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    Italian Article about the RSW 500 GP

    Information is scarce on this period of Aprilia in the 500cc GPs, so if you're willing to copy/paste to google translate, I think it's worth it:

    http://www.fuoritraiettoria.com/2-ru...no-imperfetto/

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    Good God...the pictures alone translate to a mess in my undies.
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    I miss 2T GP bikes. Sniff...

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    Do note the early 'winglets' on the Cube
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    Miss that era, the lion, and the quirky Aprilia brand

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    Steve, that's an excellent article about an obscure motorcycle. I do recall how those bikes could qualify well then get swamped in the long dragrace to turn one. So much for theory versus actual practice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo J View Post
    Steve, that's an excellent article about an obscure motorcycle. I do recall how those bikes could qualify well then get swamped in the long dragrace to turn one. So much for theory versus actual practice!
    Similar to the Honda 500 twins as ridden by Tady Okada and others back in the day.......the fours had the outright speed on the straights and an advantage on acceleration but got in the way of the twins around the corners.

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    Cool article. Thanks for sharing.
    There was also a link in the article to one about the RS Cube, which is also another fascinating bike.
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    The coolest bike I have ever seen and heard up close in person in my life was the Honda NSR500V, a guy used to race one for kicks in CMRA...there is something VERY special about the real deal GP 500cc bikes, the twins especially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micah / AF1 Racing View Post
    The coolest bike I have ever seen and heard up close in person in my life was the Honda NSR500V, a guy used to race one for kicks in CMRA...there is something VERY special about the real deal GP 500cc bikes, the twins especially.
    I remember when Kenny Roberts ran a pair of YZR500's in Formula USA. We raced at Pocono (not against them) and it was amazing both seeing the bikes in the pits and watching them run out on track.
    The modern four strokes are very trick, but I do miss the old two strokers.

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    thanks for posting.
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    Just realised that's Doriano Romboni on the bike post 1...........what a great racer, hard as they come, ultimately never got the breaks that his compatriots Max & Loris Capirossi got but there was some fierce racing between them at the time........such a sad loss.

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    I was at that race in 2000. I was in the UK competing at the British Fullbore Rifle Championships. Got there a week early to visit friends and decided to catch the GP. Jeremy McWilliams was at his best that day. He led the race on his "home" track until the last 2 or 3 laps until he got passed. Keeping Rossi and the boys behind him on the little 400 triple. His corner speed in Craners was unbelievable actually pulling on the 500's. Cheered myself hoarse with a group of strangers/new friends urging him on. I always love an underdog. Had a 30 sec chat with him in the Aprilia booth. Nice guy and ya gotta love that Northern Irish accent. Even better than a good Texas drawl.lol
    I rented an SV 650 Zook and rode up. The 120mi. trip took a little less than 2 hours. I followed various groups of bikes up but had to let them go when they would split lanes at over 100mph. Well past my comfort zone, seeing as I'd never split lanes before the previous year. No one told me the M1 turned into a parking lot on Sundays. It took 5 hrs to get home, splitting lanes, in the pissing rain, in the dark, following 2 police constables on their bikes. It was the most mentally exhausting ride of my life. One of my best times on a bike as well.

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