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.

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.

2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Tests at Jurby

06/03/2011 @ 3:52 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Tests at Jurby 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Jurby Rutter 635x476

We spent the today at the Jurby course, as teams for the Isle of Man TT came out to the short airfield race track to test their machines before the TT starts in earnest tomorrow with its first races. Among those teams in attendance was MotoCzysz, and the team debuted its 200+ hp 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc for the first time to the public (we brought you a sneak peek yesterday). With Michael Czysz and Michael Rutter both taking laps on the new electric superbike, today was the first time the new E1pc had ever turned a wheel. Photos and more after the jump.

The test was a mixed bag for Czysz, reporting that the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc handled extremely well and had gobs of power out of the corners, though the team clearly has some teething issues with the electrics and the new front-end suspension system that MotoCzysz has designed for the 2011 machine. The test comprised of only the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc going around the track, and lasted for maybe a dozen laps. Last we heard, the team was hard at work in the pits getting ready for tomorrow’s first TT Zero practice.

Source: MotoCzysz (Twitter)


  1. Mike says:


  2. Keith says:

    SWEET! now…let’s hope everyone plays nice come race day.

  3. I think this will be the year that the ton lap goes down for e-bikes. And don’t get me wrong, I think what Czysz is doing is interesting. But what is it with these e-bike racers, who bring bikes that have never, ever turned a wheel to the most important race of the year? What do these guys have against shakedown testing?

    Do you think the top ICE teams at the TT are running bikes there for the first time?
    If his b1ke doesn’t run, Czysz has no one to blame but himself.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Sorry for the trollin’ but if I ever have to read about another electric I will have to eat my own eyelids. Electric transport, the saviour of the planet? How? Is not most electricity generated by burning fossil fuels or by nuclear power? And (yes, I started a sentence with that word, but I’m vexed beyond proper grammar) if a battery pack costs many thousands of dollars you can be sure that it’s caused a bunch of pollution somewhere. And (sorry again) since when has any form of racing been environmentally friendly, or even relevant to the wider world (i.e. non petrol-heads)?

    Can we get back on the hydrocarbon trail now, please?

  5. Mark says:

    @Jonathan, I could care less about an electric bike’s carbon footprint or how the electricity is originally generated and by what.

    The reason I’m interested in electric drive, and why so many others are is because it’s better, period!

    The only barrier preventing them from outperforming a gas bike right now is limited battery energy density. Once that problem is solved, look out!

  6. Westward says:

    @ Johnathan

    All technology has to go thru its own evolution. The first ICE was nothing compared to todays iteration. Electrics are coming into their own and I for one cannot wait. I’m a motorcyclist, be it Electrics, ICE, or powered by genetic hamsters tweaked out on go juice, if its a motorcycle that’s electrifyingly awesome, then cool, I want to ride it…

  7. ML says:

    Purdy… glad to see the entire bike. Gotta admit it looks great now that you see everything. I hope the win the TT!

  8. sic says:

    sexy, unlike most e-bikes. hope they perform as good as they look.

  9. Jim says:

    Sounds like the motocysz bike has major problems. As another poster said, why are they doing everything last minute?


    Electrics emit less CO2 per mile than a gas bike. What’s harder to control pollution on: a power plant or thousands of gas engines?

    Electrics emit less noise pollution. Of course, people at races like the noise. But in everyday life, people don’t like hearing loud motorcycles.

    Electrics can be powered from other sources of energy: solar PV, solar thermal, wind, hydro… the list goes on and on. Gas bikes have one resource that’s finite and controlled by brutal dictators.

  10. FastBikeGear says:

    @Jonathan yes electric bikes are only part of the solution. You also need green renewable electricity generation and a grid that can support it. many countries have already made a good start on this. America is headed for economic difficulties because they have been slow off the mark in green electricity generation. You are going to pay a premium in more way than one to keep burning fossil fuels. New Zealand for example already generates 70% of their electricity from renewable power. Yes they have other green issues to solve and they will need to increase renewable energy generation even further, but it’s a good start.