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.

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.

Are You the Erik Buell Racing 1190RX?

07/25/2013 @ 3:19 pm, by Jensen Beeler22 COMMENTS

Are You the Erik Buell Racing 1190RX? erik buell racing 1190rx teaser 635x423

On its Facebook page right now, Erik Buell Racing is teasing a two-seater bike, which looks suspiciously similar to the EBR 1190RS homologation-special racing machine.

With EBR teasing the names of three future machines on its website: the RX, SX, and AX, those who are capable of putting two-and-two together can deduce that the Milwaukee-based company is getting ready to bring another version of its 1190cc street bike to market, complete with a pillion.

In addition to the two-seater, Erik Buell Racing is expected to bring to market both naked (1190SX) and adventure (1190AX) variants of its big-displacement machines, and the company is tipped to be working on a 250cc model for the world market as well.

Recently getting a serious cash infusion from Hero MotoCorp, to the tune of $25 million in exchange for 49.2% of the company, Erik Buell Racing finally has a healthy chunk of capital it needs to expand its product line and become a serious motorcycle company.

Working on establishing a dealer network in the US, as well as continuing its racing efforts in the AMA Pro Road Racing series, the post-recession reboot of Buell’s work is gaining traction for its hard work. Of course the proof will be in the pudding when it comes to the company’s 1190 line.

With the RS priced at $40,000 sans carbon fiber, it will be interesting to see where EBR prices the 1190RX, which because of manufacturing constraints, will likely still be sold with in limited quantities with a bit of sticker shock. Of course, time will tell.

Are You the Erik Buell Racing 1190RX? erik buell racing 1190rx 635x846

Source: Erik Buell Racing (Facebook)

Comment:

  1. KK says:

    i just find it awesome how EB was able to bounce back so soon. To me thats the ultimate FU to H-D for screwing him over.

    Im glad he linked up with Hero and now has some cash flow to really do what he has been trying to do all this time….. an AMERICAN SPORT BIKE

    GOOD LUCK EBR

  2. kww says:

    Agreed, this is the ultimate F-U to H-D.

  3. Antti L. says:

    Thank god for EB. More brands more bikes more fun.

  4. smiler says:

    A small but bright light in US motorcycling. Always innovative, distinct and stylish.
    Glad to see him back in action and free of the Leather clad chrome lovers.

  5. JoeD says:

    Mr. Buell realized early on the H-D engine was never going to be competitive against any thing and so went to Rotax for the power required by the public. H-D got their knickers in a knot and the rest is history. Sayonara H-D-good riddance.

  6. keet says:

    i love anybody for giving a FU to H-D, but a $40k sportbike… really? Good luck selling all 5 of those…

  7. motoavid says:

    At $30K – $35K it’s some serious competition for Motus. Especially the adventure model. The Uly was one of my favorite bikes. A modern Uly with Rotax motor might put serious hurt on the Motus Sport Tourer.

  8. alex says:

    I didn’t care for the buell motorcycles because they took cutting edge ideas and executed them with lego styling, and it seems like he has yet to learn his lesson.

    Buells competition in this realm is not HD it’s with the J bikes and I can already tell the styling is sub triumph which I don’t find very appealing.

    Knock the iPhone for its various flaws but one thing that no android phone has done has matched the build quality and performance of similar components. Even the latest Samsung phones don’t match the original iPhone, which explains apples dominating position with relatively few offerings.

    Thats American engineering done right on the world stage.

  9. sideswipeasaurus says:

    If you were to see one up close you’d understand why. Build quality and detail makes a Bimota look like a rough garage slap together.

  10. Monster says:

    EBR commented on the photo saying it’s an EBR engine, not Rotax…

  11. Faust says:

    Did they specifically say that it’s not made from the Rotax? Or did EBR just say it was their engine? The Rotax isn’t an 1190 until EBR gets ahold of it, it’s an 1125. EBR makes modifications to make it an 1190, but the engine they have been using is still a Rotax. Did they specifically say they aren’t doing that anymore, or was that just speculation based on them saying its their engine? Words mean stuff.

  12. S3rider says:

    Some info which is out there, but apparently people haven’t bothered to look for:

    The 1190RX will (probably) be essentially the same basic bike as the RS, but with plastic bodywork, more standard suspension, and possibly some less trick brake and engine components. A price somewhere in the $20,000 range seems to be what everybody’s expecting.

    For alex’s enlightement, please note that Android-based phones outsell iPhones, more than two-to-one in several markets, and that Samsung is a primary supplier of components for iPhones. As to the rest of your comment, well… obviously reality isn’t your strong suit.

    Yes, Faust, EBR has stated outright that the engine in the 1190, while based on the 1125, is an EBR engine designed and built in Wisconsin. Rotax no longer has anything to do with it, and just for the sake of clarity, the 1190 engines were never modified 1125s. Again, the design is based on the 1125, but they’ve always been designed and built from the ground up as 1190s.

  13. Faust says:

    S3rider

    People are not looking for the info? 1190 engines were never modified Rotax engines? Well, I’m sure you can see how people might be led to believe otherwise, given all the information to the contrary (perhaps you haven’t bothered to look for it)

    Motorcyclist Magazine September 2011 “Starting with brand-new, 1125cc Helicon engines purchased directly from Rotax in Austria, EBR builds competition-ready powerplants using the same aftermarket components as May’s racebike.”

    MotorcycleUSA Feb 2011 “Compared with Erik Buell’s last street-legal Superbike, the 1190RS goes bigger and slimmer. Bigger is the familiar Rotax Twin, bored out from its previous 1125 dimensions to its current 1190cc displacement.”

    Topspeed “As for the drivetrain, the 1190RS will feature converted Rotax motors from the 1,125 cc displacement it once had to a more powerful 1,190 cc.”

    Rideapart “We wouldn’t expect anything less of Erik Buell. He and his small team convert each EBR 1190RS from a Rotax 1125 by hand at their tiny East Troy, Wisconsin garage.”

    CycleWorld 2012 Buyer’s Guide “The 1190cc engine was created in East Troy by boring a Rotax 1125cc powerplant 3mm.”

    I could do this all day. Obviously the engines are assembled at EBR’s facility, but your exact words were that they were never modified 1125s. This is simply not in accordance with the facts. Later on Buell acquired the rights to make the engines in their own facility (reported in Cycle News, Sept 2012), but the 1190 program started by modifying 1125s. They were not “always” built as 1190s from the ground up as you claim. These are the facts.

  14. S3rider says:

    Ummm… Wow. Really got your knickers in a twist, don’tcha, Faust my boy?

    I guess the “haven’t bothered” comment was a little snarky. I get that way sometimes. It’s a character flaw of mine which I deeply regret. I got Dr. Phil’s book, though, so I should be right as rain in no time! Thanks for caring! :D

    I said it because Erik Buell has been coy about when the next iteration of the 1190rs would arrive, but pretty up front about what it would be. I had just come from a site where people were speculating a little wildly about it, then here where something similar seemed to be happening, and gosh, I guess I just got a tad bit miffed that nobody seemed to be doing a little research. It wasn’t aimed at you, although you seem to have taken it awfully personally. Perhaps you should see someone about that.

    Speaking of research, aren’t you impressive! Titles and dates and quotes, oh my! I know none of your Top Secret Insider Sources would *ever* print anything which wasn’t 100% accurate, ’cause words mean stuff, right? (And let me take this opportunity to express my admiration for your command of the language!) Thanks for setting me straight. You’re a real mensch (which is a word that means stuff, btw. You should look it up).

    Just so you know how I went astray, the source for my statement was a video wherein Erik Buell (bah, what does he know?), in response to a question, stated that the 1190 was not a bored out 1125 but was built from the ground up as an 1190. Not as good a source as your top-flight engineering publications, I know, I don’t even have the month and date (or quotation marks!), and I probably misunderestimated him or something anyway. You see how it could happen, I’m sure.

    Thanks again, Faust, for enlightening me (and us all). You are truly a man among men. You just have a super bright sunshiny day, and say hi to your mom for me! Smooches.

  15. Mr Sparkles says:

    40K for a production bike that won’t in anyway better the performance of any existing 12K bikes?

    Laughable at best. Laughable.

    America will never produce a sportbike worthy of purchase.

  16. Faust says:

    S3rider

    It’s ok, we all make mistakes from time to time. I forgive you. Thanks for being a big boy and admitting you didn’t check out anything you stated to make sure it was actually true before you scolded people for not looking anything up. Don’t worry, I’m here for you. And now you know, and knowing is half the battle (GI Joe!).

  17. Jar says:

    Watching EBR “move forward” seems a bit like watching youtube videos of cats chasing laser pointers – always flailing and jumping, but never really catching much of note.

    A pillioned variant, a naked, an adventure tourer, and a 2500cc(??!!?!) variant – from a company moving a total of 65 bikes in 2012? a goal of 20k units in 2017? Does anyone else see a laser pointer dot somewhere?

    At the end of the day, we have a $40k re-hash of a ride (the 1125) that only sold when HD pulled the plug and the fuglies were unloaded at firesale prices. Why on earth would anyone in their right mind fork over $40k for a few flecks of carbon fiber and relocated radiators? Oh wait, it must be the EBR motor they’re after – really? – I mean, if I change out my tires, set my sag, go with new fork springs and slightly heavier fork oil, am I a suspension tuner? EBR nicks 3mm from a cylinder and now it’s magically transformed (and $20k delicious!), and “his” – Rotax can lay no claim to the fundamental – their time, energy, effort, and engineering work has been erased….what a d***

    As for comments above:
    Faust, nice thump truth makes a beautiful bat
    S3rider, S3′s were born rubbish, much like your comments
    MrSparkles – Never say never, always have hope – just don’t drink the EBR koolaid, you’ll end up like S3 (however, I have little fear of such an occurrence)

  18. S3rider says:

    Awww, Faust, you’re such an awesome guy. Thanks for being so gentle with me. I wanted to do something nice for you, so I thought you might like this. It’s from an email exchange which took place with EBR in August of 2011:

    “You still use the same engine, just bored out…correct?”

    “There are huge differences… the engine has some parts in common, but the crankshaft, rods, pistons, rings, pins, cylinders, heads, valves, cams, charging system, clutch, etc. are different.”

    Imagine that. Ok sweetpea, I’ve gotta go, I’ve actually got a life and all. You and the echo chamber have a good time, and remember guys, wrap that rascal! You don’t wanna catch anything nasty.

  19. Faust says:

    It’s alright S3, you’re not the only person on the Internet that has no clue what they are talking about (but pretends to anyway). There’s millions of you.

  20. Variable says:

    Lol, hey S3, so if you buy a Rotax engine, bore it out and drop bigger internals into it, it magically is not a Rotax anymore? You might want to sign up for some muscle car forums so you can explain to people how taking a Chevy motor, dropping bigger pistons, a reinforced crank and some valve train parts makes it not a Chevy engine anymore. They’ll get a big smile from you!

  21. Grimey Benson says:

    Got to admire S3rider’s commitment to being wrong. Whereas most incorrect internet trolls would have packed up shop and headed to greener pastures, he has forged ahead upon his path of ignorant bliss!

    I commend your tenacity. Also, cool story bro.

  22. jake318 says:

    The EBR 1190RS is a very light and excellent handling motorcycle .But as far as power is concerned a STOCK 1190RS makes 145 hp at the rear wheel. The claims of 175-180 rear wheel horsepower is only attained if the EBR RACE KIT is installed for another 6000$. This pushes the price to 50,000$. That’s fine if your intending on professionally racing the EBR 1190RS , but a bit pricy for the average rider.