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.

Spotted: 2013 Triumph Daytona 675

10/19/2012 @ 10:39 am, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

Spotted: 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 01 635x357

Expected only to get a modest makeover for the new model year, we now have proof that the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 will bring us mostly only cosmetic upgrades in its new revision. Featuring a frame and updated bodywork, perhaps the most noticeable change to the Triumph Daytona 675 is the absence of an undertail exhaust on the three-cylinder supersport, which has been replaced with a GP-style side exhaust can and routing.

Anticipated to be receiving the same update as we saw with the 2013 Triumph Street Triple, the Daytona 675′s motor has likely been untouched, while the new frame and subframe assemblies benefit from a weight reduction (13 lbs on the Street Triple), and improved handling characteristics. We can likely expect similar gains on the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675, with the GP-style exhaust helping Triumph get past stricter European emissions standards.

Expect to see the official unveiling of the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 at the EICMA show on November 12th. Two more photos are after the jump.

Spotted: 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 02 635x473

Spotted: 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 03 635x850

Source: Triumph675.net & 675.cc

Comment:

  1. Afletra says:

    No more undertail exhaust? Yeah…looks slimmer and better for me, kind of “Panigale” style from the rear.

  2. BBQdog says:

    From the back the tail is not bad, from sideways it looks too long.

  3. Ken C. says:

    In some of the other spy photos I’ve seen, the exhaust does not look like a Panigale exhaust, but more of a traditional can. It’s not ugly, but it’s not as sexy like the Duc.

  4. Chris says:

    Interesting that it didn’t get the new swingarm that the striple has, though it is less rounded than the old one.

    I like the GP style exhaust, mainly from a function point of view, but I think my ’11 is still the better looking bike.

  5. Giova says:

    No matter what they do to the Daytona it will never come close to the beauty of the F3.

  6. MikeD says:

    @Giova:

    Not suposed to. The F3 is a PREMIUN offer for riders with deep pockets.
    The Triumph is more like a Corvette ZR1…it can run with most of the “supercars” and yet u don’t have to inherit an OIL FIELD in Saudi Arabia to be able to afford one…(not that owning an oil field wouldn’t help, LOL).
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    Now…a little nitpicking.

    New subframe looks like plastic. Old version looked much better.
    What’s with the ridiculous silver strip next to the headligths ? Take it off.
    Front disc’s carriers need to be BLACK. Has the back sprocket always been black ? Good choice.
    I like that rear end view…usually i fall for the thick ones but this anorexic is doing it for me…LMAO.
    That tire/subframe gap makes it look very Panigalish.
    Body work integrated tail lite ? S1000RR. Love the skinny LED blinkers…but the front ones should had been integrated into the mirror’s body(higher more vissable location).
    Same tires as the 1199 ? Pattern looks similar. Could be wrong.

  7. MikeD says:

    P.S: Factory frame sliders ? YES.
    Like the new air intake, less busy-cleaner look. The lite on top of it reminds me the crown of a Gundam’s “Tiara”…LOL.
    Seems there’s no “ABS rings”… so no ABS and/or TC…………yet ?
    I think any further skinning is pointless w/out good quality photos.
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    @BBQdog:

    I think the “snout” is longer, the windshield lower and the tail too…..thus the longer “optical illusion” ? Maybe it is longer… (o_O)

  8. BBQdog says:

    @MikeD: compared to an Aprilia RSV4 (tail ends well before end of rear tyre) this one looks very long.
    The RSV4 seat seems to end at rear tyre centre, the 675′s at rear tyres end.
    And the F3 may look nicer, but I think I would prefer the 675 as it seems less peakier and I suspect it to be more reliable. I love the version with Ohlins.

  9. jack says:

    Any comparo I have read, the Daytona blows the doors off the F3, so to speak. Beautiful bike, but you might want to ride it sometime. I would really like to see the new Daytona in person before making any judgrment, but the subframe on the older bike does look a lot better.

  10. Rob04 says:

    Nope, it does not come close to the beauty of the F3, that’s because the F3 is in a category of it’s very own, run’s like crap but boy does it look good!

  11. Superlight says:

    Interesting update; some of it I like, some I don’t. The new tail looks much better except for the license plate bracket. I think I’ll like the new exhaust, but I haven’t seen a sideview photo. Instead of spending funds to redesign, Triumph did a makeover – the cover on the fuel tank lower, the “makeup” on the headlights. Why did they highlight that confluence of frame tubes just aft of the fairing – that is a jumbled mess. The front turn signals should be located in the mirrors, as another said.
    You folks who are touting the Daytona’s superiority over the F3 might want to ride one – its a pretty exciting bike to ride, with much more character than the Daytona. I don’t regret for a moment buying an F3. Besides, the areas where the F3 lacks compared to the Triumph can all be fixed versus making the Daytona look as good as the F3 – won’t happen.

  12. MikeD says:

    @Superlight:

    Your reply is worthless with out pics of your own F3 on it. (^_^)

    Now, let us see her…not some “borrow’d” internet picture.

  13. Superlight says:

    MikeD, why must I have a picture of my bike here to make a comment about the new Triumph? I’ve ridden the current Daytona and like it a lot; in fact, I was planning to but a 675R this Spring, until I saw the F3 in-person at the IMS show. From a design integration standpoint, those two bikes are on different planets. Everything you see on the F3 is so much better executed, The way I see it, the problem areas on the F3 can be fixed, but its almost impossible to make the Daytona look as good as the F3. OBTW, the F3 is but $700 more than the 675R.

  14. MikeD says:

    Nothing personal. I just wanted to see one that’s driven daily( maybe ? ) by a real regular person but in another enviroment other than some fancy motorcycle show under some fancy lites.
    I guess im not as good at manipulating as i thought…LOL.

    I can assure u i don’t own one (would like to). TOO BROKE for dating FRESH and NEW Italian SuperModels…or British for that matter. Im on a USED Bento Box diet…as i was told the other day by someone here. LMAO.