World Superbike: New-Look Aprilias For 2014

Paul Carruthers | February 20, 2014
  Check out the new color scheme on the 2014 Aprilia RSV4 World Superbikes.

With the World Superbike Championship set to get rolling with free practice tomorrow in Australia, Aprilia showed off its new-look RSV4 SBK to the world today. Gone is the black and red color scheme of prior years with the new Aprilias being transformed into “silver fireballs” – or pure metal.

Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli will ride the new-look RSV4s.

“Very rarely has a bike ever impressed me like this one,” Melandri said. “I liked it straight away. It looks aggressive and elegant at the same time, with a really original color combination. As a rider I obviously focus on speed, but as an enthusiast I can appreciate a beautiful and well-refined bike. Aesthetic details are often synonymous with careful development and particular attention to all aspects of the product.”

Guintoli concurred with his Italian teammate.

“It is simply beautiful,” the Frenchman said. “I have always liked the RSV4. It has an aggressive and decidedly racing look even in the factory version. Its lines scream speed and everything is in the right place to guarantee maximum performance. The new color scheme is the cherry on the top. If it’s as fast as it is beautiful our rivals won’t stand a chance. This livery would be absolutely beautiful on the street version – I would want one immediately.”

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America’s Daily Motorcycle News Source.