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Funny thing is I have not heard many people say good things about the street bike
You must not know a lot of Ape owners. I love mine to death. It's sublime. The way it attacks corners and puts the power down beggars belief. I especially like how it's not as powerful as the S1000RR but the laptimes it puts down is up there with it. It's all about control and chassis and the Ape is the best. Makes a noob like me look like a hero :D:f4:
 

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It will be interesting to see how quickly the 'it's boring' or the 'change the parity rules, it's too fast' crowd comes out...

How good was the Philip Island track too? The resurface job looks tops.
 

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It'll be more interesting when Carmelo waves his wand and they can't use 30 engines in a season. Will they be as impressive then?
 

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It'll be more interesting when Carmelo waves his wand and they can't use 30 engines in a season. Will they be as impressive then?
In short yes I think the bike will be for some reason, as it is not just the factory team that put in impressive results in 2012, the privateer teams had good results too and those privateer teams did not have those sort of resources available to them.

This leads me onto a question of my own which troubles me...I could research this question using the internet, but I am getting old and lazy!

My question is why the RSV4 seems to do so well at WSBK level (see comment re privateer teams), but at National / Club level, at least in the UK anyway, they do not appear to have had similar success, unlike Ducati recently with the 1098?

I thought as this was an international forum I would ask others to feedback their views on the success or lack of it in their own countries. I haven't watched AMA recently, but have not heard the RSV4 has had much success over in the US.

I know the WSBK rules differ quite a lot now from British Superbikes but is that the reason and if so what specific rule change has made such a difference?

I have an RSV4 as a track bike and love it, totally sublime and flatters me as a rider, but I still love my 1078RR just as much. She is too precious to me now to take on track. :)

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Just want to say that, once again, I'm looking forward to WSBK so much more that MotoGP. :f4:
 

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Funny thing is I have not heard many people say good things about the street bike
Really? I guess you don't read too many Motorcycle magazines then?

After............MVF4 1000S..MVF41000R..08R1..09R1..BMWS1000RR I have an RSV4 Factory, still ticking all my boxes after two years :)
 

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My question is why the RSV4 seems to do so well at WSBK level (see comment re privateer teams), but at National / Club level, at least in the UK anyway, they do not appear to have had similar success, unlike Ducati recently with the 1098?

Dave
After travelling to buy parts from the current (now ex BSB RSV4 team) I would suggest it's down to the Team and lack of support from Aprilia Italy................plus the owner was telling me that Gigi Dall'Igna (WSB team manager) didn't have a clue :jsm:

Found that kinda odd as Aprilia had just won the 2012 WSB chmpionship and the UK effort hadn't won didley squat :)
 

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You must not know a lot of Ape owners. I love mine to death. It's sublime. The way it attacks corners and puts the power down beggars belief. I especially like how it's not as powerful as the S1000RR but the laptimes it puts down is up there with it. It's all about control and chassis and the Ape is the best. Makes a noob like me look like a hero :D:f4:
Same here, the bike has a wondefull balance of chassis/hp
 

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I've heard the RSV4 is small but intoxicating. So, I'm afraid to test ride it. :f4:
 

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Just about to take mine apart Ade and fit a full Akrapovic EVO2 system
 

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Better pull yer finger out then Mike as the weather has been quite nice just lately over here, I was even tempted to take the cover off the MV!!

Pix please as you are stripping it.



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Be better with a tape recorder, what an absolute twat to change, lots of swear words around Ade :jsm:

EVO ''2'' is all about this funny little link pipe, and it's only available from Aprilia, the ''EVO1'' withoit the link can be bought from any Akrapovic outlet
 

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You must not know a lot of Ape owners. I love mine to death. It's sublime. The way it attacks corners and puts the power down beggars belief. I especially like how it's not as powerful as the S1000RR but the laptimes it puts down is up there with it. It's all about control and chassis and the Ape is the best. Makes a noob like me look like a hero :D:f4:
I think it's probably perception. When you told me about your Ape it really did not register with me that much until I saw it and heard it in the parking deck. When I saw it in person the level of fit and finish and quality and the sound quite honestly blew my mind. I know better than to ride one though as I would probably end up with a 6th bike in short order.

Perception is a bizarre thing. I had a huge opinion of Harley Davidson's until I knew someone who owned one and actually rode one. It's easy to miss a lot of the qualities that people find appealing if you have not experienced them for yourself. Once I experienced a Harley I bought one. :)

I actually hated the BMW S1000RR until I was forced to ride one for two days while at CSS. I was disappointed that they retired their Kawasaki's when I registered. Once I rode it though I understood completely why someone would buy a bike with lopsided headlights. :)
 
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