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.
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!