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.

What Evil Cometh from Yamaha?

05/30/2013 @ 3:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

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Yamaha is gearing up to debut some models, this much we know. Both the US and European arms of the tuning fork brand have been in full marketing/PR swing lately, and today’s quick video teaser just confirms as much.

What exactly Yamaha is gearing up to promote though is a different story, however we do know that the Japanese brand sees three-cylinder engines as the way forward with its motorcycle designs.

Teasing today what appears to be an upright-sitting street bike, we can only assume that Yamaha has some sort of new naked or streetfighter machine it is readying for mass consumption.

With the video coming from Yamaha Europe though, one can guess as to whether this particular motorcycle will be a small-displacement machine, Europe-only model, or what exactly. Could it be the first three-cylinder machine from Yamaha? Time will tell, and we won’t have long to wait.

Source: Yamaha Motor Europe (YouTube)


  1. Faust says:

    What the hell did I just watch……. I just want to get a glimpse of the new stuff! If there is indeed a next gen R1 that is anything like the rumors, I will buy it.

  2. Gleep says:

    the gear and setting makes me think it’s for a Supermotard but I don’t know jack about Japans bike scene so for all I know that’s what people wear on their scooters.

  3. phil says:

    First three cylinder Yamaha,,,,what about the XS750,,,I know it was a heap of crap and Yamaha may want to forget…But I bought one and I still have nightmares about the blessead thing!!!!

  4. Ronald Burgundy says:

    how were these bikes kept secret? It seems like anytime Ducati or BMW or KTM have new bikes coming down the pike there’s spy photos galore.

    So, 675-or-so cc three cylinder bikes are the future? Sounds good to me (litterally and figuratively)!

  5. paulus - Thailand says:

    looks like it is aimed at teens… maybe a ‘Hello Kitty’ mini-bike LOL

  6. TexusTim says:

    ok who was that aimed for ?

  7. Deeds says:

    Here’s to hoping they’re replacing the Fz6 and Fz1. They’re definitely due for an update… or in this case, a complete makeover.

  8. smiler says:

    There is just no bike from Honda, Yamahahaha or Suuzuki that I find interesting anymore. Given what you can buy from KTM, MV, Ducati, Harley, Buell, Triumph, BMW, Horex, and all the other non Japanese makers, Japanese bikes just look (as usual) either small iterations of old nags (R1, GSXR, R6, Blade) or copies of other manufacturers. The ZX10, 6 and ER 6 are the bright spots in a truly dull line up from the Japs.
    They are not even any more reliable anymore.

  9. kww says:

    if it is interesting & sold in europe, don’t count on Yamaha USA to import it. most bland lineup in the states.

  10. Really vague video. Apart from the upright stance of the rider, nothing comes to the fore.
    I really hope that YAMAHA launches their YZF-R6 in India soon. I will buy it that very moment :)
    That apart. This could be their new 3 cylinder motorcycle.
    Waiting for June 11th now to see the real deal.
    A 600cc triple would be great. If they launch both a naked & faired version, it would be better.

  11. chris says:

    RD Series 350 CC – 3 cylinders

  12. James says:

    3 cylinder street motorcycles, humm what does that sound like.

    Oh yeah Triumphs!

    The Triumphs win every 600 cc and 1000cc street bike test reviews again and again and they are becomeing more and more popular. The Street Triple is a bench mark road testers set other nakeds against. Yamaha have just take note and want to see some of that action.

  13. Steve says:

    Aprilia RSV4 is now as cheap as an R1. It just won Motociclismo and several other multi-bike tests against the likes of the HP4 and the Panigale R…. and still no love? Wow. :)

  14. sigsegv says:

    Motard-naked hybrid like the upcoming MV Rivale is my guess, fitted with the afore mentioned three-cylinder engine.

  15. Jon Vandervelde says:

    ” Could it be the first three-cylinder machine from Yamaha? ”

    Yamaha had a three-cylinder bike in the 1980′s. The 850 special.

  16. motoguru says:

    Growing up on Yammies, and spending the last decade on Triumph triples makes this all good in my book!

  17. MikeD says:

    Gleep says:

    the gear and setting makes me think it’s for a Supermotard but I don’t know jack about Japans bike scene so for all I know that’s what people wear on their scooters.

    +1, may be a naked or a scooter too.


    LMAO. Don’t even go there. . . has everyone forgotten already what a BIG FRICKING DEAL Triumph made about their STINKIN Tiger 800 sisters or Yamaha with their reversed head 450 motocrosser and SuperTenere ? I sure do. (-_-)