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.

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.

Tasty Streetfighter from Motovation Accessories

04/08/2010 @ 10:34 am, by Jensen Beeler22 COMMENTS

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What do you get when you take some of the tastiest aftermarket bits for the 2010 Ducati Streetfighter and stick them on the bike of year for 2008?…well we think that answer is apparent. With a killer custom paint job, Ducati performance parts, and some of the latest pieces from Rizoma for the Streetfighter, this bike is a stunner. We just got some ideas for our office SF, how about you? Check out all the photos after the jump.

Source: Ducati News Today


  1. Steven says:

    Looks like ass to me.

  2. Harumph says:

    It’s like that super overproduced Guns n Roses record that came out a year or so back.

  3. Bodge says:

    I think the G’n’R comment is on the oney…

    Tarts handbag.

  4. 1098S says:

    Looks great..breaks tradition and took a bold step to be different. Rizoma bits compliment well. You guys are just jealous.

  5. Cactus says:

    What you get is an ugly ass motorcycle. Britney Spears took a bold step too when she cut off all her hair…didn’t help though. And trust me, I know ugly, I ride a TL1000R and a Hayabusa! Amazing I never bought a Madura!!!

  6. Sean Mitchell says:

    The paint’s a bit much. Just because it costs a lot, doesn’t make it tasteful.

  7. CBR600RR 09 says:

    Oh. My. God

    That thing is SEXY!!!!!!!

  8. BADASSERY!!! (In all caps mind you) RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Tasty Streetfighter from Motivation Accessories – #motorcycles

  9. Desmogirl says:

    I have seen this bike in real life at Ducati Austin and I like it!!! Such detail is hard to look at in pictures. Every time you look at it you see something different. Good effort. Let’s see some of the work of the naysayers.

  10. MonkeyDuc says:

    Two words…

    Get Toe

  11. Billy B.Tso says:

    apart from the dog ugly gelati paint, absolutely awesome!! it’s over the top, like any custome bike should be! top effort chaps!

  12. meatspin says:

    i thought the paint was the nicest part of the bike other than the termis, but I’ll still take a ducati red over any other color

  13. I’ m down with it.. 100%

    BST’s, the Termi’s are bad ass, love the overall look. The paint design/colors do remind me of that hard ribbon candy at Christmas time. I’d ride it and grin the whole time though.

  14. Alex says:

    Excuse me, Motivation Accessoriesor MotovationAccessories?

  15. Alex says:

    Excuse me, Motivation Accessories or Motovation Accessories?

  16. LKM says:

    Nice!!! very tricked…………… and wicked………………

  17. Testastratta says:

    The SF is Kickass!!

  18. Trev says:

    It really made the Ducati look out of this world. WOW! Great Stuff

  19. anon says:

    Truly original and stands out from the crowd. Over the top? Possibly, but that is what a custom bike should be… above and beyond the norm. I believe Motovation did a great job of infusing a touch of class in an otherwise rather shallow sea of boring SF builds.

  20. andrew says:

    ‘Tasty’? I think you meant ‘Garish’!
    Termi pipes are nice though.

  21. TNT says:

    Very nice effort. Love the Rizoma goodies on the bike. A custom is what it is. An expression of an individual’s creativity. Some may hate it but there will be just as many who do. More importantly, it’s good to stimulate such individual expressions. I personally think that they could have gone ‘louder’ with the design. :)

  22. Keep it simple, the paint clashes and it’s giving the Rizoma Company a bad name. The Termignoni’s are also a bad representation for the Streetfighter as well. Keep it simple rule should have been applied as well.

    Just yesterday I was cruising around and in front of me was this purple colored low rider with four San Diego Charger Fan flags, which was also being by a P-Bro. I figured he was confused but more hilarious part of it all was the graphics on his bumper it stated, “Statutory Grape.” OMG my friend and I just said, “Stuuuuuupid!” Then just laughed our asses off. (Sorry I said the word Asses, for all you Hyper-Sensitive Pussies.)

    Hats off to those agree with me and the rest of you quit making exuses, get your eyes checked and above all sorry to have your panochas hurt.