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.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

Fuel or Electronics? Where Are Nicky Hayden & Scott Redding Losing Out on the Honda RCV1000R?

The news that Honda would be building a production racer to compete in MotoGP aroused much excitement among fans. There was much speculation over just how quick it would be, and whether it would be possible for a talented rider to beat the satellite bikes on some tracks. In the hands of active MotoGP riders, the gap was around 2 seconds at the Sepang tests. Nicky Hayden – of whom much had been expected, not least by himself – had made significant improvements, especially on corner entry. The difference in performance and the big gap to the front has been cause for much speculation. Where are the Honda production racers losing out to the Factory Option bikes?

MotoGP: Hat-Trick Win at Dutch TT

06/27/2010 @ 3:08 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

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From the land of windmills, awkward late night television commercials, and mayonnaise covered French fries, comes MotoGP action at Assen. The only MotoGP race to start on Saturday instead of Sunday, Holland played host to its 80th Dutch TT this weekend. Assen saw a few riders making progress on their season, despite only 15 bikes taking to the grid. Check after the jump for race spoilers.

Taking a “hat-trick” win at Assen was Jorge Lorenzo, who has become only the 7th rider in the event’s 80 year history to win the Dutch TT in three or more classes. Sitting on the pole, Lorenzo lead into the first corner and never looked back. He was challenged early on by Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, but the pair soon lost touch with the Spaniard as their softer tires lost their early race advantage. Pedrosa and Stoner would maintain their finishing order. Despite some close racing by the pair, Pedrosa finally got the better of Stoner as the Australian rider suffered from hand fatigue.

Having a horrible start, Randy de Puniet fell rapidly from his 2nd position starting point, back to 9th by the first turn. This surely was a disappointment to French racing fans, as de Puniet has struggled to capitalize on his impressive qualifying positions this year. The Frenchman would regain some ground though and finish 6th for the day after battling with Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies. Spies would go on to finish an impressive 4th place, while Dovi beat de Puniet in a great battle for 5th.

Lorenzo now takes a 47 point lead in the MotoGP Championship, which means the Spanish rider can sit out two races, and still maintain his #1 position. MotoGP racing continues next weekend in Barcelona for the Catalan GP.

Race Results from MotoGP at the Dutch TT:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 41’18.629 -
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 41’21.564 2.935
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 41’25.651 7.022
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 41’31.894 13.265
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 41’33.952 15.323
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 41’34.401 15.772
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 41’44.496 25.867
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 41’47.620 28.991
9 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 41’54.287 35.658
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 41’54.466 35.837
11 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 42’15.398 56.769
12 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 42’15.519 56.890
13 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 42’19.244 1’00.615
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 42’26.703 1’08.074
15 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI HONDA 41’42.019 1 Lap

Comment:

  1. Peter says:

    With results like this continuing, I wonder if even Rossi would have been able to keep up with Lorenzo. I’m starting to think that Lorenzo, even though I hate him, will certainly have earned his championship if he continues with this kind of performance.

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  3. Steve says:

    I can’t decide who I dislike more, Whore Gay or Pedrosa. Arrogant spoiled little boys. Well at least Whore Gay didn’t knock his team mate down while he was fighting for the world title with some stupid bonehead pass on the inside that he had no chance of making. Sorry to be negitive, but they really irritate me. Ahhhh…I feel better now, how bout you Nicky?