Aprilia’s RSV4 RR celebrates WSBK title in style —

Aprilia celebrated Sylvain Guintoli’s capture of the World Superbike championship by unveiling the RSV4 RR, a revamped version of the super-sports V4 on which the French star’s bike was based. The 999cc, 65-degree V4 powerplant is tuned with new airbox, revised fuel-injection system, titanium valves, reprofiled cams and numerous lighter internals and a modified lubrication system, plus a new exhaust system that helps boost peak output by 16bhp, to a maximum of 201bhp at 13,000rpm.

The chassis is also tweaked, with the engine placed in its lowest possible location in the twin-spar aluminium frame, and the swing-arm lengthened to aid traction and stability. The already cutting-edge APRC electronics package is updated, and the fairing restyled to improve aerodynamics.

Aprilia is offering a Race Pack comprising forged wheels and updated Öhlins suspension and steering damper, and is also building 500 units of a limited-edition model called the RSV4 RF, which incorporates the Race Pack plus a unique paint scheme.

The lengthy accessories list includes a genuine innovation: the latest version of the Piaggio Group’s Aprilia Multimedia Platform electronics system. Aprilia says this will allow riders to program the RSV4’s electronics, using a smartphone’s GPS function, to fine-tune the bike’s engine mapping, traction control and other functions on a corner-by-corner basis. If you’re looking for the experience of riding a world championship winning Superbike straight out of the showroom, it can’t get much closer than that.

I just received this Opinel and on the right an Okapi ring pull knife, made in South Africa. A collectors antique ???? No it’s not old, it’s more or less an ethnic ‘working class’ folder that used to be made in Germany for the german occupied territories in Africa. Okapi Co. in South Africa bought them out and they are made there now. The blades edge came from the company with non matching bevels. Which according to my friend, Steve„ also known here on IG as @thee_condor„ the mismatched bevel is also a way to tell counterfeits.
That’s their standard ‘edge’ that can be recognized everywhere as their signature so to speak. However, Steve has found out that it is much more difficult to sharpen. That’s why I am reprofiling the knife, along with repairing the tip, and sharpening it to an 18° bevel, 36° inclusively. Thanks Steve for the confidence and trusting “Mirrored Edges” to take care of your knife situation. 👊🔪👊. Mark