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?

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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

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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

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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.

FIM Confirms Erik Buell Racing Meets First Homologation Volume Requirement for WSBK – Denies Bimota

02/13/2014 @ 1:37 pm, by Jensen Beeler35 COMMENTS

FIM Confirms Erik Buell Racing Meets First Homologation Volume Requirement for WSBK   Denies Bimota erik buell racing 1190rx homologation fim wsbk

The World Superbike racing season is rapidly approaching with its season-opener at Phillip Island on February 23rd, and with a bevy of OEMs set to enter World Superbike, the FIM has made house calls to make sure that the OEMs have met their first production volume requirements for homologation.

With MV Agusta’s volumes of the F4 not at issue, the crux of the FIM’s work centered around Erik Buell Racing and Bimota. Confirming that Erik Buell Racing has met its 125 unit obligation, before the first WSBK race, the FIM however could not say the same about Bimota.

Bimota’s inability to produce the requisite 125 units of the Bimota BB3 is perhaps unsurprising, as the boutique Italian brand has only recently been acquired, and the new superbike model was just unveiled at the 2013 EICMA show. Despite the World Superbike’s announcement that the FIM would bend the rules regarding homologation, it would be seem that is not the case.

This does not mean the Bimota’s partnership with Alstare is for not, as Bimota could still produce the necessary volumes for World Superbike competition, and enter the championship at a later date this season.

Such a reality would certainly be a good move for all parties involved, but especially so for riders Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon, who are faced with sitting out the 2014 season otherwise.

As for Erik Buell Racing, the news is less surprising. The 125 unit figure for the EBR 1190RX was perhaps the easiest barrier for the American company to overcome, as the future volume requirements will necessitate nearly three times as many bikes built per day (500 units by June 30th & 1,000 units by December 31st).

With Hero MotoCorp now heavily invested in Erik Buell Racing, the Team Hero Erik Buell Racing squad should be a permanent fixture in the WSBK paddock, though there should still be some busy days and nights in East Troy for the EBR team to keep its homologation status.

With 2014 likely to be a development season for EBR, we aren’t expecting too much from Geoff May and Aaron Yates at Phillip Island, though the Australian track has proven itself to be a happy hunting ground for big-bore v-twins, which could make for some excitement.

Win, lose, or draw, we are just happy to see and American brand and American riders in the premier production racing class for motorcycles. Be sure to tune in for the races.

Source: WorldSBK


  1. Bill says:

    I am so happy to see EBR in WSBK. I really hope the bike performs, the new 1190RX is a big step forward in technology compared to the RS. I have a dealer somewhat local for the EBR and I cannot wait to go check it out.

  2. paulus says:

    Good luck. More on the grid is a good thing.

  3. Diego says:

    I wonder how many of those Buells will be sold. They’re asking an insane amount for a bike that hasn’t been proven. Good Luck EBR – you’re going to need it.

  4. irksome says:


  5. Norm G. says:

    re: “Despite the World Superbike’s announcement that the FIM would bend the rules regarding homologation, it would be seem that is not the case.”

    stand fast. the fat lady’s still in her dressing room.

    re: “Bimota could still produce the necessary volumes for World Superbike competition, and enter the championship at a later date this season.”

    only after they jump over a much bigger hurdle.

    re: “Phillip Island, though the Australian track has proven itself to be a happy hunting ground for big-bore v-twins, which could make for some excitement.”

    let’s hope so, ’cause Mays and Yates are gonna be watching it on TV with the rest of us.

    they need to be in PI in 4 days…? count ‘em 4. neither them (nor their team) has ever seen the track, yet they’re standing around in auto expos. sure PR is important, but you can’t do both.

  6. Norm G. says:

    re: “the new 1190RX is a big step forward in technology compared to the RS.”

    elaborate. talk to me goose.

  7. TexusTim says:

    there going to need better brakes and a vasy amount of luck…what is wrong with going with a proven brake system like brembo or nissan ? is it stubborness like ducatti sticking with things that dont work because “we designed it ” it may have all the power it needs but it still has to stop good all race long.

  8. Mariani says:

    It should be interesting to see how they will compare to the Italian twins, both under Evo rules and all.

    Personally, I expect them to be murdered by the Dukes, but who knows.

  9. Grey Matter says:

    I think all of you are forgetting that these are NEW bikes and NEW series with a NEW team for EBR. We might expect great things but the Buell community is expecting nothing more than a midpack performance even with the EVO bikes. I think all Americans should just be happy that there is an American manufacturer in WSBK at all. God knows HD, Victory or even Motus can’t do that and Bimota couldn’t even get homoligated which, says alot for Erik and EBR. I think the pipe dream of competing against teams who have been doing this for years upon years and also have GP teams, is a ways off. Although the stock dyno numbers were very impressive, a race isn’t won in a lab. I suspect the suspension is going to be the biggest factor of speed since they will have to rely on corner speed and corner exit/acceleration to be anywhere close to the I-4′s.

  10. BillKilgallon says:

    @Diego… Are you confusing the RS with the RX?

    The RS, at $40,000 USD, was very expensive by superbike standards. Though you could argue it was actually cheap in terms of “1 of 120″ limited edition boutique bikes.

    But this is the RX. It’s $18,000. Not cheap for sure, but a plain jane GSXR-1000 is $13,000, A BMW S1000RR is $15,000. The Ducati Panigale ranges from $18,000 at the low end to $30,000 at the high end. And of all those bikes, I’d say the EBR 1190RX is *way* closer to being ready to race than any of the others except maybe the Panigale. So price wise, it looks right about where it should be for “production exotic twin”.

    @Norm G.

    Lots of important but non obvious technology lurking in there. The ZTL transmits the braking forces straight from the rim to the caliper, instead of through the hub. So the front hub doesn’t have to be nearly as heavy (it sees no torsional loads anymore). That means that whole front wheel without tire weighs next to nothing. I got to pick up one at Mid Ohio last year, and until you lift the thing, your brain can’t wrap itself around how light it can really be. And remember that’s unsprung rotational weight (which is a lot more important to performance than sprung and non rotational weight).

    And the motor… This is making stupid high superbike level power, what, 185 RWHP or something? But it is also getting 50 freaking miles per gallon. Whats a GSXR-1000 get on a good day… 30 mpg? How does EBR make a motor do that? It’s pretty astounding. Aside from the money saved on gas, it’s just a beautiful achievement to make an engine make huge power with great economy.

    The battery is stock Lithium Ion, and not one of those EBay latent bomb hope for the best lithium ion batteries, its a battery pack with built in charge balancers. Super light, and they won’t have an, um, uncontrolled thermal event. :0

    The “fuel in the frame” offers some great packaging options for the airbox (which is probably why their motor is so efficient) and centralizes mass, and the overwall weight of the bike is very light.

    It is a very neat piece of technology in a very competitive field.

  11. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    I’m not going to ney say, but I agree with the comments above that are doing a bit of ney saying.

    That said, what was Buell’s alternative? retire? go home and sulk? quit?

    Credit the man for putting his shoulder to the grindstone and getting it done. He’s going racing. It’s awesome just for that reason.

    We shall see what happens. Im rooting for the underdog.

    Go Buell!!!

  12. Norm G. says:

    re: “@Norm G. Lots of important but non obvious technology lurking in there.”

    no worries, that was a rhetorical request. the tech is a known quantity.

    I’m eluding that bill #1 might be living an internet fantasy considering Erik has never boasted with the RX that he was going to give us 2X the performance at 1/2 the price. unless of course he knows something…?

    while I’m sure Erik certainly appreciates our enthusiasm, it can’t come at the expense of the truth. creating rumors and spreading misinformation (as the interweb is want to do) does him no favours. gotta put a choke hold on it.

  13. Norm G. says:

    re: “what is wrong with going with a proven brake system like brembo or nissan ?”

    what’s wrong with gathering data to PROOF a brake system ?

    once upon a time brembo, nissin, and AP were NOT household names, and the idea of radial mounting hadn’t crossed over from car side.

  14. DWolvin says:

    50MPG!? That is one thing IO had never heard mentioned before, is that as important in WSBK? Either way, very cool and makes the bike even ‘cheaper’ if you are the kind of person to put decent mileage on your bike.

  15. sburns2421 says:

    While I will root for EBR I don’t expect them to be the slightest bit competitive. But perhaps that is not the point, I also cheered on the underdogs Foggy Petronas and Benelli back in the day even though it was fairly obvious early on they had brought knives to a gun fight.

    Denying Bimota homologation does not surprise me for two reasons. One, it seems unlikely a firm which builds so few machines per year would have a hope of making enough to race. Not having 125 now might be the easiest hurdle of the three milestones: 500 by June and 1000 by year end seem even less likely.

    And two for denial of homologation, the Bimota/BMW might have been competitive. Perhaps very competitive given its proven and powerful engine/electronics, and Bimota’s ability to build and tune a chassis. Having EBR at the back of the pack is fine, but a new guy toward the front wouldn’t sit well with the powers that be…

    If anyone recalls when the Aprilia RSV4 was introduced, other manufacturers complained it wasn’t in the spirit of the rules and basically a MotoGP bike, you could argue the BB3 is a CRT bike with so few produced at the moment and to such a high specification. Aprilia upset the status quo in WSBK with the RSV4, winning the championship in its second year. I think time has shown it is as “production” as anything else on the grid. Hopefully Bimota can do the same, either this year or next once they have enough bikes built.

  16. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    Buell is an inovator. Some ideas work great, some not so much. I owned a Buell and my front brake warped several times and it !issed me off. But I credit the man for trying new things.

    Henry Ford once said–if I woulda asked the people what they wanted they woulda said bring me a faster horse.

    In racing much will be learned. I’m interested to find out.

  17. Norm G. says:

    re: “While I will root for EBR I don’t expect them to be the slightest bit competitive.”

    they won’t.

    re: “But perhaps that is not the point”

    it isn’t.

    it’s for brand awareness. it’s to introduce the world to the name HERO. competitiveness comes later. while you’re lookin’ for it, Erik’ll be workin’ on it.

  18. crshnbrn says:

    BillKilgallon says: “But it is also getting 50 freaking miles per gallon.”

    I know of no motorcycle built to this performance level that achieves 50 MPG. If it were possible, others would be doing it also.

  19. Diego says:

    I saw a Duc Hypermotard for sale on Craigslist – the seller claimed the bike was getting 70 mpg. I couldn’t think of
    a proper way to respond to such nonsense – or I would have.

  20. crshnbrn says:

    Chaz Michael Michaels says: “I owned a Buell and my front brake warped several times and it !issed me off.”

    I bought a used low-mileage XB9R. The ZTL front brake developed a pulsation as miles accumulated. At 15,000 miles I installed a new Braking wave rotor. The pulsation was gone, but gradually returned. I read about EBR’s improved Front Brake Rotor Mounting Kit. I installed another new Braking wave rotor the mounting kit

  21. TexusTim says:

    No matter how you “drill it down” the brakes will suffer when they get hot. gas in the frame is so stupid, when the frame gets hot it will cause “vapor lock” after awhile when things fail or dont go well its time to move on or change your thinking…ducati and ebr suffer from sticking with things that dont or wont work in a race or heavy track day use..I have seen it in person.

  22. crshnbrn says:

    Sorry, I accidently hit the submit button.

    I installed another new Braking wave rotor using the new mounting kit at 31,000 miles. Not wanting to trash another front brake rotor, I observed the contact pattern between the pads and the rotor. I determined that the outboard pad was contacting in one area, and the inboard pad was contacting 180 degrees across from it. I still had both of the rotors I had replaced, and when I compared all three using the reference dot, I concluded that the rotor mounting lugs were not machined perpendicular to the axle.

  23. crshnbrn says:

    Not that I don’t want to see Erik Buell Racing do well in WSBK, but what happens if they should achieve some success on the track, but fail to meet either the June 30th or December 31st production volumes?

  24. ... says:

    regarding the buell homologation. What do they consider as 125 units? I could see unfinished bikes among those in the pictures. Does that count into the 125 unit tally?

  25. Norm G. says:

    re: “I owned a Buell and my front brake warped several times and it !issed me off.”

    re: “I concluded that the rotor mounting lugs were not machined perpendicular to the axle.”

    re: “ducati and ebr suffer from sticking with things that dont or wont work in a race or heavy track day use..I have seen it in person.”

    not to take away anything from you gents experiences…? if that’s what happened, then that’s what happened, I believe you, but have you seen this…? you may want to consider ZTL’s been sorted in the post XB era…


    oh and don’t slack. I know you guys. watch it all the way through, pop an Adderall or something. admittedly not the best quality, but it’s only 11 mins. you’ll get the gist. pay particular attention @ 8:40.

    in a decade I’ve only ever seen ONE (1) other person pull that move…? Chris Vermulen. once in WSS at Monza into Ascari. the other, he was at Magny Cours on a SBK. both times Honda mounted with the best brakes rules allow and money could buy. you don’t stick landings like that with recalcitrant kit.

  26. Norm G. says:

    re: “No matter how you “drill it down” the brakes will suffer when they get hot. ”

    btw, it’s funny you should use that phrase, ’cause Erik’s no longer “drilling”.

    have you noticed the new generation ZTL are slotted…? but the old MKI ZTL’s were cross drilled…? while you don’t need a degree in engineering to see it (though it helps), you DO need an eye for detail. it has/had been found some time ago over on car side that while cross drilled rotors with their “speed holes” are aesthetically pleasing, and do work to a certain degree…? those holes actually make them more susceptible to cracking and warping under extreme use. the use of slots is neither random nor accidental. I dunno if this change came from Erik himself…? or the company manufacturing the brakes…? but he learned it from somewhere just as I did.

    (same as holes) the use of surface slots in certain applications allows the hot gas and pad material to be carried away, but with far less tendency to warp and crack. rotor integrity is maintained and more material (albeit at a weight penalty) is available to carry the heat load.

    and what does Physics list as a braking systems job description…? that’s right, “VP of Energy Conversion”. it’s tasked daily with the conversion of Kinetic Energy into HEAT. so see, sometimes a simple design change or material substitution is all that’s needed to keep the big boss (ie. Physics) happy… if only for a little while.

  27. crshnbrn says:

    @ Norm G.

    Thanx for the video link. I don’t need Adderall to watch Danny Eslick. Watching him race gets my full attention.

  28. Norm G. says:

    re: “I don’t need Adderall to watch Danny Eslick. Watching him race gets my full attention.”


  29. Ba Wild says:

    Billkillgallon: You are misleading people to suggest EBR manages 50mpg when the Suzuki manages 30. You are not comparing like with like. The alleged 50mpg figure is not the overall mileage figure but at a steady 56mph. This mileage will be impossible to replicate. To underline this point Suzuki claims 48.7mpg… this won’t be possible either. The reality is the fuel efficiency is in the ballpark figure for ‘superbikes’.

  30. Norm G. says:

    EBR’s ON COURSE…!!! they made it down under.

    23. Geoff May USA Team Hero EBR 1190RX 1m 38.152s
    24. Aaron Yates USA Team Hero EBR 1190RX 1m 39.656s

    suckin’ wind due to lack of prep, but they MADE it…!!!

  31. Rick Parsons says:

    Lets put some other perspective on this since we are kind of all over the map here. Back a few years ago Buell was running the newly developed 1125 against 600 cc bikes in the AMA. They were producing similar horsepower and to be fair they had the advantage there and everyone said if they were to run against the 1000 cc bike they would be able to hang. The moved up to superbikes with the 1125 and were down on power but still they were racing and not coming in last. Then they launched the RS at 1190 cc and were putting it on KTM RC8s and beating them in the first year. They consistently finished in the top 10 for two years. The RX is a new bike which the team had never ridden not to mention the team is new, another thing is neither rider has ever ridden on the Aussie Track before the two day test. at the end of two days of riding Geoff May was only 4.5 seconds off of T. Sykes time. They will continue to improve….but one thing to remember…..they may not know the tracks over there but lets see what happens when they hit the Tracks in the US where they have been racing for years. Just give them a little time and have a little faith. They may not be competitive for awhile but and they shouldn’t be. I get a little frustrated when I read these threads because they way they seem to sound if you cant up and run in the front then you shouldn’t be there. I guess half the nations who compete in the Olympics should even show up to compete then either. Sportsmanship is all about racing or competing otherwise it would be called winning.

  32. Diego says:

    Rick Parsons:

    You lost me on you last two sentences: First, the Olympics are a joke. Along with the nauseating quasi-jingoism, it’s always the same rich European countries and America winning medals. Why other countries ever bother to compete I’ll never understand. And make no mistake, the serious competitors (in any sport) compete for one reason only – to win. The rest are just insignificant back-markers who should take up another hobby.

  33. Rick Parsons says:


    I was only implying that the nature of sport is to train hard and do your best when you compete. I referred to the Olympics because even though they may not be the best in the world….they are the best in that Nation at that time and I’m sure if you ask any of them they would be pretty serious about their sport. Usain Bolt was from a small…poor country and he is the fasted man on earth…..so are the many Kenyan’s who seem blister the competition in the distance running events. I don’t think the event is a joke…nor would the other half a Billion people who watch it ….though I can’t speak for them. I personally wish the best for Team Hero EBR because they are underdogs in WSBK. I happen to own and ride one of Erik Buell’s Former Model Motorcycles and it is the best and most fun bike I have ever ridden. Is it the best there is….I don’t know….maybe…..maybe not but then again who can really tell. Its about how it makes the rider feel. I don’t pick a team to root for because they win all the time…..but thats just me.

  34. Diego says:

    Rick Parsons:

    Half a billion people watch the Olympics? Out of 6 billion people on this planet? That’s a lot of sheep! I guess the rest of us chose not to be spectators glued in front of the tele.

    And is it just me, but I don’t have brand loyalty…Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, etc.. However, I do follow the careers of certain riders, and will cheer them on no matter what bike they ride. Even if it’s a Buell.

  35. Rick Parsons says:



    My apologies…I was estimating…..only 219 Million watched the London Olympics. I agree with you….I am not Brand loyal either. I have owned all sorts of bikes and only two of them have been American made and I can honestly say I really enjoyed them all. My favorite Rider happens to be Geoff May but that is because I am a newby to the sport and really have only watched the AMA races. I also Like watching Josh Hayes and Roger Hayden. I know his brothers are current or former SBK or MotoGP cometitors. I don’t know the other riders in WSBK but I do enjoy watching all of them ride when I get to see them. I really like watching the TT but I only get to see clips from Youtube and I think they are all amazingly talented riders but Magnus (I think is his name) is absolutely crazy. I hope to get to know the sport better throughout the season. I do however love an underdog because although it rarely happens…a rise to victory is super exciting and very cool!