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.

Would You Buy This for $9,000?

08/16/2010 @ 2:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS

Would You Buy This for $9,000? mv agusta f3 concept imagined 635x476

We should preface right off the bat that this is a photoshop’d render of the much anticipated MV Agusta F3 (that Castiglioni hopes will save MV Agusta), and not an actual image of what the final product will look like. Odd logos and checkered flags aside though (let’s do the time warp again), this photoshop by Russian website Motogonki.ru is a good start to imagining what the F3 will look like when MV Agusta drops the F4 camouflage later this year at Milan.

Low-slung triple-tip pipes? Check. Enough space between the rear tire and solo-tail for a small Sicilian family? Check. Distinct MV Agusta lines? Check. So the question remains, would you buy a 675cc three-cylinder MV Agusta for $9,000 if it looked like this? Thanks for the tip Jackie!

Source: Motogonki.ru


  1. Ken C. says:

    Minus the silly checkered flag and yellow racing number, absolutely! I’d buy one in a heartbeat.

  2. Maxx says:

    Ur missing the point forget the paint and look at the bike …….

    Yes,yes………….fooking yes….!!

  3. CBR600RR 09 says:

    ID BUY IT WITH OR WITHOUT!!! That is one sexy bike!!! Where can I put my down payment down?

  4. RGR says:

    For $9000 this is the perfect track bike for me. I want one! And if it comes track-ready, all the better! People will think you spent $50k on this Desmo-like beauty. Don’t hurt their feelings and tell them the truth….

  5. Terry Lemmons says:

    one in silver please,but first are those harley a**holes trulygone ,if so I am in . T.L.

  6. I’m ready to put my deposit down now if it looks similar to this rendering.

  7. KK says:

    it would be awesome to get an italian motorcycle for under 10 grand (sportbike)

  8. Greg says:

    I’m always hesitant to jump on a bandwagon when a bike is in its first year of release. If the bike proves reliable and the price point is indeed $9k, I’m sure that MV Agusta will have trouble keeping these in stock. Here’s hoping that the ‘little’ MV enjoys the same kind of success and praise as the BMW S1000RR has in its debut. If I didn’t already have a GSXR 750 in my garage, I would probably be in the market for one.

  9. Ted Baxter says:

    jesus you guys are getting to be a joke with stuff like this. I mean its bad enough you make another “news” story based on a photoshop, but this $9k number is pulled completely out of your ass. its just laughable. you can’t buy a Japanese 600 for $9K and you think for one second MV Agusta is going to come in that cheap?

    lol, the brake calipers alone in this chop are worth about $2K.

  10. Jenny Gun says:

    The $9,000 figure is based off the €9,000 price point, which came from Castiglioni’s own mouth. Whether they stick to that plan is a different matter, but A&R has never been wrong on making pricing predictions from European pricing.

  11. eze1976 says:

    Looking forward to what the F3 looks like. They just might have something here with a bike that people actually can track & race, we will just have to wait and see.

  12. TwinMe says:

    Not my kind of bike, but… for that kind of money (if they can keep such figure), sure….big 4′s 600′s are more than $9k , Right ?

    Just for the Heck of “Something Different” it would be enough xcuse to give it a hard look.
    Besides, an I3 675 Triple makes for a better overall engine than a BuzzBomb I4 600…or so goes the stereotype…lol.

    Like “someone” sugested, i would like them to break the chain, mold and ties with the F4 Lines…Yes, a good clean looking Machine but looking kind of “been around too long” already…REFRESHED OR NOT.

  13. dfelix says:

    I would buy it for $9,000. It’s cheaper the any other japanese or european supersport bike.

    The problem is… why mags and blogs like A&R are naive enough to believe that MV Agusta will produce a bike for this price?

  14. Ian says:

    Is it necessary for it to look almost identical to it’s big brother, which has barely changed since what, 1998?

    Yes the F4 was/is beautiful, but frankly I’m a bit bored of it now. Along with the “all new MV” announcements over the years which invariably involves just a new set of stickers.

    If you want the MV looks then no need to wait- there are a stack of barely used 750s on sale for around £6k.

  15. Craig says:

    Ahhh…hate to bring up a sticking point, but 9000 euros is nowhere near 9,000 dollars. In fact, at the current exchange rate, it’s more like $11,952. Now, ask the correct question. Would you buy this for $11,952? My answer…NO!

  16. Mark says:

    The estimated price was 9000 euro’s, which converts to approx $11,500 USD today. Still not too bad for an MV, however I don’t know how many people would pay that kind of money for a 600cc class bike. If the 1000cc F4 was that price, I think there would be no doubt that they would have a winner.

  17. Jenny Gun says:


    Rarely does international pricing directly follow currency exchange rates. In the case of MV Agusta, there has traditionally been 1:1 price comparison between euros and US dollars. For instance, the 2010 MV Agusta F4 retails for around €18,500 in Europe (taxes vary in some of the countries), and goes for $18,500 here in the US.

  18. Prich says:

    In a heartbeat. I ride a Brutale around town, I’ve had it for five years and it’s remained perfect. As someone who has had a number of italian bikes, the MV has the soul of something built in Italy and the reliability of something built in Japan.

    This thing should prove to be a trackday killer.

  19. hoyt says:

    another triple would be great, but this bike needs its own image. A qtr. fairing would be preferred to showcase the 3 cyl motor

  20. John says:

    If this can be had for 9 to 10K, I am in. No bs, I’m in.

  21. kevin says:

    To me the biggest thing isn’t the price but the dealer network. For the most part each state has at most two dealers with may having just one. IMO getting more dealers is key to survival of the brand.

  22. Jake Fox says:

    Meh, I’ll stick with my Daytona 675. Triumph’s been there, done that already.

  23. Nutz says:

    If it looked like that minus the stupid checkered flag and F3 stickers I would ABSOLUTELY buy it!

  24. ML says:

    I know I’ll catch flack for this, but I find this design to be dated. They need to move away from the F4 look and start something fresh.

    If you went back to the 80′s and had someone design what they thought a super bike would look like in the future, this would be the design. It’s apperance seems old to me. Oh well…

  25. unclewill says:

    Three months ago my local Kawi dealers had crates full of 2009 ZX-6Rs they were selling for $6,500 each.

  26. Todd B says:

    1,500 less than at Triumph Daytona? And it looks like an MV? I’ll take one, but it sounds a bit too good to be true…