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 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.

The First Photo of the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R

09/19/2012 @ 1:53 pm, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

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With a brochure photo of the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure leaking yesterday from KTM’s website, today we see more photos of the Austrian brand’s new adventure hitting the interwebs on the ADVrider forums. A studio shot of the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R, and two more photos of the base model give us a clearer picture of what KTM will “officially” unveiled at INTERMOT in a few weeks’ time.

The changes between the KTM 1190 Adventure and the KTM 1190 Adventure R are subtle, but the “R” is KTM’s more off-road oriented model between the two. As such, it sports a 21″ wheel up front, and an 18″ wheel in the back. Crash bars, a shorter windscreen, and single-piece saddle complete the changes, though we can expect other non-visible additions like upgraded suspension, etc.

We can expect the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R to use the same 147hp 1,195cc v-twin motor as the base model 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure, which is of course a re-tuned version of the KTM 1190 RC8 R superbike motor (possibly our favorite v-twin superbike to ride…sorry Ducati owners). Like the base model, the KTM 1190 Adventure will come with switchable ABS, traction control, adjustable riding modes, and a slipper clutch.

Even full with its 24 liters of fuel (6.3 gallons), the KTM 1190 Adventure R is said to be in the 230kg (507 lbs) range when at the curb, making it a fairly light bike for its displacement, and certainly one of the more powerful. For the new model year in the premium adventure-tourer market., KTM will have to contend with the yet unreleased water-cooled BMW R1200GS replacement, as well as the newly released Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo.

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Source: ADVrider


  1. David Joyner says:

    “1,1195cc v-twin motor” Man that is one honkin’ big motor! And only 147 HP? What’s up with that?

  2. RGR says:

    147hp is actually not bad. I have a Ducati Multistrada (also a 1200) and it has 150hp. I think the power is quite competitive for a bike of this nature. Now, if it was a Hardley Ableson, it would be 1.8 liters and only have 50 hp. ;-)

  3. matt says:

    thank GOODNESS no freaking beak. I wish we could go back and torture the BMW designer for that one.

  4. Goodness. First I hate the beak, then I miss it? Whassup with that? LOL

  5. Sye says:

    Yes RGR, agrgee. and that’s 147 proper bhp not teensey-weensey ‘merican ones, which are more like Shetland ponies. I test rode the 990Ad only last week and it is a great, great bike but power to weight was slightly lacking. This thing looks very good. Anyone seen a torque curve with numbers?

  6. David Joyner says:

    RGR, read the cc’s again. It is an obvious typo at “1,1195cc v-twin motor”. That is 12,000 ccs, not 1,200 ccs as is actually the displacement. It was a poke at bad proof-reading. Wow, can’t believe I am the only one to see this.

  7. Sye says:

    DJ yes by george, you’re right! By my poor calculations, assuming standard 69mm stroke, that’s a piston of 454mm!!! Panigale eat your heart out.

    I’ll get me coat…. ;-)

  8. Damo says:

    Not crazy about the wheel sizes. Would be nice if there were factory direct options, but then again this thing has a much greater chance of seeing the dirt than a Multistrada.

  9. Gritboy says:

    @ Damo – the 21″ front and 19″ rear on the “R” are perfect for the real dirt. The standard model are better “street-baised” sizes, yet still allow from some casual dirt use.

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  11. MikeD says:


    Ur rigth Sr., BUT…the RIGHT number is so beaten into my system than i red it right even written wrong.

    MikeD puts his flame proof suit on…looks around…and shouts:

    I STILL WANT mag wheels on the NON R Version and willing to set with the 19-17 factory sizes ! ……..and runs for his life before “the dirt nazis” burn him alive on the stake.

  12. MikeD says:


    I think KTM is figthing Triumph for the “biggest ugliest ever muffler slapped on an adventure bike” Award.

    This things are getting out of hand. I much rather have the undertail original setup.

  13. MikeD says:


    I hope they drop this 1200cc Ape on a refreshed SM-T with all the farkles of the new Adventure, some decent hard bags and be able to give a good figth to the Multi and a share of it’s market.

  14. I loved the KTM 990 Adventure, but the new 1190 looks pretty awful. Gone from unique styling to meh in one fell swoop.

  15. Clarke says:

    Who cares about this pig, where is the hell is the 690/700 Adventure. Seriously what is taking so long.

  16. lc8 says:

    Bad design – it seems like BMW mixed with Yamaha Tenere

  17. BOBBY says:

    Nice try KTM but it is still not a BMW Adventure and never will be

  18. Aris says:

    It is obvious that KTM copied from other manufacturers to build the new 1200 Adventure with a result to lose their unique identity. No comparison with the real adventure looks as the 990 Adventure R.

    For the new Adventure, KTM should seriously consider to install the attractive under tail double muffler of the 990 and covering the middle sides of the bike which looks naked and the suspension spring exposed. Only these couple changes can make the new Adventure to belong more in to KTM family. Sorry KTM but I am a big supporter of your product and want to see better esthetics for your new Adventure.