The Aprilia RSV4 has raced and been compared to a number of different things over the years so it’s a little refreshing that for a change, Aprilia USA is taking its competitive juices aside to pay tribute to the the of man’s greatest technological achievement: the space shuttle.
When the first shuttle mission launched back in 1981, it opened the gates for a golden age in technological advancements that coursed through various industries, including the automotive and motorcycle segments. The space shuttle program made so many things possible in this world and opened our eyes to a world full of never-before-though-of possibilities.
Now that the space shuttle is nearing its end, the folks over at Aprilia USA have released a pretty cool video paying tribute to the space shuttle program and all the men and women responsible for designing, building, and operating the very machine that made space travel possible.
As part of the video, Aprilia uses facts from both the space shuttle and their very own RSV4 superbike to note how the former set the precedent - in more ways than one - for the latter, and so many other machines, to become the technological marvels that they are in their own right.
It’s not so much a comparison video this time around for the RSV4, but more of Aprilia tipping their helmets off to one of mankind’s finest achievements as it makes its final voyage into the cosmos.
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 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.
250cc Grand Prix racer Alvaro Baustista won third place last weekend at Brno after announcing a 2-year contract with MotoGP factory team Rizla Suzuki. These are more than enough reasons for a young racer to perform a wheelie during the celebration lap, but Baustista was most likely too enthusiastic for a maneuver that requires so much attention. See the result after the jump.
Aprilia has recently presented the official promotional clip for the Mana 850 GT model, which was launched during last year’s Intermot show in Germany.
The 850 GT is the touring version of the Mana 850, the first production motorcycle to feature an automatic transmission, and it stands out thanks to a half fairing and a large windscreen, both meant to enhance comfort during long and fast journeys.
An ABS version of the Aprilia Mana 850 GT is also available. The system was developed by Continental and is found on most Aprilia street models.
The MotoMorphic JaFM#1 is the unique creation of Victor Komunytsky and Jim Davis, the proud ex-owners of a small repair shop and a small motorcycle selling business. We are saying “ex” because the two had to sell their business in order to fully concentrate on finishing their dream machine.
Taking a closer look at this motorcycle, we realize that the two builders don’t have bad taste at all. In fact, this thing is built on a custom chassis made of 6061-T6 tubing and CNC machined billet 6061 with incorporated gas tank. The swingarm is made in-house as well while the fork was provided by Ohlins, the monoshock by Penske and the brakes are fancy Brembo units. What actually sets this bike apart from anything else we’ve seen before are definitely the outrageously big wheels. Is there any point in mentioning that the base motorcycle (or better yet, donor bike) is an Aprilia Falco?
The guys at MotoMorphic also took the time to properly promote their creation so here is some action footage of the bike.
Cindy Iglesias gives an interview to OctaneTV and models on the Aprilia RSV1000. It’s funny how girls dressed in swim suits talk about how they’re good at doing a little of everything and how successful they are. In this case, we’re talking about an entrepreneur, former dancer and cheerleader, currently modeling. Damn…when does this girl have time to eat (because she makes sure to mention about how great the food is in LA as if we couldn’t find that out by looking at her hips and belly)?
Taking in consideration what Aprilia go us accustomed with, this is a pretty lame video that doesn’t reflect RSV’s true racing abilities. Part of the freshly launched micro-site for the RSV4, the new ad is suppose to make as fan of the bike before it even starts racing in the Superbike World Championship, but I consider that these new pics do more than the video.
Here’s a lesson that all of us could take: it’s the rider not the bike that makes the difference and you can have a blast on a mid-size motorcycle too. To convince you, here’s a video where a Kawasaki ZX-R ...400 competes against three other bikes but the weird thing is that the 400cc is far from its place in this pile of cubic centimeters and watts.
Before you watch this video I must remind you that the 400cc has a maximum power output around 57HP while the other three at least three times more.
A few days ago, the new Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 was introduced to the international press for a first ride contact.
This unique, elite bike applies all of Aprilia’s vast racing experience to just one mission: pure riding enjoyment. 92 HP and exclusive Tri-Map ride-by-wire technology mean that the lightweight and powerful SMV 750 Dorsoduro can satisfy even the most experienced riders in search of a state-of-the-art bike.
Club Italia 6.5 is again starting up a series of gatherings for the owners of Philippe Stark’s mythical creature. They have set the date and location for the 2008 national meeting in the splendid scenery of San Marino. In less than a month, they will bring together the lovers of the 6.5 for a 3-day meeting that will be full of discovery.
Thus the engagement for the Moto’ and their owners is April 25-27th. For all information and to sign up, just visit Club Italia 6.5’s website (...)