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.

Moto Corse MV Agusta Brutale 1133 Evo-CA

03/28/2011 @ 1:04 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

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The MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR is a special bike in its own right, featuring another of Massimo Tamburini’s iconic designs in motorcycling. It’s hard to improve upon such a work, which is perhaps why we see MV Agusta currently recycling its aesthetic as it updates its motorcycle line.

This fact hasn’t stopped Moto Corse from trying its hand on improving upon the Tamburini design though, as the company has put together what it calls the MV Agusta Brutale 1133 Evo-CA: a carbontastic work of both visual bling and go-fast parts.

The first thing you’ll notice about Moto Corse’s MV Agusta Brutale 1133 Evo-CA is the all carbon fiber bodywork that’s accented with gold pin striping. That look goes well with the numerous gold-anodized aluminum pieces made by Moto Corse, as well as the Öhlins R/T forks and TTX shock, which has an aluminum/titanium ride height adjuster.

The carbon fiber panels also match the carbon-ceramic brake discs, which are aided in the “slow the f-down” duties by the nickel-plated Brembo monobloc calipers mated to the Öhlins forks.

Perhaps the biggest change on the MV Agusta Brutale 1133 Evo-CA though is its 1,133cc displacement, which comes courtesy of HRT’s big bore kit that noticeably replaces the top-end of the motor. Punching things out to 81mm, a Microtec unit takes care of the engine mapping for this tuned beast.

Power comes in at 168hp, up from the base 154hp, while torque is lifted to 93.7 lbs•ft  from 86.3 lbs•ft. Throw in an exposed dry slipper clutch for good measure and a 370 lbs dry weight, and you’ve got yourself one fine MV Agusta Brutale.

Technical Specifications for the Moto Corse Brutale 1133 EVO-CA:
Engine: DOHC 4-cylinder, 4 stroke 16-valve, liquid cooled
Displacement: 1,133cc
Bore x stroke: 81.0 x 55.0 mm x 4
Compression: 13:1
Power: 125 KW/171CV @ 10500 rpm
Torque: 127Nm-12, 7Kgm-@ 8100 rpm
Power Supply: Electronic injection MICROTEC-HRT, 46 mm
Ignition: Digital
Exhaust: Titanium
Starting: Electric
Clutch: Dry multiplate slipper clutch with clutch-pump Brembo RCS 16/18×18
Transmission: 6-speed extractable
Final drive: 520 Chain
Frame Type: Tubular steel trellis CrMo
Swingarm: Aluminum swingarm
Rake and Trail: 24.5 º and 101.5 mm
Front suspension: USD Öhlins Road & Track 43 mm multi-adjustable
Rear suspension: Progressive multi-adjustable Öhlins TTX
Brakes Front: Dual 320 mm T SICOM drive with carbon-ceramic Brembo P4 32/36CNC block distance 100mm.-pump Brembo RCS 19/20×18
Rear brake: 210 mm Sicom carbon-ceramic disc with 4 piston calipers
Front wheel: Carbon fiber 3.50 × 17
Rear wheel: Carbon fiber 6.00 × 17
Measures tire: 120/70 x 17 “190/50 x 17 ”
Dry weight: 168 kg
Overall length: 2,005 mm
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
Seat height: 805 mm
Carbon fiber tank: 19 lt.

Source: Racing Café


  1. bemer2six says:

    You seam to have left out just one small detail… How much?? When will it be in the US? Why does MV Agusta dealers look at me as if I was crazy when I ask them about this bike?? lol

  2. Ummm…it’s a one-off by Moto Corse. I’m not sure they sell those bikes as they’re mostly specials done to sell the parts they make and resell. MV dealers will look at you crazy because this isn’t a bike made by MV.

  3. bemer2six says:

    lol my mistake the MVA dealer called me back saying not only no but hell no I cant get you that bike… thanks for the information tho.

  4. fazer6 says:

    “They” DO sell them, them being MotoCorse Japan–You can call them, but if you have to ask how much…

  5. DuxBros says:

    Good god, nobody does evil-sexy-mean-and-nasty like the Italians!!! Love the “Feed me, Seymour!” open clutch. That thing looks ready for a Tomb Raider or Blade movie.

  6. hoyt says:

    I realize this example plays off of the gold forks by using other gold parts, but Ohlins really needs to consider making black fork tubes. A tasteful, subtle, gold Ohlins logo can be placed at the bottom so everyone knows they’re special.

  7. spytech says:

    I like the bike, it is not overdone. i especially like the dry clutch, it is a nice touch.

  8. spytech says:

    BTW, that looks like a new ohlins shock, through rod tech??? JB can you confirm?

  9. MikeD says:

    Bonerrific…that been said…meh, another spin-off of the same theme.

  10. tedman says:

    is it me or is there a mix of gen1 Brutale parts and gen2 parts to make this carbotastic dream? I would sell my gentleman area for that clutch

    tank/bodywork/rad guards

    intake carbon