Aprilia FV2: contemporary history began with her
In 2007 the concept was presented at EICMA. It was a “test bed” for the technologies and aesthetics that we later saw in the sporty and high-end motorcycles of the years to come
There are Concepts for their own sake, created by the houses to amaze and revive the show at the various international motorcycle fairs, while others represent real technological advances of the future such as the2007 Aprilia FV2, a concept that today everyone seems to have forgotten, but which was the forerunner of the future of Noale and of all the super sports technology that we can buy today. In hindsight, it was a window to the future, but 15 years ago we still couldn’t know!
Aesthetics, electronics and chassis, the future according to Aprilia
Looking at it from the outside, the FV2 was a power naked with front loaded lines, with one suspension with a deformable quadrilateral which has not become a concrete reality in the world of sports cars but is certainly a scenic effect thinking about how the whole front end was “faired”. The frowning front is followed by a central part and a tail that we recognize much more, because they are aesthetic elements that still represent the stylistic language of Aprilia and that made their debut on the market with the first RSV4 and Tuono series.
Mechanically, this concept brought a new one to its debut 1200 engine 90 degree V-twin, an evolution of the engine that was still the beating heart of the production of the moment. The aim was not so much to develop new mechanical architectures but to develop electronic concepts that we would later see on the market, such as the ride-by-wire (which debuted for the first time on an Aprilia, the Shiver, a few years later) and the development of a traction control system that worked in conjunction with automatic suspension adjustment, something that we now consider almost normal on top-of-the-range bikes, but which in 2007 was stuff that only MotoGP could think of.
The frame was a particular project, because it was not a real frame but a load-bearing structure that held the front end, incorporating the filter box and hooking onto the front part of the engine which acted as a stressed element. Basically what 5 years later became a trademark for the Ducati Panigale, and even before testing this system in MotoGP with Casey Stoner began.
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Finally, the instrumentation and controls discourse, because the FV2 had curiously been equipped with a PSP (Play Station Portable, portable video game platform) as instrumentation: its small color display could provide all the necessary information to the rider and manage the control of the bike’s electronics, as well as having the ability to act as a navigator with the GPS signal. We know how it ended, modern TFT instruments are exactly the evolution of this idea.
Why we don’t talk about the FV2 today as a revolutionary and prophetic bike for the whole motorcycle industry is a mystery. We are reminded of concepts that may be aesthetically more iconic but certainly less important from an evolutionary point of view. The importance of this power naked – seen with today’s eyes – was nothing short of fundamental.
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