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.

The Making of the EBR 1190RS: Part 1 (Prologue)

07/19/2011 @ 1:38 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

The Making of the EBR 1190RS: Part 1 (Prologue) 2012 erik buell racing 1190rs hi res 8 635x396

After unveiling the $40,000 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS street bike to the public last year, and recently taking the EBR 1190RS to Mid-Ohio for its AMA Pro Superbike racing debut, the guys at EBR are ready to show some of the behind-the-scenes work that went into America’s newest sport bike.

In what looks to be a several part video series, we’re given the prologue of the making of the Erik Buell Racing 1190RS, complete with sounds from Buell’s own record label, Rat Pak Records, and some seizure inducing footage (we actually like the production work, but worry about our epileptic readers watching this video…no, really).

So far we have little to go on as to where this “EBR Nation” series is headed, but there is one Geoff May talking some hyperbole about the EBR 1190RS (the latest AMA paddock scuttle-butt says that he will not be with the Erik Buell Racing team next year), and it closes with a fitting message from Erik Buell himself. Check it out after the jump, and check back here for more of these videos as we get them.

Source: Rat Pak Records (YouTube)

Comment:

  1. Ecosse says:

    40k for a bike. riiiight.

    and i’m sure the maladjusted 16 year old boys they’re targeting with this quick-edit style video are just queuing up with cash in hand.

    that said, cool bike.

    just not 40 grand cool.

  2. Buellist says:

    Honestly i have seen a lot of bikes out here with much higher prices *cough* confederate*cough*, which are really not worth their weight for what they charge for! But this one is definitely worth every cent! But then again my opinion might be biased because i am a hardcore Erik buell fan!! if i had the money, right now, i would be seriously tempted to buy it, just cause i know i will not be disappointed!!
    When can we see a naked version?? aka, 1125CR revisited version!!!

  3. Ades says:

    Is it me? Or is the audio overlay for the engine noise NOT from a V-Twin? ………

  4. buellracerx says:

    +1 Ades was just about to make the same comment..could be attributed to taking footage at the race track, but seriously guys, lets hear that beautiful purr!

  5. ducman1198 says:

    Definitely not a Vtwin overlay!

    For that kind of cash (40k) ill get an BMW S1000RR 14k, a Ducati 1198 15k, and have a tad bit left over!

    Way over priced and over rated especially since were in a recession.

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  7. pyrogen says:

    Yeah I guess if you strip it down of most of the high end parts and replace them with some of the lower cost things like cast al wheels instead of forged magnesium wheels, and cut some power to match the 1198, and then add some weight to match both the bmw and duc, you could probably get one for the 21k asking price of the 1198 I looked at recently at a dealer. Oh wait, then I would have to deal with the excessively high operating, maintenance, and repair costs of owning a Ducati. Another point is that the Buell is just as close to winning a race this year as either bmw or ducacti.

  8. Other Sean says:

    Bwahahaa, pyrogen you sound like an entrenched Buell o phile. Let me know when Buell shows up at WSBK. Until then, they’re just not on the same level.

    Don’t get me wrong, this bike is cool. But don’t try to compare it to BMW or Ducati.

  9. ducman1198 says:

    pyrogen…. dude…., i don’t know what crack pipe your smoking but your high if u think your over priced buell can compare to the Ducati and the BMW!

    Sorry but I’m going to have to give u a serious reality check!

    Eriks 1190RS is a sweet looking bike but pales in comparison to the BMW and the Ducati!

    The ducati has lots of trick bits, Ducati DTC, and its wheels are Marchesini Forged Magnesium! not some basic rim like your standard jap bike. As for HP… wrong again, they are both similar Vtwins so they make the same amount, around 170hp! they both have the similar engine displacement and don’t think for a second Erik can out tune Ducati course! How many superbike titles has Eric won???? i thought so!

    As for weight..WRONG AGAIN DUDE!!!! Your beloved Buells dry weight is 389 pounds the Ducati’s dry weight is 171 kilos or 376.9 pounds. The Ducati is 12.1 pounds LIGHTER!!!!

    Lets not even talk about price, the base 1198 is 14,999.00 and you buell is whopping 40k ….that’s a KO in my book, your buell is OUT!!!!

    DO we really need to see how bad the 2 time superbike smackdown winner matches up…lets take a look see!

    The BMW have been the class leading superbike 2 years in a row, it makes at least 20 more hp then your Buell, it has trick bits, traction control, and quick shift to start! and im sure if BMW wanted to carbon fiber the bike it would easily compete in the weight department. but here the depressing thing even with the weight advantage your Buell still gets blown out of the water!

    That’s sad!…..and the price is the final nail, 13,999 base compared to 40K ……nuf said…..Buell looses!

    Once again if u think Erik can out tune or out engineer BMW with all of their multiple world championships, from Formula 1 to Le Mans Prototype racing your crazy!!!!

    And please don’t make the argument that its a limited addition ultra exotic because if that the care the Ducati Desmosedici, the 1198R, the KTM RC8R, and the MV Agusta F4 RR 312 1078 is ready to tear the over priced Buell a new ass hole!

    It was a good try, but no one is smoking that crack pipe or kicking out 40k for a Buell!

  10. Jomo says:

    Jeezz…..It’s a homologation bike to get EBR into AMA racing. A production run of 100. $40k is not unreasonable for such a bike. Cheaper versions are to follow.

  11. fast2win says:

    The fact of the matter is the Buell is ready to go AMA racing out of the box. Remove the cyl. base gasket with the thinner one and the horsepower is there. 180 at the tire. yain’t gonna do that with the duc. Everything else is there from the superbike spec fork,shock,slipper clutch,brakes. all these
    would need to upgraded on any other stock machine and a lot more. This isn’t the closest you can get to an AMA spec superbike, it is an AMA spec superbike. it’s not overpriced if your looking for an ready to race bike. Comparing it to a base price Duc. is ridiculous. It’s more Larry Pegrams ducati that he ran last year.

  12. Mike R. says:

    Production run of 100? Um, you mean 2.