Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

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 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.

Are You the 2014 BMW S1000R Streetfighter? Nope.

10/24/2013 @ 4:21 pm, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

Are You the 2014 BMW S1000R Streetfighter? Nope. bmw s1000r streetfighter render

Is this an image of the much anticipated BMW S1000R – the streetfightered version of BMW’s popular S1000RR superbike? Nope, it’s not…but, it is a spot-on approximation of what we expect to see from BMW Motorrad early next month at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Italian site DueRuote commissioned this render from the folks at, and we have to say it is some damn fine work.

The BMW S1000R rendered here draws heavily from its fully-faired predecessor, with the two bikes sharing a strong styling link. This seems to be a good train of thought, since both machines will draw from the same technical background, and BMW will want to draw distinct lines from the S1000RR to its unfaired progeny, especially when it comes to performance.

As of right now, Details are light on the 2014 BMW S1000R, assuming that BMW Motorrad even chooses to continue its naming schemes and calls the streetfighter as such, with the big question being how watered-down the inline-four engine will be for the street bike.

With the Austrians debuting the 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R with an astounding 180hp at the crank, the pressure is on for BMW Motorrad to keep some of the ponies inside of its 999cc superbike engine.

We doubt the S1000R will boast the same figures as the Super Duke R, but we would be very surprised if the German machine didn’t out pace its Italian rivals: the Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS and the still unreleased Ducati “Monster 1200″. Something in the 160hp to 170 hp range sounds about right. Start saving for the speeding tickets now boys.

Source: DueRuote


  1. @DaveMinella says:

    The Internet and motorbike police task force need to enforce the no rendering laws. Too often, I see something that excites me only to be let down by reality.

  2. coreyvwc says:

    Well that sure is a nice BMW Tuono…

    That looks nothing like the real BMW street fighter that we’ve already seen in real “spied” photos…

  3. Dave, that’s what women say about my JDate profile.

  4. TexusTim says:

    o damn reality

  5. KSW says:

    Here in Georgia if I go over 80 (super speeder here) I think they’ll just put me in jail and tow the vehicle. I think I can now apply for commercial license.

    Jensen, JDate? Dude, I have some girls for you but can you afford to keep them living like there parents do?

  6. JeCo says:

    Needs more SuperDuke and less Tuono..

    Actually they should have just copied this

  7. I can’t help thinking the manufacturers are missing a trick here. What’s actually needed is the top of the range sports bike with only two changes. 1) High/flat bars 2) a bigger screen and upper fairing. So the body work of a GSX650 on a GSXR750. There are lots of us who want all the latest stuff but with just a bit more comfort. This is a different market from streetfighters. They’re also fun but just as hard work in their way as full on sports bikes.

  8. Matt says:

    It looks cool enough, but I don’t quite understand the asymmetrical headlight setup. That’s what has always put me off about the S1000RR. Are they trying to go for that endurance racer look? Or perhaps, they’re trying to set themselves, just slightly, apart from the Japanese manufactures?

    Personally, I have always liked BMW’s sport bikes, from the R1100S and R1200S, to the sportier K-bikes, but I just feel they’ve lost their way with the S-line. Yeah, it’s fast as hell, but so is an R1 or GSX-R1000. I mean, I’m not just paying for a badge, I want a little differentiation.

    I know I’m not stating anything new here, but I just felt like ranting a bit.

  9. eg says:

    hideous all round.

  10. sideswipeasaurus says:

    Nice bit of Photoshop for sure. Not a fan though of this or the Aprilia cut downs. To me they don’t look like a proper naked version of the track oriented bike they derive from. They look like some went hacking at the bodywork and left it a kludgey looking mongrel with none of the wind protection or aeros. My vote for how to do it right is the Ducati Streetfighter or the MV Agusta Brutale. True naked bikes that look good on their own instead of plastic surgery nightmare versions of their former selves.

  11. FranktheTank says:

    What do you mean BMW lost their way with the s-line?? And seriously saying that the S1000RR is no R1 or GSXR?? Are you mad. The S1000RR is hands done the most potent, user friendly (relative term regarding superbikes) and comfortable superbike out there right now! PERIOD. If your talking about aesthetics, then you must know you can never please everyone. Speaking of the R1, when the new design came out I thought it was too bubbly and fat but, now I kind of like it, in the big girls need lovin too kind of way.

  12. Ken says:

    I want to see them do an adventure bike based on the S1000. Sportbikes are mostly useless in the real world.

  13. Matt says:


    First off, I never said that “the S1000RR is no R1 or GSXR”. I said that they’re all practically the same thing. What I mean [when I said that they've lost their way with the S-line] is that I feel like they just made the bike to take a share of the market from the Japanese manufactures. It just doesn’t stand out to me, but I guess it doesn’t have to. It has to be similar on the spec-sheets (to the Japanese bikes) and the BMW roundel should take over from there.

    I’m not a brand loyalist. I like all motorcycles.

    As for aesthetics, they’re (S1000RR/R1/GSXR) all fairly boring. That’s where Ducati differentiates itself.

    As for the big girls needing lovin’: They do. But they have to pay. Heh-heh alright!!

  14. Matt says:

    Oh, and Frank?

    Am I to assume you bought an S1000RR and are willing tell off any naysayers?

  15. FranktheTank says:

    Actually I don’t own a s1000. I had a Daytona 675 that I recently had to give up. But I have ridden several big bikes to include all of the Japanese bikes and the BMW. My friends and I get kind of reckless and we flog each others bikes down the twisties sometimes. (No ones crashed someone elses bike….. yet) It was an absolutely amazing ride. Thought about buying one then I saw the KTM superduke and that is exactly what I want for the street.

  16. Brandon says:

    That isn’t a naked bike: it barely has any plastic removed. It is, at best, cosmetic surgery, it still has a full lower fairing. Keep trying, but the spy photos show a different front.

  17. Marc F says:

    I’d expect the real thing to draw more from the (relatively) minimalist Wunderlich concept than the mostly faired rendering above.×370.jpg

  18. With or without knobbies Marc?

  19. BMW101 says:

    Not even close lads. Keep your pants on it’s getting closer!!!

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  21. WhyNotV2 says:

    My guess is it will be a 4-cylinder 999cc with 158hp .