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.

Recall: 2006-2009 Triumph Street Triple & Daytona 675

09/26/2012 @ 1:44 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Recall: 2006 2009 Triumph Street Triple & Daytona 675 2006 Triumph Daytona 675 635x606

Triumph is recalling 10,366 units of its 2006-2009 S Street Triple, Street Triple R, and Daytona 675 motorcycles for a faulty regulator/rectifier, which can overheat and prevent the motorcycle from charging properly, or at all. With the electrical system not charging the battery, the battery could fully discharge, and ultimately stall the motorcycle. As such, there is a risk of a crash and personal injury to the rider and/or passengers should the motorcycle stall because of the discharged battery.

Triumph will notify affected owners, and Triumph dealers will inspect and replace the regulator/rectifier free of charge. Triumph has not provided notification schedule at this time, but concerned Triumph owners may contact the Triumph customer service department at 1-678-854-2010. As always the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and

Source: NHTSA


  1. jmz says:

    Great, I’ve already spent a fortune on R/Rs for a Daytona 675 because my bike is out of warranty, and they keep frying. Someone must have really pushed this, because Triumph has managed to keep other bigger safety issues non-recall (they had a decent batch of bikes with shift fork failures, and they replaced them under a “secret” recall if you brought it up).

  2. Karl says:

    Agree with Jmz.
    My 2008 fried it’s R/R two years ago while coming down a long switchback on a mountain. I’d be surprised if many of the early bikes still have an original R/R. Upgraded mine since original was resistive bleed off design that was pretty much destined to keep failing.

  3. Luke says:

    Finally! I’ve replaced my R/R twice now, with some scary moments on busy highways without engine power to show for it. If only they did this 2 months earlier, it would have saved me a ton of money :(

  4. FrankThaTank says:

    I agree with everybody. I swear everybody with one of these bikes has had to deal with this problem. It’s truely sad that it took triumph this long to finally fess up to it. I too had two r/r’s replaced.

  5. pete says:

    and this is why i will never buy a triumph again

  6. john tomascheski says:

    Why pick on triumph and not the other manufacturers like aprilia/guzzi? aprilia owners have been fighting this for years. attempts have been made to get them to pay for recalls but no results. I guess it depends on how deep your pockets are.

  7. DeanW says:

    A known issue and good they’re doing something about it. Glad they waited until they have a known good unit to fit as well instead of just doing it and having the same issue in a couple of years time!
    My ’06 Daytona is still on its original R/R and have the new unit waiting at home.

  8. jack says:

    Unfortunately Triumph is not the only one with recall issues. Every manufacturer has done the same, there is not one exception. The industry really needs to police itself better than this.

  9. Anvil says:

    It’s long overdue. Triumph has been covering the repairs for even out-of-warranty bikes for a couple of years now, but it’s a potentially very dangerous situation.

    I’m on my third R/R, too. Fortunately it’s the latest upgrade, so I’m hoping the failures are a thing of the past. Cost me a fortune, too, even though Triumph covered the parts and labor. I had to pay to have the bike transported twice and it ruined a few of riding excursions.

    If you’re a Daytona/ST 675 owner and you’ve had an R/R failure, make sure they check the stator. Mine got progressively fried through the two failures and even though it tested okay, it eventually failed, causing more expense and hassle. Have someone pull the cover off and actually look at it. Triumph covered the cost of the part, even though the bike was long out of warranty, but I had to pay for labor.

    Absolutely love my Daytona. Best bike I’ve ever owned or ridden but this problem nearly ruined my experience. Nothing else has ever gone wrong with it.

    This isn’t just a Triumph problem, though. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati and others have had similar issues with R/Rs on several different models. My buddy’s Duc GT 1000 has the damn thing mounted under the seat, where it was sure to overheat and fail. Sure enough, it did.

  10. mike says:

    Thank god I’m not the only one, I’m on my 3rd one. Yah seriously the expense and time taken out of my life for this issue, f. Ill never get it back, love my bike tho, but yah like another said Ill prob not buy another triumph after all this mess. Worst feeling after the shit happens to u, then happens again and ur riden, and u second guess taking a long ride and shit, wrryen it will f up again. AHHHH DAMMIT TRIUMPH thanks for the best first moto experience.

  11. Jason says:

    If we have already replaced our R/R is there any recourse for the money spent?

    Secondly, I replaced mine for a Honda one but now my battery is draining when turned off..someone suggested this could be the stator, which could be fried as someone mentioned above.. I will ask Triumph to check and consider replacement.

  12. Oladiran says:

    I have a Triumph here in Nigeria……beautiful piece of work….but of course,the stator got fried….i think it also affected my ECU (brainbox)…I’m on the 2nd one as well……May i know how i’ll got about this recall process from here?

    Thanks alot.