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.

23 Photos of the Husqvarna Nuda 900R

07/01/2011 @ 7:32 am, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS

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Well it didn’t take long for Husqvarna to release some official photos, after showing the 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900R street bike to the assembled press. The Nuda definitely has a unique look to it, which is already growing on us in a weird way…the name however, well…that’s a different story. Based around the BMW F800GS parallel-twin, Husqvarna has bumped the power plant up to 900cc, making over 100hp with the red-topped lump.

With a 385 lbs dry weight, the Husqvarna 900 should be a potent animal on the street, and promises to be quite the hooligan machine (if you’re into that sort of thing). Until we get a chance to explore our inner-child while on the seat of a Husqvarna Nuda 900R, we’ll have to tide ourselves over with the 23 photos found after the jump.

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Source: Husqvarna

Comment:

  1. BBQdog says:

    Seems the first 200 come with a free original Husqy ladder to get on the bike ….

  2. Damo says:

    Wow, I must say I thought the spy photos looked like crap, but I actually really like it!

    If this comes in under $10,000 USD it will be a nice sport naked contender. I love the angular design very Teutonic.

  3. Matt A says:

    @Damo I’d say under $10k is unlikely given (1) how much their offroad bikes cost, (2) that Ohlins shock, (3) traction control (see the ring on the left side of the rear wheel but nothing on the front), and (4) Brembo monoblock calipers. I’d bet $12K ($11,959) min for the version shown here (note the red “R” on the left rear tail pics), and $10K+ for the base version.

  4. Damo says:

    @Matt A

    You are probably right, in that price range why not just get a Z1000 or a CB1000r and be done with it? Both those bikes looks better and have near dedicated sport bike performance.

    They will probably price their bike right out of the target demographic.

  5. Shawn says:

    Very sexy! For me it’d definitely be a toss up between this and the Triumph Speed/Street triples.

  6. Matt A says:

    @Damo yes – it’s a disturbing trend.

  7. Matt A says:

    @Shawn what would lead you to cross shop these bikes? If I were looking at the Triumphs this wouldn’t even enter consideration for me – they’re much more performance oriented than this bike. I wonder what the mission statement for this bike was; I can’t see them making many conquest sales – seems like they’re aiming more for folks who are already Husky customers to be Husky customers on the street as well as in the dirt.

  8. Damo says:

    I got to agree with Matt on this one. I would put the Triple in with the likes of the z1000, FZ1000, Cb1000r, Streetfighter, etc.

    This is kinda taking a jab at the Dursadoro…maybe?

  9. 76 says:

    Parallel twins are much cheaper engines to produce than a V, lets see if that translates to MSRP alittle. I like the bike, pass on the headlamp , but would not keep me from riding it. I’m still looking forward to the 2013 Superduke (Rumored)

  10. BikePilot says:

    The chassis looks the business. I really hope the engine isn’t a let-down in either outright performance of visceral feel (270 deg crank please!).

  11. Stephen says:

    So what does it really look like w/ turn signals and mirrors (and plate). Do manufacturers typ leave those out of press photos? Can’t say that I’ve noticed before…

  12. Greg says:

    I’d definitely hit that!

  13. Cactus says:

    Awesome! Now Suzuki can send them the Ugliest headlight trophy they got for the Boulevard Cruiser. Love Huskys, but this looks like caca to me.

  14. Keith says:

    meh, looks like design study #3 for the F800. Not exciting at all…less than 22l of fuel is a deal breaker for ANY motorcycle. Put 25+ in it and I might even consider a cruiser…might.

  15. You can always tell when the ADVrider guys are posting: if they can’t do 500+ miles on a bike’s tank, it’s not worth talking about. Honestly, I don’t think this is the sort of bike where people will be using more than 22L of fuel in one sitting.

  16. Isaac Chavira says:

    @Greg

    +1

    @Jensen

    I think it would be a fun city commuter but definitely not a tourer like you say.

  17. Jake says:

    Bah! It’s a better tourer than my SM610 that I rode from Seattle to Copper Canyon on.

    I really like it aesthetically, the weight is a little up there, but really only 80 pounds more for double the power of a regular husky.

  18. MikeD says:

    Total FAP Material minus the ugly muffler sticking out like an elongated tumor…Undertail like the Aprilia SXV/Dorsoduro would have been MUCH cleaner and streamlined.

    Loving the “ODD ANGULAR F-117 Stealth Fighter” Plastics… (^_^ )

    @BikePilot: No chance dude, the crank on these things is a 360* if memory serves me well.

  19. BurnOut says:

    I would buy one for under 10k, as long as the seat height is ‘normal’ and you don’t need a ladder to get on it. It looks really amazing for going sideways on roundabouts.

  20. Butch says:

    @Keith wow, your criteria would disqualify 6 of the 7 bikes in my garage, and most models I’ve ever owned. You’re missing out on a lot of enjoyable bikes.

    @Stephen: Good point, I’ve seen a lot of press photos missing mirrors and plates, and Husky tends to leave the signals off photos of their dual-sports too. But I tend to pull the mirrors and go with bar-ends anyway.

    I think it looks sharp and looks fun to ride…not bad characteristics for a bike. I will definitely consider one.

  21. JoeD says:

    Nice bike except for the Muffler. Should have been a 2-1-2. The gas cap should be on the right side of the tank for fueling while on the side stand. Minor quibbles and I would still own it. I really like naked. Would fit nicely next to the Benelli, Guzzi Sport 1100, Guzzi Mille GT and Norton Commando.

  22. Jobie says:

    I must admit that it looks much better than I had thought it would. I even like the headlight/muffler (looks better than almost any BMW can). Although I cant say the same for that front fender….what is up with the flying bird thing=YUCK!! So does anyone know what kind of Crank they are going to run? Hope its not the same as the F800 series. Over all it looks very nice.

  23. MikeD says:

    @Jobie:
    Suposedly the same 360* as the Bimmer. I have read it gets vibey at high speeds…(i expected that much being what it is)…based off reviews on the F800R and GS800F…no personal experience…yet.

  24. JoomlaWorks says:

    This one sick riding machine: http://t.co/tbcI2c3 Nuda, the new Husky streetfighter, or one more hooligan bike to ride in Athens :)

  25. Luke Burton says:

    Yes please – http://t.co/9hX0B33 (cc @numist etc)

  26. sp33dwagon says:

    I’m all for minimal fairings, but they need to find some aesthetically pleasing way to cover/shroud that ugly radiator. Other then that the can could be a little smaller and i’m curious where the passenger pegs will fit in.

  27. MikeD says:

    @sp33dwagon:

    It just have to grow on u…more fairing and cover = more shit to weight it down and not make it faster and more flick-able = less JOY.

    It’s a NAKED…live with it…i know i could (^_^ )