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.

Confirmed: KTM 350 Duke in 2013 – Moto3 Inspired 350cc Sport Bike in 2014

01/25/2012 @ 11:50 am, by Jensen Beeler26 COMMENTS

Confirmed: KTM 350 Duke in 2013   Moto3 Inspired 350cc Sport Bike in 2014 KTM 125 Duke stripped naked 635x390

Our friends over at IndianCarsBikes.in were in attendance at the KTM 200 Duke launch in India this week, as the Austrian brand launched its somewhat bigger-displacement version of the popular KTM Duke 125. During the press event, KTM talked about the future of the mini-Duke line and its product roadmap for the emerging country, as well as abroad. With the Austrian brand confirming/clarifying that KTM would release a KTM 350 Duke for India in 2013, zie Austrians also confirmed that the KTM 350 Duke would be built locally in India by Bajaj, but would be exported worldwide — allaying fears that the KTM 350 Duke would be an India-only model.

Confirming the information learned from the leaked PowerPoint slide that was taken from the KTM North America dealers’ meeting, it is also expected that the KTM 350 Duke will be a bored-out version of the KTM 200 Duke. This news of course should excite American motorcyclists, who have been eagerly and patiently awaiting a larger version of the KTM 125 Duke to hit US soil. Equally exciting has been the news that KTM would release a fully-faired sport bike in the 350cc format.

Aptly called the Moto3 350 for now, it is expected that this model will take its styling from KTM’s Moto3 project, and will essentially be a fully-faired version of the KTM 350 Duke. Confirming at the launch that the KTM Moto 350 would be built in India, and be available worldwide in 2014, KTM could give the small-displacement sport bike market a serious run for its money if they can price the model competitively against the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Honda CBR250R.

KTM Moto3 Race Bike Renders:

Source: IndianCarsBikes.in

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    Ok, now make it a reality. PopCorn is being pop’d as i type and my L.A.Z.Y Boy recliner in position.
    On a side note, wasn’t the 125cc 4T Mini-RSV4 looking thing suposed to be here too already ? Or was that all just a Bad Dream ?

  2. MikeD says:

    I hope Aprilia reconsider it’s crazy idea and bump it to 250cc + for the USA Market.

  3. mxs says:

    That would be too expensive for low volume manufacture like Aprilia to make a 250 (engine they don’t have right now). I don’t think the 125 was ever confirmed reliably for US market. Canada has had some success with CBR125 and they didn’t get the Aprilia 125 ….

    KTM 350 in street legal sport bike trim … my wallet is opening right now. 40ishHP, under 300lbs …. sounds like something many people would love, incl. myself

  4. MikeD says:

    @MXS:

    IMHO squeezing 40hp out of a 350cc single would put un-desirable traits on it for a street bike (not impossible but the periodic maintenance intervals would be Aprilia SXV450/550 SHORT ).
    Maybe something along the 30-35hp range ? … again… just gessing by what i have seen/heard.

    Yes, i doubt the whole Aprilia thing will ever happen in any form or shape but hey… like the crazy professor from Futurama said:

    A man can dream, a man can dream.

  5. Westward says:

    I want one… The 350-500 cc range of bikes are seriously under-represented…

  6. If the KTM Moto3 350 bike will be nice and peaky, reminiscent of my old RD400 Daytona Special, sign me up.

  7. Halfie 30 says:

    Being a Ducati guy, I have naturally been intrigued by the RC8. Hoping to get my hands on one later this year. If the KTM full fairings 350 makes in over here, and I enjoy the RC8 as much as I think I will, you can bet I will be selliing my 800ss to have an RC8 mini me…. LOL

  8. alex kurys says:

    Confirmed: KTM 350 Duke in 2013 – Moto3 Inspired 350cc Sport Bike in 2014 – http://t.co/jrUG3XpY #motorcycle

  9. BBQdog says:

    A fully-faired version of the KTM 350 Duke ? At last my dreams come true.

  10. BBQdog says:

    (if they had one today I would buy one today and I mean that)

  11. Enrico says:

    MikeD says:
    January 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM
    IMHO squeezing 40hp out of a 350cc single would put un-desirable traits on it for a street bike.

    Hello I’m Italian, here the Duke 200 cc. has just been launched and it developes 26hp., so maybe 40hp for a 350 cc. is possible (26 / 200 * 350 = 45,5).
    Duke 200 is not actually on sale but dealers are already accepting orders (at € 4290, just a bit more than the 125 Duke) as it will be available on may 2012. I sat on the 200 at EICMA last november, almost identical to the 125 apart from the sticker on tank.
    I came to this forum because I’m regularly scannering the web in search for news about the 350 Duke wich is my definite DREAM BIKE ! Today I’m an happy man.

  12. Random says:

    Now just do the same to the 690 Duke!

  13. Damo says:

    I would love a fully faired street legal, 350-500 cc race rep. Can’t really get one in the states. Would have to get an old Yamaha SR500 and make your own, lol.

  14. Dc4go says:

    How cool…….. That’ll be a great alterative to a Kawi 250 or even the Honda… Keep it reallly light, single cylinder, and sexy ass hell!!!!

  15. BBQdog says:

    >>>Hello I’m Italian, here the Duke 200 cc. has just been launched and it developes 26hp

    At the crank I suppose.

    The Honda CBR 250 R produces 22.6 bhp and the Kawa Ninja 250R does 26.4 at the rear wheel.

  16. Enrico says:

    BBQdog says: At the crank I suppose.

    The Honda CBR 250 R produces 22.6 bhp and the Kawa Ninja 250R does 26.4 at the rear wheel.

    Oh yes, at the crank. Official KTM’s 2012 Catalogue in my hands says: “26 hp @ 10.000 rpm”. No figures about torque. An Indian web site seen today has a road test of this tiny beauty launched yesterday on that market (the home market !) and declares a top speed of 135 kmh on the gauge.
    Yes CBR an Ninjia are more powerful, but with a bigger displacement and a higher weight (126 kg the Duke 200, w/out fuel) and… much less sex appeal – don’t you think so ? :)

  17. RJ says:

    OH YES! Now we are talking. Leave it to a company of enthusiasts like KTM to build the road-going mini GP bike we always wanted…

    Hope this revitalizes the small-bore sportbike segment!

  18. mxs says:

    My DRZ400 is well under stressed (guys are moding the crap out of it; 45HP with pipe and few other things) and it’s rated I believe at 33HP. So I am usre KTM can do 40ish with their 350. It will be much lighter I hope, so even 35ish would still be fun with reasonable oil changes without compromising reliability. To me anyways.

  19. MikeD says:

    Enrico says:
    Official KTM’s 2012 Catalogue in my hands says: “26 hp @ 10.000 rpm”. No figures about torque. An Indian web site seen today has a road test of this tiny beauty launched yesterday on that market (the home market !) and declares a top speed of 135 kmh on the gauge.
    Yes CBR an Ninjia are more powerful, but with a bigger displacement and a higher weight (126 kg the Duke 200, w/out fuel) and… much less sex appeal – don’t you think so ? :)
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    26hp ? Not bad. 135km/h(~83mph) on the dream-o-meter ? Not bad either unless ur planning on never getting on the highway… and stick to an urban setting.
    But im almost positive we’ll never see this bike on this side of the Atlantic.
    Here (USA) in the land of “If it doesn’t have fairings tuff luck selling that” and “Bigger(heavier is better)” i also doubt it would do better than both the Honda and Kawasaki.
    I certainly can apreciate it for what it is, a FRUGAL, GOOD LOOKING, LITE motorcycle…i bet it would make a good daily beater but knowing KTM it would cost a MINI-FORTUNE compared to the other 2 bikes i previously mentioned…and to gain what compared to those 2 ?
    And im sure geting parts for it takes longer than any of the Nihongo OEMs.
    But they try…i’ll give them that much.
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    RJ says:
    Leave it to a company of enthusiasts like KTM to build the road-going mini GP bike we always wanted…
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    Ok…..but at what cost ? Have u seen KTM’s prices even before the economy got in the toilet ? Not cheap exactly. I wouldn’t pay Ninja 650 $$$ for such a bike…wich im sure they will love to make it’s MSRP…HOPE im wrong…besides…there’s no hard evidence yet such delicacy will come to the USA, YET.
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    mxs says:
    January 26, 2012 at 4:06 PMMy DRZ400 is well under stressed (guys are moding the crap out of it; 45HP with pipe and few other things) and it’s rated I believe at 33HP. So I am usre KTM can do 40ish with their 350. It will be much lighter I hope, so even 35ish would still be fun with reasonable oil changes without compromising reliability. To me anyways.
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    Coming from a real world user(you)…i’ll take that with a grain of salt.
    Personally i have never owned a single…so my xperience is limited to what i read on forums.

  20. jithin says:

    The price stated as introductory price in India is INR 1,17,000 ex-showroom.That
    equates to USD 2350.

  21. Enrico says:

    jithin says: “The price stated as introductory price in India is INR 1,17,000 ex-showroom. That
    equates to USD 2350″

    I’m afraid there’ll be no way we Europeans and you Americans will get the 350 for that bargain price, unfortunately :(
    Let’s do some estimates:
    Italian market TODAY: Duke 125cc € 4133; Duke 200cc € 4290 (launch price announced); CBR250cc € 4435; Ninja 250cc € 5230.
    Non-exotic 600cc naked are selling at about € 6000/ € 7000: Kawa ER-6N, Yamaha XJ6.
    I would imagine (and hope) a price slightly higher than € 5000 for the Duke 350.
    Now it’s up to you to convert these figures in US$ and adapt them to your market.

  22. mxs says:

    Why would you take it with a grain of salt? LOL …. Singles are great, city or around town kind of a bike. They will do hwy obviously, but you’d be on a wrong bike if that’s where you spend most of the time (I guess you have to, otherwise I cannot imagine why. Unless you live in Florida or something …). Yes they vibrate more than multicylinder bike, but you take the bad with the tons of good … :-)

    BTW, posting prices from different regions is close to useless, because there so much more into it than just conversion. Just ask a Canadian how do they like paying anywhere between 15-30% more on bikes and cars when compared to US prices. Be prepared for the outpour of an anger …. we’ve been milked for decades, so prices in India, are just that, prices in India. Prices in Italy are just prices in Italy.

  23. MikeD says:

    jithin says:
    January 27, 2012 at 4:42 AMThe price stated as introductory price in India is INR 1,17,000 ex-showroom.That
    equates to USD 2350.
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    The rest of the world will see those prices when a cure for AIDS, CANCER is discovered, Muslims treat their women like persons and when world hunger don’t exist.
    iN other words…NEVER.

  24. MikeD says:

    mxs says:
    January 27, 2012 at 10:09 AMWhy would you take it with a grain of salt? LOL …. Singles are great, city or around town kind of a bike. They will do hwy obviously, but you’d be on a wrong bike if that’s where you spend most of the time (I guess you have to, otherwise I cannot imagine why. Unless you live in Florida or something …). Yes they vibrate more than multicylinder bike, but you take the bad with the tons of good … :-)
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    U nailed it, good old FL(Miami to be precise)…no tight curves, elevation changes…nothing but straight roads, really wide long curves(when u find one), no Canyons or Hills…all that stuff people deem not exciting elsewhere in bikerdom.
    And people still wonder why there’s so many ‘Busas around…LOL.

    Yup, most of the time is highway for me (at night time, less traffic too), TOO DANGEROUS to drive on the streets…to many IDIOT CAGERS, too much traffic and no one is bike aware…to them ur like a Deer wondering into and IN oncoming traffic. Like some kind of “game animal”.
    Heck, here u see on the news pretty often people just ran over cause they where trying to cross the road…on a bike it just makes it more xciting i guess for the killers.