Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

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.

Rumor: KTM 375 Duke – A V-Twin Learner Cometh?

10/17/2012 @ 4:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Rumor: KTM 375 Duke   A V Twin Learner Cometh? ktm lc8 motor engine 635x454

Diving through KTM’s 108 page annual report for 2011, the Austrian company lists a couple of interesting developments in its Research & Development section. Partnering with Bajaj on small-displacement street motorcycles, the first obvious fruit of that labor was the KTM 125 Duke, and the subsequent KTM 200 Duke that is available worldwide.

We already know that KTM plans on bringing a 300cc version of the baby Duke to North America, and the Austrian company lists displacements in this project up to 375cc, a strong signal to the final displacement of the much anticipated KTM 350 Duke.

The other bit of interesting news comes from KTM disclosing that it is working on a v-twin platform with Bajaj, which would be a novelty in the single-cylinder saturated Indian market. Whether or not that v-twin project overlaps the small-displacement Duke project is up for speculation, though it is rumored to be the case.

Slotted to be a 2013 model year motorcycle here in North America, the KTM 375 Duke (note the 25cc displacement increase over previous company communications) would be a more premium offering to those looking at bikes like the Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 300 — though it would likely still remain a step below the rumored Honda CBR500.

With KTM’s on-road segment struggling here in North America, a bike like the KTM 375 Duke, along with its full-fairing Moto3 inspired counterpart, could be the shot(s) in the arm that gets consumers and dealers alike into riding riding orange on the streets. Time will tell of course.

Source: KTM via IndianCarsBikes


  1. Tedd Riggs says:

    Hope they go thru with it and bring it to America ! Neat concept.

  2. Bob Loves KTM says:

    Please Santa, God, Allah, KTM mgmt, please oh please make a supermoto version. w/ high spec suspension, 4 pot radial front and less than 300lbs. God id love a light! 375 twin sumo….

  3. jackie says:

    I’ll have mine in a little road/track bike please.

  4. The KTM Duke 375 is expected to be a big bore single and the launch is expected to happen in 2013. The V-Twin could be launched much later than that.



  5. Rumor: KTM 375 Duke – A V-Twin Learner Cometh? – #motorcycle

  6. BBQdog says:

    That’s what I am waiting for. Totally fed up with those big fat bikes ….

  7. Mikeg81 says:

    A 375 single ‘true’ sportbike would be amazing.

    A 375 v-twin ‘true’ sportbike would make my brain explode.

  8. I’m with “Bob Loves KTM”. I would love another small displacement sumo. I love my drz but am ready for something different.

  9. What a beautiful engine, the blokes at KTM always seem to come up with great designs and design packages.

  10. JoeD says:

    And I would certainly like to have a few in my Trainer Bike fleet. The 250 twins from you know who are crap.

  11. MikeD says:

    Really ? Why would they ? when they make Monos that cover each and every possible capacity on the market.

    Don’t want to be the Negative Nancy but i have learned to curve my enthusiasm….. A LOT !!!! when it comes to upcoming new models…[recently Yamaha comes to mind].

    AND……i could almost put my WANG under the Gillotine that it will cost MORE than the CBR500.
    Just KTM being KTM… (^_^)

    I hope to be wrong, all wrong. A Baby LC8… i can only imagine, a full tilt small displacement multi-cylinder ARMS RACE. YES. YES PLEASE.

    @Bob loves KTM:

    ROTFLMAO @…your first sentence.

  12. Hodgmo says:

    So.. the new market trend is here.. motorcycles on the low end of the displacement spectrum that: 1) actually perform! -NOT just a biginner bike 2) appeal to new, young riders: more affordable and less scarry than 100+HP bikes 3) get outstanding GAS MILEAGE (50 MPG minimum.. this is going to be essential very soon) and could be used as a freeway commuter. Me thinks the’re on the right path (KTM usually is). How about this: a 375cc vTwin adventure bike! What do you think?