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.

Bimota/BMW Concepts by Oberdan Bezzi

06/19/2012 @ 1:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Bimota/BMW Concepts by Oberdan Bezzi Bimota BB 2 Concept Oberdan Bezzi 635x443

We follow Oberdan Bezzi’s work pretty closely here at Asphalt & Rubber, if for no other reason than we like the Italian designer’s ability to fantasize about the endless possibilities available in the two-wheel world — and after, who here doesn’t like to daydream about exotic motorcycles? Lately it seems Bezzi’s imagination has gone to a world where Bimota uses more than Ducati’s v-twin lumps in its exclusive street bikes, with his most recent sketches envisioning a BMW/Bimota collaboration.

Inking the Bimota BB-2 superbike, and it’s naked sibling the Bimota BB-3 “Paura”, the usual Bezzi lines and style are present in the designs. Oberdan’s thought-process on the Bimota BB-3 seems to be well-timed though, as the Bavarian company has recently been caught testing a naked version of the well-selling BMW S1000RR at its facility. Set to be a true Germans streetfighter, BMW could very well succeed in a motorcycle segment that the Japanese have historically struggled with here in the US.

Bimota/BMW Concepts by Oberdan Bezzi Bimota BB 3 Paura Concept Oberdan Bezzi 635x443

Stopping the perpetuation of the lie that Americans don’t buy streetfighters/nakeds, the idea of a BMW-built S1000RR-dervied street-naked speaks at least to this author’s heart, and I am sure I am not alone in that sentiment. Expect that genuine article to have class-leading performance and to be competitively priced against its Japanese counterparts. Coupled with BMW’s history of making fine motorcycles, as well as the German company’s prestigious brand, it is hard to imagine how such a motorcycle will not be a hit…just like its full-faired sibling. Are the Japanese OEMs taking notes here?

As for Bezzi’s thoughts regarding Bimota, it is hard not to think about the current BMW/Suter bike being campaigned in MotoGP by Colin Edwards and the NGM Forward Racing team. Actually, it is hard not to think about any of the current CRT entries and the famous Italian brand. While Bimota’s Moto2 project seems to be slow in the making (last we heard, Ruben Xaus had been tapped to overlook the project, which may or may not be a good thing), the absence of Bimota in MotoGP would raise some eyebrows, if it weren’t for the almost certain reality that the company is once again on the verge of economic collapse, as seems to be the case every few years or so.

Still, for a company that made its name on taking production motors and building exotic custom frames and motorcycles around them, the very idea that Bimota isn’t in the CRT mix is certainly an interesting one.

Source: Oberdan Bezzi (Blog)

Comment:

  1. Grant Madden says:

    TASTY and with pillion pegs to scare your girlfriend.Cool
    Lets hope Bimota can survive to get these on the market.Naked bikes are cool as long as they keep that screen.I,ve ridden plenty of bikes without screens and its far too much like hard work.
    I wonder about single disc front brake,is it to improve steering?Would imagine so,cant think of any other reason unless its to keep the price down which would seem a bit counter intuitive on a top line machine.I suppose as long as the brakes still function superbly then I suppose its not an issue.
    If I was buying a bike such as this I would want the best kit on it I could get.My mind tells me I would want a twin disc front end.Dont know till you try.

  2. MikeD says:

    @Grant:

    Rest assured…machines such as these will carry a TWIN DISC brake set-up. NO DOUBT.
    Besides, these are just digital concepts and nothing more.
    I know what u are talking about the screen. Unless is a city bike some form of windshield is needed.
    I bougth my SV1000N with a small MRA Screen that at the time it was the first thing i was going to pull out first thing i got home…….3-4 years later, u guessed it, it’s there to stay…so much that next bike will have a proper windshield/fairings…i do lots of highway…wind blast gets OLD QUICKLY.

    Apparently the “designer” has not ridden an under-seat exhaust R1 or Daytona 675…judging by the location of the snake bladder/up pipe/catalytic converter/meat roaster location, design and lack of visual heat shields.
    Then again, im pretty bias as of lately with under-the-engine exhaust systems…i have seen the light…LMAO…but seriously, they look a lot cleaner than a retoric hanging in the wind can and pipe set-up.

  3. MikeD says:

    P.S:

    Full race replica………aaaaaaaaaaaaahhh YEAH (O_O)

    Naked Version……..ehhh…………mehhh (-_-)

    Going by looks anyway…but we all know there’s A LOT MORE to it with motorcycles than shallow opinions based solely on looks…(^_^)…why do girls come to mind after writing all that ? LOL.

  4. donno says:

    Hmmm….

    It does have a hint of Suzuki Katana in the design. Would not be out of place with a GSX-R1000 or a hayabusa engine…