Ducati Desmosedici RR and Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE – il Ducatista

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Ducati Desmosedici RR and Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE

by Adrian • November 13, 2013 • Desmosedici. Motorcycle • 0 Comments

This is not one of my typical posts where we dive into a custom Ducati build, and more so it includes a brief description of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition. This is something different and I have to write about it to share my experience. I had the opportunity to ride a Ducati Desmosedici RR and a Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE during my short, recent trip to LA.

One of my best friends is the owner of both these dream machines and oh my, are they beautiful. Thanks again for the incredible experience.

For a brief background on the Desmosedici RR; this is the first and only real MotoGP replica ever sold to the public, the Desmosedici RR was based on Ducati’s 2006 Desmosedici GP6 racebike. It was unveiled in 2006, and was fitted with a 989cc 90-degree Desmodromic V4 that produced 197 horsepower at 13,800rpm and 116Nm of torque at 10,500rpm. This bike, which complies with Euro 3 emissions norms, cost at the time around US$72,500 and was fully street legal.

The RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition is a wonder in the world of super sport bikes. All of the racing expertise and indications gathered during the successful 2010 season of World Champion Max Biaggi were brought together in this bike. The bike was unveiled in 2011 and it was fitted with a 999.6cc 65-degree V4 that produced 180 horsepower at 12,250rpm and 115Nm of torque at 10,000rpm.

This bike cost around $22,499 at the time it was launched.

The Ducati Desmosedici RR can only be described as raw, unrefined and savage. If you think the Ducati V-twin is the best sounding motorcycle on earth, well you obviously have yet to hear the Ducati V4 of the Desmosedici RR. After riding the Ducati Desmosedici RR for a couple of hours, all I can say is that my senses will never be the same again.

When you first start this beast all hell breaks loose; as the sound hits your ear-drums a wave of adrenaline takes over before you’re even in first gear. You find yourself giggling like a little girl and muttering obscene words as you’re about to venture on the ride of a life-time. Riding this beast on the canyons of Los Angeles and the Pacific Coast Highway was one of the most exhilarating experiences.

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Switching to the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition, taking Decker Canyon and Mulholland Canyon on the way back to the Valley, this bike is just the absolute most versatile sports bike I have ridden. It takes no physical effort to throw this bike around corners, it responds to rider inputs in a way that I have yet to experience. Compared to the Desmosedici RR the RSV4 is a lot more nimble and effortless to ride.

I know you guys are going to hate me for what is about to come. I actually enjoyed the RSV4 more than the Desmosedici RR. On the Desmosedici RR you have to get really physical with the bike in order to make her go where you want her to. Within 30 minutes of riding the Desmosedici RR on the canyons, I felt the way I feel after half day at the track: sweaty, tired, ass on fire.

However, that grunt and that sound that makes little kids cry and old people cringe it’s almost enough to make you feel better and put a permanent smile on your face.


Overall it would be very hard for me to pick one which I liked the most, as they are two very different beasts. The Ducati Desmosedici RR, is the equivalent of an untamed animal that fights you back for every input. The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition is a different animal which in my opinion is easier to tame and control, not as brutal but just as fierce.

I really liked the RSV4 for it’s responsiveness and I really liked the Desmosedici RR for the fact that it really wakes your senses. Check out the gallery for the rest of the pics. Pictures were taken by me with the exception of the action shot which were shot by the Mulholland photographers.

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