No, this isn’t the RSV4, it’s the Aprilia RS4. The difference is three cylinders, 874cc and 165bhp. The point is that European teenagers, restricted by tiered licensing, can ride this superbike-alike and, soon, so will Americans. Later this year, the four-stroke, 125cc sportsbike will be imported to America, where it won’t benefit from enforced capacity or power caps, but where we hope it will help many newer riders get their start both on the road and on race tracks. Helping it along will be this Alitalia paint job, something it shares with the €50,000 Biaggi-rep V4.

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