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.

More Photos of the Suzuki V-Strom Concept

11/13/2012 @ 7:49 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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Suzuki is remaining fairly tight-lipped about its V-Strom Concept it is showing at EICMA in Italy, which first broke cover last month at the INTERMOT show in Germany. Simply saying that the model will eventually be built (in 2014?), it is not clear how close what we see here is to the production version.

A much needed revamp to its adventure bike offering, the real question for the Japanese company will be whether the new Suzuki V-Strom will be too little too late. Photos after the jump.

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Comment:

  1. loki says:

    The more I look at it, the uglier it gets.

  2. John says:

    Gotta agree, that is one ugly bike. Why do all these “adventure” bikes have beaks?? Ooofa.

  3. Brett says:

    Like it, but it might be a bit of a horse to someone like me

  4. Dan says:

    potential…

  5. MikeD says:

    Still Mehh, lot’s of mehhh.
    Everyday a new heavy-weight pops-up the subdued, understated, super achiever, semi-affordable Super Tenere looks better and better.

  6. Dabber says:

    I like it! These type of bikes are made for me being long legged. I also like the more modern theme.

  7. PWarren4 says:

    Too little too late?

    I highly doubt it. As a R1200GS Adventure rider, I’ll be the first to admit – That SumBi!ch is expensive. I’m sure that there are many others that feel the same way, and as history has always shown, this Stormtrooper should be a sizable bit cheaper in comparison to anything German, Italian or English.

    History has also shown the V-Strom to be worthy of comparison to the Euros in regards to capability and aftermarket farkle support, too. This bike will do what 98% of the adventure riding crowd will need.

    Hate to be contradictory: NO! I’m not giving up my GS for one or anything else!

  8. GBell says:

    ADVENTURE-based Sport-TOURERS ARE STUPID! A GS was cool. But now having a dozen models like this shows no imagination and besides they are becoming the SUVs of the motorcycle world – purchased by people who never go off road and don;t need 7 inches travel – i understand they are comfy, sporty and long distance capable but that is only because no one makes a proper sport touring bike .. the FJRs, GTRs, Trophy, R-RT, K-GT have all become pigs (I own one of these pigs among many sport bikes)…

    This is not rethinking modern sport touring – this is giving up and copying what you think will sell.

  9. pooch says:

    Another person (GBell_) mistaking their opinions as fact, and showing asotunding ignorance of real facts of how the Vstrom is considered in critical circles. (Read any bike magazine review – yeah, people who actually know what they are talking about) It’s a highly acclaimed bike than is NOT a dedicated offroader, but is more than capable when you want to do it. It’s NOT a sport tourer either. It’s an *all rounder* that does many things very well indeed.

    It’s one hell of a lot lighter and more manoeverable than the Elephant that is the GS, and less than half the price. It will do many things offroad that a GS will tip you over on your arse trying to do, or crush you under it.

    Yeah – I own one. (DL650) Of 15 bikes I have had from the 80′s to now, it is easily my favourite. It is far from the fastest I have owned. (that was my R1) It is FAR from the prettiest I have owned, in fact I’m first to admit it is butt-ugly, but I don’t ride a bike for how it looks any more – I’m no longer of an age where looking cool matters – not one damn. But it’s punchy, economical, it does great things offroad (with the right tyres) I can ride all day, every day, for a week, and not cripple myself… It’s far and away the best, most versatile, smile-inducing bike I have ever had. Period.

    When you grow out of the crotch-rocket stage, you’ll appreciate these bikes.

  10. Brett says:

    As far as the reason-to-be for these bikes I’m with pooch. I’ve ridden the Vee and the Wee and own a Tiger 800 roadie. These bikes are great on ridiculously twisty, rugged, poorly maintained mountain roads where you can never be sure what lies in the road around the next turn. The guys I hang with love the backroads, this spring a Panigale rider went with us, he started waving and turned back after maybe a mile, I was expecting him to leave us in the dust, but the 1st pothole he hit destroyed his confidence.

  11. Keith says:

    meh, the older I get the smaller I want…really, just can’t see a need for anything over 650-750cc. I guess I’m the weirdo.