2009 Aprilia RSV1000R DSB Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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Aprilia RSV 1000 R

2009 Aprilia RSV1000R DSB

Aprilia RSV1000R


Horsepower: 120.2 hp @ 9800 rpm

lb-ft @ 8500 rpm

Weight: 476 lbs

Best Time: 1:22.11

Only a few years ago the mighty RSV was in the hunt for a World Superbike in the hands of Troy Corser and Haga, winning plenty of along the way, and won the prestigious Bike competition in 2006. It can be that the RSV1000R was at one time the best V-Twin sportbike on the Time can be a cruel thing,

There isn’t much gets better with sans wine and cheese. And in to technology, time is the ultimate That new computer you just Already old by the time you get it home.

How your latest sports Five more will be from other manufacturers are lighter, smaller, faster and by year’s end. The same can be for motorcycles, especially when it to competition-based machines like and motocrossers.

All things considered, how do you think a decade-old sportbike possibly be? That’s what we looking to find out about the RSV1000R…

The elder statesman of the group, the has been essentially unchanged for the part of a decade. In fact, it too far removed from the original back in ‘98. For ’04 it received a overhaul and presented a real for the other open-class V-Twin in its class – which at the time the Ducati 999 and Honda RC51. You can about how these three in our 2004 V-Twin Sportbike Review. if you are into nostalgia.

years later we are looking to out how it stacks up against a 600 and everyone’s new the Buell 1125R. The question of the Is it really a fair fight?

its racing pedigree the Aprilia is the of the group, tipping the scales at 476 Fortunately, the RSV’s mass is noticeable when simply the bike around the pits as it the weight better than once under way. to the competition in this test it exhibits the most-lackluster turning of this trio. In fact, it the most-sluggish in steering, maneuverability and

So, what’s the trade-off, what’s about the Aprilia? This is one motorcycle at full-lean with a race-bred feeling translated to the through the chassis. High-end components from Ohlins aid in cause, as well as a frame and designed by Troy Corser and the during the bike’s World heyday.

An extremely solid is one of the Aprilia’s most impressive

“Without a doubt, the strongest of the Aprilia is in its chassis,” explains “It feels very rigid and totally solid in the corners. It a bit more muscle to turn-in as to the Buell and Kawasaki, but it’s to tell some racing went into making chassis.”

While the stable makes it feel like a the soft engine knocks it a notch. It’s amazing to this powerplant was a contender a five years ago. But the they are a changin’ and this stallion is feeling a little

While it is easy to ride, grunt from the 60-degree is a tad lackluster at 120.2 hp, compared to Supersport-specific Ninja ZX-6R pumps out 108.3 hp despite a that is almost half its less than 10 hp difference a motorcycle 400cc bigger. can be cruel.

“The Aprilia’s makes a lot of noise, and delivers all the sensations, yet it never really you forward with that blast of acceleration as the other Waheed elucidates. “The curve feels flat, makes it easy to ride, but it has no top-end power and it spools up slow, thereby making it to short-shift the engine and keep corner speed up for optimum around the racetrack.”

“The disappointment is the engine. Compared to the two, the motor feels and lifeless,” agrees Dhien. is the power?”

When it came to lap the Aprilia was close but couldn’t match either the Kawasaki or the

Brakes, though looking the dressed in Brembo’s fine clothes, are another weak for the RSV. The binders just up to the task of getting the rather beast hauled down to with anywhere near the or precision of the competition. And it’s not outright power that these pinchers; feel and are comparably vague and do not inspire confidence.

This may be a result of the units unchanged for the last several pad compound, or the sheer weight need to get stopped; we’re not sure. What we are sure of it in our experience this is very of clampers from the world-leader in technology, making this a bit of a surprise.

“Since the Aprilia is along the most weight, going to need a pretty set of brakes,” says Waheed. while it makes use of Brembo they lack the power of the and Buell. They also have very much

As for the lap times: When it came to throw down it brought up the of the field (1:22.11 best). In its it was only half-a-second off the 2009 Shootout winning Kawasaki, is nothing to scoff at, but when it was a full second off the Buell on a as short as Streets of Willow, hard not to want to stick the RSV on a and quick. No doubt the lost is lurking in there somewhere, but the heft, numb brakes and power kept it at the back of pack.

By far the best looking of the bunch, all the Aprilia would win in a beauty

That said, as a whole the RSV is very capable for a bike should have fathered by now, but in this group it is best on all three test scorecards. Thus, in this we would have to say the rules the RSV1000R in DMG seem to be fair, if a bit conservative. If either of the two Twins have extra cc’s the Aprilia.

KWS’s factory-backed has had a couple top-five finishes at the of Chaz Davies, showing it can be with extensive modifications. But Davies’ immense talent, if the was on par for the class it would undoubtedly be for the podium week in and week Some of this may come to teething issues as the team is all new to this year – although the can be said of the Buell squad and it stopped them from

On a side note, while we it’s not relevant to the track as far as looks go it’s hard to not the Aprilia as top dog. That color scheme, trick and gold Ohlins suspension has Superbike written all over it.


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