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Aprilia’s high-per­for­mance rider aids are catch­ing on

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MARK HINCHLIFFE

mark.hinchliffe@cars­guide.com.au APRILIA, one of the most fa­mous Ital­ian brands, will be bring­ing its high per­for­mance bikes to Aus­tralia com­plete with elec­tronic rider’s aids start­ing in June.

Ac­cord­ing to Kris Mathic, na­tional man­ager of John Sam­ple Au­to­mo­tive (JSA), which im­ports Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, Aus­tralian sports rid­ers are now ‘‘ with­out a doubt’’ ready, based on cus­tomer in­quiries.

BMWal­ready has the aids on its S1000RR sports­bike which was Cars­guide’s Bike of the Year last year and Du­cati has the tech­nol­ogy only on its ad­ven­ture and cruiser bikes.

But in a joint de­ci­sion with Aprilia, JSA has de­cided to im­port only the RSV mod­els with the new rider-aid elec­tron­ics pack­age. Buy­ers will also see prices fall by up to $3000 on some mod­els com­pared with last year.

‘‘ We be­lieve the Aprilia APRC sys­tem to be the most rider-friendly and least in­tru­sive sys­tem avail­able, en­sur­ing that all of the per­for­mance and safety ben­e­fits are pro­vided with­out di­min­ish­ing the ex­cite­ment that this type of bike should pro­vide,’’ says Mathic. The RSV4 Fac­tory is priced from $29,990 which is $3000 less than last year while the RSV4 R at $22,990 costs $1000 less.

The mod­els with­out the elec­tron­ics pack­age, called RSV4 A-PRC (for Aprilia Per­for­mance Ride Con­trol), will ar­rive next year. Pric­ing has not yet been an­nounced.

Matich says he won’t know the take-up rate of A-PRC un­til both mod­els are avail­able in 2012, adding: ‘‘ How­ever, we would ex­pect that as the typ­i­cal cus­tomers who buy April­ias are look­ing for the ab­so­lute ultimate in per­for­mance, the ma­jor­ity would buy the APRC ver­sion.’’

A-PRC is a four-way sys­tem that in­cludes ATC (Aprilia Trac­tion Con­trol), AWC (Aprilia Wheelie Con­trol), ALC (Aprilia Launch Con­trol) and AQS (Aprilia Quick Shift). The sys­tems are the same as those used in the 2010 World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship­win­ning RSV4 rid­den by Ital­ian Max Bi­aggi.

Aprilia claims it is one of the most rapid adop­tions of race tech­nol­ogy in the com­pany’s his­tory.

JSA has also an­nounced the re­turn of its pow­er­ful Tuono naked bike in Au­gust from $21,990 in black, sil­ver or yel­low. The last time it was of­fered for sale in Aus­tralia was in 2008, priced from $20,990.

The new bike will fea­ture the A-PRC pack­age.

It’s also had a facelift, with a new top fair­ing tipped with two polyel­lip­ti­cal head­lights.

High per­for­mance: The Aprilia RSV4 R and (in­set) the Tuono V4 R

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