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.

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 – For Europe…& America Too?

09/04/2012 @ 7:16 am, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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Confirming what we already knew, the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 broke cover today, and is Team Green’s newest small-displacement sport bike in its motorcycle lineup. 296cc’s of twin-cylinder fury, Kawasaki the Ninja 300 boasts 40hp, twin-butterfly valves, fuel injection, a slipper clutch, a 140mm rear tire, and has optional ABS. A part of a larger movement within Kawasaki, the Ninja 300 exemplifies the “no replacement for displacement” school of thought, and will sell along-side the recently updated (and virtually visually identical) Kawasaki Ninja 250R in more than a few markets.

While we know that the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is set to debut for our European readers, the big question mark will be whether the small sport bike will come to the North American markets. A spreadsheet from the EPA seems to suggest that will be the case, though it points to a carbureted Kawasaki Ninja 205R and fuel-injected Kawasaki Ninja 400R coming to the US as well, making for one impacted learner-bike market. Meanwhile, reports from Canada confirm that their 250R will also be of the carbureted variety.

The news confirms out suspicion that the Ninja 250R will remain the under-powered, and standard-styled, carbureted learner-bike it has always been in North America, while the Ninja 300 becomes the peppy small-displacement sport bike that we haven’t realized that we will lust over later this fall. Presumably then, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 will go head-to-head with the CBR250R and upcoming KTM Moto3-inspired street bike, among other models.

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Source: OmniMoto.it

Comment:

  1. JoeD says:

    Any one remember box stock racing? How about club level racing? The old RD series. There used to be a much wider selection of class sizes for street bikes which slowly faded. These smaller bikes have a lot to like. Lower insurance, great to learn on and a sporty daily commuter. More is better.

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  3. condition_ONE says:

    Watch the US get stuck with the 250R, and the 400 be a smaller displacement version of the current Ninja 650 (which I can’t stand). Anyone want to bet?

  4. james says:

    @condition_ONE – What’s wrong with the Ninja 650r? My girlfriend wants to buy that to replace her Ninja 250r. I think it’s a good motorcycle for its intend purpose and audience.

  5. Jason says:

    @james: I’m going to say why I wouldn’t want that. The bike would be bigger, bulkier, and HEAVIER than it ever needed to be when they could just hot rod the 250! I think a sportier 300-400 version would be awesome, and a MUCH better direction for Kawi. I would sell my little old nissan truck and buy that bike tomorrow if it became available.

  6. JoeD says:

    @james and jason- I like the concept of the 650R. Real world street manners is what my Norton & Guzzi bikes have due in part to the twin pot low rpm torque. The SV series had good streetability as well. Very confidence inspiring for the novice rider. High strung 600′s can be intimidating and I hear that from a lot of my riding school students. I suspect a sizable cc jump would also taste better to some as well. Round here, the sportster is called a girls’ bike by the HD crowd.

  7. MikeD says:

    At this point in time i think im going to wait until September 13th and see what’s what……and even then still have my doubts.

    I think 300cc is a good choice. What else do the other’s have to offer that looks this good and apparently “will perform” good.
    Personally im against that lard tank also known in Canada as the Ninja 400.

  8. condition_ONE says:

    @ james- I don’t particularly like it because it’s too expensive for what it is, it’s too heavy, it’s frame flexes too much and the brakes are underwhelming.

    Please note that I currently ride a 2009 GSXR 1000, but the bike I rode before that (and was perfectly happy with) was a 2009 Ninja 250R. Please also note that these were not my first or second bikes. Each one is a great bike in its own right, but the Ninja 650 is just underwhelming in all respects. If they injected the motor, put it in an aluminum frame and rid the bike of all bodywork, plus some bigger brakes and some better/larger rubber (120/70 and 180/55), I think it would be great.

  9. @MikeD: Canadian Kawasaki Motors has this bike listed on their site in the 2013 lineup and it replaces the Porker 400. The little 300 comes in at 39 ponies and is a whopping 31 kg lighter than the 400, so it actually has a better power-to-weight ratio than the bigger bike. Assuming the running gear is up to snuff, the new 300 could end up being a better ride than the 400. Sweet.

  10. MikeD says:

    @Trane:

    September 13th can’t get here fast enough. Not holding my breath, gotta learn to lower my xpectations these days. LMAO.

  11. @Mike: I gotta say that the 300′s instrument cluster really works for me. I love the bike in white, but (of course) that isn’t an option in Canada. Bummer.

  12. MikeD says:

    @Trane:

    I just wish they had stayed with the smaller rear tire. Now it looks like it had Bottox done and still swollen.
    That and the “Ace Hardare Special” swing arm…wich screams built to a budget.
    But is ok, this is not a SS or SBK. (^-^)

  13. @Mike:

    I don’t have a problem with the swingarm. Even the FZ6R has such a beast and you can certainly drag the pegs with that one. I’m more curious about the shocks and forks on the 300. While the 400 might have been portly, it at least had the 650′s running gear, which made it a decent handler. It would be a shame for the 300 to be peppier than the 400, but poorer in the handling department.

    @Jensen:

    “Meanwhile, reports from Canada confirm that their 250R will also be of the carbureted variety.”

    Actually, the CMGOnline site merely confirmed that they weren’t getting a fuel-injected 250. What we know now is that Canada doesn’t get a 250 at all and is getting the 300 instead.

  14. Jeremy says:

    I think it is funny how they have to put “CLOCK” right above the time so you know what it is. LOL