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Dec 1, 2001

Aprilia May Bring Blue Marlin Into U.S. For 2003

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>In response to positive public reaction, Aprilia is considering selling the head-turning Blue Marlin concept bike in the U.S. for the 2003 model year. As debuted at the Milan motorcycle show in September 2001, the concept bike featured a full-power RSV1000 Mille engine, top-notch suspension pieces and brakes, and OZ wheels, wrapped in 1960s retro-musclebike styling.<BR><BR>"It's my understanding that they are considering (the Blue Marlin) for a 2003 model," said Aprilia U.S.A.'s Robert Pandya in an e-mail to Roadracing World. "However, the spec (Ohlins or not, OZ or not, etc.) has yet to be decided. Reaction to the bike in the U.S. has been very positive. Personally, I hope they bring it in. We need at least one bike where the headlight turns with the handlebars!"<BR><BR>