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.

Caption This Photo: I Must Break You

02/02/2012 @ 3:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler40 COMMENTS

Comment:

  1. Bern says:

    Oh you’re so cute Dani… You actually think you can win!?!

  2. Maryann says:

    I am gonna kick you ass again this season, now smile like we are friends.

  3. Charles says:

    Stoner showing off his new ventriloquism act to the press.

  4. Odie says:

    When I come up behind you, just move over and let me pass. Otherwise you’re just embarrassing yourself. Now smile pretty for the camera.

  5. Robin says:

    Dani: Casey, please remove your hand.

  6. Mort says:

    Gockle ov geer…I said…gockle ov geer

  7. Brad says:

    Casey: I shall call him…Mini-Me.

  8. doug says:

    Dani: “Damn, your breath stinks…”

  9. Ades says:

    “Did you see the press release from Ducati?……”

  10. todd says:

    “So Dani, who ya riding for next year?”

  11. Pedrobot says:

    Seems amazing to see how this diminutive rider could beat the big riders on the tracks, Sachsenring Estoril 2011 were some proves that DP has a big potential to win the title. However, many fans just easily think that he is not meant to ride the motogp bike just because of his weight and height??? it’s such funny statement and judgement. what I know for sure is that You all mocking Pedrosa cannot beat him on the track riding motogp bike of course. Your asses would definitely get whipped,,,,,,Just get rid of it to save your faces and assess,,,,

  12. JW says:

    Casey: “me thinks my ambition will outweigh my many talents this season”

    Dani: I cant even look you in the face you POS

  13. glenn rueger says:

    Anyone ever tell you that you look like Danica Patrick?

  14. Don says:

    If you get in my way on a fast lap I’ll punch you too

  15. Westward says:

    @Pedrobot

    You are assuming, too much.

    Stoner is a better rider, simple as that. Of the four so-called aliens, Pedrosa is fourth on that list. The other three have won the world title in the premiere class, and two of them more than once…

    Caption: (Stoner to Pedrosa)

    “It’s looking to be a great season, what about you ?”

  16. buellrider says:

    HAA, haha! This is so freaking funny, I must say. In the end, I must agree with Maryann, except he is really whispering, ” I’m gonna kick ALL you guys asses so smile for the camera, por favor.” Or, he could be whispering, ” Just make sure Rossi and Nicky don’t get by you, ok? Hehe.

  17. Ades says:

    CS – ‘so Dovi walks into a bar, and the barman say’s “Why the long face?”….’

    DP – ‘hehehehehehe’

  18. Brian ZS says:

    ‘Tis okay mate, don’t worry about the fact that I’ll be better than you with this one. It was designed for me unlike how the RC212V 800 bike was built for you.

  19. Damo says:

    I think Dani has what it takes to get a title, if he can avoid injury. That is a BIG “if” though.

    That being said Dani is the best rider to never win a Premiere class title.

  20. Jim says:

    Come on little brother, follow me and I’ll show you how its done

  21. Schyler says:

    Casey: That thing is gonna kick your ass!

  22. and what do you want to do when you grow up?

  23. Matt says:

    “How’s your shoulder? Does this hurt?” – “no” – “what about this?” “Ayyyyeeee cojones!”

  24. Andrew says:

    “Jump on the back and you can come second this year.”

  25. Dr. Gellar says:

    Dude…see the cutie over there near the back of the room?! She is TOTALLY checking out your junk…

  26. DareN says:

    @Pedrobot:
    Alberto Puig – stop trolling – I know it is you!

  27. DareN says:

    @Damo
    That would be Max Biaggi…

  28. TonyS says:

    Remember what I did to Randy? I don’t care if we are team mates, you won’t get off so easy

  29. gsp75 says:

    how would Danni fair in WSB ??? could he win like Biaggi and Checa ???

  30. gsp75 says:

    could Danni win in WSB like Max and Carlos ???

  31. Tony says:

    Bet you wished you had of shook Sic’s hand now, don’t you!

  32. Tony says:

    shake and bake

  33. Beary says:

    Casey helps out the Repsol #2 by holding his collar-bones together.

  34. Brian says:

    We represent the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild……

  35. J. Kelly says:

    Casey: Does this remind you of 2007?
    Dani: (With sh*** eating grin on his face.) No comment!

  36. Steven V says:

    “Have fun on CRT next year, little man.”

  37. Kickstand says:

    Casey: Smiling isnt that hard.. just contract the muscles at the corners of your mouth and show some teeth!
    Dani: Like this?
    Casey: Oh crap that’s scary… we’re here to please the sponsors not kill Batman!

  38. Nicholas says:

    Thanks mate but I don’t know. Your girl is pretty hot too.

  39. Isaac Chavira says:

    Dani: “He has no idea that Andrea was at my house last night”.

  40. Isaac Chavira says:

    Casey: “You know Dani, my kid looks just like you”.