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.

2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Tests at Jurby

06/03/2011 @ 3:52 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Tests at Jurby 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Jurby Rutter 635x476

We spent the today at the Jurby course, as teams for the Isle of Man TT came out to the short airfield race track to test their machines before the TT starts in earnest tomorrow with its first races. Among those teams in attendance was MotoCzysz, and the team debuted its 200+ hp 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc for the first time to the public (we brought you a sneak peek yesterday). With Michael Czysz and Michael Rutter both taking laps on the new electric superbike, today was the first time the new E1pc had ever turned a wheel. Photos and more after the jump.

The test was a mixed bag for Czysz, reporting that the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc handled extremely well and had gobs of power out of the corners, though the team clearly has some teething issues with the electrics and the new front-end suspension system that MotoCzysz has designed for the 2011 machine. The test comprised of only the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc going around the track, and lasted for maybe a dozen laps. Last we heard, the team was hard at work in the pits getting ready for tomorrow’s first TT Zero practice.

Source: MotoCzysz (Twitter)

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    SWEET! now…let’s hope everyone plays nice come race day.

  2. I think this will be the year that the ton lap goes down for e-bikes. And don’t get me wrong, I think what Czysz is doing is interesting. But what is it with these e-bike racers, who bring bikes that have never, ever turned a wheel to the most important race of the year? What do these guys have against shakedown testing?

    Do you think the top ICE teams at the TT are running bikes there for the first time?
    If his b1ke doesn’t run, Czysz has no one to blame but himself.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Sorry for the trollin’ but if I ever have to read about another electric I will have to eat my own eyelids. Electric transport, the saviour of the planet? How? Is not most electricity generated by burning fossil fuels or by nuclear power? And (yes, I started a sentence with that word, but I’m vexed beyond proper grammar) if a battery pack costs many thousands of dollars you can be sure that it’s caused a bunch of pollution somewhere. And (sorry again) since when has any form of racing been environmentally friendly, or even relevant to the wider world (i.e. non petrol-heads)?

    Can we get back on the hydrocarbon trail now, please?

  4. Mark says:

    @Jonathan, I could care less about an electric bike’s carbon footprint or how the electricity is originally generated and by what.

    The reason I’m interested in electric drive, and why so many others are is because it’s better, period!

    The only barrier preventing them from outperforming a gas bike right now is limited battery energy density. Once that problem is solved, look out!

  5. Westward says:

    @ Johnathan

    All technology has to go thru its own evolution. The first ICE was nothing compared to todays iteration. Electrics are coming into their own and I for one cannot wait. I’m a motorcyclist, be it Electrics, ICE, or powered by genetic hamsters tweaked out on go juice, if its a motorcycle that’s electrifyingly awesome, then cool, I want to ride it…

  6. ML says:

    Purdy… glad to see the entire bike. Gotta admit it looks great now that you see everything. I hope the win the TT!

  7. sic says:

    sexy, unlike most e-bikes. hope they perform as good as they look.

  8. Jim says:

    Sounds like the motocysz bike has major problems. As another poster said, why are they doing everything last minute?

    @Jonathan:

    Electrics emit less CO2 per mile than a gas bike. What’s harder to control pollution on: a power plant or thousands of gas engines?

    Electrics emit less noise pollution. Of course, people at races like the noise. But in everyday life, people don’t like hearing loud motorcycles.

    Electrics can be powered from other sources of energy: solar PV, solar thermal, wind, hydro… the list goes on and on. Gas bikes have one resource that’s finite and controlled by brutal dictators.

  9. @Jonathan yes electric bikes are only part of the solution. You also need green renewable electricity generation and a grid that can support it. many countries have already made a good start on this. America is headed for economic difficulties because they have been slow off the mark in green electricity generation. You are going to pay a premium in more way than one to keep burning fossil fuels. New Zealand for example already generates 70% of their electricity from renewable power. Yes they have other green issues to solve and they will need to increase renewable energy generation even further, but it’s a good start.