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Aprilia RSV4-powered carbon fibre monocoque superbike

Vanderheide’s carbon wonder

Written by Ben Purvis , Date 10:56 AM

Reckon that a Honda RC213V-S is just a bit meh? Or that a Bimota is simply too commonplace? Perhaps you’re the target for Dutch firm Vanderheide which will make you this astounding V4-powered carbon fibre wonder.VanderHeide-FrontL-b

The engine is familiar. It’s the 201bhp, 999cc V4 from Aprilia’s RSV4 superbike. But the rest is bespoke and almost entirely carbon fibre.

The main chassis is a lightweight carbon monocoque, where the outer bodywork and fuel tank are also the main structure of the bike. Unusually, it has a rear-mounted radiator underneath the rider’s seat. All the engineering is by Rolf Van Der Heide, the man behind the company, with styling by Michiel Van den Brink.

Up front it has a set of carbon fibre Hossack-style girder forks mounted on double wishbones. An unusual linkage repositions the single Ohlins front shock to a new position on the upper rear of the fuel tank, in full view of the rider.

VanderHeide-BackR-bA more conventional rear Ohlins shock mirrors the front one, mounted directly below it and acting on a carbon fibre swingarm. The wheels are, of course, carbon BST rims.

In fact, the only bits that aren’t carbon, apart from the engine, are relatively small components and the beautiful hydro-formed titanium exhaust.

A race-style Motec dash provides all the information you could ask for and is one of the few bought-in components. Dry, the bike is claimed to weigh just 175kg.VanderHeide-upper-b

The Vanderheide made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend. The firm is planning to build bikes to order, with prices varying depending on the specification demanded by the customer. None will be cheap, though…

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