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.

BMW R1200GS Successor to be Unveiled October 2nd

08/30/2012 @ 9:54 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

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We have known for some time now that BMW was working on a successor to its wildly popular BMW R1200GS motorcycle. Expected to be a water-cooled boxer-twin, the new GS is an incredibly important machine for the German brand, and BMW is wasting no time hyping its unveiling. Set to break cover in just over a month at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, our wait to see the next iteration of the GS line is now almost at an end.

While the new GS will be the star of the show, INTERMOT will also be our first chance at seeing the BMW F700GS and BMW HP4, the suped-up S1000RR with semi-active suspension. With its air-cooled design an important feature of the current GS, it will be interesting to see the response from adventure riders when details of BMW’s new bike come to fruition. Will the GS continue to define the adventure-touring segment, or have zie Germans strayed too far from the winning formula?

Time will tell of course, but stay tuned October 2nd for full-details on the new BMW GS. We will of course be working to bring those details to you sooner, if possible.

Source: BMW

Comment:

  1. dream bikes says:

    BMW also launch for 2013 at INTERMOT the news F 900 GT and S1000RS naked… and some prototype of little scooter at EICMA… and perhaps a TT version of F800GS…

  2. Keith says:

    a nice light FSVO lite 800-900cc water cooled boxer would be sweet…might actually convince me I need a bmw.

  3. Tim says:

    How would a 800-900 boxer be better than the current F800 series?

  4. Kevin says:

    Well, it would be 3 times wider than the F bike…oh..wait..you said better.

  5. MikeD says:

    Im cool with water-cooling [no pun intended]. I had a 1982 GS1100G [1076cc air-cooled] and was always wondering at the red-ligths if it would burst into flames with a 5.5gl tank of fuel on top of an aluminium furnace at “God-knows-X-Temperature”.
    I have always thougth about it as: If she ain’t moving she’s just getting HOTTER. Specially on my rain-forest neck of the woods.

    Call me anal, but i like to have as much control and information over and about what the bike is doing as i can.
    Besides weigth and additional parts to fail and replace the pluses are more than the minuses.
    Longer engine life, more efficiency for the same given cc’s, quieter engine, lower emissions.
    I can see how u don’t want a Rad, W/P , Hose, etc failing in the middle of nowhere but…this one just can’t be helped…
    It’s like sex with Koby, u can kick and scream all u want, but is going to happen. (O_O)

  6. Keith says:

    because the current f800 series is a stinker and uninspiring on so many levels that I didn’t bother with more than a glance. Yes I know those who have them…they all wish they’d got a KTM instead. 8^)

  7. Damo says:

    I am very curious about the naked version of the S1000RR. Once I am done with my RC51 I am going back to riding sport standards. I am all too often stuck at lower speeds on my travels around the Northeast and I am getting tired of shuffling my race rep around at sub-80 Mph.

    I got a chance to take my old Honda 919 Hornet out the other day (I sold it to a friend) and I was surprised how much I missed it.

    I am really thinking about a Tuono, Streetfighte 848, Speed Triple, Superduke or the new 848 Hypermotard (depending how it turns out). This would definitely add another choice to the mix.

  8. BMW R1200GS Successor to be Unveiled October 2nd http://t.co/DSIbSuHw

  9. MikeD says:

    According to Motociclismo.it they are going to unveil too:

    Standard bike spin off of the Lo Rider concept of 2009. No funky BMW front suspension, spoked wheels, new frame, etc.

    Naked Version of S1000RR.

    New BMW F 800 ST. There will be no F 800 GT discussed nor will use the engine “pumped” Husqvarna Naked 900. But will have a new protective fairing much better and probably with electric windshield. To keep the belt transmission, unlike the “sisters” R and GS for which the chain is preferred; This will establish enhanced more new font of ST.

    And the ALL MIGTHY Cruncher S1000RR HP4.