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.

2013 MotoGP Championship Provisional Calendar v.3

11/23/2012 @ 5:50 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

2013 MotoGP Championship Provisional Calendar v.3 Casey Stoner Valencia Scott Jones

True to the rumors heard in the MotoGP paddock, the Argentinian GP has been canceled by Dorna. Scheduled as the second round for the 2013 MotoGP Championship, the loss of the round in Argentina means that the season-opener at Qatar has been pushed further back into the year, and is now slated to be held on April 7, 2013.

The Austin GP is now the second round of the series, and will continue to be held on April 21, 2013. The full provisional 2013 MotoGP calendar is after the jump, and now supersedes the previously published provisional calendar. Click here for Dorna’s statement as to why the round was cancelled.

2013 MotoGP Provisional Calendar, Updated November 23rd (Changes in Bold):

DateGrand PrixCircuit
07 AprilQatar*Losail, Qatar
21 AprilAmericasAustin
5 MaySpainJerez
19 MayFranceLe Mans
2 JuneItalyMugello
16 JuneCatalunyaBarcelona
29 JuneNetherlands**Assen
7 JulyGermanySachsenring
21 JulyUSA***Laguna Seca
18 AugustIndianapolisIndianapolis
25 AugustCzech RepublicBrno
01 SeptemberGreat BritainSilverstone
15 SeptemberSan Marino & Riviera di RiminiMisano Marco Simoncelli
29 SeptemberAragonMotorland Aragon
13 OctoberMalaysiaSepang
20 OctoberAustraliaPhillip Island
27 OctoberJapanMotegi
10 NovemberValenciaRicardo Tormo Valencia

* Evening Race
** Saturday Race
*** MotoGP Race Only
Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2012 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved


  1. Steve says:

    Money talks and the rest…

    Sure seems like it’s Repsol’s /Dorna’s championship! MotoGP as a whole is missing out on a great opportunity by not visiting Argentina and the southern continent!!

  2. smiler says:

    As for the cover photo. Not the calendar that Stoner will be looking at…..

  3. BBQdog says:

    Very much likes the ‘Circuit of the Americas’ last weekend in F1.
    Would like to see the bikes in the S-ses

  4. Spamtasticus says:

    Smiler, that is Pedrosa.

  5. JW says:

    Stoner wears a Nolan helmet

  6. “Very much likes the ‘Circuit of the Americas’ last weekend in F1.”

    No kidding. And that run up to Turn 1 will be EPIC off the start. It’s, like, 400 Moto3 bikes wide. LOL

  7. Mike says:

    I visited both Buenos Aires and Madrid this year on business and I can tell you Argentina is just a safe if not safer. In fact I witnessed two protests in Madrid that turned ugly last week. I didn’t see anything like that in Argentina. It’s a bit of bull, dorna wants to keep more races in Spain. I’ve been to Indonesia on business and I can tell you that it is way crazier there than anywhere in Argentina.

  8. KSW says:

    Ladies and Gents,

    I’d like to add that it was the Canadian Pension Fund that bought all that Bridgepoint/Dorna debt. I can easily see Indy going away as it should and a Canadian round on the F1 track to keep those Canadian VIP’s happy.
    Then remove a spanish round and look to the southern hemisphere. Argentina? Since when is Argentina where the big Southern Continent money and fans are? An economist would surely question that.


  9. I sincerely doubt we’ll ever see MotoGP at Montreal. There is precious little run-off and a rider going into the so-called Wall of Champions would be a much different proposition than it is for an F1 car. My take: Not gonna happen.

    Would love to see MotoGP at Interlagos, but I doubt that’ll happen, either.

  10. Boret says:

    Argentina’s government got a good dose of Karma.
    The government decided that it was a good idea to steal the Repsol business assets in Argentina (expropriate YPF) and nationalize the company. Most likely a propaganda move on the presidents part to hide all the money she is stealing from Social Security. It was done with massive approval from the argentinian population. Now, all of a sudden, Repsol is the bad guy, because they decide to not allow a MotoGP in Argentina.

    I feel bad for the true motorcycle fans in Argentina that suffer the causes of their political leaders. But I have to applaud Repsol for standing its ground and not allowing those corrupt politicians to have their cake and eat it too. There goes the 750 million pesos investment in the track, hotel and other facilities.

    You want MotoGP in Argentina, either have Kirchner foot the bill (remove Repsol as a sponsor and have Kirchner sponsor a team) or use your voting power to remove her from power, have the new president renegotiate the price of YPF into a fair deal for all and enjoy MotoGP.

    The whole security threat, while pausible, was never the main reason behind the boicot of the argentinian MotoGP.