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.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

Fuel or Electronics? Where Are Nicky Hayden & Scott Redding Losing Out on the Honda RCV1000R?

The news that Honda would be building a production racer to compete in MotoGP aroused much excitement among fans. There was much speculation over just how quick it would be, and whether it would be possible for a talented rider to beat the satellite bikes on some tracks. In the hands of active MotoGP riders, the gap was around 2 seconds at the Sepang tests. Nicky Hayden – of whom much had been expected, not least by himself – had made significant improvements, especially on corner entry. The difference in performance and the big gap to the front has been cause for much speculation. Where are the Honda production racers losing out to the Factory Option bikes?

Husqvarna Concept E-go – The Entry-Level Electric

09/13/2011 @ 2:15 am, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

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Watch out Zero, Brammo, BRD, and KTM as Husqvarna just decided to enter the electric motorcycle market with its Husqvarna Concept E-go. An urban commuter aimed towards first-time bikers, the E-go concept draws from the Swedish brand’s dirt and supermoto background to bring a stylishly aggressive electric motorcycle package to the table. Clocking in at 80kg (176 lbs), the Husqvarna Concept E-borders on anorexic, and is the first electric motorcycle we’ve seen specifically geared towards younger riders.

A unique market and offering to base a product around, Husqvarna also has some interesting technical innovations on the E-go, namely its single-sided double-leg fork, which have 35mm inner fork tube diameters. Matched to the striking front-end is a single-sided aluminum rear swingarm, while tther features include a self-supporting single-rider seat and an aluminum battery case. Short on power train specifications, it is hard to gauge how much battery power is on-board the E-go (2-3kWh maybe?), what kind of motor Husqvarna will use (Agni air-cooled brushed?), and what sort of performance specifications to expect from the production machine.

Judging from the anticipated market though, it is a safe bet that the Husqvarna Concept E-go will comply with the EU’s 15hp limit for young introductory licensees. Considering that electric motorcycle companies have often been caught quoting peak power specs instead of continuous power figures, this might be the first time in this segment’s history that we’ll see a manufacturer quote the lesser of those two values. Clever girl.

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Source: BMW Group

Comment:

  1. konalight says:

    I love it!
    Seems to much fun!

  2. Giova says:

    Amazing concept! Why on earth don’t they built bikes like this one. They now what design to built but they don’t make them.

  3. Shawn says:

    So weird to see just foot pegs by itself.

  4. Selsiphious1 says:

    Cool bike, but I hate that they never show the bike with the regulatory stuff installed; headlights, signals, mirrors, reflectors, taillight, license plate, etc…If it’s an ‘urban communter’ it’s going to need these things.

  5. Butch says:

    Kickstand on the right. Is that just change for change sake?

  6. Kristian H says:

    Ok, seriously? When can I have it? http://t.co/XkwAMz2

  7. Ok, seriously? When can I have it? http://t.co/XkwAMz2

  8. BikePilot says:

    First e-bike for younger riders — no love for Osset? I’m pretty sure that fork will either be much for flexy or much heavier than a normal fork arrangement. If they must have a single sided telescopic fork they should really take a cannondale lefty/headshock apart for some ideas.

  9. EVR1 says:

    It looks like a water cooled perm similar if not the same as the Brammo Enertia

  10. Without any radiators to cool it? Pretty sure it’s an Agni. Check the close-up, you can see the perimeter air-cooling holes.

  11. Dr. Gellar says:

    Very surprised to see that Husqvarna of all brands throwing out this type of concept (no doubt influenced by BMW management). Still…it’s kinda cool. I’m curious how serious this concept is…are they actually looking to put a similar bike into production in the next few years? Or will this turn out to be simply a styling and marketing exercise? I bet they will be keeping a close eye on how the production version of KTM’s Freeride turns out if/when it finally becomes available.

  12. EVR1 says:

    True, true, definitely an Agni, they easily fit under the 15hp continuous, when not air cooled

  13. Billy B.Tso says:

    what a nice design…except for that after thought of a wing above the front wheel that looks like it knows it doesn’t belong there…but overall simple and beautiful…being aimed at the younger market, bang on right! i know i’m not that young anymore, but would still love a get around ‘plug in’ bike this nice!

  14. BobD says:

    Looks like it could be serious fun on a cart track (im liking the racing slicks)…or maybe a few spots you can normally only ride on a normal bicycle. this thing will be pretty quiet….think of the possibilities!

    I hoping it can pass without all the lights and horns and blah blah blah because it performance will probably be close to that of a bicycle.

  15. mugget says:

    How much is it, and who do I pay the deposit to…?

    This looks so good. I’d put one in my garage *like that*. Nice & simple, light, twist & go, easy maintenance – it’s all win.

    BTW on the subject of EV maintenance – does anyone know what exactly is involved? What costs? I have heard nothing about maintenance, but dying to find out – because I can imagine that it’ll be a heap cheaper than an ICE service…

  16. Best says:

    I like it this concept

  17. Jason says:

    @mugget If it does have an Agni aircooled motor, then it’s oil the chain every 1000 km and replace the brushes every 100 000 km. That’s it. No oil, no filters, no tappets, no camchain, no clutch, no rings. Just ride and enjoy.

  18. mugget says:

    Cheers Jason – that’s the first info I’ve ever heard about the maintenance side of things. Sounds great to me!!