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.

Honda Mid Concept – Is This The Year of the Scooter?

11/03/2010 @ 8:55 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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Want further proof that the maxiscooter segments is poised to move in the next five years? Honda has also released its own take on the crossover market segment that sits between scooters and motorcycles, dubbed the Honda Mid Concept. With the upright and feet-forward sitting position of a scooter, but the 17″ wheels, dual-clutch transmission, and Pro-Link suspension of a Honda motorcycle, the Honda Mid Concept is another stab at looking for vehicles that fit the wants and needs of future motorcyclist and commuters.

It seems pretty apparent by now that motorcycle manufacturers foresee gasoline prices increasing over the coming years, as the finite resource becomes increasingly scarce. With transportation in urban settings already drastically changing (try driving into downtown London sometime), motorcycle companies are looking for practical, yet sophisticated responses to our transportation needs. Enter the maxiscooter segment.

Honda’s Mid Concept takes a more practical approach to the maxiscooter concept than BMW Concept C, showing us another layered fairing that’s based of the design premise first explored on the Honda VFR1200F and recently applied to the 2011 Honda Crossrunner and Honda Crosstourer Concept.

Source: Honda

Comment:

  1. Dantheautomator says:

    If you think the maxi scooter segment is just starting now, you were on another planet when the Honda Helix started it in 1986 with 250cc, followed by the Suzuki Burgman 400cc, then the Piaggio X9 500, then the Yamaha T-Max 500… or the Honda Silverwing 600… later slapped by the Suzuki Burgman 650… or the Gilera GP 800…
    :-)

  2. emd says:

    not another planet, just North America…

  3. Dantheautomator says:

    I ride an Helix from ’86 in the streets of San Francisco…
    North America, is it the place where everybody thinks that bikers must be fat, big belly / big beard and ride long fork hardtails ?
    that’s maybe why you haven’t had some smarter 2-wheels…

  4. Jake Fox says:

    It’s either that or most people I talk to assume I have some kind of death wish because I ride a motorcycle. I think most Americans spend a great deal of their time being afraid of one thing or another. It’s sad really.

  5. Dantheautomator says:

    Frightening his own people is the oldest game in governments/medias.
    :-(

  6. Scooter says:

    I have owned 2 Yamaha 400cc Majesty’s, 1 Yamaha 125CC Vino, 1 Honda 600cc Silver Wing and a Aprilia 500cc Scarabeo. They were all large scooters and the most fun that I have had motorcycling over 40 years. I just sold my 08 BMW R1200RT and I am going to get another scooter as they are just more fun. I like this new Honda concept but I would never buy a chain drive anything. I just do not like to mess with chain drives anymore.

  7. Larry Parmenter says:

    Nice looking scooter. Why in the world didn’t they use a belt drive instead of a chain though? Duh…

  8. Dantheautomator says:

    I’ve been touring with my Helix in France and California. I’ve been touring with the Silverwing 600. They are comfortable and have a lot of room for stuff/bags.
    chain drive is really a mistake. Or it should be like the T-Max, enclosed.

  9. Gyaerny says:

    Looks good, though I agree with a low maint solution with final drive (Enclosed Chain / Belt / Shaft).

    Because if the “standard” size wheels, I would figure this would look more motorcycle than scooter in person. Maybe PC800ish. Just guessing though.

  10. Dantheautomator says:

    Ah… Gyaerny… don’t get me started with the Pacific Coast 800… the smartest motorcycle !
    The one that inspire you to ride smoothly, comfortably and with all the shit you want in the trunk…
    of course it didn’t brake, of course it corner loosely, of course the engine wasn’t powerful, of course it was ugly… but if you can get over the “showing off attitude” of basic bikers, that was a nice and smart piece of 2-wheels transportation !
    :-)

  11. bikepilot says:

    The PC800 is the only 2-wheeled thing I’ve ever actively disliked riding – I think I’d actual rather cage it or walk than ride that monstrosity!

  12. Dantheautomator says:

    It’s not the prettiest bike on earth, you’re right. But if you think twice (and can overcome the show-off part of riding a motorcycle) then you’ll discover that this PC800 was way ahead of his time. Not a bike for poseurs. Not a passion vehicle. Just a smart 2-wheels…