2023 Aprilia RSV4 in Sachsenring Black ($18,999). (Aprilia/)
The classic V-4 engine you’ve always wanted—with a claimed 217 hpBargain hunters take note: Base-model RSV4 1100 is competitively priced with Japanese rivals that are far less advancedExcellent chassis feel
Significantly heavier than the latest European rivals, plus heavier steeringElectronics package is a generation behind the newest contendersLackluster brake performance compared to competition
The Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory are the latest evolutions of Noale’s V-4-powered superbike, complete with top-shelf components and aerodynamic advances. Above all else: The V-4 is one of the great engines in modern motorcycling. When you’re old and doddering, it’ll be one you tell the grandkids about.
Aprilia unveiled the first-generation RSV4 in 2009 to replace the much-loved 60-degree V-twin RSV Mille. The RSV4 has been continually evolved over the years; its glorious beginning the product of a brain trust that included Claudio Lombardi (previously with Ferrari and later associated with the infamous 990cc three-cylinder “Cube” MotoGP project), Romano Albesiano (current Aprilia Racing technical director), Luigi Dall’Igna (current Ducati Corse general manager), as well as legendary designer Miguel Galluzzi.
With such auspicious beginnings, it’s no wonder the RSV4 has been the pride and joy of Noale for going on a decade and a half. While much has evolved technically in that time, the V-4 heart remains one of the unquestioned gems in modern motorcycling. No twin-pulse firing order here, thank you. The howl of the V-4 boiling over at redline is as close to the modern V-Four Victory soundtrack as you’ll get this side of paradise.
The RSV4′s last major update was in 2021. Both the RSV4 and RSV4 Factory received a race-developed aerodynamic styling treatment, a larger-displacement 1,099cc engine, a new inverted-style swingarm, an improved Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) electronic rider aid package, and a larger 5-inch TFT dash.
The RSV4 is one of those motorcycles you want, even if you don’t want one—if you know what we mean. A legend born of Italian engineering brilliance, the RSV4 has earned its place in the ranks of iconic superbikes.
Updates for 2023
The Aprilia RSV4 1100 and RSV4 Factory 1100 are unchanged for 2023.
The Aprilia RSV4 Factory in Time Attack livery ($25,999). (Aprilia/)
Pricing and Variants
There are two variants of the RSV4: the base-model 1100 and the Factory edition. The base RSV4 1100 ($18,999) retains the Sachs suspension, nonadjustable steering damper, and cast alloy wheels of its 999cc RSV4 RR predecessor.
The RSV4 Factory ($25,999) is upgraded with semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronically adjustable suspension, forged wheels, Öhlins electronic adjustable steering damper, and a choice of two Factory edition paint schemes.
Color options include Silverstone Grey and Sachsenring Black for the base model, while the Factory is available in an almost entirely black Ultra Dark and beautiful Time Attack livery paying homage to Aprilia’s RS-GP MotoGP bike.
Aerodynamic winglets are integrated into the RSV4 fairing. (Aprilia/)
The Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory compete with the rest of the superbike class. Its European rivals are the Ducati Panigale V4 ($24,495) and V4 S ($31,595), the BMW S 1000 RR (from $17,895) and M 1000 RR (from $32,995).
From Japan: the Yamaha YZF-R1 ($17,999) and YZF-R1M ($26,999), Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ($17,399), Suzuki GSX-R1000R ($18,199), and Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP ($28,900).
The base-model RSV4 in particular is competitively priced with its Japanese rivals, in some instances offering far more modern electronics and higher-spec components—not to mention the 217-hp V-4 engine. In a lot of ways, the base model is the bargain of the superbike field, given its pedigree and spec.
By: Cycle World Staff
Title: 2023 Aprilia RSV4
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/aprilia/rsv4/
Published Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2023 11:00:03 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/beyond-the-strip-discover-the-cultural-gems-of-las-vegas-2023/
Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-scottsdale-auction-1967-chevrolet-corvette-custom-coupe-no-reserve/
Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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