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 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.

Ducati Mega Monster Spotted Again – Some Things Can’t be Unseen

07/15/2010 @ 8:26 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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Spotted just outside Ducati’s Bologna factory by an amateur photographer, we now get a proper glimpse of Ducati’s “Mega Monster” performance cruiser. Based around a 1200cc v-twin motor, Ducati is hoping to tap into the American dominated cruiser market, and steal a few customers away from Harley-Davidson.

While, we’re not calling the Mega Monster a “butter face”…well…actually we are, hopefully the Rhinoplasty Fairy will come visit the bike before its debut at EICMA later this year. Ducati, for the love of God, please re-think this motorcycle. Check for more photos.



  1. Ian says:

    This remind anyone else of the ill-fated MT-01?

  2. Ken C. says:

    First of all, that is NOT a cruiser. If they’re trying to steal customers away from the Harely camp, they’re going to have to try harder. The bike is too tall, and not raked back enough to fit into the American cruiser “mold”. In this state, it’s just a Monster on steroids (not that it’s a bad thing). I think it’s a pretty good looking bike, but it’s not going to steal any Harley customers.

  3. Blake says:

    To steal any Harley customers they are going to have to add some chrome to that thing too. The riding position isn’t nearly as relaxed as most Harley riders are use to.

  4. Sean Mitchell says:

    Epic fail. Makes Terblanche look like Tamburini.

  5. BikePilot says:

    I think the point is that the purpose is the same as a cruiser – sacrifice function for a certain aesthetic, ride to bike nights, bars, shows, look at in the driveway and do other similarly inane things with it. Sorta like the “custom” sport bikes with lots of chrome, fat tires, stretched and lowered… In this category its downright sensible. Don’t know that it’ll sell though. I’d take a SF or MTS over one any day.

    I’ll need more pics before I can make up my mind whether its truly ugly or just about as ugly as most current bikes. The mirrors have got to go though!

  6. froryde says:

    And how is that much different from a Monster S4R or S4RS?

  7. TwinMe says:

    Figure wise (shape, style, w/e is called) i think is C00L (Please, don’t rake it anymore or extend its wheel base). Don’t get too far from the Monters series Look.

    NOW, I think the side exhaust HAS TO GO, HIDE THAT MESS OF TUBING, Buell XB12S Anyone ? Route it like the SV1000N or the Monster 1100, StreetFigther or 1198, PLEASE! Or Streamline IT a little bit more. Looks like a last minute idea some pissed designer decided to tag on a cool design, that BEND at the rear cylinder outlet coming forward can’t be good for performance + BAKED LEGS.

    Engine: If they ever got it on their heads selling this as a “Cruiser” in ” Bigger IS ALWAYS Better America” they should do some polling on people about engine size (Yamaha did this with their latest VMAX on the microsite it created then).

    1200cc ? Ducati……..REALLY ? If your gonna go out, go out with a BANG, (BANG=1600CC OR +) AFTER ALL, ain’t the VMAX (1670cc) one of its competitors ?

    What? Don’t have cases, cylinders, heads, crank, rods & pistons to support such increase in size yet ? Well, cast-machine some new ones then.

    Don’t forget Bigger fuel tank capacity than VMAX Please! Some people like to be total Hooligans for more than a 100 miles Range at a time.
    And that ugly stacked muffler style has to go, looks BULKY and oldschool. Keep it MT-01 Clean & Simple.

    Ok, im done ranting….LMAO.

  8. TwinMe says:

    One more thing, Tire Width is looking a little xcessive and rear shock location looks like a nigthmare to adjust.

  9. Dr. Gellar says:

    This “Mega-Monster” will likely prove interesting once it gets to production, or at least the complete prototype stage. However, if Ducati really wants to get some of Harley-Davidson’s customer base, they should produce a modern version of their own V-4 Apollo. Now that, if done right, could be really cool.

  10. TwinMe says:

    Dr.Gellar: U make an excellent point. Go the Apollo way.

    They could take 2 “Old” 1098 Engines and cast them togheter and get a 2.xxxL V-4 rigth there. Im affraid Ducati doesn’t build anything smaller than 1098-1198 to make such V-4 Naturally High Powered.
    But i think something of this nature would be ” Too Wide at the Knees ? ” Maybe ?
    Im down for a 1600cc+ regular L-Twin

    696, 796, 1100 Monster Engines are Air Cooled (Overheating ?) and 2 Valves Heads (Not HP friendly ?). Did i miss any other possibility or candidate to pair for a V-4 ?

    I must say, even i don’t have anywhere near the finances to buy such a bike like this i truly want this bike to be a hit, the more choices out there the better, rigth ?

  11. Mike says:

    This bike ROCKS! The monster series was too soft, streetfighter a bit too pure in concept (I own one), this bike is beautiful in a brutish hyabusa kind of way…. like a muscle bike should look. VMAX was spot on but no-one would spend that kinda dough on a yamaha… ducati however… I reckon its a winner… as long as they can keep the weight and wheelbase manageable

  12. paulus says:

    It’s a Muscle bike… and it looks good for that purpose.
    I dont think anybody should right it off until it is launched and we see the final product.
    I like the concept. It’s not a Harley, it’s a Ducati version of a muscle bike.