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.

Ian Hutchinson Takes Pole Position for Macau GP

11/15/2013 @ 7:13 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Ian Hutchinson Takes Pole Position for Macau GP Ian Hutchinson Macau GP Qualifying CGPM 635x423

The Macau GP is this weekend, and it is already shaping up to be a great event after today’s qualifying. Normally this is a race that Michael Rutter dominates (the Brit has eight Macau GP race wins to his name), but this year sees a new name on the leaderboard at the conclusion of the two qualifying sessions: Ian Hutchinson.

The only man to ever win all five solo races at the Isle of Man TT, Hutchinson was all the talk in 2010, but the Bingly man has seen his last two seasons hampered with tough recoveries from leg injuries.

Though finally healthy, many were beginning to wonder if Hutchy had lost his pace on a motorbike — his performance today on the Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 has ended that talk though.

Hutchinson grabbed the pole in the final laps of the second qualifying, after pulling in at the beginning of the session to undo some changes his team had made to the bike in the hopes of getting some better steering on the tight road circuit.

The time in the pits, and the mechanical revisions, paid off though, as Hutchinson took pole by a narrow 0.057 seconds from Rutter. The pair will be the ones to watch come tomorrow’s race.

A previous race winner, John McGuinness could also be in the mix on his Honda TT Legends bike. Though, Mr. McPint finished nearly two seconds back from the front pair.

American’s Mark Miller (20th) and Brandon Cretu (32nd) are also at Macau, and will be racing on two EBR 1190RS race bikes, which are being supported by Erik Buell Racing mechanics from the AMA Pro Racing series.

Miller could not improve upon his position, though made big steps with his lap times. Meanwhile his teammate Cretu had mechanical issue with his 1190RS, which kept him off the track for the latter part of the second qualifying.

Qualifying Results for the 2013 Macau GP:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeDiff.
1Ian HutchinsonMilwaukee YamahaYamaha YZF R12’25.568
2Michael RutterSMT RacingHonda CBR 1000RR0.057
3John McGuinnessHonda TT LegendsHonda CBR 1000RR1.879
4Martin JessoppRiders Motorcycles BMWBMW S1000RR1.999
5Horst SaigerSaiger-Racing.comKawasaki ZX-10R2.033
6Gary JohnsonQuattro Plant MotorsportsHonda CBR 1000RR2.574
7James StorrarDMR RacingBMW S1000RR2.725
8Jeremy ToyePenz13.Com BMW Racing TeamBMW HP43.207
9Didier GramsHeidger-Motorsport.deBMW S1000RR3.23
10Dan KneenMarks Bloom RacingSuzuki GSX-R 10003.801
11Lee JohnstonEast Coast RacingHonda CBR 1000RR4.589
12Stephen ThompsonT&R MotorsportSuzuki GSX-R 10004.592
13David JohnsonLloyd & Jones PR KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10R5.084
14Marc FissetteHeidger-Motorsport.deYamaha YZF R15.406
15Dean HarrisonRC Express by MSS PerformanceKawasaki ZX-10R5.512
16Dan CooperDMR RacingBMW S1000RR5.702
17Hervé GantnerPenz13.com BMW Racing TeamBMW HP46.729
18Roman StammTeam Bolliger SwitzerlandKawasaki ZX-10R7.707
19Jamie HamiltonVRS Racing TeamHonda CBR 1000RR7.806
20Mark MillerSplitlath Redmond RacingEBR 1190RS8.561
21Davy MorganCSC RacingSuzuki GSX-R 10008.571
22Steve HeneghanQuattro Plant MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-10R8.571
23Andre PiresSBK/IncortcarSuzuki GSX-R 10008.851
24Paul ShoesmithIce Valley by Motorsave TradeBMW S1000RR10.436
25Ian LougherILR/Barnes RacingHonda CBR 1000RR11.047
26Graham EnglishTIVA Engineering LtdBMW S1000RR11.512
27Sandor BitterQuattro Plant MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-10R11.524
28Allann Jon VenterQuattro Plant MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-10R11.753
29Brian McCormackTAG RacingHonda CBR 1000RR13.391
30Ben WylieIce Valley by Motorsave TradeBMW S1000RR13.468
31Nuno CaetanoKD Team of PortugalKawasaki ZX-10R13.673
32Brandon CretuSplitlath Redmond RacingEBR 1190RS13.764

Source: Macau GP; Photo: © 2013 CGPM / Macau GP – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. L2C says:

    Damn, it’s that time again already? Holy shit.

  2. Prich says:

    L2 – The same exact thing ran through my head when I saw the headline.

  3. Bluey says:

    thank you A&R for mentioning EBR and giving us updates. i’m puzzled why some websites, american ones too, find it painful to mention them even while EBR is doing great things.

  4. Slangbusters says:

    Jeremy Toye from San Diego CA (USA) in 8th on a BMW. Good Job!

  5. Daniel says:

    I was at the TT this year and I don’t recall him participating in this year’s event.

  6. tony says:

    yeah san diego ! yeah hutchie!

  7. Gutterslob says:

    With regards to Hutchy, “tough recoveries from leg injuries” is a massive understatement. After going through what he did, it would’ve been a miracle to even walk, let alone race. I can’t even imagine how painful the rehab was for him. Top lad. Takes some doing to beat Rutter the Nutter at Macau.

    ….and wow, Ian Lougher still going strong. Isn’t he past 50yrs old now?

  8. “Isn’t he past 50yrs old now?”

    Just 50 this year. Still damn quick!

  9. BBQdog says:

    Coverage ?? Anywhere ?