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Ricky J
10-14-2005, 08:16 AM
An Italian article written in late January 2004 talks about sightings of a disguised prototype Aprilia twin around Noale, and its great resemblance to the Blue Marlin show bike of 2001.

Alot has happened since then of course, including the Piaggio takeover, so where this project ended up is anyone's guess. The interesting thing is these sightings took place long after the Blue Marlin plans were supposedly dropped...

Anything's possible at this point, and the Milan Show is coming up in a few weeks!

Meanwhile, here's the story: http://www.infomotori.com/a_55_IT_672_1.html

Chuck B
10-14-2005, 08:36 AM
If that Marlin came to USA I'd have one in my garage so fast my head would spin!

brightfutures
10-14-2005, 08:48 AM
Nice, the swing arm looks tough... but the riding position looks a little extreme???

captian matt
10-14-2005, 10:25 AM
Pleaseees!! bring it over!!

irdave
10-14-2005, 06:17 PM
It was probably the original running around- I mean, it's gotta' be somewhere...

falco03
10-15-2005, 09:31 PM
can't read italian.....anyway, i've always loved this bike.
it would be cool if aprilia had somewhat of a ''boutique'' offering like the blue marlin. sort of along the lines of the retro bikes that ducati is offering.

vsgofast
10-15-2005, 09:50 PM
I really loved the Blue Marlin when Aprilia showed it off as a prototype a few years back. I also liked the Laverda SFC1000. I'm afraid neither bike will see the light of day :crybaby:

suedboy
10-17-2005, 06:17 PM
Aprilia has noticed the trend for "neo-retro's" ala the Ducati Sport Classics, most Guzzi's and Triumph Bonneville. According to the article (one of my mechanics is from Rome), Apriliia is testing several different models to enter that niche. Whether it will be true to the Blue Marlin show bike it doesn't say, but it does say they will have something for that class.

benya
10-17-2005, 09:40 PM
Just one man's opinion, I don't think the Blue Marlin will find enough buyers to make it worth producing.

novos
10-17-2005, 11:11 PM
price it at 26-28K, make less of them.

falco03
10-18-2005, 06:16 AM
make it a parts bin bike and price it at 12 - 15k.

hank
10-18-2005, 07:05 AM
price it at 26-28K, make less of them.

And then blow them out new, still crated a year later at $9,000. :rolleyes:

Then the late model, slightly used bikes with low miles will go for $6,000. :crybaby:

fnfalman
10-18-2005, 10:37 AM
I like the look. It has a touch of retro but not a blatant copy like the Bonneville, Thruxton, Sport Classic, et al.

falco03
10-19-2005, 03:41 PM
never noticed it before, but it looks like there's a space between the rear of the seat and the tail light. and, i can't remember when this thing was introduced originally, but it's got radial brakes.

Mookie-Flav
10-19-2005, 06:03 PM
I always loved the Blue Marlin concept bike, in fact that's what got me into liking Aprilia's in the first place. But the reason why they never made it wasn't because they didn't like it or thought it wouldn't sell, it was because they couldn't figure out how to get a big enough airbox in the thing to make the motor perform decently.

If they've somehow figured out a way to redesign the airbox then I don't see any reason why they wouldn't produce this bike.

/didn't read the article, can't read italian

MikeSchinkel
10-22-2005, 02:41 AM
I remember when I first saw it, I hated it. That was before I owned my Tuono. But I just looked at it now, and actually like it a lot! You can see that Rotax v60 in plain view; it really is a nice looking engine. Hmm, strange how one's tastes change.

velocityjunky
10-22-2005, 12:28 PM
but for gods sake put a different headlight on the thing, a nice retro bucket would be bbetter than that ugly thing.