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.

Kwikasfaki by Cabbie

07/29/2011 @ 5:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS

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Take one Kawasaki H2 750 motor, recently decommisioned from drag strip duty we might add, throw in a plenty of bling parts, for measure include one deliciously white powdercoated frame, and you’ve got one seriously trick bike that is sure to go “kwikasfaki” (295lbs, 135rwhp, 9.3 down the ¼ mile if you’re a numbers person). Oddly enough, that’s exactly what one member on the Custom Fighters forum, named cabbie, did (full build thread here), and the result is Pamela-Anderson-in-a-wet-leotard-on-a-windy-day stunning.

While everyone is busy trying to murder out every piece of their motorcycles with the darkest shades of dark (quick diversion: has anyone noticed how the OEMs are all finally catching onto the styling trend?), cabbie is going the other way with his design: all white everything. The result is a bright and eye-catching bike, and oh…check out those three gorgeous two-stroke exhaust pipes. We’d write more, but we’ve soiled ourselves. More photos after the jump.

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  1. Victor Knowles says:

    I bet this thing flies ! Very unique ! I like it…..

  2. MikeD says:

    Total FAP MATERIAL (^_^ )

  3. Kev Burns says:

    Those bars are clean as fak (no headlight lol), but those grips are cheap foam crap. Only thing left to anodize is the seat.

  4. kumo says:

    Those bar looks to high. Even the tank has dents for clip-ons.

    And talking about the tank… what’s the switch for? Starter? Is the front tank a fake and the gas is hold in the seat cowl? Hoses look to come from main tank, but…

    No filters for those carbs?

  5. Mike J says:

    It’s a two stroke Kumo, the tank in the seat hump is for two stroke oil.

  6. QuickNick says:

    Just looking at this beaut makes my heart race ! Well Done Guys

  7. PD says:

    Gotta go through the forum posts (thanks for the “article” and the link). This guy is something else. True artisan.

  8. heineken says:

    Excellent to see his build getting a little coverage. Another one to keep an eye out is by a fellow on CustomFighters named Smoker, his attention to detail is maddening for anyone on the outside who wants to see the bike finished up.


  9. kumo says:

    @Mike J. I though that, but a lot of 2 strokes (most?) use gas/oil mix in the same tank. In add, back tank has keylok, while front doesn’t have.

  10. skidmarc says:

    I’d love to hear how that sounds… Y U NO HAVE VIDEO?!

  11. Steve says:

    How cool is that? What a nice job and unique. Makes me want to build something. If you sell tickets to ride it… I’m in. Whaaaa…Hhooooooo !!!!

  12. jamesy says:

    that’d be a gixxer frame. I remember the “light switch” powerband of that motor pulling a steel frame, bet this boy is “snappy” to say the least.

  13. Billy B.Tso says:

    2 stroke…and pretty on the outside – what more could you ask for! I still remember my custom rgv, one of the most enjoyable bikes i ever owned!

  14. Noparadise says:

    Interesting, in that it looks like someone has taken a GSXR streetfighter and an H2 engine and thrown a bucket of dulux and cash at it. It is a shame that the builders of such specials often create a machine which in very small part evokes the era of the component around which it is built – I would prefer to see on such a machine:
    nickel plated tubular frame (e.g. moto martin, H2R)
    chromed exhausts at the most jaunty angle imaginable
    less curvy tank/seat unit
    twin shocks (with chrome springs)
    more chrome and matt black generally

  15. jamesy says:

    yep, that would be a good one FOR YOU TO BUILD. This one looks really nice exactly the way it is. I’m sure each of us has his/her own aesthetic preferences but that doesnt make it “a shame”. I would do a gsxr frame with any number of great Suzuki 2 strokes but I love what this guy did too. Different strokes…, right?

  16. Noparadise says:

    I wouldn’t dream of building such a thing, I am too busy on a maico 490 bobber, but I do think it’s tragic when a classy looking 70′s motor like that gets bolted into a whole bunch of meccano from a different era. Don’t get me wrong, that’s quite a feat and I am sure it gives the owner many miles of pleasure, but why bother?

  17. heineken says:


    You, my friend, are conundrum. You’ll take an ancient dirtbike and build it into a bike far from its original purpose, but you condemn someone who does similar.

    No reason to try to make sense of what you spout, but please keep your rudeness to yourself. This, my good sir, is the internet. Don’t sully it with your drivel.


  18. jamesy says:

    why worry it to death? Its all good my man

  19. cabbie says:

    @ Noparadise

    My dulux and cash bike just won ” best in show” at the Ace cafe streetfighter show, it’s also had a studio photo shoot today and you will be able to see it on the cover of streetfighter magazine in October.

    How many bikes have you built from scratch that won best in show and been on mag covers?

  20. jamesy says:

    Haha… we’re all waiting with bated breathe for the answer to that one. As my ole pappy once said, “opinions are like a**holes, everybody’s got one..just be careful you dont BE one.”

  21. Noparadise says:

    Congratulations, your bike is clearly a seminal realisation of the “streetfighter” concept. I am sorry if you were upset by the dulux comment, that was a joke, the bike is clearly beautifully engineered and finished, and no, I haven’t ever entered or won any showbike competition. Don’t get me wrong, it is an enviable machine. I am not surprised your H2 trounced the competition at the streetfighters show either, but it isn’t built from scratch – it might have a lot of one-off parts, but the principal components are parts from different eras which in my eyes don’t sit together too well in the context of “motorcycle” – as opposed to “streetfighter” – which was kinda the point I was trying to make, perhaps badly, but it wasn’t my intention to offend and please accept my apologies if I did. Anyway I hope it is as good to ride as look at.

  22. Beary says:

    Haters gonna hate… and jealousy is a curse.

    It looks damn spanking beautiful… and I love the name.

    FAR more beautiful than Pamela Anderson in a wet leotard on a windy day would look… Oh my, I think Jensen needs to update his imagery to the modern era.

  23. Pam’s still a fox man, don’t hate. If I had said Taylor Swift would that have conveyed the same imagery for you? :-P

  24. Beary says:

    Taylor who ?

    Imagery should be about the overall frame….and not just the headlights. So if you’d said Salma Hayek, on the other hand… ;)

  25. FLABueller says:

    Cabbie what an outstanding build. Just went thru all 67 pages on the forum and look forward to the magazine coverage. Please post up a ride report and a better video of it running. It would be tits to see a nice hoon session on it :)

  26. pepps says:

    any chance of contacting me re the fireblade…I’ve brought the mille swingarm but am having clearance issues with existing subframe! cheers pepps

  27. cabbie says:

    Pepps message me on customfighters . com

  28. Cool. Thanks for sharing.