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.

The R1200GS Is Once Again BMW’s Top Bike in the USA

01/21/2014 @ 3:55 pm, by Aakash Desai8 COMMENTS

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The “BMW rider” is almost its own class of rider in the United States. You know the type: usually white, male, greying or white hair, maybe a pair of glasses and a sweet $1,000 Schuberth flip-up helmet to top it off. Ah, and don’t forget the well-worn-in Roadcrafter in blue with fluorescent yellow accents. As for the bike, it has got to the venerable GS.

Of course we are speaking generalities here, but as it turns out, that stereotypical demographic is also BMW’s most lucrative. The latest sales statistics from BMW Motorrad USA show the BMW R1200GS to be the company’s best selling motorbike in the states with over 2,000 sold.

With BMW Motorrad USA selling 14,100 motorcycles in total for 2013), the R1200GS has thus unseated the S1000RR as the best selling BMW motorcycle in the USA.

For 2014 BMW has some exciting new offerings on its plate, including the much hyped and awkwardly named R nineT, in addition to the S1000R, R1200GS Adventure, and K1600GTL Exclusive. However, noticeably absent are any entry-level offerings in the pipeline to compete with the likes of the Yamaha FZ-09, Honda’s 500cc bikes, or the upcoming KTM 390cc bikes.

While the R nineT has demonstrated the potential for wide appeal, it remains to be seen if it will enjoy the same kind of mass-market adoption that other modern classics have garnered like the Triumph Bonneville, Thruxton, and Scrambler. Perhaps the entry-level standard is simply not a concern for the brand, but we see as a missed opportunity.

Will BMW sustain its appeal and sales when the Baby Boomers shelve their helmets for good?

Source: BMW Motorrad USA


  1. teanau says:

    $260 850 000 at approx $18 500 each. (s16.1k msrp, $500 “shipping + 1 aftermarket farkel)
    They are onto a good thing there.

  2. DFR says:

    Ducati and KTM are the answers to this GS.
    Soon MVAgusta will join the party. They bring a more diverse audience as well

  3. ML says:

    That opening paragraph, lol! Stereotypes exist for a reason, right?

    Oddly enough, I’m thinking of buying an 1200GS this year since I want to join some of my buddies who only ride on dirt trails. The problem is I’m Asian, and still young (no gray/white hairs). Will I qualify?

  4. Norm G. says:

    re: “Of course we are speaking generalities here”

    don’t you mean assumptions…?

    re: “However, noticeably absent are any entry-level offerings in the pipeline to compete with the likes of the Yamaha FZ-09, Honda’s 500cc bikes, or the upcoming KTM 390cc bikes.”

    Bierkrugs clank together in a corner of the Hofbrauhaus (spilling slightly their dark contents) as a laugh erupts at the notion of racing to the bottom.

    re: “Perhaps the entry-level standard is simply not a concern for the brand”

    that’s a BINGO. (C. Waltz voice)

    re: “Will BMW sustain its appeal and sales when the Baby Boomers shelve their helmets for good?”

    yup, ’cause after shelving the helmets they “unsheathe” the keys (sha-wing) to 7-series saloons stickering for more than a $100 grand.

    (wide angle view)

    when finally the day comes that no one knows from Justin Beiber (who?), invariably a Quandt will still sit on the board, and the Roundel will end another fiscal year having turned over several Billion dollars (with a B). this is the way of things.

  5. paulus says:

    Don’t you guys get the F800 or others?
    Not exactly entry level… but a darn sight less dollar than the uber-level.

  6. bmw guy says:

    No entry-level bikes? How about the G650GS at $7,850 MSRP including ABS? They’ve only been making it for a decade or so…

  7. Nick says:

    Ditto what bmw guy said. G650gs with 50hp single for $7850 is entry level in today’s marketplace. In fact thats cheaper than any Ducati or Triumph!

  8. Kevin says:

    I’m not a boomer. I’m 40 with graying hair, no glasses and no roadcrafter either. But I’ve been desiring a GS for 10 years now. I even owned a basket case garage find R100GS PD for a short stint. But it always came down to money. Now I’m at a point in my life that I can afford one and will soon own one. And there, is the reason for part of the stereotype…….