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.

Erik Buell Racing Prices Announced

05/09/2010 @ 9:01 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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Erik Buell Racing has released pricing details on its EBR 1125R DSB, EBR 1125RR, and EBR 1190RR race motorcycles. In addition to these models, Erik Buell Racing also has a few track bikes that are available for sale. Prices after the jump.

EBR 1125R DSB – 140hp – 80lbs•ft – 390lbs (wet no fuel) - $16,900
EBR 1125RR – 170hp – 86lbs•ft – 368lbs (wet no fuel) – $41,900
EBR 1190RR - 185hp – 93lbs•ft – 360lbs (wet no fuel) – $44,900

Erik Buell Racing is reporting that is has a few trackday bikes, which come with a full fairing, chain drive, and other track-only goodies. These bikes are available for $10,500. Contact Erik Buell Racing for details.

Source: Facebook


  1. With the price of the EBR 1190RR more than twice that of a Ducati 1198S (though less than the Desmo), the odds we’ll see more than the pair produced for Pegasusraceteam is pretty slim.

    Even though the 1125RR is homologated for AMA racing, at just a slight discount in price (and 15 hp) down from the 1190RR, it’s still going to be out of reach for any privateer I know of. The 1125R DSB remains within reach, but with no contingency money to be had, only a privateer with a deep desire to make a statement of loyalty is going to make that purchase.

    Until Erik’s non-compete agreement expires, EBR’s six employees are going to have to rely on whatever funding they’ve been living off of since December, and hope for the sale of a few $10k track bikes.

    I’d like to see them open up a program of rebuilding existing 1125Rs to track spec. But who listens to us? :)

  2. Yes, no, maybe on the price. When you look at those racing classes and what it takes to be competitive in them, these prices are more than fair. DSB uses close to stock bikes, whereas the other classes allow for much more modification. In these classes teams aren’t buying bikes from dealers and modifying them, they’re buying race-prepped bikes directly from manufacturers.

    These bikes can cost up to $250k for a front-running WSBK level bike. The base models of these bikes cost much less, but are still nearly double from the EBR’s. A Ducati 1098RS is about 90k euros, with the Aprilia RSV4 rumored to tally in at 60k euros. Check this post out for more on that: http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/rumors/aprilia-rsv4-race-replica-rumor/

  3. Erik Buell Racing Prices Announced – http://aspha.lt/100 #motorcycle

  4. Jim John says:

    Yes jensen, but the ducati and aprilia are winners….

  5. Well Ducati is having a hard time of it this year, but that’s besides the point, ehh?

    In some senses you do get what you pay for, but I think real winners succeed despite the obstacles in front of them.

  6. Jim John says:

    We will see at infineon AMA if the buell even has a chance in superbike. I wish buell luck

  7. @Reyzie says:

    Have to agree with SoCal Buell Rider. EBR has produced some awesome bikes, but unfortunately, they really don’t fit into any class — at least, economically.

    For 44 large, you can build a race ready GSXR, R1, CBR, F4 and have a number of classes to race it in. Just sayin’…

    Hopefully, some VC money will come along and Buell can get back to building street bikes.

  8. CarbonBigfoot says:

    Sure would like one of those 1190 motors for my CR….



  9. unclewill says:

    Here we go again! Buell motorcycles went out of business because they built somewhat competitive bikes with premium prices. The market responded by not buying their bikes, Harley Davidson pulled the plug, and the m/c community lamented Buell and vilified HD. Now, Buell has returned and it’s the same story all over again! Public opinion seems to be much the same as it was before regarding bikes vs price, so it will be interesting to see how this latest endeavor in custom motorcycle building pans out for Buell. I hope EBR is a success because Eric Buell is a creative engineering genius and is fighting the good fight for independent motorcycle builders and racers.

  10. John Garcia says:

    These bikes can barely compete with the 600 class, ala – AMA. And you want to pay 44 gs for a Buell? Are you people on crack. Yes, you can build a superbike that will out perform the buell even at 25k deep including bike… Hell, you can build a Factory Graves Yamaha R6 for about the same price and again will smoke the balls off the Buell. The AMA is biased and geared towards the Motor Harley Gearheads for the American Public. The reality here is its an overpriced 6oo with the reliability of a two stroke… Now, I can see why HD pulled the plug.. Obsolete!!! And why Mladin and Spies left the AMA… Its nothing more then overzealous Club Racing sponsored by fat walleted Michael Jordan has beens.

  11. Mike H says:

    John what are you missing here? You cannot be serious that a 600 in line 4 can compete with a 185 Rear Wheel HP 360 pound wet weight machine. You may be talking about a 1125r which is NOTHING like this bike. (Although the 1125 did wipe the floor with the 600s last year.) This bike is near identical to the Ducati 1198R which is right up there with the new BMW as one the fastest road bikes ever made. Buell has announced they will be selling a street version of the 1190 next year. That means they will likely race in superbike next year.

    By the way a non-race prepped 1198R is $39,995.00.