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.

Enigma 1050 – Britain’s Kit Motorcycle

12/12/2011 @ 6:37 pm, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

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Former British moto-journalist Jim Lindsay is behind one of the more intriguing motorcycle projects in the UK right now. Working from the list of contacts he’s made covering the motorcycle industry, Lindsay and his crew are building the Enigma 1050, a Triumph Speed Triple-powered custom sport bike.

Collaborating with the minds that bring us Tigcraft, K-Tech Suspension, Promach , and Dymag, the pedigree behind the Engima 1050 is already a promising one, but what intrigues us the most is that the Enigma crew is considering offering the bike as a kit build, in addition to a finished ready-to-ride motorcycle.

Like Legos for grown-ups (one could argue that you never out-grow Legos), a kit-built Enigma 1050 sounds like the ultimate Christmas present for the motorcycle enthusiast in your household. Unfortunately however, it won’t be in time for Christmas 2011, as the Enigma team is still finalizing the design and parts for the Enigma 1050. Recently completing the 8kg(!) frame, and beginning work on the swingarm, it’s hoped that the first Enigma 1050 will be completed by April 2012, where it will begin testing.

The final aesthetic of the Enigma 1050 is still up in the air, though we like what we’re seeing here already from the team. If the Enigma 1050 is a success, we could very well see more models from this rag-tag crew of motorcycle manufacturers. But baby steps first, it’ll be interesting to watch this bike unfold. You can check-in on Enigma’s progress on its website.

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Source: Enigma via The Kneeslider

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    Someone please pass me the Poppy Corn, this might get good or maybe it will never make it pass the Chasis Jig. Let’s watch…(^3^)

    Best of luck guys but don’t get too full of yourselves like Norton and try to sell NOTHING OUT OF THIS WORLD/SOME GARDEN VARIETY MOTORCYCLE WITH FANCY BITS AND PIECES for Space Shuttle Ride Prices.

    Again, best of luck. It takes some balls and specially MONEY, LOTS OF IT to pull a stunt like this off [apparently $$$ ain't no issue judgeing by the crowd's composition] if u know what i mean. LOL.

  2. Jake Fox says:

    As a current and very satisfied owner of a Speed Triple I love the concept! I don’t know that it’s different enough from what I already own to warrant buying one but I hope they bring it to market.

  3. joseph wild says:

    looks very MV and 999 from waist up !!!

  4. Lumengrid says:

    It very intersting concept! This could be fun if you can get this working as in case of kit cars.

    Getting engine or other bits from your crashed R1, R6 or CBRs etc and putting a custom kit together in your garage over winter time.

    A bit of alternative over restoring a bollocked bike and on the plus side not everyone who is a welding torch magician or a mechanic by trade could complete such kit.

  5. Terry says:

    Looks really good, best of luck to them!
    Nice to see people trying something brave and different, I am absolutely sick of reading comments on bike sites where people criticise anything that looks even remotely different.
    I sometimes get the impression that the majority of bikers, at least those who post on internet sites, want bikes to look the exact same and never, ever deviate from the old school idea of what a looks good as a motorcycle.
    Bikers are supposed to be a bit more daring and non-conformist by nature, so it staggers me the amount of reticence towards new and brave design.
    Anyway, hope this becomes a reality, I’d deffo be interested!

  6. joseph wild says:

    Nice to see people trying something brave and different
    as i said ..looks very MV and 999 from waist up !!!

  7. Dawg says:

    Pukka. The Best of British. Love it.

    Good luck with the project it looks like a prefect blend of top components and ideas.

  8. bikepilot says:

    Very cool. They just need to add a little something unique to really set it apart from the triumph from an engineering standpoint. I know that triumph’s triples respond quite well to a touch of forced induction :D A small self-contained turbo mounted beneath the motor as on the original buell XB (before HD screwed it up) would be just right I think.

  9. DeezToolz says:

    100% stole the RSV4 tail. It was that tail section the led me to buy the V4, so naturally I’m a fan of this creation as well. Let’s see how the package continues to develop. I agree with Joe Wild that the nose looks like an MV/999 love child.

  10. Westward says:

    Love it, naked with a mask… Randy…

  11. MikeD says:

    @Randy:

    Dude, u got some wierd fetish right there. ROTFL.

  12. Hapo says:

    Wicked!
    I have been longing a replacement for my Daytona 955. And as long as T themselves are not providing the 1050 sporty, this would be the excellent option on that category. I wonder what would be the price and avaiability outside UK.

  13. Ron Jennings says:

    If I was only 50 years younger I would be very tempted to own and ride one now at 74 I think I Had better stick to 2 Bonneys a81 ES and 2010 limetd addition, Now I can only dream about them

  14. Yatsura says:

    Jim Lindsay is not a very *former* journo – he still writes for PB at least.

  15. BW says:

    You said it, @Hapo– I too have been waiting for the boys at Hinckley to stuff that 1050cc monster into a proper sport bike chassis of their own. The Enigma looks the tits– I hope they’re able to get this idea to market.

  16. irksome says:

    I particularly like the 3-1 pipe that appears to emerge on both the right- AND left-hand side of the bike. Magic!

    Also, the reverse lettering on the left-side view; do I sense a new trend?

  17. I think they just photoshop-flipped the image from the artist.

  18. irksome says:

    Dear Mr. Beeler: PLEASE don’t make me include a “sarcasm alert” in my posts!

  19. Hippy says:

    well guys the best of Luck with the new design, but being an old style girl,the engine might sound great but the look is too Japan, Italy style. With all the techno around these days, you think maybe you could be old style in the design that made Triumph a Legend name through the ages,and maybe improve the frame and handling of the old girls.I love my old bikes and my hubby has a limited edition 595i,and after killing the full fairing in one go,she looks better than any streetfighter I have seen,but I did not fall in Love with him because of that .It was all those year’s ago (23 year’s to be right) when I saw the most awesome Triumph Bonniville 650 parked next to a grave site of his best mate that I fell in Love with her not the rider but the bike and lucky me I scored the guy too.So I beg if you have to make something new,make it with the class that Triumph is known for.Not baggin the new stuff but I know people would Love classic style as well.With much Love a Lover and a rider.

  20. Phenix_Rider says:

    LOVE the conceptp art. I’d take it in red, but the black/silver is tits!! I like the idea of a kit too, as long as it brings the price down significantly, and includes decent tech support. OH YEAH, and there are NO issues getting it registered.

    Did anyone else notice that the concept art and ACTUAL frame look NOTHING alike? I like the trellis! The big-tube looks too much like my Kawasaki.

  21. Andy says:

    I will be following this with interest. Initial impressions are that it could be a stunning bike, but I suspect the finished price will reflect the quality and be too rich for all but a lucky few. If the kit form comes in considerably lower in cost I would be interested.