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.

Ducati 599 Mono Concept – Drool Worthy

01/08/2010 @ 12:46 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Keeping today’s trend of showing off designer concept motorcycles, we bring you Dan Anderson‘s stunning Ducati 599 Mono. You may remember Anderson as the man behind the Voltra electric concept that made its way around the internet not too long ago. Well he’s back and his latest pen work is jaw-dropping. With a 352lbs dry weight, and big single cylinder thumper of a motor, we could see this Ducati embarassing some wouldbe racers on any given Sunday Morning Ride.

Effectively taking the Ducati Evoluzione 1198 motor and lopping a cylinder off of it, the 599 mono displaces, as you might guess, 599cc’s, and uses four valves to get air in and out of its massive single cylinder.

Anderson doesn’t go as far as to ponder power output figures, but we’d expect a bike like this, if it were to come to reality, to be a torque monster…and to sound really, really, really good. The concept is set to rival the rumored KTM RC4 motorcycle, which is expected to come from a similar inspiration as the 599 Mono.

However, chances are probably close to zero that Ducati would make such a bike, but an enterprising garage hobbist might take up the challenge. If so, make two…we’d like one.

Source: Coroflot via TwoWheelsBlog

Comment:

  1. Mickey says:

    Why not make it? ducati made the Supermono not so long ago?
    http://www.ducati.com/heritage/anni90/supermono/supermono.jhtml

  2. Sean Mitchell says:

    Agreed, I like the idea. The original is a legend, they should keep the supermono concept a part of the company mythos.

  3. Ceolwulf says:

    Ducati have a rich history of sporting singles, and it seems like a waste not to continue it!

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  6. Skadamo says:

    Someone needs to hire this guy.

  7. Phil H says:

    I love monos and there has been many mono concepts before (such as the Cagiva Mito) – what’s so special about this one?

  8. uberbox says:

    Ducat seems to like the item of ignoring what real brand lovers want and instead focus on what they think Ducati should be. They are beginning to become something like the sport-bike version of Harley-Davidson. Both brands were made popular by smaller displacement fun to ride machinery steeped in nationalism. Now they make overpriced, over sized bikes for attorneys and CPAs.

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  11. Nick says:

    uberbox- what are you smoking? Oversized? Show me a Duc that is big & fat like a Harley – then show me one that isn’t fun to ride. They’re not cheap that’s for sure- but they don’t have the volume to afford low margins, and if you look at the low-margin, high-volume bike manufacturers… well, how are they doing right about now? Love all those 2010 Japanese inline 4s.

    If Ducati tried to compete on volume and price, that WOULD be the death of the brand, both figuratively AND literally.

  12. CBR600RR 09 says:

    I would gladly pay $20,000 for the Ducati 599 Mono. What an exquisite looking bike. And so appropriately sized in displacement! This bike NEEDS to be made, so that the Ducati lover in all of us can get there hands on some Genuine material without breaking the bank.

  13. RD350 says:

    With the explosion of trackdays, the popularity of Ducati and the generally older demographic of motorcyclists today, I am certain enough bikes could be sold to justify its manufacture.

    No, it wont be sold to young squids for whom bigger and cheaper is always better, that’s obvious. It wouldn’t be for the masses..

    True enthusiasts however, will be all over it.

    I think a lot of people would be interested in a gorgeous, low volume, sub-350lb, 75hp sportbike with premium suspension and brakes.

    Lets start a petition and let Ducati know how people feel!

    I will commit to buy one right now!

  14. Morpheous says:

    ..But RD? KTM already has that bike: the Duke 690! ;-) You need one!

  15. RD350 says:

    Morpheous can testify as to the uber coolness of a high performance street single.

    And he’s right, I do need one. But as an old Ducati 250 racer, I am holding out for the Supermono! For now anyway …

    Here is some more Mono madness also appearing this week?

    http://www.pianetariders.it/2010/01/hypermono-project-by-sak_art-design/6113

  16. Will says:

    Not sure if I like the looks better than the old model, but still a real conversation piece for those who will be able to deal with the price tag. I remember Jerry Woods blasting around at Loudon on his, quite the machine.

  17. Hmmm. I finished up a similar design study back in 2008.

    http://www.timcamerondesign.com.au/666bike.htm

    Obviously a Ducati single for the street is a strong idea.

    Tim C.

  18. Maxwell says:

    I at one time had a FBF prepped F1 which I had to sell. To this day I cannot tell you how I miss that bike. While I’d love to build a TT1 or TT2 to replace it my skill level is not up to artistic level to pull off that kind of project. While doing a search for the Ducati Mono I came across this. A production Mono could go a long way to make me feel better about not having a F1 now.

    I wish Ducati make this but I’m just a consumer, what do I know.