Aprilia RSV4 Superbike Premiere and Open House
December 18, 2009
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Brookside Motorcycle Company
4206 S. Peoria Avenue
Hailed by some as the Superbike of the Year, the new RSV4 is something completely new for Aprilia. This is the bike that was proven in last season's World Superbike competition with Max Biaggi aboard.
Most know the basics of the new machine, but unlike the recent V-twins offerings from the Italian mark, using the venerable Rotax powerplant, Aprilia chose to utilize a Claudio Lombardi designed 65-degree V-four at it's heart with a 13:1 compression ratio and an oversquare 78 x 52.3mm bore/stroke. Lombardi says he'd have preferred an even shorter stroke, but was forced to settle on this configuration by the World Superbike rules then in effect. This throttle by wire setup yields 180 hp in the streetbike.
In walking around the bike, you notice one after another items to drool over, with it's Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension (on the Factory model), forged wheels, selectable mapping and almost no tail on the bike at all.
This is a serious bike. Just to hear the stock exhaust roar and you start noticing other things that you normally do not get on a street-legal roadbike. The RSV4 also has an adjustable headstock, engine height, swingarm pivot and of course, enough suspension and steering damper adjustments to make anybody happy. There are no passenger accomodations on this bike. It is a single purpose bike, built for a purpose and meant to be ridden in anger. And that... is a beautiful thing.
A few specs:
2010 Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Type: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke DOHC 65-degree V-four
Bore x stroke: 78.0 x 52.3mm
Compression ratio: 13:1
Induction: Weber Marelli EFI, 48mm throttle bodies w/variable length intake, two injectors/cyl.
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rake/trail: 24.5 deg./4.1 in. (105mm)
Wheelbase: 55.9 inches (1420mm)
Seat height: 33.3 inches (845mm)
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal. (17L)
Claimed dry weight: 394.6 lb.