Poor sales and a weak Italian economy has forced Aprilia to place 360 workers on furlough through at least the end of October, bringing a partial halt to production. The affected employees work at Aprilia’s factory in Scorzè, Italy; the 300 workers at Aprilia’s other factory in nearby Noale are not affected at this time, […]
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.