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 C3 X132 Hellcat – Brought to You by New Orleans and S&S Motors

04/21/2010 @ 9:29 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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After creating the F131 Hellcat, B120 Wraith, and P120 Fighter Combat, Confederate Motor Company announced at the New York International Auto Show its fourth motorcycle: the C3 X132 Hellcat. Built in conjunction with S&S Cycle (better known for its S&S motors), the new Hellcat is being touted as “the lightest, fastest, toughest, smoothest, most exquisite Hellcat, ever”, which isn’t as lofty of a statement as you’d think considering there’s really only two other motorcycled to compare the new Hellcat to: the two older Hellcats.

Still with S&S’s reputation as a fine purveyor of things in twin form, and Confederate’s reputation for making eye-catching custom motorcycles, the new Confederate C3 X132 Hellcat is likely to be the cat’s meow (please dear God shoot me) when its final design is revealed. If that wasn’t enough, Confederate also hopes to have the new Hellcat take a stab at to Harley-Davidson, and be priced to be within reach of the Milwaukee company’s top 10% of customers.

To build the new Hellcat, Confederate has also announced that it will be moving its production facility back to New Orleans. Additionally, Confederate’s motors will be provided by S&S in a deal that is described as “long-term” by the company. It would seem that Confederate is hoping to appeal to a wider base of buyers, with its additional plans to start a dealer network that will provide more support to customers. With the Confederate C3 X132 Hellcat quoted to be priced at $39,750, the new Hellcat is set to be Confederate’s most affordable custom to date.

First deliveries of the Confederate C3 X132 Hellcat will begin October 31, 2010, (yes, on Halloween) from Confederate’s new facilities in the art district at 733 St. Joseph Street of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Source: Confederate

Comment:

  1. @Reyzie says:

    Likely another $40K art project than can’t even hang with a SV650 on the track or twisty road. I’m, again, unimpressed with Confederate.

    When are American manufacturers gonna get past this dinosaur motorcycle mentality and build something we can actually ride or race?

  2. JR says:

    I’d imagine a confederate bike is a blast to ride in it’s own way. I’d bet you’d take the chance if you could reyzie.

    Yeah, it’s too expensive, but this is aimed at people who don’t care.

    It WOULD be cool though, if they built a smaller displacement bike with similar themes to the Wraith… love that bike.

  3. joe says:

    The Wraith is an awesome looking bike, I would love to ride one. It’ll be interesting to see this as a complete design

  4. David (ducst) says:

    It would seem to me, this bike would be the cat’s meow at the local pub’s bike nite.

  5. Frank_B says:

    Just what I want, another bike that you have to dress up like a pirate to ride and I useless in real world riding. Maybe showing off is about it.

  6. @Reyzie says:

    “Looks” seems to be the operative word here and I agree the Confederates are “interesting looking.” However, they don’t make a bike to RIDE! That’s my problem with them! Who gives a shit if it’s fast; if it won’t stop or turn???

    If I was interested in posing and NOT riding, I’m sure I’d love their bikes!

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  8. Ferd says:

    I think a bike like this is best suited for the Harley crowd. These bikes are basic show off machines and not meant to really ride anywhere. With more and more communities enacting noise ordinances a bike like this without a muffler will be history. No one will buy one of these if it had a muffler on it as they just want to ride, make noise and show off.

  9. mikescott says:

    How many investors does this scammer have to screw before people stop giving him money to support his hobby?

  10. Andrew says:

    Sounds to me like no one here has ever actually ridden a Confederate machine. Maybe you should educate yourselves before you start criticizing. Oh and Mike Scott what would you know about scamming? Sounds fishy to me. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Perhaps you are just a disgruntled ex employee. ? ? ? ?

  11. @Reyzie says:

    Yeah, Andrew, you’re probably right. My question to you would be: Why would I want to? I ride motorcycles that handle and I take them right to the edge of their capabilities. Trying to do the same, on the twisty roads I ride, on a Confederate would be either a death sentence or at a MUCH slower pace.

    So, for riders that actually RIDE, do twisties, track days and etc, why would we want to ride a Confederate? You can’t tell me a Confederate with equal riders will hang with a GSXR600 or even a SV650, right?

    When Confederate does make a bike that handles, I’ll certainly give them their credit due, but to date, all I’ve seen from them is rolling novelty, art projects for posers.