Max Biaggi’s Aprilia RSV4 – Max Power!

18 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Max Biaggi’s Aprilia RSV4 – Max Power!
Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica

But I could take full advantage of the engine braking control programme, standing on the brakes for the second-gear left after the pits, then just kicking down a trio of gears without ever using the clutch as I leant on the fabulous Brembo Monobloc radial brakes to throw off speed, while the ECU took care of matching revs to ground speed. Having been alerted by Max to watch out for it, I noticed there was more engine braking from the Aprilia this year than last though I must admit I got too eager at that Turn One starting my final lap and ran in a little too deep and missed the apex.

But at the end of the longer main straight I finally got it right, managing to hold off the brakes until just before the 200-metre board, then stepping the gear lever down to second as I squeezed hard on the brake lever. I felt my forearms pumping under the serious weight transfer of my 83 kg (yes, I know, but I’m trying to start exercising again now that my broken leg has healed, so give us a chance!) as I tipped it neatly into the apex of the left-hand hairpin, the Aprilia steering so controllably into the turn from high speed.

OK, that was one lap now imagine doing it another 23 times!

Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica

But where the ultra-compact Aprilia really scores compared to any other four-cylinder Superbike is the way it steers and changes direction from side to side as easily as a 600 Supersport, making this a less tiring bike to race than other bulkier inline fours. And the combination of the ECU’s variable idle-speed programme and the mechanical slipper clutch worked ideally when slowing the bike down hard on the brakes, while at the other side of the bend the factory Superbike’s flawless anti-wheelie control kept the front wheel just threatening to start hovering above the ground when I pulled the trigger out of any slow turn but without actually doing so.

I’ve been fortunate enough to ride almost every single factory Superbike in each of the past 20 years, but Max Biaggi’s Aprilia RSV4 world champion is, by some way, the most refined and potent such bike I’ve ever tested. I’m not surprised it won the World title this season and it’ll be favourite to do so again in 2011 although teammate Leon Camier and dark horse Nori Haga on an identical bike run by the DFX/Borciani team, may give Max a run for his money.

With the Biaggi Replica that Aprilia are now making a small batch of, the benefits of the RD which brought two world titles to the ultra-professional but warm Italian team is available to filter down to national-level Superbike teams or even fortunate and well-heeled track day customers. Wish my lottery ticket would come in!

Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica
Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica
Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica
Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica
Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica
Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica

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