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.

Get Ready for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

10/18/2013 @ 9:08 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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Those Italians in Varese are getting their EICMA machine ready, and have sent the international press invitations to see the new MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800. As the name implies, the machine is a sport-tourer, likely based off the still unreleased MV Agusta Rivale 800 platform and its 800cc three-cylinder engine.

Details beyond this are unknown, though the Turismo Veloce 800 is likely to look like sex on two wheels, as all MV machines tend to do. We hope that the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 looks like the MV Agusta Tricruiser concept we saw back in 2011. Photos of that rolling piece of art are after the jump.

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Get Ready for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 MV Agusta Tricruiser concept 01

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Source: MV Agusta

Comment:

  1. AdmiralSlow says:

    1) You might want to blur out the location and contact info for the event. Don’t want the Italians to reserve a seat for Mr Jablowme, Heywood.

    2) It’ll probably look like an F3 with a bigger fairing and bags. That concept bike is far too different with any model they currently make and I don’t think MV has that kind of cash to start a brand new assembly line.

  2. Anvil says:

    Doubt it’ll look too much like the Tricruiser. It doesn’t seem too practical for a sport-tourer, although I hope they took some inspiration from it.

  3. Judge says:

    MV Agusta and Erik Buell Racing = a match made in heaven? They both have what the other desperately needs.

    Except a dealer network, neither has a dealer network. Never mind.

  4. kostritzer says:

    I REALLY hope it looks nothing like that! Now a sport touringized F3…that’s something I can get excited about!

  5. MikeD says:

    For all that’s Sacred, Holly & important to MV Agusta i hope this bike looks NOTHING like that concept.

    That Fairing is PLAIN WRONG & THEN SOME.

    Something MORE along the lines of a Futura, VFR800, F800GT . . . please ?

    Hope this one lives up to MV’s current level of aesthetics.

    @AdmiralSlow:

    Hope you are right !

  6. Tom says:

    Judge – Sorry, but I don’t think MV Agusta and Erik Buell Racing are in the same class together. How many people do you know want a Buell or dream about owning a Buell? I have yet to meet anyone. I’ve always felt that Buell designs and makes motorcycles that nobody wants to actually buy.

  7. MikeD says:

    @Tom:

    Now you’ve done it. You have picked the wrong brand to botch. Apparently u haven’t seen the banter/inquisition/holly crusade that’s known as the EBR 1190RS comments section. I would start running if i was you. It won’t be safe for you anywhere on this website now.
    The Buell fan boys and girls are going to burn you alive at the stake for spewing such blasphemy.
    May the Motorcycle Gods have pity on your foolish soul. (^_^)

  8. Richard Gozinya says:

    Tom, that’s always been one of Erik Buell’s shortcomings. His bikes functionally are amazing. But aesthetically they’re generally hideous. I always liked the looks of the XB Lightnings though, something brutally functional about them, sort of a Rocky Balboa thing going on there. The 1125 on the other hand, that was all kinds of wrong.

  9. Judge says:

    Tom – none, don’t know a single one. I agree, MV and EBR might be complete opposites. MV’s got style coming out its tail pipes, but fit and finish, and reliability are the worst. Like Richard said, Erik’s got ingenuity and reliability squared away, but aesthetics are for shit. Hence my realization that they both have what the other needs, except (I thought) a dealer network. It appears that MV has around 16 dealers in the US. EBR stated in an article from June 2012 “in 2011 we signed a handful. Now we are signing more every month. We should hit our goal of 70 new dealers by the end of August (2012).”

    70!!! Search for a new EBR on Cycletrader results in only 2. And only 1 of those dealers confirms anything about EBR on their website.

    I can tell you one thing though. My view of EBR would have improved if he’d of teamed up with an Italian outfit. But a company from India? Ah, not so much.

  10. Richard Gozinya says:

    Judge, I actually think the Hero thing is a good move. He’s getting their money, maybe help with production stuff. As far as design elements, he doesn’t so much need to team up with an Italian company, as hire someone like Galluzzi or Terblanche. Oddly, for designers best known for their work with Italian brands, neither of them are actually Italian. For that matter though, he could bring in just about any designer. I know that Filipo Barbacane and Roland Sands have both done beautiful custom Buells in the past.

  11. Judge says:

    So we can agree that he needs an outside influence for his design work, preferably European. Of course he needed Hero’s money. But the other so obvious thing he’s missing is style, and there’s none of that in India. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon comes to mind: http://youtu.be/XnvPLaKDIBs?t=14s

  12. jake318 says:

    I have a stable of roughly 15 liter bikes/ Superbikes And my top 3 are as follows

    1 2007 MV AGUSTA F4 1000R = Stunning looks , fast , and great handling track day bike . 2 . 2010 ROEHR 1250SC= Supercharged 1250cc L/C Harley Davidson V-ROD V-TWIN 180HP 115 LBS TORQUE @ 8000RPM , INCREADABLE bottom end/ midrange power good handling , great looks .
    3 2006 TRIUMPH SPRINT 1050 ST= 1050 INLINE TRIPLE 125HP 75? LBS TORQUE @ 8000 RPM

    Point is I love my MV AGUSTA F4 1000R BUT Its not that I have MV bias . I judge motorcycles on there merits NOT the brand , I like many different brands of bike s .

    MV AGUSTA HAS LEGENDARY STYLING EXPERTISE BUT REALLY MISSED THE MARK ON THIS NEW MODEL . IMHO IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ATTACHED TWO WHEELS UNDER A BOEING 747 JET. ADDED A SEAT , HANDLEBARS , TURN SIGNALS AND UNLEASED ON THE PUBLIC