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.

Details Leak on the MV Agusta Brutale 675 “B3″

03/24/2011 @ 1:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

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MV Agusta is hosting it dealers meeting this weekend, and it is expected that the Italian company will unveil details on its upcoming 2011-2012 model line-up. With information coming forth about its new smaller Brutale 675 “B3″, a naked version of the companies recently unveiled MV Agusta F3 three-cylinder supersport, MV Agusta is likely to have the bike on sale as early as February 2012, with a base price of €8,990.

This puts the MV Agusta Brutale 675 squarely in the Triumph Street Triple’s price range, but bests its British counterpart with a claimed 120hp (de-tuned from the F3′s expected 140hp output). Also expected to be announced at the dealer meeting is the company’s plan for the releasing the MV Agusta F3, and news of a 201hp MV Agusta F4 “Corsacorta”.

News coming from these rumors were posted on a French MV Agusta forum, and seem to confirm what’s already been circulating on how the MV Agusta F3 will be released initially. In typical MV Agusta fashion, a limited “Oro” edition that has Öhlins suspension will first be made available. Pricing on that is expected to be around €24,000.

This means that the MV Agusta F3 Oro will be almost double of what the MV Agusta F3 is expected to retail for once it’s released (remember, this is the motorcycle MV Agusta plans on selling en masse to help secure the company’s financial future). The more down-to-Earth base model MV Agusta F3 is now expected to go on sale in December, which raises a few eyebrows on why that release date seemingly keeps getting pushed back.

Last coming out of the rumormill is that a new “Corsacorta” edition of the MV Agusta F4 will also make its debut at EICMA. The MV Agusta F4 Corsacorta is expected to have 201hp, Öhlins suspension, a €24,000 price tag (this price was quoted as 30,900 CHF, which if correct is a confusing price point – €30,900 would make more sense), and will feature an anti-lock brake system, something that will be featured on all the 2012 models.

Source: MV Agusta Forum FranceVisordown

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    Call me A FOOL….But im so happy that the others are picking up the HP gauntlet thrown by the S1000RR..

    First was Kawasaki’s ZX-10R and it failed(in the USA KHI had to cut it’s b@alls cause of failing noise emissions standard tests ?)…

    And now this, 201hp…WAY TO GO MV AGUSTA ! I don’t care if i won’t ever be able to ride, much less buy one but it sure feels nice that it will be are out there for those of us lucky enough to drop the coin and own such a beast.

    I wonder, if they plan do under-stroke it (hence the name Corsa Corta) does that mean it will have a bigger bore to make up the cc shortage caused by less stroke ? Wouldn’t that throw the whole cilinder spacing, wall thickness, w/e other factors im not aware of into conflict each other ? OR maybe is a whole new engine ? (highly unlikely?)

    P.S: MV Agusta, don’t make the same mistake as KHI with the ZX-10R and get the emissions laws and reguations straight before claiming any numbers. UNDERPROMISE….OVERDELIVER ! It makes wonders for almost any product !

    Let’s see what the replacement of the 1198 brings to the table. I think it’s due to come out at this year’s end. I heard they ditched the L-Twin for a V4 ? Less CC’s ? Gear driven valve train ?

    Is any of the other Japanese OEMs due over for a new 1000 next year ? Hope Honda fix the PUG FACED 1000 and Yamaha the fugly headlights of the R1. I think Suzuki’s 1000 still looks pretty fresh and “decent”. Benelli is been QUIET for what seems forever now.

    Is a great time to be alive and a motorcycle’s fan !

    AS for the other 2-3 versions anounced on this same article…meh, w/e , the more the merrier…diversity is the spice of life…w/e float our boats, right ?

  2. ML says:

    F3 Oro edition for nearly double the price of the base F3? What does it have beyond better suspension?

  3. BBQdog says:

    ” with a base price of €8,990″

    That would really be good news. But let’s wait what the real price will
    be with taxes etc.

  4. mxs says:

    Yes, bring more horsepower. More is always better you know, like with megapixels and cameras. The fact that I cannot use it most of the time? … who cares LOL

  5. MikeD says:

    @mxs:

    Buahahahah, priceless…(^_^ )

  6. Turk955i says:

    You really have to give MV credit for coming out with a 675 triple, totally revolutionary! Hat’s off to them for coming out with something they can call their very own.

  7. Jake Fox says:

    @Turk955i:

    I see what you did there…

  8. Ricardo says:

    Ditto @ mxs.

    I am not replacing my actual bike until they reach 400hp. At 190 lbs. I don’t have any use for anything under that.

  9. MikeD says:

    @Ricardo:

    LMAO.Good one.