2009 Aprilia RSV4 Factory First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Aprilia RSV4 Factory

2009 Aprilia RSV4 First Ride

Our friend Neeves from Motorcycle UK got an early go on the ultra-compact Aprilia superbike.

Not even grey rain and a sodden Misano track can dampen MCN’s for Aprilia’s new £14,999 RSV4 Factory. waited a long time to the Italian firm’s dazzling new V4 which cost 25 million and three and a half years to but it’s been worth it.

have to wait a little to ride it in anger in the dry, but in soaking conditions, it’s this is shaping up to be one of the best ever built.

A slightly Senior road tester, Neeves, tells us the five why:

V4 Power Delivery

in the wet is something usually to be tolerated than enjoyed, but I loved drenched, visor-steamed moment on Factory in the rain at Misano, makes slippery Donington grippy in the wet. When the flag came out to signal the end of of our riding sessions I could’ve

The Pirelli racing wets had a lot to do this, as did the softened Ohlins to suit the conditions, and the beautifully chassis. But the main reason I was so much fun is down to Aprilia ’s new 65-degree V4 engine, the jewel in the crown.

Six-foot tall Neeves to squeeze on the tiny RSV4. riders fit, and look,

The V4 Aprilia is as friendly and easy to in the conditions as a Suzuki SV650, but the straight line speed a would be proud of.

With the of the three engine maps getting on the throttle out of a corner and for grip in the wet is easy. I’m not tensing up, for a big bang of power to come in like with a conventional or big, brutal V-Twin. seems to happen in slow thanks to the RSV4’s linear curve and seemingly lazy delivery.

Off the throttle it’s the story. Pile into a turn, bang down the gears and the RSV4’s slipper removes most of the engine and prevents rear wheel on all but the most slippery sections.

the straights the Aprilia’s equally With the throttle pinned to the power just builds and Sophisticated electronics silently everything to perfection: a flutter of valves, fuel injection fly-by-wire inputs and variable-length trumpets all work with the V4 layout, so there are no big steps in

What you get is seamless speed, a engine note and increasing on your arms, stomach and neck as you hang on under all the way until the power drops off at

Short-shifting is the best way to get a move on in the Using the motor’s deep of mid-range torque, it’s enough to use a gear higher the corners or to change up along the around 9-10,000rpm instead of the It gives the rear tire an time and still lets you in serious speed. The gearbox works better under load.

The changes are quite using full throttle and is out for a quick-shifter.

The chassis and suspension has so feel you can open the throttle and the Aprilia RSV4 digs in and bends.

There’s lots of grunt, a fat midrange and a storming top a fantastic mix of big twin and Inline-Four. Now have we heard that lately? Yep, it’s a lot the new cross plane crank R1 in it has usable power everywhere. deep, growling engine is similar, too.

But unlike the Yamaha, the engine is far compact, which allows the to be smaller and more agile.

The V4 is so linear and smooth. As WSB rider Nakano told me: “It doesn’t fast, but the speed is there.” It is and it’s only when a rushes up and it’s time to you realise how damn quick going.

With a claimed at the crank, I reckon it’ll around 150-155bhp at the rear when we get to dyno it. That’s a bit on the best of the Inline-Four superbikes, but as the new R1 has taught us, it’s not how much you have, but how you use it.

It’s the Complete

The RSV4’s motor is powerful and – but it’s physically small, too 175mm narrower than an and that allows the RSV4 to be compact. What’s more, it all as one, Swiss Watch-like, a harmonious package between and chassis.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Considering the conditions, not much I can tell you about the handling other than lots of feel transmitted the chassis. The Ohlins forks and shock have a superb of adjustment and today are softened off to lots of movement in the rain for and they still give the needed for relatively hard and acceleration.

With its MotoGP-style short swingarm layout, rear grip is maximised and it’s the trick now being used on the new K9 and Fireblade.

The riding position is racy, with low bars and pegs, but with plenty of to move back and forth on the there’s little sensation of on the move. It feels short, a supersport 400 and there’s no lazy transfer on and off the throttle like a big litre bike. Side to the RSV4 is incredibly agile.

The map allows you to ride the RSV4’s mid-range torque rather hold onto risky in the wet.

Variable Engine

Life wouldn’t have quite as rosy in the wet if it wasn’t for the choice of three engine I used the ‘sport’ map for most of the sessions, as it lops off 25% of the V4’s in the first three gears, it friendlier getting on the gas out of corners. In the gears you still get full-fat to play with.

I also tried the ‘road’ which gives you around and very soft power, for it to be possible to hold the throttle open for more of the time, it wasn’t powerful enough to get the longer straights quick I didn’t try the full-fat ‘track’ map full power and torque in the three gears, as there’s than enough power already in ‘sport’ mode in the

I didn’t want to join the or so fellow journos who tasted wet tarmac during the launch, One even fell off following the car, so dodgy were the We’ll wait for a dry test to full power in the lower

This back straight Neeves to give the RSV4 throttle for a few seconds, pushing him back in his seat and the roar of the V4.

The roar of a V4 superbike is a thing on our roads, but get used to it the Aprilia is coming and it sounds The RSV4’s racket is distinctive and is remarkably similar to the RSV twin, but a howling, dirty metallic V4 overtone. God, I want an

Ogling the RSV4 in pitlane I sure if I’d wet myself or if the rain had soaked through my leathers. It is It’s not shiny and blinged out a Ducati.It’s more subtle, a factory MotoGP bike.

The is gorgeous, especially the Batmobile unit (a pillion seat and are an optional extra, but don’t I’ve seen bigger tables); the compactness awe-inspiring; the to detail absolute.

According to as it was built as a race bike and foremost, it’s easy to apart, too, which the guys and girls on the Aprilia line in Noale happy. To the engine out there’s just one connector to unclip, despite the of electronics on-board.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Aprilia RSV4 Factory


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