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.

Video: Casey Stoner Rides the Honda RC213V at Motegi

08/08/2013 @ 1:39 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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Completing two days of testing for HRC, Casey Stoner was back in the saddle of a MotoGP machine this week (at Motegi, of all places). The former World Champion only did a handful of laps on Tuesday (six in total) before the rain came in to the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit; but on Wednesday, Mother Nature cooperated a bit. Getting to do 47 laps in total on the 2013 Honda RC213V race bike yesterday, Stoner tested some “small items” for his former employer.

Positive about the test and being back on a bike, Stoner reaffirmed his decision to stay out of MotoGP, and dashed the hopes of any fans that were hoping to see the Australian make a wild card run at Phillip Island. Much to the disappointment of the media, Stoner did not get a chance to swing a leg over Honda’s planned MotoGP Production Racer, though HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto confirmed that a future test of the machine by Stoner is in the works.

A private test, and thus free of Dorna’s video restrictions, the fine folk at HRC have put together a short video of Casey on-board the RC213V in Japan. A far cry from the great material we got from Honda’s private test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (at some points  in the video, we wonder if the videographer had some angry scarab beetles in their trousers), GP fans will surely still have an auralgasm as the RC213V goes by in anger.

“Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot, and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test program,” said Stoner. “We had a productive day in general and thankfully the test plan wasn’t too hectic, so we were able to get most of it done today, after yesterday’s washout.

“It was great to see the team, even if there were only a few people here, and I thank Honda for all their support as ever,” the Australian added. “It felt really good to get back on the bike after 9 months and I’m happy with how the test went, but it doesn’t change my mind about the wild cards – this is not something I am planning to do.”

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Source: HRC


  1. TexusTim says:

    wonder what his laps times were?

  2. Gutterslob says:

    You really can see how lithe the RCV is in that black. Damn.

  3. chaz michael michaels says:

    The sound of the bike was tremendous. But did it sound different to you? Honda’s, to me, have more of a gravelly, piercing, metalic, shrieking noise. Like a piercingly loud buzz saw that just hit a knot in the plank. The bike in the video sounded more yamaha-ish with a less shrill deeper sound.

    Stoner says he’s not making any wildcard apearances–I am hoping like hell that’s a lie.

    Casey’s foray into car racing was like Jordan playing baseball.

    The dude, races GP motorcycles. Enough already. Time to come back to motoGP.

  4. Singletrack says:

    Casey’s hard to like as a ‘sporting personality’ but you have to respect his skill, intensity and integrity.
    No one else has the balls to stick it to a sanctioning organization and walk away from his sport while at the peak of his career.

    But I’m sure he’s still getting paid well as the worlds fastest test rider.

    Who can get into his head and figure out where he’ll show up next? Pikes Peak?
    If only AMA Flat Track paid more…

  5. Daniel says:

    Did the people operating the cameras have Parkinson’s? Not fun to watch, it was making me dizzy.

  6. Eddie says:

    At least we have Mark Marq…

  7. Minibull says:

    @Chaz: Suzuki was testing at the same time, as were the Yamaha test team. Both of those use an inline 4 with a crossplane crank, which is the deeper of the bike sounds.

    Also, I’m not sure if its the case now, but I remember the old 5 cylinder Honda’s use to drop onto 2 or 3 cylinders when braking. You can notice a change when Stoner is slowing down in this video, maybe they are still dropping onto 2.

  8. ljblkjb says:

    I think the camerman had one hand elsewhere.

    Whilst a brilliant sound, those seemless shifts interesting in noise change. No autobox surge as the gear changes.
    Dorna’s new machine in overdrive. Honda did not mention why Stoner was testing until very close to the test. Because their other tester is injured. So who else were Honda going to use. Now they have let it go that he will not be riding wildcard but Honda have now said he will be testing the production racer.
    Actually it would be interesting to see Stacey on the Suzuki, if he did come back.

  9. texustim says:

    we all want to see..”STACEY” back….bawawawawawahahaha

  10. chaz michael michaels says:

    @minibull–ya, it seemed like the sound would be coming from the honda because it didn’t look like anybody else was on the track at the time… but it certainly didn’t sound like the honda.

    Ya, a motion sickness bag may need to watch the video more than once.

    No way of knowing where Stoner shows up next, what series, cars or bikes, etc… But it seemed like he was bagging on the Australian V8 feeder series awfully quickly. I don’t think these guys realize they’re one-trick ponies. They won’t find success in other forms of racing or other series. I think of Schumacher (tried bikes), Montoya (F1 to nascar), other open wheel racers in NASCAR, NASCAR drivers in road course series’. None of it ever seems to work. Nigel Mansell won in F1 and in CART but I dont see a big departure between the two series.

  11. proudAmerican says:

    Casey riding a Honda motorcycle to its limits. No Carmelo, Dorna, fans, other racers, etc.

    No wonder he’s smiling.

    Enjoy retirement dude, you earned it.

  12. twoversion says:

    Dear HRC, pretend this whole android thing is real and people are using there mobile devices to watch videos. youtube > vimeo

    I wonder why Honda would give factory access to a non factory rider when they need help developing the customer bike still?

  13. Westward says:

    I wonder if HRC is really benefiting from Stoner’s time on the bike or is it more for PR. Cause even when Stoner was a factory rider, Pedrosa was the one HRC use for its base platform.

  14. twoversion says:

    @2ndclass – if you read this article on your smart phone and click the video link it will take you away from the page, where if you embed a youtube video it will play with in the page itself.

    Generally speaking content providers want to keep you on the page as do most people who read these articles.