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.

Shoya Tomizawa Dies after Moto2 Crash at Misano

09/05/2010 @ 4:57 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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More sad news from MotoGP this weekend, as we have recieved word that Shoya Tomizawa died today during a tragic accident in the Moto2 race at the San Marino GP. Entangling with riders Scott Redding and Alex de Angelis, Tomizawa sustained massive injuries to his chest and back, and later succumbed to those injuries at the hospital in Riccione. Tomizawa was in fourth, battling with the lead group, when he crashed during the 12th lap of the race.

Struck by de Angelis’ bike, Tomizawa was rushed to the hospital via ambulance, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The incident was felt by the entire MotoGP paddock, where riders are still recovering from the loss of Peter Lenz, the 13 year-old USGPRU rider who died at Indianpolis last weekend during the Indianapolis GP, who was memorialized before the start of the 125 GP race.

Talking of the Japanese rider, fellow GP riders consistently spoke of the Tomizawa’s promising future and charismatic personality. Tomizawa will go down in history as winning the first Moto2 race ever, held during this year’s Qatar GP, and was known in the paddock for being a positive and good-humored person.

Toni Elías, who won the Moto2 race at the San Marino said: “All I feel is sadness right now and my victory today is irrelevant. I was talking and joking with Tomizawa only yesterday in the Clinica Mobile and to think that he is no longer with us is truly awful. Even today we were out there racing together when he was in front of me before this incredible tragedy. He has left an indelible mark on my life.”

This is another dark day in motorcycle racing, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Tomizawa’s friends and family.

Source: MotoGP


  1. Peter says:

    This is bad timing. Peter Lenz a week ago, and now this?

  2. Peter says:

    Should have read the full article before posting that. lol.

  3. CBR600RR 09 says:

    Excuse me Asphalt and Rubber.

    But Scott Redding AND Alex De Angelis collided with Tomizawa. Scott connected with his head and Alex with his Chest/Torso. Both were flung from there bikes with Scott Redding also going to the Clinica Mobile due to potential broken bones, however he was lucky and concussed. Alex walked away, with a 4th rider colliding with debris and also walking away.

    This is a sad story and Tomi will never be forgotten.

  4. Terry Lemmons says:

    It is a disgrace how the track workers handled the injured rider , rushing to get him on a back board, no neck brace, and dropping him . A EMT buddy of mine said after he watched the the video , I smell lawer. Dorna said they did not stop the race because of safety concerns.Let me ask a question , has anyone every been injured on the red flaging of any race anywhere. The race should have been stopped and aid on track. The time it took to get him to any type of aid was criminal. When NASCAR has a injury they have a med and extraction team at the site in seconds . Somthing must change in the way injured riders are cared for on the track . Dorna do something desides cover your ass. Terry lemmons

  5. ML says:

    My heart goes out to his family, friends, and team. Tragic loss of such a young talent with a great future ahead of him. Rest in peace…

  6. SuperMike says:

    @ CBR600RR 09:

    You got it backwards. DeAngelis hit Tomizawa first, in the head, then Redding ran over his torso. Doesn’t matter really. It’s tragic either way.

    RIP Shoya Tomizawa

  7. Steve Lang says:

    Great point on the ridicules method used in the these type of crashes by the workers. Stop the race. Get immediate medical aid to the injured rider and stabilize them. The way they handled it was absulte joke. They very well may have caused much more severe injury to the riders. Stupid. And yes…CRIMINAL!

    Steve Lang

  8. I’m afraid I agree with the points above about the way Tomizawa was treated. I admit I am not an expert so perhaps this is just my ignorance showing, but looking at the Video, it was shocking to see how roughly Tomizawa was tossed onto a stretcher and dragged away.

    I thought that the race should have been red flagged immediately so that treatment could be safely given where he lay. A broken body is very fragile, you can’t just pick it up and dump it on a stretcher. This is how spinal cords can be torn, etc.

    Surely at track side, a medical team can travel to the victim much faster than the victim can be carried to the medical team! If not then that also needs to be changed.

    I was also disturbed by the way that race officials are already trying to deflect blame, saying how the best thing to do for the injured riders was NOT to stop the race. Now how is that possible! If a mistake was made, admit it damn it, and make changes! Otherwise the same darn stupid mistakes will keep happening.

    John van Houten

  9. Isaac says:

    R.I.P Tomizawa-san

    My tribute:


  10. Loki says:

    I also agree with the fact that the race should have been halted. This being said, sadly, I don’t think that would have helped Shoya at all. Really, I was surprised that he was even alive right after the crash…

    Either way, Reqviem In Pace, Tomi!

  11. Peter says:

    Just found out that he was only 19!!!!


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  13. Ralph says:

    Such an unlucky crash…

    Tomi-san may he rest in peace!

    Here’s Dr Macchiagodena view on the non-race stop and rider handling.
    See.: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/86429

    Moto2 should have been red flagged!

    A fellow dutchmen Tristan Lentink was hit in his abdominal too at the start of the Assen TT, Supersport 600! Recovering well…

    See.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0XoHif9R40