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.

2012 Suzuki GSXR-1000 – Drops 4lbs, Boosts Mid-Range

10/24/2011 @ 10:55 am, by Jensen Beeler31 COMMENTS

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Surely not the update that Gixxer lovers were hoping for, the 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 sees a modest retooling as the Japanese company’s liter bike most noticeably goes back to a single exhaust can design. Officially dropping 2kg (4.4 lbs) from its curb weight, we assume the weight savings to the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 can be accounted purely from the new exhaust layout, though Suzuki lists a number of small weight savings throughout the Gixxer’s refined design. Despite a bevy of minor improvements, the big changes include the addition of a beefier midrange, better throttle response, Brembo monoblock calipers with .5mm thinner brake discs, and an improved fuel efficiency by 8%. Photos after the jump.

Evolving the GSXR-1000′s motor further, Suzuki has lightened Gixxer’s pistons by 11%, while maintaing their strength and durability. The piston-pin bosses are narrower, while the piston skirts are shape-optimized, with asymmetry between the intake and exhaust sides. Additionally, the pistons’ valve recesses are smoother for better combustion efficiency, which creates more torque and better acceleration at low and mid-range engine speeds, as well as better throttle response, and lower fuel consumption.

Other changes in the four-cylinder motor’s design include pentagonal ventilation holes, which help lighten the motor and have lower pumping losses and accordingly better combustion efficiency. Suzuki has also been able to revise the exhaust cam profile for a slight reduction in valve overlap, and has increased the compression ratio to 12.9:1 (up from 12.8:1). The 2012 Suzuki GSXR-1000′s ECU has also been re-mapped to account for the 4-2-1 exhaust system and other engine refinements.

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Source: Suzuki UK


  1. AK says:

    Do anyone else think it look outdated ?

  2. John Magnum says:

    i like the idea of evolution, beefed midrange and fuel economy.
    Exhuast is nothing cause it gets chucked to the shit……..but

    would it have killed them to have changed the design for fuck sake, outdated big ass looking worse than the R1 for me.

    Fail on the style cue suzuki, i had my money ready, old, ugly, no TC, NO CIGAR……

  3. dc4go says:

    Hate to say it but the Japanese sportbikes are behind the 8 ball huh?? Updated beemer, new 1199, and the RSV4 how does Suzuki justify the 13k price tag?? Not for me guys i’ll skip this one…

  4. MoBounce says:

    after all the hype i expected more from suzuki with the new gixxer 1000…not impressive at all next to the S1000R, R1, ZX10, RSV4 or the 1199 panigale…graphics and paint scheme are seriously outdated…looks no different from an 2001 gsxr 1000…2012 suzuki gsxr1000 grade: C unless the hp and torque numbers say otherwise

  5. condition ONE says:

    I have a 2009 GSX-R1000. I was hoping that the 2012s would have TC, wheelie control, quickshift etc. If the electronics were improved and everything else stayed the same, it would almost be worth it to upgrade. Sadly, it didn’t happen. I hope 2013 sees a huge change.

  6. Editor’s missed the Maintaining misspell…IJS.

  7. dc4go says:

    Really sick bike, if we were in 2007!! What gives, no t/c, quickshifter, and 40lbs. to HEAVY!! :/

  8. RT @asphalt_rubber: 2012 Suzuki GSXR-1000 – Drops 4lbs, Gains More Mid-Range – #motorcycle

  9. Jake Fox says:

    I would imagine the triple disaster tsunami, earthquake, nuclear meltdown has had a big impact on the manufacturing industry in Japan. Perhaps this is why we aren’t seeing any big revisions this year. Hopefully, next year will bring us a whole slew of completely redesigned bikes.

  10. Bike says:

    BYE BYE Suzuki , Im chose Honda

  11. Sean in Oz says:

    Pretty much what you would expect from Suzuki in the current environment. The GSXR1000 has always looked a bit dated and fat (Ive owned a K3, K6 … and a K7 750) and no japanase manufacturer is going to bring out a revolutionary bike in the current economic climate.

  12. Jeram says:

    Its very odd… they just wont give up on the arrow shaped headlight (12 years now) and the overly complex bodywork lines (looks like a chav put a body kit on their mums commuter)…

    I would have rathered all the specs stayed the same, but they produced a jaw dropping style revision that made you think you were riding an italian bike…

    (eg: sure everyone hated the 999 as an italian bike, but if the GSXR had a similar design, as a jap bike it would have been a show stopper)

  13. Speedy says:

    What are you people talking about? This is still one of the best bikes in his class!

    I’m getting sick of riders talking about traction control, wheelie control, abs, quickshifter…

    So don’t talk bad about this motorcycle, if you don’t even control your own.. And if you do, you’ll spend some extra money and buy those useless electronics that gives you confidence “to open the throttle like a dummy”..

    And besides, you can’t expect new designs at the current economic situation.. They got full halls of motorcycles from year 2008 when the recesion starter.. not just Suzuki, but every other manufacture, Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, KTM, Aprillia.. you name it!

    So think about it when you make a comment, it’s not too hard.

  14. Steven says:

    I’m not a Suzuki apologist by any means, even though I do own one, but I think it’s nice looking. It looks “hawkish” in a good way, especially from the side. I grant you it does look fat from the front but I’m going to be sitting on it, not watching it my rear view; who cares!

    If I were in the market I’d at least consider it, go sit on it, etc. Why not? If nothing else it’ll be a hell of lot cheaper to fix than the BMW and the Aprilla. The new Kawasaki on the other hand….

  15. aaron anderson says:

    The new gixxer is shit they need to build a bike to compete with my s1000 I use to be a gixxer man but I have to go with the big dogs my 198hp BMW S1000 MAKES ME A LOT OF MONEY ON THE TRACK SO STEP UP UR GAME ” SUZUKI”

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  17. Steven says:

    @aaron anderson The S1000RR comes with 193HP stock. What kind of crappy full exhaust and map did you use that you only netted 5HP?

  18. GSXF says:


    That’s exactly the reason why i won’t buy a new bike without ABS.
    I commute to work with my bike, and that means i often ride in the rain. Until now I’ve never had any trouble, but I’m not 100% sure i could make the most out of an emergency brake in the rain, without the danger of locking the front or not making the most out of potential stopping power.
    That’s why i want ABS, as a safety net. I don’t know why I should get the L2 over a K5 in good condition now.
    This leaves me either with a Ninja or Fireblade, don’t want the BMW.
    What I absolutely don’t like on the Blade is the combined ABS. I don’t want to engage the other brake if i use one, i can do this myself, thank you.
    Maybe I want to use the back brake to assist dropping into a corner on a twisty mountain road? Maybe I just want to use the front brake to do a burnout or whatever?
    I just don’t like the idea that I can’t use one brake independently of the other, and I don’t like the fact that the ABS can’t be turned off.
    This leaves only the Kawasaki, the rest (Aprilia, Ducati) is even more out of my price range.
    Too bad, had a lot of hopes Suzuki would just buy an ABS from Bosch or some other renown company. I don’t care about TC, but they could have just bought the technology from Bazzaz or another third party.

  19. Soulless says:

    stop bietching people. Most of us will NEVER use any liter bike to its full potential. If you need ABS to feel confident riding in any type of weather, get a moped or step down to a 250. Better yet, just don’t ride. I’ve ridden in the rain a ton of times on my R1 and never had a problem..

  20. dc4go says:

    Just glad they got rid of the dual exhaust I would think the weight loss would be a little more. Anyways wonder if Suzuki will enter WSBK or stay in Motogp hope they do though….

  21. KYLE says:

    am i the only one who thought that some of these pics looked fake??

  22. Steven says:

    @KYLE, if not completely fake, one or two do look heavily photoshopped.

  23. Jc. says:

    the GSXr is just no longer a bike i want to own. its stale. old. too animated and way too marginal at this point. whats the reason to buy this over what i already own? nothing! thats it. nothing! and this update is the same; Nothing!

    Sorry Suzuki. But you can’t keep us wanting your product when its the same ‘ole thing.

  24. MikeD says:

    I still think is a good looking bike(wide as a Barn ? is ok, my doctor said a little bit of FAT on my diet won’t kill me, LOL).
    Yes, she’s OUTDATED, but like a HOT FIT MILF on her 30′s she can still put up a hell of a ^&*%. LMAO.

    For those who think ABS, TCS, wheely control, etc are all un-needed…well, i hope the day u need them to save your Bacon on the street never comes. Oh, i forgot u guys can ride like Gods, my most humble apologies…Masters of the Road & Track, please forgive me…a lowly motorcycle Smoch.

    I for one would truly like to have all the “SAFETY NET” available out there…nope, im not Rossi or Stoner…i need and take all the help im given.

    As GSXF said it, im considering strongly my next bike to come standard with ABS and on my particular case TC too if available.

    Now just for nitpicking: Has anyone else noticed how they “Bottle Necked” the xhaust pipe rigth after it comes out of the Catalytic.

    Im no Engineer but i just can’t see that help the quest for that elusive beast called “HorsePower”.

    One last beetchin: SUZUKI, FOR ALL THAT IS RIGTH and SACRED, PLEASE…PUT SOME NEW WHEELS ON your cycles…the 3 spoked wheel THEME IS GETTING OLD, REALLY OLD. Honda seems to have finally got the MEMO.

    If ur not gonna burn the house to the ground and do a complete rebuild then please REFRESH IT A BIT. Thanks.

  25. MikeD says:

    P.S: Does anyone else sometimes skips the article a bit and just go str8 to the comment to have a good kick out of the comments ? LMAO. Im guilty as charged.

  26. Steven says:

    Not so much on this website. But other sites (mostly Gizmodo) I’ll sometimes only click the article knowing the comments will be hilarious.

  27. Dan Bento says:

    Yes, it’s insanely fast and yes most of us will never push it anywhere near its limits but common Suzuki!!! It’s almost $15,000 hard earned cash in today’s hurtin’ economy and this thing looks just like the old model???!!! All Suzuki seems to be doing is flip-flopping from a single to dual exhaust with new paint. You guys got a bad pack of dogs on your tail (Aprilia, Ducati, KTM and BMW) and your flag ship feels big and looks obsolete.

  28. Faster1 says:

    ~ got to say, objectively speaking , it looks fine. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken. I agree with earlier comment about the exhaust. Nothing says “slow touring bike” like a set of cans stuck to the outsides of the swing arms. Personally, I don’t care for TC or ABS. I’m lucky to never see rain where I live and I can handle the throttle and brakes myself thank you. I’ve never been a GSXR person but I wouldn’t mind this one.. As long as it tuns proper, there is no gain by having an extra 20 horse-power in the canyons and that’s were I ride. The tach rarely sees the other side of 10K and they are all the same at that level.
    I probably go with the beemer just to be different, and I would order it without all the BS electronic aids. Truth is,, there all about the same from the KwaK to the R1. The best rider will always win in the twisties, regardless of which hyper-bike he’s on. I’m on an old R1 now and when ready, I’ll buy which ever one looks the best, then adapt to it, as they all are more capable than I (or most of you) will ever be able to match.

  29. Twisted says:

    I for one am glad Suzuki didnt bother with a waste of TC and ABS, go out and buy a Kaw or BMW and let the gixxers by, suzuki is focusing on REAL refinements and getting away from the hype of bells and whistles, got money that says this gixxer lays down the power better and handles better than any of the other 3 and I have a feeling Suzuki is going to take back the track in 12′ an arena Kawasaki and BMW know nothing about, we’ll give Honder a single nodd on the world level…

  30. Twisted says:

    I would also like to compliment Suzuki on their integrity to sell it like it is and NOT over HYPE their machinery like Cow did with their zx14.5, horsepower isn’t everything and I am glad Suzuki engineers, designers and management realize that! kaw has long had the title of “plenty of” but unusable power and their superbike titles are a testament to that fact while Suzuki has focused on the usability of output and maneuverability.. PROPS to Suzuki for building what I believe will be a hit, with that I am sorry to see Suzuki call it quits in MGP, in any event they sure put on a show the final 1/3 of that series, WoW! go Bautista!!!

    oh ps, heres the REAL kicker for 2012, the 1000 increased its swingarm length while reducing its wheelbase .5″? anyways us surgeons know what that equates to, (for all you beemer and kaw junkies thats a 1ooocc engine in a 750 chassis) see ya’ll in the funny papers! lol