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Aprilia launch edwards replica

10/06 Aprilia

The new Aprilia RSV Mille Colin Edwards Replica is finally here, and it includes much more than a 17-horsepower boost and replica bodywork. Customers who order their bike by July 31 will also get the opportunity to ride with the Texas Tornado himself!

“There’s nothing better than meeting fans," says Edwards, "so I’m really looking forward to riding with Aprilia enthusiasts." The timing and location of the event has yet to be determined, as the factory Aprilia rider has to fit it into his MotoGP race schedule.

Only 461 of the limited-edition replicas will be built worldwide. The Edwards Replica's most obvious change is the graphics package on the R's carbon fibre bodywork similar to that used on Edwards' Aprilia MotoGP machine featuring sponsor Alice. (For those wondering, Italian sponsor Alice is pronounced ah-lee-che).

Appearances aren't all the new bike is about, as the Replica is claimed to produce 147 horsepower at its crankshaft, up 17 from the standard bike. If that is true then the Edwards Replica should be good for nearly 130 hp at its rear wheel, about what an R1 or Blade puts out.

Much of the credit goes to the improved intake and exhaust systems. Air flows through a new carbon fiber racing airbox into bigger throttle bodies, up 6mm to 57mm. The mixture is fired by a race-style ECU chip, and burnt gases are expelled through a titanium twin Akrapovic exhaust system first seen on the 2003 Haga Replica.

With over £2500 in extra parts alone, the price is only jacked up by £1500 over the standard RSVR. Aprilia says its new bike has "class-leading value." The Edwards Replica isn't cheap, but let's not forget it also has the other current Mille R upgrades including Ohlins forks, shock and steering damper, carbon fibre body panels, forged aluminum OZ wheels, radial-mount Brembo brake calipers and a close-ratio transmission.

The Colin Edwards Replica is on sale now.


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