2010 Aprilia RSV4R First Look

October 25, 2009
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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First Look - Aprilia RSV4R
Aprilia releases its $15,999 RSV4R for 2010. A more affordable option based of the RSV4 Factory.

For the 2010 model year, Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia will be introducing the RSV4R superbike—a more affordable option based on the Aprilia RSV4 Factory. The machine will feature the exact same high-tech powertrain, including the liquid-cooled 999cc V-Four engine, 6-speed cassette-style transmission, and cable-actuated clutch with slipper functionality. This compact engine features Aprilia’s latest generation ride-by-wire engine management system, DOHC, twin fuel injectors per cylinder, 16-valves, and a 14,100 rpm redline.
 
The RSV4R will, however, utilize different chassis components. Most notably the twin-spar aluminum frame will not offer any form of adjustment, and the Ohlins suspension components will be substituted with a 43mm inverted Showa fork, Sachs gas charged rear shock absorber, and steering damper. The suspension will still offer independent spring preload, compression and rebound damping. Other differences include the construction method of the aluminum wheels, less carbon fiber parts, and a switch from Pirelli to Metzeler tires. The RSV4R will still retain the Factory’s planet-stopping Brembo braking components.

First Look - Aprilia RSV4R
The RSV4R uses Aprilia’s latest generation ride-by-wire engine management system with user selectable modes just like the Factory model.

 
While its claimed dry weight increases by 11 lbs to just over 404 lbs, its MSRP has been cut to… are you ready for this? $15,999! An unbelievable value considering how much R&D and technology is built into the machine. Like all Aprilia motorcycles, the RSV4R will come with a two year, unlimited mileage warranty. Motorcycles have already left Aprilia’s Noale, Italy factory and are expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships as early as November.
 
Tomorrow, MotoUSA will be enroute to Autodromo Internazionale di Mugello to ride it around the same 3.2-mile track that it was developed on. Make sure to check out our full first ride report next week. This bike is going to be good!

2010 Aprilia RSV4R Specs
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Engine: 999cc liquid-cooled V-Four, 16-valve
Bore x Stroke: 78 x 52.3mm
Compression Ratio: 13:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-Injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate, cable actuation
Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension: Showa 43mm inverted fork, 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.72 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Sachs gas charged shock absorber, 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.11 in. travel
Front Brakes: 320mm discs with Brembo monobloc 4-piston radial-mount calipers
Rear Brake: 220mm disc with Brembo twin-piston caliper
Tires: Metzeler Racetec, 120/70-17, 190/50-17
Dry Weight: 405 lbs (claimed) 
Wheelbase: 55.9 in.
Length: 80.3 in.
Rake: 24.5 deg. Trail: 4.13 in.
Seat Height: 33.26 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.49 gal.
MSRP: $15,999
Colors: Glam White; Aprilia Black
Warranty: Two years, unlimited mileage

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