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.

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.

Here’s Your Feel-Good Moment for the Day

11/03/2013 @ 2:46 am, by Jensen Beeler22 COMMENTS

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In our quest to bring you stories that show motorcyclists in a positive light, we bring you this feel-good video of one street-biker doing his daily good deed. Kudos to this street-biker. Beers are on us, if we ever meet up. Thanks for the tip Rose!

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  1. alex says:

    Outstanding!!!

    This guy gets a six pack from me.

  2. manny varela says:

    These kind of good deeds
    is what really makes a difference,
    not only for the person in need,
    but for humanity in general.
    I absolutely love this video.
    I SALUTE THIS PURE AND KIND HEART.
    MY HAT COMES OFF FOR YOU SIR.
    Jensen thank you very much for sharing this with us.
    I appreciate it!

  3. Kevin Robb says:

    Its the little things in life that puts your faith back in humanity, well done that man.

  4. Paulo says:

    GOOD JOB!!

  5. MikeL says:

    And then a cop pulled him over for having non-OEM turn signals and wrote 3 other tickets for whatever he could think of…and kept him on the side of the road for 40 minutes.

  6. Kevin Robb says:

    Name and Shame that cop! :-P

  7. proudAmerican says:

    Great video.

    Then, some jackhole like MikeL decides to go on an anti-cop crusade…

  8. tony says:

    3 thoughts…

    1- on a mudered out pos kawasaki no less!
    2-woulda been badass if he hoiked a big wheelie after that…
    3- i once saved a womans cup of coffee from off her roof as she was drivin down the road-does that count?

    mad props to this dude, btw…have a safe and wonderful sunday eveyone !!

  9. ted says:

    It’s the little things in life like this, that count the most towards a life well lived.

    Thanks for posting this, and kudos to the biker for an inspirational video !

    :)

  10. Laura says:

    Love to see the awesomeness of most riders! We should publish more of these.

  11. Halfie30 says:

    I watch this guys Vlogs a lot. Seems like a nice, down to earth type dude. Pretty funny too. Thanks for posting!

  12. jkedsnake says:

    Thats bakerXderek I watch his Vlogs as well, he is a good person, the dude rode arround handling out water to homeless people on a hot ass day in San Bernardino.

    The dude deserves some new fairings for all his good deeds.

  13. paulus says:

    Well done. Breaking down stereotypes.

  14. Jordan Goodison says:

    Cheers mate, made my day of studying for finals much more bearable.

    Speaking of, I think a qualitative survey of egalitarian attitudes of a random sample of motorcycle riders would be interesting!

    Here in Australia, the Queensland government has been cracking down on bikies. As it stands, you could be pulled over with 2 of your mates going for a Sunday ride. There have been recent reports of sportbike riders and yes, even scooters being pulled over on suspicion. A rider was pulled over for having a sons of anarchy merch shirt. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs now, riders are being encouraged to ‘phone ahead’ when going for rides with their mates.

    I would encourage you Jenson Beeler to write an article about this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsRk99L_6pQ – watched this the other night, the guy on the right is a little bit conservative, but I was shouting at the television in agreement by the end…

  15. Norm G. says:

    re: “The dude deserves some new fairings for all his good deeds.”

    i’m thinking superleggera. charitable is as charitable does.

  16. MikeD says:

    There’s still FAITH on the Human Race. LOL.

    But seriously now, here a BAG OF COOL/SWAG for that fine gentleman. I sure sure hope that chic called KARMA has something good in store for such a kind person in short term. (^_^)

  17. ryu600rr says:

    *salute to you

  18. Kaw4Life says:

    How the hell wouldn’t! I pitty the fool that didn’t!

    Nice work Brother!

  19. DHill says:

    Are those dangling D-rings? If so please utilize them from here on out. We need to preserve your particular species.

  20. D says:

    We salute you !!!!!!