Italian V-Four Literbike Shootout: Aprilia RSV4 Factory vs. Ducati Desmosedici…

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Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica

Superbike replica on track a MotoGP replica

Photography by Tom and Vanhap Photography

There are models in the history of motorcycledom are perfect just the way they Often, these machines body lines so eye-catching looking at them in certain can make spouses jealous. with just the right mix of sound, and most importantly, . that one wouldn’t dare with it in order to make this delicate balance intact.

These motorcycles come around very but when they do, the term classic” seems befitting. The RSV4 Factory and the Ducati are two machines that qualify.

Perfection, you say? Not to Kaming Ko.

readers of MO should be well with the name. The long-time of the site, loyal test and all-around good guy can never well enough alone, it’s a lawnmower, weed or in this case two of Italy’s To Kaming, it can always be a little Yes, readers, both the you see here belong to Mr.

Ko, and he took the (and spent the money!) to each machine his personal Best of all, he let us ride when he was done. Did we mention a good guy?

Aprilia Factory. Upgraded?

We’ve made no secret that we’re big fans of the RSV4 Factory. So really, could Kaming possibly do to it better? If the modification list is any not much.

First off is a full Akrapovic exhaust system and ECU ($1893). Next, the stock were ditched in favor of a set of OZ wheels ($5200). Those were then fitted sticky Dunlop D211GP in a 120/70-17 front and monstrous rear ($419/set).

Our original was to let each bike stretch its at one of the few tracks in Southern California a sufficiently long straight Auto Club Speedway. the timing didn’t work in our Instead, we brought each to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to with our friends at Let’s Trackdays.

Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica

While the tighter confines of certainly weren’t ideal, it still prove useful to see how of a difference each upgrade to each bike.

The Aprilia was an case, as our testers had developed a for it during our All-Vee Literbike from last year. an already well-honed package, the hardware thankfully made one of our bikes even better — in one key area, which we’ll get to in a We’ve noted before how the chassis is; direction changes are on a whim with stability the turn.

Now with the OZ wheels fitted, changes are made even than stock – so much so we had to adjust our turn-in markers on the to compensate.


“It tips into a really easy,” says Kevin Duke. “It’s so and responsive, it feels like it be in a different class to the Desmo.”

As for the exhaust, the RSV4 undoubtedly fantastic, with a similar to the Desmo but with a different The surprise, however, came we put the bike on the dyno. Our initial run recorded the Aprilia making horsepower than the standard we tested last year.

Confused, we sought help some world-class tuners in the — some with AMA credentials on resume — and even Aprilia’s headquarters to figure out why the bike was on power. After more 20 dyno runs using combination of exhaust pipe and ECU imaginable, the end result was still the Kaming’s RSV4 Factory Akrapovic exhaust still less peak horsepower our stock test bike year — 148 horsepower vs.

“The dyno results a little disappointing, but the engine’s delivery on the track is very and definitely doesn’t feel says Duke. “Unless the is really wound out, the can beat it down a straightaway.”

Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica
Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica
Aprilia RSV 4 Max Biaggi Replica

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