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.

Man Sues BMW for Causing Erection – No, Seriously

04/27/2012 @ 3:28 pm, by Jensen Beeler47 COMMENTS

Man Sues BMW for Causing Erection   No, Seriously ride hard

After a four-hour ride on his motorcycle, one BMW owner realized that he had a problem. Namely, a problem with his erect penis, which after some waiting would not subside. Now while most of us would cheekily reply that such a state is the sign of a good motorcycle ride, this San Francisco Bay Area native is not laughing, and has filed suit in the Superior Court of San Francisco County (CGC-12-520316) against BMW Motorrad North American and Corbin-Pacific. Saying that the motorcycle and its dealer-installed custom motorcycle seat have caused priapism, the man is suing for lost wages, personal injury, medical expenses, product liability, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The complaint reads:

“Plaintiff was riding his 1993 BMW motorcycle equipped with a Corbin-Pacific seat. The ride lasted approximately two hours each way to plaintiff’s destination, after which plaintiff developed a severe case of priapism (a persistent, lasting erection). Plaintiff alleges that this condition was caused by the ridge-like seat on his motorcycle, negligently designed, manufactured and/or installed by defendants.

“Plaintiff now suffers from priapism (a long lasting erection), and has been experiencing continuing problems since his motorcycle ride. He is now unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish. Plaintiff is distraught and distressed because of this. Defendants, and each of them, are liable to plaintiff due [to] their negligent design, manufacture and/or installation of the seat on plaintiff’s motorcycle.”

Somewhere in BMW Motorrad HQ, a team of marketers are privately high-fiving themselves.

Source: Courthouse News via Motorcycle.com


  1. Ha ha. Ridiculousness of biblical proportions!! I can’t wait for the warning sticker on the tank that this could produce if the plaintiff is successful.

  2. JW says:

    hell, I would a wrote a thank you letter…

  3. 76 says:

    Yes this is the best warning label yet, I cant wait

  4. Kyle says:

    Really!?? This can’t be right. In 1993 BMW didn’t make a motorcycle worthy of such a response…

  5. RSVDan says:

    I hope he chokes on his priapism.

  6. joe says:

    Corbin seat means he’s humping up the wrong leg

  7. Ax1464 says:

    Could the S1000RR recall be related to something similar? ;)

  8. Desmocrat says:

    A bonercycle, I guess.

  9. WetMan says:

    If the priapism, which is actually a recognized disease, was caused by arterial damage from the seat, then BMW is in serious trouble. A couple of scans could confirm this. And then he could easily sue for a couple of million of bucks. And get them.

  10. Driftzwerg says:

    Hell, I’d take a BMW K1300R over a Viagra anytime…

  11. Tom says:


    The bike is a 1993 model with a replacement seat. BMW is in no way responsible for anything. You should really learn more about the law in the US.

  12. Dennis says:

    Tom is absolutely correct. This is a liability of the seat mfg. BMW is out of the loop on this one. The question I would ask is how long has the guy had the seat and how many times has he ridden it and did this occur on each ride. I doubt there’s much of a case here.

  13. Richard Gozinya says:

    So that’s why all the smarter old guys ride BMWs instead of Harleys.

  14. Dahveed says:

    Well, its already happened. Corbin seats have raised their prices on the “Viagra” seat and I’ve already gotten 3 emails about a motorcycle seat that promises to please my woman.

    I don’t understand, how can having an erection keep you from having sex? He’s going to have a hard time (pun intended) in proving his wiener issue was due to the seat and the bike and not other medical issues or that new girl in the office.

  15. microdoc says:

    Priapism is not a disease, WetMan.

  16. Keith says:

    got his dog in the wrong fight…should be suing the seat maker and the dealer. some people just don’t have a clue as to who to pick a fight with.

  17. WetMan says:

    Ok it’s not a disease. Its a serious medical condition that in his case is possibly the result of vascular damage and which could further result in tissue damage. In other words, his manhood could rot off. But it’s not a disease, so BMW should be happy about that…?
    And since his seat was badly installed by his dealer (that’s what the story says), which I assume is a BMW dealership, I am pretty sure the BMW marketing team is not high-fiving themselves and sending good-luck telegrams to the dealer in question.
    Somehow “BMW’s destroy your manhood” doesn’t appeal that much to me.

  18. Dahveed says:


    This is a perfect example of why the rest of the world thinks Americans are idiots and why the rest of the US thinks Californians are idiots.

    Here is a guy that no doubt has this problem and it can’t be his fault or just his poor luck. No, some evil corporation like BMW, Corbin seats, or the dealer has caused this. He thinks this in spite of the fact that I’ve never heard of another case in the many hundreds of thousands of corbin seats there are out there. I have a Corbin seat on my BMW and all they leave me with after a 4 hour ride is a smile on my face. Its not Corbin’s fault that a seat that works for many thousands of people around the planet didn’t work for him. Unless there is a gross flaw with his particular seat, then I don’t see where Corbin, BMW, or the dealer has done anything wrong. Even if the seat was done so poorly, why did he sit on it for 4 hours?

    Product liability laws are supposed to protect us from companies selling flawed products that they know are flawed and sell them anyway. That does not appear to be the situation here.

    This case reminds me of the whole “unintended acceleration” problems with Toyota. In that case, it turns out that a few people used 2 floor mats and that jammed the accelerator. The rest were either too stupid to tell one pedal from the other or trying to cash in this problem.

  19. Wayne says:

    I have to agree with Dahveed on this. This suit is frivolous and hopefully a good judge will dismiss it.
    If the fella in question does indeed have a true medical problem then I hope he can get it resolved.

    Otherwise hopefully Corbin and other seat manufacturers can reproduce this seat and market it. I’m 57 and I’ll replace the Sargent seat on my R1150R with theirs. Hell, I’ll buy one for my Chevy truck!

  20. Hard case. Motorcycle gives man permanent erection. Man sues motorcycle company. Why? http://t.co/WbFwRzsZ

  21. Marc says:

    ROTFLMAO!!!!! Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes a guy whose sueing BMW because the motorcycle gives him a persistent, lasting erection??? This is soooooo stupid, it’s funny. Let’s break it down shall we?

    First, is it possible that this moron has been soooooo infatuated with BMW that when he finally was able to afford to buy a BMW motorcycle, that alone gave him the priapism???? Again, laughing my A$$ off here.

    Second, if you have a persistent, lasting erection, this is rendering him incapable of engaging in sexual activity??? Or is it his less than appealing looks that is causing that problem?

    Third, I wonder how long he has pondered over this so called negligent infliction of emotional distress idea???? Oh, wait a minute, Dude, this equates to dollar signs, duh!

    This is where I find the biggest problem with this persons ordeal, he rode the bike for four hours and it gave him priapism???? Bad enough too to cause him to miss work, pile up extensive medical bills and suffer emotional distress??? He must be from California and have one helluva lawyer.

    Yo Wetman, what are you? An ambulance chasing lawyer?? Look, it’s very simple here, this guy is “claiming” that the Corbin seat was somehow installed incorrectly, So unless he can “Prove” beyond a reasonable doubt that the seat in fact caused his problem, then I can’t see him winning this case, but then again, he is from San Francisco……hehehe.

  22. Marc says:

    Hmmmm, this also gives a whole new meaning to the “Ride Hard” logo at the top of the screen……lol

  23. Dave Jewitt says:

    Does any body know if the plaintiff, want’s to sell the seat.

  24. peter says:

    I have ridden bmw’s for over a million miles and I have never suffered this problem he must be trying it on.I hope he gets a big bill.

  25. huummm…i will spread the word to those i know who suffer e.d. ….. suffering e.d.riders should switch to the bmw marquee and if not riders, should take the msf course and hit the classifieds and purchase a 1993 BMW motorcycle equipped with a Corbin-Pacific seat immediatly, as the plaintiff allows caused the reaction to his ride….

  26. Srikanth says:

    RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Man Sues BMW for Causing Erection – No, Seriously http://t.co/LvUs3CJK

  27. Bern says:

    What I’m wondering is… Can I get this seat for my bike?

  28. JKG says:

    Finally, a BMW rider who admits he can’t have sex.

  29. Damn. prices of 1993 Beemers with Corbin seats have hit a new high. Now I’ll never be able to afford one. Thanks alot guys!

  30. TonyVT1100 says:

    so this guy had a seat installed at a dealership? he must be rolling in dough already. did he ever take it off to do a thorough washing of this motorcycle? what sort of biker wouldn’t install his/her own seat? You’d never hear of this from a Harley rider…… ridiculous

  31. njpaddler says:

    I hope somebody sends this to Jay Leno, it ought to be good for at least six minutes on his show.

  32. Cowboy says:

    After market seat that I am sure he asked to have put on. I can’t see how BMW is responsible. Improperly installed. If the seat did not fall off and is not loose, and made for that bike this is bull to. I have a Corbin seat and think it is the best made. I have done 735 miles in a day love it. This guy just got a bit to excited about the ride.. Never really liked the Power Ranger BMW riders anyway..

  33. ZeitgeistXIII says:

    Just put the pope in a choke hold and call it a day.

  34. debi says:


  35. Spiffster says:

    “Just put the pope in a choke hold and call it a day.”
    I went and pissed myself whilst lol-ing. I talked to a local lawyer and he believes I have grounds to sue you for emotional distress and replacement underwear.

  36. coop says:

    If I had a permanent erection, the only one going to the hospital and sueing would be my girl. Im getting me a Bimmer as soon as I get from Afghanistan. So long Triumph!

  37. Steve says:

    Corbin stated today that they are temporarily suspending manufacture of any new seats to the general public. “We have been completely overwhelmed by middle aged Harley owners demanding BMW seats for their bikes and we are simply unable to fill their orders quickly enough to meet the demand”, a spokesman said.

  38. keith in bakersfield says:


  39. Charly says:

    Always thought BMW riders were wankers now its official.

  40. eD says:

    The attorney took the case PRO BONO

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  42. Uncle Don of Alaska says:

    I’d call that a Super Seat. Where can I get one just like that one for My Gold Wing?? “LOL”

  43. Sorry, but if you have a Gold Wing, it’s probably already too late for Corbin’s magic seat to do any good.
    (that’s a joke)

  44. Robert Fenn says:

    Pay the fine. Admit that your motorcycle is responsible. This will create a huge increase in price older men will be willing to pay for this motorcycle. Can the seat alone be purchased to obtain the same result?

  45. Andy Pandy says:

    Been riding 50 + years 30 of those on Beemers the only thing I ever get hard is my arse, but that’s easily fixed when the wife gives me a massage! Cud this be wot this dood is up to with a dixlecsick wife/girlfriend?

  46. Dfizzle says:

    Anyone else think wetman is stiffy-biker?? I do! A little “testy” are we wetman?? Haha