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.

2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848 Caught Blurring the Lines Between the Multistrada? [UPDATED]

07/11/2012 @ 12:04 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848 Caught Blurring the Lines Between the Multistrada? [UPDATED] 2013 Ducati Hypermotad 848 spy photo 635x475

UPDATE: The water-cooled 2013 Ducati Hypermotard has now been released by Ducati.

We have a sneaking suspicion that the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848 that has been spotted tramping about is going to be a very interesting motorcycle indeed; as from out perspective, Ducati seems set to consolidate the Hypermotard line into a single water-cooled model, while simultaneously offering a smaller-displacement multi-tasker that will slot in under the Ducati Multistrada 1200.

Our best view yet of the bike’s exhaust side comes from the folks at Moto Revue, as we see what looks to be a finalized exhaust can and a clear view of the HM848′s water-cooled Testastretta 11° motor. There has been tremendous confusion/controversy as to whether the spied machine is a new Hypermotard or Multistrada model, and the confusion is rightfully so, as the bike takes cues from both machines.

The seat is obviously dirt bike inspired, and is very similar to the current Hypermotard setup. Similarly, the nose/fender of the bike is a direct evolution of the Terblanche aesthetic, with the tank shape and side fairings furthering this likeness as they protrude forward.

Using the water-cooled 849cc Testastretta 11° motor though (we enjoyed this lump immensely while riding the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848), the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848 is treading into a space that was previously occupied solely by the Multistrada 1200, i.e. a water-cooled all-rounder with some off-road chops. This leads us to the conclusion that Ducati is opening a new role for the Hypermotard, which struggles for sales in just about every market except Italy.

A weaker component to the otherwise robust Ducati model line-up, the Bologna Brand is surely eyeing a new way to get sales going again for the Hypermotard. Getting pressure not only to consolidate its engine line-up to fewer models, the march away from air-cooled engines continues, as emission standards continue to increase. Seeing the strong sales of the Multistrada 1200, especially the cheaper base model, everyone expects Ducati to release an 848 version of the Multi.

Since a water-cooled Hypermotard would crossover too greatly with a smaller-displacement Multistrada, it makes perfect sense then that Ducati would combine those two models into a single unit (Multitard anyone?). Distinct enough from the Multistrada 1200, both in terms of displacement and form-factor, the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848 could be positioned to take advantage of the best aspects from both these machines, which is exactly what Ducati appears to be doing aesthetically from what we’ve seen of the bike thus far.

Expected to debut in November at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, time will tell what Ducati has up its sleeve, but there is considerable buzz regarding this bike, both in & out of Ducati HQ.

Source: Moto Revue

Comment:

  1. s2upid says:

    man that thing looks hot

  2. AK says:

    I am so ready for new Multi… hope its a smaller Multi.

  3. MikeD says:

    Really hope is a baby ‘Strada and not some Dorsoduro rival… (fingers crossed)…personally i have no use for such a kind-o-bike (Hypermotard) or a Duc for that matter, lol.
    But the subframe /tail section sure a shell don’t look like it has any provissions to carry luggage nor looks that beefy…just saying. Then again this is a Mule and pic is pretty grainy and shitty (im 110% sure this came str8 from Duc to drop-feed us and create some noise about it before it unveiling)…so…
    So ! What is it going to be ? !
    Belts for street oriented bikes and Gears for race replicas coming from Ducati in the years to come OR dumping the NEEDY/FINICKY Belt Drive all-together and going Expensive but Anvil reliable all gears in the future ?

    Their latest fad with the shock to the side anchored directly to the frame and swing arm sure is making life easy when it comes down to routing that rear header and maybe even tilting a bit the engine towards the back a la 1199, isn’t it ? LOL.

  4. Darren says:

    Looks like my kind of bike. I’m looking for something new and a Ducati could fit the bill nicely. As long as it isn’t called “Multitard” :)

  5. johnc says:

    the hypermotard is a weaker component to the otherwise robust Ducati model line-up? really? on what planet? not here on the third rock from the sun, that’s for certain.

  6. froryde says:

    Whatever it is, just make it light.

  7. wreckah says:

    it looks heavier/uglier than a hypermotard (shame) and less useable than a multistrada (shame).

    the 848 engine is a much less nice road engine than the aircooled 1100 too…for me anyways.

    i’ll pass! i’ll have a duke 690 instead.

    the hypermotard may be a weaker model in businessplan-terms but on the road, it is the best ducati by far out there at the moment. :)

  8. RJ says:

    How come “spy photographers” always have the shittiest cameras?

  9. Damo says:

    @Johnc

    He wasn’t say it was a “weak bike” he was just referring to weak sales. The Hypermotard is a great machine otherwise.

    I am keeping my eye on this machine as once my obsession with my RC51 comes to a close I am going back to a middle-weight naked bike. I am currently looking at the 675 Street Triple, The 848 Streetfighter and possibly this.

    I will have to put some “Hyper-Damotard” livery on it!

  10. MikeD says:

    @RJ:

    Haaaa…….i wonder too on this day and time when even a smart phone have an 8mega pixel shooter WITH FLASH ! and can record at 720p HD…it must be some mysterious powerful spell they had cast on the bike that curses it’s un-authorized photos making it blurry and grainy…yes, that is.

    That must be it…….LMAO. Hey, on a positive……at least their ways are not as FUDGED UP as Triumph’s when they were drip-feeding us those silly over-rated Tiger 800s.

  11. Westward says:

    The bike is clearly a smaller displacement version of the Multistrada…

  12. Hypermotard Nico says:

    “Multitard anyone?”……..Um that sounds multitarded. Clearly this thing will or at least should be called the Hyperstrada!!! Having once owned a 796 and ridden a 1100 hypermotard I a sure hope in their choosing to consolidate the hypermotard lineup that they ONLY part ways with the 796. I hope that they chose to keep the 1100 hypermotard a give it a face lift. For us bigger guys it’s much more pleasant having a liter between your legs on the chugging along freeways in and or around Los Angeles. I would be truly disappointed if the only future option to step up in displacement on a 848 hypermotard is to buy a 1200 multistrada. Things I liked about the new bike from the pictures: I really like the choice of placement of the exhaust, aftermarket cans are sure to look/sound great with the new arrangement, undertail is so damn hot, thank god they have fixed this decade long engineering disaster. It’s hard to see in this photograph but in some of the other “spy” shots, I also like that they have evolved the “beak” on the hypermotard, god that thing is fugly. I loved seeing the arrangement for the ohlins on the panigale when it was released earlier this year and to see that arrangement making its transition into other models is awesome! (Let’s just hope it doesn’t get recalled) I do not find the choice to ditch the trellis subframe appealing however. Or the loss of a dry clutch. It’s sacrilegious!!! The one thing I fear above all else is the continued production of the stock handguard/turn signal/fold out mirror assembly. I saw them installed on one of the first spy photos, they need to go, or else this thing may well indeed be dubbed multitarded.