Inspired by the past, Aprilia has
created a genuine 'concept bike' in the Blue Marlin.
At the end of the 1960s,
European sports bikes were still drawing on the image inherited from
racing bikes from the period immediately after the Second World War. First
English, then Italian motorcycles were the leading players in this moment
of growth for the motorcycling sector.
And this was when the youngest, most combative and dynamic Italian
companies made their mark on the market, proposing road-sports models
inspired by the racing world of the previous decades (pragmatic but at the
same time romantic).
A period of extreme creative fervour, when Aprilia began to make its first
steps, proposing a slim streamlined bike, fruit of the intuition of the
young Ivano Beggio, already keenly following and interpreting ideas and
trends. This was the Colibri 50, Aprilia's first sports road bike. A
product representing a perfect combination of simplicity and purity of
Now, after more than thirty years, this
model becomes the inspiration for a high performance bike, designed to
give new emotions through a combination of extreme lightness and engine
power, partly thanks to the use of new technologies and materials enabling
these sensations to be enhanced.
The Aprilia 1000 Blue Marlin has tapering, aerodynamic lines. Its
essential design, emphasized by the complete absence of fairings, enhances
the sensations identifying the very soul of motorcycling, such as the
immediate perception of the bike's speed, amplified by the pressure of air
on the body.
The mechanics of the Aprilia 1000 Blue Marlin have been conceived to
emphasize the heart of the bike, the RSV 1000 60° V twin. The double
cradle perimeter frame is made from chrome/molybdenum combining research
and experience, drawing on concepts and technology from both the off-road
and track world) with the most advanced research in materials and
mechanics. The result is an ultra-lightweight frame with high torsional
rigidity enabling the engine to express the high power output to the full.
The distinctive and exclusive double cradle design, with its small size
and rear aluminium closure plate, also allows for fixing of the service
elements (saddle mount, rear shock absorber and swingarm), with enormous
advantages in terms of weight and dimensions. The frame also houses
the oil tank, built into the bottom cradle.
The rear gas shock absorber without
spring and levers leaves the maximum possible space for the exhaust,
without compromising the essential lines and distinctive design.
Emphasizing the concept of lightness and clean lines is the new tubular
aluminium truss swingarm with its streamlined wedge shape echoing the line
of the overlying saddle mount, a genuine masterpiece of essential design
The dashboard provides further confirmation of the concept of immediacy
and practicality inherent in every individual component of the Aprilia
1000 Blue Marlin. Ease of reading and complete information are guaranteed
by a perfect mix of classical and modern analogue and digital instruments
going together perfectly to create an original and attractive result.
The components in this
product are the best available on the market. From the Ohlins upside down
43 mm diameter fork with 120 mm travel to the Brembo braking system with
double 320 mm floating disk and four pot calipers at the front and single
220 mm disk with two pot calipers at the rear.
Engine type -Four-stroke,
longitudinal 60° V twin, with anti-vibration double countershaft (AVDC
- Cooling - Liquid
cooled with three-way pressurised circuit.
- Bore and stroke -
97 x 67.5 mm
- Total displacement
- 997.62 cc
- Timing - Double cam
shaft in cylinder head controlled by mixed gear/chain system, four
valves per cylinder
- Max. power - 130 hp
at 9,500 rpm
- Max. torque - 101
nm at 7,250 rpm
- Fuel injection -
Integrated electronic engine regulation system. Indirect multipoint
electronic injection. 51 mm diameter throttle bodies
- Ignition - Digital
electronic with two spark plugs per cylinder (TSI Twin Spark Ignition),
integrated with injection.
- Gearbox - 6-speed
with wet multi-plate clutch
- Frame - Chrome
molybdenum double cradle (diameter 34 mm x 1.5 tubes) with built-in oil
tank. Removable tubular aluminium seat mount
- Length - 2070 mm
- Width - 710 mm
- Height - 1050 mm
- Seat height - 800
- Wheelbase - 1415 mm
- Front suspension -
Ohlins upside-down fork, 43 mm diameter sleeves, with titanium nitride
treatment. Wheel travel 120 mm.
- Rear suspension -
Hydraulics externally adjustable in rebound, compression and preload.
Tubular aluminium truss swingarm. Gas shock absorber without
spring or levers
- Front brake - 320
mm diameter Brembo stainless steel double floating disk. Four-pot
calipers, 34 mm dia. and four pads in sintered material
- Rear brake - 220 mm
diameter stainless steel disk; two-pot caliper, 32 mm diameter