Italian firms Ducati and Aprilia have both launched new versions of current bikes at the Bologna Motor Show this week.
Aprilia unveiled its Pista range of track-ready bikes. The RSV 1000 R Factory, RS250 and RS125 will all be available without lights, but with race fairings and exhausts. The Factory R Pista is 8kg lighter than the road version, and also has Aprilia Racing titanium exhausts. The RS125 Pista gets its own specially made full exhaust system. Both the Factory and RS125 can be converted to road-legal specs with a kit that will be available shortly.
But the biggest surprise is the return of the RS250, which was scrapped due to emissions laws. The famed two-stroke racer will now be available for track-only use with race-spec lightweight exhausts and Kevlar carbon silencers.
The Italian firm also displayed its new race supermoto SXV 4.5 which is due to compete in the World Supermoto Championships next season.
Ducati has also unveiled the Monster 620 Capirex. The special version of the Monster is dedicated to the firm’s MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi, with his 65 race number and Capirex logo on the screen. It also gets a white racing stripe running along the bike to compliment the traditional Ducati red paint.
The main changes to the bike are an all new 6-speed gearbox and a brand-new wet clutch. It also gets lashings of carbon fibre, a raised riding position with higher, and a double-sided aluminium swingarm. The Capirex will go on sale in March 2004.
BMW also showed an updated F650 range and K1200LT. Both the F650GS and CS get twin-spark engines to improve fuel consumption and emissions, plus an adjustable clutch lever. The K1200LT gets a facelift with a new headlight set-up and a hydraulically-powered centre stand operated by a button on the centre console which can lift bike, rider, pillion and luggage.
Underneath the cosmetics and gadgets is a refined and more powerful motor and tweaked front suspension geometry.
The historic Moto Morini SpA brand has been re-launched at the show. Famed for its racing successes in the 1960s and 1970s and with road bikes such as the Corsaro and dual cylinder 3 ½, legendary racer Giacomo Agostini started his career on a Moto Morini. The Morini family have joined forces with Italian electronics specialists, Sinudyne to work towards a new line of Morinis.
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