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.

Ducati 599 Mono Concept – Drool Worthy

01/08/2010 @ 12:46 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Keeping today’s trend of showing off designer concept motorcycles, we bring you Dan Anderson‘s stunning Ducati 599 Mono. You may remember Anderson as the man behind the Voltra electric concept that made its way around the internet not too long ago. Well he’s back and his latest pen work is jaw-dropping. With a 352lbs dry weight, and big single cylinder thumper of a motor, we could see this Ducati embarassing some wouldbe racers on any given Sunday Morning Ride.

Effectively taking the Ducati Evoluzione 1198 motor and lopping a cylinder off of it, the 599 mono displaces, as you might guess, 599cc’s, and uses four valves to get air in and out of its massive single cylinder.

Anderson doesn’t go as far as to ponder power output figures, but we’d expect a bike like this, if it were to come to reality, to be a torque monster…and to sound really, really, really good. The concept is set to rival the rumored KTM RC4 motorcycle, which is expected to come from a similar inspiration as the 599 Mono.

However, chances are probably close to zero that Ducati would make such a bike, but an enterprising garage hobbist might take up the challenge. If so, make two…we’d like one.

Source: Coroflot via TwoWheelsBlog


  1. Mickey says:

    Why not make it? ducati made the Supermono not so long ago?

  2. Sean Mitchell says:

    Agreed, I like the idea. The original is a legend, they should keep the supermono concept a part of the company mythos.

  3. Ceolwulf says:

    Ducati have a rich history of sporting singles, and it seems like a waste not to continue it!

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  6. Skadamo says:

    Someone needs to hire this guy.

  7. Phil H says:

    I love monos and there has been many mono concepts before (such as the Cagiva Mito) – what’s so special about this one?

  8. uberbox says:

    Ducat seems to like the item of ignoring what real brand lovers want and instead focus on what they think Ducati should be. They are beginning to become something like the sport-bike version of Harley-Davidson. Both brands were made popular by smaller displacement fun to ride machinery steeped in nationalism. Now they make overpriced, over sized bikes for attorneys and CPAs.

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  11. Nick says:

    uberbox- what are you smoking? Oversized? Show me a Duc that is big & fat like a Harley – then show me one that isn’t fun to ride. They’re not cheap that’s for sure- but they don’t have the volume to afford low margins, and if you look at the low-margin, high-volume bike manufacturers… well, how are they doing right about now? Love all those 2010 Japanese inline 4s.

    If Ducati tried to compete on volume and price, that WOULD be the death of the brand, both figuratively AND literally.

  12. CBR600RR 09 says:

    I would gladly pay $20,000 for the Ducati 599 Mono. What an exquisite looking bike. And so appropriately sized in displacement! This bike NEEDS to be made, so that the Ducati lover in all of us can get there hands on some Genuine material without breaking the bank.

  13. RD350 says:

    With the explosion of trackdays, the popularity of Ducati and the generally older demographic of motorcyclists today, I am certain enough bikes could be sold to justify its manufacture.

    No, it wont be sold to young squids for whom bigger and cheaper is always better, that’s obvious. It wouldn’t be for the masses..

    True enthusiasts however, will be all over it.

    I think a lot of people would be interested in a gorgeous, low volume, sub-350lb, 75hp sportbike with premium suspension and brakes.

    Lets start a petition and let Ducati know how people feel!

    I will commit to buy one right now!

  14. Morpheous says:

    ..But RD? KTM already has that bike: the Duke 690! ;-) You need one!

  15. RD350 says:

    Morpheous can testify as to the uber coolness of a high performance street single.

    And he’s right, I do need one. But as an old Ducati 250 racer, I am holding out for the Supermono! For now anyway …

    Here is some more Mono madness also appearing this week?


  16. Will says:

    Not sure if I like the looks better than the old model, but still a real conversation piece for those who will be able to deal with the price tag. I remember Jerry Woods blasting around at Loudon on his, quite the machine.

  17. Hmmm. I finished up a similar design study back in 2008.


    Obviously a Ducati single for the street is a strong idea.

    Tim C.

  18. Maxwell says:

    I at one time had a FBF prepped F1 which I had to sell. To this day I cannot tell you how I miss that bike. While I’d love to build a TT1 or TT2 to replace it my skill level is not up to artistic level to pull off that kind of project. While doing a search for the Ducati Mono I came across this. A production Mono could go a long way to make me feel better about not having a F1 now.

    I wish Ducati make this but I’m just a consumer, what do I know.