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Aprilia RSV MotoGP Replica

RSV becomes RS3 by MCN

QB Carbon's latest kit turns superbike into MotoGP replica.

When Aprilia unveiled its RS3 Cube motoGP bike last year, it was widely acclaimed as the best looking bike in the MotoGP paddock.

Now you can have those stunning looks without having to wait for a road-going Cube triple to arrive. QB carbon have released this RS3 replica kit which will fit on to the Aprilia mille V-twin.

The full carbon-fibre kit costs just over £4000, but the firm has also developed cheaper alternative parts in glass-fibre.

QB Carbon Aprilia RSV MotoGP Replica at the Alexandra Palace Motorcycle Show

The carbon-fibre upper fairing is modelled exactly on the GP bike - right down to the twin air intakes - and incorporates elements of the Mille's standard headlamp to mix stunning looks with road-legality. The fairing sides and belly pan are carbon-fibre race versions of the Mille bodywork. And there is also a carbon seat unit, modelled directly on the Cube's - which uses a subtle LED light to round off a neat rear end. And to really make you feel like Colin Edwards or Nori Haga the Mille can now be decked out in full MotoGP Aprilia warpaint. You don't have to go the whole hog with this conversion kit. You can pick bits according to your budget.

Rumours suggest a road-going version of the Cube from Aprilia could make as much as 175bhp - the only RSVs that reach that kind of figure were to be found in the garage of WSB racer Noriyuki Haga last year. So to squeeze out some extra power and enhance the Mille's glorious V-twin growl QB Carbon has fitted nearly £900 worth of Giannelli race system. Its capped off by twin cans - an improvement, many would agree, over the stock bike's bulky single can.

QB Carbon Aprilia RSV MotoGP Replica

The Mille R used for this show bike already comes with Ohlins suspension so QB haven't really gone to town on the chassis. They've limited themselves to a set of Roby Moto rearsets and some race-spec PFM six-pot brakes.

QB Carbon is also developing a high-capacity tank and a larger airbox for the RSV-R, which according to John Merrill, is their most popular bike.

  • Exhaust and Seat unit
    Full Giannelli race exhaust is more WSB than MotoGP. It should add a couple of extra bhp and a whole load more noise. The seat has been redsigned to mirror the RS3 Cube's unit exactly - the only noticeable difference is th use of clear LEDs for rear and brake lights on this road-going version.
  • Upper Fairing
    Modelled exactly on the Aprilia GP bike's fairing except for the headlight - which is an original RSV unit, with the central portions cunningly concealed.