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Aprilia’s opened the floodgates to some top totty RSV4 tech. Here’s what to expect f m the build-it-yourself Factory Works concept.

Aprilia RSV4 FW


NOT coming to a showroom near you!

When you’re writing your list for Santa this Christmas, don’t forget to slap an RSV4 RF on there. Or an RR, if he’s being a bitting Bottom line is, that without either of these Italian n jubblies Aprilia’s Factory works (F W) dream will remain just that But what exactly is an FW and how can you get your filthy mitts on one of these winged wonders?

Well, that s where things get a bit interesting. In essence Aprilia’s opened the door to you, me and anyone else with access to a huge enough bank loan to build a 2 12 bhp beast that weighs 10kg less than a RSV4 RF and, to guarantee everyone has a good old glance at you when you rock up at Tescos on one for some bog roll and crisps, they’ve thrown some G P -inspired aerodynamic winglets into the mix

All good stuff, but here’s where it gets a bit blurry. Every ounce of added oomph and every saved gram of weight, not to mention that fresh new look, is the product of an order-book; you can’t just head down the dealers and buy an RSV4 FW (but that’s where you’ll go to buy the bits). There are dozens of accessories for the stock RF, plus a further 12 items that specifically slot into the Factory Works bracket. If you want more power there are several different glitz y bits you can bolt on to your bike

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Gabrielle sang a song about dreams coming true, and do you know what, she wasn’t fibbing. After way too many hours, days and years of dreaming, I finally got that golden ticket to sample the delights of Italy’s finest race track: Mugello. And not on some battered C90 with spokes missing, I’ll have you know. Parked up in a pristine garage, packed with factory technicians and enough fresh rubber to keep a porn star happy, stood an audacious-looking winged wonder. Yep, this was my chance to try out Aprilia’ s112bhp Factory Works RSV4 on a circuit crafted by the gods. Let’s just say neither the bike nor the track disappointed, as you’ll know after you’ve read this issue’s report. The Aprilia’s the latest in a succession of new and exciting propositions that have made an appearance of late, squaring up to the likes of BMW’ sHP4 Race, Honda’s RC213V -S and Ducati’s 1299 Superleggera. And there will undoubtedly be more such steeds on the way, as rival brands flex their engineering muscles and throw everything they’ve got into topping the charts for the lightest, fastest and most innovative of motorcycles . But there’s also plenty of good news for financially humble mortals such as myself, as it looks like we’re going to be treated to some far more attainable metal in 2019.