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.

Husqvarna Nuda 900/900R Technical Details

09/02/2011 @ 9:40 am, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

Husqvarna Nuda 900/900R Technical Details Husqvarna Nuda 900R 4 635x423

Our favorite German-owned, Italian-based, Swedish brand has released some more images of its Husqvarna Nuda 900 and Husqvarna Nuda 900R street motards, and also disclosed some of the bikes’ technical specifications in the process as well. Using a fully-revamped BMW motor, Husqvarna has taken F800′s parallel-twin motor, and bored it out by 2mm (84mm total), as well as lengthened the stroke by 5.4mm (81mm), taking the 798cc motor to an 898cc displacement. Originally built as a 0º crank motor, Husqvarna has altered the crankshaft to a 315º configuration, which the company says creates a more aggressive feel to the bikes’ power delivery.

The compression ratio on the motor has also been raised from its BMW-spec, and comes with modified head gasket, camshafts, pistons, and conrods (along with a re-designed crankshaft). Additionally the intake and exhaust valves have been increased by 1mm, making them 33mm and 28.5mm respectively. With these modifications, both the base model Nuda 900 and higher-spec Nuda 900R will make 105 hp and 73.8 lbs•ft of torque. Still listing the curb weight for the Nuda 900R as sub-175kg (385 lbs), expect the Nuda 900 to weigh-in a few kilos heavier.

The real distinction between the two models is the differences in components between the two bikes. The Nuda 900R will come with Brembo monobloc racing brakes, mated with 320mm discs. Meanwhile, the Nuda 900 will come with lower-spec Brembo four-piston radial calipers and 320mm discs for its braking needs. For suspension, the Nuda 900R will get 48mm Sachs forks that are fully adjustable, which will then be paired with a Öhlins shock with fully-adjustable compression, rebound, and preload adjustment, as well as a ride-height adjustor. The longer suspension will also raise the Nuda 900R’s overall ride height, as well as the bike’s center of gravity.

According to Husqvarna, the shorter base-model Nuda 900 is better suited to urban duty, and features similar 48mm Sachs forks, which are only preload adjustable (can we get a collective “booo!” from the crowd?). A fully-adjustable Sachs shock will fill-in for rear suspension duties, helping the Husqvarna Nuda 900 seat sit 860mm (33.8″) off the ground, compared to the Nuda 900R’s 875mm (34.5″).

With a 13 liter (3.4 gallons) fuel tank under the seat, Husqvarna says the Nuda 900 should be good for about 160 miles of travel, though we imagine how hard you twist the wrist will factor heavily into that calculation. Still no word on price from Husqvarna on the Nuda 900R, nor on the Nuda 900 base model.

Source: Husqvarna


  1. mxs says:

    Here it is ….. Booooooooo!

    BMW is doing it again. They have done it with F800R now they are trying again. The suspension corporate guy needs to go …. LOL

  2. mxs says:

    Forgot to say that it’s still very nice looking bike and I like the fly screen and cases.

    Now we just need the last piece of the puzzle. How much in US and Canada?

  3. toki says:

    Any info of seat height?

  4. Vinicio says:

    +1 on the suspension booooooo! Plus, I’d like to add my own: 3.4 gal tank = BOOOOOOOOOOOO! But to end on a positive, applause on changing the crankshaft configuration. I used to have an F800ST and the vibration drove me nuts. I suspect that the change will help that.

  5. Marcel says:

    Any info of seat height?

    …the Husqvarna Nuda 900 seat sit 860mm (33.8″) off the ground, compared to the Nuda 900R’s 875mm (34.5″).

  6. RSVDan says:

    I’ve been trying really hard to get excited about this bike, but it’s just not going to happen. Underneath that stylish Husqy bodywork is still a boring, re-badged BMW.

  7. BikePilot says:

    I’m very glad and happily surprised that they ditched the 0 degree motor! 315 is a bit of an odd alternative (same as a Harley/Buell isn’t it?), but has some serious promise.

    That’s an absolutely huge stroke. I can’t think of many non-cruisers, other than a buell, that are so lengthy. Should have a really meaty low-mid power. Might even be quite fuel efficient.

    The 3.4 gal tank is a big disappointment. Lets hope the aftermarket comes up with something to make the bike useable (a la the CA Cycleworks 6+ gal Hypermotard tank).

  8. BikePilot says:

    Oh, if someone is bored, how about ‘chopping one with a colored frame — maybe a white frame on the red/white model.

  9. Westward says:

    Looks impressive thus far, and it seems like one could have a bit of fun tooling around on one too…

  10. MikeD says:

    BOOOOOOO!! for semi-adjustable pogo sticks.
    And WTF!? for the 315* crank…lol…whats so special about it…different for the sake of being different?
    Gas Tank capacity seems “adequate”…but not great.
    They look like a HOOT, i bet the MSRP WILL NOT.
    Factory accesories look ok. I like it.

  11. irksome says:

    Looks like some kid’s Transformer toy.

  12. mxs says:


    And WTF!? for the 315* crank…lol…whats so special about it…different for the sake of being different?


    Not really. Hopefully, it will leave to less vibrating engine. Parallel twins at 0 deg. means they will vibrate, secondly they sound awfull (ever met a guy on F800R with an aftermarket pipe? Worse sounding thing I have ever heard ..). So lets hope that 315 deg. crank will mean no vibrations at hwy speed ….

  13. MikeD says:


    I have heard the Triumph’s 900′s and don’t like the 360* crank’s sound at all.
    No, haven’t had the opportunity yet with the Beemer.

    I have heard the sound from the Baby Ninja 250 180* Crank with a Yoshi Pipe and i think it sounds GLORIOUS…lol.

    Im open minded to new stuff in motorcycles…let me hear it and then we’ll see.

  14. AK says:

    I think its ugly.