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.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

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.

More Photos of the MV Agusta Rivale

11/16/2012 @ 9:08 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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Debuting the MV Agusta Rivale at the EICMA motorcycle show, the company from Varese didn’t give us too much in terms of press photos of its new 800cc hypermotard. Based off the MV Agusta Brutale 800, the Rivale has been highly anticipated ahead of the Milan show, and with our first glimpses of the machine, it is clear that the Rivale is has a look that is unique in the MV Agusta line (though you may find some hints from other Italian manufacturers within its lines).

We go back and forth on whether we like the new MV Agusta Rivale, and our feelings on the machine might depend on which angle we are looking at it from. Beautiful in profile, the Rivale has an intriguing tail section as well, which seems to be a design element that the Italian company triumphs with consistently.

That headlight though…it is like the Ducati Streetfighter, only worse. That being said, this author criticized the SF1098 when it first debuted at EICMA, and then promptly bought one when he got back to the USA, so…we’ll let you make your own minds up on that one.

Like the Ducati, we might have to reserve judgment until we see a Rivale in the flesh, as so often is the case with motorcycles and the internet. Priced €500 cheaper than the now water-cooled 2013 Ducati Hypermotard, and €1,500 cheaper than the Ducati Streetfighter 848, one thing is clear: MV Agusta means to take a piece of Ducati’s business with what we figure will be an $11,000 bike — interesting stuff for sure. There are a few photos of the MV Agusta Rivale live from EICMA after the jump — courtesy of our good friends at OmniMoto.

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Source: OmniMoto

Comment:

  1. derestricted says:

    Na, its too busy. I wanted to like it, but all that plastic and overdone styling serves little purpose. Bet it’s great to ride though anyway.

  2. L2C says:

    This bike doesn’t even sport full fairings. It’s practically naked. Less plastic on it than any Ninja and whatever else in that genre.

    It is a bit over-styled. Though, I could get used to it. All I’d have to do was watch some anime, then I’d have the proper mindset to enjoy the bike’s design. Or I could simply set out to have some fun.

  3. Afletra says:

    @L2C
    Naaah…I agree with the last statement :D The bike looks good though…maybe it will doing fine in some sci-fi movie, haha

  4. MikeD says:

    I’ll take her in and give her LOTS OF TLC.

    I would rather take her than a Ducati…or the regular Brutale…i know (BLASPHEMY !!!)

  5. AK says:

    Coming soon to dealer near you…. If there is one :)

  6. FastBikeGear says:

    Yuk. Like so many designs this year it’s over styled, and fussy for fussy’s sake. What makes the Panigale look so good is the clean design the lack of ‘fus’. If it doesn’t have a function leave it out. If it does have a function make it as small light and simple as possible. If its got a wart on it don’t hide the wart behind an overstyled piece of plastic – remove the wart! These overstyled designs will date very quickly and not end up classics. Often a good design is ruined in an update when they try to ‘add’ to the original design. (think Mazda Miata) Triumph has managed to destroy the beauty of their 675 bikes this year by ‘adding’ to an already good design.

    Can we please have a readers poll for the greatest LOOKING bike (regardless of genre and performance) released in the last five years?

  7. Marc F says:

    Awesome bike, but in person (here in Milan), the tail looks like a full diaper. The F3 and Brutale tail are far better done, which is unfortunate because I think the Rivale could be the perfect street bike.

  8. Giova says:

    I really like this bike, They took the hyper design and made it look amazing. The tail is very sexy. It does have a lot of unesesary plastic but I think it looks well. I reckon that this bike and the Pit bull looking Duke are the best bikes of the show.

  9. anti says:

    On a personal level, I 100% agree with FastBikeGear and derestricted. It seems there are a great deal of bike manufacturers opting “pizza with the lot” fast food aesthetic these day. Fortunately there are still examples of companies with enough pride in design to produce the panigale, and companies with heritage that can make the Nuda 900, which if you look at Husqvana’s SMR511 you can see is a very clever authentic evolution.

    What I despise in principle is that MV have copied the front elements of the hypermotard and the mudgaurd of the Nuda 900. To think of Tamburini’s amazing F4 and then this aestetic plunder. Maybe they just thought they could do it better.

  10. Westward says:

    This bike is functional art.

    Complaining about the aesthetic or the evolution of design says more about the complainer than the the style of the bike itself. Thrust me, there are plenty of GSXR’s and Harley’s to choose from, just pick a colour…

    Stealing elements from other companies is a fair criticism…

  11. digfoto says:

    As the ‘ole saying goes, “desperate people do desperate things.” The same applies for designers. This is a ill-inspired amalgamation of ideas that make little, if any, sense!!

  12. Rob04 says:

    One thing about MV’s, they take great picture’s !

  13. Mr.Truth says:

    Your all IDIOTS!

    We will take notice of what your got to say when you own a motorcycle company!

    Well done MV another brilliant bike, just watch the Jappers copy it as they do

    FORZA Made In Italy!

  14. MikeD says:

    @Mr. Truth:

    Impressive. Smartest comment ever in the history of the internet. LOL.

  15. KEG says:

    funny when i hear and read the term “over styled.” Then the aventador is over styled and so is the veyron or the pagani and the panigale at that because its a drastic change from the 1198. Personally i was very disappointed ducati did not jaz up the hyper and left that beak. I will order a rivale (no hyper looks as good or close to it) and i have ordered a brutalle 800 as well. I own a 2011 ktm dukeR, monster 1100s, monster evo, 848 SF and I am finally going MV and KTM superduke next year. And oh the Japs are following because honda’s cb1000r and kawa’s are all taking design cue’s from the Italian naked’s and we embrace it. I am a ducati guy but did not even stop over at their tent this time around because MV and KTM had my full attention. outstanding work!