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 Jerry – Fine Art Meets Motorcycling

03/13/2012 @ 11:36 am, by Jensen Beeler25 COMMENTS

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While the United States has always been a center for custom motorcycle fabrication, a biker renaissance is currently underway on Spanish soil. It shouldn’t surprise us that one of the largest and most rabid places for motorcycling is fostering some of the most beautiful motorcycle masterpieces in the world, this is after all the same country that brought us Dalí, Goya, & Picasso.

Of course you have seen Madrid’s Radical Ducati gracing our pages, but some of our most favorite work comes from the folks over at Sbay. Truly two-wheeled artistry, our love affair first started with the Sbay Flying 1800, but we find ourselves in serious motorcycling lust with the firm’s latest creation: the Sbay Jerry.

An amalgamation of carbon fiber and aluminum, the Sbay Jerry is fitted with all the premium parts you would expect from a build of this caliber. Despite its high attention to detail and truly unique nature, Sbay says the concept of the Jerry was to build an everyday commuter bike, and thus insisted the custom to have a very comfortable sitting position for the rider.

Touting some Scandinavian connections, you will find mixed in with the ISR brakes and Öhlins suspension parts a set of spoked wheels by Haan (hub) & Takasago (wheel), a customer girder front-end, and an all-aluminum chassis. Tipping the scales at 206kg (454 lbs), the Jerry is no porker, though the company leaves the customer to choose from a variety of motors from Harley-Davidson, S&S, Total Performance, or Revtech. Enough talking, on with the picts.

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  5. Jackie says:

    Yes please. Very interesting to look at.

  6. lawbreaker says:

    Put a Motus V4 motor in it and I’d buy one !!

  7. irksome says:

    I’m with @lawbreaker. Hell, throw a thumper in it; anything but that cinder block.

    Other than that bit of personal bias, lovely.

  8. MikeD says:

    I was gonna say refreshing…then i saw the Harley Mill…so now im gonna say ” different enough”.


  9. MikeD says:

    Not that the Harley Engine is a bad choice(it actually makes a great URBAN engine, rode an 883, it pulls from 1000rpm like a 16.0L I-6 MP10 Mack Diesel)…BUT IT is just too BURNT to the ground(over used).

  10. You know you can get the Jerry with a number of other engines besides the H-D, right?

  11. Smitch says:

    “Sbay says the concept of the Jerry was to build an everyday commuter bike”…

    Why, why would they say that?

  12. adam s says:

    why’s it got the same wheels as my p.o.s. motard?

  13. Califanatic says:

    Well it’s got some interesting elements but I wouldn’t call it attractive.

  14. Grant Madden says:

    Lot of very hot bits near my tender butt.I,ve burnt a girlfriends leg on hot exhaust(Bad Bad mistake)Where would I carry my bag that I carry when I,m going to work?Not going to wear it over my shoulder.Too old for that.So what,s every day about that?Not my every day and are the reverse levers just for style or is it a good idea?Anyone know?Still looks bitchin!

  15. MikeD says:

    Jensen Beeler says:
    March 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM
    You know you can get the Jerry with a number of other engines besides the H-D, right?

    This is what i get for not reaing COMPLETELY the article.
    If by that the mean the same layout [45* V-2 AirCooled] but from another builder, then no…it’s still the same to me. Like i said, not BAD but Boring.

    And to resonate with the others…i think they where high when they came up with that crazy claim that this IS an everyday commuter…it could be comfy{let’s give the benefit of the doubt}.
    Then again an everyday commuter is something completely different from rider to rider…so…? Ah, what the heck…not my bike…not my problem…lol. I already stirred the pot enough on the Motus Article. LMAO.

    @Adam S:

    i FEEL U, im a “cast, billet wheels or Death” Nazi, Hate spokes with a passion…unless they are on a dirt bike. One of the reason i hated the Bonneville until the latest one came out with cast wheels and tubeless radials…(^_^)…now she’s a total beauty.

  16. Ick. Can’t say that I’m a fan of this. The word “fugly” comes to mind. o.0

  17. skadamo says:

    Love the light / air filter.

  18. AK says:

    Am I the only one who like this as is??? Non traditional design that what count …. I ride mv f4, monster and 749.

  19. Brij says:

    give him props for the design excersice! I have a vfr800 motor he can borrow to put in that frame.. now that would be a reasonably good commuter bike! If he had those exhaust pipes a tad bit lower.. he would have been okay. I dont mind eccentric lights but this one just isnt working for me! a classy grilled single headlight in front of that shock would have still worked great.. the frame design is absolutely marvelous!

  20. Damo says:

    People love those Harley Evo blocks. I wish people would start cranking out customs with Rotax V60′s, then they would actually be fast AND reliable.

    I really dig the revers levers for some reason, not super practical, but it looks the business.

    Also custom bike design has taught me one thing…everyone apparently HATES directionals, haha.

  21. il Capolino says:

    I own an SBay Flying with a Zipper’s 131″ engine. These bikes are in a class of their own, trust me. With regards to a/m comments, I’m awaiting my Jerry and it will look a bit different. Bear in mind the Jerry in the pictures is a base Jerry. The sky is the limit of how you want to personalize your ride. I will have mine with the exhausts (titanium) under the gearbox like on the Flying. That way I can have a custom designed removable rear seat/bag holder. Heated handles, carbon wheels are just a few of my bespoke options. There are no identical SBay rides. I haven’t decided on the engine yet: V-Max?, straight six BMW 1600?, Zipper’s Torque Cruiser?, We’ll see… I own many bikes; race, dirt, choppers, bobbers, touring, dessert, etc., but the SBay bikes are really something else!

  22. Damo says:

    @il Capolino

    No one is denying that these bikes are in a class all there own. It is basically a fully custom built bike and unlike most customs the Jerry’s look like you can actually ride them. The Flying seems almost practical. I also dig that you can spec the engine (P.S. I would go for the Yama Vmax lump)

    But I am a cheap bastard that puts 8k miles plus a year on my bike and for the price of an Sbay I could buy pretty much every bike on my wish list and maintain them for years to come. Plus I need to go REALLY fast every now and again.

  23. Thank you for reporting my post.
    You will find the complete interview to Sergio Bayarri and the bike spec’s at the Inazuma Cafe.

  24. mxs says:

    Obviously, looking technically different with a lot of different metals.

    But I am scared to ask whether it can take a turn?

  25. Kurt says:

    I agree with most of the comments… to an extent.
    1. I DO love the spoked wheels. Harkens back to the days of the Cafe Racers. Been wanting to put some on my Benelli Cafe Racer to really tie the name to a design cue.
    2. I thoroughly love the reversed levers. After seeing them utilized on the “JAFM”, I turned mine around on the Benelli and LOVE the way they feel and operate. It eliminates that feel of having to push your hands to the ends of the bars to get any leverage for a set of strong levers.
    3. The exhaust is magnificent… I truly enjoy the “art” behind a set of pipes welded in sections and finished nicely. It truly adds a personal touch to the “poop shoot” of the bike.
    4. Not a huge fan of the taillight. It’s OK… but, on a bike as well thought out and executed as this… it almost feels like an afterthought. Maybe they were going for “Less is more” idea… but, I personally think they missed the mark.
    5. The carbon fiber is an awesome touch. The forks/front girder and other pieces such as the tank are a great look… especially in contrast to the color and brass, bronze, and milled aluminum.
    6. I wish I could like that swingarm… as much as I loved all the rest of the CF. But, does anyone else think it looks like a GSXR or R6 ripoff? Definitely out of character on this bike.
    7. For the people who say “But it’s got a choice of engines…” I call BULL!!! They are all V-twins. Clones of the “Harley Davidson” style. I could understand if they had a choice of V-twin, Inline 3 or 4, V-4, or a number of other styles… but, no. No such luck.

    Overall… I love it. But, if it’s going to be touted as “Custom” or “Hand made”… shouldnt it be exactly that? Build each for the paying customer. Works for VYRUS. Every bike made to suit the purchasing party…