Aprilia RSV4 RF not uncrashable

Aprilia RSV4 RF not uncrashable

APRILIA’S £18,135 RSV4 RF is many things but despite its smorgasbord of electronics and gadgets, they haven’t made the thing uncrashable – as proven by one of our Spanish colleagues on the bike’s launch last week.

As you can see, the bike went down while braking for a right hander. Fortunately the rider was ok and the damage to the bike doesn’t look too bad, although perhaps I wouldn’t be thinking that if it was mine.

I’ve been told that there was a time when a bike launch was a week-long affair, a romantic weekend away with time to get to know each other. Now it’s more like speed dating; a few sessions, a thousand new tweaks and gadgets to get your head around; it’s easy to see how you could forget your braking marker.

Still, you could always rip the fairings off and stick some flat bars on it, right? Safe to say that Aprilia didn’t welcome my offer of £2,000 to take it off their hands…

Read my full review and watch a fast onboard lap of the new RSV4 around Misano.

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Sykes frustrated due to lack of talent

Sykes frustrated due to lack of talent

KAWASAKI rider Tom Sykes, the 2013 World Superbike Champion, is having a frustrating start to the 2015 season due to a lack of traction at the rear.

Round four at the Dutch TT Circuit in a**en saw Sykes finish fifth in both races despite clinching his first pole position of 2015.

Speaking to WorldSBK.com, the Yorkshireman explained: ‘Very disappointed. At the end of the day, Jonathan (Rea) and Chaz (Davies) did two really strong races.

‘We are getting closer to the front, but it was just frustrating to have one limitation which has cost us. It’s the same limitation that has affected us all year.’

Elaborating on the limitation, Sykes said: ‘Rear traction. We are suffering in general from the rear traction side. Of course we need to change the balance of the bike but, slowly but surely, I’m confident we can get there.

‘All we can do is to keep working. In fact, you’ve just caught me after a big technical meeting and we’ve got some good ideas. There is still light at the end of the tunnel.

‘Obviously, Jonathan has done a great job and only dropped ten points so far, so we need to react fast. At the end of the day, we can only do what we can do. There is nobody as frustrated as me.

‘Watching the guys pull away from me on rear traction… There is no replacement for traction. I’m not making excuses. I was riding the best I could. The guys in front obviously did a better job.

‘I want to join the party! Watching the race form fourth and fifth… Those guys are having a hell of a time. I want to get involved and it would be nice for the tele as well!’

Sykes has finished on the podium twice this season, at the Chang International circuit and in Aragon, both of which have been third place finishes.

The next round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship will be held in Imola, Italy, in three weeks’ time.

For Sale : Bmw gs 2007

For Sale : Bmw gs 2007

Bike Make : BMW

Bike Model : R1200GS

Year : 2007

Price : € 7950

Mileage : 56k Kms

Colour : Carbon Fibre Wrap (Original Grey Perfect Condition)

Extras : Full Luggage, Leo Vince Exhaust, ABS, Heated Grips, HID Headlamp, Rear Hugger, Cree LED Spotlights, Adventure Tank and Engine bars

Overall Bike Condition : Immaculate Condition

Tyre/Chain/Sprocket Condition : Tyres few months old

Service History/Receipts/Recent Service work : Recent rear drive seal replaced

Non Restricted/Shop Restricted/Factory Restricted : No restrictions

Bike Location : Dublin

Irish/English Registered : Irish

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First Aid Courses

First Aid Courses

Hi,

Can anyone recommend some first aid courses within Co. Dublin or Co. Wicklow that are not too pricey or even for free?

It’s been over 15 years since I took a basic one and wanted to get a refresher.

Cheers!

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Completely new fourcylinder MV coming

Completely new fourcylinder MV coming

The Turismo Veloce 800

MV AGUSTA is set to launch a completely new four-cylinder model in the ‘near future’ according to company President Giovanni Castiglioni.

The ‘completely new platform’ will be the first of 19 models planned, according to Castiglionii.

The firm’s plans include ‘four complete new models next year,’ another four in 2017 and three in 2018, he said.

Castiglioni revealed the Italian marque’s expansion plans at the launch of the Turismo Veloce 800, the firm’s first tourer, in France last week. He said MV Agusta expected to grow by 20% a year.

Castiglioni said there would be a ‘completely new four-cylinder platform that will come in the near future’.

Last year MV partnered with Mercedes-AMG as the German car firm acquired a 25% interest in the Italian bike maker.

Read our Turismo Veloce 800 review.

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Erik Buell We tossed it in the last corner

Erik Buell We tossed it in the last corner

ERIK Buell has issued a statement about the closure of his company in which he hints at future plans.

Writing on Facebook, he said: ‘ We now need to get back on the track and look ahead.

‘I will make every possible effort to get the new organization to where it can support the dealers and customers first, and then help find investment to get back to full throttle.’

Here’s the full statement:

‘Thank you for the supportive posts, texts, and e-mails since the announcement that EBR has ceased operations. This is a difficult time, and your comments mean a great deal to me personally and also to the EBR team that has done such amazing work over the past few, intense years.

No doubt, it was an incredible ride, feeling like the longest qualifying lap ever. And, then, just when we knew we were about to set an all-time record, we tossed it in the last corner…

Keeping with racing a***ogies, now we need to get back on the track and look ahead remembering all the things we were doing right around so many turns.

Unfortunately, in the end, we tried to do too much with too little funding, but it doesn’t diminish the accomplishments. We introduced the world class American super bikes of 1190RS, 1190RX and 1190SX, while at the same time doing revolutionary work for Hero on the HX250R, Leap, SimplEcity, iON, RnT and many others, plus concepts never publicly seen. It was great EBR innovation and design, and introduced new technology to Hero and its suppliers to provide a real kick start for them. But in the end all of this simply overwhelmed us, and for that we are sorry and saddened.

I want you to know that looking ahead my focus is 100% on helping the receiver best maximize the value from EBR to benefit all, and I will make every possible effort to get the new organization to where it can support the dealers and customers first, and then help find investment to get back to full throttle.

Thank you for your support, it means a great deal. Please stay tuned – I cannot predict the future, but always believe the best is yet to come.

Erik’

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Bike Racing this year.

Bike Racing this year.
Don’t know about everyone else, but I think looking at the way MotoGP, WSK, BSB, TT etc is shaping up with teams/riders and bikes, this is going to be one cracking year for the racing.
Off to Cookstown this week before the TT next month, fingers crossed for the weather.
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