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.

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.

Ducati Reports 21% Sales Gain in 2012

03/12/2013 @ 12:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

Ducati Reports 21% Sales Gain in 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale R 635x475

As was predicted, Ducati Motor Holdings has posted a very impressive 2012 sales report, with 44,102 motorcycles being delivered to customers last year. Appeasing its new German owners, Ducati also grew 16% in revenues over its 2011 figures.

Perhaps more importantly, the American market has solidified its position as the brand’s most important market (the US market posted 21% sales gains as well). With this news, 2012 now officially marks Ducati’s high-water mark in terms of yearly sales figures. Swish.

“Ducati closed 2012 with revenues of 606 million euro, an increase of 16% compared with 2011 and a total of 44,102 motorcycles delivered to customers,” said CEO of Ducati Motor Holding Gabriele Del Torchio. “Our growth rate has been especially impressive in the US, currently our primary-focus market, with sales up by 21% compared to 2011, confirming an absolutely positive trend for this country, where Ducati sales have increased consistently for the past 30 months.”

“We are also achieving major results and important goals throughout the Far East, thanks to a marketing policy which specifically targets new and emerging markets and has returned growth in terms market share and profits.”

“With new stakeholders in the company, Ducati has never been so solid, and these positive figures confirm the value and commitment of all the company staff and of our brand, increasingly popular, appreciated and renowned all over the world,” Del Torchio continued.

“The 2013 product range, including the new Multistrada, Hypermotard, Hyperstrada and 1199 Panigale R models, is the expression of technological excellence and the emotional impact of our products, ever-important in the current, highly competitive economic climate, perfectly complements our unmistakable, all-Italian style. Ducati is today, and will continue to be, a product-oriented company, with development and innovation as the milestones of our growth strategy.”

Source: Ducati Motor Holdings

Comment:

  1. Andrey says:

    It will be interesting to see if Audi let crap product like the plastic tanks out in future… I am picking it will not.
    Glad to see they are making money. I just hope the quality of the product remains good.

  2. CTK says:

    I’m curious to see where the gains are. Obviously the Panigale helped, even with all its problems. But the big sales come from the adventure bkes. I would love to see a breakdown per model. I bet the 848 sales are pretty much dead, etc.

  3. Duca says:

    @CTK You’re wrong…848 selling well…..Superbikes and Monster two biggest sellers

  4. smiler says:

    I think and obviously in the US, sales were spearheaded by the Diavel. The 1199 has sold really well, almost as many as the BMW.
    I rode a Multi and thinking it would be a handful and bargelike it was just brilliant. Really responsive, the different maps, were, useful and on sport mode it really goes.
    Good for them, just need to get that damn GP bike sorted now.

  5. Jerry says:

    Yeah Team!!

  6. spytech says:

    Stick and 11 degree version of the panigale engine into the new hypermotard and they have a new buyer!!! yes, its too much power, but it will be soo much fun!

  7. Norm G. says:

    re: “It will be interesting to see if Audi let crap product like the plastic tanks out in future… I am picking it will not.”

    the fix was already attended to well before anybody knew from audi. see entry for the monsters, hypermotard, last generation superbikes, etc.

  8. Norm G. says:

    re: “Perhaps more importantly, the American market has solidified its position as the brand’s most important market”

    nicky and ben, you may go ahead and let a smile or 2 slip through, but after that i want poker faces.

  9. andrey says:

    “the fix was already attended to well before anybody knew from audi. see entry for the monsters, hypermotard, last generation superbikes, etc.”
    Norm,
    There has been no “fix”; shimming loose tanks that have expanded and deformed, or replacing them with the same defective product is not a “fix”.
    I am aware that this was pre Audi; thats why I stated
    “It will be interesting to see if Audi let crap product like….”
    As nice as they are, Nicky and Ben are just marketing people to help with US sales…. all credit to them in their day but not close enough for a title these days unfortunately.

  10. Duca says:

    Andrey, they haven’t replaced defective items with identical bits. You realize Ducati has to pay dealers for the tanks that are replaced, right? Right. Manufacturers don’t want buybacks.

  11. Andrey says:

    Duca
    The tanks are replaced with identical tanks made from the same material that is still subject to the expansion issues. I know this from first hand experience. You are incorrect unless you have first hand inside knowledge that Ducati has changed the material that the tanks are being made form by their supplier.
    Ducati agreed in their lawsuit to replace or shim for a fixed period of time after which it will become the owners problem.
    I have 3 Ducatis with expanding tanks! Hopefully Audi will bring German quality expectations to bolster Ducatis’ weaknesses in these areas.

  12. DareN says:

    Ok, let`s get the facts straight:
    1. Ducati does not make tanks, Acerbis does.
    2. Tanks problems are not exclusive to Ducati – KTM, Aprillia,Triumph, Benelli and Moto Guzzi have the same problems.
    3. Ducati did adress the problem – new tanks are smaller in size so the plastic does not rub against the frame / forks. Ok, I get it – it is not a perfect solution, but certainly they are not ignoring the problem.
    Andrey – point your finger at federal government for forsing us to use ethanol gasoline…

  13. Damo says:

    @DareN

    How about we point the finger at the end use companies that failed to properly test their gas tanks with the appropriate fuel compositions?

    Why has the vast majority of motorcycle companies never had the expanding tank problems (i.e. none of the Japanese makers)?

    Point the finger where it belongs, you need look no further than the name on the side of your fairing.

    http://deformedfueltanks.com/

    (It should be noted that all post 2010 bikes do not have this issue, nor do any of the metal tanked models)

  14. Norm G. says:

    re: “Norm, There has been no “fix”; shimming loose tanks that have expanded and deformed, or replacing them with the same defective product is not a “fix”.”

    the fix for the sportclassics has been to cancel the line in it’s entirety. they’ve moved on.

  15. Andrey says:

    You’ve missed the point again Norm.

  16. Jerry says:

    1/2 ounce of Stabil Marine per 5 gallons cures this tank swelling issue….