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.

Are You The Honda V4 Street Bike? Probably Not

11/19/2012 @ 10:13 am, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

Are You The Honda V4 Street Bike? Probably Not Honda RCV1 Young Machine 02 635x474

This weekend, we reported on an interview that CMG Online did with Dave Hancock, Honda Motor Europe’s Head of Product Planning & Business Development, said that the Honda RC213 (unofficial name) street bike was going to cost £70,000-£80,000 ($110,000 to $125,000), which certainly lit up our comments section with enthusiasts who were hoping for a more affordable model from the Japanese manufacturer.

Today, Japanese tuner magazine Young Machine is reporting to have the first images of the “Honda RCV1″ street bike, which is already making its way around the internets as we speak, with various forms of information vetting. Is this our first glimpse at the Honda V4 street bike? Probably not.

Young Machine has a pretty good history of sensational articles like this, which almost always pan out to be wholesale fabrications of information and artist renderings substituted as “photos” of the genuine article. Rain on the parade and all that, but the designs here are at least interesting, with YM inking a very clever and stylish exhaust system here.

We hate to fuel the fire any further with the photos below, so look…but don’t touch.

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Source: GPone


  1. Tyler says:

    looks like a toy blown up…

  2. AlexOnTwoWheels says:

    I really hope that price is just fantasy… I have been banking on this bike becoming a reality…. but my bank account is not going to support $100k! I like the idea that there will also be a major model change in the CBR1000rr, but the idea of this GP bike hitting the streets really makes my willy all tingly. I can’t fathom them making it more expensive than the Desmocedici RR, which came in at $60k… it just doesn’t make any sense.

  3. meh says:

    when is the last time you say non-free floating rotors on a streetbike?

  4. Random says:

    If I remember well, YM’s new ZX-14 was pretty much on the spot. Even if it is a ‘shop and not actually a prototype photograph it’s possible they have some inside info. That said, the ‘new’ ZX-14 was very close to the old one.

  5. Logan says:

    I’m pretty sure I saw that picture a few years ago, it was supposed to be some Frenchman’s take on what the new 2010 CBR600RR could look like. From memory.

  6. pooch says:

    Swingarm and hugger look very MotoGP.

  7. Mitch says:

    pooch – the donor image is most certainly the current MGP bike that has been shopped/painted over. This is 100% a flight of fancy, styling wise.

  8. Mitch says:

    Since the Honda V4 sport bike rumors have been churning for a while, more than one SCOOP has floated to the top. I like this imagining:


  9. Emilio says:

    That rear fender is ugly.

  10. MikeD says:

    LAME. What else is new ? New “meaningful” VFR ? Maybe a new HyperBike ? New CUB ? UPDATED XR650 ?

  11. Zoot Cadillac says:

    An awful lot of people thinking that the price estimated for this is ridiculous or beyond many people. The Desmo RR cost £40k / $75/80k six years ago and sold its allocations in days. There are people out there who buy thse bikes and we are not millionaires and playboy collectors. We have 2 Desmos and 2 other Ducatis from a limited edition of 200.

    There is a market for this bike and i think it will sell just fine. Just not here. I don’t do Honda.

  12. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Are You The Honda V4 Street Bike? Probably Not – http://t.co/0VYlCajR #motorcycle

  13. Rear swingarm is from the FTR Honda, but turned upside down. Ho hum…

  14. smiler says:

    given the vfr 1200, the new 600RR and the NR 750. Quite possibly.

  15. Highsider says:

    Or this one might be the real thing. O no, this one! Or this one! (click to see all Honda “RCV1000″ Photoshop versions…

  16. When photoshop != reality. Nice FTR swinger on it… RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Are You The Honda V4 Street Bike? Probably Not http://t.co/qUkqyuQ1

  17. Ken Sugar says:

    LOL RT @motomatters: When photoshop != reality. Nice FTR swinger on it… RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Honda V4 Street Bike? http://t.co/vxbYuaKL

  18. Ken Sugar says:

    #MotoGP_jp ヤングマシンの妄想、夢があるよね… RCV1か… / Are You The Honda V4 Street Bike? Probably Not http://t.co/P3aWYXfQ

  19. KEG says:

    thats one ugly subframe and swing arm