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vp rsvmille
10-06-2004, 07:09 PM
So who's going to the Oz GP next week?

Would be good to catch up over a beer or three.

10-06-2004, 07:33 PM
I went last year and it was a blast, but not this year. Probably go to Superbikes though ..

p.s. love your sig! :)

vp rsvmille
10-07-2004, 04:15 AM
Thanks mate.

It sounds like it might be turning into a beauty of a round too what with Aprilia supposedly finishing up this year, Gazza riding the cube, and the championship completely undecided - unlike the previous couple years when Rossi won before end of the season.

BTW, I think there's some smoke comin outa that pussy..... :D

10-07-2004, 07:55 AM
I don't think I will be making it this year either but if you are looking for other aprilia riders going there check out yahoo groups
Club_aprilia... there will be a few meeting up

10-09-2004, 01:27 AM
I'm going to the island and can't wait.Went to the world supers this year and that was the first time to the island. They were awsome, Motogp should be mindblowing. i hope everyone that is going down there travel safely.

10-09-2004, 08:15 AM
Yeah it's like that old joke:

Q: "Do you smoke after sex?"
A: "I don't know, I've never looked." :D

So this is Aprilia's last season in motogp? I did not know that. Any news on Aprilia in Superss next year? Altough I think it's probably all over for twins with the 4's being de-restricted.

vp rsvmille
10-10-2004, 09:02 PM
I'm only quoting what I've read in other posts/news sites with regards to Aprilia next year.

Everyone would love to see them back in the supers. Hopefully some news will trickle through this weekend.

I can't wait and really need to stock up on some sleep before getting there.

10-11-2004, 03:09 AM
Yeah, Aprilia in WSB with a productionised Cube. Awsome!!! Hang on a minute........ maybe they should paint it orange and call it a JOTA. Look out Laverda is back. YEEEHAAAR. Ciao Ross.

10-11-2004, 08:18 AM
Adam here .... yes there is a group of the Melbourne Contingent heading down on Saturday. There should be 10-12 of us. We are joining up with approx 10,000 of our closet friends in Cranbourne on Saturday morning for the MotoGP run down to PI.

We should be at the track by 12 o'clock.

btw ... for any of the Oz readers out there, we have started up our own Australian Aprilia forum at:


Feel free to join up ... it would be good to have some interstate contributors to the forum.

Are any of the interstaters joining the MotoGP run??? Let me know if you are. Details of the meeting point is online at the forum and: www.aprilia.com.au/club

vp rsvmille
10-11-2004, 08:59 AM
Hey AdamT.

I checked out the oz forum and it looks pretty good. There's some good groups in yahoo - distillers, ozkitbeers....

I won't be bringing the bike down for this weekend as it's still getting serviced. Not to worry.

I got your mobs number (clubaprilia) so will try an get in touch when at the GP. Would be good to hear all the aprilia's thundering around.

10-12-2004, 12:55 AM
The motogp commentators on the weekend mentioned a rumour of Bayliss riding for the Aprilia WSB team -now wouldn't that be great!

10-12-2004, 01:37 AM
... only if we gave him a decent bike to ride ! The 'cubes' are not even close. Amazing that the Aprilia 125 and 250 race bikes are so good, yet the four strokes are a long way from being competitive!

vp rsvmille
10-12-2004, 04:41 AM
It seems they went too far in the fancy department in electronics and should have spent more money on the chassis. That's where the problem lies - the motor is plenty powerful enough.

Is there even going to be an aprilia in the WSBK?

Johnny in Oz
10-12-2004, 06:24 PM
I'm heading down tomorrow, staying overnight at Eden. Is there somewhere people are planning to meet up at the track or a designated watering hole?


vp rsvmille
10-12-2004, 06:39 PM
Apparently a lot of people wearing aprilia apparel (including myself now) will be meeting up at around 12:00noon in the expo tent on the Saturday.

I presume it will be around the/an Aprilia section.

Johnny in Oz
10-13-2004, 12:01 AM
Okay then, see you there. I'll be the guy in the red Aprilia T-shirt.;)


vp rsvmille
10-13-2004, 01:15 AM
ha ha and I'll be the guy with the black aprilia shirt.... :D :D :D

Yep, see you all there.

10-13-2004, 08:10 PM
fyi ... I just sent this out to the Melbourne Club Aprilia crew. For the interstaters, if you see a bunch of guys wearing Aprilia tops standing outside the AMCN Expo Tent (Gate 7 side) on Saturday at around 11:30-12:00, chances are that will be us!



Just a reminder for those heading down to the GP over this weekend (inc Friday). To keep things simple, for all 3 days those heading down that would like to meet up with other Aprilia owners, should plan on meeting at the Mobil Service Station (cnr Sth Gippsland Hwy and Thompsons Rd) 2-3km's before Cranbourne at 8am for a departure soon afterwards.

On Friday and Sunday we will need to get away by 8:15am at the latest to ensure we get down to PI in time to see the first MotoGP session of the day.

On Saturday we will leave around the same time to ensure we get prime position in Cranbourne for the start of the MotoGP run.

*** Saturday MotoGP run & Meeting Point at PI ***

With fine weather forecast for Saturday I would expect to see well over 10,000 bikes joining the ride from Cranbourne to PI. We will leave Cranbourne as a group, but with that many bikes I doubt if we will arrive at PI as a group! So here are the plans to meet at PI if you get separated from the group.

Those going to the track will be directed into the motorcycle parking area next to Gate 7. We should be at the track by 11:30am. Gate 7 is halfway along the main straight. On entering the track, you will see the AMCN Expo tent just off to your left. Once you get to the track head straight to the entrance of the Expo Tent where we will meet before checking out the Aprilia stand and then taking up a good vantage spot to watch qualifying! I

f you get lost or have any questions, call me on the mobile: 0404-811-067

Looking forward to a great weekend of Racing!!!!

vp rsvmille
10-19-2004, 07:26 AM
Yep. Went there at that time and even sent a message but for the life of me did not see any aprilia looking people except for the guys working the aprilia stand.

Oh well, it was a good weekend, excellent weather and a really good final lap of the main event.

10-19-2004, 07:42 AM
I went down to the island with Adam and some of the other Aprilia riders on Sat. Sorry I didn't meet you.
I know what you mean about the messages. I lost the others and sent a message , didn't see them again ( may be it was me?)
The 125 racing was pretty good.

10-19-2004, 08:53 AM
we were there waiting! Shame we did not hook up. There were about 8 of us from memory standing outside the expo entrance from about 11:40am to 12 noon. Most of us has Aprilia hats and/or t-shirts on.

Mind you there were about 40-50 other people standing around waiting.

Saturday was a good day, but not as good as the racing on Sunday.

Valentino is a god!

We were camped on Turn 12 for most of the day.

10-19-2004, 03:39 PM
8 days before the race so I missed all the meeting times:rolleyes:
anyway I did bump into John at Bombala pub on the way back:)
I had a huge weekend in the campground but unless they improve the facilities ten fold I won't be back:mad:

Johnny in Oz
10-20-2004, 05:42 PM
I had some drama on the way down as I lost the front end 2hrs south of Sydney, resulting in a snapped left handlebar, crushed can and lots of other cosmetic damage.

I was on the phone immediately to Aprilia in Sydney who were really not as helpful as I would have liked, explaining that it would take 3 weeks to get a handlebar and unresponsive to my suggestion that they grab one off a bike on the showroom to get me on the road again.

With the prospect of pulling the plug on the trip and carting the bike home I managed to ride with one handlebar to the next town and tracked down a Tig welder who got me on the road again. Did a bloody good job too!

Big, big thanks to Marty at the Aprilia stand on Saturday who offerred to organise a handle from the Factory on display if I was iffy about riding the bike home.

Great time OTW. Shame about not getting to meet up, apart from RinOz at Bombala (has the ringing in your ears faded?), Cash and Tex at Bermagui and the Falco rider at Eden - sorry I've forgotten the name.

The bike goes to Aitkens for a quote today and I'm expecting a hefty repair bill - but I'm sure it could have been much worse.

One thing that came home to me on the ride was how close the Aprilia fraternity is as it seemed everyone I met on an Aprilia I either knew personally or within 1 degree of separation.

Keep it alive guys.


10-20-2004, 08:32 PM
Hi Johnny,

Sorry to hear about the spill. One of the design "features" of the 04 Aprilia's is that the clip-ons are designed to break to protect the front suspension and steering geometry. Much cheaper to replace a snapped clip-on then replace the front end of the bike.

I know, as I low-sided my Factory exiting MG corner at PI in May ... very little damage to the bike other the the broken clip-on. I scuffed the fairing, scratched the pipe and cracked the carbon fibre wind deflector. It was not as expensive to repair as I expected, I was lucky that the fairing was scratched/scuffed and not cracked or badly damaged, so Bike Barn in Mel were able to order the decal kit and get it resprayed. The bike looks and feels as good as new ...

Good luck getting your bike back on the road.

As for the Aprilia Family ... I definantly concur with your thoughts. My only disappointment is the lack of enthusiasm from JSG, particularly those we met on the Aprilia stand. I thought they would have shown some interest having 10 guys from the Melbourne arm of the Aprilia Club turn up at the stand, all spending money on merchandise, but to be honest they could not give a sh!t and apart from saying hello had no interest in striking up a conversation.

On the other hand the Aprilia dealers on the stand were great.

Johnny in Oz
10-20-2004, 09:11 PM
Adam, I heard of your spill from the Falco rider in Eden. Wow the damage you describe sounds identical to mine. A design feature you say? Can't wait to tell the other guys I was with.

Yeah it's a mixed bag for sure with JSG, but Marty Craig who was filling in at the stand is a JSG guy that I met on one of the Sydney rides. He also has a Factory, so I appreciated the offer of assistance. Ya gotta give credit when it's due. Some guys just talk the talk.

I'm just pissed off I'll miss my track day I'd booked for next Tuesday.:mad:

Keep the faith.


10-21-2004, 02:10 AM
apart from RinOz at Bombala (has the ringing in your ears faded?)

it appears I have done permanent damage from the constant wind noise, known as tinnitus.... it's a constant sharp screech that won't stop. I'm still to do the audiologist & ear specialist yet but from what I understand it's irriversable.
Worst part is I only bought the Caponord for the sake of my back & now I'm almost deaf:mad: :eek: needless to say the capo is for sale.............

10-21-2004, 06:07 PM
What was the problem with the Capo???


10-21-2004, 06:13 PM
Jeff, do you wear ear plugs? And is your helmet a good fit?

If not you may find that it is it, that has contributed to the tinnitus. A poor fitting helmet will exascerbate the problem of wind noise.

Sorry to hear about the problem. Get to an ear specialist asap. Tinnitus is a real bummer of a condition, I'm lead to believe.:(

10-21-2004, 06:25 PM
Yeah it's a mixed bag for sure with JSG

I have to say that my experience with JSG has been on the most part excellent, (tks Dave, immensely BTW), and Marty struck me as being excellent as well, although he's their IT guy, but it all helps, no matter from what staff you get deal with.

I have had reservations about their marketing guys for a long time, and IMHO.

2 years ago was a classic down at the Island, with their Marketing Mgr, who basically told me to go and shove it, and that he was only there to sell new bikes, and not talk to current owners, and couldn't give a rats arse about us, but then again, I guess that's why he got the shaft in the end anyway!

Go figure. I would have thought getting on side with current owners would have been beneficial for word of mouth prospective sales. As to the dealers, I can't say enough about the experience I've also had with Aitkens. Nothing was too difficult for them, when it came to my bike, and it's servicing. I've also just had a good experience with M/Cycle Weaponry down in Mona Vale, (close to me), for a TB sync 2 weeks ago.

Just my 2 cents worth.


10-21-2004, 06:33 PM
PS John, if you need any help, tools, etc, don't hesitate to give a call. Glad to assist if req'd.

Yep, bummer re Tuesday's track day. Simon (old Duke), and I will be thinking of you, whilst we circulate, (not)! :p:


Johnny in Oz
10-21-2004, 07:29 PM
Thanks for the offer Leigh. I gotta say it was more than just a little depressing as we loaded the bike onto the truck to ship it off to Aitken's and now as I walk forlornly past the bike shed and take a peek at the empty spot. :(

Just to set the record straight I was'nt having a go at JSG, just taking what others have experienced at face value and wanting to make a positive point. I have even resisted disclosing details (ask me privately and I'll tell you) of who and where it was that gave me the cold shoulder in Sydney. The fact is they have been helpful in the past. Again, a mixed bag.

As an Aprilia owner and consumer I have strong views about levels of service and actively encourage/commend the good guys. All the more important with just 3 dealers servicing a population of 4millon+.

Enjoy your trackday. Hope you can keep your laptimes up without someone to slipstream down the straight.;)


10-21-2004, 09:17 PM
... Martin Craig from JSG has been a great help for us. It is a shame we did not get to meet him while down at PI. Martin does a great job getting our photos and ride reports uploaded onto the aprilia.com.au website and has been a strong supporter of Club Aprilia.

For those going to Eastern Creek ... Have fun at the track ...

I am looking to come back up to Eastern Creek before the year is out for a track day. Will keep you guys updated on potential dates.

10-21-2004, 09:26 PM
Originally posted by AdamT
...For those going to Eastern Creek ... Have fun at the track ...

I am looking to come back up to Eastern Creek before the year is out for a track day. Will keep you guys updated on potential dates.

Oh I will! :D :D

And the only other Superbike School date I know of is the 15th Dec, which at this point in time is a Premium Day, ($275, as opposed to the Standard days @ $125. Used to go just to premium days, as very few on the track at any point in time (18 max, as opposed to 30-35 now in the medium group - I've gone up to the fast group & 20 only at the last day @ the end of August, as I've dropped 10 secs over the last year on my times, yee-hah! :D) Would I go to Premium day? Probably, but the std days are just as good, for less money!

Hope to catch up at the end of the year, Adam at EC again.

I don't go to any of the other track day operators, as they have sometimes 40 min people on the track at the same time, and it is chaos. People being carved up all the time!!!! Messy stuff sometimes! :mad:


10-21-2004, 09:36 PM
Possibly the problems that you guys are encountering with JSG staff is that most of them can't even ride a m/cycle, let alone have any insight into the needs/wants of such a group.
I've been trying to educate them for years on such matters.


vp rsvmille
10-22-2004, 12:37 AM
ha ha ha - I had the pleasure of meeting some of the group on the weekend - lets just say that the only connection between JSG and motorcycling I saw was the Aprilia logo they were wearing.

Did anyone go to the Aprilia champions club tent? Who felt they're $700 was well spent?

10-22-2004, 01:17 AM
Luckily .... I scored free tickets to the Champions Club on the Saturday in the MMM Tent, which was just down from the Aprilia Tent. To be honest, the hospitality was very good and you cannot fault the position, food was great and if you wanted to drink, the beer was good quality (Crown Lagers) and plentiful.

... But did I see $700 value?

Definantly not!

Maybe $400 to $450 ... and I had a lot more fun sitting on the Turn 12 hill on Sunday then I did in the tent on Saturday.

10-22-2004, 01:42 AM
What was the problem with the Capo???

I have always complained about the excessive wind noise on this bike (I have 2 others with no problem), the turbulance noise is just terrible, if I duck down (or stand up) the noise reduces dramaticly. For my height 6' it's horrendous but I had no idea that it could cause permanent hearing damage, & yes I always wear earplugs on this bike. I am absolutely shattered that I didn't realize this could happen, this has really changed my world something shocking......... I now have a permanent high pitched screech in both ears that does not stop, not even for a second & I can no longer hear normal conversation.
Be careful out there guys, spend the money on good ear plugs & helmet...... believe me you don't want this, my back injury with severed sciatic nerve with 2 operations seems like a paper cut compared to this!!!!

BTW; I haven't given up yet, I've booked in to the specialist but it's 5 weeks wait so I might try to find one in Sydney!!

10-24-2004, 07:31 AM
I took a moto guzzi ev for a ride and was stunned by the amount of noise and buffering behind that large screen. Being used to sports bike it came as quite a shock. I guess this is a similar problem with the Capo? Anyway hope it gets better and if you're in Sydney let us know. Earplugs area good idea, especially with loud pipes ;)

10-25-2004, 03:51 AM
I've got my eye on one of those breva 1100 but if it's anything like the "capo versas my height noise thing" then no way!!

11-01-2004, 12:01 AM

The Falco rider in Eden would be me, we stayed at the same motel ! Glad to hear you got back OK. You were understandably not too happy about the state of your bike when we chatted.



11-01-2004, 07:18 AM
Originally posted by Fox
Earplugs area good idea, especially with loud pipes ;)

Two days riding from the Island and home, with an Arai helmet, loud pipe, wind noise and no earplugs nearly caused me to stack all because l was focusing on an ear ache rather than the road!!:mad:
From now on...ear plugs:angel:

11-01-2004, 01:14 PM
I use those ones advertised in AMCN, they're $50 but I cant stand the foam ones. With the earplugs in it cuts out the high frequency mechanical and wind noise leaving a beautiful deep v twin roar ... it actually sounds better with the earplugs!

The race Arais and Shoeis have great venting but very little sound dampening.

RinOz those Brevas look really nice as does the Griso ...

11-01-2004, 03:08 PM
but still it happened:(