#Aprilia releases 3 Kits to turn the RSV4RR into a Proper Killer at the #Racetrack!

The maniacs at #Noale have done it again! Where is my wallet? Take my money!

Today Motorraddicts bring you some news from inside #BeARacer about race kits that have been released for the RSV4RR Factory to turn an already insane and advanced bike into an absolute cruise missile at the Track!

Originally Published by #Bearacer May 28th 2019

Come on, let’s admit it, we’ve been kind of drooling over the #RSV4 1100 Factory ever since we got the tester riders to tell us about it, and the attraction continued to grow after we tried it out on the track at #Aprilia All Stars 2019. It’s over the top, elegant and simply stupendous. It’s the #ultimate evolution of 10 years of development of our favourite Aprilia, applied to production, but this certainly doesn’t mean that the Noale guys have forgotten completely about her “little sister” with 100 CC less, or about those of us racers who are far less concerned about elegance and far more about lap times!

The new RSV4 RR is already a top level racing platform, as we of all people know only too well, just like we know that we simply cannot resist the attraction of that nicely rounded engine capacity which reminds us so much of the modified production bike races that our V4 bomber has managed to shake up and conquer. Yet Aprilia, in its wisdom, decided that this was still not quite enough for us racers, so they’ve helped us to turn this bike into a proper killer for the track! But how, you ask?
Well, with 3 accessory Track kits specifically designed to improve the RSV4 RR’s performance, focusing on three major features of any racing machine with designs on the top step of the #podium, namely weight, handling and aerodynamics.
Here’s what’s in these kits:

WEIGHT KIT

An #Akrapovic full-racing exhaust to reduce weight, improve power delivery and make the V4 sing like an opera tenor. It’s made entirely of Titanium and has an elliptical #carbon-fibre tailpiece. The entire exhaust system weighs less than 5 Kg and guarantees a significant increase in torque delivery above 4500 rpm, particularly in the 4500 – 8000 rpm range, thus ensuring a net improvement in acceleration coming out of the bend.

Black cast-aluminium wheel rims: 2 real gems that are pitch black, light as a feather and perfect for reducing rolling mass. These wheels really are the sworn enemy of slow lap times.
Lithium battery: for a weight reduction of 2.5 KG compared to the standard battery and to provide even more “spark” (please excuse the pun).

HANDLING KIT

#Öhlins #NIX front forks: hydraulic #compression, #extension and #pre-loading adjustment to ensure perfect entry into bends thanks to the NIX-technology cartridge developed by Öhlins for the Supersport and Superstock world championships.

Öhlins #TTX rear shock-absorber: gold-coloured to indicate priceless performance. Created specifically for the RSV4. Fully adjustable, with upper and lower mounts machined from solid aluminium billet. Our Swedish friend needs no introduction whatsoever.

Öhlins steering damper: to complete the package and ensure top performance and a racing look. This can also be used as a replacement for the standard unit without any modifications to the frame mountings.

AERODYNAMICS KIT

Winglets:

the most representative expression of Aprilia Racing’s experience and MotoGP know-how. Developed from the appendages mounted on the RS-GP, these aerodynamic components increase the aerodynamic loading effect, thereby helping to maintain high-speed stability and improve the stability under heavy braking. As with the ones fitted to the RS-GP, these accessories are manufactured from carbon-fibre.

Braking system air-intake:

New front brake air-intakes to improve cooling and ensure consistent braking performance. Yet more proof of the direct transfer of MotoGP know-how to production bikes. Manufactured from carbon-fibre to reduce the effects of weight.

We personally think this development is awesome and are super excited to see the kit in the flesh! If you think you are keen to grab one, make sure to send us pics of what it looks like on the bike! If you don’t have access to #BeARacer’s web portal. Make sure you join up at https://bearacerclub.aprilia.com/en/posts/

Details on the kit can be found  by downloading the Aprilia Accessories Catalogue.

Until next time! Keep your throttle hand strong and your head on a swivel! AND Stay tuned for some inside information and sneak peeks of the Noale Factory when I go and pay them a visit this June! Woohoo!

Ciao #ForzaAprilia!
Ronno

Passionate Aprilia Owners #DownUnder, launch the #ApriliaOwnersClubofAustralia!

#Motorraddicts tips their hats to the group of Aussies that decided to put the Aprilia Owners Club of Australia on the map! The club was officially launched earlier this year at the #LaverdaConcourse in #Queensland Australia, and it’s been a smash hit amongst Ape owners everywhere!

They took it from an idea to a reality in a very short amount of time, while securing permission from the #Aprilia italy and #Piaggio, and have built up a pretty decent amount of corporate sponsors. The membership is growing fast and we love how things are starting to look! They have plans for #rides #techSessions #TrackDays #TrackCoaching #Travel #Races and a lot more. The merchandise is looking great and membership perks so far are amazing!

AND….It turns out, its one of the very few larger Aprilia Owners Clubs in the world!

#kudos guys! Amazing! We Love your Passion! 🙂

If you own an Aprilia and live in Australia, We suggest you check AOCA out! and join up!

website : www.apriliaowners.club
official FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/apriliaownersclubaustralia/
FB Social Page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/ApriliaOwnersClubAustralia/

2018 Portimao World Supersport Superpole Results: Cresson Misses Session

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World #Supersport #Superpole one had eighteen riders competing for two places, including Hector Barbara on Kenan #Sofuoglu’s old bike but Loris #Cresson was ruled unfit after an earlier crash.

Heading into the mid-session break of the first session, Hikari Okubo and Raffaele Dr Rosa were in the top spots and after the break, De Rosa took the top spot on the #MVAgusta, with Hector Barbera third quickest and trying for second place as the flags came out. De Rosa increased his lead at the top with a 1’45.938, and Okubo’s 1’46.272 was enough to hold off Barbera’s charge. Borja Quero Martinez and Thomas Gradinger rounded out the fifth row behind Barbera.

Superpole two had six Yamahas in the top six places with a seventh in tenth place. After a lap, Federico Caricasulo set a 1’45.299, with Lucas Mahias and Randy Krummenacher joining him in the 1’45s while Sandro Cortese was a second off Caricasulo’s top lap. A lap later, Jules Cluzel top the top spot only to be deposed by his countryman Lucas Mahias who set a 1’45.170 before everyone popped back to the pits for a break.

Randy Krummenacher was first out, almost a lap clear of everyone else. putting himself into fifth place as the field joined him on track. Federico Caricasulo was the first rider into the 1’44s with a 1’44.813 putting him at the top with over two minutes left. With twenty seconds left, Lucas Mahias moved the goalposts to 1’44.588, just missing the lap record, with nobody on track close to challenging him for pole position.

Lucas Mahias took pole position ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Sandro Cortese, with Jules Cluzel heading the second row with Raffaele De Rosa and Randy Krummenacher.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.588 271,6
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.813 0.225 270,9
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.899 0.311 274,3
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1’45.094 0.506 278,6
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1’45.295 0.707 267,6
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1’45.578 0.990 269,6
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1’45.884 1.296 270,9
8 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1’46.068 1.480 267,6
9 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.311 1.723 268,9
10 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1’46.418 1.830 266,9
11 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.540 1.952 266,2
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1’48.084 3.496 264,3
13 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.588 0.650 275,0
14 39 B. QUERO MARTINEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.729 0.791 262,4
15 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.185 1.247 277,1
16 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1’47.397 1.459 265,6
17 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1’47.408 1.470 269,6
18 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.435 1.497 269,6
19 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.712 1.774 270,2
20 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1’47.885 1.947 263,6
21 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.987 2.049 270,2
22 70 M. PONS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.149 2.211 266,9
23 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.215 2.277 266,2
24 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.499 2.561 268,9
25 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.651 2.713 264,3
26 50 K. NAGAO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.710 2.772 265,6
27 75 I. LOPES Yamaha YZF R6 1’49.444 3.506 260,5
28 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1’51.529 5.591 255,6

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1’45.938 266,9
2 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.272 0.334 274,3
3 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.588 0.650 275,0
4 39 B. QUERO MARTINEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.729 0.791 262,4
5 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.185 1.247 277,1
6 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1’47.397 1.459 265,6
7 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1’47.408 1.470 269,6
8 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.435 1.497 269,6
9 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.712 1.774 270,2
10 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1’47.885 1.947 263,6
11 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.987 2.049 270,2
12 70 M. PONS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.149 2.211 266,9
13 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.215 2.277 266,2
14 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.499 2.561 268,9
15 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.651 2.713 264,3
16 50 K. NAGAO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.710 2.772 265,6
17 75 I. LOPES Yamaha YZF R6 1’49.444 3.506 260,5
18 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1’51.529 5.591 255,6

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.588 271,6
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.813 0.225 270,9
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.899 0.311 274,3
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1’45.094 0.506 278,6
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1’45.295 0.707 267,6
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1’45.578 0.990 269,6
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1’45.884 1.296 270,9
8 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1’46.068 1.480 267,6
9 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.311 1.723 268,9
10 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1’46.418 1.830 266,9
11 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.540 1.952 266,2
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1’48.084 3.496 264,3

#Brembo #PR16 Master Cylinder #Brake #Recall Update

#BREMBO MC RECALL UPDATE 
Brembo PR16

Hello, Fellow Addicts!

As promised, we’ve been keeping an eye on developments related to the #Brembo Master Cylinder #recall

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the reported fault seems to indicate that under heavy braking pressure, such as heavy braking during mountain carving, or track days, the plastic internal piston Brembo decided to use in the PR16 Model, may crack.  The PR16 MC is usually mated with the M50 Caliper.

Brembo has admitted that they used a ‘polyphenylene sulphide’ plastic piston and for now they are agreeing to replace the US recalled units with an aluminium version.  There is no word from Brembo on recalls in other countries.

As mentioned in our last post on the issue, should the piston crack, front brake pressure will be lost and brake fluid can also leak out of the unit and spill onto the bike.  We all know what brake fluid can do to a nice paint scheme!

Here is a crude schematic of a motorcycle master cylinder.  They vary in design slightly from one bike to another, however this should give you an idea of what this piston (circled in red) looks like.

Those of you watching know that so far the recall is only in the US.    However, due to the potential danger, affected owners in the UK, Canada and Australia are understandably worried.

Some other media outlets have speculated that perhaps Brembo only used the plastic piston in the PR16 MC’s destined for the US market and sent aluminium piston equipped PR16 units out to the rest of the world.    That could be possible.   However relaying on this speculation could be quite costly for potentially affected owners.   After all, failure of the PR16 could spell serious injury or worse.

The fact is, these things are mass produced on an assembly line.  Efficiencies and cost usually dictate that the same internal parts are used in the same unit regardless of where it is going.  Brembo likely used the plastic part to save costs, since moulding plastic is far cheaper than using aluminum.

Unless there is a law within the country it is being shipped to which dictates that part must be of a certain quality or material design, manufacturing efficiencies dictate keeping the units identical.  So our more conservative guess is that its likely that all the PR16 MCs are made the same way.

So it is a global problem, why only a US recall right now?  Well, when it comes to recalls, how they are done depends on the country.  The US has a centralized National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) and they have a centralized their recall system, and that system works very quickly, and mandates that all manufacturers, distributors, and vendors of the part in question immediately address the issue.  In other words they have a strong legal mechanism to sort the issue out fast.

Other jurisdictions often don’t have that and rely on the manufacturer and distributors to make their own announcement about the product and deal with remedies as they see fit.   So in Australia for example, owners would have to wait until the distributors for #Ducati #KTM #Aprilia and #Triumph to consult with the manufacturers in England, Austria, and Italy, and wait until they are given the word that a recall is in play.  Then they would have to send word to the dealers or issue letters to affected owners to get the bikes in.

 

When you have different companies with different internal protocols at play, and a recall system is not centralized, then news may come at different times.

Further, until the distributors are officially told about a recall, they will simply say there isn’t one in play.  Why?  Well, they can’t speak for Brembo, or the manufacturer.  They don’t have that authority.  They are limited to passing on information from their upstream and not contradicting it.

Also… In the crazy world of litigation, if a company knows about an issue (for example an employee of a dealer or distributor) and admit to it, but don’t do anything about it and a loss is suffered (money, injury, death) then that company would be held liable, since they ‘knew’ of the issue and the courts may rule they had a duty to resolve it.   So for this reason as well, the official word has to be kept.  Even if there are murmurs behind closed doors in the mechanics bay.

In short, while we cannot be sure that the PR16 on worldwide bikes is at issue, we at Motorraddicts think that potentially affected owners should be wary of the problem and keep themselves updated.

So if your bike lands in this list, or you upgraded your MC, or your bike is equipped with the M50 Caliper, then keep an eye out, inquire with your dealers, and if you are really interested have a licensed mechanic open the MC up at your next service and see if the piston is made of plastic.

The USA recall (NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V812000) says that the following models are affected.  (This recall is yet to be updated with the Triumph or KTM data)

  • 2016 and 2017 Aprilia RSV4s fitted with Brembo brakes;
  • 2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100s fitted with Brembo brakes;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati 1299 STD / 1299 S / 1299 FE / 1299 SL produced from March 16, 2015 to September 22, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Monster 1200 S / Monster 1200 R produced from March 04, 2015 to October 23, 2017;
  • 2015 Ducati Monster 1200R
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Multistrada S / Multistrada PP produced from March 16, 2015 to October 31, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Panigale R produced from March 16, 2015 to June 20, 2017;
  • 2017-2018 Ducati Scrambler 800 Cafe Racer produced from March 01, 2017 to November 20, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati XDiavel S produced from January 12, 2016 to September 08, 2017.

For Aprilia Owners it seems that the Noale factory is indeed issuing a recall for their European bikes.   If you want to check if yours is affected, visit this link and enter your VIN number for confirmation.

http://static.piaggio.com/recall/form-aprilia_en.html

We will try and keep you updated on the issue as things progress.  Until then stay upright, and keep your throttle hand strong!

Cheers

Ronno – Motorraddicts.com #Like #Follow #Share

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