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Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

It was time to start exploring the Aprilia with its many features. When I sat on the bike and got a true comparison with my previous 600cc the Aprilia was a truly compact motorcycle. It has a narrow frame and feels more like an Aprilia RS250 than a litre bike however for its small size it still has plenty of rider room with good spacing from the riders seat to the handle bars and rear- sets allowing for my 6’1 frame to fit in behind the fairing comfortably.

switches but they revert to the philosophy of less is more. It has a simple and easy to use rider interface. The same logic was adopted in the electronics menu of the Aprilia with a very easy to use interface.

You can easily access the APRC settings and change the intervention levels of the Traction Control, Launch Control and Wheelie Control with a few flicks and clicks of the mode switch.

To properly test the Aprilia we took it to its true play ground, the race track. Probably the most exciting point was when I first fire up the engine. The sweet sound of the V4 engine roaring to life was enough to give me goose bumps. Once the bike is on you have 3 engine mappings available to you, Road, Sport and Track. I tested both the Road and Track mappings which offered very contrasting differences.

The reduced horsepower and docile throttle response of the road mapping is perfect for normal road use and in tricky conditions. The track mapping however is where you can really see the potential of the motorcycle with the improved power and torque allowing the bike to fire off the corners. This is where traction control (TC) also comes into focus, 8 different intervention levels allow for customization of the traction control system to suit your riding style and the track conditions.

Levels can be set on the fly so you don’t have to stop to make adjustments. I tried a few combinations with the TC, setting it to maximum (level 8) to begin with and dropping it to level 2 later in the day. You can really feel a huge difference between the different levels, when TC is set to maximum you can feel a massive power cut when at full lean angle and standing the bike up out of corners becomes important in order to get good drive.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition

When TC is set at the lower levels you get a lot more freedom however and you can start to accelerate early and with good lean angle. The lower TC levels also allow for a good amount of power sliding.

The anti wheelie control is very seamless and you almost forget it is there working to keep the front of the bike planted. Like the launch control the wheelie control has 3 different levels of intervention so that you can once again set the level to suit your riding style and capabilities.

We setup the suspension using the recommended race setup in the manual as a base setting and this offered plenty of feedback through the bars. Some of the most impressive things about the Aprilia are at initial turn in and change of direction. It flicks from side to side effortlessly and actually makes you feel like you are riding a small GP bike.

You are not only limited to suspension settings either to change the characteristics of the handling but you also have engine position, fork rake and swing- arm adjustments to fine tune the bike to the track and conditions. The seating position on the Aprilia is quite aggressive in comparison to most other litre bikes and the firm seat offers plenty of feel as to what the rear of the bike is doing. The Brembo’s on the Aprilia’s have always been something special.

From their two stroke range through to the RSV4 the big, powerful calipers stop you fast and I found that out of the box there was minimal brake fade even after a full 50 minute session of riding.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition
Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition
Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition

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