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: Race Results for Race 2 at Laguna Seca

09/29/2013 @ 4:43 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

WSBK: Race Results for Race 2 at Laguna Seca eugene laverty wsbk laguna seca daniel lo 635x423

Race Results from World Superbike Race 2 at Laguna Seca, California:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTimeDiff.
1Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory36’44.555-
2Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory36’44.6670.112
3Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR36’46.6062.051
4Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R36’46.8592.304
5Sylvain GuintoliAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory36’47.5142.959
6Jules CluzelFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100036’54.74210.187
7Toni EliasRed Devils RomaAprilia RSV4 Factory37’02.34417.789
8Roger Lee HaydenMichael Jordan MotorsportsSuzuki GSX-R100037’05.15720.602
9David SalomKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R37’06.61022.055
10Michel FabrizioPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR37’08.02723.472
11Leon HaslamPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR37’08.67324.118
12Blake YoungFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100037’14.11829.563
13Mark AitchisonTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R37’17.12032.565
14Danny EslickMichael Jordan MotorsportsSuzuki GSX-R100037’36.33251.777
15Niccolò CanepaTeam Ducati AlstareDucati 1199 Panigale37’50.37965.824
16Vittorio IannuzzoGrillini Dentalmatic SBKBMW S1000 RR38’08.44783.892
17Glen AllertonNext Gen MotorsportsBMW S1000 RR36’53.3761 Lap
RETAyrton BadoviniTeam Ducati AlstareDucati 1199 Panigale25’48.686
RETChaz DaviesBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR2’55.825
RETFederico SandiTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R

Source: WorldSBK; Photo: © 2013 Daniel Lo / Corner Speed Photo – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. MeatyBeard says:

    Great race. I was there. One of the few.

  2. Captain Obvious says:

    For fuck’s sake stop putting the photo of the winner on the front fucking page! Sometimes I forget there’s a race on or open the site before seeing the race and every fucking time you fucking spoil the fucking result.

  3. mattbnj says:

    For fuck sake, stop fucking cursing, fuck!

  4. Cameron says:

    This past weekend at Laguna, I attended race 2 on Sunday. Can’t say how much I was thrilled that there wasn’t a lot of people attending. That being said I understand people which equal money are what make the races possible, but because of the matter of attendance, the nice people working at the bell camp just near the grand stand invited my girlfriend and I into their camp, to eat their food, drink their wine and enjoy the race just in front of the start/finish line. Awesome.

    I think people need to stop complaining so much about everything that is happening around them that they can’t not control and control the one real reason they attend a race………to enjoy the race.

  5. zipidachimp says:

    got into the media centre both days. no one said anything or checked badges, so I just sat down and started snapping photos of wsb top 3. cool! the view from the stands at Laguna is really spoiled by all of the chain-link fencing. photos are crap. the best view is from the outside of turn 2 or 3. lots of get-offs in 3.

    the sun was fierce, especially for someone from canada. nice place to visit though. Monterey is friggin’ beautiful. Carmel-by-the-sea is kitschy. the area around pebble beach is all private, with toll roads. screw it!

    the ama riders were available, wsb riders and bikes hidden except for melandri and sykes. melandri very friendly. good weekend.