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Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition

Taming the beast

They A milestone in the history of supersport

We say: We’ll see about

They say: A milestone in the of supersport bikes. We say: see about t

Better a lion for a day a lamb for a hundred years! The of the old proverb, quoted by Aprilia’s boss at the previous night’s conference, flash into my as I crest a rise at the Jerez in southern Spain. For a few moments the throttle remains wide-open and the fat 200mm-wide rear Pirelli on the edge of adhesion as I accelerate the blue-and-white curb outside the

If ever I’ve felt the of pushing the envelope, today is the

I hadn’t intended to be particularly today, especially exiting particularly fast right-hander a decade ago I high-sided Noriyuki Yamaha YZF-R7 during a Superbike racer test. But if any can make a lion out of anyone who it, it’s this APRC Edition of the Aprilia RSV4

This latest V4 is a street-legal of the works RSV4 on which Max won Aprilia’s first World Championship. Biaggi’s status as of the superbike jungle is beyond but the main benefit from RSV4 will be to riders down the food chain. APRC initials-standing for Aprilia Ride Control-indicate the addition of an package designed to give us mortals the confidence of much men.

The Special Edition’s is identical to that of the Factory, an adjustable aluminum frame, suspension and forged wheels. 350 units will be produced, the and other goodies adding to the Factory’s $20,999 price Updates to the 999cc, DOHC V4 include improved lubrication, a gearbox, reworked combustion and a redesigned muffler and exhaust that are said to boost torque.

The unchanged peak is delivered 250 rpm sooner at 12,250 rpm and latest 200/55 Supercorsa graces the rear wheel. with some Biaggi and a patriotic flash of Italian the Special Edition gets an instrument panel that the option of a race display lap time and other track-relevant prominent.

The housing is the same, but the Special dash features a Race that puts gear front and center, just on Max Biaggi’s World Superbike machine.

The housing is the same, but the Edition’s dash features a mode that puts gea

But new-generation superbike is all about its With its ride-by-wire throttle, engine maps and variable-length tracts, the RSV4 was already a machine. The addition of APRC makes it state-of-the-art. The system four electronic functions, of which has its own acronym: ATC (traction ALC (launch control), AWC (wheelie and AQS (quick-shifter).

All the features are clever, but the traction is by far the most important. Like the on Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R, ATC allows the to slide the rear tire in safety.

Apart from new instrument display, the RSV4 and feels just as I remember it: sharp-edged and thrillingly powerful. It was we start with ATC on its most #8 setting, which is intended for wet and which blunted the throttle even at modest lean while I was re-learning the track.

In sessions I moved up through the marveling at the ATC’s transparency. the ultra-grippy, soft-compound rubber these days, you have to be pretty hard to get the rear end At my aging ex-racer’s pace, if I get a slide I normally take the and back off rather than a repeat of that Haga R7

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition

But the ATC system meant I was happy to harder into that zone on the edge of traction, to and ride at the limit. As the RSV4 out of the Dry Sack hairpin and drove the thrillingly fast Turn 8, the I felt in the bike and my abilities was

In true works-racebike fashion, the ATC setting can be adjusted on the fly without the throttle via a pair of gray on the left clip-on.

In true fashion, the ATC traction-control setting can be on the fl

Stability is an important part of the Top-notch suspension and brakes, a electronics package and functional clutch keep the bike under almost any circumstances. The thing missing is race which Aprilia’s engineers say working on.

The front Pirelli got a every lap as the RSV4 catapulted out of the turns with its front barely touching the ground. was the cue for the wheelie control, which power if the front end gets too The quick-shifter was also a nifty working flawlessly to move the gearbox without losing a

The only electronic system didn’t aid lap times was the launch which we lined up to test on the pit at the end of the day. After selecting the on the dash, it was possible to nail the and release the clutch, though you have to let out the lever at a suitable The system didn’t seem to especially rapid getaways, but be more reliable than riders amid the stress and of a race start.

That burst of drag racing a day that was memorable not just for great fun, but for the realization the limits of today’s fantastically motorcycles have been forward yet again. The RSV4’s potential was never in doubt, but the model’s launch 18 months when numerous bikes crashed at slippery Misano, the lack of electronic aids to its rivals.

That discrepancy has been by the RSV4 SE. It’s a stunning not just for its outright power and but for the ease with which its can be accessed and enjoyed by riders of abilities. Aprilia claims all the racing expertise gathered the successful 2010 season has brought together in a machine sets the standard for road development.

After a day at Jerez, hard to disagree.

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


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