As Freddie Spencer climbed to the top step of the 1982 Daytona Superbike podium, he knew he was done racing Superbikes. His first year in Grand Prix loomed before him, and he had already tasted Formula 1 perfection aboard the Honda FWS1000. He knew what a good racebike should feel like and the CB900F-based Superbike [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Superbikes With Soul: Classic vs. Modern Superbike Comparison Test Fast Freddie Spencer tests the greatest superbikes old and new.
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wSBK Press Release: Round 4 of eni FIM Superbike World Championship drew to its highest point today with two incredible races, won by Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) respectively. Of the 47,046 overall spectators attending during the three days, the ones who went for the Sunday trip to Monza’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
wSBK Press Release: The eni FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Monza’s Autodromo Nazionale for the 4th round of the season, with riders ready to take on the fastest track in the calendar. Following the two races at Assen, Sylvain Guintoli is still the Championship leader at 111. The Frenchman, who ended his 7 podium-finish [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
WSBK Press Release: Eni FIM Superbike World Championship prepares for the usual late April round at Assen’s TT Circuit. The capital of the province of Drenthe has always stood for motorcycle racing, as the first event took place in 1925 (on public roads) and the permanent circuit has been hosting World Superbike since 1992. It’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
WSBK Press Release: A close battle characterized the first qualifying session for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at MotorLand Aragon, and saw Irishman Eugene Laverty topping the time-sheets with a 1’58.548 set with few minutes to go. “We worked quite a bit on the electronics today” explained Laverty “because I wasn’t happy about it [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200 – First Ride Borrowing a name from Aprilia’s past, the new Caponord 1200 is an adventure-tourer for the future.
Sardinia, Italy—When I first saw the Caponord at the EICMA show, I quickly dismissed it as a smart, full-dress evolution of the Aprilia Dorsoduro, a bike conceived to snatch a slice of the growing adventure-touring pie from the iconic BMW R1200GS. However, after riding the Aprilia Caponord 1200 on some secluded and twisty roads on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
Although Max Biaggi won the 2012 World Superbike title on his RSV 4 Factory, Aprilia hasn’t had much time to rest on its laurels. For 2013, improvements to the 65-degree, V-Four engine result in an additional 4 horsepower (a claimed 184 at 12,500 rpm) and a slight bump in torque (86.3 foot-pounds at 10,000 rpm). [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
Aprilia USA Press Release: Aprilia USA announced today V4ALL, a strategic price initiative for the Aprilia V4 family. V4ALL is designed to ensure that motorcycle riders who only dreamed of owning an Aprilia will have the possibility of purchasing the one of the most technologically advanced sportbikes on the market at a price that yesterday [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK Special Edition – First Look A new four-cylinder Italian superbike that’s exclusive to North America.
As model names go, this one is a mouthful: RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK Special Edition. That’s the official name for the 2013 Aprilia repli-racer seen here and unveiled today on the Aprilia Americas Facebook page. Exclusive to North America, the claimed 180-horsepower, 1000cc V-Four SE honors Max Biaggi’s 2012 Superbike World Championship with subtle [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
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Large press conferences from Honda and Ducati held right before EICMA 2012 may have stolen a bit of the thunder from Milan’s annual motorcycle show, but we still came away impressed with the variety of significant new bikes on display. Although finding the 10 motorcycles that we’d most like to ride in 2013 certainly qualifies [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)