Aprilia Rolls Out New RSV4 Bike

Italian bike-manufacturer and racing addict Aprilia is set to make a comeback in next year's Superbike championship with their freshly released RSV4 model. Specially tailored for fast-track competition-pummeling performance, the bike is a force to be reckoned with, especially with Max Biaggi and Alex Hoffman by its side who have both been confirmed for Aprilia's 2009 WSBK rider line-up.

The motorbike is not only a world premiere and a fortune token but also a first for the Italian maker who so far has been known for its V-Twin sport bikes, scooters and involvement in Moto GP where it is still an inexorable winning-force in the 125 cc and 250 cc class.

As results speak for themselves, so does the bike which sports a V4 engine displacing approximately 999 cc, close to the SBK 1000 cc limit. Additionally, the bike features a fully independent engine-management program specially designed to squeeze power and torque outputs into raw circuit-performance.

Furthermore, the new two-wheeler benefits from a lightweight construction with a chassis and some parts made from cast aluminum and pressed sheets of the same alloy. Extensive testing prior to the bike's release have lead to a cutting-edge aerodynamically efficient body work and equally impressive good looks.

At a weight just under 400 lbs, the bike is likely to have a good debut next year. As for speed on tight corners, no problems there as Aprilia equipped their newborn with performance adjustable front-rear Ohlins suspension mated to what appears to be mono-block Brembo brakes. See below for the freshly released specs.

Engine: 998.9cc, liquid-cooled, V-Four, 4-stroke
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 52.3 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.8:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection, ride-by-wire management
Transmission: 6-speed, cassette-type, wet-sump, slipper clutch
Chassis: Twin-beam aluminum, fully adjustable
Front Suspension: Ohlins 43mm, fully adjustable
Rear Suspension: Ohlins fully adjustable, rising-rate linkage
Front Brakes: 320mm Dual Brembo radial calipers, Brembo radial master cylinder
Rear Brake: 220mm Single Brembo caliper
Tires (Front; Rear): 120/70 ZR17; 190/55 ZR17
Dry Weight: 398 lbs.
Wheelbase: 56.1 in.
Length: 80.7 in.
Width: 28.1 in.(at handlebars).
Fuel Tank Size: 4.25 gal.

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