Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

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.

2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Features 200+hp Motor

05/31/2011 @ 10:05 am, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Features 200+hp Motor 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc dyno

Bikes are starting to come out of the woodwork, as the TT Zero at the Isle of Man TT gets closer and closer. Now up is the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc that will be piloted by Michael Rutter (Mark Miller will be on a modified version of the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc at the Isle of Man as well), which features the MotoCzysz D1-11 VDR D1g1tal Dr1ve. According to the Portland-based company, the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc will be capable of over 200hp, from what looks like a 3-phase AC motor.

If our sources are right, the motor was built with help from Remy, and should be the real-deal come race time as it spins to over 10,000 rpm (electric racing fans, get ready for a power grudge-match between MotoCzysz and Lightning Motors). Of course, what you really came to this post looking for is a video of the motor and 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc testing on the company’s dyno. Find that goodness after the jump, though it should be noted the identities of the criminally fast have been concealed.

Source: MotoCzysz

Comment:

  1. Brammofan says:

    Pixellation, FTW.

  2. Shoya says:

    It’s on! The new motor looks sweet, and the drive sounds smooth… but I predict they can’t run it continuously over 100hp. The peak power numbers thrown around for EVs are starting to get fairly misleading.

  3. For what it’s worth, I believe that power number is continuous power. I’d peg peak power output around 270hp.

  4. "by 'eck Chief" This from @Asphalt_Rubber http://goo.gl/zUvyF The 2011 #MotoCzysz kicking out over 200HP, for the @TT_Races . WOW

  5. Stepon says:

    Aw SWEEEEEET!
    These guys know how to tease.

  6. elmotomadman says:

    If you check the Motoczysz website it shows Remy as a sponsor. They do make a varity of automotive motors and some are rated at +200hp continuous. The question is what model motor and inverter is Motoczysz usuing. Regarding Lightning vs Motoczysz…what is powering Lightning?

  7. d-fens says:

    A 200hp Electrobike. Will someone please tell me why I should care?

  8. Shoya says:

    200 HP continuous would be quite amazing… I don’t know how they’d get enough radiators on the bike to cool it, though!

    Also, it’d be like a 1000HP car with a 1 gallon gas tank. A short ride, but hell of fun.

  9. For some reason, the noise of this quite excites me: http://youtu.be/h8P5PprLy9w 200bhp electric bike on the dyno, via http://bit.ly/lPMSTr

  10. skadamo says:

    For some reason, the noise of this quite excites me: http://youtu.be/h8P5PprLy9w 200bhp electric bike on the dyno, via http://bit.ly/lPMSTr

  11. Tom says:

    Electric motors making power is not and has not been an issue for some time. Its making power for long periods without needing a recharge and once needed being hyper fast that remains the issue.

  12. Jim says:

    @d-fens

    Use your brain once in a while. Oil is a finite resource. I don’t know about you, but in my lifetime, I will witness the end of oil as transportation fuel. Maybe your an old geezer who won’t be around or could care less. But I do care. Electric bikes are the future.

  13. Dr. Gellar says:

    Cool! I’m happy to see that MotoCzysz will have a package that is getting closer in potential performance to the SWIGZ.COM machine of Chip Yates. Can’t wait for the debut of their ’11 E1pc, as well the new Lightning bike.

  14. rashomon says:

    “Use your brain once in a while. Oil is a finite resource. I don’t know about you, but in my lifetime, I will witness the end of oil as transportation fuel. Maybe your an old geezer who won’t be around or could care less. But I do care. Electric bikes are the future.”

    Oil may be a finite resource, but methanol or ethanol or syn-gas aren’t. Power has to come from somewhere, and it can be used to charge batteries or to make substitutes for fossil fuels when they become too expensive. Then the decision is which makes the more practical vehicle: internal combustion or electric. Until batteries improve by an order of magnitude in both energy capacity and charging rate, I know the answer to that question. Where is the MotoCzysz production Superbike if electric power is so desirable?

    And use your brain. We’re eventually doomed to 17th century poverty unless we invest in the infrastructure (nuclear, maybe thermal solar, hydro-, geo-, and maybe even wind) that actually produces net power. Abundant fossil fuel supplies give us some time; “fracking” has created natural gas reserves in the US that should last 100 years. If we don’t make those investments, of course, the Chinese, who remember more than a little about recent poverty, will: they’ve already planned to add 400 Gw of nuclear power in the next decade, at about 30 percent of the capital cost of US nuclear, and they’ve accelerated work on thorium reactors. Someone is going to own the future; it’d be a shame if it’s not us.

  15. JB3 says:

    Yeah, where is the MotoCzysz production superbike because I want one. You can’t debate the desirability of impractical toys. Porsche 918 Spyder? I’ll take one of those, too.

  16. Shoya says:

    @Tom: Right, a 200HP electric motor is nothing new. But, a 200HP motor as small as this Remy is somewhat of a big deal – it’s perhaps power dense than the motor in the Tesla roadster. And, going one step further, a motorcycle that can actually carry enough cooling apparatus to continuously run a 200HP motor of this size would be a huge deal. Of course, batteries are always the real limiting factor as you point out.

  17. Shoya says:

    ^which is why I personally do not believe that the MotoCzysz bike can run continuously at 200HP even if it was connected to grid power and maintain that calling it a 200HP machine is somewhat misleading to the general public. Unfortunately, unsupported hype is still a big problem in this industry.