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.

Video: Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang

07/06/2011 @ 3:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Video: Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang 1 635x423

If you’ve ever gotten a mouthful of hairspray before (we were awkward children growing up), then you surely know the need to get a bad taste out of your mouth. Helping us get over our magnificient indifference regarding Husqvarna’s latest video is this short clip from our friends over in Spain, Radical Ducati. In case you haven’t heard of these guys, they take junked-out Ducatis (typically air-cooled), do a bit of a parts bin mash-up, and create eye-catching pieces of two-wheeled goodness for all of us to enjoy.

Their designs are cleverly creative and very pleasing on the retinal units, but yet also have a certain gritty quality that makes for a good juxtaposition to the prim and proper Ducati brand. As for the video, its does a pretty good job of showing the Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang sitting there and looking pretty, though the go-fast addict in us really wants to see the Radical Ducati RAD 02 Corsa EVO make some laps around (insert famous Spanish circuit here). Ehh boys? Video and photos after the jump.

Radical Ducati RAD02 Pursang Build Spec’s:

  • Frame Cromomolibdeno RAD02
  • S2R Swingarm
  • Marchesini Wheels Forged Aluminum
  • RAD Ergal Triple Clamps
  • Rizoma Handlebar Risers
  • Ohlins Fork
  • MT03 Front Light
  • Brake Rotors Calipers Discacciati and Radial Pump
  • Multistrada 1100 engine, ported Heads, Camshafts DP, NCR Titanium Big Valves, Dry Clutch Antihooping EVR
  • Keihin FCR41 Carburators
  • 2 -into-1 Wolfman Exhaust System
  • SPARK Megaphone
  • Ohlins Rear Shock
  • RAD Height Rod
  • RAD02 Aluminum Fuel Tank
  • RAD02 Corsa Evo Carbon Fiber Seat Only
  • RAD LED Rear Light
  • Led Blinkers
  • Rizoma Rearsets
  • Radial Clutch Discacciati Puma
  • EVR Clutch Actuator
  • Oil 10W60 Bardah XT4


  1. joe says:

    Only the second bike I’ve seen to go from fuel injection to carb. I got an explanation on the first, what is the reason on this one?

  2. Johndo says:

    This is what wet dreams are made of.

  3. dave says:

    nice bike but too much effort for a video of a bike you can’t ride legally onroad. great.

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  5. buellracerx says:

    beautiful machine, nicely done. vid is somewhat anticlimactic, dull, pedestrian…

  6. Keith says:

    Yes you can Dave, yes you can. All it needs is a mirror and I can tag it where I live. I’m just glad I don’t live in that facsit state called kalifornia.

  7. Keith says:

    ah, my bad it DOES have a mirror adn turn signals, not to mention brake light and headlight….pip is a touch loud for my taste but by the current standards quit legal in all 50 american states.

    so what’s the problem besides a slightly ho-hum video?

  8. Tyler Sanborn says:

    Soooo cool… If Ducati made a hyper-cafe-sport-naked like that one… I just might go out & buy one!

  9. Johndo says:

    It’s simply gorgeous. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the kind of black tie-wraps on the white frame. Other then that, it’s freakin perfect. Some serious skills went into this bike. I’d probably get arrested here (canada) with that pipe, but other then that, Id just put 2 mirrors and I’d be good to go. Must be a blast to ride!

  10. Other Sean says:

    There’s a big write up on this guy (Radical Ducati, which I think is a one man band ((with his wife’s help)) in the latest Performance Bikes magazine, which is the single best Sportbike mag on the racks. It’s worth the $8.95 a month (British mag).

  11. jason says:

    For heavens sake, quit with all the fuzzy camra shots and crappy music. I WANT TO SEE AND HEAR THE BKIE!!! Wonderful……ahhhh :0)

  12. irksome says:

    Sorry, but Pursang will always mean Bultaco to me. Go Pomeroy!

    But obviously, I’m an old guy.

  13. hoyt says:

    more quick shots and loud bangs and music..yeah!!!

  14. Rolf says:

    Just… Wow.

  15. cmdo850 says:

    bike looks very cool.. the video of it is absurd.. i suppose as a focal point the bike is a good one but aver half the video the bike is nowhere to be seen. Then, it shows up and the vid goes techno / skitzo hopping around like some acid flashback or survivor recollection from an assault… sry.. i wanted to see the bike up close..