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.

Photos: Underneath the Ducati 1199 Panigale’s Fairings

03/22/2012 @ 10:44 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

Photos: Underneath the Ducati 1199 Panigales Fairings Ducati 1199 Panigale naked 635x445

We have shown pornography CAD renders of the Ducati 1199 Panigale sans fairings before, and immediately heard office doors around the nation close shut while trousers were ruined. Showing off its frameless chassis design, the Ducati 1199 Panigale is perhaps one of the most intriguing motorcycles to see without its bodywork.

Perhaps losing some the elegance of previous Ducati models when naked, there is very little free room between the Panigale’s 1437mm (56.6in) wheelbase. With the Tetris-style fitting of pieces together into the Panigale’s monocoque frame, there can be little speculation as to why the 1199 features such a large and comprehensive fairing.

That being said, when the Ducati 1199 Panigale is in the buff, it makes for some good art. But just remember: every time you masturbate, God kills a kitten. Please remember the kittens as you click through to the full-size photos after the jump.

Full Resolution Photos of the Ducati 1199 Panigale without Fairings:

Photos: Underneath the Ducati 1199 Panigales Fairings Ducati 1199 Panigale no fairings 01 635x475

Photos: Underneath the Ducati 1199 Panigales Fairings Ducati 1199 Panigale no fairings 02 635x475

Source: Ducati

Comment:

  1. spytech says:

    Where is the battery? can anyone see where the batt. is.

  2. Jake says:

    Can we lay off the wank jokes? I’d like to continue referring grown-ups to the site.

  3. BBQdog says:

    Ha ha, this really looks a bit ‘italian’ like in the old days, and I don’t mean that as a compliment.

  4. MikeD says:

    FAP Material indeed, LOL.
    Can’t wait to see a baby version. Hehehe…(^_^).

  5. WetMan says:

    It’s fortunate that most future owners will not put too many miles on this thing, because it looks like hell to do any serious maintenance on this contraption. I guess that is why Ducati pushes a 12000 km maintenance interval. They hope it will never come to that…

  6. Kevin says:

    FYI….service intervals on this bike are every 15000 miles.

  7. Adam says:

    this lady looks nicer with her clothes on! or I can just drink a six pack, she may look better then lol.

  8. Will says:

    Where’s the oil filter?

  9. Gpaul says:

    @wetman, how exactly would this be any more maintenance than any other design that uses the engine as a stressed member? please have a careful look at an 851/888 or even a monster for that matter….there is truly nothing new under the sun.

  10. Gpaul says:

    don’t get me wrong, i would really love to have one, gorgeous piece of machinery that it is.

  11. mark says:

    Molto bella… I still think the airbox/headstock ‘frameless’ concept will work on this bike because the engine/attachments are ‘narrower’ than on the Desmosedici GP12 (the L4 looks wider than the L2). This current version is fabricated in aluminum, and carbon has been tried (to dismal effect), but this element looks like it could easily be fabricated out of sheet titanium. Does anyone know if titanium has been tried?

  12. FeelgoodInc says:

    Anyone know how many hours labour Ducati are charging for a spark plug change? That front one doesn’t look to easy to get at. Then again to change the plugs on my R6 means removing either the tank and airbox etc or the radiator. Very impressively engineered looking piece of kit that.

  13. Doctor Jelly says:

    @Spytech
    I think it might be between the lower radiator ducting and the muffler. There’s a black box shape maybe about the size of a battery sticking out the back of the ducting. Either that or it’s somehow shoehorned in the subframe behind the rear head…

    I quite like how the rear shock looks like an afterthought, but throw in a cool linkage and shift the piggyback around and BAM! It’s cool!

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  15. MikeD says:

    @Will:

    Easy, little cap with 2 bolts right under the stator cover (LHS). Paper element kind.

    @FeelGoodInc:

    This doesn’t look any harder to do a valve adjustment and spark plug change than a Suzuki SV1000S…or RC51…or TL-S/TL-R..etc.
    Peeling the body work just makes it time consuming but all the access points are pretty devoid of crap “truly on the way” to reach’em.

    As for the battery’s location i think Doctor Jelly is on to something.

  16. MikeD says:

    I blame it on the lack of sleep and hunger but both pictures remind me of the Buell Blast that was crushed to a CUBE.

    Yes, it looks that tight to me. LOL.

  17. 2ndclass says:

    Nothing particularly nasty looking under there, a few braided coolant hoses and I’d ‘fighter the shit out of it.

  18. Minibull says:

    @Mark: Really? Your going into all that shit again? After all the things Preziosi and the team have stated regarding the frames?

  19. Anti says:

    I’d like to see a naked/streetfighter version.

  20. mxs says:

    Interesting, but it looks very busy .. actually crazy busy