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.

Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse for 2012

09/28/2011 @ 12:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse for 2012 Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse Johnny Death 635x474

Asphalt & Rubber has learned that Ducati will debut a Corse version of the Ducati Superbike 848 EVO for the 2012 model year. Similar to the Ducati Superbike 1198 S Corse SE & Ducati Superbike 1198 R Corse SE, the Superbike 848 EVO Corse will feature Ducati’s tricolor corse paint scheme, and a bevy of go-fast performance parts. Expected to have at least a slipper clutch and Termignoni racing exhaust, it is also presumable that Ducati will add-on its Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Data Acquisition (DDA), and round out the package with carbon fiber bits and premium suspension pieces.

Teased at the Ducati North America dealers meeting, Ducati is expected to debut the Special Edition later this year at the EICMA show in November. With the Ducati Superbike 848 EVO one of, if not the, best selling motorcycles in Ducati’s arsenal, the Italian company is surely keen on offering more models in the 849cc format at varying prices. Like the Superbike 1198 S/R Corse SEs, we don’t expect the Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse SE to come with an aluminum fuel tank, but like its predecessors the Corse’d 848 could prove to be potent purchase at a competitive price point.

We’ll have to wait and see what parts Ducati includes with the model, and where how the Italian prices the 2012 Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse in comparison to the rest of the 2012 line-up. Stay tuned as we get more info leading up to the EICMA show. Until then, the above motorcycle, belonging to an A&R reader, is the only Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse we know to exist.

Source: Bothan Spies; Photo: Johnny Death


  1. doug says:

    I get a chuckle out of Ducati every time the make another LE, but at the same time I think it equally as funny that their 848 middle weight is a mere 3cc’s shy of the original ground breaking Ducati Superbike- The 851. Kudos to Ducati for selling thousand upon thousands of LE motorcycles over the years. Long live the 888SPO.

  2. Other Sean says:

    And an 848 would wipe the track with an 851…even a 916. Progress…(all great bikes though).

  3. Cpt. Slow says:

    mmm… close but no cigar

  4. MikeD says:

    I see…so…How much longer will this model will be milked ? No rumors of an 849 yet ?

    Will the new gear driven cam motor be only for the 1000cc+ bike ? Will it be eventually scaled down and used on the 84(9)? and others ?

    The Diavel, Multi, StreetFighter and 848 SEEM to be charing the same engine architecture…so more less there’s a case to keep it and keep upgrading it, i think.

    Monsters the aircooled mills…on 3 flavors(cc)

    Does anyone think that Ducati will create a mini-me of the 1199 as the 848 replacement ?…down to frame-less and all ?

  5. Niz says:

    Ooh this could well be my next road bike. http://t.co/4nWixiYi

  6. 1198freak says:

    good idea, the 848 is at least 4 grand cheaper than a 1198 but a little plain. The Corse edition will make this very desirable. I would rather ride this than a Japanese 600.

  7. No 849 anytime soon. I’d put it at 50/50 for a 2012 EICMA showing. Judging from where Ducati is going, I think we’ll see the Superbikes retain one motor, while the other water-cooler models have a different, less-maintenance involved version, but that’s just me guessing.

  8. BikePilot says:

    It looks pretty sweet to me!

  9. RJ says:

    All they need to do is take a stock 848, give it Ohlins supension front and rear, lighter wheels, and DTC and you’s have a stonking bike.

    Bring back the “R” models for the middleweight superbike range!!!!

  10. sburns2421 says:

    As others haver said, and 848R with DTC, quick-shifter, slipper dry clutch, Ohlins front and rear, lighter wheels, the top Brembos and a full race exhaust in a box would be a track junkies dream.

  11. not feeling it personally. The 848 is a entry level Superbike model. The market for a hotted up 848 that knocks on the door of 1198 pricing is infinitesimal.

  12. JCB says:

    Confirmed: Goodtimes Motorsports in Sacramento noted – He spoke to Ducati representatives yesterday about the 2012′s coming out. 848 Corse will have the livery that the 1198 Corse has. The only additions will be a quick shifter, traction control and DDA. No ohlins shocks, no aluminum tank etc. The MSRP will be $14,999 or $1k more than the black, red and white 2012 848s. All the 2012 848s will MSRP at $13,999, so you won’t have to pay more (in theory) for any color.