What is it with modern superbikes these days? None of them have received major updates lately and, to be completely honest, they’re all a bit underpowered. Juuuust kidding, the current crop of 1000s are absolutely fucking mental. But, if you still are not entertained, Aprilia is here to help.
Moto Guzzi is set to release the V9 Bobber above, as well as a second version they’re calling the Roamer V9 at EICMA next week. Oh, and they have a wee little update which brings their RSV4 superbike up to TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY FREAKING HORSEPOWER.
The nice thing about being unencumbered by the restrictions of racing is you get to make things like these. It's our two new favorite naked sports bikes, the 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR and its upgraded Factory sibling.
Aprilia just snagged both the rider and manufacturer titles at World Superbike, its sixth win in seven years, so it's treating itself – and us – to something nice. Meet the RSV4 RR, its most track-focused, engineering-intensive bike to date.
Canyon carving, aka tickling your knee, isn't for the motorcycling noob. Many a would-be Valentino has found himself soaring headlong into the Santa Ana winds, on the way to being smashed into anchovy paste on the granite face of a San Jacinto batholith. Here's how not to do that.
What can Aprilia's flagship superbike do better than the Space Shuttle? Stoplight races. The company's 180-hp RSV4 gets from zero to 60 mph two seconds quicker than it takes NASA's soon-to-be-retired spaceamino to do the same. Hey, rocket scientists, put that in your slide rules and perform a range of analog…
The R35 Nissan GT-R proved one way to beat the world beaters is with better tech, not more power. Applying the same technique to half the wheels, Aprilia's RSV4 can launch, slide, shift and hold back wheelies for the rider. Godzillabike?
The answer: Restoring an original 1937 Aprilia Berlina is very, very hard (but worth every wad of $100 bills and gallon of sweat). I visited the legendary Conrad Stevenson's Alfa Romeo shop last weekend and found this work-of-art-in-progress there.
The Ducati motorcycle Tom Cruise rides in those annoying ESPN commercials isn't really a big, bad Ducati. It's just an Aprilia sportbike disguised as one. Wes Siler of Hell for Leather Magazine explains why.
Stop/Action, an art exhibit put together by three of my friends and I, and opening tomorrow in Brooklyn, is a frozen portrait of an explosive motorcycle ride.
Old guys in polo shirts nurturing vintage Ferraris? Industry people showing off concepts which will never get built? What's the point? Not much: but it's a great way to spend a weekend in Italy.
It's been the talk among kneedraggers since Aprilia announced its development last year. It's the moto maker's new, 1000 cc V4, and it's giving motorcycle- engine geeks a new reason to engage in cocktail-party speculation. The latest from Aprilia is that the V4 is undergoing durability testing in four tuning stages,…