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

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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?

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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

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This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

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Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

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Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

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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 Turismo Veloce 800 – Stylish Sport-Touring

11/04/2013 @ 5:17 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Though MV Agusta gave us a good insight into what to expect at EICMA, the company from Varese has finally debuted its sport-touring machine, the 2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800. Built around MV Agusta’s 800cc three-cylinder engine, the Turismo Veloce 800 and the Turismo Veloce Lusso 800 (the pannier-equipped higher-spec model) feature a 125hp and 62 lbs•ft of torque.

True to the current MV Agusta aesthetic, the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 has obvious design cues from the MV Agusta F3 and MV Agusta F4, and translates those cues into a machine that is very sporty in nature. Slenderly built and having  performance in mind, the 427 lbs machine boasts the best in class power-to-weight ratio.

True to the spirit of MV Agusta’s brand, Giovanni Castiglioni reiterated that “nobody needs an MV Agusta in their garage, you buy an MV because it transfers emotions.” The 2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 is no different.

Both specs of the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 feature ABS brakes and the MVICS 2.0 electronic system. MV Agusta says that the MVICS 2.0 update not only refines the eight-level traction control system, quickshifter, and ride-by-wire throttle control (with four rider-selectable maps), which are currently found on the first-generation machines, but that the update also makes improvements.

Now, the system includes a quickshifter that works for downshifts, with MVICS instantly matching the torque of the engine to the newly selected gear. The system also includes an anti-wheelie function, and works in unison with the Sachs semi-active suspension that is found on the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso 800.

A higher-spec machine, the Lusso version of the Turismo Veloce 800 also comes with 60 liters of pannier storage space, heated grips, and bluetooth router (for connecting phones, intercoms, and other devices to the Turismo Veloce 800.

MV Agusta’s new connectivity system paves the way for other accessories, and the possibility of updating the bike’s software as MV Agusta makes improvements. MV Agusta also says that a mobile is coming forth, which will allow riders to adjust their custom riding settings, and eventually the Italian OEM hopes to start a community site where MV enthusiasts can share ride routes and data.

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Photos of the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800:

Source: MV Agusta

Comment:

  1. Terry says:

    Looks well overall, tho I’m not sure the exhaust suits this bike as well as it does the others.
    Is this the only colour option?

  2. Frito says:

    Why do the forks look so tiny?

  3. Wil says:

    @Frito:

    The press kit says 43mm forks, same diameter as on my F3. Not too skinny.

  4. TLH3 says:

    Oh. Hmmm…Not what I was hoping for. Looks more like another upright pseudo-adventure-style road bike which OEMs are now passing off as “sport-tourers.” Looks like my Sprint ST is staying in the stable for the foreseeable future (which is OK by me!).

  5. I’m afraid you can’t store cold beer in the right side pannier.

  6. Bart says:

    I like it. (current bike Ducati SS800). Recently did a testride on the Brutale and Rivale 800.

  7. Norm G. says:

    it’s MV’s take on the Multistrada MK-I.

  8. Ray says:

    Reminds me of my old Multistrada…but more dense in the middle (a bit like myself, actually).

  9. Norm G. says:

    re: “True to the spirit of MV Agusta’s brand, Giovanni Castiglioni reiterated that “nobody needs an MV Agusta in their garage, you buy an MV because it transfers emotions.”

    translation: just like Ferrari, if you walk into one of our dealers, bring money not stories.

  10. anders 'ace' eliasson says:

    I’ve lusted after a few MVs over the years, this one, not so much. Kind of ‘transformer’ looking … ugly.

    ACE

  11. Anvil says:

    Sigh. Not what I was hoping for.

    No reason to make a sport tourer this tall. No one will ever take this thing off road, nor is it built to do so.

  12. Brian says:

    Suddenly the front end of the V-Strom is looking much better. This is not good, horrible proportions.

  13. Colonel Cornelius says:

    I see what appears to be an adjustable windscreen and the Lusso adds a center stand. I can only hope MV will offer a top box to complete this beautiful package.

  14. jet says:

    Wow ! This is a beut.I own a 07-Ducati ST3-S the last year Ducati made the sport touring bike and for years i’ve seen other’s try to make their’s but imo not even close to the quality and handling as the ST.This bike is a looker and may just fill the bill.As you guy’s and gal’s age in life you will slow down to smell the flower’s and say i cant ride full sport anymore but a sport touring bike is a total different beast and when you pack them bag’s for a 2-3 day get away w/ friend’s or even your mate on the back you will know how much fun it is to age w/ class….just saying,it will come someday…it has me lol

  15. What passenger would ever tour on this bike?

  16. MikeD says:

    I like it. I’m glad is not another adventure pretender with a silly 19″ on the front and goofy dirt looks.

    That quick shifter that now works too for downshifting is like FRIGGING MUSIC to my ears. Why can’t the others OEMs offer something so helpful like that ? I would think is easier that planning and implementing a DC transmission ? Ain’t it ?

    So far the only things i don’t like is:

    The rear wheel’s design, way too many spokes and not the same as the much better looking front one.

    The suspension they came up short with it not self adjusting for preload.

    I can see how some of you think the exhaust does not belong here. Yes, in a way. . . BUT , think about it , is not hanging out there, is tucked in, small, short and does NOT ROAST your legs or buns. Is that asking too much ?

  17. singletrack says:

    Well, that’s NOT what i’m talkin about :(
    I thought it would be an F3 with bags. A real sport bike with more comfort and carrying capacity.
    Instead, its another tall, gangly dirtbike pretender.
    I guess i’ll have to put my own fairing on the FZ-09.

  18. p95 says:

    While I don’t ” love” the fairing, Overall, it’s a nice design. MV knows how to build good looking motorcycles. Are you listening Ducati? These guys and Aprilia get it. The others? not so much. Their are so many crappy looking bikes on the market right now. The Japs have one decent looking Standard/naked bike and its 8 years old. Honda–nothing Kwack–the new Z-1000 looks like an eyesore Suzuki-nothing Yamaha FZ-1 thats it. How very lame. To be fair I like the Ducati Streetfighter 1000 and 800 versions, but all the monsters from about 09 and up stink. The newest one (monster 1200) is uglier still, Look at that god awful tank! Triumph speed triple-eyesore The new Naked 1000 from BMW not to bad until you see the front end. Sorry for venting, just had high hopes with all the new bikes hitting this month. Memo to The Motorcycle industry: 80% of the bikes on your showroom floors Look like S%&*$#T

  19. Terry says:

    @p95 you should take up motorcycle design as clearly everyone else is doing it wrong.
    Do you have any interest in how a bike goes, or is it purely looks and posing around that interests you?

  20. MikeD says:

    @P95:

    ” Sorry for venting, just had high hopes with all the new bikes hitting this month. Memo to The Motorcycle industry: 80% of the bikes on your showroom floors Look like S%&*$#T ”

    Exactly how i felt after EICMA was said and done . . . it all was MEH . . . (dissapointed and beyond).

    @Terry:

    No body likes to date/marry a ButterFace even if she can cook some mighty fine meals.
    If the man thinks the current offers are ugly then let them be ugly to him.
    Personally, i’m in love with the Hideous called new Monster 1200.
    Is ok to have a different opinion. (~_^)