Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

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 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.

2013 Triumph Trophy – The Most Advanced Triumph Ever

06/22/2012 @ 1:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler27 COMMENTS

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The rumors and spy photos were true, as for the past few years Triumph has been working on a proper touring motorcycle named the Triumph Trophy. A direct assault on the BMW R1200RT and its progeny, the Triumph Trophy SE boasts the title of being the most technologically advanced Triumph motorcycle, ever. As you can tell then, the Trophy comes in two trim flavors, with the Triumph Trophy SE boasting some impressive tech to earn its title. Accordingly, the British tourer comes with electronically adjustable suspension, ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, electronic cruise control, linked anti-locking brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, as well as some other features.

While both models are shaft-driven and sport the same 132 bhp, 1215cc, three-cylinder motor that is found on the Triumph Explorer adventure-tourer, only the SE comes with the electronic suspension, audio package, and tire pressure monitoring system. Realizing that Americans and Canadians enjoy their gizmos, the Triumph Trophy SE will be the only variant coming to the North American market, while the SE and base model will be available in all the other Trophy markets.

Admittedly, the 2013 Triumph Trophy SE doesn’t stand apart in any one spec-sheet category, but Triumph has put together a very well-rounded package with the Trophy. The peppy three-cylinder motor is one of the most powerful in its class, and though the 662 lbs curb weight (with fuel, without panniers) sounds heavy in sport bike standards, it is fairly reasonable for the touring class, especially considering the Triumph Trophy’s 6.86 gallon fuel tank size. A market segment lead by technology, Triumph has added a competent features package to the bike, which makes the Triumph Trophy SE an enticing entry for tourers to consider, especially those with a sporty-tooth.

Of course without knowing how the Trophy handles on the road, and how Triumph will price it against its stout competition, it is hard to give a full-assessment of the British brand’s latest creation, but so far we are pretty enthusiastic. Perhaps receiving lower marks for its appearance, it is hard to find any real stunning touring bikes on the market right now. Though, it is clear from how the Trophy is spec’d and built that Triumph clearly had BMW on the brain while creating the Triumph Trophy and Triumph Trophy SE.

Helping achieve the best on-road package possible, Triumph has followed suit from BMW and Ducati with the integration of an electronic suspension system, courtesy of WP Suspension (an interesting choice in its own right). Sporting 43mm forks and a rear shock with remote oil reserve, the WP-made piece adjust the preload on the rear suspension three-ways: one-up, one-up with luggage, and two-up, while the rebound can also be set to three different specs on the forks and shock: sport, normal, and comfort. Sorry, riders you will be adjusting your compression the old fashioned way.

Another one of the more interesting features on the Triumph Trophy and Triumph Trophy SE is the Triumph Dynamic Luggage System, which maintains the bike’s weight distribution by decoupling the pannier mass from the chassis, and allowing the storage areas to move in a 5° arc compared to the motorcycle. Each pannier has 31 liters of storage, while an optional 55 liter “plug & play” top box can also be added to the bike, for a total of 117 liters of storage (that is a total of 30.9 ‘merican gallons folks). The top box gets its plug and play name for the 12V electrical system inside the box that connects to the Trophy’s electric system automatically when it is fitted onto the bike — a feature that is ideal for charging while on-the-go. Other features on the Triumph Trophy include an adjustable windscreen and seat height.

Available in Pacific Blue or Lunar Silver paint, Triumph says the Trophy SE will be on US shores in January of 2013, though the bike will be making its public debut shortly this summer, at the Triumph Tridays in Neukirchen, Austria on June 22nd-24th. No word on pricing at this point int ime, though Triumph says it will release those details later this year. We would expect the 2012 Triumph Trophy SE to be very competitive against the competition here in the United States, especially against the BMW R1200RT.

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Source: Triumph

Comment:

  1. Johan Schoofs says:

    The front looks horrible. It makes an RT look elegant!

  2. kdomino says:

    I’ll be interested to see the shoot-outs with the other touring contenders. I bet it’ll do pretty well. I’d like to see this in my garage.

    While I’m here, I must say this to anyone listening, especially manufacturers – Adjustable seats and windshields are a great idea! What the heck is it with cast non-adjustable handlebars. That’d be the first thing that should be adjustable.

  3. bailey says:

    umm…front mounted Antenna..?? The blue paint is beautiful though!

  4. Rod Mckeithan says:

    I really like my ST1300, but this is above and beyond it….Honda take notes!!!!!

  5. Larry Hannemann says:

    Looks like the silver SE is shod with Pirelli Angel ST’s-looks to me like the front tire is on backwards. Wonder if they all will come like that…

  6. Hayabrusa says:

    Well, Triumph, I guess better late than never! I agree its not a looker, but since I will be BEHIND the handlebars, looks will be secondary. I’m very happy to see Triumph back in this segment.

  7. MikeD says:

    @Larry:

    LOL, nice catch.
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    @Johan:

    That front end is horrible indeed, but if it works as well as ugly as it looks then i would gladly LIVE WITH IT…lol.
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    @Bailey:

    Is not a Daytona 675 or Speed Triple…i guess is alright.
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    I wouldn’t kick her out the door. I like it…can’t afford it…even less so when they are planning on only selling the SE factory fully farkled version…..CHICHIIIIIIIIIN $$$$$$$$$$$$$…she is going to be priced to the Moon and BACK most probably.

    I applaud them tho for doing such a good job at trying to get it right from the first go (standard features, options, specs, etc).

    650lbs+ ? Did it have to be that HEAVY….? lol.

    Now Triumph……….How about giving us that “non-profitable-for-you” Speed Triple 1200 and Daytona 1200 i(we ?) have always been bitchin at you about ? lol.
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    P.S: Wasn’t Honda suposed to had come out already with a ST1300 replacement from the VFR1200 platform before it aborted out to the market that overweight poundcake top chicken legs Cross-Turd-er abomination of a motorcycle ?

    http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/jpg/200907/2010-honda-vfr1200t–10w.jpg

    http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/jpg/200907/2010-honda-vfr1200t–11w.jpg

    http://www.rtwwnewsite.ridethewildwind.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/2010-honda-vfr1200t-_460x0w.jpg

  8. johnc says:

    most advanced? really?! well, perhaps for a triumph.

    but seriously… has triumph not heard that aerials are sooooo 1990?

  9. Bellini says:

    Seriously, could they be any more derivative? This looks like something a Chinese company would do, albeit with much higher quality.

    On the other hand, they did manage to make it a total pig at almost 100 lbs heavier than an RT…

  10. BigG says:

    YUK……

  11. RedNick says:

    Can’t wait to test ride one ! Had my RT for two years now. Three might be enough.

    Looks like it may be the one !

  12. Paul McM says:

    I applaud Triumph for entering this market, but gosh, it is totally derivative of the R1200RT, complete with all its worst features: Vulnerable (expensive) bodywork, excessively high (and plastic) tank cover (can’t use magnetic tank bag), poor access to key components, stepped seat that limits your ability to move fore/aft, excessively complicated switches on handlebars, glossy painted panniers that scratch easily, non-adjustable handlebars etc. You won’t steal BMW’s market by making a clone with all the warts.

    If the Triumph’s weight at 662 lbs (fueled) is real, that isn’t really 100 lbs more than the RT. BMW lies about the weight of the RT. BMW claims a dry weight of 505 lbs. That’s nonsense. Gassed, with a battery, oil and fuel, you’re looking a 600 lbs. easy.

    But I fault Triumph for not coming up with something better. Where are the HID lights standard? Where are the adjustable handlebars? The whole front fairing and windscreen are hung way out front, when it would be better to get the rider closer to the air protection. And where are the tip-over guards? Heck Honda offered those on the ST1100 20 years ago!

  13. Bellini says:

    The RT is 580 lbs fully fueled and ready to ride. It has been tested many times. This Triumph is claimed to be 662 lbs. wet but without gas – add a tank and you are 100 lbs over.

  14. Intercepted says:

    So after all of this time here it is. Great features…for a Triumph. But after waiting so long, It is already behind the curve vs. the competition though. Sat nav? I don’t think I saw that on the list. Adaptive HID headlights? Nope. Heated seat? Hmmm dont recall seeing that. The top box should be standard…95% of the buyers will want it. Just a nice way to pad their accessory sales and charge another $600 or more.

    BMW has already said years ago that they know Triumph is gunning for them by copying all of their best sellers. So expect their new GS and RT to leap frog the latest Trumpets in the next year or two.

    Back to the Trophy-The side fairing which apparently was intended to mimic the Sprint ST/ GT looks hideous, especially on the blue. Fail. I also wonder how the engine heat will be on this bike. It is terrible on the Sprints and Daytonas.

    The feature that most people realize that they are going to HATE when they see this in the flesh and get a chance to ride it is the “Triumph Dynamic Luggage System” which means that the bags move around… ALOT. Despite what Triumph says, the system makes the bike feel cheap and it actually messes up the handling when your luggage shifts mid corner. Ride a Sprint GT and you will see what I mean. You throw the bike into the corner (cuz, sorry…its a pig) and after the suspension settles, the weight of your luggage then shifts and you end up losing any and all confidence. So the one thing that Triumph should have really copied BMW and the competition was dropping this silly “feature”.

    Triumph is obviously putting the success of this bike on it’s engine with a “me too” design. It will be interesting to see what Honda and Yamaha come out with when they finally update the ST and FJR.

  15. Damo says:

    I guess, if I am ever going to ride something like this (or a Goldwing) I will just take the car instead.

  16. WetMan says:

    I guess ditching your styling department and use a xerox machine instead is one way to get into black figures…

  17. MikeD says:

    OK…what happened to my post ? Was there something said inapropiate or offensive to remove it ?
    I thought it was cool here…Jensen ?!

  18. Spam filter tagged it.

  19. MikeD says:

    Ok, now it’s ON again…WTH just happened ? Im confused…it says awating moderation ? What’s there to moderate ? Someone set the record straigth…lol.

  20. MikeD says:

    Ahhh, my apologies. Thanks.

  21. frod says:

    The most advance Triumph…a la BMW

  22. HMichael says:

    While it is supposedly a prototype, the mirror size/placement leads me to think one will be looking at a good portion of one’s elbows.

  23. djd says:

    what a bunch of whining sniveling BMW dicks. I currently own a Sprint ST and it’s neither hot nor do the bags “shift” in mid-corner. This is a great looking bike, terrific features and it won’t be priced in the stratosphere that hasn’t been Triumphs pricing policy. Get over it BMW dorks the Brits are in the gamet. Can you say Spitfire vs ME109……….
    DJD

  24. tdub says:

    i agree. stop whining and just enjoy. i would never own a bmw so this is just fine for me. i have a st and the bags don’t throw me off mid corner. new idea talk about the triumph and not the bmw, the bummer isn’t the best bike

  25. JD611 says:

    I want one. Be worth giving up my 2010 Gold Wing. I’ll take mine in Blue since I obviously can’t have it in Yellow :-)

  26. Jimmy J says:

    I sure would like a spin , my Concour 14 is 700+ +fueled , the front looks a little …. different but the rest is beautiful, good to see a fresh face.

  27. jimbandit says:

    I would love to buy this bike, but, I cant afford it on my wages.
    This bike is built for a purpose, so , looks do not come into the equation. I am sure it will be superb at what it is designed for. As long as the seat height is adjustable, the handlebars shouldnt be a problem, for me anyway. The weight shouldnt be a problem either as the Trophy has a low centre of gravity.
    I would like to know though, what range do you get with the 6.86 Gallon fuel tank?
    For a purpose built touring bike, I would like to know how my 5Foot 6inch, 13 stone frame would cope with this machine. I have a feeling that I would probably manage quite well with it on the move, but, what about tight U turns or getting in and out of awkward parking areas.
    Hopefully, a short legged test rider will report in the MCN.