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.

Anthony Colard’s C12-R Ducati Superbike Concept

06/11/2010 @ 4:58 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

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A couple weeks ago we showed you the Ducati Car concept by Anthony Colard, which was of course a four-wheeled vehicle, and not a motorcycle. But for the past 6 months we’ve been quietly following the work of French transportation designer, and his Ducati Superbike project. Based off the Ducati 1098/1198 chassis, Colard has taken his own perception of the Italian motorcycle’s style, and improved upon some of its deficiencies. Now finished with the design phase of his project, we can finally share with you some of what this talented designer has been focusing on all this time.

Colard used to work at the Ducati Design Center, and had the opportunity to ruminate with Gianni Fabbro, the senior designer of the 1098, about some of the unresolved problems with the 1098′s design. Wanting a bike with his own touch, Colard set out to build off Fabbro’s work, and resolve these design problems. As things often do, one thing lead to another, and before he knew it Colard had inked his own unique 1098, and has now set about to bring the bike into limited production.

The design of the C12-R has taken several iterations, and actually started life out as the C11-R. The Colard C11-R’s most noticeable difference to its successor is the GP-style exhaust the exits both in the lower fairing, and under the tail section. Colard has replaced this setup in the C12-R with a more traditional Ducati-esque underseat arrangement with dual-cans.

Accenting both designs are more complex and vented body panels. Underneath it all you can see inspiration from the 1098, but Colard’s thoughts seem to be more complex, than the simple Ducati lines. The affect on us is that this looks like an almost more mature style than the original, and thankfully doesn’t take the classic Ducati lines too far, and into the realm of clutter.

Hopping soon to render a clay model of the C12-R, Collard’s final aim is to create a limited run of his creations. While he doesn’t want to quote exact performance specs yet, a 200hp motor isn’t out of the equation. The French designer is sure of one thing, it will be faster and lighter than the current 1198.

The project’s target price is €25,000 for a completed bike, which isn’t that much more expensive than a base Ducati 1198 (in Europe at least), but Colard wants to have a €4,000 kit (fairings and exhaust only) available for current 1098/1198 owners to purchase and transform their machine.

With the design of the bike finalized, Colard is now looking for financial backing to create the necessary clay models and to partner with an exhaust maker, to properly make the go fast parts…go fast. Colard is already in-touch with component manufacturers to supply the suspension, brakes, wheels, etc.

So what do you guys think, could you see one of Colard’s C12-R’s in your garage?

Comment:

  1. Sean Mitchell says:

    Design is subjective, so I wouldn’t say, so matter-of-fact, that the 1098 has design “deficiencies”. Especially since it’s been so widely accepted and admired.

    While I’d say I like this design, I think its more complex and undulating shape doesn’t lend itself to Ducati’s image. Words like “simple” and “elegant” are generally associated with Ducati lines.

    Nice machine, but I can see why Ducati didn’t put it into production.

  2. RLiddell says:

    I agree with Sean, this a gorgeous design, I might say too well thought out to be a Ducati. Honda, in my opinion has the best design team in the industry right now. That sexy side panel to me, is very Honda. My issue with Ducati design is the conflict of interest. Especially in a bike like the street fighter. Every piece is designed really intricately, but that just makes for a cobbled together total design that only looks good at a close angle. But what I disagree with Sean on is that it could never be a Ducati. Design languages change, and in this instance I think it would be a change for the better. Good work Anthony.

  3. Anthony says:

    Thank you RLiddell for the vote of confidence. As you said the design cues and language are different from Ducati’s which is well known for its simplicity and elegant style.
    @ Sean : You say that the complex and undulating design doesn’t lend to Ducati, and that was exactly my goal. I don’t want to do another Ducati, i want to use a very good technical base, and make my own bike, with its own language and style, different from the original. Doing a bike looking similar to a Ducati, based on a Ducati, wouldn’t sell I think. Doing different creates interest and curiosity in people’s minds.
    About “Ducati didn’t put it into prodution”, I want to specify that this is a personal project that I plan to bring to small production, and Ducati has nothing to do with it and I never planned to present it to them as a Ducati either. About the design “deficiencies”, they are small design things that could have been done better with a little more time, as for example, the bike could be thinner at the bottom as exhaust leaves space to do it, but molds were already made. Things like that happen on every project everywhere.

  4. Sean Mitchell says:

    Understood Anthony. When it mentioned you had worked at Ducati, I guess I read too much into that. I agree with RLiddell that the side panel reminds me of Honda, while the tail reminds me of some Bimota lines. The front cowl is very unique, can’t say that reminds me of anything, but a very futuristic 1098.

  5. just got some more drawings from Anthony Colard on his Colard C12-R design. they've been added to the post. – http://aspha.lt/12w

  6. Anthony says:

    Thank you for the support, and yes there are some inspirations here and there. Bikes are so small, many shapes rapidly remind of other makes to people who know well the history of motorcycles :)
    The bike should reach the final modelling stage for Christmas, and production is scheduled for early 2011.

  7. Sexy, sexy things. http://bit.ly/dCYNa3 #motorcycles #design #illustration