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.

Husqvarna MOAB Concept – A Modern-Day Scrambler

11/08/2011 @ 1:17 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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We already know that the Husqvarna as a brand needs to start pulling its weight around the BMW Group, which has lead the once off-road brand to expand into on-road segments. We also know that the last time the Swedish brand debuted a concept bike at EICMA, it ended up giving birth to a production model. Debuting the Husqvarna MOAB concept at EICMA today, Husqvarna has done a modern-take on the classic 1960′s & 1970′s scrambler aesthetic, and is undoubtedly testing the waters on the brand increasing its range of street motorcycles.

“The red tank, the spacious seat, the yellow side panel number holders, the simple stripped-down frame…these all form the essence of the new incarnation of the Husqvarna spirit,” said the company in its press release. While it is always interesting to see how a group perceives itself, it is perhaps even more telling to hear a company describe what it is trying to change itself into. While many Husqvarna hard-part liners were put-off by the debut of the Husqvarna Nuda 900, we have a feeling the Husqvarna MOAB concept will strike a chord that is clearly novel, but also true to Husky’s old values.

Featuring at 650cc motor with a perimeter-style frame, the Husqvarna MOAB concept also has 17″ wheels that are of course shod with semi-knobby dirt-track style tires. We especially like the LED headlight that has been built into the front number plate. For a completely exposed motor, the Husqvarna MOAB has a surprisingly clean motor display, which adds to the modern-yet-simple look of the bike. This pleases us.

Hopefully Husqvarna will create something close to this design, as we think it would be received well in the market, as well as build the new Husqvarna brand that the company quotes in its press statement. Drool over the photos below, and if the embedded video of a lumberjack building the scrambler in the woods doesn’t make you go “hmm…” then we don’t know what will. Happy Tuesday.

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Source: Husqvarna

Comment:

  1. jackie says:

    I want to love it, having owned a ton of other Huskies…but it’s just too “retro” for my taste. I like their more modern takes on design. This one makes me think of a fat sausage…with racing rain tyres.

  2. Ed Gray says:

    Even before i saw the video i said ’69 CR. Its awesome. The name’s not quite right though, when I think of Moab I think of rocks not sand or hard pack to slide in. From my perspective just the right mix of retro and modern.

  3. irksome says:

    As a bona-fide old guy, I like this better than the Transformer toys masquerading as motorcycles these days. Brad Lackey would be pleased.

  4. Halfie 30 says:

    I am sport bike guy to the core, but since moving to Seattle have found that other types of two wheeled fun can be had. This bike is one that could be utilized to the fullest in this part of the country. Any word o. A price range they would be shooting for?

  5. MrFancyPants says:

    I can see me taking one of these home

  6. KDubya says:

    The styling has a few details that are too “concept bike” -ish. However, a bike with that kind of specs and spirit would be a perfect fit in my garage.

  7. fazer6 says:

    Having put many great miles on an X-country, if they build it today for the price of that bike, I’ll buy it tomorrow.

  8. MikeD says:

    I like it.
    Darn thing looks so Spartan & BareBones that i actually like it.
    Slap some cast tube-less wheels on it and i’ll be all over it like a Fly on Fresh Manure.
    I think it makes for a heck of a commuter and weekend back road scratcher.

    Wierd, they used a speed sensor similar to the ABS systems instead of one on the front wheel or on the front sprocket cover like my SV1000N.

  9. Gary says:

    Like. Sort of answers your inner Steve McQueen.

    Ref. frames 18 & 19. Did they ever nail the guys stealing their old WR in the surveillance video?

  10. RD350 says:

    I like the idea of an updated scrambler .. especially an updated retro looking scrambler!

    But unlike the scramblers of old, it must be light, have quality suspension and brakes and work well in a variety of settings … city bike, back road, fire road and even light off road.

    Seat height must be low ..

    This Husky needs a little honing, but the concept is very sound.

  11. fazer6 says:

    I like this in particular because of its street bike slant–The X-country is a good bike, but too much a compromise between street and dirt; Too heavy and undersprung for dirt, too soft for street. It was never a real dual-sport, nor was a it a good pseudo-dirt-tourer, ala GS etc.

    This bike looks just about perfect, with modern running gear, good looks, and just light and affordable enough to risk running some fire roads.

  12. DRC says:

    I will buy the first one. Perfect. Fresh. Classy.

  13. Campesino says:

    I like the Steve McQueen spirit behind this quality scrambler, and it seems confortable enough to ride two-up, around the town (and Marroc). I hope it´s not another new fake concept bike from BMW marketing managers. Finally a bike with a decent wide seat. Bravo Husky!

  14. tushar says:

    hello i wont husqvarna concept moab but minimum price