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Aprilia RSV4 Factory

2010 Aprilia RSV4 Review – A Racer Opinion

I was excited to finally hop on an RSV4 two years after its launch in the USA. I must say… it was the wait. My general impression of the V4 is one of quality.

No matter where you there is very little to on Aprilia’s new V4. You could liken the Factory to a “R” model Ducati – spec Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels, chassis and a strong performance and racetrack

This is clearly a bike was well thought out to every detail and a bike created a mission – to dominate the Superbike

Standout Attributes

The most attribute on the RSV4 in a sea of competition is V4 engine. And it surely is a diamond in the as the RSV4 is the only modern Superbike with a V4 engine I’ll expand on it’s soon enough, on to the other qualities.

Another unique of the RSV4 Factory (not on the base model RSV4R) is the adjustability built into it. includes the steering head, within the frame and swing arm position. This is especially for racetrack use where tweaking and setup is extremely important.

enables you to change the center of (by raising or lowering the engine), steering geometry, (including trail) as well as allowing the arm angle to be modified for optimum

Where this comes play most is the track, using different diameter may change the handling of the bike. may want the bike to perform the same with different Fortunately it is very easy to ride height in the rear the shock, as well as many typical suspension settings.

few bikes (dare I say none) with the range of adjustment on the RSV4 Factory out of the box. is a motorcycle created for racers, enthusiasts and the most performance-oriented

*Note: For all these options, the comes with recommended and track settings. They are well close to ideal for people too I might add.

Fitted with Ohlins components front and rear, the V4 is tight and precise, giving you the to use the bike and its tires to the limits of The action of the front forks is smooth and controllable via its adjustments compression, rebound) which is especially important by the power of the monobloc brakes. More on later.

The front and rear offer a great range of and every adjustment makes an change, allowing the rider to how he or she wants the suspense to behave action.

CAVEAT: The stock is great for someone 200 lbs or less in my case), and has a relatively wide range of adjustment for a stock However, if you are a heavier person you may end up more stout/stiff springs and rear to get the bike to work as you need, more importantly if you are hard or hitting the track.

being said, out of the box, the Factory has one of the best base you will find anywhere in the A simple change in spring front and/or rear is all people would need to do in to squeeze 100% of their out of this motorcycle confidently.

The front forks come in a stiffer rate (10.5) the rear shock (9.5) on the Factory. Someone under may find the front forks too stiff, having to let out almost all the to load the front-end in the appropriate


Another strong the spec Brembo brakes on the Factory will not leave you for more. Almost identical to high end braking systems as those used on Ducati there is a reason Brembo is the top for performance motorcycles and almost premier race team on the – They are the best in the business.

The on the RSV4 Factory deliver a bite and more power at the than most people be accustomed to. This means be stopping in a hurry with a of two fingers – something your may take a few miles to adjust to.

to be clear, the braking power is not as some other braking can be. These brakes are very but also very controllable and at the same time. The harder you use the more they work, excellent feedback as to what the tire is doing while in a hurry.


The best of this bike is the engine. with an incredible off-beat note that bellows the single pipe exiting behind the rider’s right the beautiful engineering feat of 180bhp V4 motor fits a frame the size of a 250cc bike.

And it gets better… The firing order (1,3,2,4) of the 65 V4 produces the most usable ever connected to a right (As a side note, it is this Yamaha have followed to their V4-mimicking inline 4 a crossplane crankshaft which currently employ in their YZF-R1 as well as their YZF-M1.)

Quite different an inline 4 aside from the of cylinders, the V4 builds power in a controllable manner up to its peak around 13,000RPM, and has a torque which is extremely flat.

does this mean to It means getting on the throttle knowing exactly where rear traction is, and allowing you to the edge of traction or even go a past it, squirming the rear under acceleration in a satisfying all without the fear of spinning up a quickly and unexpectedly (which is with normal inline 4

The power delivery could be to a V-twin with a bit softer while also having the ability of a conventional inline 4. pulses that tell you traction is and the ability to rev up to 14,000 – literally the best of both

Now some may point out that the makes less power the latest offerings from the (BMW 1000RR Kawasaki Oh my!

First let me say, properly the RSV4 will stay almost any bike under conditions. And when nothing but is the name of the game, it almost comes down to the rider. I if you’re a drag racer or racing a national SuperStock with no engine modifications maybe a different motorcycle a few more horsepower is the one for you.

But it comes to the overall package, handling, there is no match for the


I’m happy to say the chassis of the is as much a gem as the engine. The story that Aprilia took one of legendary 250cc MotoGP and developed the all-new V4 engine it. The result is a frame as narrow as a two motorcycle’s and a feeling that thing really is race It just wants to go where you it to.

I’ve actually had several comment on the RSV4, startled by its size when they see it for the time.

And not only does the of the RSV4 inspire confidence its agility, compactness and obedient it’s adjustability takes its through the roof. If for some you don’t like one of the best bikes ever created the way it is, you can tweak it to your hearts through top notch suspension and adjustments.

Unfortunately Aprilia is not a name uttered in motorcycling circles in the Apparently we don’t put much into world championship here… because when it to racing, Aprilia is second to in the motorcycling world. Decades of in MotoGP and World Superbike the RSV4 won a world championship in it’s second year of and is currently leading the 2012 mean Aprilia knows how to a bike with world handing.


An area I was to discover as previous Aprilias ridden had suspect gearboxes were a little clunky, I away pleasantly surprised the transmission on the RSV4 Factory. has hit the nail on the head with new gearbox. It feels incredibly and is easy to click up and down gears (hello slipper and has a very solid mechanical while maintaining some of “buttery” transmission feel of a GSX-R.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory

I’d say the transmission feel is a mix the smoothness and ease of use of a Suzuki and the mechanical and solid-shifting feel of a CBR1000RR. Forgiving, yet communicative.

One however, the transmission is not as smooth nor as when clutchlessly up shifting, for reason. This is the only I missed a shift or had a false between gears. This may be the bike and how it was broken in (10K as of this review).


The on the RSV4 may be one of it’s only – most notably for taller Myself being 5′ 11″ I can barely fit in a tuck behind the front on top of the tank at higher speeds. is some buffeting and it is not quite as in regards to wind as some

A double bubble windscreen may be for someone like myself to be at high speeds.

Also, no adjustability in the foot pegs or is a missed cue, especially other superbikes like the KTM RC8 come with extreme out of the box (seat height, foot bar position). Aprilia, take

Styling Finish

Now styling is an opinion of course, but I would it hard to identify a soul who the Aprilia RSV4 Factory as Quite far from that, consider it to be the best looking on the market to day. Although the new Ducati 1199 Panigale now it may be a two horse race, but it’s a one at that.

Also, it is no coincidence some refer to Aprilia as an Honda.” The styling and finish on the Factory is second to none and the oozes quality. From the on the fairings engraved “Aprilia the magnesium rear wheel and engine case covers, the two-tone paint scheme, forged aluminum wheels and more, the Italians at Piaggio know how to make a produce a

Track Performance

You will be pressed to find a stock better suited to racetrack use the RSV4 Factory. Other buying a race prepped such as KTM’s RC8R no street kit included) or building own prepped bike with suspension and more, the RSV4 is the most able production I have experienced to date.

and top notch suspension, real adjustment for the scrutinizing rider, handling and a powerful yet controllable delivery make the RSV4 a bike to behold for performance

Street Manners

So how civilized is it? so. Aside from the high temperatures (especially at a stop or in which are common to all modern the RSV4 has decent street

Three power maps you Rain, Sport, and Track for different levels of throttle (most notable on partial especially in lower gears). The does not chug or do anything when cruising at low to mid speed. a composed beauty.

*Note: must be changed from to run as Aprilia intended. In order to better in emissions and noise, over geared the bike for USA The bike is essentially geared for a 200+ MPH, which it not do in any circumstance. Aprilia has stated the RSV4′s manual to change the the bike was delivered with.

recommend moving the rear from a 40 to a 42, and many people change the front sprocket a 16 to a 15 tooth.

New Rider

Because I not mentioned it, I wanted to address the “ Is is this a good first ” No way on God’s green earth, no . The (let alone the more Factory) is not a beginners motorcycle, and I recommend starting on a smaller cc before stepping up to a 1000cc which can spit you off at any time if you do not now you are doing. I’ll leave it at

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