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.

Video: Blood & Oil

01/21/2014 @ 4:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

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For many, the winter time represents the long hours our bikes must sit idly by in their garages, waiting for the snow and ice to thaw so we can once again use them to embark on our two-wheeled wanderlust. For some, the time is meted out with other pursuits or interest, and for others the time is spent in the work shed, modifying, creating, building. This video is for the latter group, the ones who have oil in their blood, and a passion to create.

A short film by Cale Glendening, Blood & Oil is “about wanting to create, be more awake and to be more alive.” With dark beats and subtle prose, there is some good meat to digest here from Glendening, and the film is filled with emotion. What that emotion is will probably vary from viewer to viewer. Let us know how it touched you in the comments.

Source: Vimeo

Comment:

  1. paulus says:

    visually interesting…
    What I got from it was; a lot of ‘beardy blokes’ sitting around… then off for a blast at the end.

  2. Chris Blair says:

    We are a really varied group aren’t we? Motorcyclists that is. Thanks for the share Jensen.

  3. Jw says:

    Bravo,

    this really represents the common mans bike for so many riders that cannot afford what so commonly is showcased on A and R. The heart and soul of the enthusiast we salute you

  4. gabe says:

    Narration by Optimus Prime

  5. Norm G. says:

    or Albus Dumbledore.

  6. Mariano says:

    Instead of “Blood and oil” it should’ve been titled ” PBR’s, American Spirits, and ironic moustaches” if you know what I mean…

  7. jereme says:

    Yes, second what Mariano had a hard time getting out. Their “hipster powder puffs”.

  8. shawn says:

    this video is essentially what can be found here.. http://hipsterbikevideos.tumblr.com/

  9. H.L. says:

    The voice with the dark music blends flawlessly. The build up and transition into the riding was very nice but short. I rode in light snow yesterday so seeing the rider in the snow was cool. Whether it’s 20 degrees or 90 degrees, I ride….We ride….

  10. Richard Burton says:

    i second what Mariano implied. lots of cute facial hair, skinny jeans and hands too soft to have built anything shown in this video.

    why is it that the simple act of getting on your bike and having a ride when no one is looking -has to be documented, fetishized, and published for all to see as something so cool/so HOLY that you are so SPECIAL?

    god, people. its a bike. we all love them. just ride and enjoy them and what they do for you life -both good and bad. don’t film in grainy black and white every goddam time you flip the kick starter out.

  11. Frank says:

    I follow what many people are saying here. I’m all for making the everyday pleasures of moto life seem more EPIC and cool, but they lost me at the shot of the tattooed bar tender. I get it – we are all motorcyclistics in different walks of professional life. And we all share the same passion on a base level. But that’s when it feels very much like it is all about the ‘scene.’ More bike riding and less slow-mo, cold breathe mustache shots (allowed by the aesthetic choice of open faced helmet-whomwhoooom). Feels like they are trying too hard to convince the audience and themselves alike of how ‘cool’ it all is. We know it’s fun. No need to preach to the converted. Perhaps it’s about swaying more people to join the club. I’m all for that. But if that’s the case the message is made fuzzy by all the hipster fashion. You don’t need to ‘be cool’ to rehab a cafe racer :)

    In all seriousness though- another ok digital film made about the growing, yet still marginal cafe/customer mod scene with silly narration.

  12. Frank says:

    cafe custom mod scene*

  13. Jorge says:

    4 out of 5 stars, would be 5 out of 5 but I didn’t see any shots of artisan cheese being made.

  14. Jim Hollinrake says:

    This is the most pretentious thing yet, even worse that The Wilderness Collective.

  15. tony says:

    omfg! are they serious? or is the whole thing SUPPOSED to be ironic? congrats me! i made it through 2:02 seconds…

    nice one, btw, jorge. fuckin hilarious comment!

  16. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    What Jorge wrote made me laugh out loud in my cube–which blew my cover as nosey coworkers peaked over to see what I was doing.

    This is a tough crowd today. I thought it was better than the hippie film (from Portland?) where a bunch of weirdos threw food around and used motorcycles to make food. That one drew critical aclaim from these bloggers.

  17. SBPilot says:

    Agree with what the general feel people have here towards the video. I’m all for art, fashion and I appreciate all that and all riders. But this group of hipsters have really created this niche bike related pretentiousness that I really despise. All they care is about the look, hence, having to make endless videos about themselves in super slo mo sitting on their bike while zooming in on their horrible tattoos.

    @Shawn, that’s a great link that really showcases all the garbage this group has created. $200 used helmets. $300 shirts just because it says Deus on it. Please. If I’m paying that much, it better be hand made in Italy with the name Ermengildo Zegna on it, not Deus.

  18. L2C says:

    “Quiet is the post of the driven. Freedom is not levity, but the untold fight of the knowing. A force understood only by those who possess it.”

    This line reminded me of the conversation between Carl Fox (played by Martin Sheen) and his son Bud Fox (played by Charlie Sheen) in the Oliver Stone film Wall Street, when Carl said to Bud:

    CARL FOX: Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others.

    In the movie, Carl Fox was a blue collar worker who knew a lot about keeping his nose to the grindstone in order create something of intrinsic value. Fox and his remarks stood in stark contrast to exploitative, opportunist Wall Street stockbroker Gordon Gekko’s “I create nothing.,” and Gekko’s obsession with things of instrumental value.

    Gekko lied to Bud when he said that he didn’t create anything. Gekko created misery, mostly, among other things.

    If you have some understanding of Carl and Gordon, and what it means to exist in a capitalist society, you would know that even though the two characters are at odds with one another, “the picture” is not as black and white as either character would suggest. You would know that the picture is much more abstract and complicated. Fuzzy. Bud Fox would be the embodiment of that.

    ***

    “The crush and allure of pure acceleration.”

    Contains everything one needs to know in order to understand Casey Stoner.

    ***

    “Chase it down. Chase it down.”

    Valentino Rossi, current.

    ***

    “…for others the time is spent in the work shed, modifying, creating, building.”

    For some of us, that’s what the film is about. For some of us, that’s what our lives are about.

    The film was thought-provoking. It was good. Thanks for sharing it.

  19. Funnyman6869 says:

    That Voice!! WOW! Reminiscent of The Original NFL FILMS GUY.
    I WISH ALOT MORE THINGS FROM THIS FILM BUT……I WANNA HEAR THIS GUY NARRATE EVERY MOTORCYCLE “ANYTHING” from here on out!

  20. Mike says:

    I don’t mind most of the hipster stuff. To each their own. But canvas shoes and no socks on a motorcycle? Criminey, now that’s ducking fumb.

  21. Big Mickey says:

    Reminds me of a motorcycle version of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpHU6TkqWjs

  22. GM says:

    Jorge, that was fantastic! I’m still trying to stifle my laughter so my coworkers don’t know I’m wasting time.

    Mike, amen dude. I said the same thing when I saw that.

    I want to hear this guy narrate other things. Cooking recipes, Ikea instructions…

  23. The Pox says:

    This video just underscores that cafe / naked bikes are the new ‘fixie’.

    F-ing hipster trash. Ugh. I’m laying 20 bucks the Discovery Channel is working up a ‘reality’ show. . . based around men knowing more about skinny jeans than they do about carburetors or valve clearances.