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 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?

Paris Hilton Joins 125GP – Hell Officially Freezes Over

12/11/2010 @ 1:05 pm, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

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According to the folks at Motocuatro, socialite Paris Hilton will be picking up where Antonio Banderas left off, and is set to unveil her 125GP team next Saturday. Officially Team SuperMartxé VIP by Paris Hilton, the unveiling of the team is to be held at the Hotel ME in Madrid, Spain. It’s not clear at this time where Hilton’s interest in motorcycle racing stems from (perhaps she is taking a page from, and one-upping, Kim Kardashian’s sponsorship of a NASCAR Sprint Cup team), but the Hilton fortune heiress has put together a very strong team, making her entry into the 125 GP very compelling.

Hilton is reported to be partnered with Nano, Xavi Montero, and Ricard Garriga, while Ricard Jové will be the Technical Director to the team. 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). Also on-board the team are Christian Lundberg and Rossano Brazzi, making the team well-founded with technical expertise, along with its promising young riders. Let’s all collectively cross our fingers and hope that pink colored bikes won’t be a staple on the 2011 125 GP grid.

Source: Motocuatro via GPOne


  1. Mark says:

    Hot women and fast motorcycles have always been a great combination. I’s good to see they are now actually contributing more to the sport than just standing around and looking pretty.

  2. gildas says:

    Remind me, only riders are WADA tested? Right?

  3. Doctor Jelly says:

    I really hope they don’t use umbrella guys…

  4. mrbubbles says:

    please stop calling Paris the “Hilton Heiress”; first off, Hilton hotels is owned by Blackstone, a major hedge fund group. second, there are over 80 offsprings who may get a piece of the inheritance from the original Hilton fortune, controlled by Barron Hilton, who also has pledged to donate over 92% of his close to $2billion fortune to charity… which leaves Paris about $500,000, assuming the fund distributes equally to all 80 offsprings.
    lastly, what got Paris her notoriety was arguable her sex tape, which was actually filmed in a Marriott!

  5. Jerry says:

    Look for the coolant temperature gauge that says, “That’s hot.”

  6. Jeram says:

    so shes investing in a new race team in a class that will be dead after its first season…


    atleast let 125gp go out with a bit of class… jeeez

  7. JawDroppin says:

    What a fucking joke!!! So this is what sport has been reduced to now???

    Paris… GTFO and stick to what you know best – riding blokes, not bikes!!!

    JD ;)

  8. irksome says:

    Hmm… Team Jizz-Gobbling-Talentless-Whore has a nice ring to it.

  9. 76 says:

    Are you serious? I for one think its great that Kids in the 125 get some money to run a team. If you havent noticed there isnt all that much going around these days. So what if its Hilton? good for her, I dont know any background on her interest or motivation but if her money is green thats a pretty good start. Its 125 dude, kids that need support & airtime both of which someone like her can provide…. get real and get laid, your a salty bit arent you

  10. Isaac says:

    “Doctor Jelly says:
    December 11, 2010 at 3:02 PM I really hope they don’t use umbrella guys”


  11. Matt K says:

    Hopefully she wont be the team running the KTM’s.

  12. jimmy k says:

    If you haven’t noticed by now….Their really not riding those bikes either. First the bikes are PARKED too close! Second the scenery is fake and you can tell the back drop is a back drop…LOL and their hair is being blown by a fan! Third if they were really riding those bikes with what their wearing their mini’s would be up around their waist with panties showing…oh i forget Paris doesn’t wear panties….LOL oh and then finally…isnt 125 gp a crotch rocket gig…the harleys pics barly even make the pic hot…Now if Paris and Nicole were on a GSXR 1000 together…I might raise a flagpole half mast!

  13. crazy says:

    Great class , pity it is being closed!

  14. Rolf says:

    I wonder wat the team colors wil be. Heh-heh. At least this gives 125GP some press, maybe it saves the 125 class from being scratched.

    Oh and JimmyK, thanks for pointing out those subtle errors we all overlooked in that otherwise awesome picture *cough*. You may also like ;-)

  15. Alan W says:

    There’s a bike in the pic?

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  17. got40 says:

    How does mrbubbles know all that?

  18. 76 says:

    got40 says:
    December 12, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    How does mrbubbles know all that?

    It would seems Mr.Bubbles also reads the non-motorcycle related news as well

  19. Oliver says:

    jimmy k, Everything you say is right but it is oh so wrong that you noticed!

    Keep on posing girls cos sure as hell we’ll keep on looking!

  20. buellracerx says:

    I just threw up a little in my mouth…

  21. mrbubbles says:

    I’m a finance guy for non-profit organization, and have dealt with Paris’ uncles regarding their charitable foundation, which is how I got the breakdown… and they chuckle @ the sex tape in Marriott fact.

    it’s just funny once the myth of “heiress” was exposed to me, it really makes you wonder why people don’t automatically assume any one with the last name of “Ford” or “Yamaha” or “McDonald” are heir or heiress to the mega fortune?

    same applies to Trump… how many people across the US with last name of “Trump”, and how many can legitimately claim a piece of the Donld’s fortune?

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  23. Wintermute says:

    jimmy k …… DUHHHHHHHHH