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A 1000cc twin will power the Chinese-backed revival of the Gilera brand.

Cyclone’s RX 6 with the 650 Norton twin is well-known to those who pay attention. The RA 9 is the most recent Chinese invention. It is based on the discontinued Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900. According to Zongshen, the reveal will be by the end of 2022. The most likely alternative is a less visually polarising model of this. Also, the old Gilera name may resurface. Gilera engine covers are seen in patent drawings of an iconic Piaggio twin motorcycle. With the help of Piaggio, they have the opportunity to resurrect the brand’s reputation. New evidence for the Shiver 900 rumour comes from photos taken in China. But the clutch cover with the purported Gilera emblem is likewise not visible. Therefore we can’t share these photographs.

1000cc Cyclone bike

Cyclone is based on Aprilia’s chassis and engine, including the eccentric strut insert. The Aprilias’ Twin, which had an 896-cc capacity, now has a 987-cc engine and produces 112 horsepower at 9,500 rpm. At 7,500 rpm, the torque output is 98 Nm. For now, it’s not clear which emission standard is responsible for this impressive result. After Euro 4, Aprilia’s 900s became a thing in Europe. In Europe, the 900’s lacklustre sales statistics were not a concern, but the Euro 5 increase.

Zongshen Cyclone based RA 9 Engine
Zongshen Cyclone based RA 9 Engine

Gilera’s Italian name and Chinese flag might allow us to get our hands back on the V2 – in the most total sense. A Chinese manufacturer will produce the engine and new Gileras, then be sent to Europe for final assembly, as reports say. The frame seems as if it came off of a Noale or Aprilia structure to look at it.

RA 9 frame

Single-sided swingarm with a thick cylinder and docked one-man rear have been included for the RA 9 model. The front of the vehicle will have a Juan double disc brake, with a basic spring adjustment. Because of its athletic sitting posture and big rear wheel, the Cyclone has the appearance of a current muscle bike. It’s not sure if Gilera will be the name of this significant project, as the Italians are more associated with street sports and Enduro. Both should be possible thanks to Aprilia’s chassis and drivetrain.

Gilera based RA 9
Gilera based RA 9

With the help of a Chinese partner, Piaggio has revived the 900 twins’ technical perfection for the Chinese market. Those engines in Shiver and Dorsoduro were incredible, and they should be much more so with the 1000cc model. If so, will it be available in Europe? Or is it possible that the Gilera, a piece of Chinese technology, will make its way to Europe? Aprilia’s mother, Piaggio, has the exclusive right to name the bike in any event. These subjects are still unknown to us; for more updates, keep visiting BikersInsider.

Andrew Nelson
Andrew Nelsonhttp://www.bikersinsider.com
Andrew Nelson is an Editor at Bikers Insider, He has been a Passionate motorcycle rider since age 10, Andrew has close to a decade of Motorcycle industry experience, initially working in an online, magazine and has now transitioned into a full-time blog writer, Andrew prefers touring-style motorcycles, his favorite motorbike is Africa Twin. He is obsessed with keeping up to date with all the latest tech in the motorcycle industry, Andrew is also a keen swimmer and he can usually be found training in his local swimming pool. Words from Andrew: Beyond my love of adventure and riding a motorcycle, sharing stories and my experience with other fellow riders is another passion of mine, I hope sharing my stories and experience will inspire anyone interested in motorcycle adventures.


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