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.

Picts & Video of Valentino Rossi at the Monza Rally Show

11/25/2013 @ 12:30 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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Every year Valentino Rossi competes in the Monza Rally Show in Italy, and The Doctor does quite well for himself at the event — he was the winner of the rally at last year’s event. For 2014, Rossi found himself on the podium once again, scoring a second place finish with his VR46 team and Carlo Cassina as his co-driver.

Rossi & Co. were bested by WRC’s Dani Sordo and his rally-spec Citroen, though to be fair, Rossi himself had a works Ford at his disposal. Perhaps too many wheels, the event is a fun end to The Doctor’s racing season, as the nine-time World Champion enjoys competition in a variety of forms. For those wondering, Uccio finished ninth.

“For me this is one of the highlights of the year – I get to race against my friends and there is very little pressure to perform,” said Rossi. “It is a shame that I didn’t get the overall wins today but I’m proud of four stage wins which is incredible for me. And I get to see all of the fans from rally and MotoGP which is great.  I’m coming back next year!”

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Source: VR46

Comment:

  1. sideswipeasaurus says:

    At least he didn’t come in 4th.

  2. jon jon says:

    I used to eat any Rossi news up like there is no tomorrow, now after Ducati gate, and crew-chief gate. i just don’t care that much anymore. I feel sad about this, but I see him as an attention-seeking has-been.

  3. Bruce says:

    @jon jon

    Exactly, such a loser and a has-been. 4th best road racer in the World this year, and also dropped to 51st highest paid athlete in the World on the Forbes list, with overall earnings of $22M (for riding a motorcycle). Then goes out attention-seeking by accepting an invitation to drive an exotic factory works rally car, and in typical loser fashion finishes second to a WRC regular who is another Spaniard like those three other guys he lost to this year. How’s the guy even look in the mirror each morning? You and I would have long since preserved our dignity by quitting racing the moment we weren’t number one and would have retired quietly to a life of watching game shows and walking the dog in our pajamas.

  4. claudia says:

    ……….all the way to the bank.

  5. frod04 says:

    hate on haters, Vale is still a GOAT!

  6. Far Canal says:

    @Jon – that might just be one of the most asinine comments I’ve seen recently – who is the luck recipient of your favor these days?

  7. Rockett says:

    ” retired quietly to a life of watching game shows and walking the dog in our pajamas.” That is apparently YOUR life! VR get attention wherever or whatever he does. He is a legend. Weather he is currently winning or not, one thing he isn’t is a looser or a quitter. Haters gonna hate and losers like you are gonna comment about it.

  8. smiler says:

    Well said Bruce. Some people have the attention and loyalty span of Gold Fish.
    Looks like lorenzo was his co driver in the vid. Now that would be funny.

  9. Gutterslob says:

    I miss the homologated turbo days of WRC.
    These modern day electronic-ladden hatchbacks don’t quite do it for me.

  10. John D'Orazio says:

    Fact is, Moto GP would not be what it is today without the considerable influence of Rossi. The kids who are beating today grew up watching him race, being inspired by him and learning from what they saw. Through his buoyant personality, Rossi has been a great ambassador for the sport and his influence will be felt for years. While his days of dominance may be behind him, he is always a threat any time he saddles up. I, for one, hope that when he stops competing, he will transition to a meaningful role elsewhere in the sport. He is still the GOAT.

  11. SkidLid says:

    @Rockett

    “retired quietly to a life of watching game shows and walking the dog in our pajamas.” That is apparently YOUR life! VR get attention wherever or whatever he does. He is a legend. Weather he is currently winning or not, one thing he isn’t is a looser or a quitter. Haters gonna hate and losers like you are gonna comment about it.”

    Your grasp or sarcasm is amazing! You should teach that shit.

  12. Bruce says:

    @rockett

    Lol. Your response cracked me up. Seems like SkidLid, Smiler and probably everyone else understood my use of sarcasm. I know it’s the lowest form of wit, but I couldn’t resist. I’m a fan of a lot of these racers, not just Vale, but I can’t get my head around the arguments of some who say Vale should go away while he is still a top four racer and still enjoying himself.

    By definition there is only one World Number One at any given time in any given sport. Does that mean the rest of their competitors should just quit? The way some argue, Dorna should simply run a 3-man grid each race with Marquez, Lorenzo, and Pedrosa, and send the rest home.

    Rossi continues to be a great ambassador for the sport, he seems to be enjoying his job, and he’s paid well for it. Why quit?