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.

KTM Super Duke 1290R Concept by Mirco Sapio

04/10/2013 @ 3:52 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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One of the most eye-catching machines at the 2012 EICMA show in Milan, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R shows the Austrian brand’s return to making beastly asphalt-churning street-nakeds. Edgy in design, and featuring a bored-out version of the KTM 1190 RC8 R’s v-twin engine at its core, we are counting down the days until the Maestros at Mattighofen release the new Super Duke upon us.

Helping tide us over until that day is this very interesting re-imagining, Micro Sapio’s KTM Super Duke 1290R concept. We have featured Sapio’s work here on A&R before, though we have to say we are more smitten with his more recent take on the Super Duke than his last.

Taking some cues from KTM’s concept design, the highlights of Sapio’s concept are its gorgeous tail section and exhaust, as well as the unique front-end fork and air-intake design. We wouldn’t mind seeing some of these ideas incorporated into KTM’s final work, though we think the LED headlight and some other details are going to put off some enthusiasts. More photos after the jump.

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  1. jimmy smith JR says:


  2. Flyingfox says:

    Sorry KTM that is an abomination, absolute rubbish design, retro for the sake of it, the frame looks stiff and totally unforgiving, the headlight wouldn’t illuminate my garage and the seat is plain sadistic.

  3. Jeram says:


    I disagree, not about the looks but the function.

    The frame doesnt look any stiffer than any other trellis frame, its just an optical illusion.
    The LED headlights will definitely suprise you.

    I have an LED headlight on my custom build bike that utilises just two little LEDs (this bike has 10). with just 2 LED’s it puts out as much light as my cars headlights, which are pretty decent!

    The main difference is that this concept bike doesnt show any lenses which would be required on the production bike to ensure that the majority of the photons are perfectly focused in a band of pure light, unlike incandescent bulbs which waste alot of their light in bright spots and the peripherals.

  4. paulus - Thailand says:

    it only looks great from one angle… the other views it looks top heavy and like a maxi scooter.
    Sorry… I know it is a concept, but by the time the realities of real bike technology (brake lines, indicators, somewhere to hang number plates), it would look a mess.

    Back wheel and swing arm are pure Ducati design.

    not liking it!

  5. Neil Craig says:

    As a complete package, I don’t like it either but there are some parts I find very interesting. The tail section is clearly inspired by the Panigale, but the exhaust integration is very unique.

    The front suspension is interesting, with the calipers mounted at the bottom. However, I cannot see how the whole setup will work…

    The tank seems to bulky and ultimately spoils the design, but with many components located in unusual places, there is a lot of ideas on this bike I’d like to see in production one day…

  6. smiler says:

    Those brakes surely will not work, curbs, leaning the bike over, collecting road dirt in spades. Like some of the details though. The side view looks very modern and pushing design forward. The rear looks like a scream mask!

  7. Slangbuster says:

    It looks like a “Segway” (Stand up electric scooter) that mated with an orange Bird Eating Spider and a white Preying Mantis. Otherwise it’s fine :) It’s not really my taste but it’s certainly a creative effort and has some interesting ideas.

  8. BrianZS says:

    I agree with Neil Craig in that parts of the design are very interesting, but as a whole, I am not a fan. I think the rear shock remote adjustment being underneath the way it is is a little different, but the origional design had the forward cylinder exhaust there ala GP Style which made sense in terms of putting more weight lower. The air intakes on this incarnation remind me too much of an angular futuristic Buell 1125CR. I like the guage cluster, and while I am not completely sold on the LED headlight, I am not discounting the idea either. I am perplexed by the idea of putting the calipers on the bottom of the forks in that way, due to the sense in terms of actual servicability if this were an actual potential idea. I think they are clean in the idea of integration, just not exactly practical. Lastly, I like the minimalist nudity of the EICMA bike versus the very cladded incarnation here. It almost seems like he did this design to give places to hide things instead of the raw exposed streetfighter that the EICMA bike was. That rawness is what makes the Superduke the nasty weapon of ultimate hoonage that most appreciate it to ultimately be.

  9. anders eliasson says:

    Fugly …


  10. Kenny says:

    One thing I love about KTM is their minamilist philosphy, I find this concept just has too much bodywork on it. I think it would look a whole lot better without the engine cowling and the lower half of the seat unit.
    As for the odd front brake setup, it makes no engineering sense. The suspension struts would have to be beefed up to resist the larger bending moment compared to a standard set-up. Never mind the constant worry of smashing the calipers off something or them touching down on a track.
    I’m not too sold on the instrument/control cluster. I like the idea but the execution isn’t to my taste.
    But I could forgive any/all of it, so long as it sounds like the prototype….excuse me I must go listen to that video again

  11. Singletrack says:

    Step back from the edge guys… its only a concept drawing. And its not even officially from KTM. Mirco’s just playing with ideas.

    Anyway, I must be old, because I don’t really like the current trend of ‘front heavy’ design with minimal bodywork. Most of the new sportbikes have excessively truncated the rear bodywork, the Aprilia SBK in particular. I really don’t mind having some place to attach a bungey cord to… or carry a passenger.

    Perhaps I’m stuck in the 2000′s, but my ’06 CBR600F4i is still turns my head in the garage. Every time.

  12. mxs says:

    Not sure about the tank front ears transition making that tank look very high compared to where the seat height is, but I like it very much over all.