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.

Fuel or Electronics? Where Are Nicky Hayden & Scott Redding Losing Out on the Honda RCV1000R?

The news that Honda would be building a production racer to compete in MotoGP aroused much excitement among fans. There was much speculation over just how quick it would be, and whether it would be possible for a talented rider to beat the satellite bikes on some tracks. In the hands of active MotoGP riders, the gap was around 2 seconds at the Sepang tests. Nicky Hayden – of whom much had been expected, not least by himself – had made significant improvements, especially on corner entry. The difference in performance and the big gap to the front has been cause for much speculation. Where are the Honda production racers losing out to the Factory Option bikes?

Vyrus 986 M2 Gets Race Partnership from MIVV Exhaust

04/14/2011 @ 11:26 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

Vyrus 986 M2 Gets Race Partnership from MIVV Exhaust Vyrus 986 M2 MIVV 1 635x423

The Vyrus 986 M2 has to be one of the most gorgeous motorcycles we’ve ever seen grace our pages here at Asphalt & Rubber. It’s edgy and doesn’t conform to many of the elements we’d expect from a motorcycle design, and best of all Vyrus intends to race the hub-center steering bike (well maybe the fact you can buy one/build your own is the best thing of all).

With the Moto2 World Championship perhaps out of reach for the small Italian company, we instead see the Vyrus 986 M2 making an entry in the Spanish CEV Moto2 Championship, a national-level series that uses the same rules as the World Championship. Helping Vyrus enter that series is exhaust manufacturer MIVV, which has some experience in the CEV series, having partnered with FTR in past years.

For those that fell in love with original design of the 600cc Vyrus, you may not like some of the changes that have occurred since the bike’s original unveiling. Most noticeable in this announcement is that the discreetly hidden slash-cut pipe from Zard, which protruded just above the 986 M2′s swingarm, has given-way to a more traditional MIVV system (the cost of sponsorship we imagine).

Still considering that the full-titanium exhaust systems comes packed with two years of R&D on how to squeeze the most power out of the lightly-tuned Honda CBR600RR motor, we’ll have to let function give way to form on this situation.

More contentious though is the revised front-end of the motorcycle, which sees an extra brace added to the hub-center steering structure. We’ll have to get word from Vyrus as to what prompted the chassis design change, but one would imagine that the new braces help rider feedback and steering, considering the new brace seems to go directly into the head tube and clip-ons.

More on that as we get it, but we suspect more information will come out as the Vyrus 986 M2 is scheduled for its first race this weekend, taking part in the Spanish CEV Championship’s race at the Jerez de la Frontera on April 17th.

Source: MIVV

 

Comment:

  1. RSVDan says:

    Perhaps not quite as elegant as the original design, but still an incredible machine. I wish them the best of luck in the CEV in the hope that they will eventually make an appearance in Moto2.

  2. max says:

    I agree with the above, the brace makes it a bit more clogged, and I’m a bit disappointed about the lack of Zard exhausts. When I First saw them I thought those were the most elegant and beautiful exhausts I had ever seen.

    But that those drawbacks are still nothing compared to the overall beauty of the machine, hope it has a lot of track success.

  3. hoyt says:

    agree, still brilliant.
    Is this finished? e.g. front fender will make it look even better.
    Vyrus’ use of a round fender (that was used on the Tesi 2D) looks much better than what Bimota did to the Tesi 3D. The round fender and aluminum swing arm contrast very well with the rest of the intake and upper sub frame.

    Moto2 will be even more entertaining to watch than last year now that design is being pushed. The GP and Moto2 classes have been fairly “conventional” relatively speaking for a prototype class.

  4. Rich says:

    The “brace” is the quivalent of an upright in automotive parlance. Looked at in engineering terms wiht an upright it is a superior design. Without it, loads from braking are fed into a small kingpin (within the center hub) which is an incredible amount of stress for a very small part. I prefer not only the engineering of the revised design but the esthetics as well.

  5. monkeyfumi says:

    The tank still looks like it has the potential to crush your nuts under brakes.

  6. Keith says:

    Works for me, now fit it with a GSXR750, price it UNDER $10k usd and I’ll consider it.

  7. hoyt says:

    fit it with the R1 cross plane motor & those rims and I’ll buy it for $18-19k USD (non carbon model)

  8. Would you like a golden toilet with that pipe dream Keith?

  9. aaron says:

    interesting… they looks like they switched the front end design entirely… this looks like a radd (parker) front end as opposed to the hub steer (bimota) system.

    I remember radd was working on a gsxr front end switch a few years ago, wonder if it’s made it into production – if so, keith might be able to get his pipe dream if he starts with a cheap enough gixxer…

  10. Randy Singer says:

    With the new upright, rather than just being there for bracing, hasn’t the front suspension changed entirely to be a Tony Foale-type of arrangement instead of a Difazio-type of setup? Sort of what you see on some BMW’s?

    http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2008/10/22/bmw-d1200r-from-concept-to-finished-motorcycle/

    I can’t tell from the photos if the front wheel is being steered via the upright or not. But given its placement, I would have to assume that it is.

  11. akatsuki says:

    A bit disappointing on the front suspension, but those tail pipes are absolutely horrid compared to the Zard design.

  12. ML says:

    I’m glad I bought a lotto ticket today. Now I just need to win…

  13. hoyt says:

    Many Vyrus owners race their Ducati-powered bikes, so it will be good to learn more about the Tesi design when applied to a wider motor like the i-4.

    aaron – Parker’s RADD has been further developed. Not sure if your reference of a ‘few years ago’ is in reference to that latest iteration. If its not, here is a little write-up on it (looks great)…

    http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com/2010/04/alturnative-tuesday_20.html

  14. MR. X says:

    Is there any way to follow that Spanish series? I’d like to see video and/or results to follow how this design fares.

  15. MR T says:

    Looking at the pics I don’t think that vyrus have changed the fundamental design and this is still a difazio based sytem as you can see the brake torque arms are still in place (blue rods). The brake forces will still travel through the kingpin.

    I believe that the new upright is just that and is only connected to the handlebars and will have a sissor type linkage at the top which you can just see in the front picture.

    I guess this is their replacement for their original hydraulic system, maybe it didn’t work to well?

  16. carboncanyon says:

    Why do these guys and Benelli use that ridiculous tank shape? Under hard braking, I can imagine that lump would make the rider vomit in his helmet OR like monkeyfumi said “The tank still looks like it has the potential to crush your nuts under brakes”. Either way, it’s terrible.