Luca Bar Designs Aprilia 5.5 Street for Our Dreams

Luca Bar Design Aprilia 5.5 Street Luca Bar Design has produced some utterly amazing bike designs in the past, and his new take on an Aprilia SXV 5.5 – the so-called ‘sex-vee’ – will only serve to extend that phenomenal collection. He calls it the 5.5 Street. This qualifies as one design which should be made real, in this universe, and make the transition from electrons and photons to actual matter. In that way we may have a slim to none chance of riding one someday; of course, depending upon who actually builds it, the cost of the build and the bike itself. It would certainly work as a kit for current SXV owners, though…hint, hint.

Luca Bar starts with the production Aprilia SXV 5.5, which houses a hard-edged 549cc four-stroke V-twin engine producing 70 HP and 34.8 lb/ft of torque, and starts the design with its already sweet-looking frame and Italian attitude.

Luca Bar Design Aprilia 5.5 Street Bar then deletes much of the stock fairing in order to show off that glistening V-twin and the now red head of each cylinder. The exhaust is chopped and shoved up under the engine for a lower center of gravity and assured superior handling. Bar’s design does add some cover for the radiator, but the rest of the machine is minimalist; cut and simplified rear-end with compact LED lighting, a more open-looking underseat area, and a single rounded headlight and simplistic mounting bracket. The 5.5 Street exudes ‘Streetfighter’ from any angle. Many stock elements are retained including the SXV’s supermoto-style wheels and tires and basic switchgear.

Want one for yourself? Unfortunately, all you can do is build it yourself or contact Luca Bar Design and beg him to produce the Aprilia 5.5 Street for us dreamers.

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Aprilia Introduces Four New Models Destined for USA

2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SE APRC 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 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 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.

2011 Aprilia RS4 125 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 2011 Aprilia Tuono V4R 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!

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Haga to Ride Aprilia with PATA Racing in 2011

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wsbk_haga With Ducati exiting the World Superbike series, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio had to find new homes for 2011. Suzuki Alstare is set to confirm Fabrizio as their sole rider for 2011, and now Haga has also found his team for 2011. Haga recently signed with the PATA Racing Team to ride an Aprilia RSV4R for the 2011 WSB season.

Haga didn’t have the season he had hoped for in 2010. Haga was coming off of an 8 win 2009 season that landed him in second place in the overall standings. In 2010, Haga was only able to claim two race wins and a sixth place overall finish.

But now Haga will be riding a proven bike, and both he and the PATA Racing team have high hopes for 2011.

“I’m really happy to announce the birth of a new team and a new collaboration with Marco Borciani, who will be managing the squad,” says Daniele Carli, owner of DFX Corse which also raced on a Ducati this season. “We will race on a factory bike, which made us decide for a strong rider such as Noriyuki Haga, who is a big name in Superbike history. I would also like to thank Ducati for their helpfulness in all these seasons, during which we collaborated and scored important results.”

Haga has had tried his luck with Aprilia before. He raced in the MotoGP and the World Superbike aboard an Aprilia machine. In 2002, Haga finished fourth with the help of an Aprilia motorcycle.

Aprilia Exits the FIM Grand Prix Series

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Aprilia RacingAprilia has been racing in the (road racing) World Championship since the mid-1980’s and is currently the most successful racing brand in FIM history (after knocking MV Agusta off the top spot in 2010). Aprilia’s parent company Piaggio Group also owns Derbi, and the bikes raced under that marque’s flag in the World Championship are almost exactly the same machine campaigned with the Aprilia nameplate. However, when the new Moto3 class is introduced (replacing the current 125cc two-strokes with 450cc single-cylinder four-strokes) in 2012, the Italian marque has decided to not participate.
When the Moto2 class was first announced, the rumor mill produced for us – and Aprilia eventually confirmed – the idea that Aprilia would continue in that series by providing their own chassis for the spec engines (Honda). That idea was quickly quashed when Aprilia announced they had no plans to race in Moto2 and that they might even depart the 125cc GP class. Of course, as we all know, they continued to race 125GP and have remained extremely competitive. For Aprilia, though, the Moto3 class is just too far away from their core designs to be worthwhile – they do not even have a 450cc single-cylinder four-stroke upon which to build a competitive race bike. Aprilia RS125 Rossi Replica
This leaves the storied firm without a place in the FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship series, unless they pursue the new (and as yet not finalized) FIM MotoGP rule change pushing the capacity limit to 1000cc. For now, race manager Gigi Dall’Igna says the factory is focusing on World Superbike and MotoGP can wait until they are ready. One thing is certain, when Aprilia does return to MotoGP they will be a serious contender; one hopes they will not be absent for long.

Aprilia Has Most Wins in MotoGP History

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aprilia Italian brand Aprilia has the most wins in MotoGP history. Aprilia overtook MV Augusta as the manufacturer with the most wins last weekend as Spanish rider Nico Terol won in the 125 class at the Czech Republic GP.

Aprilia now has 276 wins in the MotoGP, one more than MV Augusta. Aprilia has 133 race wins in the 125 class, 143 in the 250 class, 36 World Championships, and 18 manufacturer championships.

Aprilia has been racing in the MotoGP since 1985, when it made its MotoGP debut in the 250 class. It took Aprilia 2 years to take its first win, which was achieved by Loris Reggiani in 1987.

Aprilia won its first 125 class World Championship in 1992, and in 1994, Max Biaggi won the 250 World Championship.

But Aprilia’s winning ways extend past the MotoGP. They have 43 championships overall, including 7 in off-road disciplines. They are also currently involved in the World Superbike. Max Biaggi has 9 wins so far in this years WSBK competition, helping Aprilia to lead in both the individual and manufacturer standings.