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.

2010 MV Agusta Brutale Breaks Cover

09/28/2009 @ 4:57 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off

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You’ll remember a month ago we brought you spy shots of what appeared to be the new MV Agusta Brutale testing around the Almeria Circuit in Spain. In that outing we spotted what appeared to be both the revised versions of 990R and 1090RR, and now we’re happy to report that the 2010 MV Agusta Brutale has officially broken cover.

You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but the Brutale has had over 85% of it components redesigned and replaced. Clearly MV Agusta has kept the basic shape of the Brutale true to its original form, but if you look closer you can see where the details have changed. Video, pictures, technical specifications, and more after the jump.

Developed all within the doors of MV Agusta, the company is quick to let you know that the Brutale is still a purely Italian affair. The most noticable changes are the new headlight, mirrors, rear swingarm, and handlebar controls, but all these modifications are really refinements to the MV design, and seem like logical progressions, rather than clean-slate start-overs. The rear swingarm is longer than before, but is also 2lbs lighter than before. MV made all these components in-house, which is pretty impressive when you consider that even Ducati sources basic components from parts suppliers.

Modifications to the motor are obviously less apparent to the naked eye. The 990R gets a modest displacement increase from 982cc to 998cc, with the new motor set much more under-square than before. Power will come in at 139hp and 78lb•ft of torque for the “unrestricted” model. A re-desisnged crankcase makes the motor over a pound lighter, and a re-designed gearbox makes for smoother shifting.

For the 1090RR, similar modification have been made as seen on the 990R, except of course the displacement will come in at 1078cc. Power for the 1090RR will also be higher than the 990R, with 144hp at the crank, and 85lb•ft of torque. The 1090RR also comes standard with a slipper clutch, and also features items not found on the 990R, such as: adjustable foot rests, forged rims, a rear shock with high and low settings, and Brembo monobloc brakes up front.

Prices start at $15,000 and $18,000 respectively for 990R and 1090RR, respectively.

2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R Photos:

2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R Technical Specifications:

ENGINE
Type Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
Timing system “D.O.H.C”, radial valve
Total displacement 998 cm3 (60.9 cu. in.)
Compression ratio 13:1
Starting Electric
Bore x stroke 76,0 mm x 55,0 mm (2.99 in. x 2.17 in. )
Max. horse power – r.p.m. (at the crankshaft) Full power version: 102 kW (139 HP) at 10600 / Restricted power version: 73 kW (100 HP) at 8000 – Lim. 11650 r.p.m.
Max. torque – r.p.m. Full power version: 106 Nm (10.6 kgm) at 8000 r.p.m. / Restricted power version: 91 Nm (9.1 kgm) at 7000 r.p.m.
Cooling system Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
Engine management system Magneti Marelli 5SM ignition – injection integrated system with Mikuni throttle body; induction discharge electronic ignition; sequential timed “Multipoint” electronic injection
Clutch Wet, multi – disc
Gear Box Cassette gearbox; six speed, constant mesh
Primary drive 50/79
Gear ratio
First gear: Speed* 13/38 109.7 km/h (68.1 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Second gear: Speed* 16/34 150.8 km/h (93.6 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Third gear: Speed* 18/32 180.3 km/h (111.9 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Fourth gear: Speed* 20/30 213.7 km/h (132.7 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Fifth gear: Speed* 22/29 243.2 km/h (151.0 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Sixth gear: Speed* 19/23 265.0 km/h (164.5 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Final velocity ratio 15×41
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 350 W at 5000 r.p.m.
Battery 12 V – 8.6 Ah
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 1438 mm (56.61 in.)
Overall lenght 2093 mm (82.36 in.)
Overall width 760 mm (29.92 in.)
Saddle height 830 mm (32.68 in.)
Min. ground clearance 150 mm (5.91 in.)
Trail 103,5 mm (4.07 in.)
Dry weight 190 Kg (418.9 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity 23 l (6.07 U.S. gal.)
PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed* Full power version: 265 km/h (164.5 mph) / Restricted power version: 245 km/h (152 mph)
FRAME
Type CrMo Steel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
Rear swing arm pivot plates: material Aluminium alloy
FRONT SUSPENSION
Type “UPSIDE – DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with external and separated adjustment of rebound and compression damping and of spring preload
Rod dia. 50 mm (1.97 in.)
Travel on leg axis 130 mm (5.11 in.)
REAR SUSPENSION
Type Progressive, single shock absorber with rebound damping and spring preload adjustment
Single sided swing arm: materiale Aluminium alloy
Wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
BRAKE
Front brake Double floating disc with Ø 310 mm (Ø 12.2 in.) diameter, with steel braking band and steel flange
Front brake caliper Radial with 4 pistons – Ø 32 mm (Ø 1.26 in.)
Rear brake Single steel disc with Ø 210 mm (Ø 8.27 in.) diameter
Rear brake caliper With 4 pistons – Ø 25,4 mm (Ø 1.00 in.)
RIM
Front: Material / size Aluminium alloy 3.50 ” x 17 ”
Rear: Material / size Aluminium alloy 6.00 ” x 17 ”
TYRES
Front 120/70 – ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
Rear 190/55 – ZR 17 M/C (75 W)
FAIRING
Material Thermoplastic

2010 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR Photos:

2010 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR Technical Specifications:

ENGINE
Type Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
Timing system “D.O.H.C”, radial valve
Total displacement 1078 cm3 (65.78 cu. in.)
Compression ratio 13:1
Starting Electric
Bore x stroke 79 mm x 55 mm (3.1 in. x 2.2 in. )
Max. horse power – r.p.m. (at the crankshaft) Full power version: 106 kW (144.2 HP) at 10600 / Restricted power version: 73 kW (100 HP) at 8000 Lim. 11650 r.p.m.
Max. torque – r.p.m. Full power version: 115 Nm (11.5 kgm) at 8000 r.p.m. / Restricted power version: 93 Nm (9.3 kgm) at 6600 r.p.m.
Cooling system Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
Engine management system Magneti Marelli 5SM ignition – injection integrated system with Mikuni throttle body; induction discharge electronic ignition; sequential timed “Multipoint” electronic injection
Clutch Wet, multi – disc with mechanical anti-surging device
Gear Box Cassette gearbox; six speed, constant mesh
Primary drive 50/79
Gear ratio
First gear: Speed* 13/38 109.7 km/h (68.1 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Second gear: Speed* 16/34 150.8 km/h (93.6 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Third gear: Speed* 18/32 180.3 km/h (111.9 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Fourth gear: Speed* 20/30 213.7 km/h (132.7 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Fifth gear: Speed* 22/29 243.2 km/h (151.0 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Sixth gear: Speed* 19/23 265.0 km/h (164.5 mph) at 11650 r. p. m.
Final velocity ratio 15×41
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 350 W at 5000 r.p.m.
Battery 12 V – 8.6 Ah
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 1438 mm (56.61 in.)
Overall lenght 2093 mm (82.36 in.)
Overall width 760 mm (29.92 in.)
Saddle height 830 mm (32.68 in.)
Min. ground clearance 150 mm (5.91 in.)
Trail 103,5 mm (4.07 in.)
Dry weight 190 Kg (418.9 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity 23 l (6.07 U.S. gal.)
PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed* Full power version: 265.0 km/h (164.5 mph) / Restricted power version: 245,0 km/h (152 mph)
FRAME
Type CrMo Steel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
Rear swing arm pivot plates: material Aluminium alloy
FRONT SUSPENSION
Type “UPSIDE – DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment
Rod dia. 50 mm (1.97 in.)
Travel on leg axis 130 mm (5.11 in.)
REAR SUSPENSION
Type Progressive, single shock absorber with rebound and compression (High speed / Low speed) damping and spring preload adjustment
Single sided swing arm: materiale Aluminium alloy
Wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
BRAKE
Front brake Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking band and aluminium flange
Front brake caliper Radial-type, single-piece with 4 pistons – Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)
Rear brake Single steel disc with Ø 210 mm (Ø 8.27 in.) diameter
Rear brake caliper With 4 pistons – Ø 25,4 mm (Ø 1.00 in.)
RIM
Front: Material / size Forged aluminium alloy 3.50 ” x 17 ”
Rear: Material / size Forged aluminium alloy 6.00 ” x 17 ”
TYRES
Front 120/70 – ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
Rear 190/55 – ZR 17 M/C (75 W)
FAIRING
Material Thermoplastic

Source: MV Agusta

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