It was nice going back to Aprilia’s Noale factory, located in the beautiful countryside north of Venice, Italy. Last time I was there, I took apart and analyzed the mighty RSV4 1000 engine. Even during this post-lockdown period, the factory is still very much alive, particularly in the racing department, where I am not admitted. But there, the Aprilia people were hard at work on the latest evolution of their MotoGP bike, featuring a V-4 grown from the previous 72-degree vee to a full 90-degree vee, which ensures superior balance in primary and secondary order, for a higher mechanical and organic efficiency.
That is a huge pack of virtues loaded onto a single bike, and it represents a strong part of Aprilia’s strategy to address the progressive decline in popularity that motorcycling suffers among younger people.
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Issue 3 - 2020