2014 Aprilia RSV4 World Superbike LiveryThroughout the last five years, Aprilia has garnered five titles in the World Superbike Championship – three manufacturer’s titles and two rider’s titles.During those years, the RSV4 donned the same black color infused with the red, white and green of the Italian flag.
But for 2014 World SBK, the Aprilia Racing Team RSV4s will be much different. The machines that Marco Melandri (33) and Sylvain Guintoli (50) will pilot in 2014 feature a new pure-metal color scheme. This, Aprilia says, helps transform the superbike into a “silver fireball.”Speaking of the bike, Aprilia says “The extreme lines of the RSV4, a true racing thoroughbred, are highlighted by the sharp red and black inserts (traditional Aprilia colors) which, together with the carbon parts and the reflective surface of the pure metal, enhance its compact size and racing soul. The hashtag #beAracer appears on the RSV4’s fairing, this is an expression of Aprilia’s intention to create a closer bond between the racing world and motorcycle enthusiasts through digital technology. The dual beam aluminum frame, a sculpted work of art that harnesses the more than 230 HP unbridled by the exclusive, extraordinary 1,000 cc narrow V4 engine, is enhanced by the surface treatments and color combinations.”Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Technical and Sport Director and Piaggio Group Bike Technical Centre Manager, says “a large part of a racing bike’s attraction, obviously besides pure performance, has to do with its visual impact. These are exclusive objects, moving sculptures to be admired, and the RSV4 has definitely blazed an important trail in this area. Its compact size due to the exclusive architecture of the V4 engine and its magnificent polished factory frame are both functional elements and distinctive design traits at the same time, enhanced by the new livery which, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful and unique that has ever taken to the track”.The riders also commented on the bike:Marco Melandri says: “Very rarely has a bike ever impressed me like this one. I liked it straight away. It looks aggressive and elegant at the same time, with a really original color combination. As a rider I obviously focus on speed, but as an enthusiast I can appreciate a beautiful and well refined bike. Aesthetic details are often synonymous with careful development and particular attention to all aspects of the product.”Sylvain Guintoli says: “It is simply beautiful! I have always liked the RSV4. It has an aggressive and decidedly racing look even in the factory version. Its lines scream speed and everything is in the right place to guarantee maximum performance. The new color scheme is the cherry on the top. If it’s as fast as it is beautiful our rivals won’t stand a chance. This livery would be absolutely beautiful on the street version – I would want one immediately!”Attached above is a video highlighting the new look of Aprilia Racing Team, and below is a gallery of the bike.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!