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.

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.

Honda Crossrunner UK Pricing Set at £9,075

03/23/2011 @ 8:28 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Honda Crossrunner UK Pricing Set at £9,075 2011 honda crossrunner 8 635x476

Our friends across the pond are set to get the new Honda Crossrunner this summer, with pricing slated at £9,075 OTR. The VFR800 based V4 motor has been wedged into a new adventure bike chassis, finally giving the winged brand something to compete against the BMW GS, Ducati Multistrada 1200, KTM Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré, etc. Perhaps a little late to the party with the Crossrunner, we’ve heard relatively little chatter about the bike since its EICMA launch back in November. No word yet on American pricing or availability.

2011 Honda Crossrunner Technical Specifications:

ENGINE
TypeLiquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4
Displacement782cm3
Bore x Stroke72 x  48mm
Compression Ratio11.6 : 1
Max. Power Output74.9kW/10,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque72.8Nm/9,500min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed1,200min-1
Oil Capacity3.8 litres
FUEL SYSTEM
CarburationPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore36mm
AircleanerOil-permeated, cartridge-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity21.5 litres
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Ignition SystemComputer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing8° BTDC (idle) ~ 50° BTDC (1,200min-1)
Sparkplug TypeIMR9D-9H (NGK); VNH27Z (DENSO)
StarterElectric
Battery Capacity12V/11AH (YTZ-12S)
ACG Output386W
Headlights12V; 55W x 1 (low) / 55W x 1 (high)
DRIVETRAIN
ClutchWet, multi-plate with coil springs
Clutch OperationHydraulic
Transmission TypeConstant mesh 6-speed
Primary Reduction1.934  (64/33)
Gear Ratios1    2.846 (37/13)
2    2.062 (33/16)
3    1.578 (30/19)
4    1.291 (31/24)
5    1.111 (30/27)
6    0.965 (28/29)
Final Reduction2.687  (43/16)
Final DriveO-ring sealed chain
FRAME
TypeDiamond; aluminium twin-spar; pivotless
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L x W x H)2,130 x 799 x 1,243mm
Wheelbase1,464mm
Caster Angle25° 45′
Trail96mm
Turning Radius2.8m
Seat Height816mm
Ground Clearance140mm
Kerb Weight240.4kg  (F: 115.2kg; R: 125.2kg)
SUSPENSION
TypeFront: 43mm cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment, 165mm axle travel
Rear: Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 145mm axle travel
WHEELS
TypeFront: 6-spoke cast aluminium
Rear: 5-spoke cast aluminium
Rim SizeFront: 17M/C x MT3.50
Rear: 17M/C x MT5.50
Tyre SizeFront: 120/70 R17
Rear: 180/55 R17
Tyre PressureFront: 225kPa
Rear: 250kPa
BRAKES
TypeFront: 296mm dual floating hydraulic disc with 3-piston calipers, C-ABC and sintered metal pads
Rear: 256mm hydraulic  disc with 2-piston caliper, C-ABS and sintered metal pads

Source: Visordown

Comment:

  1. joe says:

    Why would anyone choose this over the competition? Heavy, budget suspension, completely road biased, too close to the VFR .

  2. Looks like an extra-large super moto, will be hard for it to compete with the GS range with what appears to be a road focus.

  3. Barry says:

    Looks like a more-upright, less ugly version of the very unfortunate VFR. I’d personally prefer this to a VFR for most touring duties. Reminds me of a lower-spec/cheaper/less exotic Multistrada.

  4. Lionel says:

    It looks a lot like a 4-cylinder Yamaha TDM (with an extra bit of fairing).

  5. Ranger Jay says:

    Too freaking heavy…

  6. Kevin says:

    THAT’S an adventure bike?! HA! No wonder there has been little chatter about this bike since EICMA.

  7. wbkr says:

    How would anyone looking at a GS or a Tiger be considering this? It’s just a funky looking road bike, just like the DN was just an ugly cruiser. I’m sure the tech is good but Honda needs a new designer.

  8. xborne says:

    hahaha off road?!?! … good luck finding tires for 180/55 R17 anything else pure road tires

  9. GeddyT says:

    I really can’t wait until this “phase” is over. It really is the motorcycle equivalent of the SUV, isn’t it? They’re big, heavy, bloated, overpriced macho machines with manly adventure pretenses that will NEVER see anything but asphalt. The engineers will hate designing them, but the accountants will love raking in the obscene profits off of the duped.

    This is a 2002 Interceptor with a different tank/body. Look at the fork, brakes–hell, even the frame, swingarm, and footpeg brackets are nearly unchanged! And ten years later Honda expects people to pay HOW much for it? They’re either going to need a time machine or some really gullible buyers.

  10. Andre says:

    What is with all the “bird beak” styling???? this thing looks like a pigeon.
    Some designers don’t know the difference between fashionable and attractive!

  11. JR says:

    but that engine!

  12. Taikun says:

    Just another “ugly” reliable product from Honda.

  13. phobe says:

    The Crossrunner is NOT a competitor for the GS, Multi, Super Ten or Adventure. It’s priced thousands less than those bikes. It’s a little more than half the price of a Multistrada S Touring in the UK.

    The motor is not in a new adventure chassis… it’s the VFR800 chassis with what looks like a little more suspension travel. Who writes these “articles”? Do you just make shit up?

    This is just an upright road bike like the V-Strom or Versys. It’ll probably be great for its intended purpose.

    Honda’s big adventure bike comes next year with the 1200 Crosstourer.

  14. claudia says:

    I Love honda, but i don’t like this motorcycle. I like honda CBR1000RR. Thanks

  15. ohio says:

    The ford explorer of motorcycles.