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.

Boom Goes the Dynamite! – First Podium For…

06/20/2010 @ 11:53 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

Boom Goes the Dynamite!   First Podium For... MotoGP Silverstone GP podium2 560x371

If you haven’t seen today’s British GP at Silverstone, stop reading this article, and go watch your Tivo right now. We can hardly contain ourselves after watching the race, so we’ll keep this intro short. While the race winner is not going to surprise too many GP race fans, it’s the rest of the finishes that had us jumping up and down on our chairs. Spoilers after the jump.

Boom Goes the Dynamite!   First Podium For... Ben Spies British GP Silverstone podium 560x371

Dovi beats Pedrosa, Hayden beats Stoner, de Puniet continues not to crash, and the ultimate event….Spies takes a podium. There! We finally got it out before bursting! After favorable remarks from all the riders about Silverstone’s new layout, the British track has seemingly tossed up the pecking order at the four major teams in MotoGP. Fiat-Yamaha can rest assured that they’ll likely take another Championship, even with Valentino Rossi injured, as Jorge Lorenzo looked well in control of today’s race.

But for Marlboro Ducati, the British GP was a shake up to what otherwise would have been business as usual. Nicky Hayden not only qualified for the first time ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner, but the American Champion found himself beating the Australian in today’s race, if only by a couple tenths of a second.

Opposite day continued as Repsol Honda saw the continued meltdown of Dani Pedrosa who finished 8th. Meanwhile his Pedrosa’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, continued to carry the HRC flag, and took the second step on the winners’ podium.

Our favorite outcome of the day was the event all American’s have been waiting for: Ben Spies standing on a MotoGP podium. Taking a close third place, and beating out the two Marlboro Ducatis, Spies bested Team Texas teammate Colin Edwards who finsihed 9th for the day. This very well could be a glimpse at things to come in the Yamaha camp.

In other news, celebrating Texans have crossed the border into Oklahoma, claiming the Panhandle State as new sovereign Texan territory, which will now be known as Spiestoria. Huzzah!

Race Results from MotoGP at the British GP:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 41’34.083 -
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 41’40.826 6.743
3 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 41’41.180 7.097
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 41’41.397 7.314
5 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 41’41.577 7.494
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 41’43.138 9.055
7 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 41’48.508 14.425
8 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 41’49.396 15.313
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 42’02.037 27.954
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 42’16.477 42.394
11 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 42’17.448 43.365
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 42’17.491 43.408
13 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 42’17.663 43.580
Not Classified
65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 27’33.079 7 laps
Not finished first lap
33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA - -

Comment:

  1. Kevin White says:

    Made all the more impressive by the fact that A) his bike is supposedly down on power quite a bit from the other M1s, and B) he may still be riding on a fractured ankle.

  2. 7point62 says:

    Heh, the tags kinda gave it away for the folks that didn’t know the results. Gutted about Hayden though – he rode his socks off. If he had to be beaten by anyone I’m sort of glad it was Spies.

    Bloody shameful that there were no Brit wildcards on the grid. Not that there was much of a grid anyways. Every MotoGP starter is guaranteed a point these days, it seems. Except the suzooks!

  3. Sean Mitchell says:

    I’m a Hayden fan, and have never liked Spies, so it was a heartbreaker for me. Can’t say it wasn’t exciting though, almost as good as a WSBK race…

  4. Sean Mitchell says:

    Ducati is having a bad year in both series. To be beat by a Satellite Team…they really need to get it in gear. I still blame the Multistroodle for dulling Ducati’s hardcore racebike blade!

  5. CBR600RR 09 says:

    WHAT A FANTASTIC RACE!!!!

    I watched it live and OMG! I am a mad Casey supporter and WHAT A RIDE!!!

    But woosh!!! I was cheering for Spies, congratulations to him! What an amazing ride by him as well, and boy didnt he punish Nicky for his error! ROARED past him!

    Best race all year so far (GP series)

  6. Sean Mitchell says:

    Seriously though, this is the second time there has been a huge battle going on during the last lap, and they cut to Lorenzo way off in front crossing the line, and a moronic shot of his crew cheering. Sheer bafoonery on the part of the broadcast director.

  7. skadamo says:

    Nice! DVR here i come. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Boom Goes the Dynamite! – First Podium For… – http://aspha.lt/13i #motorcycle

  8. Woody says:

    +1 with Sean. It looked like Nicky might take his spot back, then they cut to Whore-Gay crossing the line. Great editing, you cunts.

  9. Sean says:

    They ALWAYS cut to the leader crossing the line. Its all most news programs will show, so it will always happen. What was really irritating was the 1/2 a lap of Lorenzo they showed a lap or two earlier .

  10. Howard Worton says:

    They do have to show the winner of the race, it’s kind of the point of racing – winning, I mean. Bit silly to miss that. As it happens, no crucial action was missed, no harm done.

    Worth mentioning that while Nicky did finish ahead of Stoner, the Australian was last going into turn one after a starting problem. Stoner did look very fast, shame for him. He may even have challenged The Janitor.