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.

WSBK: Geriatrics Battle for Race 1 at Misano

06/27/2010 @ 7:49 am, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

WSBK: Geriatrics Battle for Race 1 at Misano Max Biaggi WSBK Misano Race 1 560x356

Max Biaggi turned a year older yesterday, making the Italian rider 39 years-old, but he isn’t the only rider on the World Superbike grid that’s whose a bit weathered with age. Battling for Race 1 at Misano this weekend, the old duffs came out of the woodwork, and showed that you can teach an old dog new tricks after all. Get out your walked, and check out all the race spoilers after the jump.

Contending with the Aprilia of Biaggi, Troy Corser and Carlos Checa showed up in good form for the over 30 crowd. With Corser sitting on the pole, all eyes were on the Australian to see if he could bring the first race win to the German team. Taking a strong early lead, Corser seemed set to achieve just that goal, but with Biaggi, Checa, Fabrizio, and Guintoli in tow, it certainly wouldn’t be easy. The five-man pack broke away from the field as Haga, Haslam, and Camier battled for sixth.

As the race wore on, Fabrizio and Guintoli found themselves squaring off with each other for fourth, leaving Corser to lead Biaggi and Checa on their own battle for first. The BMW S1000RR looked in top form, but later in the race Corser’s tires began to fade, and Biaggi found a way past.

As Corser pushed to recapture first, Checa followed through taking second place soon after. The Ducati and BMW Superbikes were no match for the power that the RSV4 was able to put down on Misano’s straights, and The Emperor was too skilled to let the riders catch him under braking and in the turns.

As such, Biaggi took a close victory in Race 1 at Misano, San Marino. Happy Birthday Max. Race 2 looks to have some great action as we wait and see if BMW can capture its first top-step podium finish.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Misano, San Marino:

13M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory
27C. ChecaESPDucati 1098R0.387
311T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR0.822
484M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R4.911
550S. GuintoliFRASuzuki GSX-R10005.916
62L. CamierGBRAprilia RSV4 Factory8.658
741N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R11.872
891L. HaslamGBRSuzuki GSX-R100011.907
967S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R16.490
1052J. ToselandGBRYamaha YZF R118.458
1199L. ScassaITADucati 1098R18.646
1257L. LanziITADucati 1098R19.315
1365J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR25.405
1476M. NeukirchnerGERHonda CBR1000RR31.671
1566T. SykesGBRKawasaki ZX 10R39.658
1677C. VermeulenAUSKawasaki ZX 10R48.137
1795R. HaydenUSAKawasaki ZX 10R56.316
1890F. SandiITAAprilia RSV4 1000 F.56.667
1915M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R57.218
RET111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR16 Laps
RET35C. CrutchlowGBRYamaha YZF R120 Laps
RET96J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R23 Laps
EX23B. ParkesAUSHonda CBR1000RR


  1. Peter says:

    “…BMW Superbikes were no match for the power that the RSV4 was able to put down on Misano’s straights”

    I don’t understand. Is the RSV4 just better prepped? I thought the BMW for sure would be faster on the straights?

  2. Jenny Gun says:

    The RSV4 has shown itself to have a ton of top-end speed. Check this article out: http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/racing/wsbk-superpole-monza-italy-2010/

  3. Peter says:

    Oh right. I remember now. Thanks.

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