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.

KTM Adventure 1290 Spotted in the Wild

04/23/2012 @ 12:14 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

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Caught testing in the wild by the folks at Infomotori, these “spy photos” of the KTM Adventure 1290 are the first good glimpse we have gotten of the Austrian brand’s upcoming revamped adventure bike. Expected to hit the North American market in the 2014 model year, the 2014 KTM Adventure 1290 features a water-cooled v-twin motor, which will likely be shared with the 2013 KTM Super Duke R 1290.

Seen here with matte black fairings, and an engineering telemetry box on the back, KTM is likely still developing the Adventure 1290, so it is hard to tell which parts will be carried over to the production model. Noticeably still present is the headlight from the KTM Adventure 990, which along with the rest of the bodywork makes for some “interesting” aesthetic choices.

Hopefully the talented folks over at Kiska can massage the design a bit more (Kiska is the design firm of choice for the Austrian brand), unless keeping the ugly in was a part of KTM’s design brief on the new Adventure. Head over to Infomotori for more photos.

Source: InfoMotori

Comment:

  1. Anders says:

    Pretty sure it’s not the same headlight as the 990, just similarities in the overall shape. Also looks like there’s a u-shaped strip of led’s at the bottom of the headlight

  2. ngads says:

    whats the purpose of making there engines larger and larger? I wish ktm made a dakar replica 450 adventure bike for production.

  3. Fred Santos says:

    ngads

    we are 2.

    My dream is a 400cc, 2 cylinder (V ou inline) with a tank capacity of 25/30 litre..

  4. Johndo says:

    This needs to be pretty far from the final design, or else failure awaits them :P

  5. FeelgoodInc says:

    Bit disappointing imo. I liked the monster Dakar rep look. This just looks like they’ve had a fiddle with the plastics on an SMT and then stuck MX wheels on. Was hoping for a giant Coma rep. Ho hum…NEXT!!!!!!!

  6. BikePilot says:

    I’m holding out for the 1290 SMT. Keep it light, ergonomically sensible and unfettered with electronic silliness and I’ll buy one.

  7. MikeD says:

    @ngads:

    Is called PEER PRESSURE. Everybody and their bodies are doing it so they can’t be the square ones or be left out.
    Besides, the engine im sure won’t be bigger than 1.2L even tho it claims bigger (1290)…KTM is a bit like Husqvarna and some of the others wierd kids…”obtuse” displacement numbers displayed on the plastics to try be “different” but the real displacement is totally something else.

    Personally, im OK with it. Bigger, fat torque, lower revving engines seem like just what the Dr. ordered to acomplish their way of life…after all, these MAXI trails ain’t getting smaller or ligther any time soon…and apparently they may turn out to be the tourers of the future(have u seen lately any TRUE small cc’s tourers ? Nah, don’t think so).

    To those of us concerned about it’s look(me included)………don’t be……….i still have not seen a good looking dual sport {yet} and i hardly doubt it’ll happen…….it’s that “it comes with the territory” kind of thing…….can’t be helped.
    Is like trying to make a UNIMOG look like a Lamborghini Aventador. U can’t.

  8. Johndo says:

    Well Triumph were able to pull it off with the Explorer 1200, looks great…so function and form and work together sometimes…

  9. MikeD says:

    @BikePilot:

    Hurray for the SMT………..i can’t stand these DS with those functional (yet SILLY LOOKING) 19″ – 21″ front wheels…

    I would love it if each of these Beasts came on 2 flavors.

    STREET(17″-17″)

    and

    OFF-ROAD “Pretender”(21″-19″)… everybody wins…LOL…(^_^)

  10. MikeD says:

    @Johndo:

    Indeed. If i had to pick the best looking of the bunch i would claim the Explorer 1200.
    It ain’t MV Agusta good looking (none of them will be, nature of the beast)…but they really raised the bar for the other to reach it (and not just aestetically)…again, just this man’s opinion.

  11. MikeD says:

    http://motosvit.com/Benelli/TRE%201130%20K/2008-Benelli-Tre1300K-Tre-Kf.jpg

    Does this one counts as a Dual Sport on anyones book ? I think it looks rather good.
    Look Maaa…no silly huge front wheel !

  12. para says:

    MikeD:
    ” oes this one counts as a Dual Sport on anyones book ? I think it looks rather good. Look Maaa…no silly huge front wheel !”

    Erm no…If you like Dual Sport wannabe bikes, thats your thing. But if you think, that a large diameter narrow front wheel is silly, then you have 1.) never actually ridden a bike offroad and 2.) no idea, what dual sport actualy means.

    Of course corporate motorbike caters to the biggest market, and thats the fake crowd. Folks who want a motorbike, that looks a bit rugged, but will not actually see anything like dirt or even an unpaved road (unless its the short bit from the house on property to the local main road). See the jokes, that are Hondas latest entries.

    I give credit to Ducati in that regard, at least they arent bs’ing anyone with the Multistrada, even the name makes it clear, its not meant to be off-road capable. For the rest, sure, if a rider wields awesome skill, they will be able to take them to places, then again, whats the point, if you have to struggle with an inherently flawed bike?! Whoever is halfway serious about the DS idea, wont move beyond 650-800 cc (the fairly capable 990 included, though weiht does not do it any favours either).

  13. MikeD says:

    @para:

    Nope, don’t like DS’s…i do like “standards with long travel suspension and hard-bags”…

    Yes, no off-road xperience whatsoever…on my part of the USA there’s no wild off-road areas to xcersice such discipline…only flat, long, almost straight PAVED roads with a really wide and long curve into the mix from time to time but those are really scarse…can u guess where im at ?

    Meaning of DS ? Baahh, the darn thing has been portrayed in so many shades AND shapes that i don’t know who to belief anymore…LMAO…(^_^)

  14. keefer says:

    was it just me or did anyone else see this pic before it was blurred… ha! nice one A&R

  15. watcher says:

    If they fail here as with EXP series it will be big problem already.

  16. MikeD says:

    @Watcher:

    Ok, let me see if i understood u right….

    Were u trying to say:

    If they fail here as to raise the bar above the Triumph Xplorer 1200 it will be a big problem already ?

    Is that right or wrong ?