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.

Marco Simoncelli AGV Replica Helmet

11/29/2012 @ 8:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

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UPDATE: The Simoncelli Tribute helmet will be available in the US in the GP-Tech only. They should be in stores any day now, with an MSRP of $749.95.

It has been over a year since we lost Marco Simoncelli, though it is clear from MotoGP’s revisiting of the Malaysian GP this year that his memory is alive and well. Helping commemorate Marco’s spirit, AGV Helmets is releasing more accurate re-styled Marco Simoncelli replica helmets that have been authorized by the Simoncelli family.

Incorporating the San Carlo logo on the chin guard, the Dainese logo on the top of the shell, a heart with the colors of the Japanese flag on the back, and Marco’s 58 racing number on the temple, the helmet is basically identical to the one that SuperSic wore during the 2011 MotoGP Championship season.

The AGV GP-Tech version costs €749, and comes with a special t-shirt, while the AGV Bali Copter version is €149. No word on US pricing/availability, though I suspect that information will be sent to A&R soon.

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Source: AGV


  1. Spamtasticus says:

    Did he not run a Shark helmet?

  2. MikeD says:

    Im sorry if im going to sound like some major heavy weight douche bag, but:

    People just don’t know when to quit, do they ? (No Jensen, not you but rather all these manufacturers/organizations that keep milking his image/name while making it look like a homage/tribute to him) Let the frigging guy GO & R.I.P…HE’S DEAD…LET’IM GO.
    I bet his family and close friends will always have a thought for him…ain’t that good enough ?

    I don’t see anyone making a BIG FUSS about the YOUNGER & TALENTED late Shoya Tomizawa that died earlier the same year before Simoncelli…in a very similar scenario.

  3. @Spamtasticus: No, AGV. His whole career, if I’m not mistaken.

  4. MikeD

    Agreed man… in some years, if this continues, it will be like Elvis or MJ…. making money on a dead image.

  5. Dave says:

    I disagree. Marco Simoncelli was massively charasmatic and entertaining with a style that provoked controversy and opinions from all sides (Tomaziwa, RIP, was not).

    One of the reasons, among many other reasons, but undeniably one of the reasons 2012 was so boring was the fact that there was no Marco Simoncelli barn storming the track every race weekend. Simoncelli presented MotoGP with hopes of a future rival to the aliens, a future character of imense entertainment value (this is, after all, entertainment), and possible a future world champion.

    I see this helmet and immediately think “I’d like to have that.” Will it make somebody money? Sure. Will I tell anybody and everybody about Marco Simoncelli? Yes. Because I’m a big fan, always was, always will be. If a replica helmet furthers his memory…I don’t see that as a bad thing.

  6. JoeD says:

    How many Hailwood Replicas (Terblanche model) were sold to folks born 20 years after HIS death and did they even know about the man?

  7. Peter Ha says:

    Marco Simoncelli AGV Replica Helmet – http://t.co/VVqnPGDt #motorcycle

  8. chris says:

    @mike d

    shoei did a tomizawa replica helmet…. they did a daijiro kato rep too.

  9. Henrik says:

    It was available in Europe before the tragic death of SIC, so what is the big deal about this helmet being for the purpose of making money of death people?

    I would rather see this as the opportunity for his fans to show the rest of the world, that they still think about him.

    One of my friends bought the special gray Katoh replica when it came out right after his death, solely for the purpose of showing the late Katoh the last respect. My friend saw a big star in Daijiro.
    For myself I have had serious consideration of buying a Tomizawa replica because of Shoya and not because I want to give money to Shoei solely.

    So chill out and don’t buy it if it’s such a big deal for you that there are money to be earnt.

  10. see the world says:

    Hey MikeD — you don’t sound too much like a douche bag, but you do sound like someone who only cares to see what is in front of his own eyes. You’re right. Technically Marco’s dead, and this helmet doesn’t matter to the average American.

    However, even in death, Marco still has a huge presence and fan base in Europe, particularly Italy (for obvious reasons). It’s hard for them to not love the man he was, and the things he stood for.

    I can’t say that all products produced with the 58 on them are done for noble reasons, but many Marco items out there (such as these helmets) are “authorized”, meaning that at least some portion of the profits are going to support the Marco Simoncelli Foundation.

    The Foundation website and a bad internet translation of the Foundation’s objectives are below:


    - The education of children and youth training to enable their social and occupational integration, respect for human rights and human dignity and the promotion of a social model characterized in equality and equal prospects and opportunities;

    -Activities aimed at ensuring the right to health and social care and health, particularly of children, mothers and vulnerable;

    - Actions aimed at promoting the economic and productive development in underdeveloped countries, working both in urban and rural areas, with a view to greater autonomy of local and general improvement in quality of life;

    - The removal of the causes of social injustice and discrimination, encouraging the growth processes of participation and inclusion;

    - Any other action to reduce and eliminate their social disadvantage of vulnerable groups and not adequately protected;

    - The initiatives affirmation of the principles of morality, fairness, mutual respect in practice and athletic competition in every aspect of social life, particularly with a view to sensitize and educate the younger generation to avoid risks due to deviant behavior both type individually and collectively.

  11. MikeD says:

    @see the world:


    I have been known before as shallow, thick headed and short sighted.
    With that in mind…thank you for taking my comments with lots of salt. (^_^)

    Personally, i don’t have beef with the man (no reason, never met him)…altough i think that helmet is ugly (subjective). Something about the color combo, badges, leopard print, etc.
    But even the helmet is not my subject at hate here…but rather the milking of his image…for good…or for bad. Just this guy’s opinion, wich is worth nothing but to himself.

    You said:

    However, even in death, Marco still has a huge presence and fan base in Europe, particularly Italy (for obvious reasons). It’s hard for them to not love the man he was, and the things he stood for.

    I can’t say that all products produced with the 58 on them are done for noble reasons, but many Marco items out there (such as these helmets) are “authorized”, meaning that at least some portion of the profits are going to support the Marco Simoncelli Foundation.

    ^^^^^^^All facts, no denying it there…is to be xpected….(^_^)…it happens all the time here and even worse. I guess it struck a nerve with me being that he was a bike racer ? Go figure.
    I guess i just got a bit pissed at how people apparently don’t care as much about you when you are alive (WHEN IT SHOULD REALLY MATTER) as to compared as to as soon as u die (Foundation named this, Track named that, etc).

    Case in point:

    Michael Jackson like Santos pointed. (Hijack on: Mr Santos, how’s that horrid winter in Brazil ?, lol )


    NAH, my Solid Black Icon Alliance does the same for a lot less $$$ while at the same time not looking all tacky and what not.
    You go ahead and do that for me.

  12. anti says:

    Plenty of people want to represent the memory of Marco. 1 year isn’t a long time either. I am sure it makes his family proud to see the popularity of his legacy. Think of how many times you’ll spot the number 58 whilst looking at moto racing or in people sig’s when trudging through forums.

    I mean, I see all those tacky 46 branded jackets and helmets everywhere. I’d never wear anything like that, but live and let live, if companies want to see it and people want to buy it, so what.

    @Dave +1

  13. Mariofz1 says:

    @Mike D

    Dude, seems you don’t know much about the sport….as for the helmet as Chris pointed out, there was a Tomizawa and Kato replicas. Daijiro designed the last graphics himself and never got the chance to wear it. I regret that I didn’t get one when I had the chance….And oh yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    A lot of people including me, were denied the chance to watch Marco on the 1000….2012 would have been different for sure…

    Finally Jensen looks for things like this because he knows this is an item of interest worth posting. He is just that guy doing his job, a very good one I may add. This is my first stop after all the bad news on the planet….

  14. RGR says:

    Hey Mike D,

    Nobody cares if you think the helmet is ugly and there was no reason to even say that. What are you, the helmet fashion police? I happen to own the original Simo helmet and I love it and I’m very glad that I bought it. It’s a way for me to remember him and honor him. The design was his, and he liked it and who cares what you think?

    Many, many racers have replica helmets on the market. If you like the racer and can afford the helmet, buy it. If you don’t like the racer (or his helmet design), or can’t afford it, DON’T buy it.


  15. MikeD says:


    wait, wait…………….SURPRISE !!! I DON’T CARE EITHER !!! YAY !!! (^_^), is just the Internet and some schmock’s opinion, LET’S HUG NOW !!!

    Im not even bitching about the helmets or who wears it…or your ugly choice of helmet (subjective) LOL.

    Do you know how to read ?

    Be cool, crafty and savvy like the others above you. : P Your Joe BadAss pitch is wasted here.

  16. MikeD says:


    Im not even going off about the helmets.READ. I only added it was FUGLY…pretty subjective and just my opinion (should be worthless to anyone but me).

    U can say i don’t care enough for the sport, My name is MikeD & i approve that message.

  17. I like the helmet. I like Sic and cried like a baby that weekend. I could easily see myself buying one of these. And I’d love a Ride Your Life graphic on the side of the fairing, too!

  18. Bah. No edit. “Race Your Life”.

  19. JW says:

    I hate to see this polarize the group like this. I enjoyed the sport more when he was alive. I still miss him and have asked Santa for a poster of him for my man cave. Merry Christmas to all.

  20. Bill Robinson says:

    Sic brought a lot to the sport, and was perhaps the next big draw for fans as Rossi’s career wanes. I’d take one of those helmets, but not just because it’s a Sic replica…I have a Rossi GP-tech, and regardless of what it looks like, it’s like a plush vip lounge for my head. As for remembering dead racers goes, I am still in the market for a Joey Dunlop replica, so one year isn’t very long.

  21. UPDATE: The Simoncelli Tribute helmet will be available in the US in the GP-Tech only. They should be in stores any day now, with an MSRP of $749.95.