It is often quoted that travelling on “4 wheels moves the body, 2 wheels moves the soul.”
Now in case most of you seasoned readers are wondering, I don’t have a valid Class 2B riding license and neither do I ride a motorcycle [although I’ve always wish to own one and ride]. Now that I’m married however, it is very likely that I stick to the 4-wheeler [though in my heart, I secretly wish to own and ride a motorcycle].
Now ever since I attended the launch of the new 2015 Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono V4 superbikes that was organised by the very hospitable MAH Private Limited; my interest in motorcycles has surged to an all-high level and I find myself reading more about them and learning more about the Singapore biking community from a fellow friend who has been spending quite a fair bit of time on 2 wheels for both commuting and as well as hobby.
Statistically, riding a motorcycle is fundamentally dangerous but accidents can be prevented if we take precautions and not make any assumptions that Singapore roads are safe. As a driver, I have seen my fair share of traffic accidents due to carelessness and unruly drivers. Hence, I also strongly advocate safe and responsible driving for safe commuting and good roads all year round.
Now that my dream of owning and riding a motorcycle has been shelved, it does not mean that I can’t learn about motorcycle or write about it. In fact, I am hoping to launch an all-new motorcycle column that will be managed by a very close friend of mine who has a thing for bikes built in the mid 90’s since he is actually really old at heart.
Yes, this dear friend of mine proclaims to have rode on the moon! One small step for man, one giant leap for motorcycling!
In this new motorcycle column, you can expect to read about riding safely on Singapore roads, motorcycle touring trips, motorcycle reviews, and many more [provided my friend has the time to write]!
If you have any ideas for our new column and/or would like to partner with us, do feel free to write-in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, here’s a short introduction to the revolutionary Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono V4 which was unveiled by MAH Private Limited, the exclusive distributor for Aprilia motorcycles in Singapore. Aprilia has found a loyal stable of followers in recent years due to their exotic lineups that not only turn heads but are functional as well. MAH Motors has also served their customers well over the years with constant support and comprehensive after-sales service that takes care of their customer’s needs.
True to Aprilia’s racing pedigree, participants at the launch were treated to a series of miniGP races on pocket bikes specially painted in Aprilia’s racing colours.
But the highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the brand new RSV4 and Tuono V4, which received major upgrades this year. The 2015 RSV4 and Tuono V4 1100 are so different from their predecessors and the only thing that is still the same could be Aprilia’s racing pedigree.
Notably, the new edition of the naked Aprilia Tuono V4 now boast a 1100cc engine, and comes in two distinctly outfitted versions; the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory and the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR.
The powerplant for the Tuono’s championship-winning sibling, the RSV4, stays under 1000cc to remain legal for World Superbike competition. But numerous technological upgrades see the Aprilia RSV4 crossing the magical 200 horsepower barrier for the first time. To the untrained eye, the front fairing looks the same, but it is all-new and designed to be more aerodynamically efficient.
The RSV4 is the only sportsbike that has adjustable engine height within the frame. The engine has been lowered in the chassis to the lowest position to compensate for the new engine’s increased power. The entire exhaust system has been redesigned, along with the airbox, the new titanium engine valves, the engine’s lubrication system, the new direct-oil feed gearbox, the gear transmission and the oil pump intake line.
Image Credits to MAH Pte Ltd
The Aprilia RSV4 arrives in three versions; the Aprilia RSV4 RR, the race-ready Aprilia RSV4 RR Race Pack, and the limited-edition Aprilia RSV4 RF.
There will be even more in store for Aprilia fans in Singapore as MAH Private Limited recently announced the launch of their new subsidiary, Moto Passione, which will manage the brands under the Piaggio Groupl Aprilia, Vespa, Piaggio, Moto Guzzi, and Gilera. Enthusiasts can also look forward to a revamped showroom which will be opened later this year.