While Aprilia moves its racing focus from World Superbike to MotoGP, the production line for superbikes is alive and well with the stunning new 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF.
Part of the Aprilia Factory Works project, the 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF (it’s undetermined whether or not it will be a 2017 model in the United States) is aimed at, according to an Aprilia spokesman, “professional riders, collectors or racetrack-Sunday devotees.” It’s a built-to-order machine with staggering capabilities.Designed to be a ready-to-race machine in the World Superstock and World Superbike championships, Aprilia claims that the new RSV4 RF will produce over 230 horsepower if the buyer chooses the appropriate options. Aprilia has also designed the 2016 RSV4 RF to be legal in various national stock-based road racing classes.Sporting full lighting, the 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF is also street legal.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!