Aprilia SS V2 Concept by Oberdan Bezzi

03/26/2014 @ 5:56 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

Aprilia SS V2 Concept by Oberdan Bezzi Aprilia 750 SS V2 concept Oberdan Bezzi 635x425

Yesterday we brought you a concept by Luca Bar Design for the Suzuki SV1000S, so it only seemed fitting today to show you another half-fairing sport bike from our other favorite Italian designer, Oberdan Bezzi.

Inking a concept for an Aprilia Shiver-based motorcycle with a half-fairing, Bezzi calls his creation the “Aprilia SS V2 Project” and it looks like something we would like to ride.

Several letters short from distinguishing itself from the Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, Bezzi’s SS V2 concept would have a hard time against the much more powerful Tuono.

Though with a 750cc v-twin engine, and more approachable price tag, we could see the machine working in Aprilia’s already crowded street-naked lineup.

With the heavy parts crossover available with the Shiver and Dorsoduro models, whatever Aprilia lost on sales cannibalization would be made up for in the shared bill of materials.

Of course marketing such a machine would have to differentiate between the performance-oriented Tuono and perhaps a fun/touring slant for the SS.

Source: Oberdan Bezzi

Comment:

  1. RickS says:

    That’s a fine looking motorcycle.

  2. Travis says:

    Bring back thee 1/2 fairing supersport. Engine is art. Frame as well.

  3. Alex Copelli says:

    Sorry Jensen, but I think you misunderstood Bezzi’s idea. His explanation goes more or less like this:

    “Strange as it may sound, no Italian manufacturer is currently offering an Italian style sportsbike.

    Distinctive feats of a true Italian sportsbike are handling and riding pleasure, along with high quality components and captivating design. It needs to be less powerful than those “despised” Jap-bikes, but also lighter, preferably bi-cylinder with a markedly racing setup and riding stance. [...]

    The first of this Aprilia line would be the mythical Aprilia RS 125. [...]

    Aprilia already has an extremely valid base for this vehicle, the Shiver 750. It looks like the perfect starting point to build that “human oriented sportsbike” that has long been missing from all Italian manufacturers’ offering!

    100 hp shouldn’t be looked down upon: in a lightweight construction with solid components, they can create a machine able to compete with 1000 CCs in many situations.

    The Aprilia SS V2 is a semifaired for heaps of fun, modern, fascinating, performance-oriented, inexpensive and … ITALIAN.”

    Provided that this machine would NOT be touring oriented in the least, I cannot see how marketing this would be hard vs. Tuono V4R APRC.

    160+hp, 183kg Vs. 100hp, 160kg (this would be the target weight in my opinion) seem like pretty big differences to me !!!

    Don’t know if it’s feasible, but it’s for sure what I am waiting for!!!!

  4. Jaybond says:

    Strangely , Aprilia did’nt offer anything between the WSBK winning (but slow selling) RSV4 superbike, and the tiny RS4 125 bike. They should come out with something like a new 600cc SuperSport bike or something like this SS V2 concept (preferably both). Same story as well for the naked bike segment. This is the only way for Aprilia to move forward to get better market penetration.

  5. BBQdog says:

    I would rather like Aprilia to create something like KTM’s RC 390 but
    with Aprilia’s compact 450/550cc V twin engine, however with 6 gears.
    But big fat bikes seems to have more of their interest.

  6. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    That is a great looking bike.

    Im thinking the same as Jaybond.

    The middle weight segment (recently discovered by MV Agusta and taken more seriously by Ducati, Kawasaki, Honda, and Yamaha) is the path to bigger market share and better sales. Also, I think the best way to grow your brand loyalty is through the middle weight segment.

  7. Jimmy Mcelroy says:

    “The middle weight segment (recently discovered by MV Agusta and taken more seriously by Ducati, Kawasaki, Honda, and Yamaha) is the path to bigger market share and better sales”

    Look at Triumph with their 675 platfrom in the Daytona and the Street Triple. They don’t even have a big displacement sportbike, and everything I’ve read says there’s no plans.

  8. Dr. Gellar says:

    I agree with BBQdog. Such a bike done right could have been a huge hit. Missed opportunity…

  9. BBQdog says:

    @Dr. Gellar: over here in Europe the KTM Duke 390’s are selling like cakes.
    I guess the RC 390 will also sell very well. It is a shame that a brand that
    started with 125 and 250 cc’s totally seems to neglect the lower midrange market.

  10. Jason says:

    It seems like it could be easy for them to take 1/2 of their 1000cc V4 and make a 500cc lightweight sport bike. Imagine the front bank of the V4 as a (270*) parallel twin. All the same internals from pistons and rods on up. same heads and cylinders, valve train… Would cost very little to develop and spread the tooling costs for these existing parts over many more units sold. Then build a bike around That little engine in a minimalist way to get the weight WAY down and you could have one bad ass little 500cc ripper. Make it light enough and it would probably mop up some 600’s along the way…

  11. Jason says:

    It would have to be a serious sport offering though. Don’t ruin it with crappy “budget” parts

  12. gritboy says:

    Now THAT is a sexy looking bike!

  13. Drool-worthy. Dang. (Would somebody please give me a tissue?)

  14. Valendino says:

    Looks great, but I think its about time for a 1200cc V2 aprilia sports bike to hit the market:-)

  15. stretchy says:

    More than one person did the sxv/rxv 450/550 engine into an Aprilia rs 250 chassis with great result.
    They need to make that engine long term reliable, keep the weight down, and get it out as the world’s funnest sub 300 lb bike.

  16. Jason says:

    “Stretchy says:
    More than one person did the sxv/rxv 450/550 engine into an Aprilia rs 250 chassis with great result.
    They need to make that engine long term reliable, keep the weight down, and get it out as the world’s funnest sub 300 lb bike”

    I TOTALLY agree. The only reason I even suggested a motor other than the 450/550 twin is because I know they are high maintenance. It would need to be street worthy maintenance and reliability, but that 550 twin in a sub 300lb bike would be SO MUCH FUN, even if the power output went down to the level of the 450 for reliability.

    Nobody is in this market right now