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.

Sbay Flying 1800 Custom Cafe Racer

11/29/2010 @ 6:17 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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Here’s to starting Monday morning off right as we bring you the Spanish-made Sbay Flying 1800 custom café racer from Sbay Motor Company. If cruisers from a certain American manufacturer could look like this, we imagine that talks of an aging demographic would cease to exist as the Flying 1800 has ample doses of eye-candy, sportiness, and innovation.

Between the 3.7 gallon carbon fiber tank that is hangs below the oil-holding frame and above the motor, the rear taillight that integrates into the tail section like a Ducati GP9/GP10, and the tasteful use of copper pipes that we liked so much on the Confederate Fighter, there’s plenty to get you drooling on this bike as it borrows from some of the best ideas in motorcycle design.

Basing its name off the 1840cc Rev-Tech v-twin motor, the Flying 1800 puts out 115hp, and weighs a paltry 465 lbs. Using a Rev-Tech five-speed transmission, Sbay has also tapped Öhlins for the suspension, Galfer and Brembo for the brakes, and Marchesini for the wheels, which puts all the right names on the build spec sheet. Along with the café styling which seems to be all the rage right now, the Flying 1800 is a stylish and sporty motorcycle that makes us want to give up our sport bike ways.

We’re not the only ones that think so, as the Sbay Flying 1800 recently won “First Prize Cafe Racer” at the 2010 Verona Fair (along with a slew of other awards from other shows). Keep your eyes peeled for more great work from this young firm.

Source: Sbay via Moto22


  1. Brammofan says:

    There’s a lot to like about this bike, but the frame + copper tubing on top of the gas tank is not my favorite. Given the cafe racer riding position that has the rider leaning on top of the tank, wouldn’t this be a problem, especially if hot oil is pumping through those pipes?

    Also, I respectfully disagree about the drool-worthiness of the taillight. It looks a bit sphincter-ish to me.

  2. Where you see sphincter, I see F-16 jet nozzle.

    I think the burning hot copper pipes are a feature, not a problem, but we can agree to disagree.

  3. Bob says:

    Hmmmmmm… interesting bike… definitely better than what most are doing with those tired motors… But it looks so busy… How many little metal extra parts/things do you need? My 12 year old niece doesn’t have that many trinkets hanging off of her… seems you’d always be getting your clothes hung up on something, every time you walked by this bike! Even the badge on the gas tank is gonna catch on something!

  4. yes. looks slapped together to me and 465 lbs doesn’t seem “paltry.” 365, maybe…

  5. Brij says:

    this is a beautiful machine! I would take one of these any day as opposed to the confederate bikes any time!!

  6. BikePilot says:

    I like it! 465lbs is extremely light for a bike based on that big-inch twin. Maybe a bit larger headlight and more substantial tailsection would be nice. Also, I worry a little about fuel range with the small tank given the large motor, but them I’m probably unique wrt the distance I require a bike to manage (i.e., further than the local bar or starbucks).

    I’d also change the name as it makes me think of ebay….

  7. DeezToolz says:

    Nobody’s going to mention the “certain American manufacturer['s]” logo on the headlamp, or the fully exposed starter gear? I can just see some poor sod getting his jeans caught in that…

    Well, at this price point, poor sod’s can’t find the quid for payment. Strike that.

    Brit’s are funny. Spaniards… just odd.

  8. wayne says:

    “I’d also change the name as it makes me think of ebay….”

    Me too. When I first saw the headline, I genuinely thought it was a mistake–given the proximity of the S key to the E key on a qwerty keyboard.

    As for the bike, It’s better than some and worse than others. It just doesn’t move me the way the NCR M16 does.

  9. MikeD says:

    Certainly different….but no, doesn’t do it for me. Would rather have a Warrior Powered MT-01 with a factory warranty and over the counter parts availability.

  10. RGR says:

    Brammofan, Jensen,

    You guys are both wrong about the tail light. Not to sound like a nerd but it’s the Neural Neutralizer from the original Star Trek episode “Dagger of the Mind”. :-)

  11. Brammofan says:

    @RGR – “Not to sound like a nerd but” Too late, my friend. I actually googled it, however, and yes, you’re right.

  12. Interesting, but I like Ecosse’s “Heretic” better.

  13. Adrian says:

    Looks a lot like Confederate’s Wraith….

  14. Looks nice, but why use this out dated engine technology? I bet the EBR1190rs will eat it for breakfast!

  15. Ducracerx says:

    powdercoat those Ohlins Black!