March 11, 2008
spanish moto rag, motociclismo, commissioned the above rendering of bmw’s upcoming entry into the superbike class based on insider information. a prototype of this bike was reportedly lapping the circuit de cartagena in r6 bodywork.
one thing is for sure: if bmw’s superbike is running around in r6 clothing it is extremely petite. also expect the final styling to be reminiscent of the hp2 sport (see below).
however, power is rumored to come from a rather orthodox 1000cc inline-4 rated at around 200hp. in fact, the other key components seem to be very un-bmw-like too – chain drivetrain, inverted fork, dual-beam aluminum chassis. if u can’t beat ’em join ’em.
we should probably see the release at the paris motorcycle show in late sept along with the aprilia rsv 4.
bmw will make their world superbike debut in 2009. alles gute!
[UPDATE] here’s a photo of the proto in the flesh:
February 23, 2008
aprilia has been on hard times lately but the italian bike maker is slowly making a comeback. scooter giant piaggio acquired the struggling company several years ago and the investment appears to be paying off…
aprilia is revamping its product line. they just released the much anticipated shiver 750 streetfighter and today they unveiled the successor to the flagship rsv 1000 – the rsv 4.
the rsv 4 is bad ass.
bold statement, i know. but it’s a bold looking bike. like a cross between a stealth fighter and motocycle.
developed in aprilia’s skunk works, the 1000cc v-4 engine is a technological powerhouse. u know what other bike has this same type of engine? the ultra-exotic ducati desmosedici rr motogp repli-racer (oh and the honda vfr1000, but that’s besides the point). aprilia claim it’ll be making at least 200hp and employ ride-by-wire, aka traction control. hope the engine management is better than their failed rs^cube motogp machine. it’ll make it’s debut late this season in wsbk and be ready for the street in ’09. homologation rulz!!!
to watch the video!