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.

World Superbike Online Video Pass – $95 for a Full Season

02/14/2014 @ 2:32 pm, by David Emmett25 COMMENTS

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Dorna has revealed the pricing for its online video pass for the World Superbike Championship. The price for a full season of coverage via the WorldSBK.com website is to cost €69.90, or around US $95.

Included in the price is live access to all World Superbike races, as well as the ability to play them on demand after the race is over. There will also be access to a highlights package of each race, and rider interviews, and exclusive features. There is also an archive of race and season reviews going back to 1993.

The online package is very similar to the one offered by Dorna for the MotoGP.com website, with suitably revised pricing. Since Dorna was handed the running of the World Superbike series by Bridgepoint, it was only a matter of time before WSBK would also be available via some form of online video streaming.

Leveraging both the experience which they had gained in TV rights negotiations and in running the MotoGP.com video streaming platform, Dorna could put the World Superbike races online with relatively limited effort.

The new subscription package should be a boon to fans around the world who cannot see the World Superbike series. WSBK has struggled to find TV broadcasters in some large markets, and having an online video package will make fans of the sport less reliant on the packages offered by their cable suppliers.

It should also add a useful (if limited) income stream for the struggling series.

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. H.L. says:

    Huge MotoGP guy but I need more. I will be getting into WSBK for the first time. I’m at peace with $95. Nice job Dorna and thanks. The MotoGP video pass is top notch stuff and I hope this is at least close to it.

  2. Matt says:

    $95? I guess I’m going to have to start reusing my catheters.

  3. Norm G. says:

    re: “Huge MotoGP guy but I need more. I will be getting into WSBK for the first time.”

    well what kind of bike do you own…? maybe you aren’t getting into WSBK for the first time. grandprix doesn’t homologate so maybe you’ve been a Superbiker all along…?

  4. Tom says:

    Some website somewhere will stream it online.

  5. Chad D. says:

    ‘re:Tom
    Good luck with that. Dorna is crazy serious about rights. Have you ever tried to find GP race streaming?

  6. philly phil says:

    I signed up for BeIn Sports with Comcast since the sports package that includes the channel is only $5/month…
    HOWEVER, it seems that Bein Sports isn’t actually showing the races… They list it on their website that they cover the series, but if you look at the TV schedule, …iiiiiits not there.
    WTF gives….

    Anyone else notice this?

  7. MajorTom says:

    Concerning the Comcast thing; last year, when I read/heard that Bein was carrying SBK I called Comcast and asked what channel Bein was on in my area. The woman told me and I looked. Low and behold there was the race in SPANISH. I watched several races with the sound down. Then I called Comcast again and asked for the channel for Bein and the woman told me there were 2 channels. One in Spanish and one in English. Bingo. Live feed, with Mr Green and Martin; at three in the morning. No problems. DVR. Now all is good.

  8. Philly phil says:

    Majortom, what do see on the schedule for this year though? According to their Facebook page, the first round isn’t in the tv schedule because they haven’t finalized a schedule. They made it seem like they’re still working on it….i really hope so

  9. H-man says:

    Hurray! And about f”in time! I’ve been hoping for something like this for the past 3 years. Even inquiring about the possibility of such a package through the Energy Zone at the WSBK site. Oh well, it’s here. And costs less than MotoGP’s full season pass.

  10. JKEDSNAKE says:

    WOOOOT WOOOT! YEAH BABY!
    I purchased the Moto Gp package last season after Speed channel turned gay, and doing it again this year so to also have Wsbk is going to make me a happy fan!

  11. vuman says:

    DORNA is disgrace to this sport.

  12. TwoWheelLoo says:

    Finally live streaming. $95 isn’t bad for a full season with bts stuff and extras. Good goin’.

  13. Laurencio says:

    Does this mean I will not be able to catch up with the races on youtubes?

  14. Jw says:

    If one takes out their worthless cable / satellite bill per month this is a healthy alternative

  15. MajorTom says:

    @Philly phil
    according to Bein’s web page the first race, Phillip Island, will be shown on Friday at 10.45pm; live. I live on the west coast so your times might vary some.

  16. philly phil says:

    @MajorTom
    The race isn’t until sunday (23rd)…so i’m pretty sure that’s qualifying or something else…

  17. Norm G. says:

    re: “DORNA is disgrace to this sport.”

    i recognize some of you guys are access limited and have been for some time so I’ve deliberately stopped short of calling for an all out boycott, but until i PERSONALLY hear the outcome of the law suit Schwantz Vs. Ezpelata/Cota…? Carmelo and his PPV website can pound sand.

    i mean we wail and nash teeth over Honda’s dominance of grandprix, but last i checked, nobody from INSIDE the motorcycling community’s served Nakamoto with a subpoena…?

    fyi to the e-zine world, the case was scheduled to go before jury like a week ago (2/10/14), and yet nobody seems to have reported anything…? not even if it’s been delayed/rescheduled/settled out of court, on-going, etc…? always good to see bikeworld on top of it’s game.

  18. Bob says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this. I don’t get B-in or whatever it is they were using for TV broadcast and have been annoyed that there was no web coverage. Now I am happy :-)

  19. New trial date is May 5th Norm. Beat your horse elsewhere.

  20. Norm G. says:

    re: “New trial date is May 5th Norm. Beat your horse elsewhere.”

    don’t be hatin’. no subpoenas in my breast pocket. :)

  21. philly phil says:

    Ok, finally. It scheduled on BeIn and in the Comcast guide to show. I guess we’re a day ahead of Australia because the race will be shown live on BeIn on Saturday at 730 and 1000.

    So for $5 a month, I’m getting the superpoles and races. I will be a happy man

  22. CRC Cola says:

    Can anyone confirm that the video pass includes WSS?

    @philly phil: I’m a philthadelphian as well, but I gotta say BeIn looks like crap on comcast.

  23. philly phil says:

    Great…I guess i’ll see…but I hope they’re not treating it like SPEED channel did… They would put the races on SPEED HD and shit looked like 420p

    as a matter of fact…BeinSports doesn’t have a HD designation…

  24. Jim says:

    Races looked good on WSBK Videopass this weekend, I streamed them on my ipad to my Apple TV in HD and it looked great.

  25. Singletrack says:

    Really – $100 for 14 races. I like it, but $7 a race…?
    And then another $100 (??) for MotoGP? What about F1, or Lemans, or AMA Roadracing, or MX/SX etc.

    Is this to become the new normal? Where does it end?

    I know I’m not alone in hating cable; and the $800 a year it costs pisses me off, but at least I feel it’s amortized over 600 channels (Ok really only 100 unique ones). And the whole family can pick and choose different channels.

    If I have to start subscribing to Premier League Soccer, or the Women’s network I’m going to lose my mind.