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2010 Aprilia RSV4R First Look

Sunday, October 25, 2009
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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Comments
Brian Ridge -Mr  May 5, 2010 04:17 AM
I bought the factory version at inflated Singaporean rates (S$ to GB Pound crap at the moment)but to me worth every last cent. Literally miles of smiles once you head over the border into Malaysia where the cops are "flexable" for want of a better word and the roads long and winding
In track mode while driving on public roads it's absolutely mental. Apriiaaaaaaah.
Anyone interested in buying one should in my opinion change out the can or better still the entire system. The original can is that ugly that it would make an onion cry. Try an Austin racing exhaust (vid on You tube)it sounds evil, not road legal without the additional baffle tho' but it's available at an additional GBP20. I didn't bother with it but what the hell!!!
I found the tyres are glued to the road in the dry but really skittish in the wet
Get out there and buy one, you know it makes sense and explain it to the wife when you've already bought it....I did and have a black eye to prove it
S S -RE: Albert R Hurt - BMW VS Aprilia  November 2, 2009 01:31 AM
"When was the last time you could buy a BMW for that price." Actually, when was the last time beemer made a real sport bike? The new beemer tops the list for the most ugliest bike ever designed! My deposit already down for the RSV4 Factory! Can't wait to bring her home to meet her siblings 1098S and R6 :)
kneedragger -Tires  October 27, 2009 07:58 AM
Isn't that rear tire a 190/55?
mike -bmw vs aprilia  October 26, 2009 10:29 PM
the aprilia is going to wax the bmw. you'd be an idiot to buy the new beemer over this one. but to each his own.
Mitch -LOL @ Mike  October 26, 2009 04:14 PM
An instant classic! Milwaukee Mike puts someone down for their English skills and spells a word wrong in the process. As far as the RSV4R goes, I'm going to see if I can get a test ride on one when they arrive in the US. It sounds like a great value compared to the Factory version.
Aprilia or BMW??? -RE: Albert R Hurt - BMW VS Aprilia  October 26, 2009 01:04 PM
Maybe BMW to YOU screams ride me hard, but to me...does not have the same effect. Yes, BMW has a sport version with some extra goodies to compete with the leaders. So if by these factors in being a better buy, sure, you get more value...i guess.

But for me, a better buy would be that of those who have maximized their R&D. At least Yamaha went outside the box on their motor. Ducati has their impossible unattainable replica GP version (V4) that one can get if their last name is Leno or Cruise or wallet resembles that of the Trump bloodline. Then Aprilia came out with a V4 like Ducati's replica, still with high price tag.

Then our economy tanked...And Aprilia wants to slash prices on the RSV4 (did I hear that right?)...2-3K over the Big 4's cost of the bike. These bikes sound like somewhat tamed version of MotoGP bikes...ANGRY! At this point in time, the only people I can think of who wouldn't want a V4 between their legs are those who cannot afford it or those smart enough NOT to buy one for their own safety...

Hopefully the Big4 is working on V4's, so in the future I can tell a kid..."Be careful, this aint your daddy's inline 4!" So yea, put me down for a deposit on an RSV4, I will leave the handwarmers on the other bike for the snowmobiles to utilize.
Albert R Hurt -BMW VS Aprilia  October 26, 2009 11:01 AM
I like the Aprilia but for the price I think the new BMW 1000R would be a better buy. The new Beemer is coming in at 13,999.00 It screams ride me hard. When was the last time you could buy a BMW for that price.
milwaukee mike -budi pras  October 26, 2009 10:52 AM
Yeah dude,...dail one for english!
budi pras -yahuut  October 25, 2009 09:16 PM
i like thie bike.... i home will came in my country