2009 Aprilia RSV 4 launch

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Aprilia RSV 4 launch at Misano in

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Twenty-two, twenty! No we are not talking about the new pregnant Barbie’s measurements we’re talking time in hours to attend, ride, and home from the new Aprilia RSV 4 in Italy. Throw in a full day of at the world famous Misano that forced us to splash on rain tires, and you would I would be whining harder most online race about the state of motorcycle in the US.

Factor in eight very moto journalists tossing down the track and coming with my leathers so wet my gear bag was I could have been for a week.

Truth be told not a couple of nights without four hour layovers in and close to ten hours jammed in a class seat coming could knock the smile off my Having the chance to ride the Aprilia RSV 4 was worth any minor especially as it has been three since I caught a glimpse of the prototypes at the factory in Noale,

Before I was unceremoniously escorted that area of the building at a rapid pace by the Aprilia I got some time with the RSV designer, Miguel Galuzzi. this interview he told me his was to build a pure race first, and then make it was capable of being ridden on the He didn’t want to make a bike to go racing.

As we wandered the huge, modern facility, I saw testing areas for Aprilia’s GP program and could only how close to this format the new would be.

Arriving at our hotel in the Italian under leaden skies, the sight to greet my bleary, eyes was Max Biaggi’s race Sitting on a race stand the swimming pool, the bike pure evil and just so compact. With Carbon a plenty, titanium and other metals in liberal sprinklings, it did to relieve the sleep deprivation the finest Italian espresso.

on to the press presentation, we got to see how compact Max is and a chance to meet his team Shinya Nikano before we got business. This was a long in a very crowded room what seemed like of the world’s journalists and all the Aprilia With so much information to it was necessary though, as this is one hundred percent new from the up and features many fascinating

Some not seem before on a motorcycle.

This isn’t first rodeo when it to World Superbike. having the series for a number of years the RSV Mille. Scoring eight twenty-six podiums, and finishing in the championship on two occasions, the program was cancelled in 2003 for Aprilia to on 250 Grand Prix racing. this time, Aprilia had with the Rotax built 60 V-twin, and one big item of news for the based company is this they go racing with own engine.

As the first V-four to be in World Superbike since RC45s in the ‘90s, Aprilia has a unique platform to hang racing reputation on for ’09. A 65-degree V-4 to be technically precise, the new uses double overhead and four valves per cylinder. The heads themselves are extremely and the inlet valves are driven by a timing chain, while drive the exhaust valves.

Aprilia decided on the V- four as it is narrower than a traditional four, and has less vibration a twin. It is also more then the RSV 1000R engine. a wide 78mm bore and 52.3mm … the over power plant’s maximum is being quoted as 180 horsepower at rpm.

Peak torque at 10,000 rpm and the rev limiter shuts down just passed This is a two-stage affair you get a few seconds of stuttering before the is … completely.

Aprilia is about the “Full Ride by Technology” but Yamaha beat to the punch with this when they introduced new R6 in 2006. Magnet Marelli the electronics and the feeling at the throttle is normal though. The new RSV 4 uses different map settings, in a similar to Suzuki on its GSXR series, and for the time in my career I was glad to them.

With the track and covered in puddles, and the rain down intermittently all day, onto the track with the 180 horse power available something I felt ready to do. before I took my first two very experienced journalists in the ahead of me hit the floor, so I made the mode selector was in “R” for before I took to the track. me to a nice safe 140 horsepower, it was to go play in some puddles.

full World Superbike wet in place, at least we could get feeling for the bike, and it was possible to run the up to red line on the straights. In street it certainly is somewhat strangled, and not sure it was the best solution for me in the It felt as if the throttle was too far open for the progress it was giving and kept me of spectacular high sides if the broke loose with the in this position.

Switching to “S” mode, limits power in the first gears, felt much Exiting corners there was control with the throttle, and I heard the engine give telltale rise in pitch as the broke loose, it was easier to It also felt a good bit and topping it out in fourth gear me the chance to experience full which was mildly exciting on a wet track.

Talking with my he advised me against trying mode until I get onto a dry With at least eight hitting the floor in one day, was no need to argue with

Fitting a big displacement engine a frame that looks it came from a 250cc Prix racer isn’t a new for Aprilia. Back in 1995, put Loris Reggiani in the premier class on an Aprilia 250cc the engine enlarged to 380cc. often qualified better his final race positions, but the still managed a credible place in the world championship.

went on to field 500cc with Tetsuya Harada and McWilliams in later years, but quite found the success have had in the 250cc class. the new aluminum twin spar RSV4 frame looking a racing prototype, it is no surprise to it weighs just 22 pounds and adjustable engine mounts.

Structurally more rigid Aprilia’s benchmark RSV 1000 frame, it houses a similarly swing arm that weighs a 12 pounds and is adjustable for ride Rake and trail figures are as 24.5 degrees and 105mm as delivered, with these being fully adjustable; a for a modern production motorcycle.

components are top shelf Ohlins items, a 43mm inverted fork up front and single shock in the rear, which are adjustable in the all the usual ways. A set of alloy five spoke come wrapped in Pirelli Supercorsa SPs. These new weigh a remarkable two pounds than the RSV 1000 rims, makes them extremely

Using top shelf Brembo a pair of monoblock radial mauls a pair of 320mm steel floating discs for has to be one of the best braking systems in the These Aprilia designed are held in place by six pins.

Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica

Up at the a radial pump master operates the system, and a fully brake lever sends the to the pads. The system is extremely and in the wet conditions I never needed any than the lightest brush on the for braking duties. Making for interesting moments entering one and six with the rear wheel from side to side, the of the system is certainly not in doubt.

our test it was possible to learn than I had expected on first at the rain soaked track. The RSV 4 be physically small, but the riding doesn’t reflect this normal sportbike ergonomics. Tip it the first bend though, and the reacts so fast you have to your input levels, as it so small and light. It is never

It just feels more a race bike than a bike, and in reality that’s it is.

During our ride I was able to the bike some in a couple of and the way it responds is sublime. Moving you want it with a thought, the certainly feels lighter and compact than the other bikes I have tested. It sounds way different.

Running up the rpm faster than expected, it was to hit the rev limiter, and it took extra to shift before this The V four engine just sound as if it is revving that even when it’s 14,000 rpm, and it is so deceptively Not switching to full power it is hard to comment on the exact of the power delivery.

What I can say is, it out in fourth gear before the right-hander on the backside of the track enough information to be able to this is one very fast Easily the match of the Japanese bikes, I would be very if it wasn’t faster. It just such a kick when it got up 10, 000 rpm, and this is due in part to the inlet system the Aprilia

Again something that has had in place for a while.

Styling it’s all Aprilia. Sitting my peers in line waiting to onto the track, I couldn’t smiling to myself as I looked the bike. Without any badges it is so an Aprilia with all of its angles and and one of my favorites is the exhaust system.

As something that gave the a lot of sleepless nights, as it has to meet 3 emissions, it contains a single sensor with an engine butterfly valve and a catalytic in the sleek, single canister.

The is minimalist and aggressive. The back end is GP tiny, and this is possible their being no provision for a Up front, the headlights appear to be in space with the twin air running below them, and the looks like it’s 180mph standing still.

the cockpit, the dash is functional and the tachometer is big enough to read on the There is a digital speedometer but I can’t say I paid much as it didn’t help my delicate to realize how fast the beast was through puddles.

The word Aprilia is, it is going to be a few months the RSV 4 is available here in the States. In all of the first bikes have been bought online, so it be interesting to see what happens Price was not released, but don’t it to be cheap.

You are going to be buying the sophisticated, technologically advanced bike yet produced. And for fans of all Italian, surely one of the sexiest ever produced.


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