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.

Two Ducati MH900e’s on eBay for $1 Million

12/06/2010 @ 8:18 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

Two Ducati MH900es on eBay for $1 Million 730 Ducati Mhe 8 635x424

When it comes to Ducati motorcycles, none stands apart from the rest quite like the MH900e. Designed by the one and only Pierre Terblanche, the MH900e is more like art that you can ride than it is a motorcycle that looks good, which might explain the ridiculously high price tag on an eBay auction that is currently offering two low mileage machines for the measly sum of $995,000.

Before you spit your coffee out, that high price tag comes with a guarantee that 50% of the auction proceeds will end up going to charity (the auctioneer seems to prefer Habit for Humanity, but for that kind of money we’re sure you can pick the charity of your choosing despite words that he’ll “consider it”), which comes out to be at least a $497,500 donation because of the high starting price on the auction.

Of course that still means you are paying half a million dollars for two motorcycles that normally retail for about $20,000 each…but the author seems to think it could get you on TV for your efforts (let’s imagine the on-screen title to that one)…ok, now spit your coffee out. To us it all just seems like a ploy to use a charitable cause to make you forget about the fact you’re overpaying for two motorcycles by about $450,000. Greed is good, but apparently vanity is better.

Source: eBay via Rare Sportbikes for Sale

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    I’d rather a baby monster with soft bags than and one of those. I’m already anatomicly gifted AND my ego doesn’t stroking…not that much.

  2. Rexr says:

    Why would anyone pay that for a ducati……….especially as it’s designed by “Pierre Terblanche” all the bikes he designed for ducati didn’t really sell that well……multistrada……yuk!! , 749 not that pleasant to look at , 999 same as the 749 the only thing going for the 999 was it won 3 wsbk championships but overall ducati is better off without him designing their bikes (even though he did design the “Hypermotard” which still looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down…)

  3. I know Pierre reads the site, but I doubt he’ll chime in, so I’ll say this in his defense. I think the Paul Smart, Mike Hailwood, Supermono, and Hypermotard are all great looking bikes that set themselves apart. There was nothing cookie cutter about them, and they have or will have a sort of timeless air to them.

    I have nothing against the 999 either, except for the fact that it probably changed too quickly and too much of what a Ducati should look like in the minds of riders. Put a different brand logo on that bike and I think you would have seen a different market reaction.

  4. Richard Gozinya says:

    He also designed the entire Sport Classics line, as well as the ST2 and ST3. Gorgeous bikes all. And those Guzzis he designed with Galluzi are amazing.

  5. Anthony says:

    Pierre is one of the most fantastic motorcycle designers! The 749R/999R is unbelievably good looking (especially in race trim). Hyper, SC, Supermono, MTS are all fantastic looking bikes IMO.

    To me the 1098 is the dud of the recent Ducati models. Talk about a boring looking bike! It looks like a poorly designed 998. Same for the new Monster. Ducati doesn’t appear to be good at evolving design, but rather starting design over.

    Wait until you see the 2012 Superbike. Again – starting design over and getting an AMAZING looking machine.

  6. PD says:

    What an a-hole. So he wants to pocket $500K for a couple of Terblanche abominations. Terblanche was the worst thing that ever afflicted Ducati – not unlike the Bangle-ization of BMW.

    The potential buyer would be better off, if he really wanted the Terblanche stillbirths, to donate the $1M directly to charity, and pay the few measly pounds that a pair of the homely MHs would really command, certainly rather than padding this prick of a seller’s pockets with $500K.

  7. Sean says:

    Let’s not make this about Terblanche…this is about some fool selling $24k worth of motocycles for
    $500k under the auspices of giving another $500k to charity. I’d call that using charity to try to line your pocket book. May he burn in a thousand hells!

  8. Steve says:

    What an idiot. What kind of drugs is this guy on? I think I will go buy several slightly used ones for around $10,000 and sell them to him for 400,000 for all three. Now that’s a deal! Do you have his phone number ?

  9. Westward says:

    In this economy, it’s hard to blame anyone for trying to make a buck. The optimum word being “trying”. However, The 749 and 999 are far from being unattractive. It’s hard to claim any iteration of a Ducati superbike less than a work of art. The MH900 is definitely an acquired taste that even I lack, but I have seen much, and I mean much worst at BMW or Harley. “Ape- hangers, what’s with that?”

  10. John Morrow says:

    Looks like the seller updated the auction to say that now donating 90% to charity. (hmm 10% of a million is still 100k minus the cost of the bikes) I’m hoping no one buys and Ebay charges him outrageous fees for such a frivolous auction.

  11. DeezToolz says:

    They are definitely loveit or hateit bikes.
    Although my highly modded #1175 isn’t for sale, there is one available on Craigslist for $10k.
    http://ventura.craigslist.org/mcy/2072687109.html
    I’m tempted to pick up a second just for good measure. Hope it finds a good home!

  12. Ted Shred says:

    This listing now states

    “eBay Giving works 90% of the final sale price will support New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity- “

  13. Andrey says:

    Man oh man does this seller have an EGO problem or what… check out his auction name; “:worldsbestguy” and if you go to his website Ateliersvelocete, it is nothing moire than a gigantic EGO trip. Talk about a giant “pull through” aka jerk off!. What sort of drugs do you have to take to think that much of yourself?
    Strange….. very strange…… but he does live in weirdsville itself!
    What a wanker!

  14. Markus says:

    Yeah, 90%? Thats so a good man….what an poor guy :-|

  15. 1198freak says:

    Who knows, maybe a Arab sheik or some rich collector will buy them. As for Terblanche, I like his designs. I have a Hypermotard and I had a 999. The 999 was a great looking bike in race form, in street form it wasn’t bad but the tailsection, exhaust, and front side panels on the fairing needed improvement. The Hypermotard looks great, its an original design as all Terblanches designs were.

  16. Jeram says:

    the 999 was an amazingly good looking bike…
    if that was badged as japanese it would have been heralded as the sexyest thing on 2 wheels
    it was just unfortunate that it had such huge shoes to fill (998)

    the new 1098 is just a modernised 996/998….