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.
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.