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Aprilia is celebrating its impressive sporting record by giving the RSV new graphics – taken directly from the bike that finished third in the Superstock class at the legendary “Bol d’Or”, the most famous 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in the world. In a season when Aprilia is celebrating 200 wins in GP World Championship racing, what better choice of graphics could there be for Aprilia’s top-of-the-range sports model than graphics inspired by the Aprilia AF1 bikes that brought the company its first GP victories in the early 1980s. Competition may come and go, but the Aprilia RSV 1000 R remains the unquestioned top dog among supersport motorcycles for its amazing handling on road and racetrack. The Aprilia RSV 1000 R has shown its competitive edge in world endurance racing, where it is the only production twin able to compete on even terms with the best four cylinder machines in the world, as demonstrated by the excellent results achieved in 2006. Legendary races like the Le Mans 24 hours and the massacring Bol d’Or 24 hours have shown exactly how effective the twin cylinder Aprilia RSV 1000 R is on the racetrack , and how totally reliable it is too.

Endurance racing has provided more than just an unforgettable experience. It has served as a valuable test bench for the latest technical solutions now appearing on Aprilia production bikes.

The 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000 R maintains the successful design of its predecessor, with its famous aerodynamic streamlining and efficient engine breathing. Larger air extractors give even better engine cooling under conditions of maximum mechanical stress and the fairing is more enveloping than ever around the footrests for improved aerodynamic penetration.

The profiled, raised tail gives the RSV 1000 R an even more aggressive look. The lower, double curvature windshield optimises air flow and improves the bike’s aerodynamic coefficient by reducing the area of screen in contact with the air flow.

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