Starting from a Sketch

April 23rd, 2010    

The new 2010 Aprilia RSV4 is out.

It has made the rounds on the web and motorcycle magazines. It continues to garner great praise for it’s step into the liter bike discussions and rivals the beauty of Italian bikes like the Ducati 1198 and the MV Agusta F4.

But it all started from a sketch.

From the Robbiano Design firm, or more accurately, Sergio Robbiano himself. He helped work on the Ducati 916, perhaps the most accomplished bike in terms of design. He also has to his credit the Bimota DB5 which won an MDA award in 2004.

Sure 3d cad drawings and renderings were done through the process, as was the more traditional clay prototypes, but like Foose of Overhaulin’ fame, it starts with a designer, an empty sketch pad and a few pens.

The final product doesn’t look too bad either.

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