Tomorrow’s race in Spain could be a cracker, what with Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi looking all set for a possible podium finish at Jerez. Here are some high-res pics from practise and qualifying, we’ll bring more pics from the race tomorrow. Enjoy!
Friday, April 01, 2011
A raging, 200-horsepower Italian stallion that can take on the BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE on their own turf? Bring it on, MV!
Speaking to Fast Bikes magazine for their May 2011 issue, Giovanni Castiglioni (Claudio Castiglioni’s son and President of MV Agusta) has revealed that the Italian manufacturer is all set to launch the fastest, most powerful F4 ever. ‘In late 2011, we will launch an extreme version of the F4, the RR. It will be the most powerful production bike on the market, with over 200bhp. And it’s fast, over 200mph fast,’ says Castiglioni Jr.
Giovanni also confirms that MV will start production of the F3 supersports machine in September this year, with deliveries starting by December 2011. By January 2012, the company will also start deliveries of the Brutale 675, which will be fitted with the same three-cylinder engine as the F3. MV are also working on a high-performance supermoto, says Giovanni, though he doesn’t say anything about if and when MV will put the supermoto into production.
‘The motorcycle world has changed. Ten or 15 years ago, Italian bikes could be sold at a premium, but now this is no longer the case,’ says Giovanni. ‘With the current economy, the price is so important for the client at the moment. In the future, the maximum we will make is 12,000 bikes a year, with around 9,000 units of our three-cylinder models and 3,000 units of our four-cylinder models. That is enough for MV to make a profit as well as invest in new models,’ he adds.
And what about racing? Can fans expect to see the MV Agusta brand back in MotoGP or even World Superbikes? ‘We have no plans to go racing. Racing helps brand awareness, not sales. I don’t think spending 30 million euros a year to go racing is necessary for MV,’ says the company’s President. Hmm… now while that might be a bit disappointing for fans who may have been hoping for MV Agusta’s return to MotoGP/WSBK, but going by what Castiglioni Jr. says, it also seems that at long last, MV may have a proper ‘businessman’ at the helm, who might be able to steer the company in the right direction. You make gorgeous bikes, MV, and we wish you all the best!!
Source: Fast Bikes
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Europe goes to war: BMW S1000RR vs Ducati 1198SP vs KTM RC8R vs Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE vs MV Agusta F4 1000R!
Bursting with horsepower and bristling with technology, the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE, KTM RC8R, MV Agusta F4 1000R and Ducati 1198SPare currently the best litre-class superbikes from Europe. But which of these is the best of the best?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
With the addition of APRC on the cheaper 'R' version, it's now become even harder to choose between the Aprilia RSV4 and the mighty BMW S1000RR
The filtering down of technology – from high-spec, expensive, limited-edition homologation-special sportsbikes to lower-spec, more affordable machiney – is an inevitable process. Last year, the only superbike in Aprilia’s lineup that had traction control was the RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition. This year, the vastly more affordable RSV4R also gets the APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) system, the Noale-based company’s high-tech traction control system that can be adjusted at eight levels. Unlike other motorcycle traction control setups, APRC is a self-calibrating system that automatically adapts to different types of tyres and wheelie control, starting assistance and electronic gearbox settings. Max Biaggi’s bike for the street? Yes, almost!
Apart from the addition of traction control, the 2011 Aprilia RSV4R APRC also gets an improved lubrication system for its 999cc, 65-degree V4 engine, and closer spaced gears for better acceleration. The new, lighter exhaust features an advanced butterfly valve management system to suit the ride-by-wire mapping, for improved breathing and efficiency throughout the RPM range. And the bike’s wheels are now lighter, for a significant reduction in unsprung weight. That, along with fully adjustable suspension components from Sachs, should definitely result in improved handling.
Last year, Revvin’ Kevin Schwantz tested the Aprilia RSV4 Factory against the BMW S1000RR and the new MV Agusta F4, and said if he had to choose between the three, he’d take the RSV4. We wonder what he’d have to say about the new and improved RSV4R with APRC…? :-)
This video (above) explains the Aprilia's electronics...
Kevin Schwantz talks about the Aprilia RSV4...
The RSV4 takes on a Lamborghini LP570-4 Superleggera!
...and up against the Nissan GTR