Riding The New Aprilia RSV4 Factory Superbike

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Aprilia RSV4 Sport Bike
Aprilia RSV4 Sport Bike

Riding The New Aprilia RSV4 Superbike

I’m pretty by the RSV4.

It’s not the huge brake horsepower that’s it, nor the rumour of the high technology crammed into the bike, makes it more of a GP bike for the

Nor is it figures such as wheelbase, or and trail or anything that a bike like this like a ferret with a up its …. That doesn’t me in the slightest and I expect that now a modern race-replica.

Instead, worried by the figures that are dug for from the press kit or rarely found on it: things like width, height, length and width.


‘Cos a porker, that’s why: a blubber man who loves race but is fast finding them too uncomfortable for his big frame. And out in the ‘real I know I’m not alone.

in 2003 I did 13,000 enjoyable on a GSX-R1000 K3. Top bike, right but since then even the sportsbikes have got smaller and and now I spot the Tamiya-tiny Aprilia for me in Silverstone’s pitlane and I’m like I was on the first day in the seniors I anticipated my first, frightful from the school bully.

I’ve been whipped a self-doubt frenzy because been saying this is small, so half an hour flinging a Sidi over bike I’ve been the kind of pre-event stretching normally reserved for a spot of in a two-man Millets tent. two person tent, of course.

But like Cinderella finding the slipper does indeed when I finally roundhouse my now legs onto the pegs, lo and there’s a wonderful realisation it fits

Cue big smile as it’s to light the fires and see what it can do. out of the pits gives no indication of the of the bike, apart from an instant pick up off the throttle, to a little characterful vibration as as a little lurchiness. Now, a big lad and I need a lot of horses to get off the line, so,

Thank you very much, will do nicely. I’ve left the bike in ‘T’ or mode’ where nothing is back, you’ve got the full-monty the control of nothing more the muscles of your right Blow me.

This thing can be an animal. The track at Silverstone is a bit of a let-down to the big circuit, being a pretty layout and hampered by that Mouse chicane, but there’s enough Tarmac to test the Like the corner onto the

In track mode I was coming out of the and trying to open the power, but at the thing was shaking its head as I the power, just to let me know I had to be a little more careful my right wrist. True, was a lot of wind crossing the circuit on the but I was starting to have trouble on. And with people telling me the thing just goes at 10,000rpm, I was beginning to wonder if I be scared after all.

this thing is so tractable like a twin or triple, but as you hit five figures it simply the horizon over your with an Italian shrug of its Little wonder that consider a V4 the perfect layout for a

Session two and I’ve learned way the National circuit’s five go. I’ve also on the advice of a better rider than me Mackenzie) put the bike on ‘S’ or mode, where the bike is down a little in the first few

Big improvement. Now the corner onto the straight can be attacked with a lot vigour. Wind on the power a little more confidence, hit the big ten O and hang on for dear life the straight.

While the straights are up by that sublime 999.6cc V4, the Factory spec of this allows you to join the dots up in the too.

I’ve always a big fan of the ‘R’ or ‘Factory’ spec As an ex-owner of a Mille R, the extra you get on damper, lightweight wheels and is always worth it and almost a It’s the same with the V4, whether it’s a bargain or not on the price of the base model, should be out in October.

Ohlins 43mm forks fine for me on standard settings. I’m the first to add pre-load as my bottoms out forks under braking, but in my track sessions I need to. Maybe the brakes here. The Brembo Monobloc brakes up front were and a gentle pull on the lever see the speed scrubbed off safely.

The Er, didn’t use it as I couldn’t really get to it with my size 11 plates and the Ohlins shock didn’t too much under power under my weight) and behaved

Aprilia RSV4 Sport Bike

Mid-corner stability was excellent on the no bumps or bobbles and the bike steers as quickly and as true as the litre-class sportsbikes of the moment. a dedicated back-to-back test see if it’s better or worse.

there’s isn’t much but then this is a bike probably wont be used too on the road. Or will it? Will buy one to look flash on the road, though the track is its natural

Aprilia obviously think so, as produced a range of accessories tank and tail bags, for me misses the point.

Wherever you ride it, the mirrors work too badly for something so and the clocks in true Aprilia give you all the information you could want via a handy ‘mode’ Engine modes are accessed and by simply thumbing the starter when you’ve already got V4 purring.

Having not ridden a V4 for some time (hmmm, be more than ten years I threw a leg over an RC45) been waiting for this for and it’s fair to say that the has not disappointed, so if you’re lucky to have put a deposit down on you’ll love it.

Yes, on it is a little small when you try and go for it as forced to move around the a lot, and that’s when you there’s not much of a bike The gear change could be too and the price is high but then many would see the exclusivity (say) an R1 would be worth it. has made a breath-taking motorcycle, quite rightly sits at the top of range.

Wonderful stuff.


waited for a bike like for ages. Something that’s to a homologation WSB special, like the and R7 of old, but better than because things have on.

The RSV4 is something that you feel so special when you it, just like the RC and R7 did in the past. unlike the RC45, the RSV4 may not be the road bike ever but who cares when it looks and this well?

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Aprilia RSV4 Sport Bike
Aprilia RSV4 Sport Bike
Aprilia RSV4 Sport Bike
Aprilia RSV4 Sport Bike
Aprilia RSV4 Sport Bike


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