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.

MotoGP: Race Results from Motegi

10/26/2013 @ 11:27 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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MotoGP Race Results from the Japanese GP at Motegi, Japan:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeKM/HDiff.
1Jorge LORENZOYamaha Factory RacingYamaha162.342’34.291
2Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda162.1+3.188
3Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.1+4.592
4Alvaro BAUTISTAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda161.1+19.755
5Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda160.9+22.810
6Valentino ROSSIYamaha Factory RacingYamaha160.8+24.637
7Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.6+27.496
8Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.4+30.969
9Nicky HAYDENDucati TeamDucati160.0+37.010
10Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati159.7+42.944
11Katsuyuki NAKASUGAYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha159.0+53.345
12Colin EDWARDSNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki158.4+1’03.213
13Randy DE PUNIETPower Electronics AsparART158.2+1’06.840
14Andrea IANNONEEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati158.1+1’08.218
15Yonny HERNANDEZIgnite Pramac RacingDucati157.5+1’18.240
16Hector BARBERAAvintia BlusensFTR157.5+1’19.108
17Hiroshi AOYAMAAvintia BlusensFTR157.3+1’21.174
18Danilo PETRUCCICame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter156.8+1’30.546
19Michael LAVERTYPaul Bird MotorsportART153.7+2’23.358
20Claudio CORTINGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki154.41 Lap
21Damian CUDLINPaul Bird MotorsportPBM153.41 Lap
22Bryan STARINGGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda153.21 Lap
Not Classified
Aleix ESPARGAROPower Electronics AsparART158.312 Laps
Luca SCASSACardion AB MotoracingART144.323 Laps
Lukas PESEKCame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter139.323 Laps

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Yamaha Racing

Comment:

  1. Josh says:

    Talk about a snoozer…… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. SBPilot says:

    I wonder if Repsol Honda will tell DP to help MM in Valencia, now that DP is out of the running for the title. DP should help him in anyway as a teammate.

    I’m impressed by Alvaro, he never complains about his bike, yet he has probably the most right to since he’s the only one on Showa suspension and Nissin brakes. Constantly beating Bradl on a full factory bike with the same components are the factory bikes.

  3. SBPilot says:

    I’m also quite impressed with Lorenzo, this guy is totally focused, totally on top of his game.The way he rides is in full control, not a step out of line. It’s boring to watch, but at the same time quite memorizing.

    None the less, I’m still impressed with MM being able to come second. With no previous data, he can beat DP who won there last year and easily could have set the bike up the same. Where MM had only 45 min to do a dry set up. Plus the fact he crashed very very hard the same day as the race. Quite the kid.

  4. Jw says:

    I have never liked JL much as a person, too many off putting antics, but I do respect him as a racer! I could see this track was not an easy weekend for many, yet Jorge had the determination both here and after he busted his CB a few months ago (that I figured would take him off his title defense). What I don’t get is his engine allocation is bad, he’s running a tired engine at this track, right? yet MM could not slip past on the long straight. JL ran a perfect race. I liked the thumbs up he gave MM BEFORE THE START. Even if he looses title he is a true champion!

    I do not get how the tired engine could overcome the mighty Honda power

    May the better man win!

  5. Jw says:

    I need that DR. Z or X guy to chime in here with his brilliant knowledge, as I am just the student..

  6. Joe says:

    I think the team order effective already at Motegi. Thats huge different between 13 and 9 pts if DP stuck in the middle. DP didn’t intend to pass even MM ran wide a few times, he can only push once MM hunt down JL, but it never happen, so…. DP, you beat Rossi and get the co-pilot job done, nice!

  7. Westward says:

    All Marquez has to do is finish fourth or better and he’s the champion. It’s interesting to hear Lorenzo find the silver lining in all of this, by focusing on the idea that he has more victories during the season.

  8. The MotoGP race sure didn’t offer the antics of Moto3 or Moto2. I really enjoyed watching MM93 attempt to get ahead of JL99, but I’m also happy to see Jorge win. The thumbs up before the race was great! MM might have annoyed JL in the beginning of the season, but I suspect there’s the possibility of that relationship warming up in the future.

  9. David says:

    Sad watching an old guy like Rossi clinging to his past. But I really can’t blame him for trying to hang on. Seen it happen in sports many times.

    Starting to look like the Ducati wasn’t the whole problem.

    But Rossi is still a great Champion and person. I hate to see him go out like this.

  10. Mike says:

    David says:
    “””Sad watching an old guy like Rossi clinging to his past.”””

    Not to worry about Rossi too much.

    He is doing something he loves.
    Good on him. Not to mention 4th in the world is nothing to sneeze at
    Most men go out doing something they hate. He continues in the sport he loves
    & has done more in it than anyone else has or will for who knows how long.

    This is what makes Rossi great! He is not just racing for $$$
    He is doing what he loves.

  11. vman2957 says:

    “Sad watching an old guy like Rossi clinging to his past.”

    Two years on a Duc hasnt done anyone any good. Ducati wasn’t the whole problem ? When has he been beaten by a duc this year ?

    Rossi is doing well considering all the competition and a confidence ruining two seasons.

    Anyone that thinks otherwise has never actually raced a bike. Or clings to trackdays like its actual racing.

  12. Norm G. says:

    re: “Sad watching an old guy like Rossi clinging to his past. But I really can’t blame him for trying to hang on. Seen it happen in sports many times.”

    NATCORK.

    re: “Starting to look like the Ducati wasn’t the whole problem.”

    Netherlands, worse results ever. Germany, massive 4 car pile up. Spies, put paid to his career as I predicted.

    breaking news…!!! it’s the whole problem.

  13. Jimbo says:

    Are you guys all kidding me? “sad to see rossi clinging on to his past”!!!!

    He’s the fourth best guy on the track! Sure he is too old to now beat the 3 Spanish Masters but he can cane everyone else as sunday showed. He came off track got into 12th then powered up the field and even got past moany “there a conspiracy at Yamaha” crutchlow.

    I assume the reason everyone is so negative about him is they are comparing him to his old GOAT self. Dont he is “past it”. Compare him to everone elso on the field. He is the fourth best in the world so he sure as hell deserves one of the four factory places!

    This sport is a niche sport. Rossi has done so much to make it more popular. Even if you hate him you must admit we need him to keep the sport popular to continue. MM will be able to take up that mantle at some point but the other good riders just dont have the personalities to attract fans.

    Great race for him and happy

  14. Mr.X says:

    IDK, Marquez was roughed up. Aren’t they all pretty banged up by October?