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.

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.

Trailer: Quick – Now We Get It…Sorta

01/27/2012 @ 11:44 am, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

Trailer: Quick   Now We Get It...Sorta Quick movie poster 635x910

Back in May of last year, we brought you the trailer for the Korean movie Quick (allegedly set to be released under the name Fast in the United States). Other than featuring a BMW S1000RR, we had no idea what was going on in the original trailer, though we certainly were intrigued. Thankfully, an updated trailer has been released that actually unfurls the plot line a little bit more for us, and we can get an idea about what the Quick, Fast, but not Fastest, movie thing is about.

Already out in South Korea and Japan, Quick will debut in Singapore next week on February 2nd, however there is no date for the US market premiere at this time (sad trombone). Could a foreign film supplant such masterpieces as Biker Boyz and Torque as the definitive motorcycle action movie of our time? We don’t know, and only time will tell. Can someone send us a copy of this though? Thanks for the tip Rick!

Source: YouTube

Tagged under: , , , , ,

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    looks to be a better movie all around than Biker boyz was.

  2. AK says:

    Look better then both Torque and Biker Boyz.

  3. Sloan says:

    It stuck me funny that an Asian film has a BMW as the star.

  4. kenwho says:

    Koreans hate the Japanese (with good historical reasons) so a BMW should not be surprising.

  5. Larry says:

    Probably couldn’t get a Hyosung to hold up to all that speed.

  6. MrFancyPants says:

    will her head explode if they go under 50mph?

    this flick looks so bad it might actually go around the bend and be good

  7. Corey S says:

    Reminds me of my visit to Seoul a few years ago. Looks like normal Seoul traffic. I have been in many countries and I can say Korea is the scariest place I have ever driven. Bunch of crashes and overturned cars is normal stuff.

  8. MikeD says:

    Holy Shit Batman… That was so BAD it might just turn out great…(O_o )

  9. *adds to watch list* That was fun.

  10. Grant Madden says:

    Could be the funniest,most explosive,high speed,feel good movie to come out of Korea.No, cant think of any others,so yes it probably will be.Just expect everything to explode or roll spectacularly and dont hold your breath waiting for anything more complex than a comic book and you,ll love it I should imagin.

  11. bemer2six says:

    ok so its all been said. I’m ready to watch the movie lets roll!!

  12. arkangel says:

    i love it
    / great concept and wonderfully over the top !!

  13. Rexr says:

    WTF……

  14. Sharki says:

    Ladies and Gents. There’s a sub version on youtuuuube. Search ‘Quick korean movie Eng Sub full’. Its quite funny. Some silly stunts as usual.

  15. Mildly Unhinged says:

    It’s “The Transporter,” instead on a motorcycle, Korean style. I hope there’s some Korean martial arts (Judo, Taekwondo, Aikido) in there other than the Asian babe screaming in that guy’s ear the whole movie

  16. Tom says:

    Want to really go fast, get a turbo Hayabusa.

  17. Old Marine says:

    Not sure about Korea traffic, but from another life I do remember the scariest ride in an Okinawa taxi with three other Drunk Marines Screaming “Banzai” on the main drag…….

  18. Odd. My wife is from Okinawa and I’ve been there many times. Traffic there, within the last 20 years at least, is about as tame as you can get and still consider yourself to be driving in a city. Times change, I guess. :)

  19. Damo says:

    @Mildly Unhinged

    Of the martial arts you listed only Taekwondo is actually Korean. (Sorry to be nitpicker)

    I agree this is a “so crazy bad” it is great film. Kinda like Machine Girl if you ever get a chance to see it.

  20. Westward says:

    I’ll bet it’s the best motorcycle centric action film anyone has seen…

    I’m not sure how it works in Korea, but I got the impression that, the Traffic Police are a completely separate entity than the Police, with a lower budget. It seemed like the equivalent of a gang from the parking authority trying to stop a rich kid from speeding…

    Looks fun. Definitely on my “to watch list…”

  21. conchop says:

    From Madonna getting bounced around in the back of a BMW 5 series to this Korean chick getting bounced around on the back of a BMW S1000RR, the entertainment factor is almost worth the high cost of keeping one of the BMW’s adequately maintained.

  22. Shaitan says:

    Yes, but the bike doesn’t transform into a robot. How can it possibly succeed!?

  23. Westward says:

    Well I Just watched the movie, and it’s better than Biker Boyz & Torque, though it has a couple of scenes reminiscent of the latter… Actually it’s more like a tamer version of the bike scenes from Ultraviolet…

    It’s got a “Speed” like plot, with a twist. The movie is more on the comedic side of an action drama. It won’t win any oscars , but it was entertaining. Oh, and besides the BMW, there are Hondas, Yamuda, and Hyosungs too…