Kevin Schwantz Tests Suzuki XRH-1 MotoGP Bike at COTA, While Randy De Puniet Matches Pace of Open Bikes

Suzuki’s MotoGP test team took advantage of the presence of the MotoGP paddock at Austin to plan a test directly after the Grand Prix of the Americas. Under the watchful eye of team manager Davide Brivio, the team planned to have test rider Randy De Puniet put in three days of testing at a circuit, as the team had not yet tested the Suzuki XRH-1 at COTA, in a bid to gather more data ahead of their return to the series in 2015. Unfortunately for Suzuki, very heavy hail and thunderstorms made testing extremely difficult on Monday, leaving the track very dirty and much slower than it had been for Sunday’s race.

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.

Moto Morini Rebello 1200 Giubileo

04/02/2012 @ 7:41 am, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

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It looks like Moto Morini gave up on its month-long teasing of the new Moto Morini Rebello 1200 Giubileo, with the company’s latest bike breaking cover today — two weeks ahead of schedule. That is just fine by us, since we had already forgotten about the Rebello 1200 Giubileo and its painful jigsaw puzzle reveal strategy, and the move is even better for the motorcycle public because Moto Morini has quite an interesting bike to show here.

A street-standard with some café racer touches, the Moto Morini Rebello 1200 Giubileo looks like quite an elegant bike with some very nice finishing touches being shown in the company’s limited photo set.

Easily our favorite detail is the unique “electric moveable saddle” that takes the Rebello 1200 Giubileo from monoposto to biposto with a simple flick of switch, while maintaing the bike’s rear-cowling look. It would seem gone are the days of having to remove a rear seat cover, or swapping out a rear cowl for a padded seat. Molto bene.

The design of the Rebello 1200 Giubileo continues the Moto Morini aesthetic tradition, and will probably be a love it or hate it sort of affair with enthusiasts. Priced at €13,900, the Moto Morini Rebello 1200 Giubileo comes with some nice kit, like a steal trellis frame, Brembo brakes, 50mm Marzoochi forks, and an Öhlins shock, though it doesn’t seem destined for the US market any time soon.

The motor is the same 1,187cc v-twin power plant found in many of the company’s latest models, and produces 130hp. Weighing 434 lbs (197kg) at the curb without fuel, the Rebello 1200 Giubileo isn’t terribly heavy, though we imagine its core demographic won’t be terribly concerned about things like that.

The Rebello 1200 Giubileo celebrates Moto Morini’s 75th anniversary, and is the first model produced by the Italian company since its resurrection from bankruptcy last year.

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Source: Moto Morini

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    I rather like it…simple yet elegant is over used but oddly apropriate in my opine.

  2. Richard Gozinya says:

    Spiffy, very very spiffy.

  3. Jake says:

    It’s quite fetching, I really like it. I would insist it be brought to the states but there are so many other bikes I want right now that I simply can’t handle any more choices. I can’t wait to hear it.

  4. M says:

    Not one straight perspective shot..

  5. Westward says:

    Very very nice, like the tunes too, tried to Shazam it, must be original work. Like the electric seat as well…

  6. mxs says:

    Until you mentioned the price, it looked OKish attempt.

  7. Afletra says:

    Kinda looks like Midalu bike, aren’t it? Any connection between them?
    Definitely not a bike that many people will buy, maybe used only in movie, ha…

  8. MikeD says:

    Nope, not doing it for me, what’s the point for this bike to exist when they already have BASICALLY the same bike with a different name ? I think they have the same sickness as General Motors …if this is the tip of the Iceberg then MotoMorini’s new owners have a tuff & ruff uphill battle awating them…anyone taking bets as to when they’ll go under again ? Any predictions ? LOL.

    Morini would have to PAY ME to choose this over a Corsaro Veloce.
    The only plus i see is the new exhaust, nice tidy looking thing(Ducati called, they want it back on their MonkeyStrada 1200). Thumbs up there.
    Almost forgot, those wheels looking good too…not that there was something wrong with the previous model.
    Would like to see more detailed photos of the rear shock and linkage, new exhaust & it’s routing.
    Swing arm looks different…now they are baking the shock with the rear cylinder header running thru the inside instead of the outside of the swinger….get some, loose some…ah ?
    The Headlight and it’s nacelle reminds me of the H-D V-Rod Night Road Special.

    Morini….try harder….in another segment ? Maybe ?….Please play again, good luck next time.

  9. Billy B.Tso says:

    meh…a little bit of everything, yet nothing striking.

  10. RJ says:

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting it to be that ugly. It’s proportions are straight up comical. That rear seat hump looks like a tumor on the bike’s ass, and prob adds some un-needed weight to the rear of the bike. I especially love how much they emphasize how technologically advanced an automated rear seat cover is. These guys really are on the leading edge here folks….

    Maybe the next Moto Morini revival will be bear better fruit.

  11. Jeram says:

    I like the shape of the rear end, its very ‘cafe’ looking which is ‘in’ at the momment.

    The tank however is lacking shape and is bulbous like the Bking.

    still, looks like a decent design, but I think there previous bikes like the corse veloce were very sexy bikes. I think it was the lack of marketing,brand awareness and dealer networks that caused the company to go belly up last time.

    It definitely wasnt the bikes.

    the other concern when buying one of these bikes is… if they go belly up again whos going to be there to sell me spare parts????

  12. Jeram says:

    PS: Ugly from the front!

  13. Pooch says:

    ugliest bike I have seen in ages.

  14. Eep. Ugly. That said, I can see how a passenger riding pillion would feel nicely ensconced by the rear cowl thingie. While I’m not keen on the style, the idea works.

  15. initially didn’t like it, but it grows on you. tank is still a bit stocky. clean up the tail + new exhaust + smaller hugger, this one could look pretty nice

    best feature = ‘fire ze missiles!’ button

  16. Dawg says:

    You can tell when the camera angles are a bit odd and it’s mainly close ups that somebody is trying to cover up the fact that something is just not very photogenic.

  17. Bob says:

    Hmmmmm… looks like a cross between a KTM Superduke and Buell…. yuck.
    Where’s that MM enduro??????

  18. Grant Madden says:

    So how much does the electric seat adjustment add to the price?Surely just a clip adjustment would have been just as effective without the extra cost.Less pose value I suppose but I cant see it being a lady killer thing,though it would make a great ice breaker.”Come outside and look at my electric seat baby.”
    Might work,dont know till you try I suppose cause its not very pretty or sexy otherwise.

  19. Drew says:

    gross, that thing doesn’t work from any angle