Marco Melandri has signed a one-year contract to race with Aprilia‘s factory World Superbike team to ride the RSV4 for the 2014 season. The Ravenna, Italy, native will join the returning Sylvain Guintoli, taking the place of Eugene Laverty on the factory team. The move also reunites Melandri with Aprilia; Melandri raced three seasons on […]
Aprilia RSV4 R Preview [video]
Aprilia has revealed the latest version of its potent new literbike, the RSV4 R. The R retains the same 65-degree V-4 engine (with 180 claimed horsepower) and the aluminum chassis as the previously unveiled “Factory” version but uses a few lesser-spec components to keep the costs down.
More info, photos and a video after the jump.
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Cast-aluminum wheels replace lighter forged-aluminum hoops, contributing to a claimed 406-lb dry weight that is 11 lbs more than the carbon-fiber-fairing Factory version. Also, the adjustable steering geometry and engine placement of the Factory has been fixed on the R version to a 24.5-degree rake and 105mm of trail. A Showa fork and a Sachs shock replace the Ohlins suspension of the $22K Factory version.
Pricing of the R has not yet been announced, but we expect an MSRP of about $17,000.