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.

Yamaha R25 Concept — Your Christmas Has Been Ruined

11/20/2013 @ 7:45 am, by Jensen Beeler36 COMMENTS

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Feeling the pressure to develop a 250cc sport bike for developing markets, Yamaha has finally released some details on the upcoming Yamaha R25, and we like what we see so far. A two-cylinder machine with racing in its blood, Yamaha’s concept is like a mini Yamaha YZR-M1 — devoid of lights and mirrors — and features racing livery with an Akrapovic exhaust to match.

The Yamaha R25 concept is an encouraging sign from Yamaha, even if what we are looking is a concept bike rather than a production-ready model.

But still, Yamaha’s approach in styling the Yamaha R25 to visually look like a miniature M1 is going to payoff huge dividends in Southeast Asia, where the bulk of the models are going to be sold, and where Rossi and Lorenzo have massive droves of fans. For us in the western world, well this bike just looks hot. We want one already.

Official words on the Yamaha R25 are few and far-between, but the tuning fork brand did release the following:

A superbike you can ride every day is the development concept behind the R25, a 250cc sport bike mounting a newly developed in-line 2-cylinder engine on a lightweight, slim and compact chassis that shares its look with the YZR-M1” MotoGP machine.

It boasts a powerful and sporty ride in the high rpm range while being easy to handle. The R25 is positioned and offered as an entry-model in the sport bike category for developed markets like Japan and Europe, and as a top performance sport bike for emerging markets, primarily throughout Asia.

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Source: Yamaha


  1. SkidLid says:

    What are the chances they’ll make a 300cc to compete against the CBR300 and Ninja 300 and sell it here? The best looking of the baby-sports so far. (Not including the KTM RC390).

  2. Norm G. says:

    re: “The Yamaha R25 concept is an encouraging sign from Yamaha…”

    …and a predictor that the tuning fork may “bring sexy back” to the R1…? yeah…! gotta capitalize on the ross while you got ‘em.

  3. Yung says:

    This bike really packs a punch!

    hahahaha i love it

  4. BBQdog says:

    A 2 cylinder …. lightweight ?? As long as we don’t get another 155+ kg ‘lightweight’ like the CBR 250R or the Ninja 250/300. Seems they have forgotten what a real lightweight is. Time will tell. Hope Yamaha surprises me. The looks are OK though.

  5. Spamtasticus says:

    If this bike were out right now and matched or exceeded the Ninja 250s performance/weight I would buy one to race immediately. I would also get my butt in gear and loose 20 lbs in order to be competitive without 200hp.

  6. Agent55 says:

    Even though its budget-minded intentions sneak past the striking bodywork, it certainly looks nicer than any of the other competitors. I wish manufacturers would go just that little bit farther (ok, KTM did) and add inverted forks and radial brakes to take the performance potential up just a little further. Plus, it wouldn’t look cheap at a glance.

  7. TexusTim says:

    @skid..I was thinking the same thing..why not punch it out to 300?..then there would be three fine bikes to run in the same class..my thinking all along has been the 250 class will move to 300.
    by the way the rims look trick..kinda like the new cbr 600rr and the 1000rr rims. best looking mini so far,it looks light but its a concept..@ spam sound like you need a litre bike ..lol

  8. MikeD says:

    STILL . . . nothing for KTM to worry about.

    It looks super sporty ( dare i say more so than the other Japanese offers ? ) with out the crazy ergos of the 600 supersports.

    Looks (and perhaps MSRP) may be spot on but as soon as you look from a short distance the ” BUDGET BIKE ” feeling starts to creep out on you. Spot on for SE Asia i guess.

    Let’s see how long they take to roll out this and how watered down will it end.

  9. MKH says:

    Yamaha should learn from Ducati and Triumph, make a “S” version, or a “R” version, slightly more expensive but there are people who will want them, either out of sporting intentions or justwant the prestige of owning something with a S or R prefix.

  10. smiler says:

    That is really nice. Good to see the Japs producing real pocket rockets again.

  11. Mike says:

    Looks good & will be happy to see it here in Asia.
    I had the same thought as to why not make it a 300 but if it is a good
    250 with a high number bore/stroke 1,50+ & good compression ratio
    it will still be fun.

    agree about the lightweight & would love to see 130kg or less?
    Lastly yeah the USD fork would be a nice touch as KTM does.

  12. This looks totally HOT, I gotta say. With the Akrapovic can on it, it pushes all the right buttons for me. WANT.

  13. Kenny says:

    You won’t see “lightweight” small bore bikes, EU licencing legislation has a restriction on power-to-weight ratio for these little bikes. The KTM 390 was designed to this specification.
    If you want a small bore sports bike you’re still gonna be looking at 2-strokes and the 90′s inline-4 250 & 400′s.
    My 2 cents, that spindly looking tube steel frame would have me running straight back to my ’88 CBR250R.

  14. BBQdog says:

    I had a Ninja 250, the engine was really fun but what spoiled it was the weight. If Yamaha manages to build a 130-135 kg max bike (wet but without fuel) they could be in business. Otherwise it is going to be just another 250cc.

  15. Roadrash says:

    Yeah baby! nice looking machine.

  16. Roadrash says:

    Even better a 500cc, I mean really who rides a 250?

  17. Roadrash says:

    Hey guys, how do I quote someone here?

  18. n/a says:

    Looks like a mini M1, eh?

    They used the same shape air intake/duct and instantly it looks like a YZR-M1. What a joke.

    Looks more like a Yamaha WR125X with R125 bodywork re-shaped at the front.

    It’s also funny how it’s supposed to be a “GP” replica, and shown in race form, yet the riding position is from a Fazer/FZ1.

    It’s no more track orientated than a mountain bike! lol

  19. meatspin says:

    yes, it is painted like an M1, but the shape is still the same as the R125. This does nothing to differentiate it from it at all. The ergos are the same as well. This bike is designed to be a sporty commuter, not a race rep.

  20. @Roadrash: “Hey guys, how do I quote someone here?”

    Copy’n’paste, baby! Welcome to the high-tech world of commenting on a blog. ;)

  21. Max says:

    Jensen really needs to install the DISQUS comment system…. Up votes/down votes ands nice structured convos. Watch the number of comment explode…

  22. We do need a better commenting system, but I’m not a fan of the third party solutions. Luckily I’ve got a designer and a developer already working on this issue. Shooting for a release in the new year.

  23. Westward says:

    I want a Rossi Replica 300cc Yamaha, with usd forks and an Akrapovic or Termignoni cans.

  24. Norm G. says:

    Q: “I mean really who rides a 250″

    A: if it doesn’t have the letters NSR in preceding the number…? chicks.

  25. BBQdog says:

    @Roadrash: I do. For years. Got the roads for it.

  26. Mike says:

    Roadrash says:
    ” I mean really who rides a 250?”

    In SE Asia ( target market ) they are very popular as are all the 20+ year old NC30-NC35′s etc.

    600-1000cc bikes here are crazy expensive due to import taxes.
    Ducati Panigale R is $69,150. USD
    A plain vanilla Panigale is over $44,000 USD

    Even a Yamaha R1 is over $25,000 USD

    That is a lot of money in countries that most locals make wages between $6 & $30 a day :)
    But people do buy them albeit mostly posers in sneakers & T-shirts or retired foreigners

    But having ridden for decades in the USA usually 600′s/9oo’s I was pleasantly surprised at how much
    fun it is wringing a 250/300′s neck thru mountain twisties here. I do not think I could go much faster (or want to) on a bigger bike. Like BBQ said if you got the roads for it, they are great fun.

  27. My first Street bike was a 1981 Suzuki GS 250T, two cylinders, 10,000 RPM redline, and it was red.

    I would’ve killed for this Yamaha when I was 15.

  28. L2C says:

    Ha ha! I loved the ad. Bike is cool too!

  29. What happens when you combine a Graves WORKS Project / 2012 Yamaha R1 / purpose-built stunt bike, a three-time XDL stunt champion, fast cars, hot girls, a helicopter, an awesome race track and film the entire event through Tyler Kirk Films?

  30. Roadrash says:

    “In SE Asia ( target market ) they are very popular as are all the 20+ year old NC30-NC35′s etc.”


  31. I love small-displacement sport bikes. I’d much rather have a hot 250 than a litre bike that would lose me my license in 1st gear.

  32. Superb looks, ergos & sleek lines. A 2014 production model by the released info as of now.

    Apropos Agent55, they really ought to put USD forks on this baby. Make it more desirable!

    Also, apparently there are slated to be 2 engines for the YZF-R25 – a single & an inline twin. Hope it makes more than 30 bhp in either configuration. Reduced weight will make it easier to flick around corners.

    About time YAMAHA launch the YZF-R6 in India!
    I for one, have been waiting with abated breath for the R6.

    KTM will launch the DUKE 690 here in 2015. But i want an inline 4.

    Lets see who wins – KTM RC 390 or the YAMAHA YZF-R25 ?

  33. TannerCortes says:

    I’ll take one. I live in the USA and unfortunately won’t be brought in.

  34. Roadrash says:

    Well, if the bike looks that good it will sell regardless. I just hope the engine will live up to the looks. Generally speaking this type of bike will not get much tech. in the engine department…..unless you consider fuel injection tech cause it surely will have FI.

  35. syafaat says:

    Do you guys notice the text “semakin di depan” on the side fairing below yamalube ? You can find it also in Rossi’s and Lorenzo’s bike.
    That’s Indonesian word for “getting ahead”.
    Why Yamaha do that? This bike is for global market, isn’t it? Why bother putting it?
    I assume because Yamaha can live healthy today because of Indonesian market, who only ride 115-150 cc yamaha.
    So, who ride 250 cc?
    A LOT

  36. claudia says:

    I almost think this isn’t necessary. I used to ride a 750 GSXR just fine. I’m 5ft tall female. This bike seems even a little too small for me. But, I’m sure there are a bunch of squids out there just dying to get their d**k skinners on something like this. It’s nice but I think the plastics are better spent on at least a 600.