Straight from the horses mouth, the Piaggio Group has given us a sneak preview of what’ll be released in Milan next week and what to expect in 2016: the headlines being a full-fat 230bhp Aprilia RSV4 with the ‘Factory Works’ project and a refined RF model for next season, which is a bit of a shock given its revisions last season.
Fresh from its FIM Superstock title in the hands of the very Italian-sounding Lorenzo Savadori, the best handling production sportsbike ever created will be available for ‘professional riders, collectors or racetrack-Sunday devotees’, as Aprilia Racing will offer custom bikes built to customer spec’ – we guess dependant on the size of your wallet. Finer facts will be revealed next week in Milan, although we do know various chassis, engine (all 230bhp) and electronics configurations will be on offer.
Also debuting at the 2015 EICMA show – which is the 130th year of the Piaggio Group – will be a brand-new Moto Guzzi V9 (in Bobber and Roamer versions), the MGX-21, and a new V7 Stornello. Meanwhile, Piaggio has two fresh ‘high-wheel’ scooters to showcase.
From January to September, the Piaggio Group recorded 396,200 sales worldwide: a net increase of 7.7% with revenues up 6.8%. Decent.
The V9 Bobber