Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

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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?

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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

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Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

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Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

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Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

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Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

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. buellracerx says:

    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