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.

Jesse James Starts New Media Production Company

04/22/2011 @ 3:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Jesse James, the man we love to hate, is back in the news today with reports that his Payupsucker Productions, Inc. has teamed-up with Circle King Networks to create El Jefe Entertainment, a motor sports enthusiasts focused production company. While James has always been regarded as a true artisan in the craft of motorcycle fabrication, his true spotlight of fame came from his media savvy in leveraging his name and creating shows like Monster Garage and Jesse James is a Dead Man.

El Jefe Entertainment’s goal is to “develop, produce and distribute exciting, authentic motor-sport based and car enthusiast entertainment,” and will be focusing with movies and products that will be available on DVD, Pay Per View, as well as direct and mobile formats.

“El Jefe Entertainment is an opportunity for me to share with the fans the two things that I love so much, building and racing,” said Jesse James, CEO of Payupsucker Productions. “With these new videos, I hope to bring the how-to series they’ve been asking for. I am at a point in life where I want to give away my skills. I want these videos to inspire others to make their own cool creations. This venture will also give people a shot-gun view of the crazy, out of control world of off-road racing that I live for.”

“Millions of people love Jesse James; he is a modern day master craftsman and the ultimate motor sports enthusiast,” added Jeffrey B. Grubert, CEO Circle King Networks. “Circle King Networks is excited to collaborate with Jesse James by launching El Jefe Entertainment and honor his unique vision and talent in a manner that provides millions the opportunity to learn from and experience more of Jesse’s continued influence.”

Source: Ultimate Motorcycling


  1. jamesy says:

    The guy could start a gold rush and most sentient humans would stay home… zzzzZzz.

  2. BBQdog says:

    Seems more like this guy will start a fire working like that ……

  3. Where are we going? And what are we all doing in this handbasket?

  4. Zeitgeist says:

    So true! I was told me the road to hell was paved very smooth and quite twisty but, it appears yours is the more correct assessment.

  5. ”With these new videos, I hope to bring the how-to series they’ve been asking for. I am at a point in life where I want to give away my skills.”


    - How to cheat on your wife / F*(% up your mar ridge
    - How to flirt with white supremacy
    - How to convert piece of crap cars into even more useless POS machines
    - How to build the most expensive butt candy motorcycles

    Pass. Jessie James is so last decade. You know its over when your gear is sold at Wal-Mart. Just take your money and go away.

  6. tsweimer says:

    I’m at a loss for words. I used to love this guy. Monster garage was great fun to watch. Then it sort of all fizzled out. Jesse is a dead man? Really? Another staged reality show. I won’t talk about his marriage life, no one really know’s what goes on in anyones marriage. It’s clear he screwed up and that’s that.
    What he needs is a true reality stunt, like a road trip done purely on bikes. Not trailered. Something al a Ewan Mcgregor/Charlie Boorman. Wether it’s across country in the States or some other destination. Pair him up with someone contrast to his personality. Take him out of his element, sit him on a bike and roll cameras. I’m sure it would be very interesting.
    He loves off road racing, fine put him in the Baja. Follow him from training all the way to race day.
    There’s something for him out there, just not these BS videos of himself making stuff. No one cares and no one needs him for inspiration save his children.

  7. Earl Shives says:

    I love this website so fuckin’ much! The comments here are most always great, for I too am a curmudgeon.

    Car & Driver did a great behind the scenes expose of Monster Garage years when the show was at its height of popularity. Revealed the show for what this dude and all of that crap really is, a bunch of staged shenanigans. These Los Angeles marketing schemes are nothing more than sideshow shills designed to squeeze the last few dollars out of the dying embers of what were his glory days.

    By the way, I thought he “lived” to build motorcycles?

    I’ll pass, back to reality…

  8. hoyt says:

    @ YellowRanger – “- How to flirt with white supremacy”

    Did you read that in PeoplefuckingMagazine? Based on 1 lousy photo of Jesse wearing WWII-era, German uniform (that possibly was making fun of Hitler)?

    Jesse James educated thousands of people that it was Sugar Bear, a black man, that created the most famous chopper of all time, the Capt. America bike in the movie, “Easy Rider”.
    J.James went out of his way to set the record straight and provide long overdue recognition to the contributions the black builders have made to the chopper sub culture. A culture that has many white racists. If Jesse James was “flirting with white supremacy” why the hell would he go out of his way to right that wrong?

    “Skills” ? You may not like him, his personal life, or his choice in building, but no one can dispute his skill level.

    tsweimer: road trip? In the early days of his rise to popularity he’s been filmed riding a rigid chopper from Long Beach to Sturgis.

  9. @ Hoyt:

    Google image search Jessie james nazi – there’s more than one.

    Not saying that he is a white supremacist, but at the very least, the whole biker/maltese cross/ SS lightning bolt/swastika thing is stupid and tired. Much like the rest of JJ’s act.

    The man has an amazing talent, there’s no doubt about that; i’m just tired of this side of motorcycle culture being shoved down the throat of the mainstream; why can’t we have a show about sport touring or charity motorcycle events, or a show about anything other than the “hardcore” chopper, HD, look-at-me-i’m-a-obnoxious-american-sterotype.

  10. hoyt says:

    YellowRanger –

    The mainstream is the morbidly obese consumer of these programs so there is no “shoving down their throat”.

    There is a big difference between the maltese cross and a swastika in many ways….. other organizations use variations of the maltese cross, not just independent bike shops. e.g. International firefighter symbols use the maltese cross and the US Marine Corps uses it for their sharpshooter badge.

    There is more than one photo in Google search, huh? Can it be from the same event/source and then perpetuated like you are doing?

  11. tsweimer says:

    hoyt “tsweimer: road trip? In the early days of his rise to popularity he’s been filmed riding a rigid chopper from Long Beach to Sturgis.”

    Hoyt I hate to tell you this but every “road trip” Jesse did his bike spent more time in a trailer then on the road. I’m not saying he didn’t ride a few hours here and there but he never road the whole way on a bike. That isn’t what I consider a road trip.
    a). his bike wouldn’t last. b). he wouldn’t last.

    I remember during one of the “motorcycle mania” films Jesse James and Kid Rock were at Weastcoast choppers and Kid Rock says “We’re the two luckiest guys in the world, look at our wives, look at our motorcycles”. Sure Kid, where are they now?

    Anyway, I still like Jesse but I’d like to see him do something without polish and scripts.

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  13. hoyt says:

    I am not positive he road his bike the entire way, but are you positive he did not? Cite a source.
    Bikes wouldn’t last? Much older barley-based engines make that trip every year. A lot make it and some don’t make it.

  14. hoyt says:

    Barley (auto correct Freudian slip)

  15. Jesse says:


    You might as well be arguing in favor of using a Fat Boy with straight pipes as a commuter bike in downtown Tokyo. Some things just don’t fly on A&R; support for anything “Chopper” is one of those things.

  16. hoyt says:

    The biggest gripe is when people perpetuate an ugly accusation such as racism.
    From the sounds of this new production company, there will be less mainstream content & more valuable, hands-on content. For example, Metal working tips that can be applied to cafe bikes

  17. tsweimer says:

    hoyt -I am not positive he road his bike the entire way, but are you positive he did not? Cite a source.
    Bikes wouldn’t last? Much older barley-based engines make that trip every year. A lot make it and some don’t make it.

    WOW Hoyt you sure are something. Cite a source? Why should I have to cite a source? If you insist, number one I know a guy on the production crew and a guy who worked for him for his so called road trips. If that isn’t enough you can search youtube for behind the scene footage of Jesse saying he trailers his bikes most of the time. That his bike kept falling apart.

    As for hands on and all that metal working I can tell you no one gives a shit about it. If people really where interested someone out there some where would have a show on it. This isn’t virgin territory for Jesse to plunder and make a fortune. Motorcycles on TV just aren’t in vogue any more, it’s done.

  18. Steve says:

    The photo looks like he’s grinding the body part he stepped on with his wife. No more chlorine in the gene pool for this guy.

  19. hoyt says:

    Why am I something else (and “WOW” in caps)?

    “Why should I have to cite a source?” That deserves a WOW, especially considering other comments here make racial accusations. Brutal.

    “Metal working – no one gives a shit about it?” right.

    “Motorcycles on TV aren’t in vogue anymore”. Surprisingly, that comment is “right”, which makes this show have promise.

  20. Gonzo says:

    Let’s not forget that ugly whore he dumped Sandra for. What a Douche! And he has yet to build something that actually performs. He’s be great in Hardly Ableson’s design department! Yawn… The only thing his “creations” need to complete them is the huge butt-plug sticking up from the seat.