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.

Is This The Erik Buell Racing 1190RS?

02/04/2011 @ 5:53 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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Posted to Erik Buell Racing’s Facebook page yesterday, this photo is what we presume is the soon to be released Erik Buell Racing 1190RS street bike. Based off the EBR 1190RR race bike, Erik Buell & Co. have been slowly teasing the idea of producing a limited production street bike, now that certain legal obligations are coming to a conclusion. No word yet on price or quantities, but we don’t expect this to be EBR’s foray into large production, and units are likely to be hand produced at the American company’s race shop.

From the photo we can see a mirror with an integrated signal, along with a stacked headlight assembly that has at least one projector element. True to the Buell brand, the EBR 1190RS looks equipped with a single perimeter-style brake disc and wheel system. There’s a lot of anxious Buell fans waiting for this bike, and if rumors are true, we could be seeing a few other bikes from Erik Buell Racing in the coming year or so.

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Source: Facebook via HFL

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    limited? heh, ain’t real until they are in dealerships across the continent…bring it in under 10k and make the wannbe rocket boys PO’d and I MIGHT get one. I say might because until a bike is worn out I don’t get a new one. 100,000+ on my ol’ GL1000. Only had it 4years…put 70k of those miles on it.

  2. Mark says:

    @Keith, right, just like you bought one when they were available across the continent and were under $10K!

  3. Keith says:

    Hmm, didn’t want one and unlike many I don’t go through motorcycles like other people go through girl friends in a highschool, 2 new ones a week.

  4. ML says:

    Doesn’t “limited production” = expensive? Should be interesting to see how its priced…

    Also, I hope more bikes start shipping with projectors from the factory.

  5. Craig says:

    OMG! Who cares! Seriously, you can’t find more interesting content that a shot of some kind of motorcycle behind a curtain? When was it that you became the PR agent for Erik Buell?

  6. Justin says:

    the rotor looks slotted not drilled like the old ones

  7. Isaac says:

    @Mark

    In Keith’s deense this will be an etirely different Buell.

  8. Andrew says:

    Excited? About another whacky Buell bike with comical looks, vertical depreciation and all the reliability of a 70s Russian car? Not likely…

  9. sburns2421 says:

    This is a serious question, do the Buel bikes use inch fasteners? If you look at the toolbox there are rows of different sizes of inch fasteners and one drawer of metric. Odd.

    As for the bike, is this a heavily converted leftover 1125R like the early EBR product? Did Harley allow Erik Buell to buy new engines from Rotax?

  10. DS says:

    Have the people who have written all the negative comments above ridden a bike with the 1125 engine? An 1190 version of that motor has got to be wild.

    The styling looks good as much as we can tell from that picture. Mirrors could use some changing, but how hard is that?

    Keith – in case you haven’t noticed, liter bikes haven’t been below 10k in several years. 600′s are now over 10k

    Craig – this is a DAILY moto news site. So, it is worth publishing whether you like Buell or not

  11. buellracerx says:

    thank you @DS

    People are always afraid of what they don’t understand. Obviously there is a general lack of understanding surrounding good motorcycle engineering.

    Just like you have the freedom of speech to share your opinion @Keith, you also have to free will not to buy one…

    I for one find it impressive that a small, determined team in WI with great vision can compete with the hundreds of engineers working at certain Italian and Japanese brands

    oh and @sburns2421, H-D bikes (exc. VRSC platform) are all Standard, hence Buells up to 1125 platform are also standard. Engines sourced from Rotax = Metric, so bolts incl. and mating up to the engine need to be Metric. Chassis still = Standard. (screwy to work on, but not the first to do it)

  12. Keith says:

    @DS gee didn’t notice that unlike many, I don’t replace a bike every year…then again I take care of them. I like buell’s work, dang fine and more foreward thinking than average.

    That being said…liter bikes as whole seem to be compensating for something.

  13. 8that1 says:

    Andrew says:
    February 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM Excited? About another whacky Buell bike with comical looks, vertical depreciation and all the reliability of a 70s Russian car? Not likely

    I’ll take 70 Russian car over 2010 japanese toyota technology any day,lol

  14. 8that1 says:

    Keith, its ovious you have limited budget, I doubt you will get a buell for under 10K.
    I doubt any buell owner would be happy be a buell went under 12K. Buells are in the same range as BMW, KTM , Aprillia and Ducati, the other bikes you can’t affors becuase you are a cheap ass,lol

  15. Keith says:

    8that1 it is OBVIOUS you don’t know a cheap bastch when you see one. I ride in the real world not the track day world. 8^) The roads I see a liter bike wont be able to run hard…the bmw are expensive because they constantly beshate final drives, KTM is hard to find parts for as it Aprilla.

    I hope he does good!