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 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.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

KTM North America Adds Streetbike Division – New Streetbike Expected for 2010

09/29/2009 @ 9:00 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

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KTM North America has created a new division focused on the on-road market. The new division is clearly a step by KTM to continue its push into the road bike scene. Heading the new division is Brad Hagi, former Director of Distributor Sales Worldwide at Ducati in Italy. With this new announcement, comes the rumor of a new motorcycle in the works for 2010. More after the jump.

Talking about the new division, Jon-Erik Burleson, President of KTM North America, explained that:

“Building our street business is a key strategy in our long-term business plans. Despite any existing market conditions, we are in the business for the long haul and see our premium European street product lineup as crucial for the financial strength of both KTM and our dealers.”

With the new streetbike division comes the prospect of new streetbikes from KTM. As such, new has developed that KTM is expected to debut a new on-road model at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this November. The bike is expected to be a completely new machine, which dispells earlier rumors that it would be some sort of special edition RC8. More information as we get it.

Source: PowerSports Business & MotoRevue


  1. Morpheous says:

    ..its called the SMT 990 SM tourer.

  2. Bill Smith says:

    Message to KTM – KTM street motorcycles are nothing short of an eye-sore – “ugly/strange/unorthodox” would be a considerable complement in this market. Can anyone help KTM designers to produce a motorcycle for the US market that is visually palatable?

    Until the visuals are addressed KTM will continue to flounder in the US market. I suggest they read a page from Ducati’s playbook – the US market is filled with stunning visual reminders of refined design/engineering (excluding HD).

  3. motomoto says:

    @Bill Smith – I completely disagree with you. I think KTM is on the right track bringing a new unique look into the US market, one that will not only establish their brand as a leader in performance but also set them apart from the cookie cutter design that exists today.

    I believe KTM should of course view Ducati’s playbook, there’s no arguing they’ve done it right, but find their own place in the US streetbike market and the Super Duke and RC8 are fantastic starts.

  4. i have to agree with motomoto on this one, i love the look of the ktm, and i hardly know a fellow rider (at least among my circle of friends) that has any disdain for the visuals ktm’s delivering in the slightest.

    to me they’re on their own right track. this is exciting news.

  5. mxs says:

    @ Bill

    You think that Ducati was created to be palatable to US market??? Keep dreaming …. If that was the case then it would be as much as palatable as Buell, don’t you think.

    Different is what counts my friend …. and that KTM is. Kudos to them.

  6. Morpheous says:


  7. KTM North America Adds Streetbike Division – New Streetbike Expected for 2010 – #motorcycle

  8. Bill Smith says:

    The Bottom Line: KTM very much like Buell will fail in the US market unless they fix their visuals. Unique styling is good – ugly/unorthodox styling is bad, PERIOD!

    Buell has two more pressing problems –

    A: Their new line (1125r/1125cr) is plagued with significant safety, heat, and engine problems (I know this for unfortunately I own one). As one British reviewer articulated “they’re just not ready for prime time.”
    B: Buell is the ugly stepsister to HD – their sales staff does not want to sell them, their service staff does not want to service them.

    Steer clear of Buell product!

    Just about every review on the Super Duke has been nothing short of stellar – like their dirt bikes in the 70’s.

  9. Jeff says:

    I know a bunch of screwed over 16 yr olds who wont be buying them.

  10. motomoto says:


    I believe you are confusing your taste with the markets taste. You may not like the style but plenty of others do. Ugly, yes is bad but is open to opinion. Unorthodox, well, it’s just that. Different.

    Also to say, “KTM very much like Buell will fail in the US market unless they fix their visuals” and then talk about Buell’s mechanical misfortunes and their lack of having good sales support, also have nothing to do about KTM’s design decisions.

    I also think Buell took a bold move with their engine decision. As you mentioned they have unfortunately have been plagued with problems and I agree, they were probably not ready for primetime but with a little more support from daddy Davidson that could have been avoided. Hopefully you’ll get yours sorted.

  11. Bill Smith says:


    The comparison is very valid – I was just pointing out the differences and similarities – KTM produces fantastic machines – Buell does not (well, not yet). Both have very real visual design problems – confirmed by almost every reviewer and by US sales-to-date.

    I assume you work for KTM or have some level of affiliation.

  12. motomoto says:

    I guess we’ll agree to disagree. Also, if we’re talking about US sales-to-date, I’ll refer to your earlier comment where you mention they should follow Ducati’s play book. KTM has twice the market share that Ducati does. So, maybe I was wrong and they should stick to their own playbook.

    No, I don’t work for or own a KTM, merely a man who loves motorcycles, but if the opportunity was presented to me I would jump on it.

  13. Bill Smith says:

    Yes I believe KTM unit sales last year are approximately double that of Ducati but we may never know Ducati’s go forward numbers considering their LBO last December. I do know their pre-LBO unit sales for the first half of 2008 showed rather startling results (unaudited).

    Ducati unit increases in select geo markets first half 2008:

    North Europe (+24.8%)
    Germany (+62.9%)
    Italy (+49.9%)
    Japan (+26.9%)

    Staggering by any standards! And please note these are street bike sales!

    KTM sells four mini-cycles, 19 dirt bike models, four ATVs, etc. So we are comparing apples against your grocer’s entire fruit selection.

    Bottom Line: 99 out of 100 young US male motorcycle purchasers (our primary market) would take a Ducati street bike (sport/superbike/upright naked bike) over KTM’s comparable models. I was absolutely stunned at the sheer number of Ducati motorcycles at Indy and Road America this year – but I did not see one KTM street bike (and we know they are unmistakable)!

    Would you care to wager who sells more street bikes in the US in 2010? I’ll bet my Buell 1125r against any comparable model that Ducati will out-sell KTM!

  14. Sweet!! KTM NA Starts Streetbike division!