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

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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

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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.

Race Results from the Suzuka 8 Hours

07/28/2013 @ 11:53 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

Race Results from the Suzuka 8 Hours Mushashi Honda Suzuka 8 hour

Race Results for the 2013 Suzuka 8 Hours at Suzuka, Japan:

Pos.TeamBikeRidersDiff.
1MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO HondaHondaTakahashi – Haslam – van der Mark214 Laps
2Yoshimura Suzuki Racing TeamSuzukiTsuda – Aoki – Brookes+1’51.996
3Team KagayamaSuzukiKagayama – Schwantz – Haga+1 Lap
4Suzuki Endurance Racing TeamSuzukiPhilippe – Delhalle – Da Costa+1 Lap
5Yamaha France GMT94 MichelinYamahaCheca – Foray – Lagrive+2 Laps
6Honda Team AsiaHondaKamaruzaman – Takahashi+3 Laps
7TOHO Racing with MoriwakiHondaYamaguchi – Itoh – Watanabe+4 Laps
8Monster Energy Yamaha YARTYamahaNakasuga – Parkes – Waters+4 Laps
9Honda Kunamoto RacingHondaYoshida – Kojima – Tokudome+6 Laps
10Team RC2LSuzukiBuisson – Shinjo – Giabbani+7 Laps
11Bolliger Team SwitzerlandKawasakiSaiger – Stamm – Sutter+7 Laps
12EVA RT Test Type-01 Trick StarKawasakiSerizawa – Deguchi – Izutsu+7 Laps
13RS-Itoh & AsiaKawasakiHigashimura – Iwasaki – Murakami+7 Laps
14Honda Hamamatsu EscargotHondaKuboyama – Nakatsuhara+9 Laps
15Confia H.M.F. LunaSol JapanSuzukiSuma – Hasegawa – Takamiya+11 Laps
16Team38 PS-KKawasakiKarita – Keyes – Yamashita+11 Laps
17Team JP Dog Fight YamahaYamahaFujita – Kimura – Tamura+13 Laps
18Honda Ryokuyoukai KunamotoHondaMitaori – Ohashi – Mori+15 Laps
19MotoMap SupplySuzukiKonno – Teramoto – Nakamoto+15 Laps
20Iwata Racing FamilyYamahaUeno – Sawamura – Nishimura+15 Laps
21Winner Z-TechSuzukiKunimatsu – Yoshida+15 Laps
22Honda TT LegendsHondaMcGuinness – Andrews – Rutter+15 Laps
23Hamamatsu Team TitanSuzukiShimizu – Inijki – Ohshiro+16 Laps
24Dog Fish O-Tec SuzukaHondaOhuchida – Akimoto – Watase+16 Laps
25RS Garage Harada HimejiKawasakiHarada – Okamura – Tanaka+16 Laps
26Dog House & HiguchiSuzukiHiguchi – Iwatani+16 Laps
27Team Flembbo Leader TeamKawasakiDemarey – Nishijima – Prosenik+17 Laps
28B-Square Racing & Osaka SAMKawasakiTanaka – Ohita – Sato+17 Laps
29Honda Sayama RacingHondaYamashita – Ishizuka – Ohyama+19 Laps
30Banner Racing H-K-CDucatiKaneda – Dan – Asahina+19 Laps
31Motobox Kremer RacingSuzukiScherrer – Paavilainen – Bauer+19 Laps
32SNDheater Human-RevoSuzukiSagoh – Hisadumi+19 Laps
33La Bellezza Speed & KumamonDucatiItami – Hori – Toda+19 Laps
34Hamamatsu 8H TeamYamahaTonari – Nakao – Izumi+20 Laps
35Yamashina KawasakiKawasakiMizusawa – Yamasaki – Matsumoto+22 Laps
36Team Sugai Racing JapanDucatiSugai – Kamatani+22 Laps
37Team Little WingBMWMiyazaki – Yamauchi+23 Laps
38Honda Dream TakasakiHondaShimizu – Sakurai – Kobayashi+24 Laps
39Hinoseiki Iwaki & T2SuzukiYamauchi – Wada – Takano+25 Laps
40Team Vital Spirit SharkBMWSaiki – Tsujimoto – Soma+25 Laps
41Team Karbar Cafe RacingKawasakiMorimoto – Nakajima+26 Laps
42Motorrad Toyota NagasakaBMWNoda – Nakamura – Sasaki+26 Laps
43Honda Kouyoukai DreamHondaKurayama – Nakamura+31 Laps
44Honda Suzuka Racing TeamHondaYasuda – Hiura – Kitaguchi+34 Laps
45Team Etching FactoryYamahaNakaoka – Hayashi – Fukami+35 Laps
46IMT satoracingYamahaSato – Inagaki – Yasutomi+35 Laps
47KTM Hamaguchi Bakuon RacingKTMFujishima – Dairaku – Hamaguchi+40 Laps
48Honda Dream RT Sakurai HondaHondaStauffer – Hook+48 Laps
49Motobum & Ishigaki IslandHondaKunikawa – Ohki – Matsukawa+50 Laps
50Honda EG RacingHondaKuribayashi – Honda+51 Laps

Source: FIM; Photo: Honda Europe

Comment:

  1. RedNick says:

    YES !!!!
    Schwantz and Haga and Kagayama on the box ! Awesome !
    Still got it.

  2. Tim says:

    Forgot to add my question. LOL

    Why is Haga not seen on the Podium in any of the Podium pics? They only place you see him with his trophy is in the garage.

  3. TexusTim says:

    look at all the suzuki’s at the top……way to go team kagayama ! wow those two man teams must have iron butt’s and sore ass at the end !

  4. Peter G says:

    Two man teams ?

    I covered the 1990, 1994 and 1997 races and , as far as I can recall, they were always 2 man teams. Lap times are about 4 to 5 seconds a lap faster now.

    Its hot, hard work .

  5. “3 Team Kagayama Suzuki Kagayama – Schwantz – Haga +1 Lap”

    Well done! *golf clap*

  6. Gutterslob says:

    Like they said on Soup – The Feel Good Podium of the Year.

    Shame that Rae got taken out, though.

  7. Why is no one writing an article comment on the fact that a 49-year-old legend just placed third at Suzuka? Shwantz was my hero growing up it’s absolutely amazing and unprecedented that he still at that level come on, write a piece. It’s like Jordan in the 2013 playoffs scoring a triple double.

  8. TexusTim says:

    @Peter G…yes thats what I said “two man teams”…there are only a few..7 to be exact out of 50 teams that finished or scored points…so thats about 14 %….so my point is the two man teams had longer stints on the bike,,,not how fast there lap times were but how many laps they had to do compared to the more common three man teams..when I ran endurance about an hour and twenty is all before you start doing stupid things and wonder why your team doesnot have the next rider ready since you been slapping you helmet on every lap for 15 minutes but your team is all talking up the gal that sung the natl anthem and havent noticed you want to come in….it happpened…. when i finally roled in they said “why didnt you let us know you were done”?

  9. taikebo says:

    why on earth did McGuinness not win this race? He was supposed to win this race. He is not a human.

  10. Kent says:

    @Tim: Haga-san wasn’t on the podium because he ran the last stint, which had rain falling in darkness, and he refused to come in and change to rain tires because it would cost too much time, especially with the SERT team right on their heels. He was totally spent at the end of the race, and had to go into the medical center due to effects of heat exhaustion/dehydration.