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.

Broventure Update – Day One: Getting Where You’re Going

09/05/2013 @ 10:52 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

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Day One is in the bag, and as expected it was a long and brutal ride. Tim and I knew that the first leg of our journey was going to be one of our toughest — since both of us were keen to get into the motorcycling playground, that is also known as Utah, as quickly as possible.

We had hoped to leave Santa Barbara as early as possible, which meant 10am, as Tim had one last conference call with his work before he was officially on vacation. As we finished tying up all the loose ends though, 10am rapidly became noon, and we were already sweating under the cool coastal sunshine — this of course meant that it was already well into the 100′s further inland.

Though it wasn’t originally a part of our plan, Tim and I figured that we should begin this 2,000 mile quest with a proper commencement, and thus we elected to start this great journey on our old Sunday morning riding route: HWY 150 to Ojai, and then HWY 33 to Lockwood Valley. The ride was epic, as usual, though it put us even further behind in our schedule, and that meant even more time in the blistering sun.

Riding down HWY 5, and then HWY 138, we began our trial of miles (or was it our miles of trials?). If we have any goals for this trip, it is to see some of America’s great scenery, and for the most part we mean by that the national parks that we will be visiting along our route through Utah. However, in many ways this big “travel day” at the start of our trip has already given us a glimpse of the beauty we seek, as the Mojave Desert, while not as sought after as Zion or Moab, has a certain appreciable aesthetic all to its own. I am fairly confident that had we not been under pressure to make it to Las Vegas by nightfall, and under the extreme still-summer-heat of the locale, we would have been just as content with the terrain at our viewing disposal as anywhere else.

With a gallon of water already in, and out, of our bodies, we made our way up HWY 14, and onto HWY 15 for the final leg to our destination for the night: Las Vegas. With the bikes registering 104 degrees on the thermostat, I am pretty sure both Tim and I would have traded many things for a dip in a cool pool, or even for a quick cooling breeze to come coursing through the vents of our gear. Instead, the only pool was the sweat on our brow, and the only breeze was the oven-like wafts of heat as the wind whipped by us at highway speed.

As if hearing our calls, Mother Nature provided us with an interesting glimpse: rain on the horizon, maybe just 10 miles from where we were. It was an ominous sighting though, with the dark skies beginning to fill our field of vision with the even darker striations of downpouring rain clearly visible. In those shades of gray though, were white swirls of sand vortexes — a byproduct of the cold rain-air mixing with the hot desert heat.

No sooner did the first refreshing drops of water hit our visors did the first gusts of wind blast us from the side. What coastal dwellers need to realize is that rain near the ocean, and rain further inland, can be two very different affairs. Here in the high-desert, rain falls in thick drops, so thick in fact I thought we were being pelted by hail instead of drops of water. The road quickly turned to a greasy sheen, as the oils from countless vehicles began to rise out of the macadam’s surface. Combined with lane-changing gusts of wind, we both quickly regretted all those miles where we had hoped for relief from the heat. The sun was unbearably hot, but at the least, it wasn’t trying to Wizard of Oz us.

Like all desert squalls, the wind and rain lasted only a matter of miles and minutes — bar-clenching miles and minutes, but a fleeting affair nonetheless. We would ride with the sun for another hour or two, before the heat of the day finally had to give way to the night’s sky. It took several hours of dusk and night before we saw the heat relent though, but as we made our way in Las Vegas at 9pm, it was a tolerable 85 degrees.

Sin City has welcomes us with a well-deserved air-conditioned hotel room, complete with a shower and restaurant meal. It’s a small luxury for the 385 miles we rode in the heat, though we will be under the stars for the rest of our evenings (maybe not in Grand Canyon, we’ll see). Thursday’s plans are two hours of highway riding to St. George, and then enter the twisties of Utah, as they guide us through Zion, Dixie, and ultimately Bryce Canyon. Stops for photos will be a must.

Photo: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. BikerDad says:

    Do yourselves a favor: head out to Lake Mead via Lake Mead DRIVE (not Boulevard although that will also work). Once you reach the lake, turn left, and go all the way up to Overton, then west to Glendale to jump on I-15. Up I-15 to Littlefield, AZ, then, if you have ridden through the Virgin River Gorge before, take the “old” highway from Littlefield to Santa Clara, UT.

    Longer ride, yes. Much twisties and upsie-downsies to be had.

    One other thing: Please, please use the correct designations for the highways along your route. It is INTERSTATE 15 (I-15), not HIGHWAY 15 (HWY 15). Have Rand McNally or MapQuest or GoogleMaps do a routing for your morning trip, and you’ll see the appropriate usage for Interstates, US (which does not mean “United States”) highways, state highways and county routes/roads. Take a look at “highway 95″ along the lower Colorado River and you can see why being concise matters.

    Enjoy your rides, and if you can spend a night at the campground in Capitol Reef NP.

  2. Gabe says:

    “One other thing: Please, please use the correct designations for the highways along your route. It is INTERSTATE 15 (I-15), not HIGHWAY 15 (HWY 15). Have Rand McNally or MapQuest or GoogleMaps do a routing for your morning trip, and you’ll see the appropriate usage for Interstates, US (which does not mean “United States”) highways, state highways and county routes/roads. Take a look at “highway 95″ along the lower Colorado River and you can see why being concise matters.”

    so pedantic. It’s an ADVENTURE trip.

  3. paulus - Thailand says:

    Off-road guidelines for future incidents
    It’s not a crash if the bar did not touch down :)

    great updates… looking forward to more

    enjoy your time

  4. johnc says:

    hey jensen,

    more pics … or it didn’t happen.

    seriously, i hope you will be publishing pics of the broventure.

  5. Paul McM says:

    That red thing has got to be the largest duffle bag I’ve ever seen. Reminds me of the on-deck containers for a 6-man life-raft. Looks like you’ve packed for every contingency… and then some. In all seriousness, ride safe and keep up the Broventure reports as time permists….

  6. Paulo says:

    More about your two bikes! How did you like or dislike your steeds as first impressions can change by the end of ones journey.

    Enjoy the journey!!! When you get to Moab look up Chicken Corners………go to the very end, it’s a good challenge on those bikes and will give you an appreciation for them and your skills.

  7. Pack light, like a backpacker. Travel faster and farther with less effort. When you get off road it is even more imoprtant.

    Yes pictures are required, dont tease us with a trip and not post pictures

  8. Jake F. says:

    “It’s her royal highness’ matched luggage!”

    http://tropes.wikia.com/wiki/Spaceballs

  9. Bikerdad says:

    Gabe Said: “so pedantic. It’s an ADVENTURE trip.”

    It is, and I’ve got no worries or concerns about whether or not they get lost. I simply don’t think that anybody else should get lost on account of potentially ambiguous descriptions.

  10. “US (which does not mean “United States”) highways”

    Actually, it does mean United States. These are part of the official “United States Numbered Highways” system and are marked by the U.S. Route Shield.