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.

Erik Buell Racing Announces First Dealerships for the USA

02/05/2014 @ 3:04 pm, by Bryan Delohery9 COMMENTS

Erik Buell Racing Announces First Dealerships for the USA erik buell racing 1190rx red 635x423

Erik Buell Racing has announced that over 60 dealerships will be carrying the 2014 Erik Buell Racing 1190RX, the new sport bike from EBR that is slated to be released in March of this year.

After unveiling the new bike last October at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, EBR began to scout dealerships in major metropolitan areas that were prime motorcycle markets.

“It was clear from the day we launched the 1190RX and the overall EBR brand that excitement was high in dealerships across the country for the new products,” said Buell.

“Our team put into place an extensive dealership application process to ensure every customer who has interest in EBR products works with only the best power-sports dealers and can build a lifetime relationship.”

Based off Erik Buell Racing’s race bred, limited edition EBR 1190RS, the 1190RX is a 419 lbs water-cooled v-twin that EBR claims produces an impressive 102 lb-ft of torque at 8,200 rpm and 185 hp.

With performance figures like those and a starting price tag of $18,995, EBR has its sights set on Ducati and some of the other premium sport bikes on the market.

The only American motorcycle manufacturer that is competing in the 2014 World Superbike Championship, the Team Hero EBR’s piloted by Geoff May and Aaron Yates should be some serious competition for the Italian and Japanese heavy hitters that traditionally populate WSBK.

You can find Erik Buell Racing motorcycles at the following dealerships in the United States:

Arizona
Iron Horse Motorcycles
Tucson

Top Spoke EBR Arizona
Tempe

California 
A &S Powersports
Roseville

Harley-Davidson of Glendale
Glendale

San Diego BMW Motorcycles
San Diego

Tri-County Powersports
Moorpark

Florida
Black Widow Harley-Davidson
Port Charlotte

BMW Motorcycles of Jacksonville
Orange Park

BMW Motorcycles of Pensacola
Pensacola

EBR of Orlando
Sanford

Florida Sports Cycle & ATV
Stuart

Motorsports of Melbourne
Palm Bay

Riva Motorsports
Pompano Beach

Unique Super Bikes Company
Miami

Georgia 
EBR of Dahlonega
Dahlonega

Illinois
Motor Cycle Center
Villa Park

Indiana
Dreyer Honda South
Whiteland

Iowa
Hicklin Power Sports
Grimes

Louisiana
GN Gonzales LLC
Baton Rouge

Maryland 
Battley Cycles
Gaithersburg

Massachusetts
Dunbar Euro Sports
Brockton

EBR Motorcycles of Westfield
Westfield

Michigan
EBR of Southeast Michigan
Canton

Missouri
EBR of Missouri
Festus

Reno’s Powersports KC
Kansas City

Nebraska
Dillon Brothers Motorsports
Omaha

Nevada
Freedom Cycle Las Vegas
Las Vegas

Freedom Cycle Reno
Reno

New Hampshire
American Trikes and Motorsports
Keene

Derry Cycles
Derry

New Jersey
Cherry Hill Motorsports
Cherry Hill

EBR Metuchen
Metuchen

Flemington Yamaha-Kawasaki
Flemington

Ocean County Powersports
Toms River

New York 
Big Boyz Toys
Marlboro

Bob Weaver Motorsports
North Tonawanda

North Carolina
Ray Price of Fayetteville
Fayetteville

Ohio 
Harley-Davidson Bike Town
Youngstown

Pennsylvania
Blackmans Cycle Center
Emmaus

Fast By Ferracci
Willow Grove

Pittsburgh Cycle Center, Inc.
Pittsburgh

Whites Harley Davidson Sales
Lebanon

Williamsport Honda
Williamsport

South Carolina 
Real Performance Motorsports
Greenville

Tennessee
Garry Griffith Cycles
Chattanooga

Texas 
AF1Racing
Austin

Alamo BMW-Triumph
Boerne

European Cycle Sports Ltd.
Plano

Eurosport Cycle
Fort Worth

Goe Kawasaki
Angleton

Houston Superbikes
Houston

Virginia 
Redline Performance Motorsports
Yorktown

Washington
Bellevue Motorsports
Bellevue

Pacific Northwest Motorcycles
Ferndale

Wisconsin
Hals HD
New Berlin

Rod’s Ride on Powersports Inc.
LaCrosse

Stock’s EBR
Manitowoc

A full list of dealers can be found here.

Source: Erik Buell Racing

Comment:

  1. I wish him luck, I might just head down to Festus to take a look at one first-hand.

  2. paulus says:

    good luck EBR… another brand to choose from is a good thing.

  3. Starmag says:

    As a fellow Cheesehead I wish Eric only the best. The present moment in America seems like a difficult environment to sell narrow focus sportbikes in. Hopefully, for the longevity of EBR, Eric will offer a adventure/sport tourer with great ergos soon. He had some great ideas as usual for the Ulysses.

  4. Bob says:

    I’m a longtime fan of Buell motorcycles, having owned 8 since the early ’90s. Only had one fuel in frame model though, the 1125R, which I sold after 2 months. I didn’t like the superbike linear power delivery and the chassis just didn’t feel right.

    It’s unfortunate for me only that I don’t desire any of the new Buells including the 1190 RX. The appeal of the older tube frame Buells was the low end grunt and being able to see the drivetrain. Easy to work on, modify and personalize as well. I have zero interest in a 2 cylinder bike that emulates a 4 cylinder race replica. I have one of those already.

    I actually found myself interested in the concept Hero 620 Hastur. Sure, it’s lower on power compared to any Buell, except the Blast, but the trellis frame and swing arm and look of it are pretty visually appealing to a fan of the older Buells. A little more refinement and I can see it being a pretty popular ride in the states.

    I’ll keep on wasting my money on my tube framed Buell for years to come. It’s just too much fun not to keep personalizing and improving it as the years go by. And just maybe, the Hero will be the Buell that 1/2 the Buell fans wish Buell still made.

  5. Richard Gozinya says:

    @Bob Yeah, those tube framed Buells did have a nice charm to them. Though some of the customs I’ve seen of those are even more amazing, especially the ones by Filippo Barbacane.

    http://www.officinerossopuro.it/big-red/
    http://www.officinerossopuro.it/yes-she-can/

  6. Halfie30 says:

    Bob, did you read the same torque specs I did?! At 102 ft lbs there is no way this thing does not have grunt down low. That’s more than my TLR, which has 80 and lots of torque down low… Lets wait and see what the bike can do before thinking this thing is a Panigale killer.

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  8. MikeD says:

    I’ll give Buell Products a second glance when they start making AFFORDABLE bikes for the less privileged and income challenged riders among us.

    But none the less . . . great for them and the best of luck. I hope they came back to stay for a long time.

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