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.

Photo of the Day: Elena Myers – 16 Years Old and She’s Faster Than You

05/20/2010 @ 5:08 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

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While most of our coverage this past weekend focused on the first electric sportbike race to hit US soil, another first occurred at Infineon Raceway: the first female winner of an AMA Pro Racing event. Elena Myers took the checkered flag on Saturday’s AMA Supersport race, albeit with some help from the man with the red flag. From that finish Myers is being touted as the first woman to win an AMA road race, and already there is talk of an entry point for lady riders into this male dominated sport.

While there’s some debate as to what first Ms. Myers is the first female to actually achieve (Sherry Friduss won a pair of AMA Battle of the Twins Heavyweight Modified races in the 1980′s, back when that series was still considered to be an “amateur” event), the feat by the 16 year-old is nonetheless a great accomplishment, and a boon for road racing here in the United States.

When she’s not on the track, Myers is busy maintaining her 4.0 grade point average. What were you doing when you were 16?

Photos of Elena Myers Kicking Ass at Infineon During AMA Supersport :

Photo: © 2010 Dustin Gibbs & Jason Yu / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons 3.0

Comment:

  1. travis says:

    I was there when she won, it was awesome. They had to red flag the race twice due to wrecks… and she won because the guy in front of her went down…. It was a very close race, she probably still would’ve won….

    She did a fantastic job! Keep it Up Elena!

  2. Gonçalo says:

    I was racing myself…. best I got was a pole position and a fifth in estoril, after a breaking a collarbone. It’s all i got from that year….

    Congrats to Elena, I hope she comes out to world level soon!

  3. Not to takeaway from Elena’s accomplishment, but Cameron Beaubier might have a thing or two to say about that first red flag. He had easily gapped 2nd place, and was leading before he got reeled back in because of the restart.

    Still, that’s AMA Supersport racing for yah…I don’t think they’ve gotten through a whole race distance yet because of the crashes, and you’ve got to play the ball where it lies.

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  5. There’s no such thing as being “gifted” a win, or inheriting a victory in motorcycle racing. Beaubier pulled out a lead the first time, but not the second, when it counted. Pascarella, having caused the second red flag, couldn’t be credited with the win when results were rolled back to the last green flag lap. I admit it was a weird victory but she was still right where she had to be — at the sharp end — when she had to be there.

    For much of the second race, she was also right in the hunt. While there’s probably still a slight gap between Beaubier and two or three other guys, and Elena, she’s getting noticeably closer while riding smarter and more within herself. (Two crashes earlier this season were not her fault, meanwhile those quick guys are actually riding over their heads.)

    Her bike, an ’09 GSX-R that was ridden last year by Jason DiSalvo, is not exactly the hot ticket in the class. Last year, DiSalvo did not manage to win on it, and he’s not a bum. She’s typically been the fastest Suzuki behind a clutch of R6s.

    Is she The One? The first female with a legitimate shot at really top-level motorcycle racing? A lot has to happen to get to MotoGP, and there’s plenty of luck involved. She’s the World’s Fastest Girl though, and she’s as fast, at 16, as most current MotoGP riders were.

    She’ll win again this season, the way she’s visualized it, by beating everyone else to the checkered flag — as long as the other ‘young guns’ stop going off half-cocked at most races!

  6. Sean Mitchell says:

    Jeez, good for her, little over achiever! I’m just jealous. Congrats, girl. You’re three times the rider I’ll probably ever be, and a better student too, it would seem.

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  8. Greg says:

    Go Elena! Kicking ass! Wish I could say the same but my chicken strip says otherwise……