Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

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.

Spy Shot: Honda CBF Spotted – 700cc Naked Middleweight

05/24/2011 @ 3:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Spy Shot: Honda CBF Spotted   700cc Naked Middleweight Honda CBF spy photo 635x476

Spy photographers Brenda Priddy & Company have snapped some more shots of soon-to-be Honda motorcycles, with perhaps the best find being a new CBF model (click here for photos on Motorcycle-USA) that appears to be an automatic unit, possibly a dual-clutch transmission equipped model.

The naked street bike slots in with the middleweight offerings that we’ve recently seen from a bevy of manufacturers, the most notable of which being the Yamaha Fazer8. Not much is known about the new Honda model, as the Japanese company is notoriously well known for keeping its projects under wraps, though we can likely expect a debut of the new CBF later this autumn.

Differentiating itself from the rest of the middleweight crowd, the new Honda CBF comes noticeably without a clutch lever and shifter-pedal, which lends us to our belief that the model will be an automatic, though it could carryover Honda’s dual-clutch transmission.

With the previously European-only CB1000R making its way to American soil, it’ll be interesting to see if the smaller CBF finds its way to the US as well. For our European brothers and sisters, the ~700cc should slot the bike in well with the 600cc and 1,000cc variations of the CBF.

Source: Motorcycle-USA

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    YAWN, I’LL PASS…what else is new ?

  2. Isaac Chavira says:

    @MikeD

    Why yawn at this bike? Is it because it’s not a 1000cc mohawk inducing ‘squid saddle’?

    I think it’s going to be great and given the fact that it’s a small bike that most likely will not be thirsty for dead dinosaurs.

  3. Damo says:

    Could be a great bike I have a Honda Hornet for many years and loved it, but I am dying to see what the respin on the Fireblade is going to be for next year. I am a huge Honda fanboy, but they REALLY need to update that litre bike.

  4. MikeD says:

    Isaac:

    Thanks for implying that im a SQUID, SADLY…im not. I wear ALL the gear, don’t know how to wheely and own an old SV1000N NOT some 190mph 195hp TORTURE RACK superbike.

    Do u happen to be from Europe ? That would explain a lot of your reaction to “my opinion” about your ALWAYS THE MASS MEDIA’S DARLING LAME A$$ HONDA.

    I say it like i saw it, A BLAND P.O.S that doesn’t give me BIKE WOOD. It works for u ? That’s cool, variety is the spice of life. (^_^ )

    If we all wanted the same life would so cookie cutter…and that’s just wrong.

  5. Isaac Chavira says:

    @MikeD

    No I’m not from Europe (US Navy Air Traffic Controller, VET) and I never said that you were a squid. I also do not like Hondas very much myself. You do have to admit they are in a new market niche. Take for example the CBR250. It’s great for 10yr old boys trapped in 16yr old bodies. This way there is a safer alternative to them buying R6′s the first time they want to own a sport bike. This 700cc will be a good starter bike as well. They key is safety and value. Our economy isn’t inspiring confidence for manufacturers abroad. I mean look at what Suzuki did with the 2010′ machines. KTM is bringing in a small bike too (125 Duke).

  6. Tom Z says:

    A little bland. But I am digging the fact that they are straying away from the standard tri-spokes which should have stayed in the 80′s.

  7. MikeD says:

    @Isaac:

    10yr old boys trapped in 16yr old bodies….LMAO, Priceless.

    Ok, i get your Drift… True, u can’t blame them for trying something else (bland or not). Everybody in the industry is hurting and looking for new ways to get those $$$.
    This might be someone’s ideal bike for all i know… lol, i should’ve taken it easier in my response…after all, no one will force me to buy it… (^_^ )’

    @TomZ:

    Yes, the new wheel pattern is a welcomed change.

  8. Hasmizal says:

    glad if this model come to Malaysia.. ;-)

  9. BBQdog says:

    ‘Middleweight’ is 150 kg without petrol ????