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.

Sunday at Silverstone with Scott Jones

09/01/2013 @ 9:55 pm, by Scott Jones9 COMMENTS

Comment:

  1. Jdawg says:

    brave of rossi to pillion with crutchlow after his weekend lol.

    marquez is just learning with every nanosecond, he is just excited to be racing at the highest level. even if he comes out second best you get the feeling he’s just playing cat & mouse and he gets off the bike with a smile a thousand miles wide.

    by contrast has anyone else noticed how dejected pedrosa has been since his injury, on the podiums, when moving between interviews etc? fair enough, it’s a set back but he’s clearly not pleased at having to move aside. even though thats not the case and the championship is not out of his reach yet, it’s definitely not the mark of a champion.

  2. Aero says:

    Please try to add some details with shots.

  3. L2C says:

    The thing about Pedrosa is that he is faster than both Lorenzo and Márquez. But Pedrosa doesn’t pass those guys when he has a chance for some reason – and I don’t understand it. It seems that when the game is too aggressive for him, he chooses the less risky option and follows them around like a puppy.

    He talks about tires being worn and blah blah blah, but he never lays it on the line. His strategy to win doesn’t account for worn tires or aggressive riders, things have to play out more or less perfect for him to take the top spot on the podium.

    And that’s just for this year, last year he had some moments where he improvised and it did wonders for his game. I haven’t seen that same spark this year.

    Yesterday, Dani caught up to Marc and Jorge for what? Worn tires would not slow down or deter either Marc or Valentino, if a win or championship were at stake. But Dani doesn’t push beyond that. And, I know, his history with injuries account for much of this in his psychology. Still he needs a breakthrough because the reality of MotoGP doesn’t cater to his state of mind, or anyone else, it only rewards and punishes based on actions taken.

    Either Dani wants to be top dog or he doesn’t. I’m still a big fan of his – but no one is going to give him a championship. He has to want it, he has to take it. He has to take no prisoners.

    There are only six races left. If Dani is to have a psychological breakthrough, he has to win the whole damn thing. It is the only way forward for him. It is the only way for him to acquire a champion’s mindset. Otherwise, he will be riding the same plateau for the rest of his career.

  4. JW says:

    This is mounting up to be one of the best seasons for the sport in recent history!

    @ L2C:
    I think I do need to take a logics class as you suggested last week.

    Here you are freely ranting about Dani front and center calling him a puppy, tires blah blah blah and that he never lays it on the line. when a week ago I ranted about Dani with my own similar frustrations and you let me have it for disrespecting him. So you must be the worthy one and we are not?

  5. JW says:

    @JW

    What you should do is revisit that thread and read my responses to your accusations of bullying and whatever else.

    You said that Dani still has a ride with HRC because he is Spanish. That is more than disrespectful. Not only did you denigrate him and his career, you also denigrated an entire country and all of its people. Which would mean that you denigrated Jorge, Marc and Alvaro, as well.

    The difference between what you said and my recent criticisms of Pedrosa, is that I appreciate him as an athlete who has by any measure had a successful career. Unlike you, I don’t hold it against him that he has yet to win a championship in the premiere class.

    And this last detail is what you should be cognizant of. My criticism is of his recent efforts in the premiere class. In other words, pay attention to the context before you start blabbering on with your nonsense. Because, yes, Dani is faster than Jorge and Marc. And, yes, he follows them around without taking charge of the situation – which is distinctly different and contrary to his performance during the second half of last season.

    JW, why don’t you give it up? Either that or keep it simple. Just because you’re pissed off at being called out, doesn’t make you right.

    In addition, you should learn to respect your ignorance by keeping quiet in order to become a better listener. You would learn a whole lot more if you took the time to understand that which you do not understand. Mouthing off emotional mishmash will not get you any closer.

  6. L2C says:

    HAHA… that last post is from me – not JW! But rest assured, I do follow my own advice.

  7. Kev71 says:

    Why was Rossi on Cal’s bike with him?

  8. paulus - Thailand says:

    @Kev71
    VR ran out of fuel… needed a lift

  9. Mike says:

    It is true that Dani is very somber these days.
    Does not matter if 2nd or 3rd but there does not seem to be any relief when he gets
    off the bike . The others Marc as someone said is just happy to be riding, Jorge of course
    is more happy when winning but always seems positive that he gave his best even if not placing 1st.
    But yes does seem something is up with Dani
    Even all this podium pics in this article.