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

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 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

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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

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Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

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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?

Ducati Helps You Wake Up with DesmoTime

12/23/2013 @ 1:34 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

Ducati Helps You Wake Up with DesmoTime desmotime

If you are like me, you dread the moment when your alarm clock jolts you to life with its slumber-shattering tones – there is nothing I hate more than an early morning wake up, unless a Sunday Morning Ride is attached to it…and even then I will have some under-the-covers curses to say before I embrace the morning. Luckily, there’s an app for that.

Understanding that not all motorcyclists are morning people, and that others like to have a little bit more Desmo on their smartphones, Ducati has put together an alarm and timer iPhone application that features, you guessed it, the engine sounds of its motorcycles.

Ducati has also made the “DesmoTime” app function like a tabletop clock, complete with weather conditions, in case you want to show off your affinity for the Bologna brand at your office. The Italian motorcycle brand says that new dashes and sounds will be added to the app over time, as well. You can download it from the iTunes App Store here.

Source: Ducati


  1. AlexOnTwoWheels says:

    Just tried to use this app. No motorcycle sounds unless you “register on the website”, which you go to do and everything is in italian, with no english translation option. I fumblefucked my way through registration (not mobile optimized), and have absolutely no idea what I agreed to in the checkboxes I had to check to submit… I might have just joined Mussolini’s “black shirts”. The conformation email to me was even in italian, despite the fact that I selected “USA” when I registered.

    The app will not make any sound if your phone is in silent mode (unlike every other alarm clock app which will of course override silent mode to make sure you wake up), so if you decide to depend on this app to wake up, remember to switch your audio on.

    Additionally, the repeat feature will only allow you to set repeat for a specific day, not “everyday”.

    If anyone from Ducati, or the agency they probably paid way too much to do this, I can only say… “C’mon. C’mon. C’mon!!! C’MON!!!!!!!!”. And also a request to please test this stuff before you release it with the Ducati name on it.

  2. ML says:

    Uhh, hmm…

    I guess I’ll download it and give it a shot. Might as well make use of this iPad I got as a gift a while back.

  3. Kevin C says:

    Hopefully its coming for Android. I’m one of *those* that likes to wake up early….there’s just something about that early morning air.

  4. ZMoto says:

    I read this and got pretty excited. Then I downloaded it to my iPhone. It was on there for maybe 90 seconds before I deleted it. Half of it is in Italian (despite telling it I wanted English), and you have to register with to get access to any of the recorded engine noises as alarms. Oh, and why does it want location services enabled?

    Try again.

  5. FranktheTank says:

    I haven’t tried it yet but I am assuming it wants your location so it can provide you weather services like Beeler stated it has above. Or maybe Ducati is trying to get that secret demographic data of those who like motorcycles AND alarm clocks, that’s sensitive information, right.

  6. arkangel says:

    @ frank- ha ha . & I. guess the reason you download the engines – are each are different – some dry / some not – like do you take cream in your morning coffee ZMoto? I ride “dry” thank you! Now I gotta remember my samn password .. spy vs spy

  7. arkangel says:

    @ frank- ha ha . & I. guess the reason you download the engines – are each engine sounds different – some dry / some not – its like do you take cream in your morning coffee ZMoto? … I ride “dry” thank you!
    Now I gotta remember my damn password .. spy vs spy

  8. jet says:

    Long as they don’t have any un-corked harley’s i may have some fun w/ this…

  9. Matt says:

    Does anyone know how I can get this (app???) on Windows 95? That’s all I’ve got.

  10. Bern says:

    Its got a few bugs to work out.
    Not everyone uses metric.
    When I have the alarm set to off I don’t expect it to go off (asking too much?)
    Snooze button is in Italian… Took me forever to figure that one out.
    When it goes off you have to open the app to turn it off. Unlike the iPhone alarm that just gives you a button.

    Ill keep it for a bit but wont use it too much until some of the bugs are gone.

  11. Big Mickey says:

    Re Bern’s comments: wonder if a TSB will be issued to take it into the dealer for a software update with the DDS?

  12. sideswipeasaurus says:

    Now if the would make one for us Honda fans. How about with different alarm sound choices of Honda’s famous race bikes? RC212V, RC211V, NSR500, RC-51, RC-30, and my favorite the RC-166. That’ll get me up!

  13. paulus says:

    If it made the sound of somebody trying to steal my mototrcycle… now that would wake me up!