Top Speed 2019 Aprilia Buying Guide
Aprilia is an Italian manufacturer mainly in top-end racing machines and streetbikes, though it does have limited scooter range to round out its lineup. It falls under the same Piaggio & C. SpA umbrella as does famed builder Moto Guzzi, but unlike it’s sister company, Aprilia completely shuns the standard body-style machines and focuses on performance. In so doing, it serves as the racebike division for the Piaggio conglomerate. The marque is heavily involved in the MotoGP circuit, and at the time of this writing is listed as 6th in the world manufacturer’s standings.
Aprilia doubles down on its campaign to draw new and young riders into the sportbike sector with an extensive redesign of its proven entry-level ride, the RS 125. Previously powered by a carbureted two-stroke plant, the new Euro 4 emissions standards forced a shift to four-stroke power with electronic fuel injection to control the mixture. The race-tastic form associated with the family is carried into this new generation, ensuring that this ride continues to appeal to riders looking to break into the sportbike sector on an unintimidating platform. Aprilia released the rehashed RS 125 at the 2016 INTERMOT show, and now I make good on my promise to take a deeper look at it.
Continue reading for my review of the Aprilia RS 125.
Piaggio’s umbrella casts a wide shadow at the INTERMOT motor show in Cologne, Germany, as the home company released information regarding its new models and features for the ’17 model year. Starting with Vespa — Europe’s biggest, little-ride company, — add a new Tuono from Aprilia and some sexiness from Moto Guzzi, the immediate future looks bright and clean, literally.
Continue reading for more Piaggio news from the show.
Supercross still holds the number-one slot in my heart for “motorsports that are actually fun to watch,” but Supermoto is definitely my next favorite and closing fast. The unusual combination of dirtbike, flat track and pavement requires a very broad skillset, and necessarily, very specific bikes as well.
Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 750 is just such a bike, with elements from all three racing styles all mashed together for an entirely purpose-driven design.
Given my affinity for this style of racing, I decided it was time to take a good look at this ride and see what all the factory has done to accommodate the dizzying array of demands placed on the bike by Supermotard tracks.
Continue reading for my review of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 ABS.
Aprilia started out life building scooters. Now the brand falls under the Piaggio umbrella, and it sort of serves as the “racing division” for the company. As such, one would expect some fairly race-tastic features, even on such a small engine, an assertion backed up by recent wins in Qatar by Aprilia racers Jordi Torres (who unfortunately crashed out in a later round) and Leon Haslam.
The company doesn’t come out and say it, but I consider the 2016 Shiver 750 to be the closest thing to an entry-level motorcycle that it offers, unless you count the SR Motard scooter (I do not). Back in ’07, the original Shiver was widely regarded as entry-level champagne at beer prices, and it pioneered the nearly ubiquitous, ride-by-wire throttle control system now seen on most top-end rides. The factory has had a few years now to polish the Shiver, so let’s see how it’s coming along, shall we?
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Aprilia Shiver 750.
When Aprilia entered the growing adventure bike market a couple of years ago, Miguel Galluzi — lead designer for the Caponord — said, “We didn’t want to design an elephant like the BMW R1200GS, or a pig like the Ducati Multistrada.” He went on to say, “We wanted a simpler look that was different from everyone else.” On looks, he might have hit his mark, but he missed the mark by a mile on the adventure bike side of things.
With no off-road amenities like an enduro drive mode, skid plate or engine guards and coming equipped with street tires and wheels, the Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack has only a slightly longer wheel travel to indicate it was meant for anything but the pavement. As an adventure bike, it only dreams of coming close to the "elephant" BMW R1200GS Adventure, BUT….it is an awesome sport tourer. Let’s call it like we see it and look at the 2016 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack for what it is.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack.
Aprilia isn’t a brand you see zipping around Smalltown, U.S.A., but European superbike race fans (and competing manufacturers) know the name all too well. Operating under the Piaggio umbrella, this one-time bicycle, moped and scooter manufacturer now focuses its efforts on building large, powerful racing machines – such as the 2016 Tuono V4 1100 RR. The Aprilia “super-naked” line sprang from experimentation with Aprilia’s then-flagship superbike, the RSV Mille, and evolved over years of Tuono 1000 R production. This newest Tuono benefits from years of successful race experience, and it represents the latest generation of Aprilia ingenuity. I’ve made mention before about how passionate Italians (in general) are about their bikes, so let’s see if the Tuono meets my already-high expectations.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR ABS.
MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl has finally found a seat to race in after agreeing to a deal with Aprilia Racing Gresini to race for the factory outfit for the remainder of the 2015 MotoGP season. The agreement between Bradl and Aprilia Gresini comes after days of contentious discussions with the rider’s former team, Forward Racing Yamaha.
The Yamaha satellite team withdrew from the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 9, 2015 after team boss was arrested on charges of corruption and money laundering. All of the team’s accounts were frozen as a result of the team boss arrest, forcing Forward Racing Yamaha into a tenuous position of literally not having any money at its disposal. The team’s dire situation opened the door for Bradl to search for another seat, which he found in Aprilia Racing Gresini.
What seemed to be a seamless transition at the beginning became complicated when reports surfaced that Forward Racing was insisting on receiving compensation from Aprilia Gresini for Bradl’s services. And so, after days of tense negotiations between the two teams, Bradl was finally given his release by Forward Racing.
The German rider is now eligible to race for Aprilia Gresini at the Indianapolis Grand Prix where he will compete for Aprilia’s factory team alongside new teammate Alvaro Bautista. Aprilia is under no illusions on what it expects from Bradl for the remainder of the season.
Since the team is using the 2015 season to basically prepare for its 2016 MotoGP campaign, Bradl will play a key role in the development of the Aprilia’s 2016 race bike. His experience as a factory rider for factory-supported satellite teams like Forward Racing Yamaha will be crucial for Aprilia as it continues to build on the steady gains it has achieved this season.
Stefan Bradl will play a huge role in that regard, and if his performance in the second half of the season trends up for Aprilia, the two sides can negotiate to make Bradl an Aprilia rider in 2016 and, quite possibly, the years after that.
Continue reading to read more about Stefan Bradl’s move to Aprilia Racing Gresini in the second half of the 2015 MotoGP season.
Forward Racing Yamaha rider Stefan Bradl isn’t free to ride for any MotoGP team as many of us initially thought. Turns out, his current team isn’t letting him go without any financial compensation.
Two days after the young 25-year old rider was reportedly free to hitch a ride with any MotoGP team after Forward Racing’s withdrawal from the Indianapolis Grand Prix, new reports have come out saying that Forward Racing team manager Marco Curioni isn’t letting his rider go without getting anything in return.
This development is a big hiccup with Bradl’s expected move to the Aprilia Gresini racing team, even though in hindsight, it really was the best move for the cash-strapped team. Simply letting Bradl go to another team meant that Forward Racing would be letting its most important racing asset go at no cost to the team getting him.
That’s bad business, especially when a rider of Bradl’s talent would’ve probably commanded a good price for a team that desparately needs money to stay afloat, at least until the criminal charges filed against team boss are resolved.
Brandl could still find a seat in time for the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 9, 2015, but for that to happen, Aprilia Gresini would have to acquiesce to the demands of Forward Racing, something the team is unlikely to do on such short notice.
Curioni reportedly held discussions with Aprilia Gresini boss Fausto Gresini about loaning Bradl for the Indianapolis GP and then having the rider switch back to Forward Racing for the Brno Grand Prix. Such an agreement would allow Forward Racing to get its finances in order before the August 16, 2015 race and while it does sound good on paper, it’s doubtful that Aprilia Gresini would agree to a one-race rental for a rider it wants to sign on a long-term contract.
It’s become a messy situation for all parties concerned. Hopefully, a resolution happens in time for the Indy GP on August 8, 2015. Otherwise this thing could turn into a huge distraction for all parties concerned.
Continue reading to read more about the messy situation Stefan Bradl has found himself in.
The World Superbike Championship has long been the breeding ground for future world champion motorcycle riders. But as this season has showed us, it’s also become the place where racing legends make their comebacks. We all know that former world champion Troy Bayliss raced for Ducati Corse in Australia and Thailand as a late replacement for the team’s injured rider, Davide Giugliano.
Now, it appears that another former champ is making a comeback of his own after reports indicated that two-time World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has signed on to fill two wild card slots with the Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils team at the Misano and Sepang rounds of the racing series.
Biaggi is no stranger to the World Superbike Championship, having already won the series two times (2010 and 2012). Biaggi’s 2012 title run turned out to be his last as he retired from active competition soon thereafter.
Apparently, the now 43-year-old racer still has that unmistakable racing itch he needs to scratch. He’s all set to do it this season after spending the past two years assisting Aprilia in the development of its MotoGP and WSBK racing bikes.
But numerous reports have said that Biaggi is still in racing form, which is impressive enough on its own considering his advanced age and the length of time he’s been away from active competition.
The only difference is that there are no championships to chase this time. Biaggi will only compete in a couple of races for what’s considered Aprilia’s de facto factory, Red Devils Roma.
Continue reading to read more about Max Biaggi’s return to the World Superbike Championship.
The 2015 MotoGP season kicks off on March 30, 2015 with the Qatar Grand Prix. That means we have close to five days left before lights turn green, signalling the start of what could very well be another action-packed season of the premier motorcycle racing series in the world.
I’m obviously geeked up for the 30th to arrive and I’m pretty confident that a lot of you share in my excitement. There are a lot of reasons to get pumped up for the start of the 2015 MotoGP season and certainly, there are a lot of interesting subplots that will play out over the next eight months that should make this year another one for the books.
The most obvious plot of the new MotoGP season revolves around Marc Marquez’s quest to win his third-straight MotoGP title. That hasn’t been done since Valentino Rossi won five straight titles from 2001 to 2005. Can Marquez do it? He’s certainly in a great position to do achieve it, although I wouldn’t put it past Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo to make it interesting for the 22-year old defending champion.
That’s only a sample of what we can expect ahead of the 2015 MotoGP season. So to get you primed up for this weekend’s season-opening race at the Qatar Grand Prix, continue after the jump as I answer a few more questions on what we can look forward to for the upcoming season of MotoGP.
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Ever wondered what it must feel like to be right smack in the middle of the action during a World Superbike race? Well, Aprilia’s giving you a chance to experience the proverbial rush of being close to the action at the Donington Park World Superbike round. All you have to do is put down a deposit on the manufacturer’s new RSV 4 RF superbike! Seems pretty easy, right?
It does come with a few conditions that unfortunately leaves us here in the US out of luck, but for our friends in the UK, the opportunity to experience the spectacle of a World Superbike race is now within reach. The expensive part is putting down that deposit and actually buying the bike, but if you’re really looking to get one, then you can be included in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
I did say there were conditions, right? Ok, the first one is that if you cancel your oder prior to attending the event, you immediately forfeit your chance to avail of the prize. It’s also non-transferable and applies only to the person who purchases the bike or drops a deposit at any authorised UK April retailer. The last condition is that transportation to and from Donington Park will come from your own pockets. If these conditions are applicable to you, then by all means, take up April on its offer and experience a World Superbike race right where the action is.
In addition to spending time in the pit garage, participants will also get a chance to meet Aprilia racer Leon Haslam, receive VIP hospitality, and score a handful of unique merchandise to celebrate the occasion.
The invitation is open to anyone but if you’re interested, you must put down a deposit before March 31, 2015.
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On the heels of its announcement signalling its intention to compete in the inaugural MotoAmerica season, Aprilia HSBK Racing has announced its rider lineup that will compete in the SuperStock 1000 class. With the new Aprilia RS4 serving as the team’s official ride this season, supporters of the team should be thrilled to know that Dustin Dominguez and Devon McDonough have both signed up as the team’s official riders, carrying with the fortunes of the Aprilia HSBK Racing ahead of the upcoming season.
In addition to Dominguez and McDonough, the team has also tapped the services of RSRacecraft’s Ronnie Saner to be its crew chief. Part of Saner’s task will be to help in engine development and technical services, ensuring that the team is up to task with the demands of the inaugural MotoAmerica season.
The hiring of Saner doesn’t come as a surprise to a lot of people. He’s already worked with Dominguez in the past and brings with him the experience that comes with being a grizzled veteran in the motor racing scene.
Things are definitely looking up for the Aprilia HSBK Racing team as it takes up its position as one of the teams competing to become the first ever MotoAmerica champion.
Click past the jump to read more about the Aprilia HSBK Racing Team’s driver lineup.