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.

Video: Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang

07/06/2011 @ 3:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Video: Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang 1 635x423

If you’ve ever gotten a mouthful of hairspray before (we were awkward children growing up), then you surely know the need to get a bad taste out of your mouth. Helping us get over our magnificient indifference regarding Husqvarna’s latest video is this short clip from our friends over in Spain, Radical Ducati. In case you haven’t heard of these guys, they take junked-out Ducatis (typically air-cooled), do a bit of a parts bin mash-up, and create eye-catching pieces of two-wheeled goodness for all of us to enjoy.

Their designs are cleverly creative and very pleasing on the retinal units, but yet also have a certain gritty quality that makes for a good juxtaposition to the prim and proper Ducati brand. As for the video, its does a pretty good job of showing the Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang sitting there and looking pretty, though the go-fast addict in us really wants to see the Radical Ducati RAD 02 Corsa EVO make some laps around (insert famous Spanish circuit here). Ehh boys? Video and photos after the jump.

Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang Build Spec’s:

  • Frame Cromomolibdeno RAD02
  • S2R Swingarm
  • Marchesini Wheels Forged Aluminum
  • RAD Ergal Triple Clamps
  • Rizoma Handlebar Risers
  • Ohlins Fork
  • MT03 Front Light
  • Brake Rotors Calipers Discacciati and Radial Pump
  • Multistrada 1100 engine, ported Heads, Camshafts DP, NCR Titanium Big Valves, Dry Clutch Antihooping EVR
  • Keihin FCR41 Carburators
  • 2 -into-1 Wolfman Exhaust System
  • SPARK Megaphone
  • Ohlins Rear Shock
  • RAD Height Rod
  • RAD02 Aluminum Fuel Tank
  • RAD02 Corsa Evo Carbon Fiber Seat Only
  • RAD LED Rear Light
  • Led Blinkers
  • Rizoma Rearsets
  • Radial Clutch Discacciati Puma
  • EVR Clutch Actuator
  • Oil 10W60 Bardah XT4


  1. joe says:

    Only the second bike I’ve seen to go from fuel injection to carb. I got an explanation on the first, what is the reason on this one?

  2. Johndo says:

    This is what wet dreams are made of.

  3. dave says:

    nice bike but too much effort for a video of a bike you can’t ride legally onroad. great.

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  5. buellracerx says:

    beautiful machine, nicely done. vid is somewhat anticlimactic, dull, pedestrian…

  6. Keith says:

    Yes you can Dave, yes you can. All it needs is a mirror and I can tag it where I live. I’m just glad I don’t live in that facsit state called kalifornia.

  7. Keith says:

    ah, my bad it DOES have a mirror adn turn signals, not to mention brake light and headlight….pip is a touch loud for my taste but by the current standards quit legal in all 50 american states.

    so what’s the problem besides a slightly ho-hum video?

  8. Tyler Sanborn says:

    Soooo cool… If Ducati made a hyper-cafe-sport-naked like that one… I just might go out & buy one!

  9. Johndo says:

    It’s simply gorgeous. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the kind of black tie-wraps on the white frame. Other then that, it’s freakin perfect. Some serious skills went into this bike. I’d probably get arrested here (canada) with that pipe, but other then that, Id just put 2 mirrors and I’d be good to go. Must be a blast to ride!

  10. Other Sean says:

    There’s a big write up on this guy (Radical Ducati, which I think is a one man band ((with his wife’s help)) in the latest Performance Bikes magazine, which is the single best Sportbike mag on the racks. It’s worth the $8.95 a month (British mag).

  11. jason says:

    For heavens sake, quit with all the fuzzy camra shots and crappy music. I WANT TO SEE AND HEAR THE BKIE!!! Wonderful……ahhhh :0)

  12. irksome says:

    Sorry, but Pursang will always mean Bultaco to me. Go Pomeroy!

    But obviously, I’m an old guy.

  13. hoyt says:

    more quick shots and loud bangs and music..yeah!!!

  14. Rolf says:

    Just… Wow.

  15. cmdo850 says:

    bike looks very cool.. the video of it is absurd.. i suppose as a focal point the bike is a good one but aver half the video the bike is nowhere to be seen. Then, it shows up and the vid goes techno / skitzo hopping around like some acid flashback or survivor recollection from an assault… sry.. i wanted to see the bike up close..