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 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.

Jesse James Starts New Media Production Company

04/22/2011 @ 3:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Jesse James, the man we love to hate, is back in the news today with reports that his Payupsucker Productions, Inc. has teamed-up with Circle King Networks to create El Jefe Entertainment, a motor sports enthusiasts focused production company. While James has always been regarded as a true artisan in the craft of motorcycle fabrication, his true spotlight of fame came from his media savvy in leveraging his name and creating shows like Monster Garage and Jesse James is a Dead Man.

El Jefe Entertainment’s goal is to “develop, produce and distribute exciting, authentic motor-sport based and car enthusiast entertainment,” and will be focusing with movies and products that will be available on DVD, Pay Per View, as well as direct and mobile formats.

“El Jefe Entertainment is an opportunity for me to share with the fans the two things that I love so much, building and racing,” said Jesse James, CEO of Payupsucker Productions. “With these new videos, I hope to bring the how-to series they’ve been asking for. I am at a point in life where I want to give away my skills. I want these videos to inspire others to make their own cool creations. This venture will also give people a shot-gun view of the crazy, out of control world of off-road racing that I live for.”

“Millions of people love Jesse James; he is a modern day master craftsman and the ultimate motor sports enthusiast,” added Jeffrey B. Grubert, CEO Circle King Networks. “Circle King Networks is excited to collaborate with Jesse James by launching El Jefe Entertainment and honor his unique vision and talent in a manner that provides millions the opportunity to learn from and experience more of Jesse’s continued influence.”

Source: Ultimate Motorcycling


  1. jamesy says:

    The guy could start a gold rush and most sentient humans would stay home… zzzzZzz.

  2. BBQdog says:

    Seems more like this guy will start a fire working like that ……

  3. Where are we going? And what are we all doing in this handbasket?

  4. Zeitgeist says:

    So true! I was told me the road to hell was paved very smooth and quite twisty but, it appears yours is the more correct assessment.

  5. ”With these new videos, I hope to bring the how-to series they’ve been asking for. I am at a point in life where I want to give away my skills.”


    - How to cheat on your wife / F*(% up your mar ridge
    - How to flirt with white supremacy
    - How to convert piece of crap cars into even more useless POS machines
    - How to build the most expensive butt candy motorcycles

    Pass. Jessie James is so last decade. You know its over when your gear is sold at Wal-Mart. Just take your money and go away.

  6. tsweimer says:

    I’m at a loss for words. I used to love this guy. Monster garage was great fun to watch. Then it sort of all fizzled out. Jesse is a dead man? Really? Another staged reality show. I won’t talk about his marriage life, no one really know’s what goes on in anyones marriage. It’s clear he screwed up and that’s that.
    What he needs is a true reality stunt, like a road trip done purely on bikes. Not trailered. Something al a Ewan Mcgregor/Charlie Boorman. Wether it’s across country in the States or some other destination. Pair him up with someone contrast to his personality. Take him out of his element, sit him on a bike and roll cameras. I’m sure it would be very interesting.
    He loves off road racing, fine put him in the Baja. Follow him from training all the way to race day.
    There’s something for him out there, just not these BS videos of himself making stuff. No one cares and no one needs him for inspiration save his children.

  7. Earl Shives says:

    I love this website so fuckin’ much! The comments here are most always great, for I too am a curmudgeon.

    Car & Driver did a great behind the scenes expose of Monster Garage years when the show was at its height of popularity. Revealed the show for what this dude and all of that crap really is, a bunch of staged shenanigans. These Los Angeles marketing schemes are nothing more than sideshow shills designed to squeeze the last few dollars out of the dying embers of what were his glory days.

    By the way, I thought he “lived” to build motorcycles?

    I’ll pass, back to reality…

  8. hoyt says:

    @ YellowRanger – “- How to flirt with white supremacy”

    Did you read that in PeoplefuckingMagazine? Based on 1 lousy photo of Jesse wearing WWII-era, German uniform (that possibly was making fun of Hitler)?

    Jesse James educated thousands of people that it was Sugar Bear, a black man, that created the most famous chopper of all time, the Capt. America bike in the movie, “Easy Rider”.
    J.James went out of his way to set the record straight and provide long overdue recognition to the contributions the black builders have made to the chopper sub culture. A culture that has many white racists. If Jesse James was “flirting with white supremacy” why the hell would he go out of his way to right that wrong?

    “Skills” ? You may not like him, his personal life, or his choice in building, but no one can dispute his skill level.

    tsweimer: road trip? In the early days of his rise to popularity he’s been filmed riding a rigid chopper from Long Beach to Sturgis.

  9. @ Hoyt:

    Google image search Jessie james nazi – there’s more than one.

    Not saying that he is a white supremacist, but at the very least, the whole biker/maltese cross/ SS lightning bolt/swastika thing is stupid and tired. Much like the rest of JJ’s act.

    The man has an amazing talent, there’s no doubt about that; i’m just tired of this side of motorcycle culture being shoved down the throat of the mainstream; why can’t we have a show about sport touring or charity motorcycle events, or a show about anything other than the “hardcore” chopper, HD, look-at-me-i’m-a-obnoxious-american-sterotype.

  10. hoyt says:

    YellowRanger –

    The mainstream is the morbidly obese consumer of these programs so there is no “shoving down their throat”.

    There is a big difference between the maltese cross and a swastika in many ways….. other organizations use variations of the maltese cross, not just independent bike shops. e.g. International firefighter symbols use the maltese cross and the US Marine Corps uses it for their sharpshooter badge.

    There is more than one photo in Google search, huh? Can it be from the same event/source and then perpetuated like you are doing?

  11. tsweimer says:

    hoyt “tsweimer: road trip? In the early days of his rise to popularity he’s been filmed riding a rigid chopper from Long Beach to Sturgis.”

    Hoyt I hate to tell you this but every “road trip” Jesse did his bike spent more time in a trailer then on the road. I’m not saying he didn’t ride a few hours here and there but he never road the whole way on a bike. That isn’t what I consider a road trip.
    a). his bike wouldn’t last. b). he wouldn’t last.

    I remember during one of the “motorcycle mania” films Jesse James and Kid Rock were at Weastcoast choppers and Kid Rock says “We’re the two luckiest guys in the world, look at our wives, look at our motorcycles”. Sure Kid, where are they now?

    Anyway, I still like Jesse but I’d like to see him do something without polish and scripts.

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  13. hoyt says:

    I am not positive he road his bike the entire way, but are you positive he did not? Cite a source.
    Bikes wouldn’t last? Much older barley-based engines make that trip every year. A lot make it and some don’t make it.

  14. hoyt says:

    Barley (auto correct Freudian slip)

  15. Jesse says:


    You might as well be arguing in favor of using a Fat Boy with straight pipes as a commuter bike in downtown Tokyo. Some things just don’t fly on A&R; support for anything “Chopper” is one of those things.

  16. hoyt says:

    The biggest gripe is when people perpetuate an ugly accusation such as racism.
    From the sounds of this new production company, there will be less mainstream content & more valuable, hands-on content. For example, Metal working tips that can be applied to cafe bikes

  17. tsweimer says:

    hoyt -I am not positive he road his bike the entire way, but are you positive he did not? Cite a source.
    Bikes wouldn’t last? Much older barley-based engines make that trip every year. A lot make it and some don’t make it.

    WOW Hoyt you sure are something. Cite a source? Why should I have to cite a source? If you insist, number one I know a guy on the production crew and a guy who worked for him for his so called road trips. If that isn’t enough you can search youtube for behind the scene footage of Jesse saying he trailers his bikes most of the time. That his bike kept falling apart.

    As for hands on and all that metal working I can tell you no one gives a shit about it. If people really where interested someone out there some where would have a show on it. This isn’t virgin territory for Jesse to plunder and make a fortune. Motorcycles on TV just aren’t in vogue any more, it’s done.

  18. Steve says:

    The photo looks like he’s grinding the body part he stepped on with his wife. No more chlorine in the gene pool for this guy.

  19. hoyt says:

    Why am I something else (and “WOW” in caps)?

    “Why should I have to cite a source?” That deserves a WOW, especially considering other comments here make racial accusations. Brutal.

    “Metal working – no one gives a shit about it?” right.

    “Motorcycles on TV aren’t in vogue anymore”. Surprisingly, that comment is “right”, which makes this show have promise.

  20. Gonzo says:

    Let’s not forget that ugly whore he dumped Sandra for. What a Douche! And he has yet to build something that actually performs. He’s be great in Hardly Ableson’s design department! Yawn… The only thing his “creations” need to complete them is the huge butt-plug sticking up from the seat.