Sportsbikes are typically a non-event in terms of design. An engineering team working working independently combines whichever mechanical components are currently in vogue, then passes the rolling chassis off to the styling department to have some plastic slapped on it. Even though the Aprilia RSV4 R still had to develop in much the same way, Miguel Galuzzi's design stands out with radical new proportions.
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Starting with the drastically small top fairing, function dictates the
look with ram air intakes positioned for maximum air pressure, creating
two separate hemispheres drawn together by the central headlight.
Moving on to the minimal side fairings, they barely conceal the engine
and completely expose the frame, emphasizing its already massive
proportions and centering the entire visual weight of the bike just
below the tank. The tail section then draws things to a close with a
dramatic sweep into a tiny, tiny point. Looking at it as a whole, the
front gives the impression of purpose, the center says "strength" and
the tail makes the whole thing looks like its going 200mph thanks to
the tail. All of that is doubly effective in person, the RSV4 R is tiny
and feels even smaller than the Yamaha R6 when you're onboard.

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