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Aprilia’s high-performance rider aids are catching on
firstname.lastname@example.org 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