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.

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.

Vyrus 986 M2 Gets Race Partnership from MIVV Exhaust

04/14/2011 @ 11:26 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

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The Vyrus 986 M2 has to be one of the most gorgeous motorcycles we’ve ever seen grace our pages here at Asphalt & Rubber. It’s edgy and doesn’t conform to many of the elements we’d expect from a motorcycle design, and best of all Vyrus intends to race the hub-center steering bike (well maybe the fact you can buy one/build your own is the best thing of all).

With the Moto2 World Championship perhaps out of reach for the small Italian company, we instead see the Vyrus 986 M2 making an entry in the Spanish CEV Moto2 Championship, a national-level series that uses the same rules as the World Championship. Helping Vyrus enter that series is exhaust manufacturer MIVV, which has some experience in the CEV series, having partnered with FTR in past years.

For those that fell in love with original design of the 600cc Vyrus, you may not like some of the changes that have occurred since the bike’s original unveiling. Most noticeable in this announcement is that the discreetly hidden slash-cut pipe from Zard, which protruded just above the 986 M2′s swingarm, has given-way to a more traditional MIVV system (the cost of sponsorship we imagine).

Still considering that the full-titanium exhaust systems comes packed with two years of R&D on how to squeeze the most power out of the lightly-tuned Honda CBR600RR motor, we’ll have to let function give way to form on this situation.

More contentious though is the revised front-end of the motorcycle, which sees an extra brace added to the hub-center steering structure. We’ll have to get word from Vyrus as to what prompted the chassis design change, but one would imagine that the new braces help rider feedback and steering, considering the new brace seems to go directly into the head tube and clip-ons.

More on that as we get it, but we suspect more information will come out as the Vyrus 986 M2 is scheduled for its first race this weekend, taking part in the Spanish CEV Championship’s race at the Jerez de la Frontera on April 17th.

Source: MIVV



  1. RSVDan says:

    Perhaps not quite as elegant as the original design, but still an incredible machine. I wish them the best of luck in the CEV in the hope that they will eventually make an appearance in Moto2.

  2. max says:

    I agree with the above, the brace makes it a bit more clogged, and I’m a bit disappointed about the lack of Zard exhausts. When I First saw them I thought those were the most elegant and beautiful exhausts I had ever seen.

    But that those drawbacks are still nothing compared to the overall beauty of the machine, hope it has a lot of track success.

  3. hoyt says:

    agree, still brilliant.
    Is this finished? e.g. front fender will make it look even better.
    Vyrus’ use of a round fender (that was used on the Tesi 2D) looks much better than what Bimota did to the Tesi 3D. The round fender and aluminum swing arm contrast very well with the rest of the intake and upper sub frame.

    Moto2 will be even more entertaining to watch than last year now that design is being pushed. The GP and Moto2 classes have been fairly “conventional” relatively speaking for a prototype class.

  4. Rich says:

    The “brace” is the quivalent of an upright in automotive parlance. Looked at in engineering terms wiht an upright it is a superior design. Without it, loads from braking are fed into a small kingpin (within the center hub) which is an incredible amount of stress for a very small part. I prefer not only the engineering of the revised design but the esthetics as well.

  5. monkeyfumi says:

    The tank still looks like it has the potential to crush your nuts under brakes.

  6. Keith says:

    Works for me, now fit it with a GSXR750, price it UNDER $10k usd and I’ll consider it.

  7. hoyt says:

    fit it with the R1 cross plane motor & those rims and I’ll buy it for $18-19k USD (non carbon model)

  8. Would you like a golden toilet with that pipe dream Keith?

  9. aaron says:

    interesting… they looks like they switched the front end design entirely… this looks like a radd (parker) front end as opposed to the hub steer (bimota) system.

    I remember radd was working on a gsxr front end switch a few years ago, wonder if it’s made it into production – if so, keith might be able to get his pipe dream if he starts with a cheap enough gixxer…

  10. With the new upright, rather than just being there for bracing, hasn’t the front suspension changed entirely to be a Tony Foale-type of arrangement instead of a Difazio-type of setup? Sort of what you see on some BMW’s?

    I can’t tell from the photos if the front wheel is being steered via the upright or not. But given its placement, I would have to assume that it is.

  11. akatsuki says:

    A bit disappointing on the front suspension, but those tail pipes are absolutely horrid compared to the Zard design.

  12. ML says:

    I’m glad I bought a lotto ticket today. Now I just need to win…

  13. hoyt says:

    Many Vyrus owners race their Ducati-powered bikes, so it will be good to learn more about the Tesi design when applied to a wider motor like the i-4.

    aaron – Parker’s RADD has been further developed. Not sure if your reference of a ‘few years ago’ is in reference to that latest iteration. If its not, here is a little write-up on it (looks great)…

  14. MR. X says:

    Is there any way to follow that Spanish series? I’d like to see video and/or results to follow how this design fares.

  15. MR T says:

    Looking at the pics I don’t think that vyrus have changed the fundamental design and this is still a difazio based sytem as you can see the brake torque arms are still in place (blue rods). The brake forces will still travel through the kingpin.

    I believe that the new upright is just that and is only connected to the handlebars and will have a sissor type linkage at the top which you can just see in the front picture.

    I guess this is their replacement for their original hydraulic system, maybe it didn’t work to well?

  16. carboncanyon says:

    Why do these guys and Benelli use that ridiculous tank shape? Under hard braking, I can imagine that lump would make the rider vomit in his helmet OR like monkeyfumi said “The tank still looks like it has the potential to crush your nuts under brakes”. Either way, it’s terrible.