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.

Video: Crashing Backwards in Slow-Mo

11/26/2012 @ 11:26 am, by Jensen Beeler31 COMMENTS

Video: Crashing Backwards in Slow Mo motorcycle crash1 635x393

We hate to see riders going down, but this might be the most creepy awesome thing you see all day. It is a bit surreal to watch a motorcycle crash go from horrible to normal, especially as the rider flies around as if in some sort of Matrix-like kung fu fight, but it all just serves as a reminder to be good, wear gear, and do wheelies. Thanks for the tip Gigi!

Source: YouTube

Comment:

  1. Tyler says:

    thanks for the share!

    I’ve seen some of this guy’s other stuff on youtube, but this is very damn cool – takes the cake.

  2. David says:

    That dude in crocs on the scooter……priceless

  3. I’ve seen some of these videos before, numerous examples of inexperienced riders that don’t know how to handle their bike properly. Stupid things that experienced riders know better than to do, like mid-corner over breaking leading to low sides. Seeing someone use their rear brake healed over mid-corner and go down, is just embarrassing and should never happen. Such brake misuse on the street is usually symptomatic of someone who only has experience with dirt bikes.

    There really needs a genuine motorcycle licensing process that requires road training in every state. Just like car drivers, riders need to be able to demonstrate that they have acquired basic street riding skills. I got my first street bike when I was 15, and had to learn the hard way much like these poor schmucks. A whole lot of lay-downs, accidents and injuries, not to mention deaths, could be avoided with just some basic training. It’s also shameful to see beautiful sport bikes trashed by people who have no business being on them in the first place, they deserve better riders in their saddles.

  4. Crashmanjay says:

    Have you met my Uncle? Buzz Killington?

  5. Video: Crashing Backwards in Slow-Mo – http://t.co/Lybb4rHw #motorcycle

  6. Rmagic says:

    The scooter guy and his croc jumping over the guardrail in reverse, ROTFL!! Props to rnickeymouse and A&R for this evenings entertainment.

  7. alex says:

    dear Aaron – shut the hell up.

    I’m so tired of these sanctimonious jerk offs preaching about the right way. Come out to Cali with your mad skillz and try dragging a knee on the actual ground that corner in the video covers. That would be the Snake btw. But your so awesome that not only did you know that but all highlight reelz of the “right way” feature only you.

    All of the people I have ever seen take that corner, some of them two dozen times in a single day none of them get it right every time.

    It’s off camber. There’s dirt. Temp change the grip. Sun and clouds change the view. Sometime oncoming traffic even crosses into your lane and then there’s 4 camera men staring you down as well as several dozen others all hoping you crash, all waiting there weekend after weekend because someone always does. Even the cops lurk at times hoping to scrape someone off the road.

    Wait….why am I bothering? You are obviously just another internet poser with likely no bike at all.

    drops the mike…..

  8. Crashmanjay says:

    I see you have met my uncle.

  9. “It’s off camber. There’s dirt. Temp change the grip. Sun and clouds change the view. Sometime oncoming traffic even crosses into your lane and then there’s 4 camera men staring you down as well as several dozen others all hoping you crash, all waiting there weekend after weekend because someone always does. Even the cops lurk at times hoping to scrape someone off the road.”

    Maybe then they should take their kneedragging to the track.

  10. TexusTim says:

    awsome ! best off season distraction so far.

  11. Mitch says:

    I thought Aaron was on peyote talking about MotoGP, but I agree with him here – graduated licensing would be a great boon to motorcycling in general, as it would produce more capable, more mature, and ultimately happier riders. But of course it will *never* happen, as anything that stops Harley Heroes from going to the dealer after getting their M1 and getting a 1800cc bike would never pass. Also, people are fast to scream FREEEDOOOOMMMMM anytime anyone mentions the concept of restrictions.

  12. smiler says:

    Morons on Mulholland?
    All the local bike dealers must pay the local council to keep the road surface neutral camber and nice and shiny.

  13. Slangbuster says:

    The Rock Store Follies. Real creative perspective. Outstanding.

  14. Will says:

    Can i have the minute and a half of my life i wasted watching this back?

  15. Ape says:

    Dear Alex, don’t do stupid shit on the street. Take your “mad” skills to the track yo.

  16. Damo says:

    @Jensen

    I am with you 100% on this. Knee dragging is awesome and everything, but no reason to be acting like you are Nicky Hayden dragging a knee on public roads.

    Not to mention half of these cats are over-exaggerating their lean angle just to try and get a knee down. At most of those speeds there are faster ways to get through a corner.

    @alex

    Aaron is right you know, at least about incorrect braking. Improper rear brake (and excessive front braking) are probably the number one reason for sport bike crashes. Well technically, over riding one’s ability is. Seriously though if the corner is off camber and dirty, etc, etc, maybe people should pay the f*ck attention and take it slower instead of trying to get famous on youtube?

    Rnicky camps out there because he know the corners will look brilliant or terrible.

  17. Paul says:

    Take it to the track.

  18. Patron says:

    I enjoyed the video as much as anyone, and I’m hoping nobody there was seriously injured. That being said, anyone who rides like that on the street is a total idiot. I have done that on the street long ago before I discovered the track, and I’ll be the first to admit I WAS AN IDIOT. And please dont try to explain just how hard that turn is by mentioning oncoming traffic. That just makes you sound dumb.

  19. meatspin says:

    you’ll never catch me going over the speed limit on this road.

  20. Where is this? Douchebag hairpin?

    Looks similar to Ramsey hairpin, and if you listen, they barely touch the floor as they go round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k-CZxkgKOY

    Always amazes me how power rangers equate knee-down to actual talent…

  21. Faust says:

    @ alex

    That was the most absurd and laughable comment I’ve ever seen on here. Guys that get hostile when given good advice and who feel the need to defend the inexcusable (riding like a moron on the street, which cannot be defended) are the biggest detriment to the sports bike culture. Unfortunately, John Q Public doesn’t really see me on the track practising the right way. No, what they see is you using your “mad skilz” on public roads, endagering people. And people wonder why the public in “Cali” isn’t fond of bikers. Come out to Cali? You mean the first place in the country to ban non-epa certified motorcycle exhaust because of obnoxious bikers? No sir, I think not.

  22. SquidlyMcSquidson says:

    @ Alex

    Since everyone else here has already pointed out that you are a jackass, let me just add that an off camber turn is one in which the ground slopes to the outside of the turn. This turn is clearly not off camber. Stop using terms you don’t understand to make your squidly statements sound educated.

  23. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    Maybe Alex meant to say decreasing radius?

  24. RGR says:

    Richard Mushmouth – you watched the Power Rangers too?! They were so cool.

    Cruiser Loser…

  25. groves174 says:

    Forget conditions, brake control and whether or not they should be doing this on an open road….

    Proper body positioning would have saved most of these guys. Almost universally they are over-leaning their bikes. Get off the bike more, lean the bike less and stay on the meat of the tire.

  26. Faust says:

    @groves

    But then they wouldn’t ride all the way to the edge of the tire! And of course, overleaning for corners just proves how awesome you are at turning. People are so funny.

  27. Seanzo says:

    That corner may not look off-camber in the video, but it sure feels that way when you’re in it. Mulholland, and nearby roads like Latigo Canyon, are filled with treacherous features – off-camber, decreasing radius, sand and gravel. Riders who are used to Los Angeles Crest, which has been meticulously nerfed by the highway engineers, often aren’t ready for the older-style canyon roads.

    I mostly feel bad for the guy on the bagger – clearly wasn’t trying to demonstrate awesome lean angle, just got suckered in way too hot.

  28. Crashmanjay says:

    The bagger guy was being a douche. I assume you mean the white bike. There is video of him crashing all over, look up “Chuck Norris son motorcycle crash” as the rumor was it was really his son riding, which I assumed was a joke about how well the guy crashed (as Chuck Norris apparently would). In the video you hear him hauling ass up the hill and he takes the corner too fast for the clearance on the bike. As his foot folds under his leg (he put it out like a dirt bike rider) the bike wrecks and he leaps up swearing without even glancing at the bike like he wants to make sure he looks tough post wreck. You’ll stop feeling for him after seeing it.
    I do agree that the roads in the coastal canyons are much more difficult to ride than the inland ones like the Crest. I haven’t ridden the Dragon down south (and have no desire to from seeing what a cluster*** it is on various crash sites) but I’ve ridden tens of 1000′s of miles of SoCal roads and those ones around/leading to the Rock Store are some of the most technical I’ve ridden anywhere and I’ve ridden in about 35 states.
    Here is the video if A&R allows links:

  29. mutanic says:

    I’ve been through this too, my rear tyre got itchy in the mids of corner, changing my lane & head straight to a divider which hold me & my bike(the front tyre become like “8″ shape) before falling into the valley, I flip in the air & there is nothing I can do at that moment, heard my neck making “cracking” sound while my helmet touch the ground (luckily there is no injury on my neck), my vision getting blur, trying to get up but my body won’t let me so I just raise my hand, thanks to god I’m still alive till today even I’ve been hit couple times by another rider/driver(flying like Superman & bouncing bang bang boom till drop in the sewer) after the incident. Wear a proper gear while riding & trust me it will make a big different rather a normal road rider attire. I still can flash back each of the incident but it’s keeping me away from riding, the fact is speed doesn’t kill but stupidity does. Be safe on the road guys, pay attention to the car in front of you cause there is possibility they will suddenly changing their lane without giving signal first.

  30. mutanic says:

    sorry typo error, “It doesn’t keeping me away from riding…”