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.

2011 Honda CB1000R Priced at $10,999

12/01/2010 @ 7:35 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

2011 Honda CB1000R Priced at $10,999 2011 honda cb1000r 6 635x476

More news from American Honda, as the 2011 Honda CB1000R will be priced at $10,999 when it finally comes to American soil in the new year. The Honda CB1000R goes up against the industry-wide belief that naked sport bikes don’t sell here in the United States (there might be a point to that line of reasoning), and the CB1000R will have to contend with another new but not-so-naked liter-bike contender: the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 (Z1000SX to our European friends, or misguided Americans).

There certainly is more than one motorcycle manufacturer competing for the hearts and minds of riders who are looking for a sporty bike, without the sporty sitting position. As for the incumbents, Honda seems to have priced itself slightly above the Yamaha FZ1 ($10,490), and Kawasaki Z1000 ($10,599), which isn’t terribly shocking and sticks to their usual pricing scheme. True to American fashion, you can get the 2011 Honda CB1000R in any color you want, as long it’s black. Photos and technical spec’s after the jump.

2011 Honda CB1000R Technical Specifications:

Engine Type: 998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder

Bore and Stroke: 75mm x 56.5mm

Compression ratio: 11.2:1

Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Induction: PGM-FI Fuel Injection with automaticenrichment circuit and 36mm throttle bodies

Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping

Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed

Final Drive: #530 O-ring chain

Suspension
Front: 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Rear: Single gas-charged HMAS shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability;
5.0 inches travel

Brakes
Front: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310mm discs
Rear: Single 256mm disc

Tires
Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear: 180/55ZR-17 radial

Wheelbase: 56.9 inches

Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0°

Trail: 99mm (3.9 inches)

Seat Height: 32.5 inches

Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve

Color: Pearl Black

Curb Weight*: TBD

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.

Source: Honda America

Comment:

  1. hero kerala says:

    in Malaysia, the price maybe almost near 100k…bikers only ride the bike in their dreams ….so sad

  2. Jake Fox says:

    Leave it to Honda to make my Speed Triple look like a supermodel in comparison. It looks like a Cylon with Down syndrome.

  3. Joey Wilson says:

    You’d better get used to these sorts of motorcycles: After the worldwide economic melt-down and the recognition that the Japanese make LOTS of money in Asia now, we are going to see more ‘rest-of-the-world’ and ‘European-styled’ bikes and less fatso Harley clones and bikes that only fit the American market. Everyone that always felt a lot of cool bikes were sold elsewhere but not here, your day is on the way.

  4. Sean in Oz says:

    I would really like to find a naked that suits my needs however all the litre nakeds are too heavy, too tall in the seat and typically lacking in rear suspension adjustment. A litre motor in a Triumph Street Triple R would be ideal, however the new Speed Triple failed to follow the same path.

  5. Brij says:

    I dont get it!! People bitch and whine about Europe having all the best choices and nothing comes to the states! Well there you have it people honda listened .. now put money where your mouth is!!! Thankyou honda for listening, i hope the bike sells as expected!

  6. BikePilot says:

    I’m a big fand of liter+ nakeds and glad honda is bringing it over to the states, but its got 2-cylinders too many and is fugly.

  7. ML says:

    When we couldn’t have it, everyone wanted it. Now that its on its way, everyone shows their true opinion on it-they hate it.

    I personally did want this bike when I saw it about two years ago in a British magazine. Now, I’m over it. It’s been too long and the novelty of owning a euro only bike is gone since everything seems to be on its way going forward. I bought a Monster to get my naked fix and I’m glad I did. Its beautiful and the most fun bike I’ve owned.

    Plus, there are other bikes that are coming that look appealing to me. The new MV tripple and the ZX-10R (Would paint it red if I got it). One of these two will be my next bike.

  8. Damo says:

    I for one am extremely glad that they brought it over. I owned a Honda 919 and it was one of the best bikes I have ever owned. The powerplant has alot of potential and the ergos are great on it. I would however do a headlight swap on it within a week of purchase.

    I was hoping they brought this to the states as I was in the market for a new bike. I stumbled upon a mint 2003 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille for $3500 and bought that instead!

  9. MikeD says:

    I want a CB1300. Like ML said, im over this. They are not even bothering in offering that crazy Green shade that they have/had in Europe or the white/blue/red Combo that would go so great with the whole U.S.A Flag’s Colors.

  10. Isis says:

    I like it. At least it’s really a naked instead of the pretender that the Z1K turned into. I just picked up an older Z, (almost got a 919 hornet, but went for the better looking bike, imo) for dirt cheap but if I were in the market, this would top the list. This thing is sweet, but with the way new bike sales have been going, I’m not sure bringing a “fringe-market” bike into the mix is the smart play, but what do I know.

  11. BryanDH says:

    I think it’s a great-looking bike. I almost bought a 919 a few years back. I might even buy one of these new ones at the end of next year.

  12. RobG says:

    I’m glad it’s coming here, but WTF are they thinking? Black only? Sorry I’ll never own a black motorcycle. Too cliche. Besides, I just bought a new Z1000 and am loving it.

  13. Damo says:

    I am a Honda fanboy to the core and I love the bike, but isn’t the Z1000 faster (on paper), cheaper and arguably much better looking?

    I have been very impressed with Kawasaki’s pricing and marketing scheme lately. They seem hell bent on grabbing more market share.

  14. MattP (from OZ) says:

    My dad saw one of these in a shop just over twelve months ago and went there to buy it, next to it was a 08 Repsol CBR1000RR (dad been drooling over the Repsol’s for years) picked it up for only $500 less then the cb1000r, he hasnt looked back since (he also couldnt justify paying more for a watered down CBR1000RR).

    11K is a pretty good price, i know it wouldnt be quite as good as a Z1000 or a speed triple. but still good value for cash