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.

Are You the Ducati Desmosedici GP13?

01/14/2013 @ 2:48 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

Are You the Ducati Desmosedici GP13? ducati desmosedici gp13 spy photo

UPDATE: Nope, according to Italian TV’s Gudio Meda, it is a model built from leftover parts of the GP3 & GP7. For those picking out those design elements, good eye!

While the official launch of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13 is supposed to be tomorrow, the folks at GPinside have seemingly snagged this photo of the GP13 at the 2013 Wrooom event that Ducati co-hosts with Scuderia Ferrari. While the livery appears relative unchanged, there are several noticeable changes to the Desmosedici GP13, namely the skinnier tail section.

Our eyes also spot changes to the exhaust system, with a much shorter side-pipe, and what appears to be a larger undertail cannister. The fairings have also been refined from their previous shape, and give away a figure that’s longer than the GP12 (shown after the jump), with noticeably fewer side vents.

The GP13 is expected to continue development of the twin-spar aluminum frame in Ducati Corse’s GP program, though rumors have pegged that the fabrication duties have moved from FTR to another chassis manufacturer for the 2013 season.

The workspace for Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, and Andrea Iannone, the GP13 will be developed with the input of four riders who have a divergent range of riding styles amongst them.

Ducati’s main hope is that the GP13, and later the GP14, will be a race bike that will be more approachable to riders in MotoGP, and a convincing option to teams and riders who had previously only considered the work of Honda and Yamaha.

Check for the official pictures and specs tomorrow.

Are You the Ducati Desmosedici GP13? Ducati Desmosedici GP12 Wrooom 2012 635x423

Source: GPinside

Comment:

  1. nace says:

    That is one sexy beast.

    The nose looks extended as it almost reaches out to the end of the front fender.

  2. Dc4go says:

    If that picture is the “REAL GP13″ it looks like they got rid of all of the Rossi changes including the muffler on the side. This bike actually looks like a Ducati again, about time…

  3. Biset says:

    I think that the main changes is: exhaust, rear seat is different, the aluminum frame (think that is aluminum ) and has a carbon layer superficially

  4. Bryan says:

    Very Slick Front end

  5. N69D4 says:

    Wauhhh, sexy looking…
    I’m reallyyyy like the nose design, and the tail like a cobra.

    hope GP13, bring the 13 scarry to other factory :)

  6. Halfie30 says:

    Hopefully this thing can race as good as it looks. Who is the engineer/designer?

  7. Ryan says:

    Looks like they went back to the top braced swingarm rather than the under slung. Finally the bike is back to a sexy shape like in 2007-2008.

  8. jet057 says:

    Awesome,the back end w/ it’s narrowness is perfect,less drag.The front end looks great,it actually looks like the front end of my ducati,a 2007 ST3 S-ABS.The seat is flat and looks old fashion but your able to move side to side on it very smooth.I love it man.Lets get this racing started……lol

  9. Dc4go says:

    hey BOYS unfortunately that is the old screamer type bike carbon frame bike Rossi and crew butchered …. guess we’ll have to wait till 2mrrow ! !

  10. 4L4N says:

    Nice as it is this model is an old bike in new fairings that has been sitting out for a while to promote the 2013 wrooom event… http://ducatisti.myblog.it/media/02/01/2013811763.jpg

  11. N69D4 says:

    Yaihhh, so old bike with new cutting stiker :D?

  12. olivier mari says:

    A two years old baby could have notice also that the fork is the one from the street desmosedici, the calipers are also the old monobloc,the fairing is the one from the gp-5 , maybe the tail section is only part that has never been shown, however it looks very similar to the gp7/8 one.

  13. Craig says:

    I think I also notice the rear swing arm being the old style going upward vs. the newer Duc and other bikes having the swing are USD in a way… any one else notice this?

    Yeah, didn’t notice the front end, but was trying to find the frame since Nicky said that there were only a few changes… let’s just see what they come back with on here… :)

  14. ZootCadillac says:

    It’s a GP8 in 2012 livery

  15. Motonut says:

    It should be the GP13…THAT IS ONE GORGEOUS MOTORCYCLE!!!!!!!! Way better looking than the ugly snub nose fat tail bike Ducati has been using since 2009.

  16. Motonut says:

    @ZootCadillac WRONG!!! It has the tail of a GP3.