MV Agusta F3 800 Ago Now Officially Debuts

We already announced the bike last November, and brought you a bevy of hi-res images of the special edition machine. Although now that we think of it, MV Agusta never released anything on this Giacomo Agostini tribute motorcycle — better late than never, right? Back at the EICMA show launch, where the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago was first shown to the public (and Agostini himself), the Varese brand promised us two additional motorcycle launches in early 2014. MV Agsuta made good on half that promise with the Dragster 800 model, hopefully this Ago special edition isn’t the other half of that statement, and MV Agusta still has something waiting in the wings. That being said, the Tricolore & Gold paint scheme is gorgeous, and looks even better in person.

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 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.

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos

11/19/2012 @ 9:25 am, by Jensen Beeler22 COMMENTS

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos Museo Ducati 635x422

Ducati superbikes are a legend in their own right, with a racing career the spans much father back in history than just the past two decades. Grabbing press kits for the 2012 EICMA show though, I stumbled across these photos from the Ducati Museum at Borgo Panigale factory.

Starting with the Ducati 851, and going all the way forward in time to the newly released Ducati 1199 Panigale R, it is interesting to see the progression in design and technology among the models (if you are into this sort of thing, be sure to checkout our 33 years of Suzuki endurance road racing bikes post).

Get your history lesson on after the jump with some high-resolution motorcycle goodness, and be sure to mention your favorite Desmo in the comments.

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 1988 Ducati Superbike 851 Tricolore Kit 635x393

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 1990 Ducati Superbike 907ie 635x512

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 1991 Ducati Superbike 851 Biposto Desmoquattro 635x486

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 1993 Ducati Superbike 888 SP5 635x460

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 1994 Ducati Superbike 916 635x500

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2000 Ducati Superbike 748 635x449

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2000 Ducati Superbike 996 SPS 635x511

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2001 Ducati Superbike 996R Monoposto red 635x496

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2001 Ducati Superbike 998 Biposto 635x461

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2002 Ducati Superbike 998S 635x479

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2003 Ducati Superbike 749 yellow 635x500

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2003 Ducati Superbike 999R 635x424

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2007 Ducati Superbike 1098S 635x476

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2008 Ducati Superbike 848 white 635x476

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2008 Ducati Superbike 1098R 635x476

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2009 Ducati Superbike 1198 635x475

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2011 Ducati Superbike 848 EVO white 635x475

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2011 Ducati Superbike 1198 SP black 635x475

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2011 Ducati Superbike 1198 SP red 635x475

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2012 Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse 635x475

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale Tricolore 635x475

A Quarter Century of Ducati Superbikes in Photos 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigle R 041 635x475

Source: Ducati Museum

Comment:

  1. Adam K. says:

    That 996 SPS is still by far the most bad-ass looking bike of the group. If I could pick one to own it would be that one.

  2. Mikeg81 says:

    How the heck did that Paso get in there?

  3. Afletra says:

    Panigale is the most good looking, but I’ll always fall for the 999/749. Dunno why, maybe that’s what they called “love” :D

  4. bicho says:

    888sp is The Daddy,all that came after that is just meant to be eye candy first and secondly functional machine !now hit me 916,996 owners.sorry for my engrish………..

  5. Angus McFangus says:

    THERE’S NO JUMP!

  6. onespeedpaul says:

    ^^HAHAHA^^

    project no jump strikes again!!!

    all LOL’ing aside, yes, what exactly is that paso doing in there??

  7. mike says:

    the 916-998 bikes have always been and to this day in my opinion to be the best looking ducati’s ever built. i would take a 996R over every single bike shown including the 1199.

  8. MikeD says:

    They sure have come a long way. The Base 996 and 996R look pretty timeless (Classic ?). I would say yes.

  9. “THERE’S NO JUMP!”

    There is, Angus. Go to the main page @ http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/ and see how this article looks there.

    ….

    The 907 looks out of place in this lot, but it sure is the one I’d most want to live with on a daily basis.

  10. George says:

    Please! Where is the 889R?
    The most beautiful and rare bike is missing.

  11. George says:

    998R? *

  12. digfoto says:

    What a great collection! Thanks for a great way to awake this morning! (I agree on the 749 and 999 comment.)

  13. BigDurian says:

    The 916/996/748 hands down. The best looking sports bike ever.

  14. BigDurian says:

    Also, the 999/749 is no where near as ugly as people say it is.

  15. Damo says:

    I always forget how ahead of its time the 888 was.

  16. AK says:

    I have 888, 996 and 749. I want to get 1198 and 1199.

  17. Gtrench says:

    Paso? Uhh..??????

  18. smiler says:

    996R. Owned one and loved it. Especially as it was the 2001 bike that Troy Bayliss won WSB title on. For me therefore the 998R is just not as special.

    If you see a 999R with a SSSA and more carbon it actually looks great.

    The 848 EVO Corse SE black.

    1098R Bayliss Rep not features is the best of the rep bikes IMHO.

    But still the 996R especially if you sneek black 10 spoke marchesini’s on to it. A real analogue experience.

  19. shallwedance? says:

    no 955?

  20. Clay says:

    aargh u yanks and ure 955 bleh! going through the lineage the 999 definately sticks out like the bastard child

  21. david says:

    i own an ’95 916, but i would have the 996r if i could. of course the deep charcoal grey 1098s was fantastic looking, or the….