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.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

Ride Review: MV Agusta Rivale 800

10/28/2013 @ 5:27 pm, by Iwan van der Valk26 COMMENTS

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Attending MV Agusta’s launch of the 2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800 in France, our friend Iwan van der Valk from has been kind enough to share his thoughts and review regarding Varese’s newest machine.

Getting a chance to put the MV Agusta Rivale 800 through its paces on the roads near Nice, France, Iwan’s thoughts are timely, as MV Agusta is just a week away from debuting its next range of models at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. – Jensen

It has been more than a year since MV Agusta announced the Rivale 800, its Ducati Hypermotard inspired new model. And here it finally is, ready to be delivered for early 2014.

The Rivale is the third motorcycle based on MV Agusta’s own 800cc three-cylinder engine, after the naked Brutale and the fully faired F3; and at this moment, it doesn’t look like there will be a 675 or 1090 version for buyers to chose from, as is the case with MV Agusta’s other models.

The Rivale 800 looks like a supermoto but the seating position goes more towards an elevated naked bike, with an unhindered view ahead. MV Agusta motorcycles are always very stylish and the Rivale of course is no exception.

The finish is excellent and everything feels solid. The slick design is being let down somewhat by a couple of typical MV-like loose ends here and there. For instance, the careless way of fixing cables onto the bright red frame with cheap tie-raps looks very clumsy on such a stylised motorbike.

Customers can optionally replace the stock bar-end mirrors with regular stalk mirrors, and we would definitely negotiate a set of regular mirrors when buying a new Rivale, as the bar-end mirrors make the bike much too wide (and offer a poor view rearwards).

The indicators and running lights are mounted into the hand guards which is a great idea in theory. The execution here however is flawed. During our test there was water condensation in the lenses, and the lights were too dim, which makes the signals almost invisible during daytime.

First Impressions

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Our test ride took place around Nice, France, where there’s an abundance of tight mountain passes as well as fast roads. First our attention focussed on the throttle control of the 800 motor, which would hopefully improve on the questionable fuelling of its 675 and 800 predecessors.

MV already updated the FI maps on earlier bikes which should smooth out things, and there is a definite improvement on this new model. However, the way the engine reacts to the initial throttle input is still under par. Once on the move it gets better though: the Mikuni throttle bodies behave OK under partial-throttle.

In stock form, MV Agusta offers the new Rivale 800 with EAS which stands for Electronic Assisted Shift, known more simply as a quickshifter. The EAS works wonderful: with the throttle pinned the shift action is very accurate and gives you an empowering feeling and lots of sensation.

It feels a bit weird to have to use the clutch to change down again, but the gear changes are very smooth. It is difficult to find neutral when you are standing still though, and unfortunately it is pretty easy to find it when you are trying to shift between first and second gear.


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Riding the Rivale 800 is not for everyone. This exclusivity is not caused by a high retail price, but instead by a stormy front end. The bike leans too much on the front but sadly doesn’t offer much feedback in return. As a consequence, cornering on the Rivale is only really rewarding when you can see clearly through the corner, and you can stay on the throttle.

In blind corners – when you apply the power more conservatively – the front end becomes vague and you find yourself waiting too long before accelerating out. This is not a bike for tight Alp swtichbacks on broken asphalt.

Open and flowing roads are better suited to the Rivale 800, as a better view and smoother surface makes for faster riding. These higher speeds suit the tall gear ratios much better, whereas hairpins are a nervous affair as you negotiate between a screaming first and a lugging second gear.

When you are able to keep the motor on the boil – 6,000 revs or more – then you are in for a treat, as the howl of the triple is fantastic and it pulls almost all the way to the top. This is where the Rivale engine excels, especially in combination with the quickshifter.


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As is the case with many new high-end motorcycles these days, the 2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800 also offers a bevy of electronic aids. The eight-way adjustable traction control system works well: we set it in mode “4″ as this worked smoothly and discretely in the Normal and Sport throttle maps.

Aside from the three standard fuel map settings you can also make up your own mappings. This is not easy though, as you have to use numerous parameters and ustomise extra settings for engine braking, rev-limiter, and even a top speed.

The small dashboard is complete but it’s very hard to make out any of the available information while riding exactly because it is so small. The cockpit is also mounted very low which makes setting traction control settings or engine mappings a dangerous affair while on the move.

Despite all these electronic gadgets MV Agusta still doesn’t offer an ABS system (according to Giovanni Castiglioni, this will change in the beginning of 2014, when Bosch will be able to supply enough ABS-units to the marketplace). But even without ABS the brakes are plenty capable.

The Nissin master cylinder works great in combination with the Brembo radial calipers, and the only thing which needs improving is the exaggerated front-end dive. We were able to cure it partially by adjusting the fork settings, but the bike’s frond-end bias in combination with the aggressive seat and tank makes it still feel a bit ‘all or nothing’ in its operation.


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The 2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800 is not everyone’s friend. The bike looks like it can devour a tight canyon road but the hesitant throttle reaction and vague front end will probably kill your appetite quite quickly.

Only when the roads open up and the speeds rise does this triple get into the zone. The Rivale has plenty of power – very nicely controlled by a good traction control system -  and a fantastic soundtrack which makes up for a couple of the bike’s shortcomings.

The Rivale in the end is a typical MV Agusta. It looks astonishing, it sounds amazing, and it is very desirable. The aggressive stance requires a unique riding style, and thus makes for an exclusive product which will never sell in great numbers…which will probably suit the Tifosi of this brand perfectly fine.

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Photos: MV Agusta

A special “dankuwel” to our friends at for sharing this article with us, and big thank you as well to Jan DeMan, who translated Iwan’s work from Dutch into English for our readers.


  1. Brad Snyder says:

    Maybe Im getting old…but ar bikes getting UGLIER?…I mean come on this thing looks like a scifi movie reject.

  2. Dave says:

    Sounds like the review that tells the world “its a pretty shit bike” but doesn’t burn too many bridges at MV for the next test ride.
    There seems to be very little to like which is a real shame as they clearly have design chops.

  3. S.R says:

    Iwan Van Der Valk says:
    “The finish is excellent and everything feels solid. The slick design is being let down somewhat by a couple of typical MV-like loose ends here and there. For instance, the careless way of fixing cables onto the bright red frame with cheap tie-raps looks very clumsy on such a stylized motorbike”.

    Well, I have to correct what has been mistakenly described here by the journalist “Iwan” here; First thing is that the frame is not Red and rather in Black color as pictured. Secondly, those are not cheap tie-raps and rather what all Italian brands including Ducati uses to secure the cables and whatever whatnot! These are made of rubber fasteners and the best looking ones at that when comparing to anything else by other manufactures. Thanks for the report though!

  4. S.R. the frame comes in red, as well as black, as you can see from the gallery photos.

  5. AGP says:

    Great review, not so great bike. I think it looks fantastic, but like all MVs it just won’t ride as well as it looks. MV really needs to get a better process for the last 10% of development – they do so much great R&D work and then ruin the whole product with dodgy electronics and inadequate setup.

  6. Dave says:

    Check out the prelim review from M. Neeves – are they riding the same bike?

    “I’d say the throttle response is on par with a Street Triple’s and better than the new Yamaha MT-09″

  7. MikeD says:


    No, old age got nothing to do with finding UGLY MOTORCYCLES being UGLY.

    This one in my book is not a HORRID XAMPLE but still a bit “too different” looking for “mass consumption”.

    Now for a Honest/Legit question:

    Has there ever been an EFI system on a bike that worked/works as SMOOTH as a CV Carb ? (o_O)?

  8. Andrew says:

    I’ve been saying it for a while, and sadly this looks like an opportunity to say it again: MV really needs to stop developing new models, and finish developing the ones they already have.

  9. MikeD says:


    ROTFLMAO. True.

  10. damn says:

    realy ugly. no wait. ITS DAMN UGLY

  11. smiler says:

    Like his helmet.

    Bike looks different as well. Aquired taste.

  12. Bart says:

    I ‘ve ridden the MV Agusta Brutale and Rivale 800 back to back this weekend. The throttle response on the Rivale is much,much better then on the Brutale. I had the feeling that bikes had a completely different engine.

    The throttle on the Rivale is very good and progressive.

    (The dealer told me that a new mapping could make the Brutale respons like the Rivale.)

    ps. The very tall testrider (I guess he is a lot taller then me (185)) doesn’ t flatter the bike in these pictures.

  13. Craig says:

    Once again… give me my current steed… the Triumph 675 R. Yes, I would like 800 cc’s at times, but not for the trade off of sloppy throttle response. I’ve ridden a bike like that and it stinks… especially at track days…

    A smooth throttle will allow you to really ride a bike how you want and it’s so much more enjoyable. All said, I can take the styling… It’s ready to go out of the box, but really? This is 2013… get your programming right already!!!

  14. BBQdog says:

    Not my cup of tea. Looks too much insect-like from the side. And the rider seems to sit totally on top of the bike. Why do they make bikes so high ? The design seems totally over the top.

  15. Luke says:

    Curious, I have found the front-end just fine. Definitively there is a bit more weight on the front end compared to a typical supermoto but the bike is quite well balanced in corners even without accelerating.

  16. Grey Matter says:

    MV-cati… Looks to much like the Hypermotard. I wouldn’t want to be the guy riding it when someone says, “Hey, that looks just like a Hyper”. Yes it’s a 3-banger and yeah it’s got some slightly different styling ques but in my eyes, it’s just a different colored horse but the same breed in the stable.

  17. S.R says:

    Jensen Beeler says:
    “S.R. the frame comes in red, as well as black, as you can see from the gallery photos”.

    Jensen, the production bike tested here by the journalist had the dark Grey frame. None comes with Red from the factory!!! The one shown in the gallery is a one-off custom bike done by the factory with forged wheels, borrowed from the bigger brother ” f4RR” and has none production paint scheme and other parts installed. Thank you though. ;)

  18. S.R says:

    You are correct. I didn’t see the Black one in the trio company!!! oops.. :)

  19. Gutterslob says:

    In terms of looks, not my thing. Too bug like. I’ll agree that ut is pretty striking, though.
    Too bad it’ll most probably fall apart in a few months.

  20. Norm G. says:

    re: “I wouldn’t want to be the guy riding it when someone says, “Hey, that looks just like a Hyper”.

    that’s when you respond, pffft… laymen.

  21. Y says:

    Kamen rider!

  22. arkangel says:

    thanks – what a wonderfully honest review !! .. congrats .. refreshing

    if one wanted one – one knows the shortcomings, which may be easy to overcome with front adjustments and a power commander .. Also I don’t find it ugly – unique & rather tasty – but not a meal I want to eat every day ..//

    The F3 however is the bike I really think kicks ass..!!

  23. Shawn says:

    Costa Mouzouris, from, also wrote a review on their site. He didn’t find a vague front end on the one he rode. He didn’t mention the fit and finish but he enjoyed the new throttle mapping.

  24. Bruce Monighan says:

    That is one ugly bike. Looks like it was designed By Edward Sissorhands. Stuff sliced and diced and poking out all over. You could get hurt just leaning on it. Such unnecessary theatrics

  25. MikeD says:


    You said: “You could get hurt just leaning on it.”

    I say, ROTFLMAO, you have won the internet today. Thanks i needed a good LOL.

  26. Gary says:

    Whoops, who let that one slip out the door? Embarrassing.