Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

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.

Photos: seDUCATIve vs. MANigale

08/29/2012 @ 11:28 am, by Jensen Beeler36 COMMENTS

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In case you haven’t heard one of my tirades on the subject before, I’m not a big fan of the “girl on a bike” trope that seems so ever-present in the motorcycle world. Yeah, if I regularly dedicated our post list to a few scantily clad women it would probably do wonders to our pageviews report; but honestly, I have zero intentions of ever having Asphalt & Rubber chase and pander to an audience.

In case you didn’t know, if you really need some eye candy of the opposite sex, there are plenty of other websites on the internet that can suit your desires.

So, when we saw Portland-based Ducati dealer MotoCorsa do a photo shoot with a lovely lady named Kylie and a Ducati 1199 Panigale, we passed on running the photos. Then something interesting happened: MotoCorsa did a follow-up photo shoot, this time with men from around the shop, recreating the shots from the photo shoot with Kylie. Perhaps not the most flattering photos we’ve ever seen, it is however a delicious role-reversal, not to mention showing some good humor from the gentlemen involved.

Apparently a successful ad campaign in the motorcycle industry doesn’t have to be all Miracle Bras and ass cheeks…well, at least not in the traditional sense. Who knew?

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MotoCorsa seDUCATIve Photo Shoot:

MotoCorsa MANigale Photo Shoot:

Source: MotoCorsa; Photos: Alicia Mariah Elfving

Comment:

  1. Micahel says:

    MY EYES, OH GOD, MY EYES!!!

  2. John O says:

    I’m sorry, but that’s farking hilarious!

  3. Joe says:

    This is awesome! love the sense of humor. This shop seems like it’s nothing but great people. Check out their facebook page- “Team London the 2 Legged Pit Bull”. Looks like they have some side projects going on as well. Great work Moto Corsa!

  4. philly Phil says:

    nice…

  5. Jake F. says:

    Those shoes are FABULOUS!!!

  6. RedNick says:

    You ‘re starting to scare me a little !

  7. JW says:

    I showed my wife, she now likes A and R a little better now, in the past she has accused me of spending too much time with my other girlfriend moto GP

  8. Dc4go says:

    wow that’s funny!!! Glad i ride an RSV4 cause thats kinda embarrassing!! lol…

  9. Campisi says:

    I have to admit, my opinion of the entire Ducati brand has improved because of the humour of this campaign.

  10. bemer2six says:

    LMFAO!! dont think there is any thing more to say….

  11. Ray says:

    I thought it was obvious already, but apparently someone felt the need to illustrate why pinups have always been female. Kudos to the guys at Motocorsa for having the guts to do this.

  12. Andrey says:

    Did anyone notice the writing on the wall? ….. “All cracks leak”
    Hidden meaning there do you think???

  13. Bellini says:

    Well, the girl is mighty hot… the bike is sexy. I chose not to see anything else.

  14. Alonzo B says:

    I know Arun and the Motocorsa folks It hurts my eyes but its funny as hell. Nice work and Kylie, thanks for making it palatable

  15. Spektre76 says:

    Need to add a “NSFW” tag or your eyes!

  16. Andrew says:

    What girl ??

  17. Leo says:

    Why oh why!!!!! Really??????
    WTF!!!!!!!!!
    I’m 1 click away from deleting A&R from my faves… Seriously…..WTF!

  18. Steve Lang says:

    That is soooo funny! That took a lot of balls…so to speak. I am a huge fan of self deprecating humor. This is perfect and certainly more entertaining than waiting for Ducati to be up front at a Moto GP race. Kudos to whoever thought this up. Bravo!

  19. Hilarious. You gotta love humour.

  20. David says:

    Supercross riders know how to do this better.

    Miss Supercross and Baggett photo shoot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI0F1C8YuNc&feature=player_embedded

    I love off the wall humor…even if it does burn my eyes.

  21. anders eliasson says:

    Ugh, what has been seen cannot be unseen, aaahhhh …

    ACE

  22. TimM says:

    Does this bike make my butt look big?

  23. John says:

    PLEASE take this down!!!!!!!!!!

  24. feber says:

    Hej @karinadelskold! Är det typ så här du vill att vi ska göra? =) Kram! http://t.co/6L6R0umX

  25. Patron says:

    Ummm…how dare you, they, and myself for clicking on this link.

  26. irksome says:

    @TimM: “It’s not the bike, dear.”

    But my favorite answer-I-cannot-utter is “At your age, what does it matter?”

  27. Cgit says:

    epic fail, im gay now

  28. Equal-opportunity sexual objectification: http://t.co/DRa5J4Fh /via @joestump:@b6n

  29. Anna says:

    Thank you so much for this! it’s nice to see it go the other way for once :)

  30. I love this for inverting a meme: http://t.co/S14RgWoL The whole "drape-a-scantily-clad-woman-over-it" is very, very tedious indeed.

  31. I hope some of you guys are trying to be as funny as these pictures, otherwise you should go to your local GP to see if they’ll sort you an appointment with a surgeon to get the sticks removed out of your butts!

  32. Bret says:

    my vote still goes for the models on the left… consider me old fashioned

  33. kymbo says:

    Fantastic, I cryed from laughing soo much, thanks guys and thanks for keeping the bimbo’s off the bikes on this site.

  34. Nick says:

    Nicely done.

  35. Elly Blue says:

    Haha! Someone did the "menups" for motorcycle babe pics. Thanks @WpgCycleChick for the hot tip: http://t.co/XUwnxV7a