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APRILIA RSV4 RR

Posted On 17 May 2024
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This entry is part 8 of 28 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#32

YOU KNOW IT’S GOT TO BE GOOD WHEN…
WORDS STUART WOODBURY PHOTOS TIM MUNRO

When you’ve won numerous championships around the world. Not only do you know that the base package has to be a good thing, but Aprilia’s RSV4 has been given some minor improvements over last year’s model as well, making it sharper in all areas.

Now called the RSV4 RR the delightful visceral-sounding V4 power plant has been handed a 2.5kg weight reduction and a slight boost in power and torque. It is now sitting at 149.8kW and 115Nm, and the RR pulls like a train out of corners and motors especially fast down the straights.

Stuart is wearing a Shoei NXR helmet, Berik Force 2.0 one piece suit, Held Titan gloves, Force field Blade back protector and Alpine stars Super tech R boots.

For the launch we were lucky enough to get the RR out to the track and give it a decent thrash. Try 290kmh down the chute at Sydney Motorsport Park recorded on the dash. That is some serious speed barrelling down into Turn One, so thankfully the RR has the latest generation Brembo monoblock calipers and Bosch Race ABS. I rode the RR with ABS off and then with it set on level 1, finding that level 1 gave me that little bit of a safety factor in case I stuffed up my braking marker all together.

The electronics package (APRC, Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which includes traction control, wheelie control and launch control has been refined. I didn’t use launch control, but it has to be the easiest to activate of all the latest litre bikes fitted with this feature. All you need to do is hold both of the plus/minus buttons on the left hand bar together for a couple of seconds until the dash tells you it’s activated.

I’m not an overly big fan of wheelie control as it is normally too interactive when blasting along at the track (however it is a good thing to have on the road), I tried the RR on level 1 and it was okay, but I preferred it switched off.

But, the standout for me was the traction control. Of all the litre bikes, the RR is so smooth you hardly notice it working. I started on level 4 and worked my way to level 2 which allowed a bit of slip out of corners but had enough safety in case I got too ham fisted and sideways. This ultimately allowed me to accelerate faster out of corners – perfect!

The RSV4 has long been renowned for having a very tall first gear and the same was noticed on the track with just about everyone only hitting the rev limiter in 4th and maybe touching 5th gear at times. Dropping one tooth off the front would be an excellent idea for an owner, as it will make the RR easier to ride on the road from a standstill and give you extra punch by allowing the engine to get into its meaty torque range.

Tuono 1100 RR
We also got to have a blast around the track on the new Tuono 1100 RR which is such a hoot to ride. We are just about to ride it on the road and then we can give you the full review of this hypernaked weapon.

Suspension on the RR has been refined with the engine being lowered slightly and the bike that I rode at the launch had been set up as per world super stock settings (around 17mm higher in the rear and so on), but when I first rode the bike it had been softened in the front from these settings. It handled well, but not as well as I knew it could, so after some adjustments on the compression the RR would point at the corner as I wanted it to, allowing me to get on the throttle earlier.

Accessories are performance orientated as you’d expect, along with some tasty bling. The exciting accessory is the V4-MP (multimedia platform) which allows you to use your smartphone and the web for real time data – very useful for racing or track day fans.

Aprilia’s new RSV4 RR is a lot of bike for the $25,000 ride away price tag. It looks exotic, sounds like no other and is extremely fast. Get out and test one, I think you’ll love it.

SPECS
APRILIA RSV4 RR

PRICE: $25,000 (ride away)
WARRANTY: Two years, unlimited distance
SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months
ENGINE: Liquid-cooled V4 cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
BORE x STROKE: 78 x 52.3mm
DISPLACEMENT: 999.6cc
COMPRESSION: 13.6:1
POWER: 148kW @ 13,000rpm
TORQUE: 115Nm @ 10,500rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed, wet multi-plate slipper clutch, chain fi nal drive
SUSPENSION: Front, 43mm inverted fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, compression and rebound, travel 130mm.
DIMENSIONS: Seat height 847mm, weight 180kg (dry), fuel capacity 18.5 litres, wheelbase 1420mm
TYRES: Front, 120/70/ZR17. Rear, 200/55/ZR17
FRAME: Aluminium perimeter
BRAKES: Front, twin 320mm discs with radial mount four-piston switchable ABS calipers. Rear, 220mm disc, dual-piston switchable ABS caliper.
FUEL CONSUMPTION: N/A
THEORETICAL RANGE: N/A
COLOURS: Bucine Grey, Black Ascari
VERDICT: BE A CHAMPION.

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