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RSV 4 - Bike licence - First no start

The new Aprilia RSV bike is unveiled in Milan.
Read all the information by clicking on the picture above.
New V4 engine that will enter the 2009 Superbikes.
Would be nice to see another one entering the MotoGP, as well :-)

Big celebration last week, as my wife got her bike licence !!!
Now if I can find a way to make the Pegaso lower and get it back on the road!

RiDE magazine RiDER POWER 2007 And Aprilia Dealers

Just being going over the recent RiDER POWER 2007 in RiDE magazine, and having a look at the Aprilia dealer standings.
The best Aprilia dealer is in position 41 in the UK, with an overall rating of 74.68%.
The scoring for the rating was from:
Overall impression, price, sales service, range, workshop and courtesy bike.

The first dealer (which was a dealer from the other European manufacturer ;-) ) had a score of 92.48%.

It just shows something that most of us, at least in the UK, we already knew, about the Aprilia dealers.
Not the best service !

Main stands - Farenheit to Celcius - 33333 miles

As I have previously mentioned here, last summer I had to replace my centre stand because mine was bent.
When I did replace it, it seemed a bit strange and different from the one I used to have before.
After some searching in the apriliaforum I found the reason why.
It seems that they are two different main stands for the Caponord. One for the normal Caponord and a second for the Rally Raid.
As my Caponord is the Rally Raid, and since my dealer decided to fit the centre stand of the normal Caponord, I had some difficulty in the beginning to use them.

Buell 1125R - HD SSS - Preload Adjuster - ACF 50

Just been reading the November 2007 issue of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure. There is a road test of the Buell 1125R.
The interesting part and the connection with the Caponord is the part that Alan Cathcart describes the engine that the new Buell is using and is made by Rotax.
If Piaggio hadn't bought Aprilia, it would seem very likely that the engine would be the one that a new Caponord would have.
Here's the excerpt from the test:

Dakar 2008 cancelled

Unfortunately, a day after posting here about the first official Aprilia entry into Dakar, the organisers decide to cancel this year's event !
No Dakar to watch for this year, and no Aprilias!!!
Just hope it will happen next year and Aprilia enters again :-(

Here's the official announcement:

Lisboa - Dakar 2008 First official Aprilia entry

Aprilia will have an official entry for the first time in the Lisboa - Dakar 2008 rally with two RXV450's.

Here's the links to the two riders pages:
Knuiman Henk

Henk Knuiman: «Aprilia called me» - South America - Caponord Rally Raid - Front discs

Just found out today, that Mikkel Thomsen is on a round the world expedition on his Aprilia Caponord Rally Raid, that started in October 2007.
Only found out because his friend Matnic has posted a question about the problem with his front discs on the AF1 forum.

According to Mikkel's website which is here, his mission is:

NEC Show 2007

A few thoughts about the NEC show I visited last Sunday.

(and a few pictures here).

First of all it was very busy, and it was only possible to have a good view of the bikes after about 4pm.
It was better organised than previous years, as most (but not all) bike manufacturers stands were on one place, and the equipment/clothing was in another part.

EICMA 2007 - Dorsoduro - FV2 1200 - 32000 miles

An interesting news email today from Aprilia.
Click on the image above for the full article.
In it there is something about the Dorsudoro supermotart.
Looks very nice, altough I think it would be even better if it came out before the Ducati one.

Some other interesting news in the newsletter are about a concept bike called FV2 1200.
It's interesting because it can only mean one thing.

Tesco-Esso-Heated Grips

Just reached 31600 miles recently.

I have recently started using Esso petrol, as for some reason last time I've filled up the bike seemed to be running a little bit smoother. Maybe it had something to do with the weather as well, but I will keep filling up with Esso at the moment. I used to go to Tesco or Shell before. I always had the impression that the Shell was better than Tesco as well. Who knows maybe it's all in my mind(?).






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