For those ready to take that next step in racing, the Italians at Aprilia just released the RSV4 Biaggi Replica, a true "race-ready bike into which the knowledge, technology and research capability of the Noale Racing Division are condensed."
And what could be a better time, considering Aprilia is riding the success of Max Biaggi’s double World Superbike win at Monza this weekend, his second double since Portimao. The RSV4 Biaggi Replica is the sister machine to Biaggi’s actual Superbike, and features 200 hp, this track version producing 20 hp more than the street version, and weighing around 386 dry.
Gigi Dall’Igna, technical and sport manager of Aprilia Racing, says "With the RSV4 Biaggi Replica we offer the sports enthusiast a motorcycle which is as close as you can get to the RSV4 that Max rides on the track in World Superbike. In this project, which was developed in parallel to our re-entry into SBK, we poured out all of our knowledge and years of experience on tracks all over the world. This is the bike which came out of it, conceived and developed within Aprilia Racing to offer unique sensations to the shrewd user."
The RSV4 Biaggi Replica features a 65-degree V4 with Weber-Marelli throttle bodies, two injectors per cylinder, adjustable height intake ducts and ride-by-wire throttle. The power of V4 is channeled to the track through an extractable six-gear transmission with a multi-disc bath clutch and mechanical anti-skipping system. It also features a 4-2-1 titanium sport exhaust with a single-side silencer in carbon and titanium.
When it comes to chassis, adjustability is key for tailoring a machine to every rider’s unique settings. The Biaggi Replica has an aluminum double rail frame with cast and pressed elements featuring an adjustable headstock position and angle, engine height and swingarm pin height.
As for suspension, found out front are an Ohlins fork with 43mm stanchions and tin-surface treatment, adjustable pre-charge, compression and extension. Out back is an Ohlins TTX36 mono-shock absorber with adjustable in spring pre-charge, offset, compression and extension with dedicated calibration. The suspensions operate via a progressive APS linkage.
Regarding electronics, the Biaggi repli-racer is loaded with the latest technology, including a digital APX on-board computer that uses advanced vehicle management strategies including: TCS traction control, QuickShift assisted shifting, Antibacklash system, engine brake and pit lane speed limiter. All the parameters of these gizmos can be modified with a push of a button on the handlebar or dedicated "Aprilia Racing Palm."
Stopping power is provided by Brembo, with radial attachment single body calipers and sintered pads that operate on 320mm front floating disks. To save weight, the system utilizes a lightened stainless steel braking surface and a flange in aluminum.
Where this power meets the pavement you’ll find radial Pirelli Diablo SBK tires, 120/75 on the front and 190/65 on the rear, wrapped around Marchesini forged magnesium alloy wheel rims with a seven spoke design and "anti slip" treatment.
Regarding looks, the RSV4 Biaggi Replica is available in the Alitalia livery of Biaggi’s machine, or a carbon look, and can be used as an entry level for the SBK class in accordance with FIM regulations.
And as expected, with such elaborate technology comes a hefty price: the RSV4 Biaggi Replica has a base price around $64,000 at the current exchange rate (50,000 Euro).
Aprilia RSV4 Biaggi Replica | Motorcycle Specifications
Engine: Aprilia longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshafts (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 78 x 52.3 mm
Total displacement: 999.6 cc
Maximum power at the crank: + 20 HP (more than production bike)
Maximum torque at the crank: +10 Nm (more than production bike)
Fuel system: Sealed airbox pressurized by two front dynamic air intakes. Four Weber-Marelli 48-mm throttle bodies actuated by "ride by wire" system, two injectors per cylinder and variable length intake ducts controlled and customizable by ECU device.
Ignition: One spark plug per cylinder powered by "stick-coil"-type controlled by Aprilia Racing Engine ECU APX2. Possibility of customization of ignition and injection tables and engine management parameters via ARES software. Light weight racing wire harness and dashboard showing laptime as well as main engine information.
Vehicle Management: Presence of enhanced vehicle management strategies: QuickShift, TCS, AntiBacklash, Engine Braking, Distance Based, Gear Power Reduction, Speed Limiter for Box Entry. Possibility of fast parameters modification with Aprilia Racing Palm system and handlebar switches.
Data Management: Acquisition of engine and vehicle working parameters for optimized vehicle management and strategies. Acquisition Data Management via ABM Lite software.
Exhaust: Akrapovich titanium 4 into 2 into 1 with single lateral carbon-titanium silencer.
Generator: Flywheel mounted 420W alternator with rare earth magnets.
Lubrication: Wet sump lubrication system with oil radiator and two oil pumps (lubrication and cooling).
Gear box: 6-speed cassette type gearbox 1st: 39/15 (2.6) 2nd: 33/16 (2,063) 3rd: 34/20 (1.7) 4th: 32/22 (1,455) 5th: 34/26 (1,308) 6th: 33/27 (1,222) with "quick shift" sensor.
Clutch: Multi-disc wet, with mechanical slipper system.
Primary drive: Straight cut gears and integrated flexible coupling, drive ratio: 73/44 (1,659).
Final drive: Regina Racing drive chain with final drive ratio: 40/16 (2,5)
Frame: Twin-spar adjustable aluminum frame, with castings and pressings. Envisaged adjustments: • headstock position and rake • engine height • swingarm pin height. Adjustable racing footrest. Racing handlebar and mount with conical coupling. Öhlins adjustable steering dumper with dedicated damping stack. Measure: wheelbase: 1440mm, steering angle: 24.5°, trial: 105mm, seat height 880mm.
Front suspension: Öhlins upside-down fork adjustable in spring preload, compression and rebound. 43-mm inner tubes (with Tin surface treatment) equiped with pressurized Ohlins Racing cartridges with dedicated damping stack and forged aluminum radial caliper mountings. Wheel travel: 120 mm with Racing upper triple clamp
Rear suspension: Twin sided aluminum swingarm; mixed low thickness and sheet casting technology. Öhlins Racing TTX36 shock adjustable in length, spring preload compression and rebound with dedicated damping stack. APS progressive linkages. Wheel travel: 120 mm
Brakes: Front: Dual floating disk with 320-mm diameter lightweight stainless steel rotor and 6 pin aluminum flange. Brembo monoblock radial callipers with 4 34-mm pistons and racing sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose. Rear: 220-mm diameter disc; Brembo caliper with two 32-mm pistons with racing sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose.
Wheels: Marchesini 7 spokes Forged Magnesium rims with "anti slip" treatment. Front: 3.5"x16.5" Rear: 6.25"x16.5"
Tyres: Radial tubeless Pirelli Diablo SBK. Ant: 120/75 R 420, Post: 190/65 R 420
Weight: 175 kg (in riding condition with empty fuel tank). Weight distribution 52% front, 48% rear
Fuel tank: 17 liters capacity with racing fuel cap
Fairing, seat, rear cowl and engine protections: Carbon fiber fairing, single seat and rear cowl. Carbon-Kevlar engine protection.
Other parts: Footrest Racing Kit, Handlebars Racing Kit, ECU handheld setting device, bike stand and Aprilia Racing bike cover.