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.

A Motorcycle Service Manual in Your Dash? A Look at the Motus MST’s All-Glass Cockpit

07/23/2013 @ 1:50 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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This weekend at MotoGP’s Red Bull US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, I stopped by the Motus ten to give Lee Conn and Brian Case some grief, and to see how the production-ready Motus MST was looking. The bikes looked similar to their prototype form from two year’s ago, with obviously more fit-and-finish in the overall design. One of the big changes I noticed though was that Motus has dropped the industry standard analog tach and LCD speedo for an all-glass cockpit design.

Going the same way as the Mission Motorcycles Mission RS, Motus Motorcycles has put a multifunctional LCD dash on the Motus MST which not only makes for a cleaner design, but also adds some cool new features for two-wheeled enthusiasts. Every time I talk to Lee, he comments on how tuner-friendly the MST is for owners, so unsurprisingly one of the features of the LCD dash is the on-board service manual. Need to adjust the chain? There’s an app for that.

Navigating through the systems is noticeably easier with the ATM-style eight-button layout (there’s a joke about the MST’s $30,975 price tag in there somewhere), which is infinitely easier to use than the electronics packages provided by say Ducati or Aprilia, though I still think the touchscreen-equipped Mission R takes the cake. It’s still a cool feature though, and shows that up-start companies like Motus are helping bring the motorcycle industry inline with the advances made so far in the 21st century.

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A Motorcycle Service Manual in Your Dash? A Look at the Motus MSTs All Glass Cockpit Motus Motorcycles MST R LCD dash 03 635x423

Photos: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0 (Online Only)

Comment:

  1. Alex says:

    What happens when you need to unplug the battery during service, or replace the screen iteslf?

    I assume this is for basic service work.

  2. Matt says:

    Is this 1994? And is that powered by a Sega Genesis?

  3. “Going the same way as the Mission Motorcycles Mission RS, Motus Motorcycles has put a multifunctional LCD dash on the Motus MST which not only makes for a cleaner design, but also adds some cool new features for two-wheeled enthusiasts.”

    Pr0n during rush hour!?

    Sowwy. I couldn’t help myself. :)

  4. Richard Gozinya says:

    Neat stuff. I wonder who they farmed that out to.

  5. alex says:

    This bike is turning into one big stereotypical joke about dumb americans – that seriously looks like tech from a 1995 fishing boat – at that price you have to figure the custom can afford an idevice – why reinvent the wheel when they could have partnered with mapecu or mobiquirt, GaugeFace, maxxecu or any number of other digital ecu interfaces and readouts.

    Wait what am I talkin about I gotta go git me some chaw and head down to isky cams for a new “grindin” and some new spark plug wires and some prolong at my local oreileys.

    They should have just bought the manufacturing rights to the C1 from Motoczyzxzyzxyxz and the scehmatics for iphone dash they came up with last decade.

  6. Tony says:

    Looks great. If you are going to spend big coin on this bike you want a proper multifunctional dash and this seems more than adequate, albeit a bit small.
    If this bike gets reasonable fuel economy it will be an awesome sport tourer.

  7. Gonzo says:

    They spent money on a game console instead of bringing it to market with direct Injection?

    FAIL.

  8. BrianZ says:

    @Alex-re:battery issue: not going to be a problem with their newly developed dilithium crystal based battery.

  9. Richard Gozinya says:

    @Tony

    I’m not sure how it’ll get anywhere near decent fuel economy. It’s a big engine that makes a lot of power. At best it’ll probably get 40 mpg. And that’s if you’re being gentle with it. Another reason to not get your hopes up, they’re not bragging about fuel economy. If they had something decent in that department, they’d be talking it up, unless they just really don’t get the current market.

  10. “It’s a big engine that makes a lot of power.”

    Perhaps, but at 1650cc and only 160BHP, the engine in its lower-tuned form is dramatically understressed. There’s really little reason why the MST shouldn’t offer quite decent mileage. The MST-R might be a different story, but when you’re under 100 HP/litre, there’s really no reason not to do well in the economy dept. anymore.

  11. Brian J says:

    I want one thing on my new bikes. A H.U.D. It’s 2013 guys, time to stop with all the heads down gauges.