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.

2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R Finally Revealed

10/01/2013 @ 12:40 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

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The countdown clock is at zero, and that means the wait is over for the 2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R. At EICMA last year, they called it “The Beast” and with 177hp (132 kW) coming from the 1,301cc v-twin engine, we are inclined to agree.

As svelte as it is powerful, the KTM Super Duke 1290 R tips the scales at 417 lbs dry, and comes with a ride-by-wire throttle control system, along with traction control and ABS that can be disengaged, as A&R also predicted.

Using the KTM RC8 R engine as its base, the Austrians have bored the 75° v-twin out to 108mm (+3mm), with a stroke of 71mm (+2mm), which in addition to the horsepower boost, helps give the KTM Super Duke 1290 R a peak 106 lbs•ft of torque, with 74 lbs•ft available at just 2,500 rpm.

Braking is handled by Brembo, with 320mm discs up front, mated to Brembo M50 monobloc calipers. Fully adjustable WP suspension pieces are fore and aft as well.

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Technical Specifications of the 2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R:

ENGINE TYPE2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
BORE/STROKE108/71 mm
POWER132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min
STARTING AIDElectric starter/12V 11.2Ah
ENGINE LUBRICATIONPressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
COOLING SYSTEMLiquid cooling
CLUTCHPASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
ENGINE MANAGEMENT/IGNITIONKeihin EMS with DBW, double ignition
FRAMEChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
HANDLEBARAluminium, konifiziert Ø 28/22 mm
FRONT BRAKE2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
REAR BRAKEBrembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
CHAINX-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
WHEEL BASE1.482 ± 12 mm
TANK CAPACITY18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)

Source: KTM


  1. Jake F. says:

    This is madness.

    I like madness.

  2. Halfie30 says:

    So can we expect an updated RC8R soon? I’d like the pair in my garage!

  3. Dear Lord! The only way to make this thing any sicker is if it was a two-stroke. I think I’m in love, I wanna have the 1290s baby.

    Now of course this thread will be deluged with those complaining about the ABS brakes and electronic enhancements. What kind of slack-jawed pussy would want fly by wire throttle control anyway? Just because they were putting fly by wire in F-16s back in 1976, doesn’t mean we want our motorcycles polluted with it here in the 21st century. Real men have throttle cables, and real men handle their business when they hydroplaned out of control in the rain at 150 mph.

  4. eg says:

    Well I am one of those guys bitching, because what ever happened to the white and orange wheels, why is the cluster so high up resembling some fedora hat, where is the pressurized fork, and why is the SDR not Full Fat (no split cans and akra headers), why are the calipers not blacked out, and where are the colours we saw at the Eicma and where is my single seat? Even the front wheel fender is too big on this. The black is sweet though and perhaps all will change once i see the bike up close. In all its decent but nothing like the impression we all got when we saw the 07 R. And even after 6 years, with the exception of ducati’s Street fighter no other naked bike looks half as good as KTM’s 07 SDR. The previous SDR is so bad-ass i just bought another one. An 08 with 1500 miles which should ship out to me later this week.

    Good work on the tank and the new SSS but overall the performance numbers are earth shattering. I’d rather pay more for something radical like you did in 07. Now one has to start tinkering and how on earth to I solve that mountain of a cluster. And oh its 2013, LCD would have been nice like ducati did the Pani.

  5. paulus - thailand says:

    Nice Job…. and a single swing arm to boot!

  6. Smitchell says:

    Yeesh, am I so old and crotchety at 35 years that I prefer the original x 1000? At least I’d spend less…

  7. Adubbs says:

    I even like the headlight treatment. Well done!

  8. smiler says:

    Agree about those really funky orange and white wheels (see below). The wheel design though is great. 1290R. Won’t be slow then. Get rid of that Subaru Imprezza howitzer exhaust immediately. Hopefully you can turn off the Bosch three letter abreviations for when you want to be a super hero.

    Good job. The update to the RC8 will be interesting.

    Seems Austrians and in particular those in Mattighofen have their uses after all.

  9. "That Guy" says:

    Best bike to come out in awhile.

    Obviously something like this is way beyond Hondas capabilities now.

    On the KTM 1290 website…….

    What is the #10 Special going to be?

    How can it get 10 times better?

  10. MikeD says:

    First things FIRST:

    (Peter Griffin Voice): IN YOUR FACE TUONO, IN YOUR FACE !!!! Tank You KTM for being a LEADING EXAMPLE and NOT WATERING DOWN this awesome engine for your naked moto.
    Yes, i’m looking at all you other PANCY OEMs, MAN UP BITCHES !

    YES, let’s see what you have, BMW and Ducati !

    That round-bubbly-a bit massive front fender is not in the same page as the Origami/lean muscular looks of the rest of the bike (wish i’m fond of).

    The Howitzer Exhaust Can can be fixed. It actually looks “decent” next to what Kawasaki currently slaps on their Z1000 and the new one coming(it’s a given).

    Black and Orange wheels probably are an option . . . $$$$$$$$$$$. U want it, got to pay for it.

    Split exhaust . . . REALLY ? C’mon dude, i’m a self-aware daydreamer but even I saw that one had as much of a chance of making it to the production model as much as a candle staying lit outdoors as Katrina raped the Gulf Coast.

    That headlite truly looks like it’s sliding down, LOL. Maybe it’ll grow on me.

    Rear 2/3 view is awesome, reminds me of an really strong ORANGE Ox. LOL.

    I’m kinda confused how it didn’t come with standard ANTI-WHEELY Control with all that power, decent weight and relatively short wheelbase.
    I guess a smooth-”responsible” right hand is a MUST unless u are a motorcyclist deity.

    And to those of you that “don’t need” a safety net to save your lower backs, well . . . CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! IT ALL CAN BE TURNED OFF, MORE POWER TO YOU ! Yay ! w/e.

    I WANT A 1290 SM-T ! ! ! OR BETTER FAIRED Sport Tourer with THAT APE OF AN ENGINE.


    I really doubt they will slap anything bigger than 1.2L on the RC8R (it wouldn’t be considered a super bike anymore, more like an open class bike, Hayabusa, ZX-14, K1300GT, etc).

    That is if they care about some form of racing by then.

  11. TheSwede says:

    Ok KTM lets get to the good stuff. Where is my RC390?!

  12. Mariani says:

    @Aaron B. Brown.

    F16, huh? Good one! Thanks for trying, but maybe you should actually read into those comments before coming up with such nonsense. Again.

    . . .

    Anyway, I thought it would be a lot heavier and nowhere near as powerful as that. Not bad.
    Although I still want those big chunks of plastic off of it. Ugh, just rip them off!

    Now is off to Duke, Beemer and perhaps Kawasaki (?) to challenge it.