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: The Best Highside Save Ever?

05/14/2012 @ 6:36 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

Video: The Best Highside Save Ever? Genki Hagata racing highside save Infineon 635x400

During the second AMA Pro Supersport qualifying session at Sears Point, #422 Genki Hagata had a moment that every motorcycle racer knows all too well: a highside. Still completing his out-lap, Hagata’s Yamaha YZF-R6 lost traction at the rear wheel, and then abruptly regained it, which for most riders would usually mean an ejection seat straight into the kitty litter, but not for Genki.

Holding onto the bars throughout the incident, Hagata avoided crashing (again, as the case would be for the weekend), and while he missed making the cut-off for Supersport grid by only a few tenths of a second, we still think he was the big winner of AMA Pro Racing’s third road-racing stop of the season. See it to believe it after the jump, and thanks for the tip 梁聰!

Source: Hagata Racing


  1. Westward says:

    Not in my opinion…

    There is a video on youtube, of a guy with yellow liveries racing on a circuit with hay bales for barriers. That guy flies over the windscreen, touches the front fender, hangs on, bounces back, lands side saddle, then swings his leg back over the bike and continues racing like it never happened, all while still on track…

    That is the best highside save ever, this one is just new…

    **Side Note: after the video plays, there are suggested videos that follow. There is one that reads: Ninja 250 vs. Big Bikes at Laguna Seca.

    Now that is entertaining. It must be akin to what the Tech3, Gresini, and Ducati guys feel like when racing factory Honda’s and Yamaha’s…

  2. You’d be referring to Randy Mamola’s save at the San Marino GP.

  3. Afletra says:

    For me this is awesome… Haha, nice video!

  4. Blake says:

    The save is great, but I got more enjoyment out the 250 vs. big bikes a Laguna. The guy on the 250 is rockin it! He has great skill on that 250 and can corner 50 times better than the other guys out there.

  5. Well that’s because the other guys out there don’t have a clue where the racing line is…great promo for the guys at Ride Like a Pro though.

  6. Steve Lang says:

    Nice save and a great way to get that cardio going. Would have been great to hear what he said inside his helmet after he came to a stop. It probably started with, Holy…..

  7. Westward says:

    Don’t get me wrong, any save is awesome to say the least, especially a highside…

    Oh, and thanks for the recall, I had forgotten who it was…

  8. Westward says:

    Actually it was this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiH2uLGSBOw

    I don’t think it was Mamola…

  9. J. Welburn says:

    I like the way he gives the man on track the thumbs up, thinkin “yeah, you liked that didn’t you”. I must also say the 250 vs big bikes had me pretty pumped, considering I own a 250 and Laguna Seca’s my home track!


  10. ZeitgeistXiii says:

    The Mamola one still is the best. Those old “Havoc” videos had some good saves mixed in with the crashes.

  11. Aquarius says:

    For my money ( and it was a very long time ago) Barry Sheene takes the cake @ Daytona ( I think?) … He did a vertical handstand with hands still clamped to the clip-ons – body arching forward (he was upside down & backwards, of course) – stuck his helmet right through & broke the windscreen – then when his body was so far forward it was directly over the front wheel – wind pressure forced him back down & into the seat again. Whereupon, he wobbled ( one foot came off the pegs) and then carried-on.
    Everyone rubbed their eyes and the thought bubbles shouted, ” F*#$ ! Did I just see what I thought I saw?” Awesome & Scary beyond belief.

  12. Agreed about the Mamola save. BOTH wheels were off the ground before he dabbed his left foot and got the bike stable enough to begin his recovery, but not before he got bucked over to the other side of the bike. Epic save.

    This one, though … Great to see Hagata-san make the save. I just hate seeing people go down the road, especially over the high side.

  13. SPEKTRE76 says:

    Not a high-side but did any of you ever see that video from a couple years back when the rider fell off his R6 in mid turn and the bike kept going and followed through, then the pilot sprints and jumps back on and keeps racing?

    Not is a ‘save’ IMO.

  14. KTM says:

    It’s not a high side. Great balance thow but from the leathers we can see he has been practicing it all also a lot :)
    Keep the rubber side down boys! :)

  15. Bradog says:

    one of my favorite saves is Jamie Hacking at Barber