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.

MV Agusta F3 800: 146hp – 381 lbs – MVICS – EAS

06/04/2013 @ 1:33 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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Just as our Bothan spies had predicted, the folks in Varese, Italy have debuted an 800cc version of the MV Agusta F3. The new machine is cleverly named the MV Agusta F3 800, and as you may expect, the street bike features the 798cc three-cylinder engine that is found on the MV Agusta Brutale 800 and the still unreleased MV Agusta Rivale.

Pepping that three-cylinder motor up to 146hp (note: MV Agusta continues to have some trouble converting kW into horsepower, and other publications continue to fail at checking MV’s math. Last we checked, 108.8 kW equalled 145.9 hp), MV Agusta has wedged the lump into its supersport chassis, and reports that no additional weight has come as a result.

This is due primarily to the fact that the F3 was originally conceived as an 800cc triple, and that it wasn’t until the latter stages of its development, as Claudio Castiglioni was nearing his end, that the Patron of MV Agusta steered the project to bring its race-legal 675cc version to market first.

Tracking that history, it makes sense now why MV Agusta would have the MV Agusta F3 800 project in the first place, though one has to admit that MV’s product line-up is getting rather cluttered, with virtually every model overlapping another.

This seems like a great shame to us, as the post-Harley-Davidson MV Agusta finally seemed to be walking away from its constant regurgitation of the same designs, and began drilling down into specific models for specific niches. But now, we see the brand returning to a Fifty Shades of MV model line-up approach, and can’t help to think it’s the lesser for it.

As for the MV Agusta F3 800 itself, what’s not to like? One of the hottest looking bikes on the market, and like the runway model that it is, the F3 800 tips the scales at a paltry 381 lbs dry. Other goodies include the MVICS electronics package, Brembo monoblocs, electronically assisted shift (EAS), and a peppy 146hp motor mated to a slipper clutch.

Priced at €13,999, the 2013 MV Agusta F3 is looking very competitive on the sales floor too, where in Europe the Suzuki GSX-R750, perhaps the most analogous machine to the 800cc F3, is priced at €13,499 MSRP (the Ducati Superbike 848 is price at €14,790).

We imagine there is a crop of current MV Agusta F3 675 owners who will be facepalming themselves now, now having seen the 800cc version of the F3 – sorry guys. No word on availability and pricing here in the US, but expect it to be fairly competitive. Would you buy one over a GSX-R750 or Ducati Superbike 848?

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Source: MV Agusta

Comment:

  1. Cpt.Slow says:

    DIBZ

  2. Logan says:

    see above comment ^^^

    second in line

  3. kostritzer says:

    I’ll take triple! ;)

  4. That is the best looking exhaust ever, IMO. *drool*

  5. Pete says:

    I would like to see this go head to head against their top of the line 750 F4

  6. Red says:

    Nahh…bike too small…

  7. jeram says:

    wow

  8. Westward says:

    I would seriously consider one (In White), but the real question is, would I choose it over what is going to replace the Ducati 848…

  9. B Jagan says:

    impressive looking bike, but just Aprilia, they need to work on their dealership network! that will definitely get more people looking at them!

  10. Wil says:

    As one of the F3 675 owners, I can happy say that I am not facepalming myself at all! I like the ride and power of my bike. Where I live insurance rates are tied to displacement, with a leap in rates at 745cc. So I’m happy with cheap insurance too!

    Plus, I prefer my all-white version to this fairing-parts-bin combination scheme…

  11. GM says:

    I’m not much of a sport bike guy but this bike gives me a boner.

  12. HN says:

    ohhhhh my, i think i’m crying after i saw the white bike. its too pretty and i would like to buy 3 bikes – for street, track and house decoration.

  13. Racewiz says:

    Pure beauty!!! With so many horribly designed bikes out from the Japanese as well as Germans and Italians at least someone has a good design team. Grazie MV Agusta!!! The BMW SS1000RR UGLY!! Ducati 1199 UGLY!! Aprilia RSV$ UGLY!! Kawa ZX10R UGLY!! Yamaha R1 UGLY!! This MV is worh spending your hard earned cash on.

  14. mike says:

    Too bad about the digi dash and the triple barrel shotgun exhaust.
    Other than that nice scoot ;)