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.

MotoGP: Burgess & Crew to Yamaha for 2013 & 2014

10/19/2012 @ 11:35 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Burgess & Crew to Yamaha for 2013 & 2014 Jeremy Burgess Alex Briggs Valentino Rossi pit crew MotoGP Scott Jones

Earlier this season, Valentino Rossi dropped the bombshell that he would be doing an about face and return to Yamaha Racing, after his failed experiment with Ducati Corse. Almost as soon as The Doctor was done making his announcement regarding his return, chatter started about whether Jeremy Burgess and his crew would join Rossi at Yamaha as well.

Confirming that news today, MCN‘s Matthew Birt talked to Yamaha’s Lin Jarvis, who confirmed that Yamaha wasn’t trying to maintain Ben Spies’ crew within the team, and that the venerable Burgess would join Rossi in the factory team’s garage.

Signing two-year deals with Yamaha at the Motegi round last weekend, Rossi’s Australian crew is perhaps not as critical of a component to his return to Yamaha, as it was thought imperative when the Italian went to race for Ducati, though the thought of Burgess et al not accompanying Rossi to Yamaha was an equally unthinkable prospect.

In total six crew members will follow Rossi from Ducati Corse to Yamaha Racing, where the nine-time World Champion will attempt to restart his career after a leg & shoulder injury and two years at Ducati removed him from the top of MotoGP time sheets.

Yamaha has confirmed that Jeremy Burgess, Alex Briggs, Bernie Ansiau, Gary Coleman, Brent Stephens, and Matteo Flamigni will begin work on the 2013 Yamaha YZR-M1 starting at the Valencia test in November, right after the 2012 Valencian GP.

Facing an even faster than before teammate in Jorge Lorenzo, as well as a rebooted Dani Pedrosa, not to mention the addition of Marc Marquez for 2013, Valentino Rossi has some stiff competition in front of him, as he finishes out the tail-end of his career.

Will we see Rossi on the podium? Will he win a race? Does he have a shot at the Championship? These are all questions that are on minds of MotoGP & VR46 fans, though the answers are not readily apparent. One thing is for certain though, Rossi will want not for any additional support, as his usual crew will be undertaking yet another adventure with him.

Source: MCN; Photo: © 2012 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved


  1. Afletra says:

    Read the last paragraph, if he doing so, I’m gonna say “WOW” and doing some somersault.

  2. Halfie 30 says:

    I stopped being a Rossi fan after his antics in the opening round of the ’05 season, but it would be great to see some fight in the “old dog”, and remind these kids why many call him the G.O.A.T. Hopefully the crew help him get him to that point.

  3. coreyvwc says:

    The bike isn’t worse off than it was 2 years, it’s exactly the same. The other bikes have just gotten better, much better!

  4. dc4go says:

    If your not moving foward, staying put is just like going backwards… Worse part is im not sure they’ll be any better starting next season… Maybe it’s time to get a new “Head Engineer!!”

  5. pooch says:

    It was a given, his team has been loyal for many, many years.

    The M1 is not the same, nor has it gone backwards from 2 years ago. It is now a 1000 cc machine, two years ago it was an 800cc. Duh! The M1 is lapping faster times at some circuits, and has better top speed than two years ago, due to more power and better top speed.

    Do you kids just make up your ‘facts’ when commenting ?

  6. Tipu says:

    trus gua mesti koprol sambil bilang ‘Woooowwww’ gitu … ???!

  7. Afletra says:


  8. smiler says:

    The Ducati has gone nowhere, which is the same as backwards. Having spent 2 years trying to turn it into the bike they are going back to, which seems to have managed perfrectly well without them. Now a 1000, lapping faster and carrying Lorenzo closer to another title. You dont try to make a Ferrari into A Skyline. So why try to make the Ducati into an M1. Both of them have plummetted in my estimatyion and I doubt very much Rossi will win the title again. A shame.
    Hopefully Audi will allow Ducati corse simply to build a bike that wins – a prototype instead of a bike that they can use bits of in the production bikes. Then they can get back into the game.

  9. Westward says:

    Well, at least they got some cool gear out of their stay at Ducati…

  10. dc4go says:

    @ Pooch… are you talking about the Yamaha or the Ducati??? Im confused cause it’s pretty obvious that all the bikes are different cause of the 200cc increase but the overall direction and strategies remain the basically the same.. If your referring to the Ducati it’s the GP12 and not M1… Since Rossi and crew have been at Ducati they have made several drastic changes to the bike (aluminium frame, revised engine positioning and firing order) and even still Stoners lap times on the 800 are better than what they currently manage in the 1000… And no i don’t make up facts … Facts are Rossi and crew got paid tons of $$ to improve and race the GP12 and they simply have wastes alot of time, money and effort cause the bike is clearly lost with no direction in site..

  11. TexusTim says:

    the bike is the same ?…really will you please thing about that. it has a 1000 cc engine now..think that changes the chararistics a little ?..the setup a little ? the tires are different and will be even more so next year…besides if rossi can get the bike to speed I think he can surge to one more championship it will have to be in the next couple of years but its possable.

  12. david says:

    as the head of honda said,”rossi has always claimed the rider is more important than the bike, now is his time to prove it”. well, he failed. now he is going to slink back to yamaha where an ever faster lorenzo is going to hand him his ass(again).rossi was the greatest, but time waits for no man,he will have quite a mountain to climb.