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.

Fluid Ducati Superleggera Concept by Gannet Design

11/26/2013 @ 12:05 pm, by Jensen Beeler36 COMMENTS

Fluid Ducati Superleggera Concept by Gannet Design Ulfert Janssen Gannet Design Ducati Panigale Superleggera concept 01

You would be hard-pressed to improve upon the design of the Ducati 1199 Superleggera, as the “superlight” superbike has equal helpings of design and technical beauty.

That hasn’t stopped Ulfert Janssen of Gannet Design though, as the German designer has inked an interesting take on Ducait’s 1199 platform, which he calls the Fluid Ducati Superleggera.

Janssen’s renders have some interesting elements to them, though we suspect that the Ducatisti are already sharpening their pitchforks. What do you think?

Fluid Ducati Superleggera Concept by Gannet Design Ulfert Janssen Gannet Design Ducati Panigale Superleggera concept 02

Fluid Ducati Superleggera Concept by Gannet Design Ulfert Janssen Gannet Design Ducati Panigale Superleggera concept 03

Fluid Ducati Superleggera Concept by Gannet Design Ulfert Janssen Gannet Design Ducati Panigale Superleggera concept 04

Fluid Ducati Superleggera Concept by Gannet Design Ulfert Janssen Gannet Design Ducati Panigale Superleggera concept 05

Fluid Ducati Superleggera Concept by Gannet Design Ulfert Janssen Gannet Design Ducati Panigale Superleggera concept 06

Source: Gannet Design


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  2. Richard Gozinya says:

    A lot of the modern, high powered engines just don’t work well in a naked design. All the extra plumbing, massive radiators and exhaust systems really just kill it. Naked needs simple, where the engine is displayed, raw, with little to nothing obscuring the view. Air cooled Ducatis did this really well, Voxan also had some really nice examples of it.

  3. yung says:

    I just threw up in my mouth a lil

  4. Sixty7 says:

    That’s fecking horrible…!!!!

  5. Ian John says:

    This Ulfart Janssen fellow, shoot his dog, imprison him and send his mother a sympathy card.
    Then take the most aggressive incendiary known to man, Buddha, Jesus, Allah, Yoda, and set the most terrifying fires of hell on that hideous design(s).

    Im of to look at pictures of real Ducs and MV’s to clear my palate……..and its breakfast time here in OZ Jensen, not cool man.

  6. Lowell says:

    The third design is super cool. The almost horizontal lines of the side panels really give it a sense of motion and speed.

  7. Sorry for partying Ian.

  8. Rob C. says:

    I think they look cool. So many bikes are starting to look the same these days. It is refreshing to see some one apply new ideas. I do agree with Richard Gozinya, there is elegance in raw simplicity, and that is something that is also lacking in todays bike designs. I guess I would like to see both from manufacturers. Future tech marvels and bare bones no gimmick hot rods!

  9. alexus says:

    I _LOVE_ hot it looks!

  10. kenny says:

    please stop sketching…..

  11. carboncanyon says:

    When you try something different it’s always met with such derision by people who won’t allow for designs that challenge them. I bet those are the same people who crap on designs that look too vanilla or too old.

    To simply say something sucks is weak sauce and a waste of time. Point out what you like or don’t like, possibly what you think would fix it, etc. You know, constructive feedback. Who knows, maybe the designer will see your point and incorporate your suggestions.

    I think the striated surfaces are interesting; I’d love to see more exploration with that theme. The diamond-shaped side feature clashes a bit with the more organic, sweeping lines, and the intake looks a wee-bit suggestive (“organ”-ic). Maybe the intake could be more diamond-shaped to relate to the side feature.

    Kudos to the designer for trying something new and showing the world his efforts. Not everyone is brave enough to do it.

  12. photocorsa says:

    God these drawings suck; out of perspective, out of scale, no fluidity in the lines.
    If you rendered the figures and they are not clip art — stick to that.

  13. Nick says:

    This is considered naked? I would argue it has more plastic real estate than the original 1199? Looks like he tried to make a “theme” bike in homage to the Bugatti Veyron in the first image a la American Chopper. Whereas the Veyron’s exterior design is aerodynamic and crucial to the overall performance of the car, here on the 1199 it is just crucially ugly with no rationale. . Seriously is this a design for American Chopper and they are trying to branch into the sport bike market?

    The black bike looks like a confederate Hellcat. The seat looks comfy though, how is the vibration through carbon fiber?

  14. Zander says:

    I try not to bash on other people’s hard work, but this is one rendering only Salvador Dali could appreciate.

  15. MikeD says:

    NOPE. This looks as atractive as buying a Condo on the Sun. Rather S1000R, SD1290 or R1200R for me . . . but i must say, STILL not as FUGLY as the V4 Tuono. That’s good thing.

    Is ok to experiment, try & build new things but if i had the $$$ those concepts and it’s ” would be manufacturer ” for sure wouldn’t see any of it going their way. Nice try, nice try. Keep trying.

    Hater Special: Those Super Leggera wheels STILL look like a transplant straight from an old wild west horse wagon. LMAO.

  16. pooch says:

    In the immortal words of Arnie: “what the HELL are you?”

  17. pooch says:

    Oh and ian’s calling for shooting of a dog, is neither funny, not called for. Pretty offensive actually, so ian, stfu.

  18. Paul McM says:

    I am amazed at someone who can take a beautiful motorcycle and re-skin it to look like the entrails of a mollusk:

    @Ian — hilarious take on things, but I agree the dog deserves to live. After all, the poor beast is not responsible for his misguided master’s sins. Plus the canine will be needed to poop on the ashes of Ulfert’s monument to ugliness, as a final coup de grâce.

  19. Norm G. says:

    ow my eyes, my beautiful eyes…!!!

  20. Ian John says:

    @ pooch

    Fair enough, but it did spoil my breakfast this morning.
    It was a mere figure of speech to portray my outrage.
    Ok the dog lives.
    My apologies readers.

  21. Phil says:

    “Sir……. I think you bike has syphilis!”

  22. claudia says:

    Cafe racer on crack…

  23. pooch says:


    All good, thank you :)

    I dio understand your outrage though, looking at this. it kind of reminds me of what happens to William Hurt in the end of the movie ‘Altered States’.

  24. Gonzo says:

    UGLY AS SIN!!! He should fit right in at the Hyabusa design board. What’s with that stupid hump interfering with the bars? Now that grey one…that has some potential, but is still ugly.

  25. Gabe says:

    “………That hasn’t stopped Ulfert Janssen of Gannet Design though…””

    Someone really should have stopped him!

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  27. dc4go says:

    Took the “SEXIEST” bike and made just plain UGLY. Does this designer actually get paid to design cause this looks like dog sh*t.

  28. Bluey says:

    um, how about no.

  29. Jake says:

    The 3rd image looks pretty good. The rest are horrific abominations.

  30. Hayabrusa says:

    Boy, y’all are just brutal! Yes, it is quite different (and really does need a windscreen), but different does not equal ‘bad’. I think it’s kind of ‘trippy’! Gotta loosen up, fellas – and don’t forget it’s a Kraut doing something to an Italian bike! I’m sure Ulfert wouldn’t be caught dead doing something like this to a Beemer :).

  31. MikeD says:


    LMAO. Yes, most of us tend to be on the rude side around here with the sensitivity of a Caveman. LOL.

    On his defense, drawings #3 & #5 look ok-ish . . . but still a far cry from a proper Naked/Standard . . . or was he trying all this time to create a ” Cafe Racer ” ?

  32. MikeD says:

    Forgot to add:

    Nice job there with the Logo, Jensen . . . LOL. HAPPY TURKEY DAY EVERYONE !

  33. Dave says:

    Reminds me a bit of the Moto Guzzi Centaro..

  34. Norm G. says:

    re: “Nice job there with the Logo, Jensen . . . LOL. HAPPY TURKEY DAY EVERYONE !”

    oops, actually JB doesn’t even celebrate thanksgiving. he put the turkey logo up in reference to these designs (particularly the 1st). the timing of the American holiday was just coincidence.

  35. Brandon L. says:

    I can appreciate the work and time it took to come up with it… but it’s really hard on my eyeballs…

  36. Arthurs says:

    I’d be interested to see what it looked like before it went in the crusher.