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.

Report: KTM 390 Duke Coming to the USA in 2014

02/11/2013 @ 12:50 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

Report: KTM 390 Duke Coming to the USA in 2014 KTM 390 Duke 635x423

Speaking to India’s Business Standard, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has confirmed that the KTM 390 Duke will be coming to the US market in 2014 — a full year later than the company’s leaked road map slide projected.

A noticeable absence from this year’s USA model lineup, the KTM 390 Duke is the biggest sibling in KTM’s new entry-level street bike offerings, with the company already seeing the KTM 125 Duke and KTM 200 Duke as successes in the marketplace.

Helping push KTM beyond BMW Motorrad’s yearly sales totals for 2012, the Austrian company is reaping significant benefits from its partnership with Bajaj, which owns a minority stake in KTM. Producing the smaller Duke machines in Bajaj’s Chakan plant, KTM has been able to create a capable, affordable, and enticing motorcycle for new and current motorcyclists alike.

The perfect displacement for the North American market, KTM has long been expected to bring the 373cc machine across the pond, and it came as a surprise when the KTM 390 Duke was not announced at the company’s USA model unveil in Long Beach earlier this year.

Absent too was the KTM 1190 Adventure, which has debuted in Europe, and is expected to have a late-2013 arrival in the US, making one wonder what exactly is going on with KTM’s on-road lineup (instead for 2013, North Americans will get the KTM 990 Adventure Baja as a new model).

Though the saying goes that it is “better late than never,” similar delays are attributed to the sales flop of the KTM RC8, which also suffered from a off-road focused dealer network.

It seems with the KTM 390 Duke, the Austrian brand is looking to try again with its move from the dirt to the street. Hopefully, they will have more success this second time around.

Source: Business Standard

Comment:

  1. Prasenjit Debroy says:

    Ah! KTM ought to go ballistic in US to garner more market share in the Streetbike Category.
    Also, here in India, it seem’s that KTM-BAJAJ will Launch the DUKE 390 only in June 2013.
    I have been eagerly following every single bit of information available.
    The DUKE 390 is Indeed a Most Potent Mix of Power, Looks & High Quality Cycle Parts.
    **Keeping my finger’s crossed :) **

  2. Mitch says:

    Yesss. Very happy, anxious to see some reviews about the powerplant – would love to commute on this but it needs to do ~70mph reliably without throwing up.

  3. JoeD says:

    It would be nice to have a couple of them at every one of my training sites. The Japs figured out the deal-newbies tend to buy what they learned on. KTM, are you listening?

  4. paulus - Thailand says:

    There can only be so many produced at a time… if you can only fulfil so many, where to sell them first?
    Where you make the most money the fastest?

    In general, the US market prices are lower than Europe or Asia…

    If the 350EXC engine will fit into the frame… I wonder if the 500EXC would :)

  5. jeram says:

    make it a KTM300 duke and I might be interested ;)

  6. Mr. X says:

    Bajaj can make 5000 units a week, so production volumes won’t be a problem!

  7. BBQdog says:

    Last week I had a little test ride on the Duke 200. It is very light and nimble and feels very good. Just asking myself if I gonna buy the 200 or the 10 kg heaviers 390. Only ride very small backroads. The KTM 200 is ages apart from my CBR 250 R, total other class.

  8. Gritboy says:

    Woooooooohooooo! This looks like an ideal urban “fun” bike.

  9. 76 says:

    very interested in this one, I really want a test ride

  10. a tom says:

    A Honda Super Four, a SV 400 and a Monster 400 all pull ~60mph (100kmph) fairly easily, with top speeds at the >115 mph range; The M400 gets to and holds easily at 60mph @ 5,500rpm’s in 6th, the Super Four giving roughly the same.

    Given where this bike slots in, @ 45hp as against the others’ 45-53-ish hp, I would expect 70mph and the power not to be an issue. On the other hand, still to see more than just the manu’s figures on this engine, so we shall see.

  11. Paul McM says:

    Like the 390. Love the 690 … now that would get the adrenalin flowing. Sat on a 690 Duke at the Long Beach shot. I’m 6’1″ and it felt great. Better ergos than the new Monster… which ain’t bad. If I won the lottery there would definitely be a 690 Duke in my stable. See:

    http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/2013-ktm-690-duke-usa-canada/

  12. Mitch says:

    a tom: It’s not the hp that concerns me, it’s that its a single cylinder. Anyone that’s own an Aprilia single can testify to issues from holding revs.

  13. Damo says:

    If the bike is priced right and KTM convinces all their off-road dealers to carry them, this could be a successful little bike.

    KTM needs to do more marketing in the USA than just dumping shiny new models off at the dealer though.

  14. Faust says:

    I wish there was anywhere near me where I could even go look at a KTM street bike. Until that changes, I simply can’t buy one.