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 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.

Is This The Erik Buell Racing 1190RS?

02/04/2011 @ 5:53 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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Posted to Erik Buell Racing’s Facebook page yesterday, this photo is what we presume is the soon to be released Erik Buell Racing 1190RS street bike. Based off the EBR 1190RR race bike, Erik Buell & Co. have been slowly teasing the idea of producing a limited production street bike, now that certain legal obligations are coming to a conclusion. No word yet on price or quantities, but we don’t expect this to be EBR’s foray into large production, and units are likely to be hand produced at the American company’s race shop.

From the photo we can see a mirror with an integrated signal, along with a stacked headlight assembly that has at least one projector element. True to the Buell brand, the EBR 1190RS looks equipped with a single perimeter-style brake disc and wheel system. There’s a lot of anxious Buell fans waiting for this bike, and if rumors are true, we could be seeing a few other bikes from Erik Buell Racing in the coming year or so.

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Source: Facebook via HFL

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    limited? heh, ain’t real until they are in dealerships across the continent…bring it in under 10k and make the wannbe rocket boys PO’d and I MIGHT get one. I say might because until a bike is worn out I don’t get a new one. 100,000+ on my ol’ GL1000. Only had it 4years…put 70k of those miles on it.

  2. Mark says:

    @Keith, right, just like you bought one when they were available across the continent and were under $10K!

  3. Keith says:

    Hmm, didn’t want one and unlike many I don’t go through motorcycles like other people go through girl friends in a highschool, 2 new ones a week.

  4. ML says:

    Doesn’t “limited production” = expensive? Should be interesting to see how its priced…

    Also, I hope more bikes start shipping with projectors from the factory.

  5. Craig says:

    OMG! Who cares! Seriously, you can’t find more interesting content that a shot of some kind of motorcycle behind a curtain? When was it that you became the PR agent for Erik Buell?

  6. Justin says:

    the rotor looks slotted not drilled like the old ones

  7. Isaac says:

    @Mark

    In Keith’s deense this will be an etirely different Buell.

  8. Andrew says:

    Excited? About another whacky Buell bike with comical looks, vertical depreciation and all the reliability of a 70s Russian car? Not likely…

  9. sburns2421 says:

    This is a serious question, do the Buel bikes use inch fasteners? If you look at the toolbox there are rows of different sizes of inch fasteners and one drawer of metric. Odd.

    As for the bike, is this a heavily converted leftover 1125R like the early EBR product? Did Harley allow Erik Buell to buy new engines from Rotax?

  10. DS says:

    Have the people who have written all the negative comments above ridden a bike with the 1125 engine? An 1190 version of that motor has got to be wild.

    The styling looks good as much as we can tell from that picture. Mirrors could use some changing, but how hard is that?

    Keith – in case you haven’t noticed, liter bikes haven’t been below 10k in several years. 600′s are now over 10k

    Craig – this is a DAILY moto news site. So, it is worth publishing whether you like Buell or not

  11. buellracerx says:

    thank you @DS

    People are always afraid of what they don’t understand. Obviously there is a general lack of understanding surrounding good motorcycle engineering.

    Just like you have the freedom of speech to share your opinion @Keith, you also have to free will not to buy one…

    I for one find it impressive that a small, determined team in WI with great vision can compete with the hundreds of engineers working at certain Italian and Japanese brands

    oh and @sburns2421, H-D bikes (exc. VRSC platform) are all Standard, hence Buells up to 1125 platform are also standard. Engines sourced from Rotax = Metric, so bolts incl. and mating up to the engine need to be Metric. Chassis still = Standard. (screwy to work on, but not the first to do it)

  12. Keith says:

    @DS gee didn’t notice that unlike many, I don’t replace a bike every year…then again I take care of them. I like buell’s work, dang fine and more foreward thinking than average.

    That being said…liter bikes as whole seem to be compensating for something.

  13. 8that1 says:

    Andrew says:
    February 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM Excited? About another whacky Buell bike with comical looks, vertical depreciation and all the reliability of a 70s Russian car? Not likely

    I’ll take 70 Russian car over 2010 japanese toyota technology any day,lol

  14. 8that1 says:

    Keith, its ovious you have limited budget, I doubt you will get a buell for under 10K.
    I doubt any buell owner would be happy be a buell went under 12K. Buells are in the same range as BMW, KTM , Aprillia and Ducati, the other bikes you can’t affors becuase you are a cheap ass,lol

  15. Keith says:

    8that1 it is OBVIOUS you don’t know a cheap bastch when you see one. I ride in the real world not the track day world. 8^) The roads I see a liter bike wont be able to run hard…the bmw are expensive because they constantly beshate final drives, KTM is hard to find parts for as it Aprilla.

    I hope he does good!