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.

The Sh*t Alyssia Edwards Has to Put-up With

06/20/2011 @ 7:59 am, by Jensen Beeler30 COMMENTS

The Sh*t Alyssia Edwards Has to Put up With Colin Edwards Qatar 635x425

If we told you that Colin Edwards was known for his colorful language and straight-shooting assessment on life, it would probably be the understatement of the year. As it is, the Texan Tornado has carved out a lively on-stage/track persona for himself that resonates with the lowest common denominator that resides in all motorcycle fans. Likable, truthful, and unabashed, Edwards is a fan favorite in the MotoGP paddock, one of our favorite riders to talk to in the premier series.

One of the highest ranking privateer riders, Edwards unfortunately saw his 141 MotoGP race start streak come to an end in Barcelona with the Catalan GP, but the American rider was back in the saddle the very next race at Silverstone (finishing on the podium we might add). Admitting to taking pain-killers during the Friday sessions, a groggy Edwards elected to forgo meds on Saturday, and in-between sessions he was back to his usual tricks, entertaining British race fans at an event for the venerable motorcycle charity Riders for Health.

Seven minutes in length, a sober Colin Edwards said plenty to get himself in hot water around the paddock, but you’ll have to wait until the end to see what got him in trouble with his wife Alyssia. Asked about the incident later, Edwards retold what he said to his loving wife, “Honey, I’m a comedian. I was just looking for a laugh, if you know what I’m saying. I had no aspirations to do anything I was saying. It was just cracking a joke.” He continued saying, “she knows I’m a ding-dong sometimes and say stupid shit.”

We hope Colin won’t have to spend too much time on the couch when he gets back to the US, check the video out, and for bonus fun, a response video after the jump.

Source: YouTube; Photo: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. Rob says:

    all in good fun…racing needs more of this in my opinion. Part of the reason AMA is so much fun to watch (aside from the crazy close racing) is because you get to feel the real personalities of the riders. And Colin ran a damn good race too! To win you must first finish.

  2. Trent says:

    What did Jorge say?

  3. Video: How Colin Edwards Got In Trouble with His Wife at Silverstone – http://aspha.lt/n4 #motorcycle

  4. Abbey Bays says:

    RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Video: How Colin Edwards Got In Trouble with His Wife at Silverstone – http://aspha.lt/n4 #motorcycle

  5. Channer says:

    Jorge says ” we are in love”.

  6. buellracerx says:

    GP & AMA both would make excellent reality shows, much better than ANOTHER show seeking out singing/dancing talent.

    Jensen I’m sure you can attest that there is some ridiculous drama going down any given Sunday within the ranks of any given AMA/GP/WSBK team.

  7. I think would make for the best television, smaller paddock (relationship-wise). WSBK and MotoGP are more divided by country of origin…with most of it being Spain vs. Italy.

  8. Steve says:

    Somebody get the hook. Edwards is an embarassment and a fool. Not high?, Yeah right! Yep, he can ride a motorcycle and he’s great at that. When he retires from racing, I hear they have an opening on the show Jack Ass.

  9. Jim Morrison says:

    Who the fuck is Steve?

  10. Steve says:

    We know who Steve is, but I thought Jim Morrison was dead

  11. Jim Morrison says:

    Certainly not – and who’s we?

  12. Robby Krieger says:

    lighten up “Steve-O”

  13. Steve says:

    Robby…I’m good. But I don’t think old Jim liked what I said about his pal Edwards. I was referring to Jim Morrison of “The Doors” by the way. He must be a little sensitive. That’s ok, I understand.

  14. Jimi Hendrix says:

    Edwards is ok by me anyday. The guys speaks his mind and doesn’t hold back like the pussies of Nascar with their canned responses to the same question week in and week out. MOTOGP will thrive the more is stays fresh and fun without the suits coming in and putting people on notice for saying what they think. So Steve, relax and be thankful you are able to still hear a man speak his mind in a top level sport.

  15. Jim Morrison says:

    Well Steve, it looks like Colin’s got Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Morrison on his side so maybe this might be a good time to reconsider…………
    On another note altogether I have to say there’s an impressively high standard of comment on all matters MGP on this site – are some of you guys journos or rogue mechanics?.
    Please keep it up.

  16. Jeff says:

    Steve,

    Go watch “Good Morning Vietnam” and figure out which character you resemble.

    I wish I had not read your negative comments on Colin or Ryan.

  17. Steve says:

    Ok, let me see if I have this right. Edwards is on stage admitting to taking pain meds and being so wasted that he misses his brake marks and saying how dangerous it was. Nice. It also looked like he was under the influence during the interview as he plays to the crowd who seem to be cheering him on. I thought he came off like a moron for most of it and was embarassed for him. And as far as having Jimmy Hendrex and Jim Morrison on his side….. that would make sense to me…. if you recall what happened to them.

    All kidding aside….I didn’t mean to upset the hero worship jar here. I’ve been following Edwards from the time he rode 250′s in the AMA and later when he got screwed by Honda after winning the championship and will take nothing away from his talent as a rider. However, I wish I had not seen this video. I thought Edwards acted like a fool. I’m all for people speaking thier mind in any level of pro sports but not when they admit to being high on drugs when they do it. So how is Barry Bonds liking retirement these days?

    And Jeff, OK…I’ll be Robin Williams… and by the way, I was in the draft during Vietnam…. Where were you? Watching TV?

  18. Chris says:

    shut up steve. go watch boat racing you tool.

  19. David says:

    Steve, you seem to be one of those unfortunates who suffer a complete inability to comprehend the subtleties of human discourse. This must make things difficult for you but perhaps you try harder not to process all inputs quite so literally?

  20. SBPilot says:

    Steve, you really take things way too literally and the way Colin is presenting himself is all in good fun and heart. Yes he was on painkillers, so are many riders when they ride with injuries. When he’s saying he got high and missing brake markers it’s a light/funny way of explaining to laymen that he prefers not to be on painkillers when he rides because it effects him too much. If he gets all technical and talks like Dani Pedorosa the crowd would sleep. It’s a PR event for christ sake.Some riders like to ride with painkillers. You on the other hand actually think he was high as a kite on “drugs” riding a motorbike, taking what he said the wrong way.

    Colin is a super relaxed guy, probably the only one in the paddock that doesn’t have some rigorous workout routine and still rides top level, finishes top 6 on a satellite last year bike, podiums and develop bikes like no other. If you see his interviews that’s how he acts these days. Hell he’s even chewing tobacco.

  21. Steve says:

    Thankyou Chris. I know you spent a long time with that in depth response. I can see your trying to improve you writing skills while expressing yourself and it’s really coming through. Great work!

    And Dave, you must be naturally smart, having the ability to convey abstract thoughts in your writing without even thinking about what it is you are trying to say. That’s a gift. I just had one question though. When you mentioned the term, “subtleties of human dicourse”, does that mean when Edwards takes pain medication to the point he has no idea what he’s doing then hops on his Moto GP bike without telling anybody…. then thinks it’s funny? You know your right it is difficult for me to understand, I should work on that. The term Moron comes to mind. Not you Dave, you’re smart.

  22. Steve says:

    SBPilot….

    If you are too hurt to ride without taking pain meds (Narcotics, which are most pain meds) that impare your judgement, don’t ride. Period. I’m not questioning his ability to ride a motorcycle, I’m questioning his common sense and judgement of which he seems to have little of.

  23. chris in oz says:

    Ah Steve, you’re actually getting quite amusing now. Still sticking up for your fuddy-duddy opinion when all around you, everyone is saying lighten up, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Still not getting it, are you? Never mind. Everyone else is wrong, and you are right.

    There’s a commonly used word for people like you. Troll. You are clearly too old to get this discussion, so kindly take your negativity elsewhere old man. We like Colin, we like what he does, we like how he acts, we like his straight talking, his joking, he is probably the guy in the paddock that most fans can relate to.

    Are you getting it yet? The hole you have dug for yourself with your nanny state comments is plenty deep enough now. Kindly settle into it, there’s a good chap.

  24. Steve says:

    Well, I see I was wrong. It wasn’t a hero worship (jar) I’ve rattled…. it’s a bucket. This is getting interesting. Chris in “oz” So from the sound of it, you may be from England? That’s great. How’s that tan coming? You know when you refered to me as a Troll (“ouch”) I could only imagine you must be upset with my comments about Edwards using drugs and riding his moto GP bike while under the influence. Does this mean we’re not going to be friends?

    Ok Chris, I’ll say this one more time and I’ll use small words so you can understand. Edwards acted like an idiot during most of that interview and thought it was a joke and funny that he was wasted on pain killers while riding his Moto GP bike. You like that and think it’s ok. We’ll… it looks like he’s in good company.

  25. Chris says:

    Troll, you’re making me yawn. *yawwwwwnnnn*

    In case you hadn’t noticed, everyone thought it was funny. The crowd, the presenters, this forum – everyone that is, except you, old man steve, in your nursing home shaking your walking stick at the youngsters.

    Now put your false teeth in a jar, and nod off to sleepy-bye byes.

    Seeya!

  26. Steve says:

    Chris I understand that you have never raced a motorcycle on a racetrack and for whatever reason you’ve decided to enjoy a go at Moto GP from you couch while choaking down some didscusting warm beer to feed your love handles. How nice for you. As a matter of fact many people whom I’ve spoken with, thought Edwards acted like a fool And I’m Curious what Dorna’s possition would be. Maybe a little random drug test now and then. Oh, and if you hadn’t noticed the presenters were real nervous and tryed to get the mic back from Mr. comedian on several occasions. I guess as long as there are morons like you who lick the boots of you little heros they will continue to act and say stupid things. What a shame.

    Why are we having this discussion when there are good solid guys like Hayden and Spies on the grid that present a good healty image for the sport. I’m sure Edwards is a solid guy too and capable of rational desisions when he’s not riding his race bike while taking too much pain medication endangering himself and other riders as well. You don’t see that do you. Ok Chris, put down the beer, get off the couch and get real close to the TV and watch the clip again. C’mon Chris I have faith in you. You can’t be that stupid, I know you can do it. While you’re doing that, I’ll come up with a fun nickname for you…….No, I just can’t get past “Bluberous Mass”. That’s too long but I’ll work on it as I’m sure it’s going to take some time for you to realize how shortsided and limited you are in your thinking. Kinda like sitting in a cart behind the horse watching it’s ass go down the road. Your not a forward thinker are you? That’s ok, don’t worry about it…… somebody has to do it. Good luck Chris and I respect that you have an opinion…. Just not much.

  27. Wow, somebody needs to get to their nearest hospital to get the stick surgically removed out of their butt.

  28. Chris says:

    Ha ha. Richard I agree, but unfortunately this wanker can’t be told, no matter how many of us tell him. It’s to do with being senile, unfortunately.

  29. Steve says:

    Hey Richard….You’re right, And Chris, Here’s your bucket back. XXOOXX

  30. jawdroppin says:

    Alyssia has nothing to worry about, she should know Colin’s personality by now… A loveable Larakin of the MotoGP paddock