Max-Imized Aprilia RSV4

An Aprilia worthy of the World Superbike winner

By Ari Henning, Photography by Aprilia

Max Biaggi has had quite an impressive year in World Superbike. As of this writing, the Italian has put his factory Aprilia RSV4 on top of the box nine times, propelling himself into the championship lead and his team to the head of the manufacturer's standings.

Hot on the heels of this success, Aprilia is offering the "Superbike Lite" RSV4. This isn't just some pipe and fuel map; the bike is built to within a breath of Biaggi's SBK race-winner, with an alleged 200 horsepower at 12,500 rpm and 92 lb.-ft. of torque at 10,000 rpm. The laundry list of upgrades includes 16.5-inch Marchesini forged-magnesium wheels shod with SBK-spec Pirelli Diablo Superbike slicks, a gas-charged Öhlins fork and TTX36 shock, and Akrapovich titanium exhaust. An APX ECU running Ares programming puts Max's entire electronics arsenal at the rider's fingertips: variable power modes, traction control, pit-late speed-limiter, data acquisition and more. Billet rearsets, a solo tailpiece, carbon-fiber bodywork, carbon/Kevlar engine protectors, clip-ons, machined triple clamps and a plethora of other trick bits round out the package.

Most enticing, however, is the engine, endowed with the entire contents of a 42-page special racing parts catalog, including pistons, lightened rods and crankshaft, cams and a quick-shifter.

Priced at a wince-inducing €50,000 (about $63,000), not many of these Superbike Lites will be popping up at club races or track days. But for those with big pockets, the bike can be ordered through Aprilia Racing in Biaggi livery or raw carbon-fiber.

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