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.

Welcome to Twitter Casey Stoner

02/28/2012 @ 11:20 am, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

Welcome to Twitter Casey Stoner Casey Stoner like a boss 635x421

Not too long ago I gave a presentation at the San Francisco Dainese Store about MotoGP & social media, and one of the interesting points that came up from the discussion was the fact that Casey Stoner did not have a Twitter account. With former-World Champions Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi racking up 400,000 & 600,000 follower respectfully, the current-MotoGP World Champion was voiceless in the online space, which only fueled further the perception that Stoner’s interests in MotoGP resided only with racing on Sunday afternoons.

Well someone in Stoner’s or HRC’s camp must have convinced the Australian to get with the interwebs, as an official Casey Stoner twitter account went live this weekend. In only a few days, Stoner has amassed 20,000+ followers and we expect that number to grow rapidly over the rest of the week. Providing fans with a great insight to his racing, Stoner’s tweets so far have shown off some of the scenes from the second Sepang test, as well as conversations with fellow racers Colin Edwards, Ricky Carmichael, and Jamie Whincup.

Perhaps one of the most poorly understood racers in MotoGP right now, it’s exciting to see Stoner make a presence on Twitter and give fans an insight into his actual personality. Highly-focused, driven, and brutally honest, Stoner also has a great sense of humor that sneaks up on you with his subtle deliveries. Campaigning to defend his #1 plate, now is the perfect moment for Stoner to let race fans into his life a bit more. I think the Aussie will be surprised by how much good PR this move will bring him.

Source: Casey Stoner (Twitter)

Comment:

  1. 305ed says:

    And if Stoner’s interest in Moto GP is limited to Sunday afternoons, so what? He’s still kicks ass, regardless if he is obsessed with the minutiae which consumes the bench racers which haunt the blogs….

  2. It probably has something to do with the fact that a MotoGP racers first job isn’t to ride a motorcycle.

  3. Agungde13 says:

    Finally i can see him not so cold hearted ! Danke A&R !

  4. 305ed says:

    Yeah, Jensen, but without the riding ability above all else, the rest of the conversation becomes moot.

  5. twat says:

    What’s Twitter?

  6. Fred Santos says:

    Oh no! The Stone-cold-no-charisma rider has an account? OMG!

    Let’s start trolling and stalk him, sayin’ “Vale is the best!1!!1 noone is like him… F** up Stoner N00b” trololololol.

    trolololololo, Vale’s twitter has more follwers than yours, b***h!
    ___________________

    Seriously… nice choice Mr Stoner Daddy. Your fans really appreciate this. Nice to know how you doing. Keep focus and win again.

  7. Smitch says:

    I don’t waste my time with Twitter, but for those who do I hope his tweets don’t focus too much on poopy diapers and lack of sleep.

  8. MTGR says:

    What’s so wrong with a racer only focusing on races? Personally I’m sick to death of everyone having to be some kind of electronic guru just to be taken seriously in completely unrelated professions. I admire those that leave the twittering to twits.

  9. RT Moto says:

    Casey coming into the world of twitter is great! For those that hate twitter don’t seem to understand it fully and so I’ll categorize the hate as ignorance. I love me some motorcycle racing and unfortunately the mainstream media doesn’t. So when a rider like Casey, a manufacturer like Yamaha, or even announcers like Gavin Emmett provide me any insight into the sport that I enjoy, I’ll take it no matter how it comes. Twitter just happens to be the quickest, easiest, and least boring way to do it. My entertainment comes from the Internet and not tv so if I’m a twit for following and reading tweets then so be it. Could be worse, I could be a couch potato. ;-)

  10. Rob749 says:

    @Jensen: Yes it is.

  11. Beary says:

    Love to see Casey on twitter, but also love seeing the reaction from the twitter audience. One observer commented that ‘why are people surprised that Casey has a personality, totally unlike what you see portrayed in the media ?’ With this kind of public face, Casey can call the shots and be himself. Not the usual turn up when requested and be asked the same questions by the same media. Who wouldn’t get sick of that ? Great to see keen twitterer Colin Edwards stirring Casey up, then both of them chatting – one at the hotel, one at the track watching Spies. Casey talking about how he can’t wait for Laguna Seca, so he can go Bass fishing again. Colin timing Spies with his watch at Speang in the wet, publishing the time, then timing Lorenzo and fibbing about his time with a wink ;) Twitter is GREAT. The only twits are the ones who aren’t using it, cause you’re missing out on the quickest and most up to date source of MotoGP news + behind the scenes pictures out there – without the media filtering / control.

  12. Spamtasticus says:

    That is because he is a racer and not a performer. Good for him.

  13. finance says:

    I definitely will show this to my buddy we were just talking about this last month!