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.

Ducati CEO Confirms Rossi/Hayden for 2011

08/03/2010 @ 7:29 pm, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

Ducati CEO Confirms Rossi/Hayden for 2011 Rossi Ducati Desmosedici 46 photoshop

UPDATE: Ducati has denied del Torchio’s statements in Cycle World’s article.

It’s not like we didn’t already know that Rossi had signed with Ducati, but Ducati Motor Holdings CEO Gabriele del Torchio let it slip during an interview with Cycle World magazine that both Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi would be riding with Ducati for 2011. This makes the first person at Ducati to go on the record about next year’s MotoGP rider line-up at the Italian company, which should send Ducatisti into a fervor, and drool marinara sauce.

Del Torchio’s exact words to Cycle World were: “Nicky is a wonderful person and a great rider. This year, he greatly contributed to improving our Desmosedici racer. Next year, he and Valentino will hone the bike to its ultimate winning potential.” Del Torchio goes on to tell Cycle World about the upcoming “Vyper/Mega Monster” bike that will debut at Milan, if you like your desmo’s go on over to Cycleworld.com and read the full article.

According to our sources, Valention Rossi signed with Ducati a month ago, during the Catalan GP. It was rumored that Rossi was set to announce his move to Ducati while in Barcelona, which fit with the information we received, but later when that announcement didn’t come, news of a gentlemen’s agreement between Yamaha and Ducati came to the surface. With Rossi himself saying he would make an announcement at Brno, everyone is waiting to see what happens after the Czech GP on August 15th…that is of course until today with del Torchio’s confirmation.

While many knew about the Stoner/Honda switch, we think with all the leaks this story has sprung, Rossi moving to Ducati is officially the worst kept secret in the MotoGP paddock.

Source: Cycle World via Ducati News Today

Comment:

  1. MotoGP needed this to be confirmed, now confirmation of other movements should follow. Truly a massive coup for DUCATI!!

  2. This move makes motoGP more exciting :-)
    and hopefully develops more talent to par with vale

  3. Peter G says:

    Looks like I stop being a DUCATI fan now… Back to HONDA for me…

  4. maha dey tambi says:

    i cannot believe it..how can rossi sign agreement with the ducati camp while he still have contract with yamaha?i like to see him so..but that i think imposible right now..imposible..rossi still not giving any clues about this issue..

  5. Peter G says:

    Not a problem. After all, STONER has signed for HONDA for 2011 and beyond. So, ROSSI has now signed for DUCATI for 2011 and beyond. Happens all the time in sport..

  6. Ducati CEO Let’s Rossi/Hayden News Slip – http://aspha.lt/18t #motorcycle

  7. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Ducati CEO Confirms Rossi/Hayden for 2011 http://aspha.lt/18t #motogp #rossi #FTW #motomatters

  8. NORICK says:

    ” According to our sources, Valention Rossi signed with Ducati a month ago, during the Catalan GP “…mmmmmmm… none of them were here in Barcelona that weekend…

  9. KK says:

    next year is gonna be so exciting for motogp

    Ducati paddock is gonna be like a giant uberitalian supersandwich with an italian rider on an italian bike sponsored by an itlian car company (if he brings fiat)

  10. Isaac says:

    FIAT will follow Rossi. I don’t know that will play with teh Marlboro sponsor. Maybe a small blu white logo on the faring where the TIM logo is now. Kind of like of the Ferrari F60-10.

  11. John says:

    OOPS! CW is retracting this story.

  12. wheres the cw link john?

  13. just an update its confirmed guys,
    rossi will now ride for ducati

  14. johndoe says:

    maybe petronas is the main sponsor for ducati next year if rossi join ducati?? Petronas Ducati Racing Team…hmmm not bad

  15. nick b says:

    This is what you get when you simply cherry pick media stories and/or press releases.

    The deal has not been done, as confirmed by Ducati.

    Both Ducati and Jarvis (for Yamaha) have confirmed that VR has both deals in front of him and to date has not decided. Brno may see a development.

    A key issue has been Jeremy Burgess’ reluctance to start from square one all over again.

    In the meantime, lazy journalism like the above informs no one.

  16. hey yamaha is giving a hint on what will happen in Brno this weekend! :-)
    http://www.ducatirossi.com/2010/08/yamaha-is-giving-hint-to-what-will.html

    Thats 99% sure rossi is moving to ducati!!!!

  17. nick b says:

    He probably will go, the point I was making was that a week ago he had both deals in front of him and had not commited, which was why Ducati were forced to isssue the denial.

    Until he opens his mouth and confirms its all speculation.

    The real question is Jerry Burgess. Even with JB, I cant see Ducati troubling Lorenzo next year.