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.

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.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

First Official Photos of the 2011 Ducati Diavel – Traction Control, ABS, Multiple Driving Modes, & 456lbs

10/12/2010 @ 9:11 am, by Jensen Beeler31 COMMENTS

First Official Photos of the 2011 Ducati Diavel   Traction Control, ABS, Multiple Driving Modes, & 456lbs 2011 Ducat Diavel large enhanced 1197x1600

UPDATE: Ducati USA just sent us a larger version of the photo posted on Facebook (enhanced version above). Check out the key entry for the trunk under the tail, and how the tail lights extend past the tail section to function as turn signals as well.

Ducati has just released the first official images of the 2011 Ducati Diavel on its website and Facebook page, thus beginning the teasing process as we lead up to the EICMA show in Milan in three weeks (and confirming the name Diavel in the process). Showing the ass end of the power cruiser, we get our first good glimpse of the carbon tank on the Diavel (rumors are the Ducati Diavel will come in two trim levels). Ducati has also announced that the Diavel will sport ABS, Ducati Traction Contorl, multiple riding modes, and weigh 456lbs.

Ducati has also confirmed that the 2011 Ducati Diavel will use the Testastretta 11° engine found on the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200, but has coyly made no mention of power figures, leading us to take an educated guess that the “Devil” makes a bit more power than its sport-touring cousin.

Smaller details are starting to come out as well, as we see the frame will get some red paint (as inked-in earlier), along with a central racing stripe down the tank and tail. We’ve brightened up the close-up photo after the jump, but don’t expect to see anything more than some pieces from the Ducati parts bin.

Source: Ducati


  1. Jesse says:

    I like it, been following the rumors as much as possible. Also needs to be answered, will it cost less than the VMAX? Ducati isn’t really that competitive price-wise, but the Max is crazy out of Yamaha’s usual range.

  2. gnmac says:

    Ducati – Why you make FAAAAAT bike??

  3. Sean says:

    Voglio cavare gli occhi fuori, abominio orribile.

    That there means “ugly as sin” in Italian.

  4. Andrey says:

    Might look a lot less “FAT” and ungainly in silver… zoom in and you can see the rear folding passenger footpeg brackets. Color scheme from this angle looks pretty good… have to wait and see on the side view…

  5. ML says:

    Looks great from that angle. Very masculine and stout in appearance. I love the color scheme, too.

    On another note: lol at everyone all over the internet who are getting angry over a motorcycle model. I understand it’s not visually pleasing to everyone, but there are a few who seem genuinely angry at the bike/ducati/theworld. Almost as if Ducati broke a personal promise to them or something.

    But its human nature to bicker and moan. This bike, I’m sure, will lose Ducati some ‘faithful’ customers, but it’ll definitely bring them some new ones. Just like when a music band/artist changes their sound over time… old fans leave, new ones take their place.

    If Ducati stayed the same, people would complain that they are boring and lack innovation…

  6. Sean says:

    Who are these ‘faithful’ Ducati cruiser customers that Ducati are going to lose?

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  8. Mark says:

    Not exactly what I think of when I hear the word “cruiser”. I don’t think it will hurt Harley’s sales any

  9. MikeD says:

    I just want to see the final Product…is that asking too much?

  10. Wiggins says:

    Right now our sales dept is hearing figures around 162hp, so it is putting out a bit more than the Multistrada. You are correct in thinking that there will be two versions of the bike. While our sales manager was sworn not to reveal the actual price of the bike by Ducati but I did manage to get from him that the base would cost a bit less than Yamaha’s V-Max while the S/SP/Carbon model would cost a bit more than the V-Max.
    Just like the new Speed Triple I’m trying to hold my judgment until I see it in person but from what I’ve experienced so far there just isn’t that much demand for a power “cruiser” priced at this kind of premium. Our Warrior’s have been a poor seller for a while now, the Raider gets some looks but not much else, the Streetfighter also gets ignored partially due to its price but also its intimidating power output, and we’ve sold a grand total of 2 V-Max’s since its release.
    Also if you ask me it has to many styling cues from the DN-01, which is worrisome since we’ve had the same DN-01 since its original release sitting on our floor gathering dust, but that’s a rant for another time.

  11. Ted Baxter says:

    where does a license plate fit into that clean tail?

  12. Kevin C says:


    “…the base would cost a bit less than Yamaha’s V-Max while the S/SP/Carbon model would cost a bit more than the V-Max.”

    Could you kindly define “bit”?

    Ducati is going after the “focus groups” who say they want a cruiser but don’t want a HD or one of the big 4 clones. Make it sporty, powerful cruiser with a Ducati lineage and they will come. I think the price might be a bit high on this but time will tell.

  13. Wiggins says:

    Well like I said, since he was bound by Ducati not to release the actual MSRPs I had to play a bit of 20 questions but as far as I could tell the base would be around $15-16k and the SP closer to $19k. Since he couldn’t give me a straight answer I can only give you a guesstimate of the prices but since we have 2 of each model actually on order I imagine these prices are pretty much fixed. Still its a bit higher than its competition with the R3 Roadster being at $13,999 and the V-Rod Muscle at $14,999 but lower than the new 2011 V-Max which is coming in at a stupid $19,890. Sorry I can’t be more specific but I’ll pass on any info as soon as I get it.

  14. MikeD says:

    Yeah, that VMAX Price is fricking UNREAL. Most be made out of unobtanium alloy and unicorn horn dust. (-_- )’

  15. eze1976 says:

    Kevin C Says:
    “Ducati is going after the “focus groups” who say they want a cruiser but don’t want a HD or one of the big 4 clones. Make it sporty, powerful cruiser with a Ducati lineage and they will come. I think the price might be a bit high on this but time will tell.”

    That sounds pretty close to the truth, you have to love all of the insight from focus groups.. The one positive thing is that the power cruiser / Sport hybrid cruisers have been an emerging trend in europe for the last couple years on the custom side

  16. Keith says:

    No thanks, can’t stand the power cruiser looks. Mind, I do realize that isn’t fair considering what I ride. 8^) But come on Ducati, Harley already did that look.

  17. Andrey says:

    Ted Baxter was thinking exactly the same as me… but I realized that the British License plate (which is huge) will never fit there. Perhaps this is an indication that they only intend to sell it in a few markets….

  18. jackie says:

    Look to the left of the rear wheel…there is the mounting plate for the license tag.

    I think it’s pretty hip (the bike as a whole). While it might not be my particular cup of tea, I like that Ducati continues to make interesting bikes that don’t quite fit any one particular mold. Supermono (single cylinder racer? wha wha?), Hypermotard (road going dirtbike? Mmmkay), Monster (originally an 888 racebike without a fairing built from the part bin for fun), Streetfighter (150hp naked bike?! With traction control…are you kidding me? Love it), ST4 (performance-touring bike with chain drive in a sea of shaft drive bikes), the Multistrada…and now a power cruiser, with proper weight, power and chassis. Sure it’s not a race bike. So. Most of the bikes in Ducati’s line up have never been pure race bikes. But they sure make you feel like they are. I’m sure this will have that character as well.

    Plus, if you WERE in the market for a cruiser…would you at least go sit on the bike if it was at your Ducati dealer…and maybe even pick one up instead of the ubiquitous HD? Me thinks yes you would. And would any of you NOT giggle in your helmet as you blasted past a slow-train of HD cruisers with the sound of a 90 degree v-twin peeling the paint of those lardy tassel-clad slugs?

  19. CBR600RR 09 says:

    @ jackie


  20. kevin says:


    “Plus, if you WERE in the market for a cruiser…would you at least go sit on the bike if it was at your Ducati dealer…and maybe even pick one up instead of the ubiquitous HD? Me thinks yes you would. And would any of you NOT giggle in your helmet as you blasted past a slow-train of HD cruisers with the sound of a 90 degree v-twin peeling the paint of those lardy tassel-clad slugs?”


  21. Bill Smith says:

    From what I can see it’s apparent that Ducati has created a very good marketing machine in the US and has been gaining market share (US sales up 25% last QTR YOY) with their sport and Monster line. All of the Ducati products have consistent appeal for the US sport buyer, the advanced touring rider and many educated buyers in between.

    However, a good share of Harley owners don’t fit this mold/mindset – they’re not the type to look at a V-Max (or even know who a V-max is). One needs to spend a fair amount of time in a Harley dealership or go on rides with Harley groups to really understand the demographic.

    If Ducati expects to penetrate any of Harley’s market share here (in the US) they need to:

    1. Build it in the US “Built in the USA but designed back home – in Italy”
    2. It MUST be easy to ride – I’ve ridden the 848 and the Monster 1100 and they are not easy to ride!
    3. It has to fit every attribute of a Harley owner’s expectation
    4. It must LOOK like a cruiser
    5. But it must retain its Italian heritage, flair, design

  22. Bjorn says:

    @Bill Smith, The anecdotal reports that people are ignoring the Victory in favour of HD just because it’s HD or even avoiding the V-Rod because it’s not a “proper Harley” suggests to me that Ducati would be wasting their time in setting up a manufacturing facility in the US in order to pick up a few sales when that particular market is comprised of rusted on brand fans. I think that Ducati will be pleased to poach sales from Nipponese cruiser buyers and attract those who are fans of, or curious about Italian engineering, but still want to have a cruiser.
    I also don’t think Ducati are too concerned about people who want big, heavy, low powered cruisers, they are after the power cruiser market, where excessive power to weight ratios are king. A number of posters have commented on the rise of this market segment in Europe; traditionally the first market Ducati have sought to satisfy.

  23. Bill Smith says:

    In a good year (2007) Harley Davidson will sell just north of 300,000 motorcycles world wide. In a bad year (2010) HD will sell 200,000 units. Our friends in Asia and Italy would build anything the HD cruiser consumers would purchase if they could gain even 25% of that pie. The Asian manufacturers have spent 20 years working to gain almost 50% of the US cruiser market building over-sized comfy lumps better, cheaper and with much higher quality control.

    There is no reason for Ducati (or any other motorcycle manufacturer) to ignore this market despite their heritage — it’s FAR too lucrative!

    HD has built the model, the image and the best dealerships in the country and they are more venerable to overseas competitors today than ever before. Ducati knows the formula, the expectation and the end prize. They have the capability to build the best cruisers for the cruiser-hungry US market. I just wonder if they’ll pull the trigger.

  24. Bjorn says:

    I think the Ducati brand value is seen as intrinsic in the “Made in Italy” sticker on the tank, just as HD’s is “Made in the USA.”. I seriously doubt that Ducati would build a North American manufacturing facility in an attempt to parachute into some kind of bogus “Made in the USA” heritage. I believe they will continue to manufacture in Italy and rely on their philosophy of engineering and design that produces the subjective view of it being the best bike in a given class.
    That will be enough for a share of the world-wide market including the US.

  25. First official photos of Ducati's NEW Cruiser – the 2011 Diavel. Is this bike the Duck's Nuts or what?

  26. RT @DrBobParsons: First official photos of Ducati's NEW Cruiser – the 2011 Diavel. Is this bike the Duck's Nuts or what?

  27. Tasha says:

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  28. Tokyo Dan says:

    It gave me a hardon @DrBobParsons First official photos of Ducati's NEW Cruiser – Is this bike the Duck's Nuts or what?

  29. Skaggnasty says:

    I think that this is a perfect fit for me. I own a 1098 and friends that have ridden many of the Japanese bikes out there, ( Yamaha R1, Honda 1000rr, Gixxers) report that my bike is the most aggressive and uncomfortable bike they have been on. That and the acceleration makes the passenger seat into an ejection seat. I have been looking for a second bike to buy that would be a good everyday bike to ride and take someone with. Love Ducati, and not really fond of the others in the cruiser market, Victory was the leading bike before this one. once I get the cash this is it.

  30. Slayed27 says:

    For the first of this type cruiser on the market I think they have done a bang-up job. I may even start riding again because it looks good, and seems like a promising ride

  31. Ben Hwang says:

    RT @DrBobParsons: First official photos of Ducati's NEW Cruiser – the 2011 Diavel. Is this bike the Duck's Nuts or what?