MotoAmerica Racer – HSBK-Spec 2018 Aprilia RSV4 RF

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First founded around 2005-2006, Houston Superbikes (better known as “HSBK”), started out as an online store, offering performance parts and accessories for late-model, Italian two-wheelers. Over the last 13-years however, the Oklahoma-based business has grown exponentially, first becoming a franchise dealership before eventually occupying an 80 acre facility jam-packed with everything a racer could ever need.

HSBK’s headquarters offers a pair of full-size motocross circuits, two supercross tracks, a dirt track, a full workout facility (with trainers and dietitians), as well as a full service shop — factory-trained technicians offering full engine builds/rebuilds, dyno tuning, suspension, geometry setup, and chassis prep — and a race R&D department. In 2012 HSBK decided it would take its race experience and try its luck in professional superbike competition and while HSBK has yet to earn a championship title, the Shawnee-based outfit has achieved 15 race wins, 64 top fives, and 14 poles — giving HSBK “the most successful season in Aprilia’s U.S. Racing history (a feat HSBK repeated two-years in a row).

Since 2012, HSBK has campaigned in various road racing classes, including most recently, MotoAmerica, where HSBK ran a pair of Aprilia RSV4s. The one-stop-moto-shop decided to sit out the 2017 and 2018 seasons in order to finish setting up its new facilities, and to ensure they hit the ground running in the 2019 season (with PJ Jacobsen signed on to race in the MotoAmerica super sport class for HSBK Celtic Racing).

Even though HSBK is no longer campaigning the Italian V4’s, the outfit does possess an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience with the Aprilias, so it makes sense that HSBK would start offering its race-spec machines to privateers and the general public. Known as the “HSBK-spec RSV4 RF”, Houston describes its turn-key racer: “This is not a stock bike with a few bolt-on parts. The engine, chassis, and suspension have all been fine tuned for optimal performance on the race track.”

On top of the tuned Ohlins units (HSBK-spec NIX 43mm forks, TTX 36 monoshock, and steering damper), the Aprilia also gets a factory race electronics package, GB racing covers, COX radiator guards, a modified HSBK-spec slipper clutch, and the customer’s choice of either an Akrapovic, Arrow, SC Project, or HRR exhaust. Other highlights include a race battery, pit lane controller, bidirectional quick-shifter, Brembo braking hardware and TWN folding levers (and lever guard), Evol Billet Clip-Ons, Domino SBK Grips, SunStar Works 520 Racing Chain / Sprockets, HSBK F + R Axle guides / sliders, BikesPlast Racing Lightweight Bodywork (and intake ducts) adorned in an Andrew Swenson (3-color) livery, RaceSeats custom saddle, Dzus Quick Release Fasteners, Zero Gravity Racing Windscreen, and Aprilia Racing Tank Pad, just to name a few.

You can find this HSBK-spec Aprilia RSV4 RF Racer for sale in Shawnee, Oklahoma here on the HSBK website with a price of $30,000.

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