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.

“Ducati Scrambler” Trademarked at the USPTO

08/06/2013 @ 2:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

Ducati Scrambler Trademarked at the USPTO Ducati Scrambler render 635x400

Last month, Asphalt & Rubber broke the news that Ducati was working on a scrambler-style machine, appropriately named the Ducati Scrambler.

The machine is said to be similar in design to the one Pierre Terblanche inked while he was with the Bologna Brand, though reports and sources have varied on what sort of motor the new model would use in its final form.

Whether it be water or liquid-cooled, single or twin-cylindered, the 2014 Ducati Scrambler cometh, and A&R has the trademark application to prove it.

Registering the name “Ducati Scrambler” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ducati Motor Holding has tipped its hand regarding the new hipster machine.

A lengthy trademark, he most important provision in the granted trademark is probably the following: “IC 012. US 019 021 023 031 035 044. G & S: Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land.”

However, it worth noting that Ducati has filed for the trademark to be valid over a variety of goods, including clothing, precious metals, paper products, photography, and even games (Settlers of Scrambler, anyone?).

We likely won’t have to wait long to see the Scrambler in its final form, as the machine is expected to debut at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Stay tuned Ducatisti.

Source: USPTO; Photo: JVB-Moto


  1. Not Sure says:

    Hopefully it won’t have those garbage plastic gas tanks that swell from ethanol in our gas. Thanks US Govt for the shitty gas and thanks Ducati for the shitty gas tanks on most of your models!

  2. TRL says:

    But ethanol is good for our energy independence and the environment and without it the unicorns would die! I know because my government told me so!

  3. Smitchell says:

    Looks pretty, would need to be air cooled otherwise its not in the spirit of a scrambler. +1 on the gas tanks, it happened to me, was replaced for free to their credit, but with a smaller tank made of the same material, to their discredit.

  4. kww says:

    what a wonderful world it would be, if it was a supermono – even if it was 20 years late…

  5. Doctor Jelly says:

    20 years just might make it retro cool again. Thumpers are still trending up in popularity right meow, maybe they’ll become popular enough for Duc to jump on the bandwagon again…

  6. Woody says:

    They’ll just put their 11ooDS engine in a monster frame with a new tank and seat, high mount exhaust, increase ride height a couple inches and put dualsport tires on it and call it a day.

  7. Wayne says:

    “Ducati Scambler”…..???

  8. paulus says:

    It shows that race reps are in full decline.
    Ducati range is ever expanding.

  9. Uh OH says:

    What’s next, a Ducati Goldwing?

  10. Monus says:

    “The machine is said to be similar in design to the one Pierre Terblanche”

    I thought that design became Moto Morini’s Corsaro/Scrambler.

  11. Pietro says:

    Larry Johnson: Excuse me, are you saying meow?

  12. johnc says:

    “The machine is said to be similar in design to the one Pierre Terblanche inked while he was with the Bologna Brand, though reports and sources have varied on what sort of motor the new model would use in its final form.”

    absolute bullshit statement … i saw the scrambler pierre was designing just prior to leaving ducati, and it looked NOTHING like the pic in this article. the scrambler terblanche designed was feking awesome.

  13. John, I know that you know that the photo at the top of the article is not the bike in question.

  14. Gritboy says:

    The Moto Morini Scrambler (http://tinyurl.com/lgdnlll) was (from a visual standpoint) my favorite scrambler to date, but hopefully Ducati puts out a sweet one of their own.

  15. Tom says:

    People want to blame the government for ethanol as though agribusiness lobbyists had nothing to do with it. I know this is a motorcycle site, but people should really get a clue about how companies like Monsanto are able to write laws and get subsidies for things like corn that have impacts ranging from GMOs to illegals crossing the border.

    The real elite buy the government, and make no mistake that corporations love big government, while the little people revel in being pawns in a genuine game of thrones fighting over “D” and “R” as though those labels matter to those on K Street who run things for their owners anyway.

  16. TRL says:

    @ Tom

    C’mon now aren’t you being a little hard? Monsanto and ADM have nothing but the best intentions, their PBS commercials tell me so…nothing but benevolent overlords…

  17. ZootCadiilac says:

    Don’t expect to see this in 2014. That’s all I’m saying for now :) There are some very exciting new models to be announced in the distant future ;)