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.

Spy Shot: MV Agusta F3 3-Cylinder Caught Testing

09/09/2009 @ 1:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Spy Shot: MV Agusta F3 3 Cylinder Caught Testing 2011 MV Agusta F3 spy shot 1 635x485

MV Agusta is rumored to have a 3-cylinder motorcycle in the works that’s smaller than the current F4, and Motociclismo was lucky enough to find it wandering about in the wild. Already dubbed the F3 (by the media, not MV), we know very few concrete facts about the F3, other than the visibly higher clutch case, and smaller front forks. The rest of the information is based on speculation and a little triangulation. Continue past the jump to read it.

Allegedly, the bike’s three cylinders will make a combined displacement of 675cc, and put out 140hp at 14,000 rpm’s. Weight is said to be around 350lbs, and the overall stature of the motorcycle is smaller than the F4.

The weight savings will come from the typically liberal use of carbon and magnesium by MV, but the bike is still expected to slot in below the F4 in the price department.

Spy Shot: MV Agusta F3 3 Cylinder Caught Testing 2011 MV Agusta F3 spy shot 2 635x416

Other features include the absence of a counter-shaft, a reduced-mass flywheel, and a set of variable height throttle bodies. Most noticeably absent from the F3 is MV’s signature single-sided swingarm, and undertail exhaust. Instead a GP style exhaust protrudes from the fairing, much like a Yamaha R6.

Not expected to come out of hiding until Fall of 2011, we are not anticipating getting a chance to see the F3 at this year’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, maybe next year though. Still, that won’t stop us from annoying everyone at the MV booth about the motorcycle.

Source: Motociclismo


  1. VintageWrencher says:

    Any word if it is a MV cast and built engine or are they using a Triumph as a base platform?

  2. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Spy Shot: MV Agusta F3 3-Cylinder Caught Testing – http://bit.ly/MCnx7 #motorcycle

  3. reality check says:

    “Any word if it is a MV cast and built engine or are they using a Triumph as a base platform?”

    where does someone come up with a comment like that? From the inception of MV Agusta through the contemporary machines, MV Agusta has always been a machine designed, manufactured, and assembled in house. it’s poorly informed speculation like that that starts ridiculus rumors that get passed there have been many variations of cylinder configurations so a possible triple is like another fond homecoming for the brand. not knocking the triumph as they are wonderful at what they do, but MV is another realm altogether.

  4. Spy Shot: MV Agusta F3 3-Cylinder Caught Testing – http://bit.ly/MCnx7 #motorcycle

  5. VintageWrencher says:

    I found it ironic that the only other current production triples on the market to the best of my knowledge are the Speed Triple and the Daytona/Street Triple the latter being 675cc which is the same capacity as the above MV. I thought I would ask that question.
    Wasnt trying to start any rumours just asking a question. How is one supposed to learn if they dont ask questions?

  6. reality check says:

    Thank you vintage wrench for your response. Sorry to be hasty in my comment in any way. You made a fair point to follow up and it deserved a respectful response. Many are still not familiar with MV Agusta, at least not as much as in Europe – however it is well worth further exploration as an authentic brand with a rich history to back it up.

  7. VintageWrencher says:

    I am somewhat familiar with the brand through it’s racing exploits into the ’70′s but that is about it. Havent studied up on the marque since the Castiglioni(sp?)/Cagiva purchase other than checking out their exploits in Super Stock racing and being of the opinion that Tamburini has penned another stunning piece in the F4.

  8. Gabe says:

    Reality Check, you need a reality check: it’s common for engineers and product developers to use rival brand’s engines for chassis testing and other uses. I don’t have information either way, but who knows what’s going on at Varese with H-D writing the checks and calling the shots? Not me, and not you, I’d wager.

  9. reality check says:

    What was the amount of the wager?

  10. reality check says:

    Besides Gabe, Perhaps your missing the point which I believe was is mv building producing a bike with an engine supplied by triumph? Answer’s no. There are still countless folks walking around thinking the F4 has A Suzuki engine because a comment was made by an engineer during an interview that MV looked at the GSXR 750 at the time as a benchmark to be surpassed. Many read and saw this and mistook that Suzuki motors were used. One look at the engine and this is clarly not the case and yet the false rumor has been peretuated for years.

  11. meatspin says:

    I do enjoy the righteous indignation of MV owners/fans upon suggestion that MVs all use engines provided by Suzukis.

    hmmmm in all seriousness this triple does sound suspicious. At 675cc one must wonder………..lol

  12. Douglas says:

    Several points:
    1) Triumph doesn’t really have the capacity to be supplying engines to any other manufacture, and wouldn’t in any case. The D675 is the crown jewel in their collection right now.
    2) Triumph currently produces 3 triple cylinder engines: 675, 1050, and 2300 in the Rocket III
    3) The decision by MV to build a 675 is clearly based on wanting to compete in supersport racing, where rules were recently changed to allow 675 triples to compete with 600 fours.
    4) The details as speculated of the MV 675 are significantly different from the Triumph 675: Triumph would be unlikely to supply a motor to a different manufacture producing 10 more horsepower than their own bike, and the Triumph motor doesn’t have variable length intakes or any of the other candy speculated for the MV.

    So not a Triumph. It may end up to be a superior bike, but the Daytona is still a wizard bit of kit and the MV will certainly be more expensive. The Triumph 675 engine is also rumored to be capable of being enlarged to over 900cc, which would make it a screamer indeed.

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  14. Jenny Gun says:

    me thinks that’s a fake.