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.

Watch Graves Yamaha Build a Superbike from the Frame Up

09/20/2013 @ 6:34 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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Time-lapse build videos are always fascinating, and since it’s well into Friday afternoon now, we are of course padding the post count here at A&R with this installment from the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha AMA Pro Superbike team.

In five hours the Graves crew built this Yamaha YZF-R1 race bike from the ground up, but you can see them put it together in just over a minute’s time. If you look close enough, you can even spot the reasons why Josh Herrin & Josh Hayes are running away with the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship.

Source: Monster Energy Graves Yamaha


  1. Teej says:

    Hayes has won the most races this season, but it’s hard to say he’s “running away with the… championship” when he’s down 22 points to his teammate with one round remaining.

  2. paulus says:

    great little insight…
    Interesting dissolve at 19 seconds and 29 seconds when the suspension magically appears by itself.

  3. Info says:

    His teammate Josh Herrin only has to secure a finish in the top 10 at the final round to win the championship, so no, Hayes is not even remotely “running away with the championship”. Even if Herrin slips up, Cardenas is merely 1 point behind Hayes in the points standings. In short, a Hayes repeat is hardly in the bag at this point.

  4. proudAmerican says:

    At the current shop rate of $96/hour, can I request these guys do the next service on my bike?!

  5. huha says:

    while other brand produced smaller bike than their predecessor, yamaha always slow, still coming with the big fat bike of r1

  6. Grover says:

    The Graves R1 is not even remotely a superbike based on a stock platform.

  7. Faust says:

    Not remotely based on a stock platform….well unless you count the frame…and the engine (which must maintain stock bore, stroke and firing order), the swingarm (although they can add guards and stand mounting points), the crankcase (with the exception of liners and coatings), valves, cam drive method, crankshaft (other than polishing and balancing), connecting rods, pistons and rings, injection system including throttle bodies and stock injectors, you know stuff like that. Yeah, completely not based on the stock bike.

  8. Damo says:

    “not even remotely a superbike based on a stock platform”

    No idea why people keep saying nonsense like this. It is like no one even watches or researches racing.

  9. Paulo says:

    The base R1 is almost an after thought based on motorcycle reviews, finishing close to last in most reviews but………that bike kicks a lot of ass! Do a tune, custom map and exhaust, it’s badass and more then any normal person can handle. Yeah, these days it’s all a Ducati BMW show but no bike IMO has the character alone of the R1, It’s a lot like that cool Honda RC51. ;)

  10. Ben says:

    Where can I get one of those tables??

  11. Faust says:

    Paulo, I agree. This bike is my favorite Japanese bike out there right now. I don’t really care what the reviews say about how it stacks up against the others, once you hear that exhaust note you can’t not like it. That said, I was really looking forward to them coming out with a new R1 this year. Pretty unhappy about that.

  12. Faust says:

    Paulo, I agree. This bike is my favorite Japanese bike out there right now. I don’t really care what the reviews say about how it stacks up against the others, once you hear that exhaust note you can’t not like it. That said, I was really looking forward to them coming out with a new R1 this year. Pretty unhappy about that.

  13. Faust says:

    Paulo, I agree. This bike is my favorite Japanese bike out there right now. I don’t really care what the reviews say about how it stacks up against the others, once you hear that exhaust note you can’t not like it. That said, I was really looking forward to them coming out with a new R1 this year. Pretty unhappy about that.

  14. Gutterslob says:

    I agree with Faust about the exhaust note. Definitely the best sounding open-class bike available today. Looks wise, it does seem rather portly, not just against modern competition like the ZX-10R ot Fireblade, but even compared to the non-crossplaned R1 that came before it.

    Anyways, to the video;
    Pause at around the 0:26 mark and see the frame, suspension with tyres and rear subframe attached. Now that’s some sexy sh*t. If I ever had the money to build a custom one day, I’d start with something like that and try to incorporate some sort of air-cooled engine (no coolant plumbing), some upright wide bars, and aslimmer fuel tank/airbox. Sort of like a modern UJM cum Monster (the Ducati, not the energy drink) but with a solid chunky alu frame. Probably won’t happen since none of the Japanese marques seem to make large capacity air-cooled motors anymore, but it’s nice to dream I suppose.

  15. Matthews Mooketsane Bantsijang Bantsijang says:

    Nice one…. R1 is still the power monster….