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

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Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

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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

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Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

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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.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

Fuel or Electronics? Where Are Nicky Hayden & Scott Redding Losing Out on the Honda RCV1000R?

The news that Honda would be building a production racer to compete in MotoGP aroused much excitement among fans. There was much speculation over just how quick it would be, and whether it would be possible for a talented rider to beat the satellite bikes on some tracks. In the hands of active MotoGP riders, the gap was around 2 seconds at the Sepang tests. Nicky Hayden – of whom much had been expected, not least by himself – had made significant improvements, especially on corner entry. The difference in performance and the big gap to the front has been cause for much speculation. Where are the Honda production racers losing out to the Factory Option bikes?

Triumph Daytona 1050 Imagined

01/06/2011 @ 1:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

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Triumph for some time now has had these glaring holes in its model line-up, which it has only begun to address with the launching of bikes like the 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC.

One hole that still remains in this Swiss cheese product offering is a liter class sportbike. Up until the recent release of the 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R, the Daytona 675 has been single-handedly holding down Triumph’s sportbike offering; while the British company’s naked plus-sized Speed Triple has nearly become the Branch Davidian of the street biking cult status, giving Triumph fans plenty of ammo to speculate upon when Triumph would release a fully-faired 1050cc three-cylinder machine that came from the best of these two bikes.

While Triumph has still disappointed us, and not released a Daytona 1050 model, that hasn’t stopped the fine people at Triumph Che Passione from imaging what this unicorn of Inghilterra could look like. Given the fact that Triumph could build this bike fairly easily out of its common parts bin, and the higher margins liter bikes command from consumers, it’s a wonder why the British company hasn’t pursued this motorcycle this more seriously and in a more timely fashion.

Able to take the best from both the Daytona and Speed Triple lines, Triumph could easily make a potent liter-bike offering for street and track enthusiasts, and as Triumph Che Passione has shown in this photoshop, a Chimera between the two models makes for one sexy beast. While we doubt we’ll see such a model in the 2011 model year, there’s always hope for 2012.

Source: Triumph Che Passione


  1. phil says:

    I like it. They should do it.

  2. Aj says:

    If they do it, I’d rather see an under-slung exhaust like the RC8. I doubt they’ll do it though. Can the 1050 engine push out liter bike horsepower?

  3. leo says:

    WSS the 4′s get 600cc and twins get 750cc and triples get 675cc. In WSBK the 4′s get 1000cc and the twins get 1200cc wouldnt 1100cc triples make more sense????

  4. MajorTom says:

    …And it joins Performance Bike’s rendering in December 2009, and MCN’s article with accompanying render stating why “Triumph’s next bike will be a Daytona 1050!” back in 06 I think.

    It won’t happen as Triumph want to get the most out of their bikes. All the others have had and continue to lead long product lives.

    Building Litre Sports bikes is like the 1950s policy on Nuclear Warfare – the only way forward is to build more and better – I don’t believe Triumph want to be sucked into that – the litre class is too fast paced for them to throw money at continuously.

  5. Johndo says:

    I certainly wouldnt buy that. The Daytona and Speed Triple look much better seperatly.

  6. HELLman says:

    OMG!!!! I need a napkin. I just creamed myself.

    PLEASE MAKE THIS!!! Just like the phote,… no changes, make her light, make her powerful. Monoblock calipers, snarlin’ Triple with the diminutive front end of the 675!!!!

    I will sell a kidney for this.

  7. RSVDan says:

    “Building Litre Sports bikes is like the 1950s policy on Nuclear Warfare – the only way forward is to build more and better – I don’t believe Triumph want to be sucked into that – the litre class is too fast paced for them to throw money at continuously.”

    Precisely. A good friend of mine is a designer that has worked on several of the most recently Triumphs, as well as some still in the pipeline, and while every designer in Hinkley is chomping at the bit to build this bike, John Bloor has no interest whatsoever in going down that road. There have been attempts by the designers to temp Bloor into building this bike, but don’t expect it to happen. Triumph is doing a very nice business right now selling what they do, which is much more than most companies can say at the moment.

  8. jay bond says:

    Ducati 1198+aprilia RSV4=Triumph Daytona ugly

    No idea to create all new bike, hah???always cut, copy and paste from other brand…what a shame…huh..

  9. PDQ says:

    The 1050 motor is getting a bit long in the tooth now. Can’t see what would have to be a performance led bike competing with that engine. It would cost a fortune to develop & struggle to be competitive in a declining segment when Triumph are nicely turning over a profit doing what they do. Not really a good business proposition so don’t hold your breath

  10. Pete says:

    Build it and they will come. Beautiful.

  11. BikePilot says:

    The tail section is way out of proportion with the front of the bike, giving an unbalanced appearance. It will need a sbk spec 1100cc 3cyl to be competitive. The 1050 is a great mill, but not on the mark with the 1198 and liter 4cyls. I’m not positive they need to develop a whole new motor – depending on cylinder spacing there may be room for essentially overbored cylinders to achieve the extra displacement. That along with associated flow and tuning updates might just allow it to be competitive.

    Keeping at the front of the sportsbike power wars may be cost prohibitive, but it is necessary to continue development overall. The S3 and Tiger are also due for a refresh and could benefit from a few extra cc to compete with the ducati streetfighter, new Z1000, ducati multistrada etc.

  12. MikeD says:

    Someone take this “thing” to the back of the Barn, shoot it on the forehead and put it out of it’s Misery, PLEASE! Oh, don’t forget to shoot TWICE that danm 1050cc Dinosaur too, fricking thing is been around too long already.

    OH, And Triumph, get your collective heads out of your asses and design a usable Daytona 1200 Triple. Quit it with the LAME BS that “we simply can’t compete with Japan Inc when it comes to the 1Ks”… yes u can, woosies.
    Do things your way, like u have done so far… there’s no need to replicate the Japanese OEMs (4cyl, 200hp, 350lbs anorexic bikes, BUG eyed(R1), PUG faced(CBR1000RR), etc. Think throwing a Daytona 675R and a Sprint GT(minus the 1050 engine) into a blender and WUALA !!

    Bring a sharp tool out similar to the 675 but more usable and less track oriented and easier on the human “frame”.

    Ok, im done bitching…lol.

  13. DS says:

    “Building Litre Sports bikes is like the 1950s policy on Nuclear Warfare – the only way forward is to build more and better – I don’t believe Triumph want to be sucked into that – the litre class is too fast paced for them to throw money at continuously.”

    same thing was said about the 600 class, but that hasn’t stopped them

  14. MajorTom says:

    Ironic, very ironic….
    Visordown are reporting this:

    If it’s true, Triumph are shunning the ultra competitive Litre class for the ultra competitive micro bike market….

  15. MikeD says:

    If true….dang, i just got biotch slap silly. THANKS Triumph.

  16. Bob says:

    An 1100 would make more sense, fitting between the 1000 fours and 1200 twins. I doubt the’ll make one though.

  17. NORM G. says:

    actually, build it and they WON’T come. bloor knows this to be true. segment downturn not withstanding, i’d have to think anybody who is for this bike must be fairly new to motorcycling (or at least to the brand?). triumph already went down this road a little over 9 years ago when they redesigned the 955 for ’02 (remember the brief switch to a DSS?). been there, failed that. don’t think it was their goal, but it began getting compared in the US and UK rags to the then current class of liter bikes. iirc, it didn’t necessarily get panned badly in the reviews, but it certainly didn’t measure up to bikes like the then GSXR1000 (which was taking the world by storm and only in it’s 2nd model year). now fast forward the open class after nearly a decade of homologation that is the collective “arms race” of motogp, wsbk, bsb, and ama, then start comparing that to this theoretical ’12 1050 daytona. the D1050 would be a 21st century supersport that has basically trickled-down NOTHING. so keeping with the suzuki comparison, if an ’02 GSXR is basically a dinosaur in comparison to an ’09 GSXR (the most recent year of US import), then what would a ’12 daytona be to a ’12 GSXR…? if i’m not mistaken, the 1050 engine (like many triumph mills) still uses removable cylinder liners. i mean, this is laughable to japanese engineers. the 1050 was long in the tooth the instant it debut.

  18. MikeD says:

    NORM G said it.

    LOL, Why is it (or seems like it is) always like that ?…As if Triumph is playing catch up with the other OEMs when said OEMs already shifted to a higher level of the same “Game”…? For crying out loud….just to make a point, when the others had already and were using RAM AIR/CAI for decades Triumph was still using an airbox sucking HOT AIR from UNDER THE TANK, what the hell ?

    How did they ever created the ‘Tona 675 ? Total FLUKE ? Even it is starting to look like is been around for ever now. Don’t mess with success ? YEAH, that’s a doble edged one right there…