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.

Roid Rage? Paul Sr. Named in Illegal Steroid Case

02/07/2011 @ 12:49 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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In a case being prosecuted in Florida, a former dentist has plead guilty to supplying a number for high-profile athletes and celebrities with various steroid and performance-enhancing drugs. Among the names being pulled out of his business records is Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers and the popular television show American Chopper.

According to the seized documents, Paul Sr. received dozens of prescriptions for steroids and HGH (human growth hormone). The scripts for these drugs were written by the plaintiff in the case, Dr. James M. D’Amico, along with three other Florida physicians, culminating in over a four years of use.

This news of course comes as virtually no surprise to anyone who has ever watched the show American Chopper.

The specifics of the case show the dirty underbelly of professional medicine gone wrong, and how pharmacies looking for healthy revenue boosts are not only brokering patients to unscrupulous physicians, but also taking a blind-eye towards checking the credentials and legitimacy of suspicious prescriptions.

According to the case records, Paul Sr. received 73 prescriptions between the dates of August 2, 2002 and October 3, 2006. Costing $51,784.78, the senior Teutul reportedly received HGH along with the steroids testosterone, nandrolone, and stanozolol. On the orders were Paul Sr.’s date of birth, Social Security number, telephone numbers, and three addresses (one of which was at 10 Factory Rd. Montgomery, New York in Orange County).

Other names being mentioned in the D’Amico’s business records are former Major League Baseball players Paul Byrd, Jose Guillen, and former five-time All Star Matt Williams. All of these players were previously busted for receiving performance-enhancing drugs from D’Amico from the San Francisco Chronicle’s investigation into steroid use in MLB.

Source: Times Union; Photo: © D Sharon Pruitt / Creative Commons – Attribution 2.0 Generic

Comment:

  1. F1 says:

    ,,did it make the bikes go faster?,,, no?,,, then who cares

  2. 76 says:

    stop writing about this dude, this has sh!t to do with bikes and neither does he at this point

  3. Other Sean says:

    Dang, it makes so much sense now, why didn’t I realize it sooner. No wonder he was always so hacked off.

  4. BeckyH says:

    What other secrets will be revealed in the personal Hell of this man and the impact of his behavior upon his family, employees and business contacts?

  5. Mike L. says:

    Look, champions will do whatever it takes to win, and if you don’t cheat to win, your competitors will beat you while cheating. However you get it, a championship is forever. So I respect Paul for doing what was necessary to became a Champion Jerk Off.

  6. Shaitan says:

    American Choppers is a joke of a show. Glad to see their addled brains are aren’t just the cause of too much Jack and meth.

  7. N2bateU says:

    Mike L. How the hell can u call Paul Sr a champion?
    He’s suing his own son, tried to buy him out saying his company is worth zero, is about to lose his company because he doesn’t want to pay his bills and always b+tching and yelling. He’s a failure as a father, not a champion. If anything his kids are the champions by dealing with his BS

  8. Wow, I would have never guessed he’s taking HUMAN growth hormone . . . .

  9. MotoRandom says:

    Well that just explains a lot now, doesn’t it? Truly the saddest part about the whole Teutul fiasco is the damge done to a reviving chopper industry. I think a lot of hard working and inovative fabricators have been hurt by the industry wide implosion brought on by the oversaturation and then self distruction of OCC. Yeah, they should stop getting all of this attention, but like a bad car accident, it’s hard to look away. Discovery never should have let this train wreck continue. They would have been way better off to let Thom Beers find some unknown talents that weren’t blind with greed and had some actual skills at designing and building bikes.

  10. Lee says:

    (Katt Williams) “……I was not using any steriods, I just got bigger and stronger, the older I got!” Is steriod use illegal in the Junior vs. Senior? They may take his gold medal!

  11. aptimus prime says:

    Dear American people,

    In order to maintain ideological purity and politicize American sports, we have banned steroids and HGH at the Federal level. We hope the last 25 years of your lives are as miserable as possible. Anyone caught trying to improve their physical circumstances during old age will be jailed. Exceptions will be made for Congressional representatives.

    Sincerely,

    Congress

  12. Ducracerx says:

    Who cares. Paul senior can take all of the drugs he wants. His body still looks like garbage cause he doesn’t eat the proper food. He is no Sly Stallone!!

  13. Ducracerx says:

    @aptimus…it’s OPTIMUS you moron

  14. Big L says:

    It’s funny to see all the other bike builders write in under comments. You need to face it and give credit where it is deserved. Those guys are talented! Just look and the bikes on their web sites. Pretty good stuff. And to be able to not burn out with ideas for the next bikes. Jr has four bikes on his web site and all were very well done. That’s the point Sr is missing. For every idea Sr has Jr will have 10. The juice only builds muscle not brains. Sr also forgot one thing with training, you got to work the lower body too! The guy has tooth picks for legs.