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2009 Aprilia RSV4 First Look

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Check out the stunning new 2009 Aprilia RSV4. Price and availability haven t been announced yet.
Check out the stunning new 2009 Aprilia RSV4. Price and availability haven't been announced yet.
A revolutionary design project has led to a truly unique motorcycle and Aprilia's return to the Superbike World Championship.

With 31 World Championship titles, 250 MotoGP wins and 8 Superbike victories in the last sixteen years, Aprilia is a legend in modern motorcycling. Aprilia motorcycles have dominated circuits all over the world thanks to unconventional technical solutions, experimentation and innovation and, sometimes, by revolutionising technology thought to be unchangeable.

With this unique sporting heritage behind them, Aprilia is proud to present the RSV4, the bike with which Aprilia will return to the Superbike World Championship in 2009. This extraordinary machine has been conceived, designed and developed entirely by Aprilia Racing for competition use.

The RSV4 will make its debut in the 2009 Superbike World Championship. With four cylinders, 999cc and top of the class power in the race-ready version, this revolutionary machine is packed with innovative design and manufacturing solutions of the sort we have come to expect from Aprilia. A V-Four engine with total electronic management, and an exceptionally light and compact chassis are just some of the features that make this bike unique in the world of motorcycling. The revolutionary design of the Aprilia RSV4 comes directly from Europe's biggest and most successful racing team.

This is the bike that Max Biaggi will campaign next year in World Superbike.
This is the bike that Max Biaggi will campaign next year in World Superbike.
The road-going version of the RSV4 also benefits from the extraordinary technical know-how that Aprilia Racing has accumulated over two decades of success in MotoGP, and is packed with advanced solutions from GP racing. In short, the RSV4 stands alone as a exclusive, genuine, and in many ways unique racing replica.

The Aprilia RSV4 is powered by the most revolutionary and most powerful engine ever developed by Aprilia. This 65-degree V-Four unit is based on an architecture that is unique in the world of supersport motorcycles, and features refined engineering combined with prestigious materials and advanced electronic management solutions.

The new engine uses multi-mapping ride-by-wire technology, a solution that opens up new horizons in engine control, and offers virtually infinite opportunities for power delivery and traction control (present as standard on the racing version).

The 2009 Aprilia RSV4 has all the right componentry for it to be a serious contender on the racetrack.
The 2009 Aprilia RSV4 has all the right componentry for it to be a serious contender on the racetrack.
The choice of a narrow V-layout has led to the development of an incredibly narrow engine. This in turn has permitted weight to be centralised and chassis performance dramatically improved (thanks to a short wheelbase and long swingarm). The narrow V-Four configuration permits a longer stroke to be used, with clear benefits in terms of improved engine breathing. High engine speeds can therefore be reached without having to extend the width of the crankcase. This is fundamentally important to aerodynamics and maneuverability (two characteristics for which Aprilia motorcycles have always been universally acclaimed).

The monobloc cylinder block features integrated liners for maximum rigidity and consistent efficiency. The air intake trumpets are variable in length. Each bank of cylinders has a servomotor dedicated exclusively to the operation of their two throttle bodies. The aperture of the four butterfly valves, and therefore the volume of air inducted, can therefore be controlled independently. This solution opens up new horizons in electronic engine and power management, resulting in truly advanced integral traction control. A cassette type gearbox and a slipper clutch demonstrate the racing character of this engine.

The Aprilia RSV4 has been designed and developed with competition in mind, and naturally offers all the adjustments normally found on racing machines. In particular, this most powerful Aprilia ever made stands out for its complete range of chassis adjustments. The variable geometry frame not only allows you to change parameters like headstock angle (thanks to interchangeable steering bushings), but even lets you adjust swingarm and engine position. Racing technology has been used for all aspects of construction. The RSV4's aluminium frame and swingarm are constructed from a clever mix of thick-walled parts and variable section sheet.
Ohlins suspension on both ends  Brembo Monoblocs  a V-Four motor! I ll take two please!
Ohlins suspension on both ends, Brembo Monoblocs, a V-Four motor! I'll take two please!

All components are naturally of the highest caliber. They include an Ohlins fork, rear monoshock and steering damper, Brembo monobloc brake calipers and forged aluminium wheels.

The styling of the Aprilia RSV4 has followed the same approach as the rest of the design. The RSV4's racing character is clear from every component, and from the absence of solutions chosen only for appearances. As a result the overall design of the RSV4 and the advanced technology of its component parts merge into a uniquely harmonious whole that is superbly functional on the racetrack - the natural habitat of this latest Aprilia.

The fairing has been developed in the wind tunnel. Minimal in size, it in no way detracts from the stunning technology of the engine. The frame/engine system is fully visible and bulges like muscles beyond the fairing.

The triple headlight cluster makes the RSV4 instantly recognisable and unique from the very first glance.

The superbly lightweight tail slopes upwards to emphasise the dynamic nature of the Aprilia RSV4. Even when stationary, the bike simply exudes a desire for speed and competition.

Be sure to check out what we thought after we took a ride on the 2009 Aprilia RSV4 Factory in our 2009 Aprilia RSV4 Factory First Ride.
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Bulllss -fabulous v4  December 30, 2009 06:36 AM
it would b a mastero
WillieFlo -RSV4 Factory!  June 25, 2009 09:44 AM
I love the RSV4 Factory! I'm sticking with my 08 customized Versys for now....BUT this WILL BE my next bike in a couple of years......This bike just went to the top of my list! Leaps and bounds above the '09 1098R and the GSXR-1000 bikes I've been considering as my next bike in about 2 years......
Big D -RSV4  June 19, 2009 02:27 PM
They had one on display at Road America bike races. They started it up and reved it a little it sounds somewhat like a VFR only better!! Very nice bike.
Aprilia salesman -RSV4  June 10, 2009 09:17 PM
Nope Nathan, good news! the RSV4 base model is going @ $16,999, while the RSV4 Factory will be @ $21,900 ish. Scheduled to arrive in the USA approximately December 09!!!!!!!
Nathan -Price  May 23, 2009 08:44 PM
She's up there!!! $30,000 entry level up to $45,000 us for the RSV4 Factory...There is one on Ebay for $40,000 starting bid.
That One Kid.... -Umm......  January 22, 2009 05:18 PM
Alright, this is defintitely going to be my bike. But....I have a few questions first. I dont know, but if anyone feels like maybe answering my questions (Because I can't find them anywhere), my email is liltommehchoochoo@yahoo.com. Some help would be great.
aan_shavo -yummy....  November 7, 2008 09:36 AM
that's gonna be my bike soon... sensual body... make me surprise... when it' comes to me...