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 Diavel Cromo Adds Bling to the Devil

11/07/2011 @ 2:12 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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In addition to the recently unveiled Ducati 1199 Panigale and Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse, the Bologna brand has one more that it is debuting at EICMA this year: the Ducati Diavel Cromo. Similar to the Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition, the Diavel Cromo is really more of a restyling of the Italian power cruiser than a new model. Adding mirrored finished pieces to the Diavel, we imagine Ducati is trying a little bit harder to go after the blinged cruiser demographic with this one, as the Ducati Diavel Cromo sports a chrome-like fuel tank panel, retro-style seat, and laser-etched air intakes.

We’ve never been a huge fan of how the Diavel looks (the bike is a hoot to ride though), though the Ducati Diavel Cromo does make some pleasing gestures aesthetically to us. While we still wouldn’t call the bike pleasing to the eye overall, those that found the original as another work of Ducati’s art, might find the Diavel Cromo equally pleasing, if not more so. No word on price or availability yet, though we expect the production run to be limited.

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Source: Ducati

Comment:

  1. MrFancyPants says:

    I saw a Diavel on the road a couple of weeks back and I’d like to give a congrats to the photographer of these pix on being able to highlight some of the decent points of the bike while trying to detract of the fugly parts (it’s still an ugly bike).

    I’d also like to give a congrats to Beeler for trying to write a favorable article on a bike that no one likes

    Finally, I hope Ducati makes a mint off the Diavel, it’s still a bike I’d never own but hopefully they can take that profit and apply it to better bikes

  2. luke says:

    that’s funny…. while I don’t exactly get excited by them, there is ALWAYS a crowd of people gawking at them when there is one at a ride spot. Mostly positive comments and I bet plenty of conversions from those wavering between a hardley and one of the jap equivalents…

    Personally I think Ducati managed to straddle genres quite successfully here.

  3. Alonzo B says:

    Its always funny to me how when one person doesn’t like something ” nobody” likes it. Guess what mrfancypants, Ducati is selling diavels and people do like them I guess all those cruiser of the year and bike of the year awards were voted on by “nobody”

  4. MrFancyPants says:

    @alonzo b I was actually going off of what was stated in the article “We’ve never been a huge fan of how the Diavel looks”

    also – do you always associate popular with good taste?

  5. Alonzo B says:

    No I associate popular with an AMAZING bike, I wonder if you’re ridden a Diavel There were many haters until they rode the bike, I love mine, but then I guess I’m a nobody

  6. MrFancyPants says:

    @Alonzo B if popular = amazing bike then you should be riding a HD. As for “hater” can you define the word. Please be sure you don’t use “hate” in your description and make sure it can be applied towards my dislike of eggplant.

  7. Richard Gozinya says:

    Nice looking Diavel, probably not something I’d ever own though. But it did remind me of this video, a Diavel trying to chase a Griso.

  8. Marzouq says:

    I bought mine back in February and been loving it ever since! I have been riding Ducati for a while now, never thought of riding a cruiser before but since Ducati made it I was intrigued and I’m happy I got the machine but its a hell of a lot of fun to ride!

    People may have different opinions about the bike, but I can say that Ducati has always ruffled a few feathers but they do know how to make a bike that is fun to ride!

  9. Steve says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of owning some pretty ugly motorcycles that worked really well and if given the choice of a Fat Bob XLRCH Springer Duece Hardtaial Night Train Harley, I might take the Diavel. But then again…I might just walk instead.

  10. michael says:

    to MrFancyPants …… you canot compare any H.D. to a Ducati . there is no basis for it . eithe 1 will never “b” the other . h.d will never beat ducati on the track and ducati will never be flustered in chrome with tassles and leather riding down the main drag at bike week . I for 1 love both but never dare to compare. but i would never personaly own a h.d , i dont like the ride , but i like the look . the diavel i have riden and it is an awesome machine .

  11. MrFancyPants says:

    @michael the comment was in response to how Alonzo B equated popular with awesome.

  12. shallwedance? says:

    I’ve rode a Diavel and I think its truly outstanding that video with the Griso wouldn’t be like that if I was riding
    it that Guzzi wouldn’t see which way I went