The 2010 EICMA show in Milan, Italy, has now come to a close, but new stories continue to flow out of the event in dazzling numbers. Several big announcements were made and new models drooled over by both the press and the public – this is normal for EICMA as it is the biggest show of the year for new motorcycles and the motorcycle industry’s offerings for the subsequent season. Piaggio Group Americas (PGA), the North American distributor for Piaggio’s products, including the Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio and Vespa marques, had some rather special news for riding consumers in the US – Aprilia will bring four new models to this side of the Atlantic.
One important model is an upgraded version of Aprilia’s newest track weapon and supreme liter-class competitor, the RSV4. The new RSV4 Factory Special Edition (SE) with its exclusive Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) package – which includes Aprilia’s Traction Control, Wheelie Control, Launch Control, and Quick Shift - is getting the most interest at this point. This machine benefits from what was learned during the 2010 World Superbike Championship title-winning season which saw Max Biaggi and Aprilia win the rider’s, team and manufacturer’s championships – the so-called ‘triple crown.’ The 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SE APRC brings Superbike race technology to professional or amateur racers, track-day addicts and street pilots alike.
The next new model finally seeing the light of day is the 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200, a larger and more powerful version of the Dorsoduro 750, the rather popular supermoto-styled bike from the Italian marque. Riders out there who are big fans of the rather oversized supermoto machines will be quite pleased with this one. The Dorsoduro 1200 comes standard with a 130-horespower 90° V-twin engine with double-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, and a dual-spark ignition. It is attached to a smooth-shifting, six-speed transmission driving the rear wheel via chain. The chassis is designed to be extremely agile and will enthuse high-spirited corner carvers all day long – the Dorsoduro 1200 is a riotous machine just waiting for a capable pilot.
One rather intriguing offering from our Italian friends is a sweet small displacement machine which is perfect for the beginning, or small of stature, racer – the Aprilia RS4 125. This bike replaces the long-serving and multi-Championship winning RS125; a machine which is highly desirable for riders participating in Sport Production racing worldwide. The RS4 125 runs with an all-new four-stroke 125cc liquid-cooled single engine with styling and engineering directly derived from racing and from Aprilia’s World Superbike conquering RSV4. Unbelievable that this new machine will be on the roads in the US…
One of the most anticipated bikes, though, has to be the naked/streetfighter version of Aprilia’s liter-class RSV4 – the 2011 Tuono V4R. The new Tuono sheds the bodywork of the RSV4 and displays the awesomely powerful – in this trim the claim is 162 HP and 81 lb/ft of torque – and beautiful V4 engine which powers both machines. This is not just some stripped down beast, though; the engineers have added features like Aprilia’s Performance Riding Control (APRC) package which includes Aprilia’s Wheelie Control, Traction Control, Quick Shift and a programmable Launch Control. Considering the popularity and the immense praise heaped upon its predecessor, this new bike is sure to drive serious excitement for the Aprilia brand. This thing will be extremely popular…
The RSV4 Factory SE APRC, Dorsoduro 1200, and Tuono V4R all utilize Aprilia’s triple Ride-by-Wire technology with three computer-controlled riding modes, allowing the rider to select the ‘tune’ of the engine depending on conditions and use.
Aprilia has had incredible success in 2010 – winning several championships, selling highly lauded bikes, and an ever expanding product base. These four new models, along with the manufacturer’s many other outstanding and exhilarating offerings, will only help these winning ways to become standard fare for the Italian company in years to come. Stay tuned for more once they arrive stateside next year!