Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

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.

Deus Ex Machina SR542 – The Mono

05/31/2009 @ 12:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

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Deus Ex Machina is coming stateside, and for its American debut, the Yamaha SR500 based SR542 will be their inaugural motorcycle. Based on a model motorcycle, the Deus has some coin in it with Öhlins suspension, and a littany of hand done custom fabricated parts. Pictures and press release after the jump. Read below for the press release from Deus Ex Machina on the SR542:

Carcus from a 1978 Yamaha SR500

Old girl originally purchased from a bloke down on his luck and in the middle off cancer treatment (no lie).

Fashioned in spirit of our original SR Chainsaw Longtracker, mid LWB swingarm to enhance ridability.

Staunched up chassis,enabling all running gear to keep beach sized footprints off the rear 180/80-14″ Dunlop K180′s on the tarmac.

One off Factory Ohlins Supermotard forks originally destined for the Kawasaki S/Motard Rider Liam McGee, nephew off ex GP rider, Kevin McGee, luckily found there way into our hands.

Heavy internal mods to sure up geometry and rake to help her tip in nice and quick, whilst providing good high speed straight line stability.

Ohlins back leg consists off a one off custom made Ohlins Shock to suit, including shaft length, valving specs, all internal work, bottom out rubbers, rebound isolator valve, 3-stage compression valve stack vs 2 stage rebound, external mounted reservoir, external adjsuters for reb and comp, and a fat spring to take the load and handle the leverage ratio forces imposed on the unit by the mid-hillclimber swingarm.

542cc high compression engine modified with head flow work, hot cam, lightened and balanced crank, piston and rod.

Keihin Flat slide FCR37mm Carb and custom inlet manifold to meter the fuel and provide good intake velocity than some of the larger units, thus greatly improving bottom end and mid-range punch for around town balls out fun.

Exhaust handled by our 2 piece reverse cone silencer with the core puched out and force fed a 50mm perforated core, provides great back pressure on the engine, and enough bark to satisfy the next door neighbours solicitors.

A heavily modified chassis with the help of ex qantas engineer Jimmy Healy off Sublime Fabrications – hard mounts the powerplant, carries all electrics and battery under the seat section, swinging off the front is a custom made billett set of triple-trees, fashioned by Sydney 3D CNC magician, Mario Ricciardo, including a 3 degree re-set offset to accomadate leading front axle mount and help twitch her up, all lightened with engineered webbiing, and anodised black.

Bar clamps were incorporated into this setup, along with all instrument, switch gear and headlight mounting.

Triple trees were spread to allow for more of a wideglide set-up, clamping custom spacers and axle kit below to carry speedo unit, black ring 130/80-18″ alloy front rim and hub with stainless spokes. Spun wheel carries a 320mm BRAKING Wave disc and Supermotard 2 psiton caliper – the 4 piston units were too powerful for this light machine, aqnd the 2 piston unit provided better feel and good flex for all testriders.

Mario also came to the rescue with constructing the complex rear sets required, which incorporate adjustable leverage ratio on the rear brake actuator rod, fold up footpeg and modified kickstart boss to step out and away from brake levers and pegs for a good solid swing.

Starting this high-comp puppy is quite easy, along as you get a nice swing at her, very similar to all modern MX machines, couple of pumps of the throttle accelerator fuel pump into her throat and she’s good to go!

Fuel tank is a custom alloy TT style unit in a 2mm thicker wall thickness to standup to some abuse, mated with a Nitro-heads modified seat from a W650, high density foam – beaded.

Posh billet indicator units, Tag pro-taper styled bars with tanned gum grips keep the controls tight and accessable, Hoffman designed pillion peg mounts, actuator rod pivots and headlight mesh.

Source: Deus Ex Machina via HFL


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  2. Nicky, Thailand says:

    How much this bike cost?