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.

2013 Triumph Speed Triple SE

03/01/2013 @ 3:01 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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The second bike getting Hinckley’s special edition treatment, the 2013 Triumph Speed Triple SE is as you would expect: the British brand’s venerable full-figured streetfighter machine, with revised paint and parts. Getting a distinct blue frame and swingarm, the Triumph Speed Triple SE also sports a “matte graphite” paint job with blue decals.

Other changes include a bevy of carbon fiber parts (mudguard, side pods, tank cover panel, and inner radiator panels), along with color-matched fly screen, belly pan, and seat cowl. Triumph also saw it fit to add a clear taillight assembly, as well as new covers for the clutch, alternator, and front sprocket.

With loads of other detail-finishes, you can get your first look at the 2013 Triumph Speed Triple SE on May 1st at your local Triumph dealer, but you better bring $13,399 with you if you want to take the bike home with you.

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Source: Triumph

Comment:

  1. Sixty7 says:

    I think Triumph have a 6 yr old working in their design department another horrible paint job…and that blue frame and swingarm..yuk

  2. TheOtherMikeD says:

    Love it!

  3. Gutterslob says:

    Doesn’t look too bad, though I still prefer the standard black model.

    They could’ve at least given a model with the SE badge the Arrow short stub side exhaust from their aftermarket catalogue (I hate the obese underseat ones) and a cowling/cover for the pillion seat, but then I suppose the price would have to be hiked even higher.

    I miss the older design, to be honest. It’s so hard to find a sport-oriented bike with proper old-skool round lights these days. They’ve all become insects now :(

  4. brad west says:

    That bike would look so much better with a 4-5 inch longer tail section.

  5. Anvil says:

    Well, this is possibly the strongest sign yet that there’s a new Speed Triple coming next year. There had been some faint rumors but this gives them some weight. Building SE versions is a good way to clear out old stock. Same with the Bonneville (although a new one next year is a near certainty given the test mule that’s been spied out and about).

    Incidentally, the Matte Graphite paint used here does not show well in studio photographs. It’s actually quite stunning in person. I’ve never been keen about the blue frames and swingarms on the Daytona 675 SE models, but it might just work here. Have to see for myself.

  6. paulus - Thailand says:

    definately the best of the recent ‘specials’.
    the carbon looks awesome on the real thing!

  7. smiler says:

    Not far away will be the possibility to configure your bike before production, using a configurator, hopefully.
    So the Germans can have yellow & purple & pink carbon
    Brits red, white & blue with diamond studded carbon
    Brathialians yellow and completely naked except for a bikini fairing.
    Americans the stars & stripes & leather look carbon with chrome.

    Might make resale more difficult but that is the way it will go. Great.

  8. KTM Mad says:

    As expected, more evolutionary model for 2013. Still improvements on a good bike likely will make it even better! Looking forward to the 2014 model already. :)

  9. MikeD says:

    I’ll take one…as A GIFT(as in wouldn’t pay off my own pocket for it). IMHO previous ST SE paint scheme looked far better…although i have been accused of bad taste before…LMAO.
    I love the looks of the solid Red base model.
    Maybe is one of those paint jobs that make u change your opinion after seen live ? Who knows…

    @Gutterslob:

    +1k on your last sentence.

    @Brad West: Agreed, only if the swinger grew by the same amount…but by then it would have transformed itself into a whole different kind of bike and ruined what makes it The Speed Triple.

    @Anvil: Fingers crossed my good man, i can only hope the have a new one on the wings ready for EICMA this year….W/O THAT DAMN 1050 ANCIENT LUMP and sporting the 1200 from the Xplorer and the stubby low mount xhaust from the new Street and ‘Tona 675.
    Although the Triumph guy (Simon something) said “1200 lump on ST” it won’t happen i never loose hope…Hell, i still dream of a “Modern Big Bore” Daytona.

    I would like to see something else made from the Rocket III…something more along the lines of a Vmax or Diavel…current shape looks TOO damn cruiser-ISH (tractor size front tire, weight and proportions).

  10. JKH says:

    Beautiful paint scheme! Looks like I might just hold off on my purchase until May now.

  11. TimC says:

    Well if this is the due to the efforts of six year old , he gets my vote. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder i guess but this picture was enough for me to ring my dealer and cancel my order for a diamond black version and go for this instead. I know, mass centralisation, blah, blah, but i prefer the underseat exhausts. The Arrow Slip on cans would look and sound stunning on this. Cant wait.

  12. awesome bike……..!!!