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Aprilia RSV4 R versus Factory

The RSV4 R is $9000 than its exotic sibling, the R Factory, and goes almost as



Tonnes of midrange grunt

exhaust note


Instrumentation panel hard to

Low down throttle response

the release of any new superbike, marketing across the board churn out amounts of ‘bling, bling’ all in the of ensuring a victory in the sales for that particular marque.

words about how good, how how light, how technologically advanced the creation is, and how it all combines to ensure be the fastest on the track and the next is a mere formality.

When motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia words promising mind performances, advanced technology and a of victories you listen. Traditionally the if they’re talking about two-… grand prix

Now there is no disputing the Noale achievements in the 125 and 250 GP classes, but up until Aprilia’s efforts in the world of competition has fallen somewhat of their earlier promises. is until the introduction of the RSV4

You only need to look at the World Championship to get an indication of how Aprilia believes in its own promises. its WSBK debut in 2009, the Factory made a promising to finish fourth overall, a win at Brno in the hands of Max Biaggi. Not a bad for the factory’s return to the production-based after six years on the sidelines.

one season under Biaggi’s the new 65-degree V-four, four-… has its stride and as I write this he now the rider’s title chase by over Suzuki’s Leon after seven rounds. catalogue includes no less nine podiums, including six wins. These results also combined to place atop the manufacturer’s championship, ahead of Suzuki, with Honda and Yamaha trailing further behind.

Without doubt a dominant and proof that this around Aprilia is serious fulfilling its four-… promise.

impressive season so far is the result of a SBK modified RSV4 Factory – to the world press early in An exotic production unit boasts all the bells and whistles, you’d need to take ego to the track.

The list is impressive: engine cases, ride-by-wire management system, slipper Ohlins forks and rear Brembo monoblock calipers, engine mounts and steering for the … anodised aluminium beam chassis and so much And at $32,990 you wouldn’t expect less.

Now all this is great if you’re bank account significantly better than but for most of us this is one bike may as well be parked at the end of a rainbow. Yet the challenged need not feel aside, as the Aprilia boffins considered us mere mortals with the recently released R – the little brother of the Factory wet

Priced at $23,990 (before costs) the R is $9000 more than the Factory model.

such a big price gap does the R and feel $9000 cheaper? I’m pleased to say this is not the Far from it actually. You see I had the rare to confirm this for myself the keys of an RSV4 R were for the weekend. With such an Italian masterpiece at my disposal the step is to find a friend a Jap bike to show off in front of.

A quick call was made and a point arranged.

Well you can my surprise when said rolled up with an even ego than mine! In addition to the R by Aprilia Australia was my mate’s RSV4 Factory parked at our point. Although it is not completely it provided a glimpse at how close the R is to the Factory flagship.

On a day which everything our way weather wise, the took in a combination of suburban highways, mountain passes and sweepers. All with a variation in surfaces from ‘wow’ to crap’. The first thing is evident is the RSV looks and feels a modern sleek narrow Superbike.

It’s actually small for a 1000, which is a contrast to Aprilia’s last flagship – the bulbous RSV1000. You can mould yourself into the even for all 178cm of me, and you feel at one with the machine. Sure you pay the sports bike price of neck, weighted wrists, seat and useless mirrors, but its prowess is clear and worth minor sacrifices.

I think is one of the sexiest Aprilias to roll out of the and at a quick glance you can’t pick the difference between the and the R. Sure upon closer you will see the trademark gold forks on the Factory compared to the Showa units fitted to the R, but is the only real stand out

If you take your time you see the magnesium engine casing on the looks different to the black R covers, then there is the Ohlins shock on the Factory to the Sachs piggyback unit. And we forget the little splashes of fibre that the Factory But besides this most enthusiasts passing by during our coffee stops couldn’t the difference other than the


When you’re the bikes, the initial feel is Both bikes are clearly focussed and it’s instantly that the standard suspension are a little hard for street In fact I had to turn back the almost as far as it would go to help the bike down and improve the from the front end.

not so much the compression overall is the problem, and its probably something you notice on a smooth race but the high speed compression is just a little too harsh for the world. Mind you I must say it was adjusted the more aggressive you are the the front end feedback, and the confidence you from it.

The Ohlins units on the rode the sharper bumps greater confidence especially in the turns, the more advanced allowing you to feel exactly the front Pirelli Diablo was doing.

As for the rear, there is in it on the streets. The only place to notice the benefits of the Ohlins shock over the Sachs be on the track.

Both bikes are but managed everything we threw at very well. What I am to see is how the rear shocks manage the radiating off the exhaust headers a number of laps around a In this environment the RSV1000’s shock, combined with radiating off the exhaust header the performance significantly.

As the shock too hot the internal fluid became effective and the result was a pogo of a rear end. But evidence to indicate Aprilia has addressed on the RSV4 by pushing the rear as far to the right and the exhaust as far as possible to the

About the only other out difference when comparing the characteristics of the two versions is related to the

There is no disputing the lighter and suspension package of the Factory, with the geometry and 5kg overall saving provides a feeling of that even Ducati admire. But as stability goes, the R is slightly lazier feel comes across as more mid turn on a bumpy mountain I’m sure it would be a story on a smooth track.

been a big step forward for with its advancements in throttle over past models, to a combination of ride-by-wire technology and eight-injector fuel injection But there is still some way to go on the application at low revs before it is on a par the refined response you get from the counterparts.

The Factory in this is better than the R and sharper probably due to the additional advantage of the height air intake ducts. It seems crisper and more

From 4000rpm the Aprilia to move, and I mean move. You there are so many horses to pounce, but in a unified and progressive up to a second 7000rpm rush. At point the stables open all its and the stampede continues unabated the 12,500rpm mark, when it tapers off.

I have to say the R is more fun to play with around 5000-10,000rpm than any I have sampled and in this the exhaust note evolves a growl to a purr – pure bliss.

The slipper clutch faultlessly, even in some of the slippery condition we experienced in the Even when I tried to down through the gears the RSV4 did nothing wrong at If you want to drift the bike a turn I’m afraid have to master the Brembo

Which, being Brembo, is as as it will ever get. performance, strong response and feel.

I also took the to sample each of the three mapping options available to bikes. There’s T for the track, S for and R for road.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory

To sample the real between the T and S setting I think the will be the best place for an review. But there is a very difference with the R. The initial R throttle response is lazier, as if of the four throttle bodies are before a delay by the computer the fourth.

It gives a feeling of the winding up to speed before out of puff some 40hp of the T and S settings. A good idea, but not a I wanted to use for much longer it took to write this For me, the pick was either the T or the S settings, in the wet.

The throttle felt connected with the rear and as a result I felt more with the road.

To be honest my real complaint is the dash. the beauty of the bike its seems area of the exotic Aprilia was an thought. Wires for the headlights are visible and the instrument panel isn’t the easiest to read the day. The problem stems the clear flat plastic the display which reflects the alloy triple clamps through the guts of it, making it to read your speed – is it a 0, 8 or 9?

So has Aprilia kept its promise? The for the road is a resounding yes, and seems well on his way to proving the on the track.

Is the R $9000 cheaper in and looks than the Factory? Not at And unless you spend most of time on the track you’ll be the moon with the saving. Is the R the few thousand more than the

Well, based on ego alone I one, but a future comparo the Italian and its Japanese rivals tell all.



Type: cooled, eight-valve, 65-degree V-four

Capacity: 999.6cc

x …: 78mm x 52.3mm

ratio: 13:1

Fuel Weber-Marelli electronic fuel with 48mm throttle Three different engine selectable with bike in T (Track), S (Sport) or R (Road).

Euro 3



Clutch: Multi-plate slipper

Final drive: Chain


Frame Aluminium dual beam pressed and cast sheet

Front suspension: Fully Showa 47mm upside-down with Sachs steering 120mm travel

Rear Fully adjustable Sachs monoshock, 130mm travel. swingarm.

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

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