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 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.

2011 Triumph Speed Triple Outed by Triumph

09/27/2010 @ 6:45 am, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

2011 Triumph Speed Triple Outed by Triumph 2011 Triumph Speed Triple headlight

Triumph is either really trying hard at leaking information about the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple and its other motorcycles ahead of their unveiling, or there is an intern in the UK right now whose job is about to go under the axe. Either way, the keen eyes at Visordown have spotted the fact that Triumph has outed the new Speed Triple in its online accessories catalog. While not showing the whole bike yet, we do see that the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple gets a much needed face lift, along with a substantially lighter frame. Could this be the street naked of 2011? We’re starting to think so.

We got a chance to briefly swing a leg over a Triumph Speed Triple last year, and were immediately impressed with the bike’s power, silky smooth transmission, and unique three-cylinder exhaust note. A little on the hefty side, and with a face only a mother could love, we passed on putting a Speed Triple in the A&R garage. However it looks like Triumph have heard our criticism (or more likely the criticism of many others), and addressed the only real faults you can find in the tenacious triple.

Deduced from these pictures and Triumph’s CARB filings with the good State of California, a new cast aluminum frame enters the mix for 2011, and is said to drop the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple’s weight by nearly 40lbs. While many parts get some reworking, we think the Speed Triple’s new headlights will go a long way with motorcycle fans. While some will swear by the retro bug-eyed look of the 2010 model, which dates all the way back to 1997, the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple looks modern and fresh, will still retaining that original streetfighter sex appeal.

Under the hood the 1050cc three cylinder motor remains, which may upset some people who were hoping for a 1200cc lump. We found the 1050cc triple to be more than enough power for slogging through the streets of San Francisco though, but if higher emission ratings equal more power, then the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple could be in for a performance boost as well. This is a seriously fun motorcycle, and with these updates, we’re honestly looking forward to riding the new 2011 Triumph Speed Triple when it hits the states early next year.

Source: Visordown


  1. Jake Fox says:

    Grr… I just picked up an ’09 in April! I got a good deal from Munroe in San Francisco but I had a feeling this would happen. 40lbs. lighter is HUGE. I’m guessing my ’09 will be pretty much next to worthless when this hits the showroom floors.

  2. Jenny Gun says:

    Good guys at Munroe. That’s where we rode the Speed Triple for the first time.

  3. Sean says:

    Yeah but your ’09 has the classic look and chassis, Jake. Still a plenty capable bike that you’ll unlikely outgrow.
    I’m not sure about the new angles on this one.

  4. MikeD says:

    Warning: BITCHIN MODE ON.

    Screw the REFRESH, I want that 1200 Triple NOW. I could live with the Old Bike Looks and a new 1.2L Monster nestled inside it.

    I don’t own a bike cause im a sensitive, concious guy and Im aware i can only use as much power on any 2wheeled contraption as a lawn mower puts …

    SO, Triumph… giddy up with your “on road” reliability and endurance testing and slap that 1.2L on a new MY 2012 SpeedTriple & ‘Tona.

    Ok, im cool now… (^_^ )

  5. 2011 Triumph Speed Triple Outed on Accessories Website – #motorcycle

  6. Westward says:


    Curious, could they be dropping 40 lbs. on the St.3ple too? I could go for that. Personally, I am more of a Ducatisti, Monster specific, but have always had a soft spot for the St.3ple, only I think its too heavy.

    However, I do like what I sees…

  7. aleks says:

    This is very pleasant news, but I’m still patiently waiting for a 1050 Dayonta!!!! I owned a 955 speed triple and now own a 675 Daytona and would love a combo of the two and could care less about the 1200cc triple. wah. ;(

  8. motojc says:

    Just what I had been hoping for for years: current engine with lighter chassis, hopefully better riding position too (current model sits too far back for my taste).

  9. Shaitan says:

    Sweet! I’ve ridden the ST, Tiger and Street Triple. I loved the engine of the big bikes, yet the positional and feel of the Street. Unfortunately, with a whole bunch of great looking street fighters coming out the Street/Speed, while classic, looked too date for me. With this refresh in looks and weight loss, I may opt for the Speed instead of Street for my next ride.

  10. ohio says:


    Triumph just keeps doing it right.

  11. Krylov says:

    Bought a 2010 SE model (the red one with the white go-fast strip – love the classic seventies style color scheme) right this year.
    The first pics of the new 2011 one don’t make me want to trade up so far – the angular styling, the plastic parts and the odd headlights seem to put me off, I guess.
    (Have you ever given a thought on why the two(!), round(!!), paired-next-to-each-other (!!!) headlamps of the Speedy have such a huge fanbase (apart from the bike being great to ride? Friend of mine pointed out the apparently not-so-obvious to me a while ago – since then I look differently at each Speedy and cleaing and polishing the headlamps of my bike has never been the same ever since…. Ahem.)

    Odd looks aside, 20 kilos less is a good thing, though…

  12. Krylov says:

    Oh, btw. See the ABS sensor ring in the exhaust picture? Hopefully they nicely asked Mr Honda to licence out the ABS system from their CBR1000R…

  13. motojc says:

    the round head lights was because back then the sport bikes had round lights and when it’s crashed, that’s what’s left. nowadays, sport bikes have angular lights, so it’s natural to move up with time. I can’t wait to see the new frame, hopefully it’s les of a reach to the bar, that’s where current ones put me off. Prefer to sit more up front.

  14. Tire Torcher says:

    Abs, traction control, or both? I hope there is more than one option level, I bought a 09 a couple months ago, now the wife wants it so I have been directed to buy myself a new one. Every guys nightmare!! Ha Ha! I don’t want traction control, slippers or abs. I just want a bit more Ft/lbs, a bit more Hp and a bit less weight. I will be all over it!!

  15. Tire Torcher says:

    Oh yeah…I will swap the headlights to round ones as well, that part doesn’t need to evolve, just maybe attach them to the forks.

  16. I’m so glad I got my hands on an 08. I love the lines, aggressive front and the contrast between the black engine and chrome lights looks wild. A 20lbs reduction in weight is not an issue especially when you are hard in the corners with one knee down. I love the old british brand, muscular, loutish and unique. This is the only bike I’ve ever owned where people stop me and ask me what it is. On ride days I consistently get people taking photo’s of her. The new one looks fowl from the tidbits that have been released. I guess the Asian influence and bottom line is steering the Hinkley ship. Maybe it’s euroasian????

    Bet these are made in Thailand as well.

  17. gazza says:

    i’m confused, i see two different taillights in these pics. ANd i see undertail exhausts and a side exhaust. is this bike coming out with three pipes?
    The lights are cool though, the old round lights are the only reason i’d never own one.