Not sure quite what you’re looking at here? Neither were we when this brute muscled its way into our inbox. So we dug a little deeper.
Yes, it says ‘Aprilia‘ on the tin, but it’s not really an Aprilia. It just happens to be powered by a heavily reworked 998cc v-twin, taken from a crashed second generation RSV 1000 R.
This is a completely bespoke, hub-center-steered special—built by a guy named Shaun, in a shed in north England. Oh, and just so that we’re clear, Shaun doesn’t build bikes for a living; it’s his hobby.
“I’d never ridden a center hub-steered bike, and no-one would lend me one,” says Shaun, who asked us to withhold his surname for the sake of anonymity.…