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: Ben Spies & The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1

09/26/2011 @ 5:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler30 COMMENTS

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We’re not sure if Ben Spies drives a shaggin’ wagon when he goes to track days, or if he spaces out during the rider briefing with a lollipop firmly planted in his mouth, but trouncing the other riders with his “advanced” status sounds about par for the course for the GP racer. Helping Yamaha sell the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 and its “born from MotoGP” traction control system, Spies plays the star in another video from the Japanese manufacturer.

Riding his 50th WGP Anniversary R1 out to some unidentified track for a bit two-wheeled schooling for some other Yamaha riders, we’re not really so sure about the story involved with this video, but as far as motorcycle industry videos go, it is not the worst we’ve seen. The photography, on the other hand, is stunning. Photos and video after the jump.

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  1. bemer2six says:

    what a bunch of BS…. Lol

  2. Jake Fox says:

    Great concept, horrible execution. It definitely would have been better without the 70′s porn music and the Q&A session at the end. If there had to be Q&A, one of the riders should ask, “Hey Ben, when are they going to fix those fugly headlights?”

  3. MikeD says:

    @Jake Fox:
    “If there had to be Q&A, one of the riders should ask, “Hey Ben, when are they going to fix those fugly headlights?”

    I lost it there…LMFAO…that has made my night (^_^ )

  4. John Magnum says:

    Fuck, had that any more cheese put on it……….BS!
    i like how he wheeled the bike into the back of the van by himself, good CGI or 4 guys out of frame giving the bike a big push to get its fat guts into the back of the van im guessing.

    Go buy your 2012 badged “2009″ R1 with TC……damn shame cause it sounds so good.

  5. buellracerx says:

    classic…I love it.

    would’ve been cool to have some clips of him actually stretching his legs out, maybe backing it into a few corners

    & I actually like the headlights…does look way better in race skins tho!

  6. MikeD says:

    My bitchin with the headlights is not precesily it lay out but rather what they mimic…GOOGLY EYES ! SILLY GOOGLY EYES !

    Had it happened for it to be recesed or flush with the plastics i think it wouldn’t look so darn SILLY.
    They should just copy the MR-1 Front complete with intake and all and slap some decent self-respect looking lights into it.

  7. Andrew says:

    That track is pretty sweet, anyone know where it is?

  8. Jason says:

    Circuit Parcmotor in Spain.

    Cheesy ending. Should of took more time before getting off the line, like someone suggested. Changed the QA session a bit.

  9. MikeD says:

    @John Magnum:
    i like how he wheeled the bike into the back of the van by himself, good CGI or 4 guys out of frame giving the bike a big push to get its fat guts into the back of the van im guessing.

    Yeah, i said the same…WTF ?! is that thing made out of Balsa Wood ?

  10. GeddyT says:

    You heard it first from Ben Spies: “I wouldn’t trust the 2012 R1 enough to lean it more than halfway over”…

  11. Bob says:

    what a lame ass advert

  12. david says:

    i don’t mind the headlights, it’s actually the back end that doesn’t hand together for me, though the WSB’s look mean and aggressive. that said, i like the r-1; it’s unique with it’s own charms, and sounds bitchin’, i would have one if i could afford it. oh, and where did ben say he wouldn’t trust the r-1 to lean more than half way over? looked more than half way over to me..

  13. Video: Ben Spies & The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 – #motorcycle

  14. 76 says:

    wow, the little dity at the end was not necessary at all, I bet Ben was like WTF? you want me to say what? Cant Colin say that part?

  15. Beary says:

    Yamaha hasn’t got too many bright ideas in the ad department at the moment.

    I thought the mancation stiff he and colin did was so much better than this run of the mill tripe.

  16. Beary says:


    Lol…. mancation stiff. That could be taken the wrong way. (OUCH)

  17. Richard Gozinya says:

    Ben Spies smoking a bunch of non-pros at a track day on a liter bike just isn’t that interesting. Now, if he’d done it on that WR450 Roland Sands built for him, then it’d be cool.

  18. SBPilot says:

    Terrible video ad…..amazing pictures. Ben was probably thinking “why can’t these cheesy lines be left for Jorge to say?”

  19. John says:

    Great graphics on a butt ugly bike. MikeD is right, just emulate the M1 and its a home run. I realize the economy is really tight, but how much can a mod like that cost??

  20. Adeysworld says:

    @Richard Gozinya I believe some of those guys if not all to be pro Yamaha riders. I think I recognized David Checa(Blonde) in the group. Do you really think Yamaha or Ben would risk his livelihood riding on track wheel to wheel with a bunch of track day advanced racer wannabees?

  21. steve says:

    That was horrible, barely made sense….more like nonsense actually. I feel sorry for Ben. Yamaha can do a lot better I would think.
    The R1 sounded great though.

  22. Alexontwowheels says:

    On a positive note, I’m really happy with Yamaha for generating a spot like this. They get that trackday riders are a critical segment of their audience. And they understand that this audience loads all their own crap into a stinky old van to get to the track. That’s how i roll baby! Literally, I have a conversion van almost exactly like that, gutted and everything. I love that they understand this and made it a part of the video/photo’s. And @ John Magnum and @ MikeD, I load my bike exactly the same way, gently feather the clutch in 2nd gear and walk her up. easy as cake.

    Now, Yamaha, take note:

    What is GREAT about this video:
    + The van! And the burnouts in the van, haha! Thank you for understanding your audience.
    + Ben Spies. Better than Lorenzo, he’s our homegrown hero and it’s awesome to imagine (though unrealistic) that he would roll to a TD like we do.
    + The cinematography. Great feel to the video!

    What COMPLETELY missed the mark:
    + The riding. BORING!!! and way too long. I don’t think that was Ben riding that bike in the video, cause he doesn’t even know how to ride that slow, I think he probably would have crashed going that slow. Get him on the bike, and let him flog it good ‘n proper so you have some action shots to use. Not sure if it was the camera equipment and cars you were using, but next time, let ‘em rip!
    + The dismissal of the riders meeting. Not cool. As a trackday regular, we get enough morons that don’t understand the rules, setting the example that it’s OK to blow it off, not cute. And in real life, I guarantee Ben would not treat a riders meeting that way, do you think TD providers run the same flags and lights systems as MotoGP??….. FALSE!! Ben is one of GP’s most vocal safety advocates, so I’m surprised he even agreed to doing this scene.
    + The LAME coaching session. That was the most poorly executed ending to any video I’ve ever seen. You should have just left it at him being worshipped by his fellow riders, then cracking a beer with buddies before heading home for the day. It also was counterproductive to your goal…. basically saying that even a MotoGP star can only go marginally quicker than average trackday riders on this bike.
    + The Jersey Shore fist pump while he’s driving away. Why? Why did you do that? stop it. just stop it!


  24. Alexontwowheels says:

    @ a 1…. do you really feel the video you just saw warrants calling that a “thrashing” track session? I think the tires should look new with how weak they were riding, haha.

  25. Steve Lang says:

    Great music. A cross between background music from an old porn film and the theme song from Starski and Hutch.

  26. Brian says:

    3 points:

    1. ugly bike!
    2.ugly bike!
    3.ugly bike!

    in my opinion, the video was kinda cool. had some good stuff (cinimaphotography), and some bad stuff i can forgive Yamaha for. but i can’t forgive Yamaha for selling such an ugly bike from every angle and even in race trim.

  27. Singletrack says:

    Great camera work on a cool track. But lame dialogue.
    And why did producers make him so aloof and arrogant during the class session? He came across as an asshole that would get kicked out (if he weren’t Ben Spies). Not sure that this does much to sell me on a Yamaha. Makes all those ‘old’ R1′s look like shit piles too.

    Re: the tires. I guess the Yamaha traction control works so well that you won’t wear out tires! But my satisfaction from a track day comes from shagging a set of tires to the edge.

  28. Alexontwowheels says:

    @singletrack, TC is not intended to save tires. Frequently TC can actually accelerate tire wear. If your ‘satisfaction from trackdays’ is rooted in destroying tires…. you’re doing it wrong :-)

  29. Ros says:

    Great video!!
    This track is Castellolí near Barcelona, Spain; great track very funny and great memories came to me so there was when I put me knee on tarmack for the first time!!

  30. Hasnt anyone of the commentors here ever loaded a bike by themselves? The bike was running when Ben loaded it into the van. He simply slipped the clutch and walked it up the ramp!