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.

2013 Bimota DB12 – The Most Expensive Multistrada Ever?

11/13/2012 @ 1:31 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

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While we wait to here the specs on the upcoming Bimota BB2, the boutique Italian firm’s rekindled collaboration with the German motorcycle manufacturer, Bimota continues to work with Ducati lumps, both of the air and liquid-cooled variety. One of the more intriguing concepts put forth at EICMA, the 2013 Bimota DB12 is an expression of an uber-exotic Ducati Multistrada 1200.

Unlike the supercharged Bimota DB11 VLX, the Bimota DB12 will remain naturally aspirated in its 160hp state, but like how the Multistrada 1200 was part of the Bologna Brand’s movement away from being solely a sport bike company, the DB12 represents the same movement for Bimota. Already showing a dirt bike at last year’s EICMA show, the 2013 Bimota DB12 is clearly the Italian brand taking a step back, and testing the waters with this design direction.

The chassis on the Bimota DB12 looks to be the same as the one found on the Bimota DB9 & Bimota DB11, which should be unsurprising since both bikes use the Ducati Testastretta 11° motor for their basis. A fully faired machine, the Bimota DB12 concept has a rare feature for the Italian brand: a seat for a pillion.

Marzocchi has handled the fully adjustable forks, while Extreme Tech’s four-way adjustable shock handles the suspension duties in the rear of the DB12. For stopping power Brembo monoblocs have been mated to 320mm Brembo discs up front, while a 220mm unit is in the rear. With a 4.75 gallon tank, the 2013 Bimota DB12 weighs 408 lbs dry.

The DB12 also has mounting points for a luggage system, making it the ultimate expression in sport-touring…and we do mean sport at claimed 162hp. Bimota is floating the DB12 as a “concept” so there is no official confirmation that the machine will go into production, but we suspect it will as long as pitchforks don’t start showing up at the Bimota EICMA booth.

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Source: OmniMoto.it

Comment:

  1. Sixty7 says:

    YUK…!!!!!!

  2. froryde says:

    As a huge Bimota fan and owner, I am sad to say that Bimota is getting more and more irrelevant with each new model they introduce.

    The new styling direction is a mess – the DB7 and DB8 was still sexy, but the DB9/10/11/12 is mish-mash of different shapes, angles, and planes. The old DB1 was gorgeous even with all its clothes off.

    And with all the already fantastic bikes that the original engine donors are, what are they offering that would sway me to pay a hefty premium just to have the Bimota name on the tank? Most customers need a better USP than that.

    While it’s encouraging that BMW will be supplying engines to Bimota, again – I can’t see how Bimota can offer anything that can top the already awesome S1000RR. I hope Bimota proves me wrong.

    The only relevant model in the Bimota lineup is the Tesi – they should focus their resources and build on that platform. Oh wait…another small Rimini outfit by the name of Vyrus got that covered.

    Alas, I am afriad that Bimota has lost the plot…again.

  3. Daniel Croft says:

    Looks like an FZ6R – that’s bad. Bimota have always been an aspirational brand for me, i.e. something I’d never spend the money on but I lusted after. That seems to be changing now, I don’t lust after any of these bikes. Sad.

  4. Robo says:

    Bimota + sak_art design = epic fail

  5. MikeD says:

    Keep The TESI………………..SCRAP THE REST OF THE LINE-UP…or at least get yourself a new bodywork designer.

    If u guys are keen on the “Origami Look” then ask KTM whos doing for them.

  6. MotoBell says:

    could be BEST BIKE EVER!

    ok not ever.. but the motorcyle world needs a bike like this – except only from ducati or aprilia or triumph..or japan inc…

    what is no to love?
    - a sport tourer that lacks nothing in compoenentry to a top shelf sport bike
    - sport bike that will comfortable and two up capable
    - a sport tourer with the weight of sport bike and far away from the pigs – fjr, gtr, R/K-RT/GT, vfr
    - styling that looks better than the current spor tourer alternative – all the fucking ugly enduro adventure road bikes

    I own four bikes and very disappointed in the offerings in the sporttouring category – not one bike represents what is possible to build today. almost every sport bike represents the best the manufacturer can do.

    I know enduro/.adventure bikes are the new sporttourer – but they are idiotic and ugly like making SUV go fast and yes I am vertically challenged to boot.

    WE.. at least I WANT A BIKE LIKE THIS!

  7. jax says:

    This is the ugliest thing I have seen on 2 wheels in a long time. Wow.