:

    In all fairness to Terblanche, he had the misfortune of following Tamburini, one of the all time masters of motorcycle design. He also is a peer and former associate of Galluzzi, who is the closest to currently being a master of this art. Pierre’s heavy handed, out there, work wouldn’t be mocked if he were at Honda or Suzuki. But between and aside of the masters of bikes like the 916, the Monster, the F4, and the RSV4, his bikes like the 999 and the original Multistrada seemed way more colossally bad than they really were.

  16. Gary says:

    He just won’t go away…

  17. Leo says:

    PLEASE a new post… I can’t look at this monstrosity as the first post on A&R anymore…..

  18. crshnbrn says:

    “40 lbs. off the weight of the crankcases’? Even if he meant 40 lbs. off the weight of the entire engine, I don’t see how that is possible.

  19. Quiet American says:

    Forty pounds, blah,blah, blah. It looks like lots of outrageously expensive (if the virtual world is reality) polishing of antique turd technology, but in the end it will still be as it began.

  20. paulus says:

    There are a lot of different tastes in the world… and this will suit one of them.
    I could find a home for a Confederate from a pure machining perspectiv alone….
    Good luck to them.

  21. Bruce Scholten says:

    Sorry, but a P-51 Mustang fighter is beautiful.

  22. pooch says:

    Just so I know for next time. What did you find objecttionable in my comment that hasn’t been repeated and exceeded since then by others, hmmm ?

  23. No clue, but we’ve tightened down the spam filter to junk comments that use curse words and slurs.

  24. Hugo says:

    Well its Terblanche bashing time again. Lets not forget he also made bikes like the Supermono, MH900 and the Sports classics (which would now sell like hot cakes, Ducati just was too early with those bikes). His 999 is appreciated a lot more now then when it was on the market, it was ahead of its time. I, for one, am an admirer of his work because he doesn’t just “style” a bike but also thinks about it functioning, reducing parts, making it lighter, etc.
    And sorry but an RSV4 doesn’t belong in the same row as a 916 or F4 design wise…
    With this bike, it seems the front suspension is similar to the rear swingarms of the Guzzi concepts with the shock inside the fork/swingarm and isn’t the cilinder at the front the oil tank (now used as a load carrying member)?

  25. smiler says:

    Terreblanche designed this:
    So although his bikes are not everyones taste. He is innovative and seeing as he had to follow the 916, what else was he going to do. The 999 has aged will.
    As for the above. No idea whether it is good but it takes the brand forward and is not a 3 ton piece of chrome with leather tassles and chrome. makes a change.

  26. Andrew says:

    If I was a bit harsh on ol’ Pierre I just want to clarify that I think he’s done some fine work – I quite like 999 as a matter of fact and I greatly respect his work on Ducati SportClassic. He really nailed the timeless elegant look on that one! But he is also very uneven and when he misses, he misses by a mile. I still have nightmares about those concept Guzzis he designed and as far as I’m concerned, this Confederate is a total miss as well.

  27. SteaminSteven says:

    I have always liked Conie’s bykes, though one thing I woudl not not call them is beautiful….

  28. JoeD says:

    This creation is butt ugly. It will sell to the Cruiser Cretins though.

  29. Officerleroy says:

    I just threw up in my mouth a little…

  30. Doug says:

    @Officerleroy – that’s original !

    @Quiet American – your comments are ironic…

    You praise Tamburini as “one of the all time masters of motorcycle design. ” and then you try to give a back-handed compliment of Terblanche’s work by stating it wouldn’t be mocked if it were at Honda (like working at Honda is not as good as Ducati)….

    You write, ” (Terblanche’s) work wouldn’t be mocked if he were at Honda or Suzuki. But between and aside of the masters of bikes like the 916, the Monster, the F4, and the RSV4, his bikes like the 999 and the original Multistrada seemed way more colossally bad than they really were.”

    The irony for you – everything from the seat back on the 916 & and most of the F4 was designed by Honda on their RC30 which pre-dates your beloved designer’s work. The 916′s single-sided swing arm, tail section, & taillights are a direct homage to the RC30. Look it up.

    Re: Galluzzi – it can be argued that his work at Aprilia makes that brand the most Honda-like of the Italian brands as seen through the RSV.

    I’m not a Honda fan, either but they have moments of great design, particularly when it comes to the “RC-”range

  31. I just love these coffee table motorcycles designed for the wealthy who have disposable income they don’t know what to do with, because every time there is a market crash or a bubble pops, or they get popped for insider trading, embezzlement, Ponzi schemes etc. you can pick these things up at police auctions and estate liquidations for less than 10 grand

  32. Quiet American says:

    I wasn’t trying to infer that all Hondas and Suzukis are poor designs. I agree that the RC’s are historically great bikes. I have owned several Hondas and have appreciated them all. Honda has also consistently built some real oddities that have seemed to be about throwing something at the wall of a perceived group of yet to be motorcyclist to see if it sticks. In 1990 I bought a VFR with gear driven cams that was parked right next to a Pacific Coast on the showroom floor. You could find that kind of odd juxtaposition during just about any year of Honda’s history. Ducati on the other hand has been pretty consistent with bikes like the SS750 and 900′s evolving to the 916. The Paso isn’t my thing but I don’t sense it was considered as odd as the original Multistrada.

  33. ProudAmerican says:

    In case you’re wondering what that Boss Hoss and the Diavel were doing out behind the barn 9 months ago…

    And here I thought nothing could get uglier than the original Multistrada. I was wrong.

  34. Quiet American says:

    What about the original Multistrada, wearing the 999′s muffler protuberance, and sporting the exoskeleton frame from this P51 thingy. That would be the Terblanche Trifecta of terror.