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.

The Motegi Infraction

10/12/2010 @ 6:48 am, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

While Valentino Rossi may have gotten a slap on the wrist from Yamaha Racing Boss Lin Jarvis for over-zealously racing teammate Jorge Lorenzo at Motegi, the Spanish press and Lorenzo have been less reserved with their words about the final laps of the Japanese GP. This hasn’t stopped some cheekiness from the Italian press though, who put together this fake accident report after Rossi and Lorenzo collided on the Twin Ring Circuit. Watch the video above, and make the call if that assigned fault to the right rider after the jump.

The Motegi Infraction Jorge Lorenzo Valentino Rossi infraction

Source: MotoBlog.it


  1. you want me to translate the document?

  2. that other guy says:

    yea do it i have no clue what’s going on

  3. Looked like good racing to me :-)

  4. Odie says:

    If Google Translator is working, the very last box (#14) says:
    Jorge: I could have fallen
    Vale: I was having fun

    HAR-HAR-HAR. Gotta love those Italians.

  5. RGR says:

    Mama Mia! Mama Mia!

  6. MikeD says:

    Childish Antics. Affraid of loosing your “Hot Spot” ? OH WAIT, U ALREADY DID!!! Many races ago.
    Who’s the Champion now? The Leg Trickster ? NOPE.

    What kind of Bull Sh!t Racing is that, keep ur danm leg up ur A$$ Rossi.

    I was having fun……JackA$$. Until someone goes down.

  7. Bill Bengtson says:

    The “banging” part between Rossi & Jorge looked like some good-old aggressive racing to me… I think people these days might be getting to sensitive.

    The comment/s about Rossi & his leg hanging out… referring to sort of blocking Jorge… well I’m no Rossi, but I don’t totally buy into that cornering technique yet…

    If this had been Stoner & Pedrosa, or even Hayes & T. Hayden… would people even be making a negative issue out of this little bit of contact?

    Maybe at 39 years old, I’m already starting to miss the “good-old days” of how racing used to be… is it getting too political, too corporate, too sensitive…

    I say there was nothing really wrong, just good aggressive racing.

  8. Jake Fox says:

    I like Rossi and enjoy watching him come out on top but this business of sticking the leg way out as a cornering technique seems fishy to me. It seems the timing coincides a little too perfectly with when the guy behind you would be looking to dive down the inside at the corner. Ultimately though the rules dictate what’s fair and what isn’t. If the FIM has no issue with it then all racers are equally able to use the technique. In fact, a few other riders have dabbled with it. I’m believe I’ve seen Pedrosa and Stoner using it from time to time. As the old adage goes, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

  9. MikeD says:

    Just to clarify, my bitchin is strictly about the Leg Blocking BS.

    About the small contact they had… i too think is good old fashion racing.

    And whats with the ticket looking document? Are they serious? lmao.

  10. CBR600RR 09 says:

    Watching the 2nd last lap of Motegi was FANTASTIC, the colliding and racing! I am extremely glad that no-one was hurt and equally excited to see it again!

  11. kumo says:

    LOL!! Hahahahaha!

    Lorenzo’s address is, more or less, complainers (/moaning) street, Mallorca.

    In 11th damages are: moral injuries vs fun


  12. Chris says:

    Come off it, you Lorenzo whiners. This was the best racing ALL YEAR, between two riders with a fierce rivalry both balls-out fairing-banging each other to the flag. MotoGP came truly alive for one of the first times in the whole $#@%@$# year, and some people want to complain about it ? Go watch boat racing. As for Lorenzo whinging about getting beat up by Rossi – would he have done the same if he’d won ? I doubt it. Hey Lorenzoi, learn from it, don’t whine about it. Oh and while you’re at it, cut out the ridiculous copy-cat post race celebrations. It only shows how much you secretly adore The Doctor.

  13. hoyt says:

    Great to see that again.
    “Leg technique” – I thought that was more of a braking maneuver to slow down than some attempt at blocking. e.g. Stoner hung his leg in the breeze during this race when no one was behind him. In addition, Lorenzo passed Rossi when Rossi’s leg was out on one of those corners so I can’t see it being used as a blocking technique. (maybe blocking the rider’s view of the corner entry a bit)

    That is epic racing that is great for the sport, especially considering they were on the same team. When have you see that in this era of corp money?

  14. Bill Bengtson says:

    Well let me be the first to give “whitesmoke reviewed” a big fuck you!!

    So you’re saying that anyone of us that wrote a comment to this article is an “idiot”???

    Seems to me that if the author didn’t want viewers to leave comments, that they would turn off the option of leaving comments… It is an option that can be turned off with a check-box in the admin interface of WordPress… which is the software used behind the scenes of this site.

  15. relax Bill. It’s just spam.

  16. Bill Bengtson says:

    Yeah, “Jensen Beeler”… your comment made me chuckle… after I wrote my comment, I started to figure it out… oh well… I guess I looked a little dumb, but I’ll accept that :)

  17. Keith says:

    aww, poor lorenzo. BEST year of racing he’s EVER had and the only reason he beat Rossi is Rossi’s broken leg. Then he say he wants to really race hard with Rossi. So at Montegi he is given his wish and on ONE LAP only things get a little rough…so he whined to the boss. Watching that race several times it seems to me that he was giving as good as he got. BUT I do credit both of them with settling down and getting back to racing after that lap.

    heh, lorenzo is good but he sure needs to not cry as much.

  18. MrBlistershifter says:

    I agree with Chris about Lorenzo copying Rossi during his race win celebration. Its because he actually has no personality. I dont think he will win any more championships. He will sink in the 2011 standings.