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.

The KTM 1290 Super Duke Caught in the Wild

04/20/2013 @ 7:09 am, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

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Spy photos of the KTM 1290 Super Duke are nothing new, and the Austrian company has even gone as far as to tease us with a heavily massaged KTM 1290 Super Duke R prototype at the 2012 EICMA show. With the final version of the superbike-powered streetfighter expected to be decidedly less edgy, the photo brought to us today (one can only guess when it was taken), if anything else, is a reminder to be reluctant our expectations.

The ever elusive “spy” photo, what we have here looks to be a near production prototype of the KTM 1290 Super Duke that has been caught in the wild. Easily the clearest photo we have seen of the road-going bike, it clearly holds KTM’s LC8 motor as well as the same trellis frame found on the “beast” prototype.

Free of its paint and Kiska-designed graphics, the KTM is without some of our most favorite design elements that we saw on the prototype in Milan — most notably the hybrid underslung / GP-style Akrapovic exhaust (maybe the Slovenians will help us out here).

We imagine that when the Austrians finish gussying her up, we will be more excited about the new Super Duke, and we admit that we would like to see KTM take a longer journey down the edgy route they explored with their EICMA bike.

A solomen reminder about over-hyping a machine before its official launch, if you fail to deliver something that meets or exceeds the expectations you create, you end up with quite the disaster on your hands. Hopefully that’s not the case with here with the KTM 1290 Super Duke.

Source: Bothan Spies


  1. Jaxxx says:

    I was excited about this bike….was.

  2. Drew says:

    +1 for the was above, guess I’ll hang on to my evo monster after all.

  3. Ganny says:

    Here’s another +1 for Jaxxx

  4. Ganny says:

    Hope its just a temp body

  5. vaisakh says:

    niccee… but crappy duke 125 headlight???? cheap!!!!!!!

  6. JeCo says:

    Pheeeewww dodged that new bike purchase.. Thanks KTM.

  7. Kenny says:

    Whats different to the prototype? Dual tuned exhausts, which if a certain slovenian company don’t make I’ll eat my hat. Carbon fibre undertray, and mudguards. The ant-like headlight cluster, again if somebody doesn’t make it… The remote reservoir forks, indicators, fancy levers, licence plate holder, the last four I can live with/without.
    The only think that looks really out of place is that massive coolant reservoir and the exhaust. Otherwise I think a lick of paint would still have me drooling all over it.
    I sincerely hope they live up to the “Beast” ethos.

  8. CTK says:

    I think you guys are overreacting. The most important part, the big 1290cc v-twin, is still intact. Everything else can and probably will change. I am kind of hoping Ducati brings back the big boy Streetfighter with the Panigale lump

  9. CJ says:

    I like it better without all of the ORANGE – KTM, please make mine black with a shine.

  10. bakeery says:

    please just change the headlamp for the real production.

  11. arkangel says:

    @ CTK – my thinking exactly .. till then I’ll keep the dry clutch / trellis frame version
    - may even keep them both – if the make the above desired !

  12. carbon says:

    I like it. I really liked the orange of the ‘beast,’ and really really liked the paint treatment on the beast’s wheels.

    I don’t care about the beast exhaust, as a 2-into-1 makes more torque anyway, and that 2-2 beast exhaust looked like it would be louder than my harley. Can’t stand the harley decibal level; putting on a supertrapp 2-1 to tone it the hell down.

  13. Christ isn’t anybody here familiar with the term test mule?

    And of course for Posers, all that matters is how it looks because they’re never going to REALLY ride it anyway. What matters for REAL motorcyclists, is how does it ride, cosmetics are for girly men, no offense ladies. :)

    Too bad the photographer didn’t take the time to talk to the rider, some feedback would of been nice.

  14. Herb Belin says:

    I’m riding a 990 SD now and have my name on the waiting list at the local dealer. Hopefully the final production version of the 1290 will look more like the prototype with the wild paint and great exhaust. As it now stands I would not upgrade based on what I am seeing……

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  16. KEG says:

    i am pissed, actually pissed off! I have been calling dealers trying to place a deposit on 1st orders. Thank god i just bought a 1098 SF. Shame on you KTM. I also got a 2010 Duke R last year instead of the new duke 690: Why? because your new duke is lower, less aggressive and has the most hideous headlights. I bought a ticket and flew to Milan last year only to see the so called beast: again big big shame on you for this rendition. guys I am salty, real salty. I sincerely hope its just a great case of good camo.

    Sincerely, Disappointed Fan

  17. KEG says:

    the back looks like a cb1000r and the front a b-king. oh dear!