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.

Paris Hilton 125GP Livery – Please God, Make It Stop

12/17/2010 @ 10:19 am, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

Paris Hilton 125GP Livery   Please God, Make It Stop Paris Hilton 125GP race livery

In the story of Oedipus Rex, the protagonist gouges out his eyes after learning that he senselessly killed his father, and has been pounding his mother into the bedroom headboard. Until recently, we didn’t think we could get down to that level and relate to Oedipus with the same wealth of shame and despondency; but the universe is a fickle beast and wins another round today, as we’ve been dry heaving all morning after looking at the race livery for the Team SuperMartxé VIP by Paris Hilton race livery.

Everything we feared it would be, the pretty-in-pink design is going to be obnoxiously flamboyant on the 125GP grid. Capping off the news is that we learn that Paris herself will be attending more than a few races, helping promote the team, do a couple lines of coccaine, and maybe run over a few MotoGP fans while in a drunken stupor. Pretty typical Sunday for the famous for being famous star.

Undoubtedly not the proudest moment in the GP paddock, we’ll leave you with this thought though. Has any other 125GP team made headlines in the New York Times, Perez Hilton, and Asphalt & Rubber this week? This month? This year? Say what you will about the former sex-tape star, but she’s already borught the team a plethora of attention. That’s a win in marketing dollars speak. Touché Paris.

Formerly the BQR team, Hilton has lent her name to very strong GP team that sees Nano, Xavi Montero, and Ricard Garriga all being partners in the team. Ricard Jové will server as the Technical Director, while Christian Lundberg and Rossano Brazzi are also said to be on-board. Riding for the SuperMartxé VIP by Paris Hilton team will be Sergio Gadea (formerly with the Pons Racing Moto2 team) and Maverick Vinales (the 2010 Spanish 125 GP Champion).

Source: Bikeracing.it


  1. Brammofan says:

    It’s the shade of pink that bothers me: Pepto Bismol. Of course, if you’ve been dry heaving, it’s just the ticket for you.

  2. majordomo490 says:

    I can’t believe that anyone who cares about roadracing or is remotely associated with the industry would say ANYTHING negative about this project.
    It can do nothing but good for all of us.
    Besides I never heard any bitchin’ about the Britten which had pretty much the same colours.

  3. Bravo on the lede paragraph. Bravo.

  4. jvduc says:

    that’s hawt

  5. Henry says:

    I agree with majordomo. This ain’t so bad.

    It’s good to see different backers in a struggling GP program. Love her or hate her, Paris can bring mainstream media to the sport, more viewers for TV, better ratings, more races available to us as spectators and better racing with increased exposure.

    I’m slightly bummed that this didn’t happen in the premier class but I suspect they already have Playboy and the frills that circle it.

    Once they get those graphics settled (obviously this is only a workup), it will be a welcome addition to the boring as hell paddock. I only wish they would have fielded Mellisa Paris and Elena Myers who could both kick ass on half that field of rich kids.

  6. Westward says:

    What about Mattia Pasini’s pink liveries for ladies night in Italy, I think he won that race too…
    Hey if it draws more non-traditional fans to the sport i’m all for it, their money is just as good here…

  7. Other Sean says:

    I can appreciate those of you seeing the silver lining in this. But it is laughable too.

    Paris’ PR value is passed it’s prime. Not saying it’s worthless…but passed it’s prime.

    I had the regrettable experience of turning on “Married to Rock” or some such reality show about bimbos married to rockers (also passed their prime). Two of them were taking the basic MSF course, and they were acting like high school girls and pissing off the real people who were there to learn/teach.

    I wonder if Paris’ rider is gonna be the butt of every joke in the paddock…

  8. irksome says:

    I see nothing wrong with Team Cum-Guzzling-Whore.

  9. Sean in Oz says:

    Exit Antonio Banderas, enter Paris Hilton!

  10. Dave Tweed says:

    If they let that thing make 1 pass on a circut without runnin it into a barrier I am gonna watch figure skating from now on CRAP!!!!!!!!!

  11. Damo says:

    I am also with Majordomo, this is good exposure either way, even though I wish that broad would choke on a handful of rusty coffin nails.

  12. Rexr says:

    To me “Ken & Barbie” spring to mind………nnnnnnnnooooooooooooo

  13. Susanne says:

    Like others I agree with Majordomo, and if nothing else, the team’s bikes will be easily recognized on the race tracks.

  14. Richard Gozinya says:

    It’s just a paintjob, and it’s not like race bikes have the nicest paint jobs as it is. They’re pretty much all tacky eye sores, and this is no worse than Kawasaki’s hideous green.

  15. @pjgallagher This could be the colour scheme for the bike if you have a chat with Paris. http://bit.ly/hmynXD via @Asphalt_Rubber

  16. doughboy says:

    I would rather see the sport suffer financially than gain sponsers and viewers from the likes of somebody that represents all that is wrong with this country. Having the capitalist sellout mentality does nothing but damage to the integrity of the sport.

  17. Rolf says:

    If I would be a racer, I’d switch classes or even profession before being seen on that ugly stick, plus having to explain that the race team’s bos is more about marketing than about racing. Racing is expensive, I know, but there is a fine line between accepting sponsors and getting abused.

    Oh well, publicity it is then. I’d go race somewhere else. Good luck with this.

  18. Hi guys,

    In France we are jealous, we haven’t got a lot of sponsors for racing motorbike, this girls is like “Gold”.

    Thanks to his name a lot of website (talking about motorcycle or not) has showed the pictures of a blondie on a bike !!!

    it’s so great because maybe some people could be interested to do it too and bring cash in motogp which need it so much …

    thanks you Paris and sure if you come in France for “Le Mans”, you will be well recieved at home ;)


  19. Jeram says:

    watchin a bike crash will never be so fun… ill be on the edge of my seat waiting for ken and barbies scooter to highside LOL

    PS: I love two strokes, but why!!! why invest in a championship that wont exist in 12 months…
    absolutely silly

  20. David says:

    Paris is Thee No.1 Party-Sex Princess, that surely goes together with rush, speed, power and class!(read Cocaine) which she also does ever so well. It’ll be great to see her lick that tank! More Paris, inside or outside!