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.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Brakko Combined Wheel Brake System

11/30/2009 @ 1:55 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Taking a new perspective on motorcycle brake design is Brakko with its Combined Wheel Brake (CWB) system. Unlike a traditional system, a CWB system puts the brake disc in the centerline of the wheel rim, which allows for the braking force to be transmitted as much as possible to the wheel rim, instead of to the hub, spokes, and brake disc carriers.

CWB boasts having a “true” radial mounting of the brake calipers, as well as lowering the overall weight of the brake assembly. Also, CWB systems allow for greater cooling of the brake discs.

Brakko has designed their CWB system to allow for multiple caliper positions, which can accommodate virtually an two-wheeled application. Additionally, Brakko’s design allows for quick disassembly of the entire front-wheel from the bike with the aid of their custom fork bottoms and quick-swap brake line connectors. Brake pad maintenance looks relatively, whereas getting to the disc itself could pose and issue, especially with spoked rims.

Source: Brakko via The Kneeslider


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  3. Dave says:

    That is a ripoff of Buell brakes. I’m disappointed in this publication for making a big deal out of a product already done in EARLY 2002

  4. Jenny Gun says:

    Rip-off? I dunno about that. These, like the one’s on the Buell, are a single-disc perimeter style brake. However, Buell’s design is mounted on the side, like a conventional braking system, whereas these are directly centerline with the tire. Also the caliper mounting is completely different not to mention the disc is an actual stressed member of the wheel.

  5. tim says:

    It would be a bitch to clean, I’m betting.

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  7. Dave I says:

    Buell’s design put the disk on the side of the rim for reasons of cooling… I would like to see the heat coming of those after a few hot laps. A step back from the Buell design I think.

  8. Cliff says:

    Huh. Looks like they took the Buell ZTL system and then made it unecessarily complicated. I’d like to see a weight-saving comparison between the two.

  9. Cliff says:

    Dave makes a great point about the heat as well… those pads are virtually shielded. Certainly a step up from conventional brakes, but seems to me like Buell still had the better design. Sometimes a thing can be ~too~ high tech for its own good.

  10. 4Cammer says:

    Nice, looks great, but I see the same basic idea on my Buell XB9R every time I ride her.

    And no, Erik Buell did not do this to take care of any heat issues. Weight is the enemy, and that is why it was done.

  11. Blake says:

    Neat looking computer generated vaporware variation on the Buell ZTL system. Simple questions screaming for answers:

    1. How much does it weigh compared to the Buell ZTL wheel/brake/fork lower?
    2. How does it perform under severe stress, meaning high heat, aggressive braking.

    The Buell Forum at has taken notice. See comments there at…

  12. Philly says:

    What happens when heat causes the rotor to expand? I don’t see much room for the disc to expand, and I sure wouldn’t want to try and bleed them if the brake lines route through the hub.
    Looks like it’s just an end-around to keep from violating Buell’s patents?

  13. Al Staples says:

    Seems sad to me that Erik Buell, probably the smartest man in the motorcycling industry today didn’t get this kind of attention when he brought this type (and better) of braking to production motorcycles several years ago.

  14. CBRR1000_i'm_ignorant_like_a_boss says:

    yeah, but have you guys seen what honda is doing with their underslung exhaust?

    man, those guys …..oh, wait. ummm…. never mind.

  15. This system looks great. Our company holds the patents for U.S distribution of Internal brake wheels. We came up with this system 6 years ago. As for the buell bikes they never had true internal brakes.( calipers behind both wheel faces) The Buell calipers were externally mounted conventionally on the lower fork leg. We initially designed a setup similar to this one. However our current system is much cheaper to manufacture and allows the wheels to be tailored to any bike with ease. and cost is similar to a complete set of billet Pm’s or extreme machine etc. $5,500 to 6,500 dealer cost complete. Brakes, wheels any finish, rotors etc. we make them in 18″ to 26″ sizes unlimited width. Check out The gunmetal and black set on the website was a prototype set. The production sets use all DOT brake lines and fittings. We are just now finished with our rotary forging dies for all Wheel faces ranging in sizes 18″ to 26″ we are now in full production designing different styles and setting up dealers.

  16. Jenny Gun says:

    No 17″ wheels Aaron? It’s gonna be hard to win over the sportbike crowd without a 17″/16.5″ option

  17. Jenny,

    We have just been producing 18″ and up because of demand in the custom industry. With harleys etc. We would consider building the rotary forging dies for the 17″ wheel faces if costomers want them. We are just now launching the wheels for production bikes at the CINCI dealer expo. Feb 2010. thanks for your question.

  18. Andre says:

    I guess that this “centered” system, besides heating problems, still transfers torsional load to the hub, where calipers seems to be attached, requiring wheels to have more mass. Am I wrong, or this would “throw away” the real advantage of ZTL system, e.g, reducing unsprung wieght?

  19. Del says:

    I think beating up on the design is pointless, the system depicted here could offer substantial weight saving in that the wheel spokes can be a lot lighter due to the fact the braking forces are applied to the rim not the hub.

    The calipers can’t be attached to the hub as they would be turning with the wheel, if they were you would have no braking.

    Its not entirely clear in the video but the calipers must be anchored to the spindle in some way, which would then have to transfer its loading through to the fork legs.

    I think the design is unique and interesting, i’ll be looking out for this to see how it develops.