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.

More Photos of the 2013 Honda CBR600RR

11/12/2012 @ 4:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

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Judging by the temperature emanating from the Asphalt & Rubber server hard drives, the 2013 Honda CBR600RR caused quite a stir today when it broke cover ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Unfortunately at the time of our coverage, we only had a few side-profile photos to share with you, which really didn’t do any justice to the bike’s visual redesign efforts.

That is about to change though, as we have a few more shots, which most importantly give a good look at the Honda CBR600RR’s new mug. A more aerodynamic bodywork package (the new fairings have a 6% air-flow factor), Honda’s new RAM-air intake on the CBR600RR also helps put a little more pep in the supersport’s step. Check it out after the jump.

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Comment:

  1. Jaybond says:

    I have a feeling that this new CBR 600RR is a tad uglier than before…look at those lamp..

  2. Jason says:

    So far I like it. I hated the last one’s styling. I think this looks nice in profile. Want to see it in person though.

  3. kostritzer says:

    Brutally hideous. The previous version wasn’t the most beautiful supersport, but this is just about the ugliest bike I’ve ever seen. I thought this was a joke when I first saw pics. Side and lower fairings look like the 05-06 model! Huge step back in the styling department in my opinion.

  4. mutanic says:

    The red+blue+white scheme color just like Ultraman…hahaha

  5. ML says:

    Its like they are racing towards the title of ugliest bike. Honda is clearly in the lead.

  6. kostritzer says:

    Whoever penned this bike had better commit hari kari before they’re let loose on the new V4.

    Its the honorable thing to do.

  7. Spektre76 says:

    “Butterface” ……nuff said.

  8. kostritzer says:

    “Butterface” ……nuff said.

    I think you nailed it! But I wouldn’t…

  9. Bryan Niese says:

    So they pretty much gave me no reason to change from my 07 model to this one. Well played Honda. At least you can see the engine again unlike the 09-12 models. Fairings that are simpler and not pieced together from a stupid number of smaller panels would be at least nice. It looks like they at least did something about that but of course they uglified it in the process. Same engine with the lowest in-class horsepower and same chassis with just some revised suspension. Hope Yamaha does a little better whenever they get around to revising the R6.

  10. Bryan says:

    Honda man thru and thru……but this is one of the ugliest ‘things’ I have ever seen. That is not a race bike. It doesn’t look mean. It looks like your great uncle Gilbert with his bifocals on.

  11. smiler says:

    The wheels look brilliant. The front fairing looks like Starks first helmet in Ironman 1. What were they thinking of.
    Prices for earlier models with it would seem the same performance will go down though.

  12. Afletra says:

    Big influence from moto2, look at those fairing, hahaha…

  13. L2C says:

    I like it. Love that it evokes older designs while echoing the RCV213. It’s like an anticipation of greater things to come. Nostalgia that you can buy today, because tomorrow’s will be radically different.

    Of course, that’s just me. Again, I like it.

  14. WetMan says:

    Honda has lost its mojo.

  15. MikeD says:

    The Desmosedici/R6 front end is growing on me.
    Can’t say the same about the rest of the plastics…same as the 05 MY ? It does have a sligth stench of Moto2 to it.
    I like the Solid Red…refreshing.
    The least they could have done to it looks wise could have been slap the under belly 1000 xhaust and lower the tail unit…at least to get it out of the early 2000′s look.

  16. wow says:

    Ugliest thing I have ever seen. By far, the japanese have lost some innovation in their designs. I kept waiting year after year for an update, and this is what we get lol. I am sure its overall a better bike, but man is it an ugly mofo heh. The front is just hideous.

  17. DeezToolz says:

    To echo the general sentiment of the thread, this thing is a MASSIVE step backwards for Honda, aesthetically.

    The profile of the front end looks very similar to the ’05 Yamaha R6. That was back when I still didn’t pay attention to Yamaha b/c they didn’t know style. The ’06 fixed that…

  18. L2C says:

    All the hate on the web about the design of this bike … I swear, I must be looking at a different bike. It’s quite a departure from last year’s design, in a great way.

  19. Faust says:

    I realy like it. I have a black and green 2009 CBR600RR and I like the look of this one better. Putting the lights back above the exhaust, and changing the fairings to free up access to the engine oil fill again is better. It may be older concepts, but it makes more sense.

  20. Tai says:

    It’s a shame that so many people complain when things stay the same, but at the same time they’re so resistant to change.

    At least there won’t be so many out on the street, and I can pick one up for a steal.

    The new design is awesome. I love that they’ve put the tail light back above the exhaust, and retained the under-seat exhaust. But the headlights are without a doubt the best part. Factory repsol paint on a 600rr is great, and the retro classic tri-colour is also

    It looks much more aggressive, and less feline. Thank god we’re finally seeing the end of the obsession with making headlights and noses as sharp and pointy as possible, as if that makes it look “faster”.

    Compared to the ’05 R6, they look nothing alike, and the ’13 600RR is far superior.