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.

35 Photos of the KTM 1190 Adventure

10/10/2012 @ 12:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

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Officially debuting at the 2012 INTERMOT show, the KTM 1190 Adventure is the Austrian company’s answer to the growing competition in the adventure-touring space. Released head-to-head with the 2013 BMW R1200GS and the revised 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 with semi-active suspension, we will let you decide which machine stole the show at Cologne. To help you make that decision, we’ve got 35 hi-res studio and action photos of the KTM 1190 Adventure & KTM 1190 Adventure R for your viewing pleasure after the jump.

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Photos: © 2012  Schedl R. & Mitterbauer H. / KTM – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    I have new found respect for KTM and it’s PR Flunkies.

    They didn’t retouch the banged, dinged front hedder.

    OR………maybe Jensen had these already stashed and not the re-touched ones by KTM.

    Wich one is it Jensen ? LOL.

  2. Paul McM says:

    Of all the big “Adventure” bikes this one makes the most sense to me, though I have a friend with the new Yamaha Tenere and it’s very nice indeed.

    Jensen thanks for posting so many photos. I know it takes time to upload a large collection.

    Now, the only questions is whether I want to part with a 2001 VFR for one of these do-it-all type bikes.

  3. Mike: Seriously, since when did a media photo getting photoshopped become news? ZOMG! For the record, I grabbed these off the press site yesterday afternoon.

    Paul: Quite welcome, though these articles are easy ones to do. Usually if you see a gallery article, it means I’m swamped working on something else that is probably more important.

    The fruits of that labor should be up tonight (fingers crossed).

  4. MikeD says:

    Good for Orange. (^_^) ……… im cool with properly portraying this kind of “carnage”. LOL.

  5. MikeD says:

    Looking at it a couple of times now……..man, this thing is WIDE AS A BARN.

    They should have stayed under seat xhaust if it was possible and try to integrate that luggage more “into” the rear of the bike.

    Those bags looks SOOOOO OUT THERE on the wind.

  6. Knowing how KTMs behave off road, I’d take this over the competition any day, and be pretty confident I’d come out smiling.

    They all seem to have their own ideas about what a so-called adventure bike is all about, the others seem to be set up for street riding, while this looks like something that could handle the DAKAR Rally. So what is the definition of an Adventure bike anyway? This seems more in line with what I think it should be, a bike that can genuinely go anywhere, should have a really long-range, be as indestructible as possible, low maintenance, stable, easy to handle and comfortable.

  7. R0bb0mc says:

    The 1190 Adventure will be the ideal bike for us here in Australia. I’ve got a 990SMT and the new 1190 with more power and 19″ front hoop for gravel roads… Perfect!!
    p.s. I rode a Triumph Explorer on saturday and BIG HEAVY shaft driven adventure bikes just don’t do it for me I’m affraid.. It felt like my SMT could out accelerate, out brake the Triumph and I’d reckon I could ride it to the same locations.

  8. jackie says:

    KTM always plays its own particular toon when it comes to bikes. Their roots are in the dirt, and this new model looks no different. Their bikes have always struck me as being for people who’s idea of success, is coming home with more dirt on their bikes (and themselves) than they left with.

  9. JJ says:

    Will there be a supermoto version with this motor?

  10. Gary says:

    An adventure bike that doesn’t have to be apologetic for its desperate appearance? Unheard of! One that actually delivers on what’s promised? What the heck was KTM thinking? This is just so unfair to all the other makers!

  11. Jeeze. Every time I think I’m over the whole adventure bike scene and will settle down with a nice, comfy sport-touring bike … one of these darn articles comes along and makes it look like more fun than I could imagine.

    *sigh*

  12. Bruce Monighan says:

    Love my Tenere but that KTM is so “dirt” I gotta love it. The driveshaft is a really nice relief from chain maintenance but it is heavy.

    That pipe is goingto need work. It really pushes the panniers out and will require a BMW like space wastiing cutout in the bottom of the pannier.

    Really love orange, wonder if that is influencing me. But…KTM’s have always been so tall that until the Tenere came along I was out of the game. After 24,000 miles on my Tenere and a fair amount in the dirt I know that a “lot” of ground clearance or suspension travel is just not required. Nice to have but it limits who can ride these bikes comfortably. Funny thing is, the high ground clearance and long travel are really only for the dirt and that is the one time you will want to be able to get your feet on the ground.