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.

Japanese Tsunami Kills One & Injures 30 at Honda R&D Facility – Could Disrupt Motorcycle Shipments

03/11/2011 @ 8:24 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Japanese Tsunami Kills One & Injures 30 at Honda R&D Facility   Could Disrupt Motorcycle Shipments Map of Sendai Earthquake 2011 635x487

If you’re just starting your routine this Friday morning, you’ve likely already seen that a massive earthquake struck Japan about 230 miles offshore from Tokyo. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake is one of the top seven most powerful quakes in recorded history, and the largest to hit Japan in over 100 years. Occurring relatively close to the surface, the Sendai Earthquake, as it’s being called, triggered a tsunami, with waves as tall as 30 feet. Since the initial quake, a series of aftershocks have hit Japan as well, with many of those having a magnitude of 5.0 or greater on the Richter scale.

While Japan has more serious issues to contend with at the moment, the immediate ramifications for the motorcycle industry appear to be the now expected delays in shipping motorcycles from Japan to other countries. So far Honda has confirmed that it has shutdown production at its Saitama factory, while production at its Suzuka factory has resumed. Honda has also confirmed that one worker died and 30 others were injured when a wall collapsed in its research and development facility in Tochigi.

“The earthquake which hit Japan earlier today was one of the largest ever recorded and is a major catastrophe for the nation,” read a statement from the company. “Honda’s number one priority is to help and support the affected areas in whatever capacity we have at our disposal. Honda can confirm that there has been one fatality at Honda R&D Co. Ltd in Tochigi prefecture. At this time, thirty injuries have also been reported.”

Our thoughts go out to our friends on the other side of the pacific.

Source: Carole Nash

Comment:

  1. Anybody that thinks about ‘motorcycle shipments’ in a time like this should get their heads checked.

    Seriously.

  2. Woody says:

    Oh no! I’m gonna get my CBR late?! This is bullshit!

    *meanwhile hundreds to thousands are homeless, several have been killed*

  3. Spytech says:

    I could give a Sh!t about the honda factory, when one nuclear reactor is not cooling down and they may need to release some radioactive steam. Japan, is well prepared and lots of the big factories shutdown automatically, but this is a huge disaster that if it where anywhere else it would certainly be 100x the damage and loss of life.

    My GF tried for hours to get a phone call in, and when she got through they exchanged some words and knew everything was fine, her father rushed her off the phone, so not to clog the phone lines for emergency calls. these people are well prepared.

  4. ML says:

    This is a motorcycle news site. What do you guys expect?

    True, motorcycle shipments aren’t important compared to the lives and livelihoods that have been destroyed by this disaster, but this website isn’t a place to report on such aspects of life. This is a site about MOTORCYCLE related news. The earthquake effecting Honda is news worthy for such a site. I don’t see anything in this article that was out of line or suggesting that the REAL tragedy of this event was the delay of motorcycle shipments. If anyone is out of line, its you guys.

    Another motorcycle website reported that the Motegi round of MotoGP might be delayed due to this event… does that mean they only care about MotoGP?

    Again, the events in Japan are tragic but still, if you want the human side of the story, there are a plenty of places for such news. You came to a motorcycle news site and complain about motorcycle related impact of this earthquake. Kinda silly if you ask me.

    With that said, my heart and prayers are with those in Japan. Especially those who perished and those who are dealing with the loss of loved ones.

  5. @ML: I do apologise for the lack of nuance in my comment, I very much appreciate A&R as a source of motorcycle related news and I can see how it may have come across as a an unintentional direct stab at them.

    Merely the thought however of anybody complaining about not getting their new CBR in time because of this immensely tragic disaster, is making me sick.

  6. Spytech says:

    @thingymadoodle – correct.

    in a situation like this, everything is about the disaster. when 911 happened, every channel talked about the tragic moment – not “the towers are down the stock market wont open”.

    dont get me wrong, i like this site. much better than hellforaa$holes.

  7. At the end of the day A&R is what it is, a motorcycle news site. I don’t expect readers to come to this site looking for a CNN level of treatment on Japan’s earthquake disaster. We honestly couldn’t do it justice. I too would be upset over the 18 y/o punk kid who complains that his crotch rocket won’t be available because of the recent events. There’s not much you can do about those kind of people except hope that they grow up a bit more in life.

    This sentence was my sort of way of saying that this story is a relatively low priority in the grand scheme of things, but it’s still the pertinent information as it applies to motorcycles:

    “While Japan has more serious issues to contend with at the moment, the immediate ramifications for the motorcycle industry appear to be the now expected delays in shipping motorcycles from Japan to other countries.”

    David did a great job on his piece (even mentions A&R which is always nice of him). He also didn’t have to travel 19hrs today to Doha. I’m actually in Dubai right now, and will be meeting David in Doha in another hour or two, as we’re sharing a room for the GP.