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.

Confirmed: 2012 Husqvarna Street Bike to Debut at EICMA

02/22/2011 @ 6:01 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Confirmed: 2012 Husqvarna Street Bike to Debut at EICMA husqvarna mille 3 concept 7 635x422

Husky fans are going to have something to talk about for the next 8 months as BMW Motorrad VP Hermann Bohrer has confirmed that the Husqvarna brand would be dipping its toe into the street bike waters with a new bike launching at EICMA later this year. Said to have German technology with Italian design, the new Husky will be a middleweight adventure bike that features a BMW F800GS parallel-twin motor that’s been increased to 900cc in displacement, which makes it not too dissimilar from the Husqvarna Mille 3 concept (shown above) we saw last year at the Italian trade show.

Expected to come in a variety of flavors for different uses, much like the 2011 Triumph Tiger 8002011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC, there could be as many as three variants of the street-going Husky for adventuring riders. With a 21″ front-wheeled version for off-roaders, and a 17″ wheel for street-oriented riders. There’s even talk of 19″ variant being tested, as the size is popular with European riders.

Husqvarna is apparently not content to just show prototypes of these bikes at EICMA in November, but instead plans on having production-made models on display that will be available as 2012 model year machines. This news is certainly surprising as we’ve only recently begun to hear chatter about this bikes, sans any “spy photo” nonsense.

If you’ve always wanted a Swedish street bike that’s been built by Germans, and designed by Italians, it looks like 2012 will be your year. BMW also plans on releasing two Maxi-scooters at EICMA, likely based off the Concept C scooter the German company debuted last year at the show.

Husqvarna Mille 3 Concept from the 2010 EICMA Show:

Source: SoloMoto.es & Moto.it

Comment:

  1. BBQDog says:

    Dancing on the vulcano: the trend seems uglier, fatter, and more CC’s ….

  2. huhuhuhuhuhu says:

    what is this, dude??? a bicycle with engine?????

  3. BikePilot says:

    Sounds like an improved version of the F800GS but a far cry from anything truly husqvarna. I don’t think any self-respecting Italian designer would be satisfied with the soulless (and trouble-prone) BMW parallel twin lump. The chassis may well be excellent and the package as a whole might provide the competition for the KTM Adventure that the F800GS failed to deliver.

  4. BikePilot says:

    Oh, I doubt the concept bike above has any relation to what will be produced. For starters the concept isn’t an adv-type bike and doesn’t use the BMW lump.

  5. Rolf says:

    Ugh. Not my cup of tea. Looks like somebody emptied a whole can of Ugly on the drawing board.

  6. You guys realize that’s the Mille 3 Concept Husqvarna showed off at the 2010 EICMA show, and not the bike bike being mentioned in this article, right? I mean it says this in the article, but I just wanted to make sure…

  7. RSVDan says:

    More BMW re-badging. I was afraid this would happen to Husky.

  8. David Hills says:

    I’m wondering what type of “adventure” this bike might handle.

  9. MikeD says:

    Bring it, im already Micro-waving Pop-Corn, Intermot and EICMA 2011 can’t get here soon enough. More choices never hurts.

    Im kind of dissapointed tho that Husqvarna won’t be using a mill of it’s own design and build but rather a “MUSHY” BMW engine.

    That 90* V-3 shown at EICMA was pretty wild (just the engine tho, the bike was PURE HORSE MANURE), too bad it won’t happen here.

  10. foxracing says:

    Can’t wait to see spy photos of their 900cc street bike!

  11. BBQDog says:

    Seems BMW has (let) produced way too much enigines and have bought Husqy to get rid of there engine stock, that’s the story. There is no use in turning Husqvarna into a BMW kind of brand.

  12. Jeram says:

    wouldnt take much to make the parellell twin a bit more peppy!
    cams, injectors, exhaust…

    could easily turn it into a weapon…

    doubt they will do it though…

    maybe once they try to bring out a speed triple competitor bike