Amidst all the non-stop action from IIMS late last week was some local news on the motorcycle front, which we’re finally getting to here. Aprilia aficionados in Malaysia will be pleased to hear that there are two new models from the Italian marque to choose from as well as a spanking new venue housing all things Aprilia.

The first of the two new bikes is the Tuono V4 APRC, the naked version of the RSV4 Factory – Malaysia is the first country in Asia to launch the model. The 1,000cc offering, which has 167.3 hp at 11,500 rpm and 111.5 Nm at 9,500 rpm for output figures and features Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC), is set to take the fight to the likes of Ducati Streetfighter S, KTM Super Duke R and the Triumph Speed Triple.

The Dorsoduro 1200 is the other, and the Motard category offering, with 130 hp at 8,700 rpm and 115 Nm at 7,200 rpm, has an Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) system as standard fitment. The two bikes bring the Aprilia model lineup in the country to eight.

Meanwhile, the new Aprilia flagship showroom in Kampung Baru was also launched along with the bikes. The 3S centre has a service area with eight bays, and the showroom features a Championship Corner where two almost exact replicas of championship racing bikes – a RSV4 Factory which was used by Superbike World Championship (SBK) winner, Max Biaggi in 2010, and a RS125R MotoGP bike – on display.

The showroom will also have a merchandise store – opening next month – offering a wide range of Aprilia racing apparel and casual wear.