Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

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 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.

Video: Brammo Empulse RR Testing

11/29/2010 @ 4:19 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

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The guys up in Ashland have been busy testing their Brammo Empulse RR electric race bike. Taking some laps around Thunderhill Raceway, and hitting the curves around the Ashland area, Brammo’s Director of Product Development Brian Wismann was at the helm of the Empulse RR in these videos. Surely gearing up for the 2011 racing season, Brammo was testing the Empulse RR’s systems, and from the looks of it, the Empulse RR has some moves. Videos after the jump.

Source: Brammo Owners Forum; Photos: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0


  1. Brammofan says:

    Thumbs up on the “over the line” tag. And thanks, as always, for the attribution, kind sir.

  2. There’s always gem or two hidden in the tag lines. ;) Your welcome on the link.

  3. wrecks says:

    Has to be the best looking ebike of the bunch.

  4. Steve Lang says:

    Great looking bike and respectably fast on the track. These things are getting serious. Curious to see them when the batteries get small and they are developed more in the coming years. This is very exciting and I NEVER thought I’d say that. A long way from my old TD2 Yamaha… that’s for sure.

  5. Mickey says:

    Thunderhill is a track I know well after 7 years of AFM racing. Sadly T-hill looks even bumpier when there’s no screaming engine to distract the viewer. The bike does not look fast. From these brief clips the rider is not taking the best lines so that could be part of it. At about 4:40 we get passed by a 600 rider going into T10. With a bad line, and bad drive off the top of T9 that could be an easy pass for someone, more telling is how we get eclipsed by the same rider coming out of T13 onto the back stretch. We’re always looking for comparisons between existing bikes and electric bikes, and this tells us a little story, but truly we can’t compare unless we are matching equal riders or even the same rider over multiple sessions. It’s still creepy quiet no matter what you think of the bike.

  6. Brij says:

    coming along real nicely! 10 years ago, we would never envisioned something like this would ever happen! Kudos to you guys!

  7. Mickey,

    You’re correct. I posted these videos in a forum with some comments stating that 1. I’m not a professional (or even amateur) racer and 2. We were out collecting data on the bike with at most 1 hot lap. Many times I was watching those tiny numbers on the display more than I was paying attention to my line. I also edited the video specifically to show that pass you mention to show 1. where gas bikes are inherently faster (on the straights) and 2. that besides racers like yourself, the rider is mostly the limitation on a bike’s performance.

    Those aren’t even my worst corners… you should see me screw up turn 14 (and subsequently 15)!

  8. Mickey says:

    @BrammonBrian: I WANT TO RIDE IT :)
    One of the things that has me the most mentally disturbed is no clutch / shifting action. After years of trying to figure out when to downshift, how to smoothly let out the clutch while braking as stupidly late as my front tire will allow, not shifting just seems wrong. However since you don’t have all that business to distract you then you can focus much more of your attention on braking, and corner entry.

    So with that said chassis geometry and weight distribution are going to be huge. Without the distraction I’m going to want to brake beyond stupid late, and really load up the front end on corner entry. Ride height adjustment front and rear will help and during preseason testing having some different sets of triple clamps with different offsets to adjust rake and trail will also be helpful.

  9. Wieso? says:

    I like the bike… Glad i aint a Canadian cuz Brammo thinks they are to stupid to ride one… Or am i mistaken when i read the rules for that sweepstake? “If a Canadian participant qualifies to win this prize, s/he will be asked to return by mail, her/his correct answer to a skill-testing question involving general knowledge, in order to be declared a winner and receive her/his prize.”

    So ANY stupid moron from ANYWHERE on this eaerth can win your bike but the Canadian can’t cuz they must answer a question correctly first? WTF???

  10. Brammofan says:

    @Wieso? – I doubt Brammo thinks Canadians are stupid. Rather, Canada is one of the countries with a sweepstakes law that requires winners to solve a math question so that the contest will not be classified as gambling. And I’m pretty sure that the math question won’t require advanced calculus. So yes, any “stupid moron from ANYWHERE on this eaerth [sic]” can win the bike. Even you.

  11. Well Brian, you probably piloted the RR better than I could at TH. Turn 11 was a problem for me… didnt do all that well on 5 either… or the rest of em for that matter… Really I was concentrating on just having fun and not wrecking my brother’s gsxr750. In this case we are talking about a one of a kind machine though, that’s huge pressure there.

  12. Jeremy & Brian:

    How do you guys go to T-Hill, and not give me a call? It’s like 30 minutes from A&R.