Bimota DB5 1000



Bimota Today

Today's born-again Bimota adventure began thanks to the initiative, the courage and the vision of Ing. Roberto Comini, a successful and accomplished entrepreneur who is also President of the multinational company Farmavenda Spa.

As his partner in the adventure of restoring Bimota to its previous prestigious status in the motorcycle world, Ing.Comini has teamed up with Novafin, a Swiss company based in Geneva whose CEO is a great fan of Bimota, as well as thoroughly knowledgeable about motorcycles.

Mr. Gigi Bonini, a successful manager from the industry, has recently joined Bimota as the new Managing Director, and with the help of the dedicated and passionate team he has assembled, will be in charge of taking the Bimota marque back to its origins, even if the market in general, as well as the competition, has changed a great deal since it was founded back in 1973 by the team headed by Mr.Massimo Tamburini.

Bimota is fully established in all the major world markets and has recently also returned to the USA, where the first Bimota showroom has been opened in New York.

For the future Bimota is developing several different projects, including evolutionary versions of existing models which will be revealed at the appropriate time. Meanwhile, the company's commitment and determination are at the highest levels to meet the challenging task of relaunching such a prestigious marque.

DB5 1000 Project ­ The Genesis

In July 2003, the reborn Bimota company, still in a start-up phase, decided to return to the marketplace with a new model which would be 'Una Vera Bimota' incorporating the greatest expression of technology, innovation and Made in Italy design flair. Thus was born the new Bimota DB5 Mille.

The designer of this new Bimota is Sergio Robbiano, who was already responsible for the styling of the controversial but innovative 500Vdue model.

In December 2003 Robbiano delivered the DB5 Mille design to Bimota, interpreting in a successful manner the philosophy that Bimota wanted to transmit with this bike.

Throughout 2004, a small but dedicated team has been hard at work to create the prototype revealed last September at Intermot 2004 in Munich.

Their challenge was all the more difficult thanks to the fact that the development of the new model took place at the same time as the complete re-organization of the company. Nevertheless, thanks to the diligence, devotion and passion of Bimota staff, the new DB5 Mille was duly presented at Intermot 2004.

Its success was immediate, and exceeded all expectations, with the bike's design universally acclaimed. Such was the admiration for it that the DB5 Mille won the prestigious Motorcycle Design Association Award as the most beautiful bike of the entire show in the Supersport category.

This significant achievement spurred on the Bimota R&D team to bring the DB5 Mille to production as fast as possible, but to the highest standards, in order that the many eager customers who had expressed an interest in acquiring the bike, could have their dreams fulfilled.

Unfortunately, the winter of 2004-5 in Italy was very cold: heavy rain and snow until the end of March delayed the intensive test programme of the DB5 Mille. Nevertheless, initial test results have been immediately positive, and by building on this, after months of hard work we reached our intended aim of delivering a bike which is as satisfying to ride as it is beautiful to look at.

Technical And Styling Features

From the very beginning Bimota wanted to produce a bike which would be aggressive and compact, yet light-handling and enjoyable to ride. For this reason, some technical and styling choices have been made in order to be sure that the DB5 Mille would possess these qualities.

The bike is powered by a Ducati 1000 DS desmodue air-cooled engine, one of the most established Ducati desmo V-twin motors. Bimota's link with Ducati extends back to 1984, and a new model powered by the desmodue Ducati V-twin engine is assuredly the ideal way to set Bimota's new direction. The link between the two prestigious Italian marques has always pleased and excited enthusiasts all over the world.

The 992cc desmodue twin-spark motor is a reliable design, with exciting performance and a strong torque curve which greatly enhances the bike's driveability.

Its great rideability perfectly matches the character of the DB5 chassis design, so that the bike as a whole becomes really enjoyable to ride.

Such an engine deserves to be an integral part of the model's visual appeal, and Robbiano has therefore succeeded in combining the beauty of a complete fairing with the spectacle of the engine left fully in view, emphasising the mechanical element of the design as a whole, while still providing the aerodynamic qualities required by a high-performance sportbike.

Featured for the first time on any motorcycle is a trellis swing-arm constructed of steel tubing with machined lateral plates made of aircraft alloy.

The front of the bike is particularly slim thanks to the small space required by the compact air-cooled engine.

Near the vertically stacked headlights are located the twin air intakes through which, thanks to the internal configuration of the fairing and the front bodywork, allow cool air to be ducted to the engine for optimum cooling.

For the rear of the DB5, Bimota wanted the leaness of a racebike: the dual exhaust cans in anodized aluminium stand out visually, with the tiny real light mounted between the two.

The Bimota DB5 Mille is the fruit of the passion, innovation and design flair of a company that aims to return to the prestigious role it previously held in the world's motorcycling panorama. The Bimota models of the third millennium will bring unique Italian styling, and the exclusivity of a high-tech product, to the roads of the world.


Technical Specifications DB5 1000

MSRP (Europe): ¤ 22,950.00 (ex works)

Chassis

Frame: 20/25mm tubular chrome molybdenum steel trellis with lateral plates in aircraft alloy.
Rear frame: 15/25/30mm tubular chrome molybdenum steel trellis with lateral plates in aircraft alloy.
Wheelbase: 1425mm
Front suspension: Öhlins upside-down fully adjustable forks 43mm with TiN surface treatment
Steering angle: 24°
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock
Front wheel travel: 120mm
Rear wheel travel: 120mm
Trail: 99,83 mm
Seat height: 800mm
Foot rest height: 395+/-16mm with radial regulation
Front brake: 2 x 298 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston 4-pad radial calipers - Brembo
Rear brake: 220 mm disc, 2-piston 2-pad calipers - Brembo
Wheel: Front: 3,50x17" ­ Rear: 5,50x17"
Tyres: Front: 120/70/17 ­ Rear: 180/55/17
Weight: 165 Kg

Engine

Engine: Ducati ­ L twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder Desmodromic ­ air cooled.
Bore and Stroke: 94 x 71,5mm
Displacement: 992cc
Max power: 92 Hp/8000 rpm
Max. torque 9,4 kgm/5500 rpm
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection ­ 45mm throttle body
Lubrication: With wet sump
Gear box: 6 speed
Clutch: Dry multi-plate with hydraulic control

MV Agusta F4 1000R



Over the past seven years, MV Agusta's production has undergone a "style revolution" and the technological progress they have made has further strengthened the MV Agusta image. In the public eye, the motorcycle company has transformed from being a tale of Italian motorcycling legends to become synonymous with beauty, sophistication and technical exclusivity. The thirty-five "Motorcycle of the Year" awards MV have received since 1999 say it all. The specialist judges have also taken into consideration the progress in terms of performance that is in the DNA of all their machines.

One simple example explains everything: since 1999 MV Agusta have increased the power of their four-cylinder engine by 50CV while at the same time constantly improved reliability and reduced emissions. The same applies to our frame department that, while retaining the basic concept of a tubular frame and single rear swinging arm, has continuously worked closely alongside firms like Marzocchi, Sachs and Brembo to create the highest possible specification components exclusively for MV''s use. The results of this technological evolution are all brought together in the newest creation from MV Agusta - The F41000R. Driven by a pulsating heart the F41000R is the synthesis of all the experience and technologies developed from the F4 project. Adorned in new livery with brand new graphics and colour schemes normally used on Limited Edition models, the F4100R cannot fail to arouse all of those who truly appreciate elite motorcycles that are now fitted with Euro 3 engines.

DESIGN

The design efforts put into the F41000R took three fundamental elements into consideration: character, sporting spirit and quality. The distinctive character of the new MV Agusta shines through the new colour scheme. This third generation look consists of pearl/black/white with black wheels and frame. The perception of quality is highlighted by a combination of the finish applied to technically evolved components and the brilliance of the paintwork that enhances the overall look.

The features that distinguish the F41000R are as follows:
- R Graphics
- Silver eco-leather hammer-finish saddle.
- R logo on back of air box
- F41000R logo on tail
- F41000R logo on mirror housings
- Titanium finish applied to: Silencers, Fairing air vents

EQUIPMENT

The F41000R, that in 2007 takes over from the previous F41000S, differs in that it has highly specialised equipment fitted.

The main differences in the R that mark the '05 - '06 evolution are as follows:

1. Brembo Monoblock P4/34 radial brake calipers.
2. Aluminium Ø320 mm Brembo discs
3. Radial caliper struts
4. Marzocchi USD Ø50 mm R.A.C. forks (Road Advanced Component.)
5. Brembo forged aluminium wheels with Y spokes
6. Integrated Magneti Marelli 5SM ignition-injection system.
7. Raised Perspex screen.
8. Euro 3 engine

One other very important factor is that the engines now meet Euro 3 emission standards.

ENGINE

From the F41000S to the F41000R '06, there has been a significant overhaul made to the engines. MV Agusta engineers paid particular attention to creating a new engine unit that differs from previous versions as follows:

- Longitudinal distance between valves increased by 2mm.
- Intake valve angle now 10.15° as opposed to 9.5°
- New bimetallic valves.
- New distribution layout with less crossover between intake and exhaust.
- New Mahle block with bores moved 1.5mm towards the rear of the engine.
- New forged pistons with renewed graphite coated skirts.
- New intake duct geometry.
- New aluminium clutch bell housing.
- New larger two-plate clutch.

From the F41000R '06 to the'07, the 4 cylinder engine "only" needed technical modifications to meet the new European emission standards with significant changes made to the fuel supply system. Apart from the Magneti Marelli 5SM ECU that was already fitted to the'06 model, a lambda probe was fitted to the exhaust system immediately before the catalyser.

For this reason, the exhaust system is now a one- piece system as opposed to the original three-piece unit. With no joints there is less chance that disturbances in air-flow can affect overall carburetion settings. The F4 is now better prepared than ever to deal with cold starts and offer improved engine uptake. With such high levels of torque and power available, delivery is smoother and this obviously leads to a better ride. The engine has also been fitted with a new secondary air intake system. This unit looks after optimising carburetion in line with triggering the catalyser and making the bike more rideable especially when the throttle is feathered at speeds of up to 120 kph (75 mph) (the speed limit at which emissions are measured for homologation) The filtered air reaches the injector ECU operated solenoid valve via a series of pipes and is introduced into the exhaust manifold where it dilutes exhaust gases and improves the performance of the catalyst. This in turn allows a better use of the air/petrol mix with a richer ratio. The whole system is built into a new profile rocker box cover made from magnesium instead of aluminium.

The Magneti Marelli 5SM ECU manages the widely acknowledged EBS system (Engine Brake System) that is fitted to MV Agusta engines for controlling torque under deceleration. The concept is based on a solenoid-activated by-pass valve on cylinder N° 2 intake duct. The by-pass is situated downstream from the feed throttle that has a suitably shaped air intake. This device allows cylinder N°2 to produce torque even under deceleration (when the feed throttles are closed) thanks to a signal sent by the Marelli ECU. Looking at the diagram, the advantage in terms of engine braking at high and medium engine speeds is self-evident. It is also very clear that the engine management system could allow more demanding riders to adjust and optimise engine braking at different engine speeds to suit their individual riding styles.

FRAME

The F4 1000R frame follows the lines of the original one on the "old" F41000S and is still unique today in being the only frame in the four-cylinder production category to be made from chrome-molybdenum steel tubing. This solution offers considerable advantages in terms of compactness, mechanical access and torsional rigidity. The frames are built in their entirety at the MV Agusta plant in Morazzone. The tubular structure unites the swinging arm pivot plates where both the rear swinging arm and the saddle support bracket are connected. The sculpted single swinging arm, apart from its superb style, was created by the CRC engineers as much for its beauty as for its unmistakeable technical efficiency.

The steering angle now lies at 24.5° and the steering head has been shifted forward by 103.8 mm to further improve handling.

SUSPENSION

The F41000R marks the debut of Marzocchi USD Ø50 mm R.A.C. (Road Advanced Component) forks. These forks are the most prestigious item made by the Bolognese factory. They feature a multi-adjustable unit (13 compression settings and 32 for rebound) fitted with carbon nitride treated uprights designed for improved slide characteristics. The looks also differ in the anodised stays that add to the individuality of this specific model. The rear suspension uses both the traditional layout and the Sachs Racing shock absorber with double compression calibration (high-medium speed) and sophisticated hydraulic control of pre-load spring. To complete the picture, the R also has a transversally fitted Ohlins steering damper anchored to the frame to provide symmetrical working conditions.

The MV Agusta F41000R heralds the introduction of a Brembo b system featuring radial P4/34 calipers. This monoblock braking system, derived from competition Superbike and Moto GP machinery has a strut to provide increased rigidity mounted on r adaptors made exclusively for MV Agusta. The enlarged Ø 320mm discs with steel braking area and aluminium flange are also new.


BRAKES

The MV Agusta F41000R heralds the introduction of a Brembo b system featuring radial P4/34 calipers. This monoblock braking system, derived from competition Superbike and Moto GP rake machinery has a strut to provide increased rigidity mounted on r adaptors made exclusively for MV Agusta. The enlarged Ø 320mm discs with steel braking area and aluminium flange are also new.adial

The rear brake remains an unchanged four-piston (opposed) caliper unit acting on a 210 mm disc. The Nissin-designed front brake and clutch levers are exclusive to MV Agusta and can be micrometrically adjusted. The Brembo forged aluminium wheels with Y spokes measure 3.50" x 17" at the front and 6.00" x 17" at the rear. Tyres are 120/70 ZR 17 up front with 190/55/17 at the rear.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

F4 1000 R - R 1+1

ENGINE
Type Four cylinder,4 stroke,16 valve
Timing system "D.O.H.C",radial valve
Total displacement 998 cm3 (60.8 cu.in.)
Compression ratio 13:1
Starting Electric
Bore x stroke 76 mm x 55 mm (3.0 in.x 2.2 in.)
Max.horse power - r.p.m.(at the crankshaft) 128 Kw (174 HP) at 11900 - Lim.13000 r.p.m.
Max.torque - r.p.m. 111 Nm (11.3 Kgm) at 10000 r.p.m.
Cooling system Liquid cooled,water-oil heat exchanger
Engine management system "Weber Marelli" 5SM ignition - injection integrated system;induction discharge electronic ignition,"Multipoint" electronic injection
Clutch Wet,multi - disc
Gear Box Cassette gearbox;six speed,constant mesh
Primary drive 50/79
Gear ratio
First gear:Speed* 13/38 126,5 Km/h (78.5 mph)at 13000 r.p.m.
Second gear:Speed* 16/34 174,1 Km/h (108.1 mph)at 13000 r.p.m.
Third gear:Speed* 18/32 208,1 Km/h (129.2 mph)at 13000 r.p.m.
Fourth gear:Speed* 20/30 246,6 Km/h (153.1 mph)at 13000 r.p.m.
Fifth gear:Speed* 22/29 280,6 Km/h (174.2 mph)at 13000 r.p.m.
Sixth gear:Speed* 21/25 301,0 Km/h (187.0 mph)at 13000 r.p.m.
Final velocity ratio 15x40

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 650 W at 5000 r.p.m.
Battery 12 V - 9 Ah

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 1408 mm (55.40 in.)
Overall lenght 2007 mm (79.01 in.)
Overall width 685 mm (26.97 in.)
Saddle height 810 mm (31.87 in.)
Min.ground clearance 130 mm (5.12 in.)
Trail 103,8 mm (4.08 in.)
Dry weight F4 1000 R:192 Kg (423.3 lb) - F4 1000 R 1+1:193 Kg (425.5 lb)
Fuel tank capacity 21 l (5.54 U.S.gal.) - reserve fuel: 4 l (1.05 U.S.gal.)

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed* 301,0 Km/h (187.0 mph)

FRAME
Type CrMoSteel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
Rear swing arm pivot plates:material Aluminium alloy

FRONT SUSPENSION
Type "UPSIDE - DOWN" telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload adjustment
Rod dia. 50 mm (1.97 in.) with carbonitriding treatment
Travel on leg axis 129 mm (5.07 in.)

REAR SUSPENSION
Type Progressive,single shock absorber with rebound and compression (High speed / Low speed) damping and spring preload (hydraulic control)
Single sided swing arm:materiale Aluminium alloy
Wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)

BRAKE
Front brake Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter,with steel braking band and aluminum flange
Front brake caliper Radial-type with 4 pistons - Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)
Rear brake Single steel disc with Ø 210 mm (Ø 8.27 in.) diameter
Rear brake caliper With 4 pistons - Ø 25,4 mm (Ø 1.00 in.)

RIM
Front:Material / size Forged aluminium alloy 3.50 " x 17 "
Rear:Material / size Forged aluminium alloy 6.00 " x 17 "

TYRES
Front 120/70 - ZR 17 (58W)
Rear 190/55 - ZR 17 (75 W)

FAIRING
Material Thermoplastic

Aprilia NA 850 Mana



The Aprilia NA 850 Mana ushers in a new way of getting about on two wheels. Practical when needed, sporty when you want, the NA 850 Mana combines two bikes in one, a genuine motorcycling revolution.

The Aprilia NA 850 Mana explores new frontiers in mobility, a modern naked, powerful and fun, with a revolutionary gearbox, electronically controlled for unique riding pleasure. Thanks to the innovative NA 850 Mana technology, the bike is able to satisfy different riding styles and different needs.

The Aprilia NA 850 Mana is today the maximum of advanced technology applied to a bike. A daring challenge which only Aprilia's extraordinary technical abilities could take on and win. There is nothing to match the Aprilia NA 850 Mana anywhere on the world market, a unique and ultra-advanced design. A bike capable of delivering great satisfaction in any conditions, from about town trips to routes demanding a sporty ride. A simple touch on the handlebar button and the Aprilia NA 850 Mana takes you into another world.

Completely automatic transmission with three mappings, or sequential gear change with seven gears with the Aprilia NA 850 Mana it is literally impossible not to find the most suitable configuration for the particular traffic and/or riding conditions or your specific needs. Whether tackling an about-town trip or a winding road, the Sport Gear always performs with the same brilliance and gives the same riding pleasure. The rider can choose the right solution for every situation.

The 90° V twin engine is the perfect partner for this type of gearbox. Compact, brilliant and clean. It is Euro 3 compliant, thanks to the electronic injection and exhaust with catalytic converter. High power and torque guarantee a sporty ride, particularly in acceleration where the Aprilia NA 850 Mana burns up everyone at the traffic lights, practically unbeatable, not just by nakeds of the same capacity, but also many sports bikes as well. All with the maximum riding simplicity. The Aprilia NA 850 Mana is friendly technology which simplifies life. There is no clutch lever. Everything is controlled electronically, leaving the rider free to enjoy the ride. The sequential gear change is controlled by a convenient command on the handlebars, or alternatively by a traditional pedal command.

In common with all Aprilias, meticulous chassis design makes the bike a superb ride. The tubular steel trellis frame is extremely strong with excellent torsional rigidity. Combined with a single-piece aluminium swingarm and advanced suspension, it makes the NA 850 Mana able to satisfy even the most demanding rider. The top quality brakes increase active safety, thanks to the standard setting braking distance.

Below are some of the special features of the design:
90°V engine, four valves per cylinder, Euro 3 compliant
Sequential gear change, electronic control with the possibility of manual operation with seven gears or automatic operation with three mappings.
Double spark plug ignition
Electronic fuel injection with single throttle body
Tank under seat
Helmet compartment for full-face helmet
Steel trellis frame with single-piece swingarm
43 mm upside down fork
Side shock absorber
Brakes with radial calipers

THE DESIGN

The concept of utility design always applied to all Aprilia projects is even more valid in the NA 850 Mana. A sports naked in appearance, but capable of unique versatility. The NA 850 Mana represents the perfect mix of sports personality and elegance, thanks to a modern reassuring design. As on any Aprilia naked, the technical elements also become design elements. Engine, tank, airbox, frame and exhaust all help give the NA 850 Mana its special character and the personality it needs to stand out from the crowd.

A design which is also the result of daring and innovative technical features. The tank is located lower down under the seat, helping centralise masses and lower the centre of gravity. Its "traditional" place is taken by a helmet compartment able to accommodate a full-face helmet and other objects. The NA 850 Mana is therefore the first bike to offer a genuine integrated helmet compartment, uniquely practical and convenient, particularly about town and on short trips. The compartment is unlocked electrically by means of a control on the handlebars, a safety lock which prevents accidental opening.

ENGINE

Without the shadow of a doubt, the NA 850 Mana engine sheds new light on the future of the bike. Two cylinders, electronic fuel injection, high torque, but above all innovative transmission replacing the traditional mechanical gearbox. An engine which opens up new frontiers in bike riding, whether sporty or otherwise.

An engineering idea which Aprilia has developed by fully exploiting the technical know-how of its best engineers and the top level capabilities of its in-house research and development department.

NA 850 Mana: the future of the gearbox

The primary drive is without doubt the focal point of this innovative engine. Thanks to the electronically controlled sequential transmission, the rider can choose from various riding styles.

The rider has two possible options:
- Completely automatic: everything is controlled electronically, the CVT transmission enables the engine to be run at maximum torque at all times, emphasising pick-up and acceleration. The electronic control system has three different mappings (Touring, Sport and Rain), enabling the rider to choose the type of operation most appropriate to the situation or his own needs.

- Sequential: The rider chooses the gear himself by means of either the control on the handlebars or the pedal command. A servo-assisted mechanism acts mechanically on the main pulley, making changing between the seven ratios extremely rapid.

The rider can switch from automatic to sequential at any time and in any riding conditions.

The Aprilia NA 850 Mana engine does not in any way make the ride less enjoyable. Quite the opposite, it adds the enjoyment of ultra-rapid gear changes which improve the performance of the engine in acceleration or on demanding routes. All it takes is a click to pass from one mode to the other, from a relaxed ride to a sporty ride. The engine therefore multiplies the potential of the bike.

The 90° V structure was chosen for its torque and power delivery characteristics and combines perfectly with this type of transmission 850 cc for 75 HP at the crank and torque of up to 8 kgm at particularly low engine speeds (5750 revs). Figures which give a good idea of the performance of this engine which certainly does not suffer from an inferiority complex, even when compared with more sporty bikes, partly thanks to its incredible acceleration.

The four valves per cylinder are controlled by a single overhead camshaft with chain drive, simplifying maintenance while at the same time guaranteeing efficient performance. As is usual for Aprilia high capacity engines, lubrication is dry sump, with a separate tank integrated into the engine to keep the weight of the assembly down.

Engine breathing benefits from the particularly large volumes of both the airbox and the exhaust. The electronic engine management involves a sophisticated Weber Marelli fuel injection system with one 38 mm throttle body and an ignition system with two spark plugs per cylinder, features which result in optimum combustion at all speeds, improving performance and reducing pollution.

An engine not just high performance, but also extremely environmentally friendly. The stainless steel exhaust with catalytic converter and Lambda probe oxygen sensor make the Aprilia NA 850 Mana fully Euro 3 compliant.

FRAME

The sports personality of the Aprilia NA 850 Mana is emphasised not just by the engine, but also by the chassis. As with all Aprilia bikes, the structure chosen for the NA 850 Mana was developed hand in hand with the engine to guarantee that harmony between the performance of the mechanics and chassis which has always been the pride of all Aprilia bikes.

The large-section tubular steel trellis frame sets new standards of rigidity for its class, perfectly in harmony with the other characteristics of this innovative engine and guaranteeing a superb ride. The single-piece aluminium swingarm controls a second shock absorber. The shock absorber is located at the side to reduce the length of the bike as far as possible. The wheelbase in fact measures just 1463 mm, making the bike extremely short for even a sporty naked.

SUSPENSION
As in all Aprilia bikes, the exceptional quality of the chassis is also achieved through optimum definition of the type and calibration of the suspension. The Aprilia NA 850 Mana ar accepts no compromises.

The 43 mm upside down fork provides exceptional smoothness. The 120 mm wheel travel makes the bike equally at home on any route.

The shock absorber, located at the side to help keep the length of the bike down, is operated directly from the swingarm and provides adjustments for spring reload and rebound. The rear wheel travel is 125 mm.

THE BRAKES

The best technology currently available on the market is used to guarantee maximum efficiency. The radial calipers with four pistons are reminiscent of the race track. Top level brakes which give the Aprilia NA 850 Mana unbeatable braking. The 320 mm disks at the front, a generous standard size for Aprilia sports bikes, are supported by a 240 mm rear disk brake.

Technical specifications

Aprilia NA 850 Mana

Engine
Type: Aprilia Four stroke longitudinal 90° V twin. Liquid cooling. Single overhead cam with chain drive, four valves per cylinder.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol.
Bore x stroke: 88 x 69 mm
Total displacement: 839.3 cc
Compression ratio: 10-11 : 1
Maximum power at the crank: 55.1 kW (75 HP) at 7250 rpm.
Maximum torque at the crank: 7.79 kgm (76.5 Nm) at 8000 rpm.
Fuel system: Integrated engine management system. Weber Marelli electronic fuel injection with one 38 mm throttle body
Ignition: Digital electronic ignition, with two spark plugs per cylinder, integrated with fuel injection system.
Starting: Electric
Exhaust: Two in one system in 100% stainless steel with three-way catalytic converter and Lambda probe
Generator: 450 W at 6000 rpm.
Lubrication: Dry sump with separate oil reservoir.
Gearbox: Sequential with manual or automatic mode selectable by the user.
7 ratios in manual mode
3 mappings (Touring, Sport, Rain) in automatic mode.
Gear change by pedal or handlebar command.
The user can switch from automatic to sequential mode at any moment.
Clutch: Automatic
Primary drive: Belt
Final drive: Chain

Chassis
Frame: High strength steel trellis
Front suspension: 43 mm upside-down fork Wheel travel: 120 mm.
Rear suspension: Aluminium alloy single-piece swingarm. Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in spring preload and rebound damping. Wheel travel: 125 mm.
Brakes
Front: double stainless steel floating disc ( 320 mm). Radial calipers with four pistons.
Rear: steel disk ( 240 mm). Single piston caliper.
Wheels: In aluminium alloy
Front: 3.50 X 17" Rear: 6.00 X 17"
Tyres: Radial tubeless;
front: 120/70 ZR 17
rear: 180/55 ZR 17

Dimensions
Overall length: 2080 mm
Overall width: 800 mm (at handlebars)
Overall height: 1130 mm
Seat height: 800 mm
Wheelbase: 1463 mm
Trail: 103 mm
Rake angle: 24°
Tank capacity: 15 litres

Aprilia SL 750 Shiver



It is certainly no easy matter to take the lead in a class as fiercely competitive as the medium powered naked class. A class where the battle is not just about technology and performance, but also design, economy of use and riding ease and pleasure, elements which are not always compatible and are particularly demanding for designers and engineers.

Aprilia has picked up this challenge and interpreted it by applying its own successful philosophy to a completely new design, destined to set new standards for years to come. A bike both strongly aggressive and at the same time clean-cut and elegant, in perfect Aprilia style. A bike at the top of its class for its sporty personality, designed on the basis of the know-how of a company which has to date won 250 world championship victories.

The pride of all Aprilia bikes, refined mechanics and a top class chassis, are once again the key to the success of the 750 V2.

The Aprilia SL 750 Shiver is the naked everyone was waiting for. A design able to satisfy the disparate needs of those buying this type of bike. From everyday use to a trip along mountain passes or use on the racetrack, the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver is completely at home in any situation, guaranteeing pure riding pleasure at all times.

Light, agile and powerful, it has a new generation engine and the most advanced technical features in its class. The brand new 90° V2 produced entirely in-house by Aprilia is extremely compact. Above all, thanks to the advanced electronic management, it can deliver power comparable to four cylinder engines in the same class, but with much more favourable torque at low revs for an efficient and pleasing ride even on everyday routes. True to the Aprilia tradition, the chassis simply has no rivals in its class. The innovative mixed trellis/aluminium frame provides standard setting rigidity. All this makes the bike extremely compact, perfect even for the beginner.

With a dry weight of just 189 kg, the lightness of the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver also satisfies the most canny motorcyclist, thanks to its manoeuvrability and engine performance a bike able to accompany its owner from his first few metres on two wheels up to his complete motorcycling maturity.

The main characteristics of the Aprilia 750 are:

90° V2 engine with four valve cylinder head, double overhead camshaft and liquid cooling.
Ride by Wire technology for electronic control of the throttle bodies;
Electronic fuel injection with latest generation injectors;
Mixed gear and chain valve timing;
Three way catalytic converter on the exhaust, Euro 3 compliant
Dismountable trellis/aluminium frame for high torsional rigidity;
Aluminium swingarm with reinforcement truss and lateral shock absorber;
43 mm upside down fork;
Racing brakes with radial caliper at front;

THE DESIGN: SHAPE AT THE SERVICE OF POWER

As with every Aprilia product, the SL 750 Shiver has a highly innovative design where form and function come together to create an almost perfect object. The Aprilia SL 750 Shiver is pure technology and this is evident in its sharp, sporty lines.

The frame and engine are the foundations of the design and are also, rightly, the main elements characterising the look of the SL 750 Shiver. Each element has been designed to be not just beautiful but also functional. The design is refined, but at the same time clean-cut, without too many frills for the maximum possible functionality. The Aprilia SL 750 Shiver exhaust is also a very distinctive design element. On the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver, the technical component becomes a design element at the same time, creating a bike both aggressive and at the same time elegant.

The tank-seat-tail assembly further emphasises the compactness of the bike. The rider becomes one with the machine, perfectly integrated in the short, agile, slim bike. This helps establish an immediate feeling between the rider and the bike, making everyone feel as if they have always been riding it. The strongly tapering tail also incorporates the twin exhaust with triangular silencers, a feature which makes the design even more aggressive, while keeping weight distribution highly symmetrical.

The Aprilia SL 750 Shiver is compact, functional and attractive. The adoption of a side shock absorber not just adds a further distinctive feature to the look of the bike, but also enables the length of the bike.

THE V90 ENGINE: TECHNOLOGY IN THE PURE STATE

The V90 engine inherits all Aprilia's experience in high performance mechanics. Endless hours of bench and road tests have produced a genuine masterpiece of mechanical engineering, capable not just of high performance, but also complete reliability. Thanks to its particular technical characteristics, the Aprilia V90 combines high specific power with maximum usability and easy riding.

A generous heart, destined to set new performance and technology standards for medium powered bikes. The engine has been designed by the Aprilia Research and Development department which set out to create a powerful and reliable engine requiring very limited maintenance.

The quest for performance at the top of its class led to the adoption of a number of advanced and innovative technical features:

90° V structure;
Ride by Wire technology;
Bore and stroke ratio markedly supersquare;
Four valves per cylinder;
Ignition with two plugs per cylinder;
Double overhead camshaft, controlled by a mixed chain and gear system;
Electronic fuel injection with two throttle bodies;
Three way catalytic converter and lambda probe oxygen sensor (Euro 3 compliant).

For this type of bike, the 90° V arrangement of the cylinders was found to be the best solution in terms of performance and size. With consistently generous torque available across a wide range of revs and negligible vibrations, the Aprilia V2 750 is full and powerful at the top of its class.

The timing deserves special mention. Motion is transmitted to the four valves per cylinder and double camshaft by a mixed gear/chain system. This technical application, already adopted by Aprilia in the V60 mounted on the RSV 1000 R, enables the size of the engine to be kept down, while guaranteeing more precise and reliable timing. The chain is shorter, for less overall stress and a longer working life; this makes the engine shorter.

The latest generation injection system uses fine atomising injectors. This, together with the ignition with two spark plugs per cylinder, ensures optimum combustion for an engine which is not just more powerful, but also cleaner.

The sophisticated electronic management makes the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver a new benchmark for nakeds. In the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver, Ride by Wire technology becomes part of the standard equipment of a naked bike for the first time in the history of motorcycling. The electronic accelerator management optimises opening of the throttle bodies according to numerous parameters, including engine speed, gear selected and position of the throttle. The engine is therefore always able to offer optimum performance in acceleration and the lowest possible consumption for a still more fluid and profitable ride. This innovative solution guarantees even fuller and more regular output at low and medium speeds, optimising running of the engine, even with the choke.

Thanks to the technology used, the Aprilia V90 manages to deliver exceptionally high power for the engine configuration. 95 HP at 9000 revs and maximum torque of 81 Nm at 7000 revs are excellent for a twin of this capacity. The high torque available even at low speeds makes the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver incomparable to ride on mixed routes.

A latest generation engine management unit controls all engine parameters. All data passes through a CAN (Controlled Area Network) line to the instrument panel, which also acts as a diagnostic terminal. The CAN line uses just two wires to transmit all data. This simplifies the electrical system enormously as well as reducing the total weight of the bike.

The exhaust is made entirely from stainless steel. The manifolds come together under the seat in a single silencer with twin tail pipes. The large volume (10 litres) contributes to perfect engine breathing for excellent efficiency.

THE FRAME: RATIONALITY AND EFFICIENCY

Experts have always acknowledged that Aprilia bikes have the best chassis in their class. The Aprilia SL 750 Shiver is concrete confirmation that once again Aprilia has managed to create a chassis which is both extremely easy and intuitive and incredibly high performance. The frame exploits all the knowledge Aprilia has gained in racing and also draws on new studies on mixed structures with the futuristic RXV and SXV, already winners of a number of titles during their debut on the racetrack. The top part of the tubular steel trellis is connected to large side plates by means of special high strength bolts. This creates an extremely rigid lightweight frame, the best solution to harness all the horsepower of the Aprilia V90.

Creation of an Aprilia bike always involves synergy between chassis and engine engineers. The fundamental design choices for the V90 engine led to construction of a highly rational and efficient frame. The reduced longitudinal dimensions of the engine made it possible to design a short, agile bike, helped by the particular side positioning of the shock absorber, not a simple cosmetic mannerism, but a precise technical decision which created valuable space for the exhaust manifolds whose shape and size have been calibrated perfectly to ensure maximum engine efficiency. This enabled the optimum exhaust manifold configuration to be obtained, without too heavily affecting the length of the bike and without exposing the shock absorber, a fundamental element for the ride, to heat stress.

The aluminium swingarm with reinforcement truss has been sized specifically to support the asymmetrical stresses caused by lateral positioning of the shock absorber. The rigidity of the swingarm sets new standards for the class.

SUSPENSION

Optimum definition of the suspension is an obsession for Aprilia designers. Even such a "simple" bike as a naked must have the best possible available. The Aprilia SL 750 Shiver therefore stands out from the pack in this delicate area as well.

The 43 mm upside down fork with forged feet to support the radial calipers provides benchmark smoothness. The 120 mm wheel travel makes the bike equally at home on about town trips and mountain routes. The bottom steering yoke is made from forged aluminium, the top steering yoke from forged anodised aluminium.

The side shock absorber rests directly on the swingarm, according to the cantilever principle, and provides adjustments for spring preload and hydraulic rebound. Rear wheel travel is 130 mm.

THE BRAKES

The best technology currently available is incorporated in the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver, the first medium powered naked with a radial caliper system, a feature emphasising even further (as if it were needed) the sporty personality of the design. The 320 mm front disks are the same as used in the racing flagships, the RSV 1000 and Tuono 1000 R.

At the back, a 245 mm disk with twin piston caliper provides adequate backup for the front circuit.

The front and rear braking circuits both use aeronautical metal braid hoses to eliminate the pressure variations associated with conventional rubber brake lines, guaranteeing maximum braking precision for a top level system.

COMPONENTS

The Matrix instrument panel: the combined digital and analog instrument panel receives all the data over a CAN line and acts as an integral part of the self-diagnostics system as it also has a memory. The design is extremely modern, compact and lightweight. All functions can be switched by means of the handlebar control. The LED backlighting can be adjusted to three levels: white in the analogue zone and red in the digital zone.

The biconical aluminium handlebars are a direct reference to the handlebars of the Tuono, Aprilia's naked flagship. Maximum lightness and maximum control. A top quality component no other bike in its class can boast.

The double parabola front light has complex surfaces and a double parking light.

Technical Specifications

APRILIA SL 750 Shiver

Engine
Type: Aprilia V90 Four stroke longitudinal 90° V twin. Liquid cooling. Double overhead camshaft with mixed gear/chain drive; four valves per cylinder.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol.
Bore x stroke: 92 x 56.4 mm
Total displacement: 749.9 cc
Compression ratio: 11 : 1
Maximum power at the crank: 95 HP at 9000 rpm.
Maximum torque at the crank: 8.25 kgm at 7000 rpm.
Fuel system: Integrated engine management system. Injection with Ride by Wire technology control of the throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital electronic, integrated with the injection, two spark plugs per cylinder
Starting: Electric
Exhaust: Two in one system in 100% stainless steel with three-way catalytic converter and Lambda probe
Generator: 450 W at 6000 rpm.
Lubrication: Wet sump
Gearbox: six speed
Transmission Ratio:
1° 36/14 (2.57)
2° 32/17 (1.88)
3° 30/20 (1.5)
4° 28/22 (1.27)
5° 23/26 (0.88)
6° 24/25 (0.96)
Clutch: Multi-plate in oil bath, cable operated.
Primary drive: Spur gears, transmission ratio: 60/31 (1.75)
Final drive: Chain
Transmission ratio: 16/44

Chassis
Frame: Dismountable steel trellis connected with high strength bolts to aluminium side plates. Dismountable rear frame.
Front suspension: 43 mm upside-down fork. 120 mm wheel travel.
Rear suspension: Aluminium alloy swingarm with reinforcement truss. Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in spring preload and rebound damping. Wheel travel: 130 mm.
Brakes
Front: Double stainless steel floating disc (Ø 320 mm ). Four piston radial calipers. Metal braided brake line.
Rear: Steel disk ( 245 mm) with twin piston caliper. Metal braided brake line.
Wheels: In aluminium alloy
Front: 3.50 X 17" Rear: 6.00 X 17"
Tyres: Radial tubeless;
front: 120/70 ZR 17
rear: 180/55 ZR 17

Dimensions
Overall length 2066 mm
Overall width: 815 mm (at handlebars)
Overall height: 1132 mm
Seat height: 810 mm
Wheelbase: 1449 mm
Trail: 109 mm
Rake angle: 25.7°
Dry weight: 189 kg
Tank capacity: 15 lt

New Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT



Buell Delivers Sport Performance with New Urban Supermoto Motorcycle ­ It's time to take to the street with attitude and style as Buell brings on the new Lightning Super TT XB12STT packed with tenacious performance and distinctive urban character. The Lightning Super TT, launched today at the EICMA 64th Annual International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan , Italy , is built for battle with characteristic Buell Streetfighter innovation and excitement.

"Buell motorcycles let riders own the corners and have fun, whether it's the corners on a back highway or corners of a city street," said Erik Buell, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Buell Motorcycle Company. "The Lightning Super TT XB12STT continues that concept by blending street and track performance with plenty of torque and power into a bigger, versatile Supermoto-inspired design."

As the latest addition to the Buell Lightning family, the Lightning Super TT combines hard core Streetfighter attitude with the style of Supermoto bikes. The Supermoto (aka SuperMotard or US TT) category refers to an all-around style of motorcycle combining characteristics of road racing, dirt track and motocross bikes. The Lightning Super TT captures a rebellious and aggressive racing spirit. Other models in the Buell Lightning family are the Lightning XB12S, Lightning XB12Scg, Lightning Long XB12Ss and Lightning CityX XB9SX.

The Buell Lightning family is known for its combination of functional rider ergonomics and sporty styling. The Lightning Super TT provides a long, smooth 31.4-inch solo seat height with Supermoto-style, while a passenger seat can be added. A 5.63-inch suspension travel and 54-inch wheelbase let you take the Lightning Super TT wherever the road leads. A 43 mm Showa inverted front fork with fully adjustable front suspension and adjustable Showa rear shocks add even more versatility.

While the Lightning Super TT has a slick, competition-inspired look with racing-style number plates, white Surlyn flyscreen and minimalist Satin Black tail section, the bike begs riders to show their inspiration for customization as these components can easily be personalized. The white Surlyn flyscreen sits below a wide, flat handlebar with cross brace, instrument panel and deflectors for aggressive street riding. The upper front fender provides debris protection with a Supermoto look.

Primed with 84 ft. lbs. of torque and broad powerband of the Buell Thunderstorm 1203 45-degree engine, the Lightning Super TT is just the bike to attack city streets. On the roads of the urban jungle or in the corners of a long canyon run, the Lightning Super TT is powerful in every gear, rpm and twist of the throttle. The air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine features DDFI II electronic fuel injection and the Buell Interactive Exhaust is tuned for the ultimate in performance and control.

The Buell Trilogy of Technology featuring frame rigidity, mass centralization and low unsprung weight works to provide the Lightning Super TT with superior handling, powerfully smooth acceleration and legendary Buell torque. A lightweight aluminum frame contains the fuel while the swing arm holds oil. The muffler is located below the engine and the Immediate Throttle Response System has a light Goodyear Hibrex final belt drive with Flexten Plus technology to provide what feels like a direct connection between the throttle and the rear wheel for an exhilarating ride in all conditions.

A ZTL (Zero Torsional Load) front braking system, mounted on the wheel perimeter 375mm rotor, is gripped by six-piston caliper allowing for light, six-spoke Designer Black Super TT wheels. Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires on the Lightning Super TT have an aggressive tread pattern to provide better bite on even the nastiest pavement.

The Lightning Super TT features Barricade Orange or Arctic White airbox cover molded in color schemes. U.S. MSRP for the Lightning Super TT will be $10,295, and it will be available at Harley-Davidson/Buell dealerships in mid to late January 2007.

Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT highlights:
- 1203cc (73.4 cid) Thunderstorm Powertrain:
- 3.500-inch (88.9 mm) bore and 3.812-inch (96.82 mm) stroke
- 10.0:1 compression ratio
- 49 mm down draft DDFI II fuel injection
- Interactive Exhaust with mass-centralized mounting
- 103 peak horsepower @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
- 84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6000 rpm (per SAE J607)
- Designer Black 6-Spoke Powdercoat cast aluminum wheels:
- Front: 3.5 inch (89 mm) x 17 inch (432 mm) wheel with 120/70 ZR-17 tire
- Rear: 5.5 inch (140 mm) x 17 inch (432 mm) wheel with 180/55 ZR-17 tire
- Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires
- Buell ZTL front brake
- Front and rear suspension travel of 5.63 inches (143 mm)
- 43 mm Showa fully-adjustable front suspension with inverted forks
- Showa fully-adjustable rear suspension with coil-over monoshock with remote reservoir
- Narrow Supermoto-style solo seat
- Laden seat height 31.4 inches (798 mm)
- Supermoto-inspired upper front fender design
- Racing style white Surlyn flyscreen and tail section number plates that are easily swapped out as a canvas for moto art and self-expression
- 23.1-degree rake and 4.7-inch (119 mm) trail
- Dry weight: 400 pounds (181 kg)
- Wheelbase: 54 inches (1372 mm)
- Graphite Gray frame and swingarm
- Supermoto-style crossbar with deflectors.

New KTM 990 Super Duke



KTM is pleased to be at the EICMA Trade Fair in Milan with the new spearhead of sporty street fighters, the newly improved Super Duke and the brand new Super Duke R. These bikes represent two exciting new developments for the coming season.

KTM recently caused a furore at the INTERMOT in Cologne with the 690 Supermoto, the first model of a completely new generation of single cylinders. Now the Austrian producer is presenting the entire KTM 2007 model range at EICMA - the world's biggest motorcycle trade fair - including additional new products.

Super Duke

Absolute highlights at the trade fair in Milan are the significantly improved Super Duke and the brand new model, the Super Duke R, being offered for the first time in 2007. Improvements to the sporty KTM Super Duke street fighter include chassis modifications as well as a whole range of new high quality components.

Thanks to alterations to the steering head angle to 66.1° this sporty naked bike is significantly more stable without sacrificing any handling, particularly at high speeds.

Radial screwed high performance four piston brake callipers are fitted to the front wheels of the new Super Duke while riders of these second generation bikes also have at their disposal a completely newly designed multifunctional dashboard. And now the well-recognized Super Duke riding fun can last even longer than before because the fuel consumption of this extremely light LC8 two cylinder has been reduced, thanks to changes in the fuel injection system and mapping in line with EURO III regulations. A 4-litre increase in the fuel tank capacity significantly improves reach while the Super Duke, to be released in the spring of 2007, is rounded up with fresh new design elements. Without deviating from the overall appearance of the street fighter, KTM designer Gerald Kiska has introduced exciting new elements such as the aggressive front mask.

Super Duke R

As well as the newly modified Super Duke, KTM now offers something really special for very sports-oriented street fighter fans in the form of the Super Duke R.

Only available as a single seater for the model being released in spring 2007, the Super Duke R is superior to the improved basic version in technical and optical nuances. A fully adjustable, race-tested shock absorber has been introduced for unlimited performance including on the racing circuit. A 10 mm increase in the suspension travel to 150 mm means that the damping is also longer resulting in improved riding angle. The matching geometry, with a steering head angle of 67.3° at 93.9 mm trail transforms the R version into the ultimate artist in the corners.

A serial production steering damper as well as elegant CNC-machined upper triple clamp are further sporty attributes for the uncompromising Super Duke R. Optically speaking, this motorcycle also reflects the unmistakable KTM brand "Ready to Race" philosophy. Above all, the orange laquered tubular frame, in contrast to the classic black makes this bike a real eye-catcher.

MV Agusta F4 CC



"I decided to put my name to this bike as I originally dreamed of it for myself". This is how Claudio Castiglioni, the Managing Director referred to the new F4 that now carries his initials "CC". The boss of MV did what any of us might well have done and gave in to his inner instincts, gave in to the temptation to create a motorbike, not just to meet strategic market needs, but to create something really special, something truly magnificent - just for the sake of it. To create the F4CC project, he obviously utilised everything at his disposal; exclusive materials and the latest technology to attain the utmost in performance.

The figures for the new MV speak for themselves: 315 kph (195 mph) top speed (auto-limited by tyre specification). Unique in its genre, sculptured by his friend Massimo Tamburini, made with luxurious design and high components hidden in the MV closet, right in that corner where the embryo start to develop: the MV AGUSTA racing department. This model however will never see a race track in earnest due to the size of its engine. What is important is the uniqueness of the F4CC project and the name that it carries. It doesn't matter if the ignition keys are never turned in the lock, if the bike rests on a stand in someone's home or if it only does the occasional mile or two to "give it a run". What does matter for a true enthusiast is to possess just one of the 100 models made and treat it as if it were a priceless painting worth millions. This was part of Claudio Castiglioni's dream. This is why the F4CC will be presented in "an evening dress" A specially boxed certificate of origin will make the delivery of each machine something very special - more a ceremony. Each machine will have a platinum plate at the top of the steering column bearing the model number from 1 ­ 100. The F4CC titanium exhausts and engine management unit together have the task of taming the power of the 1078 cc engine yet making it "sing" even sweeter when unleashing all of its 200 CV. The F4CC doesn't just want to entice with its looks - it wants to out- perform everything else. It wants to leave everyone stunned ­ for once and for all.

THE LADY IN BLACK

In addition to what the components in full view let us sense, the F4CC in its elegant black dress underlines the elegance and sophistication of a beautiful woman in a "little black number". The deliberate contrast between painted areas and bare carbon-fibre, between the fairing, the tank and the tail create a piece of modern architecture. Only in the prestige sector of the automotive field can such exclusive design be found. Red lines emphasis the "CC" on the fairing as does the F4 signature. There is however much more. The instrument panel has customised graphics and the all-black Alcantara saddle uses different fabrics on the top and side areas.

You will understand why nothing has been left to chance in this project. As we mentioned before, apart from the fact that 90% of the components are made as one-off items including the fork feet, the upper steering plate, the steering damper, the brake and clutch fluid reservoir, the gear change and brake levers, the footpegs and the side stand. As you can see, the MV F4CC uses special materials built by CRC (Centro Ricerce Cagiva) just about everywhere. The fairing is 100% carbon-fibre and the tailor made filler cap comes from the aero industry. All the protective meshes at the intake ducts and outlets at the tail are made from titanium. The same applies to the lower radiator and the four racing exhausts that form the classic organ pipe arrangement.

THE EQUIPMENT DIFFERENCES WITH THE F4R

The F4 CC is at the absolute top of the F4 hierarchy. The main differences between it and the
more "commercial" F4R can be summed up as follows:

- over 90% of the components are individually tailor made;
- brake and clutch levers that "fold" at the tip in the event of a fall;
- 1078 cc engine;
- 200 CV maximum power with titanium racing exhaust system;
- new timing system;
- smaller alternator;
- one-off mechanical type slipper clutch;
- new forks interior set-up and mono shock absorber
- Brembo Racing monoblock brakes;
- kerb weight 187 kilos without fuel.

THE BIGGEST NEWS LIES IN THE ENGINE

All 1000 cc engines like that in the F4R have been tuned more and more not just to provide better performance, but also to better use the dynamics of four cylinders working in unison. This is why we increased the bore from 76 mm to 79 and left the stroke unchanged at 55 mm. Cubic capacity thus became 1078 cc ­ the maximum obtainable from this engine. This is where the MV Agusta racing department managed by Andea Goggi began to work. Their aim was to improve internal fluid dynamics by polishing ducts and working their magic on "chamfering the innards" to gain a few CV. The new combustion chamber geometry was part of an overall reworking of the heads where computer controlled equipment guaranteed work of the very highest order. The pistons were made lighter than those in the 1000 and con-rod geometry was changed. The real difference however lies in the timing system that was made from different sized exotic materials for each and every element. The intake and exhaust valves are still radial (unique MV AGUSTA figure), but are now titanium and the intake valves are now bigger measuring 31 instead of 29 mm. With the wider bore, changes were also needed to the camshaft profile. On the other hand, the valve bowls (still steel) were decreased in size to lose a few grammes weight. They were decreased from 28 to 26 mm but still have double springs. These bowls, along with the keepers, valve guides and valve seats are all made by Del West, the American market leader in this sector, and despite the exorbitant price of these components, they were perfect for a machine as exclusive as the F4CC. The weight saved by these higher working speed components led to improved engine "usability" not to mention the fact that they shaved 4 kilos off the weight of the F4CC engine as against the F4R. Other components that contributed to weight savings were the magnesium timing, gearbox, clutch, blow-by and alternator covers.

The alternator cover in particular made a significant difference to the scales given that it alone made a difference of about 2 kilos in comparison to the one fitted to the F4R.

Size, obviously makes a difference so the new smaller version meant modifications had to be made to the upper block due to the shape of the new alternator and new hose connections. The fuel feed system included bigger throttle bodies that went to 48 mm as against the 46 mm ones fitted to the F4R. Like the F4 1000 Tamburini, the key to the F4CC engine performance lies with the revolutionary, patented Torque Shift System (TSS). The end result is again an engine without parallel. Like its 2007 "R" sister, the F4CC fully complies with Euro 3 standards with the following components: lambda probe, catalyser and one-piece exhaust system. The Engine Brake System (EBS) must also be mentioned. This acts as a torque limiter under deceleration. This system was first launched with the F4 1000 series. The F4CC also features a mechanical type slipper clutch with ramps and roller bearings. It is a one-off item of equipment.

THE FRAME NUMEROUS TAILOR MADE COMPONENTS

Not one item is made using traditional industrial methods and this has an obvious effect on the price of the F4CC. All the frame peripheral components were tailor made. This includes the fork feet, the footpegs (shim adjustable and "filed down" to reduce weight), the upper steering column plate and levers. Every item has been carefully designed then hand built using techniques that the racing department has applied over the years. The F4 frame is made from chrome molybdenum that, while being very light, offers the rigidity that any Superbike putting out more than 200 CV must have. This frame is used widely in the F4 range and remains unchanged on the F4CC. The swing arm and frame plates are superlight magnesium and the choice of a mono arm demonstrates not only how solid this unit is, but the sight of one side of the rear wheel being completely "exposed" further underlines the fact that this is a 100,000 euro MV Agusta.

THE SUSPENSION NEW SUSPENSION SOLUTIONS

In the suspension department, race experience counts more than ever. It is experience on the track that leads to evolution in suspension systems where improvements take place step-by-step. Flashes of inspiration however are never discounted. Even if everything looks the same from the outside, you can feel the difference when you try the F4CC or you can see the difference when the forks and "mono-arm" are X-rayed. Suspension solutions are the result of extensive research and close collaboration with riders that always want to feel the bike "hands-on". They insist on no less than predictable, controllable reactions from the machine. All the components at the front are Marzocchi like the enormous 50 mm forks. These items provide solidity and strength under braking and cornering. The forks are carbon nitride treated to decrease friction but this effect also adds to the bike's overall aggressive image. The one-off steering damper and racing mono shock absorber are both made by Sachs. The mono unit can be adjusted for rebound at high and low speeds. In effect, the F4CC is fitted with racing suspension.

BREMBO RACING BRAKES

The F4CC is fitted with 100% Brembo Racing brakes. This system is an exact copy of the one used on racing bikes that have two 310 X 6 mm discs up front with monoblock calipers housing 4 pistons and 2 pads. A single 220 mm disc looks after braking at the rear. The only difference between the "official" Brembo race brakes lies in the second dust cover fitted to road going F4CC version. This serves to reduce wear on the brakes that certainly will not be serviced as often as those on a pure racing version. The forged aluminium Brembo Super Light "Y" spoked wheels come in a new colour and measure 3.50 x 17" and 6.00 x 17". They are fitted with Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa Pro tyres measuring 120/70 and 190/55.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS F4 Special 100 C.C.

ENGINE
Type Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
Timing system "D.O.H.C", radial valve
Total displacement 1078 cm3 (65.8 cu. in.)
Compression ratio 13:1
Starting Electric
Bore x stroke 79 mm x 55 mm (3.1 in. x 2.2 in. )
Max. horse power - r.p.m. (at the crankshaft) 147 Kw (200 HP) at 12200 with titanium exhaust system - Lim. 13000 r.p.m.
Max. torque - r.p.m. 125 Nm (12.75 Kgm) at 9000 r.p.m.
Cooling system Liquid cooled, water-oil heat exchanger
Engine management system "Weber Marelli" 5SM ignition - injection integrated system; induction discharge electronic ignition, "Multipoint" electronic injection;
Variable height intake ducts with Torque Shift System (TSS)
Clutch Wet, multi - disc
Gear Box Cassette gearbox; six speed, constant mesh
Primary drive 50/79
Gear ratio
First gear: Speed* 13/38 129.8 Km/h (80.6 mph) at 13000 r. p . m .
Second gear: Speed* 16/34 178.5 Km/h (110.8 mph) at 13000 r. p . m .
Third gear: Speed* 18/32 213.4 Km/h (132.5 mph) at 13000 r. p . m .
Fourth gear: Speed* 20/30 252.9 Km/h (157.0 mph) at 13000 r. p . m .
Fifth gear: Speed* 22/29 287.8 Km/h (178.7 mph) at 13000 r. p . m .
Sixth gear: Speed* 21/25 315.0 Km/h (195.6 mph) at 13000 r. p . m .
Final velocity ratio 15x39

ELECTRICALEQUIPMENT
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 365 W at 6000 r.p.m.
Battery 12 V - 9 Ah

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 1408 mm (55.40 in.)
Overall lenght 2007 mm (79.01 in.)
Overall width 685 mm (26.97 in.)
Saddle height 810 mm (31.87 in.)
Min. ground clearance 130 mm (5.12 in.)
Trail 103.8 mm (4.08 in.)
Weight with fuel tank empty 187 Kg (412.6 lb)
Fuel tank capacity 21 l (5.54 U.S. gal.) - reserve fuel: 4 l (1.05 U.S. gal. )

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed* 315.0 Km/h (195.6mph) (self-limited for tires homologation)

FRAME
Type CrMoSteel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
Rear swing arm pivot plates: material Magnesium alloy

FRONT SUSPENSION
Type "UPSIDE - DOWN" telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload adjustment
Rod dia. 50 mm (1.97 in.) with carbonitriding treatment
Travel on leg axis 129 mm (5.07 in.)

REAR SUSPENSION
Type Progressive, F.1-derived single shock absorber with rebound and compression (High speed / Low speed) damping and spring preload
Single sided swing arm: material Magnesium alloy
Wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)

BRAKE
Front brake "Brembo Racing" double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking band - Th. 6 mm (0.23 in) and aluminum flange
Front brake caliper Solid-machined, "Brembo Racing", radial-type with 4 pistons - Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)
Rear brake Single steel disc with Ø 210 mm (Ø 8.27 in.) diameter
Rear brake caliper With 4 pistons - Ø 25,4 mm (Ø 1.00 in.)

RIM
Front: Material / size Forged aluminium alloy 3.50 " x 17 "
Rear: Material / size Forged aluminium alloy 6.00 " x 17 "

TYRES
Front 120/70 - ZR 17 (58W)
Rear 190/55 - ZR 17 (75 W)

FAIRING
Material Carbon Fiber