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

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Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

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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.

Fuel or Electronics? Where Are Nicky Hayden & Scott Redding Losing Out on the Honda RCV1000R?

The news that Honda would be building a production racer to compete in MotoGP aroused much excitement among fans. There was much speculation over just how quick it would be, and whether it would be possible for a talented rider to beat the satellite bikes on some tracks. In the hands of active MotoGP riders, the gap was around 2 seconds at the Sepang tests. Nicky Hayden – of whom much had been expected, not least by himself – had made significant improvements, especially on corner entry. The difference in performance and the big gap to the front has been cause for much speculation. Where are the Honda production racers losing out to the Factory Option bikes?

Photos: The Five AGV Pista GP Helmets in MotoGP

04/08/2013 @ 4:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

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Since October is just simply too long of a wait for the Italian company’s new uber carbon fiber racer lid to come to the United States, our bromance with the AGV Pista GP helmet continues to manifest itself online here at Asphalt & Rubber — and yes, we also don’t have the patience for the still-very-racey but-less-uber fiberglass-bodied AGV Corse, which comes a little earlier to the US, in September.

With the MotoGP season starting in earnest this weekend, one of the more minor highlights was the debut of all the riders’ new helmets, and for 2013 we now have five Pistas to drool over on the MotoGP grid, which certainly doesn’t help our “patience is a virtue” mantra.

While we work on centering our chi, there are a bevy of  photos for you after the jump. However, on any given Sunday you can find Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci, Lukas Pesek, and of course Valentino rep’n their Pistas on the grid. Which one is your favorite?

Andrea Iannone:

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Danilo Petrucci:

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Lukas Pesek:

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Stefan Bradl:

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Valentino Rossi:

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Source: AGV (Facebook)

Comment:

  1. 2ndclass says:

    Bradl’s lid looked pimp as hell under the floodlights.

  2. Brandon says:

    At first I didn’t like Rossi’s helmet. I liked his previous regular helmet more, but now I kind if like this one a little. Rossi’s new lid looks streamline and fast with the sun rays streaking back. Kind of simple and cool.

  3. L2C says:

    Yeah, I like Bradl’s helmet, too. And Rossi’s just draws me in. It’s mesmerizing. Makes me want to see and study every detail.

  4. paulus - Thailand says:

    None. They are all a mess of colour and bill-boarding.
    Where is the ‘style’ of older GP schemes?

  5. Chad says:

    Bradl’s is sick. I was going to say Rossi’s but after getting a good look Rossi’s will have to be my runner up

  6. SBPilot says:

    Really like Rossi new design, especially from the back. I just hate the energy drink crap on the helmets. Bradls is nice, except it has way too much redbull crap on there.

  7. yuri says:

    It looks like Pol Espargaro was running a pista-did you miss that?

    His was the best color scheme out of them all…

  8. johnc says:

    so jensen,

    when does your PISTA arrive at the d-store san francisco?

  9. BrianZS says:

    As much as I like the Scott Russell throwback that Elena Myers wears, I think I like Crazy Joe’s better. The shame for me is the headshape for all of these great helmets is wrong for my nugget.

  10. article dan says:

    Did anyone see lorenzos backlit lid? You couldn’t see it under the floodlights which is kinda funny but in the pit garage it looked well cool

  11. Damo says:

    I still can’t get over the el’cheapo look of the giant clear plastic spoiler on the back of the Pista.

    I am sure it is extremely functional, but couldn’t AGV have spared the extra paint?

  12. Archer says:

    All are hideous, quite frankly.

  13. Motocrazed says:

    Ugly fugly AGV helmets. I prefer the Bell Satr anyday as I own 3 of them!!!

  14. Gutterslob says:

    ^ Pot, meet kettle

  15. Westward says:

    Pesak and Bradl’s are way cool, but I’m gonna have to go with Rossi’s minus the two Monster logos on the sides, the fro t one is ok…

  16. Adam says:

    Well as I am a looser that is currently in the market for a new lid, both of mine being 7 years old now. I hope they put out the Iannona in the lesser corsa model. that would be my pick.

  17. TonyC says:

    Any of these lids would be perfect with my replica suit and chicken strip.

  18. Gutterslob says:

    ^ Meh. Real men wear polka-dots!!

  19. mrnick says:

    I think they all look pretty good. Typical racing styles I suppose. Rossi’s is the better of the loud and obnoxious designs. Petrucci has the nicest of the tame designs. Bradl just has a bunch of redbull logos all over it. Nothing special there.