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.

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.

2011 Yamaha FZ8 Coming to the USA

09/02/2010 @ 9:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

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Yamaha has heeded to your words, you glorious American bastards, and announced today that it will bring the 2011 Yamaha FZ8 to the United States of America. Replacing the Yamaha FZ6, the FZ8 features a shorter-stroked FZ1 motor that should provide more “umpf” than its 600cc predecessor.

According to Yamaha, the FZ8 will fill-in the gap between the FZ1 and FZ6R in the 2011 model line-up, and while making only 7hp over the FZ6R (107 hp total), the 779cc motor with its longer stroke makes a healthy 60 lbs•ft of torque, compared to the FZ6R’s 46 lbs•ft.

Available late 2010/early 2011, the 2011 Yamaha FZ8 will cost $8,490, and will not be available with ABS like it is in other markets. Like the Ford Model T, you can get the FZ8 in any color you want, as long as it’s black. Unfortunately for Yamaha fans, the Fazer 8 will not make it over to the United States.

2011 Yamaha FZ8 – USA Colors:

2010 Yamaha FZ8 – European Photos:

Technical Specifications of the 2010 Yamaha FZ8:

  • FZ8, naked, sports, all-rounder
  • Aggressive, mass-forward design
  • 779cc engine
  • Instant torque meets slingshot horsepower
  • Aluminium frame
  • Slim fuel tank and compact, roomy ergonomics
Engine type:Liquid cooled 4-stroke, DOHC Forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder
Displacement:779 cc
Bore x stroke:68.0 × 53.6mm
Compression ratio:12.0: 1
Maximum power:78.1KW (106.2PS) / 10000 rpm
Maximum torque:82.0Nm (8.4kgf・m) / 8000 rpm
Lubrication system:Wet sump
Carburettor:Electronic Fuel Injection
Clutch type:Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
Ignition system:Transistorized coil ignition
Starter system:Electric
Transmission system:Constant mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission:Chain
Fuel tank capacity:17 L
Oil tank capacity:3.8 L
Front suspension system:Telescopic fork, 43mm inner tube
Front travel:130 mm
Rear suspension system:Swingarm, linked monoshock with spring preload adjustment
Rear travel:130 mm
Caster angle25º
Trail109 mm
Front brake:Hydraulic dual disc brake, Ø 310 mm
Rear brake:Hydraulic single disc brake, Ø 267 mm
Front tyre:120/70 ZR17 M/C(58W)
Rear tyre:180/55 ZR17 M/C(73W)
Length (mm):2,140 mm
Width (mm):770 mm
Height (mm):1,065 mm
Seat height (mm):815 mm
Wheel base (mm):1,460 mm
Minimum ground clearance (mm):140 mm
Service weight (kg)211 kg

Source: Yamaha


  1. Bill Smith says:

    What’s wrong with this picture…

    Snippet #1: “…and announced today that it will bring the 2011 Yamaha FZ8 to the United States of America.”

    Snipped #2: “Unfortunately for Yamaha fans, the Fazer 8 will not make it over to the United States.”

  2. Isaac says:

    The ‘Fazer’ is fugly to begin with.

    This bike is way to f—ing heavy anyway.

  3. gazza says:

    FZ8 is the naked version, the fazer8 is the half faired version. the states won’t be getting the latter.

  4. Random says:

    Isn’t the FZ6R a derivative of the XJ6 lineup (~80 hp) and a different animal compared to the “real” FZ6 (aluminium frame and 98 hp)?

  5. MikeD says:

    As much of a “Naked’s Advocate” iam, i can’t help it but to think they missed the boat a little here.

    MASS…Darn Thing is a Tank, even with the “smaller engine”.

    In ” Bigger is always BETTER America” i don’t see people choosing this 800cc version over the 1000cc FZ1…unless “not thinking with your sexual organ’s head ” , level reasoning & economic$ get a hold of u.
    99.9% not the case. Motorcycle sales are impulsive, ego fed, mind tricking Buys…most of it anyways, specially here on the good-old U.S of A.

    No Bikini Fairing alternative model, sales limiting factor. Americans do a lot of freeway riding. And lets face it, we are spoiled riders… no windshield, no go.

    Small windshield goes a long way towards keeping u fresher (less tired) given the same amount of miles ridden. Just my xperience with my OLD Unfaired K3 SV1000N.

    No ABS, even as an option.
    C’mon now. In these days and times, ABS should be an option to buy on every model from every manufacturer.
    Not Standard please! Just keep it optional.

  6. Morgan says:

    We get both the FZ8 and the Frazer up here in Canada plus they are in the show rooms now fits like the FZ1