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« on: August 18, 2013, 07:50:30 pm »

It's a wonderful day, the day you buy a brand new motorcycle.  The bike rumbles away unfamiliarly beneath you and the intoxicating perfume of offgassing manufacturing protectants wafts over you at every stop light.

Yesterday I went to Moto International, sold both my Tuono and vintage Mille R, and rode away on one of these.  It's a 2013 Aprilia RSV4!  The two-time World Superbikes champion, the bike of Max Biaggi and Sylvain Guintoli (a guy with an Italian name who is inexplicably French).

It's yellow and looks like an RSV4.  But on STN, it doesn't exist without pictures...


http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s177/raincitysmoothie/RSV4II.jpeg


And here is one happy guy.  Exhilarated and a little "what did I just do?" surprised.


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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2013, 08:04:06 pm »

Sweet ride!
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2013, 09:06:10 pm »

Holy Kwap!  EEK!

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2013, 09:14:51 pm »

 Congrats! That is a fine machine. Was real hard for me to resist opening my wallet for one of those when I was at Pro Italia recently.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2013, 09:34:37 pm »

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2013, 09:35:14 pm »

Congratulations! Fan-freaking-tastic! I'm going to the Aprilia dealer in Cleveland, OH over the Labor Day weekend! Who knows, I may just end up w/ one of those too! I always wanted an Aprilia. Again, congratulations!  
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2013, 09:42:25 pm »

Good things come to those that wait!  Bigsmile Or whatever!

In other words, "you deserve it"......

Best of luck with her Smoothie!  Thumbsup
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2013, 10:27:19 pm »

And I thought you weren't totally head over heels for the V4 mill....  Lol at least that's what your Tuono review said.

Congrats! I have no doubt you'll love it. The V4 is intoxicating with that sound  Inlove not to mention the power  Inlove .

We expect one of your usual write ups instead of this short announcement sometime in the near future.

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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2013, 11:59:59 pm »

Oh, the engine is fantastic.   Cool  Crazy Bigok    One of the best ever.

I'm still not sure what planet the Aprilia V4 bikes are made for, though.   We'll see how my clean driving record holds up.   Lol


So far, much of my experience of the bike is caused by lawyers.   This bike has more legal department stickers on it than any bike I have ever seen.   Rolleyes  It's a four hour job to carefully peel the warning stickers off various fairing parts and frame spars.   Cause you don't want to booger up your sparkly new ride, right?  
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2013, 01:30:44 am »

I have never seen a bike company so enamored of warning stickers as Aprilia.
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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2013, 05:57:53 am »

Awesome. Congrats!
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2013, 09:58:11 am »

A banana-yellow Ape - very fitting.  Bigsmile  Enjoy!
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2013, 04:17:07 pm »

Nice.I see you got the XLR8 pillion pad  Bigsmile
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2013, 06:25:34 pm »


Nice.I see you got the XLR8 pillion pad  Bigsmile



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There actually is a "passenger seat."   It measures about 4" wide and 6" long with sort of a postmodern grab strap that would actually be impossible to grab.   Rolleyes   Dave at Moto International refers to it as the "Thong of Passenger Seats."   Lol
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2013, 09:14:25 pm »

 Lol Yes I scrolled up to look at the original pillion seat. I can say that when riding pillion on the VFR, 7000 - 7500 is the rpm of choice.

Verrrryyyy niiiiiiiiiccce Mister Smooth. I look forward to your comments and/or first ride report.  Thumbsup

Indeed there IS something about those V4s...
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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2013, 10:31:23 pm »

Love that yellow!  Ape finally put ABS on the 2013.  I've officially out of excuses not to park one of these Italian V4s in my garage.  Okay... there is still the matter of Tuono V4R Factory.  Razz

anyhow, congrats on arguably the best Italian litre sport right now.
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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2013, 02:37:26 pm »

Even with pics its a myth, I can't afford one. Drool

The V4 is magic to me. I guess I'll keep my 93 VFR forever, or at least until I can afford the RSV4 or the Desmosedici.

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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2013, 03:01:35 pm »

so here's an off the wall question....

what's the maintenance like on one of those?


and CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!  i soo want one of those, but the nearest Aprilia dealer is  Denver (i think). OUCH!!
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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2013, 07:02:51 pm »

Congrats Mr Smooth - badass bike !!

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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2013, 07:57:40 pm »


so here's an off the wall question....

what's the maintenance like on one of those?


and CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!  i soo want one of those, but the nearest Aprilia dealer is  Denver (i think). OUCH!!


Actually it's just oil changes until 12k miles then the valves should be checked. I wouldn't hesitate to get one if you want one.

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