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.

“I’m So Sorry. Are You Okay?”

02/07/2011 @ 9:46 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

We don’t really know how this accident happened on the byway (it’s hard not to notice a motorcycle that you sat behind at a traffic light just seconds earlier), but we’re pretty sure of two things: 1) that Suzuki is a total loss, and 2) the rider’s face plant into the Mitsubishi SUV will buff right out. It’s amazing that his rear-end job didn’t result in a worse outcome for the motorcyclist (from what we can tell at least). Thank goodness for ATGATT. Thanks for the tip Jason!

Source: Jalopnik

Comment:

  1. CBR600RR says:

    Wow…Just Wow!

    Thankfully he is ok!

  2. Rolf says:

    Amazing, glad to see the guy seemed to walk away unharmed. This is exactly why Diving instructors over here tell you to keep at least a bike-length distance even when standing still, and always keep it in first gear. This way when you spot a car in your mirror coming at you, at least you have a chance.

    If he had a rear-view camera, I’d bet a few bucks that the was on the phone, or playing with the navigation, or the radio. Definitely not looking ahead in any way.

  3. buellracerx says:

    Thankfully the Suzuki is a total loss, otherwise some of that energy may have been absorbed by the rider…

    Hopefully this serves as a reminder to those who text, eat, apply makeup, etc. while driving to START SEEING MOTORCYCLES

  4. BikePilot says:

    Always, always watch the mirrors, especially when braking hard in a situation like that. Often its better to go around a cage that suddenly slows than to break hard with it as ya never know if the next cage will stop in time. Very glad the rider is ok.

  5. Kumo says:

    I was hit like that in a stop signal. Was a minor hit, but the car driver began his speech with the typical “I didn’t see you… I belive… I thought…” I hate that. Use your f*cking eyes!

    Lucky rider, btw.

  6. CFC says:

    Female. At least she said sorry. So many would try to avoid accountability.

  7. JoshG says:

    This is the intersection of 19th and Lincoln in San Francisco, part of my daily commute. Street is extremely sketchy and the best of times.

  8. JoshG says:

    “at” the best of times, that is.

  9. 2strokes rule says:

    f that, it would be incredibly hard for me to not beat the .s .out of that woman driving the car…

  10. 2strokes rule says:

    someone on youtube pointed out that she was using something (phone)at :17 and puts it in her pocket at :18

  11. Andrey says:

    Riding into the sun, stopped in a shadow and stopped pretty quickly because he didn’t have enough distance to brake slowly. Not blaming the rider of course but when riding into the sun we all become much less noticeable. Had she been paying attention though, it would not have happened. Lucky lucky guy. She certainly looked like she was putting something away before she got out of the car. I would request her cellphone records.

  12. deejay51 says:

    I was rear ended when stopped at a STOP sign, by a taxi, he hit me at less than 5mph but it jettisoned me over my R60/5 full tour fairing into the intersection. That was over 30 years ago, car or bike from that day forward a mandatory part of any pull up is a check of my mirrors for the whacko that is NOT reducing speed along with me. Oh, the Passengers in the taxi, whilst I was on the ground they gave me ‘that’ look, like they were looking at scum, very disheartening. Oh my beautiful BMW, new top box, new rear carrier, and horrendous burn to my inner leg with hair roots infected, all of course at my cost. Never, never forget to look in your mirrors!

  13. 76 says:

    Part of me after catching my breath and counting my limbs would have knocked grandma out, sorry but the truth, I really dont care who it is at that point, its my life and you fcked with it.

    Remember to filter as much as humanly possible and keep up pressure to the states that still havent caught on yet that its not only safter but faster for everyone.

  14. waynecyclebum says:

    They shouldn’t let the stupid people drive. They need to make the test to get a drivers license much tougher.

  15. Keith says:

    That isn’t an accident, it is a collisions with intent.

  16. Shaitan says:

    Sad to see a typical example, but AT LEAST she got out and actually asked if he was okay — I’ve been hit and totally avoided as people literally hid in their cars.

  17. Steveo says:

    Closest I ever came was a busy 4 lane road, I was turning left I had no mirrors on my bike (I do now) I pulled through a narrow gap in traffic but enough that oncoming didn’t have to touch there brakes, the same instant I pulled away I heard a screech when I cleared the 2 on coming lanes I saw tire smoke and a car pulling away from a panic stop had I not jumped the chance they would have hit me at between 25-45.

    Needless to say I bought mirrors that night and I check, check check and in town its rare I don’t know who is beside and behind me.

  18. Dragonchow says:

    If it were me, after a “Thank you God!” I would get witness info, contact a lawyer (the slimier the better) and begin the process of financially cleaning her eff’ing clock. The state probably eventually let her off with a BS “defective vehicle” but I’d make damn sure she wouldn’t be able to afford insurance for the next 5 years!

  19. blkhk1up says:

    Texting while driving. pure luck he didn’t get killed
    take her license