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 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.

KTM 1290 Super Duke R Prototype Concept Bike

11/13/2012 @ 5:10 am, by Jensen Beeler38 COMMENTS

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As we said before in our EICMA coverage, the teased machine under the orange sheet was not a production model, but in fact a concept bike of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Prototype. The first fully functional concept bike that KTM has ever shown, the KTM 1290 Superduke R Prototype makes an estimated 180hp and looks bat shit crazy, in a good way.

Based on the new KTM Super Duke, the KTM 1290 Superduke R Prototype  uses the same pavement kicking LC8 motor as the KTM 1190 RC8 R, though with an extra 100cc of skin in the game. Radical in just about every way, our favorite aspect has to be the custom Akrapovic exhaust, which is simply delicious. The boys and girls at Kiska really out did themselves on this one.

Quasi-Technical Specifcations of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Prototype:

Engine: Liquid-cooled V-twin based on the RC8 R with ride-by-wire
Displacement: one.point.three
Power and torque: More than ever
Electronic assistance: ABS, traction control, anti-stoppie, and anti-wheelie control (all can be deactivated)
Frame: Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular frame
Swingarm: Light-alloy single-sided swingarm
Suspension components: WP prototypes – upside-down fork with gas pressure cartridge, directly connected shock absorber
Wheels and tyres: Light-alloy wheels with slicks
Brakes: Brembo racing callipers front and rear
Weight: Unbelievably low

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Photos: Courtesy of derestricted


  1. Terry says:

    Stunning machine, a work of art. They really should just go with this, Stevie Wonder would buy it!

  2. loki says:

    It does look good, though the “wow” factor isn’t present for me, sorry. The exhaust is indeed stunning, but… that’s about it. The rest is frame, a lot of orange paint and stickers.

    Oh, and that 180hp figur is indeed is badass but completely useless and unusable on a naked bike. That’s just a brag-about figure to use while showing off at your local café.

  3. Corey S says:

    Good looking bike. I hope the street version is close to looking that good.

  4. anti says:

    I’ll buy it. Now.

    So refreshing in an era of uglifying motorcycle design that puts layer upon layer of muscular plastic everywhere, and no single purpose other than ticking boxes and keeping up with the peers. It has just been said above, which states all that I love about this bike. An awesome frame, a brutal engine, minimal painted bodywork in non conservative corporate paint. I’m not crazy about graphics on bikes, but KTM actually do it very well and their own way.

    There is no concept here, there’s a bike I need.

  5. Ganny says:

    This is SICK!!! WOW!! Hope the production version retains the look

  6. mike says:

    Add mirrors and a headlight and don’t change anything else design wise, offer some other color choices, give it all those electronic goodies (traction control, wheelie control, abs, etc), and price it around $15k.

  7. Brian ZS says:

    I like how the concept bike they are showing has the shagged tires on it from the promo pics!

  8. marco says:

    looks like a ducati Steetfighter

  9. JJ says:

    Any room for saddlebags for the hard core commuter?

  10. KEG says:

    HOT! Where is the instrument cluster?

  11. Gutterslob says:

    Looks proper mad, I gotta say.
    Some hints of the Duc Streetfighter, but KTM’s engine and plumbing looks so much neater. Orage frame is kinda tacky for me, though. Would’ve preferred a black frame with the orange bodywork. Love how they’ve used worn tyres in the presentation.

  12. RGR says:

    I want those wheels for my RC8R…

  13. Alex says:

    This is what I’ve been holding on to my money for….KTM PLEASE MAKE THIS BIKE, don’t make me get the Tuono! :O)

  14. JohnEE says:

    More bikes should be this ridiculous…..I would buy it in a heart beat. My only complaint is the forward cylinder exhaust, does not look as clean as the rear one. That exhaust probably makes ears bleed in a one mile radius.

  15. Daniel Croft says:

    Sweet looking bike, shame the pictures are oversaturated though.

  16. Dranaid says:

    I think the bike have to much orange wheels will look better if they put in black with one orange stripe. They should work to the front of the thing is to ugly

  17. MtnCat says:

    Bike of the year for sure!(w/trac control, abs…ect only). Great looking bike, always needed the RC8R motor. By by 08 duke r and 11 rc8r. Hello 2013 Duke R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh Yes!

  18. MikeD says:

    A my glad is only a concept !

    I want to make sweet love to that 2 piece xhaust layout, Brembo R/M/C, front calipers, fork lowers…ahh, so many precious bits and pieces !

    Ducati………see that xhaust ? Yeah, u totally BLEW IT… yours should have had the same routing ( and u don’t even have a shock in the way ! ).

    Im willing to live with the ugly front fender, fugly headlite and non-sense sky high tail section if the push it out with that 1290 Gorilla inside the frame.

    Upon further observation…i think the front cover is only there as a shield for the FRONT CAMERA, no lite there.

    C’mon KTM , FESS UP, I KNOW U HAVE FOOTAGE of your test rider being a TOTAL HOOLIGAN, beating sadistically on those tires and stringing the life out of the e-Gas cable(s).

  19. MikeD says:

    Oh, and that 180hp figur is indeed is badass but completely useless and unusable on a naked bike. That’s just a brag-about figure to use while showing off at your local café.

    Yeah……and to quote someone else from another website……..

    We didn’t need to go to the Moon or Mars…and yet…..(^_^)…

    Live and let live. Is ok to critizice.

  20. 76 says:

    I want one, it will look very nice next to my 07 SD.

  21. mike says:

    I was leaning towards the Tuono V4R but I may have to wait and see what this KTM looks like and how they price it. 6 months ago I was leaning towards getting away from bikes and getting a sports car but damn it’s hard to beat the bang for buck these bikes offer.

  22. Redrams9 says:

    The Superduke R definitely needed a big HP boost, whoever says that the HP is useless obviously never had one on a racetrack! The 09 R with race slicks is a blast on the track, and almost as fast as my RC8, just needed a bit better brakes, suspension, and 30 more HP! Now it’s going to be the ultimate track day ride!!

  23. Redrams9 says:

    Hey Jensen, are you the same guy that we rode the KTM Skip Barber Track School with? Do you remember the Canadians?

  24. Minibull says:

    Looks like gas charged forks, and those Brembo calipers look almost identical in design to the proper SBK or GP ones. Love it XD

  25. sunstroke says:

    Sadly, the engine is just too small. They should have gone 1600cc and 300hp b/c you can’t have fun with less than 300hp. Well, I guess really 350hp is better than 300hp so they should probably go to 2000cc cuz that’s where the market is headed. But if it doesn’t reach dealerships until 2013, it might be best just to jump straight to 400hp b/c riders can’t really be troubled to travel to the dealership for a bike with anything less than 400hp.

    By 2014, 1000cc Superbikes are going to be entry level bikes. KTM need to be thinking about the future. If it weighs less than 500lbs and it costs less than $25,000 and it goes slower than 300mph, I don’t really see the point.

  26. KTM 1290 Super Duke R Prototype Concept Bike

  27. MikeD says:


    ROTFLMAO. I’ll be the sensible one to start the trend and trade my Dinosaur SV1000N for a “more up to my riding level” DR200SE. The world will be a much better place. (^_^)

  28. digfoto says:

    A sweet looking prototype, BUT the tank dimension is too HIGH and the tail section too SHORT. I
    I hope KTM builds this bike close to the prototype, though. It’s edgy while not looking weirdish like the first generation looked. (I know ..I owned one!)

  29. Redrams9, I am the very same. There were a few Canadians if I recall.

  30. KTM sent me the following technical specs, hilarious:

    Interesting facts about the prototype:

    Engine: liquid-cooled V-twin based on the RC8 R with ride-by-wire
    Displacement: one.point.three
    Power and torque: more than ever
    Electronic assistance: ABS, traction control, anti-stoppie and anti-wheelie control (all can be deactivated)
    Frame: Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular frame
    Swingarm: Light-alloy single-sided swingarm
    Suspension components: WP prototypes – upside-down fork with gas pressure cartridge, directly connected shock absorber
    Wheels and tyres: Light-alloy wheels with slicks
    Brakes: Brembo racing callipers front and rear
    Weight: unbelievably low

  31. Redrams9 says:

    Hi Jensen!
    That was us! There were actually 3 of us from Canada on that course and we were so impressed with the Rc8, that we all bought 2011′s. still have the Superduke R in the garage as well though.
    So are you at the show right now? Or what is your in to all these great updates?

  32. @Jensen: Best. Specs. Ever! :-D

  33. Richard Bradley says:

    I loved my SD, now got 690 duke. I would buy this depending on the price?

  34. Sixty7 says:

    Looks to be the most exciting bike of 2013……

  35. MIke says:

    I hate when they show us these bikes and then don’t release them for another year. I was just watching some video and it said this one is at least 12 months out. If I was KTM I’d say something along these lines…

    “Here is the KTM 1290 SD. Horsepower is 180, weight is less than 400lbs, it will come in one color, there will be one version which comes completely loaded, it will cost $14,999 and it will be available in U.S. dealerships within a month, and it will blow you’re f*ing mind”

  36. MikeD says:



  37. Bad-Ass! Love the dirtbike style high leverage bar set up. A Super Moto superbike, hard to think of anything that would be more fun for street riding. And the sound of that engine… phenomenal.

  38. Peter M says:

    I have a super duke 990R , it is an amazing motorcycle, nothing comes close in power and handling.This looks even better.Hey KTM,lets get going on the production bike i will be first in line. No such thing as useless horse power