When hearing the words Italian supersports motorcycle, most people think at the Ducati Desmosedici RR, but the Aprilia RSV4 Factory is a new bike with its own plan for success. Resuming, it is powered by a 1000cc V-four engine developing 180 horsepower and 115 Nm, while weighing in at 394.6 lbs dry.
We do thrust Italians when it comes to engine performance and weight reduction although style is what makes their rides stand out immediately and the RSV4 Factory makes no exception. So this is pretty much an exotic superbike with the performance to match its looks. Read more after the jump.
Italian motorcycle magazine Motociclismo has just revealed a sketch that they’ve put together as a result of rumors about Aprilia planning to launch a big-bore adventure tourer. Called the Aprilia Tuareg, the motorcycle would be a 1200cc adventure-sports one, which positions it up against BMW’s recently disputed king, the R1200GS and rivals Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré and Ducati Multistrada.
With that being taken into consideration, Aprilia would really have to get the most out of the 1200cc V-twin engine suppose to power their future desert bike, while also keeping it under the 200kg (440lbs) weight limit imposed by the desire for competitiveness.
As this rendering reveals, the dual-purpose bike will come with a 21-inch front wheel, while a street version featuring a 19-inch one isn’t out of the equation either.
We will come back on this subject as soon as more details are available.
We know that dogs love sticking their heads out of car windows when being taken along for the ride, but here is a rather rare case that pleasantly surprises us. Not only this lovely little mutt enjoys its central position on the Aprilia RSV1000R Factory, but it actually loves wheelies and the camera really. See it for yourself in the attached video.
Aprilia has just revealed their 2010 WSBK RSV4 motorcycle, which gets the Alitalia livery. Sponsored by the Italian airline company and with the riding skills of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier, Aprilia team hopes for a great racing season.
As much as we’d like the absolutely superb tricolore paint scheme, all we will think about right after repositioning our jaws is that V4 engine capable to power the Italian superbike up to speeds in excess of 200 mph.
You really can’t compare a woman’s beauty with that of a motorcycle, but when we saw the pictures of the Aprilia RSV4 and Klara, we thought it’s at least worth giving it a try. The first has a strong heart of 180 beats at 12,500 rpm, it was born in 2009 and benefits of no less than 115 Nm of torque. The second measures 83-60-90, 5.7ft and it is 19 years old.
Yes, that’s an awful comparison indeed, but we’re happy to see we cannot say the same thing about these pictures showing both “characters” together. Enjoy!
The 2010 edition of the world’s toughest rally, Dakar, will see Team Giofil’s riders – Paolo Ceci, Gerard Farres, Francisco Lopez and Alex Zanotti – competing on the barely revealed Aprilia MXV 450 Africa.
This is the latest version of the bike that brought the team the last two consecutive Rally of the Pharoahs wins (in 2008 and 2009) and third place overall in 2009.
Although based on the standard MXV 4.5 model, the four competition bikes that Aprilia will supply Team Giofil with are all powered by a seriously modified engine and strengthened chassis, the bodywork and navigation equipment being actually the least stressful part when preparing any bike for 16 days of hell on earth.
Teams will be setting off on January 1 and surrender weapons on January 17, 2010.
After Max Biaggi was recently confirmed for an additional WSBK season with Aprilia, the Italian bike manufacturer issued a release saying that 23-year-old British racing rider Leon Camier has joined Aprilia’s SBK team for the 2010 season. It seems that Aprilia was more than satisfied with Camier’s results on the RSV4 during the last race of the season at Portimao, where he obtained place sixth and seventh, as well as by the post-race tests on the Portuguese circuit. Their final decision completes the team for the 2010 WSBK Championship.
Leon Camier was born in Ashford on 4 August 1986, won the British 125 cc championship title in 2001 and made his world debut in the 125 class in 2003. He then got into four-stroke bike competitions and won the 2005 British Supersport title. Following this achievement was his 2007 debut in the British Superbike championship, which was an unfortunate one because of a serious crash that caused Camier to be placed eight overall. 2008 saw him finishing the championship in fifth place and in 2009 he won detached the British Superbike championship title with 18 first-place victories out of 26 races and three second places. This British rider’s racing trajectory propelled him to compete in the Magny Cours meeting and the last race of the season at Portimao in Portugal and, finally, to becoming Max Biaggi’s teammate.
Aprilia plays with the 2010 Dorsoduro Factory and we’ve just got our hands on the leaked pictures showing that. While the standard version is very aggressive already, just like the Italians like their bikes to look, the Factory adds carbon fiber parts and a black frame, achieving an overall much more aggressive result.
In what the engine is concerned, this remains the 749.9cc twin developing 92 hp at 8,750 rpm and 60lb/ft at 4,500 rpm. While these numbers are more than decent for a midsized super motard, the engine also works closely together with the “Ride by Wire” system, which is available in three modes: sport, touring and rain.
The suspension equipment now translates into a Sachs kit, which is adjustable to as much as 45mm, while the braking system maintains the same 320mm discs and now works with four-piston Brembo calipers. The sad part is that ABS doesn’t find its place in this equation, like in the case of the standard version.
Expect the Dorsoduro Factory to gather quite a crowd at Aprilia’s EICMA stand this year.
Aprilia has just released the official video of the 2010 RSV4-R model, which they will launch tomorrow at the Imola World Superbike in the presence of rider Max Biaggi. While the sound of that V4 engine at full throttle would have been much more pleasurable than the background music, I suppose we’ll just have to go ahead and like this video just as it is.
Knowing about the existence of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory and actually hearing about an “R version” that the Italian company has prepared for next year, you tend to ask yourself how did they possibly transform the supersport motorcycle into an even faster two-wheeler destined for the track, one well worth of the extra “R” in its name. The fact is that the new Aprilia RSV4-R, which will be unveiled this weekend during the twelfth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship scheduled to take place on the Imola Circuit in Italy, is actually a budget version of the original RSV4 and the only thing confusing is simply the name.
Starting from the initial model, Aprilia has taken the all-new RSV4 through a process of removing all the expensive parts and replacing them with much cheaper ones. As a result, the fully-adjustable Ohlins front and rear suspension is gone and it is expected that so will be the carbon fibre fairing and lightweight wheels.
Overall, the 2010 Aprilia RSV4-R will weigh more and not be able to go as fast around bends as its much more expensive brother, but cost $19,600. Considering that this is a bike that buyers will most likely purchase for road use, we don’t think they’ll miss the ultra-expensive parts much and yet definitely appreciate the price.