Sunday, March 04, 2007

Aprilia of the week: Jerry Reeves with his 05 RSVR

-Please introduce yourself first. Who are you and where are you from?

Hello, my name is Jerry Reeves, I have been riding for the better part of 30 years and to this point My 05 RSVR is one of the best bikes I’ve ever ridden. I am currently racing the RSVR in the Southeast Region of the WERA Sportsman series in the United States. This series runs from Feb to Oct. We have about 10 to 15 events for the season, and travel the eastern US from Florida to South Carolina.

-Which Aprilia model do you own?

My current race bike is an 05 Aprilia RSV1000R.

-Did you add any mods to your bike?

The extensive race preparation to the RSVR is as follows;
-Arrow Headers with stock cored canisters, for an absolutely sinister exhaust note!!
-Evoluzione Air box kit with BMF airlterfilter
-Ohlins steering damper and rear
-Stock Showa forks with race tech tech
-Air intake flapper valve removal
-Brembo 16x18 forged clutch master cylinder
-Woodcraft Racing rearsets and clip-on’s
-520 chain and sprockets with a wide range of misc.gearing
-Dyno jet power commander and electronic shifter
-Flywheel weight removed
-Relocated rear brake master cylinder
-Marvic Penta magnesium wheels
-STM Slipper clutch
-Sharkskins race body work

-Why did you buy an Aprilia and what do you like so much about it?

I bought the Aprilia mainly because I love the V-twin engine in sport bikes. I was looking at the RC51 as a race bike project and a friend suggested looking into the APE. After I looked at the Aprilia the decision to buy one instead of the Honda took all of about 1 second. (Lighter and Faster plus the exotic factor) I was hooked immediately.

-And what don’t you like about your bike?

The only problem I’ve had with the Aprilia is the rear brake. But, with some proper bleeding and minor customizing the rear brake is no longer a problem.

-If you could ask Aprilia to design a new model what would it be?

If I had my way in a new design model it would be a 550-750 v-twin street/race platform, and the v-4 superbike!!

-And finally do you have any motorcycling tips for the readers of Aprilia News?

If I could toss one tip out to the sport riders out there it would be to ALWAYS remember the basics. Whether riding at parking lot speeds or hurtling through a very high speed section of a racetrack the basics are always the same. Always look where you want the bike to go. Never allow yourself to get fixated on a target that you could hit. And lastly, no matter what, if you find yourself in a situation that could lead to a crash, NEVER, EVER, panic and stab the rear brake. This is a fundamental, if you panic brake with the rear alone, you are most likely to hit whatever it is. In this instance always keep riding the bike, never freeze. These are incredible machines and will do as you wish, you just have to know how to ask; and believe it or not they teach you how to ask in the basic motorcycle safety course.

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