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Ultimate Superbikes 3rd place: Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Lap time: 1:49.8Top speed at end of straight: 164.4mphMax braking (g): 1.38Max lean: 48.2 Why it’s so specialThe 1199R and HP4 may be the latest and greatest superbikes to arrive, but neither can boast two World Superbike championships like the RSV4. Reputed to have been made for Max Biaggi from the beginning, the Aprilia made the world take notice when ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 15 May 2013

The ultimate superbike test

These are ‘Top Trump’ superbikes – the kind of machines you’ll probably only ever see in pictures and rarely in the flesh. The new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, BMW HP4 Carbon, Ducati 1199R Panigale and MV Agusta F4RR are all about the big numbers: power, capacity, top speed, electronic rider aids and, of course, price. If you’re in the market ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 13 May 2013

2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

This is what motorcycling dreams are made of: a sunny day, a dry track and one of the world's best superbikes to play on. I'm talking about the lightly-revised new 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC. It's available from the dealers next Feburary and costs the same as the current model - £16,599. You're not going to feel the new bike's ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 October 2012

F4 RR is the best MV Agusta yet!

Our world-first test of the stunning new 201bhp F4 RR Corsacorta has revealed it to be not only the fastest MV Agusta we've ever ridden - but also the most refined. MCN rode the new £18k superbike at a special test on the Adria circuit, north-east of Bologna, Italy and can reveal that, thanks to the RR's new Ohlins suspension and lightweight ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 August 2011

Aprilia RSV4 R gets tech goodies

This is undoubtedly the year of the RSV4. Aprilia's cutting-edge V4-engined superbike had its ups and downs when it was launched in 2009 but now the rough edges are smoothed off and it's a class-leading diamond. The all-singing, all-dancing £16,474 2011 RSV4 Factory APRC is already our superbike of the year, beating the BMW S1000RR. However, the new £14,124 RSV4 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 12 May 2011

Riding skills: How to get a good race start

Most top-level racing bikes (including the fabulous new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE road bike) equipped with cutting-edge electronics packages will have some form of launch control.  The very best of these systems will let you pin the throttle, dump the clutch and off you go with the perfect start. The electronics prevent the bike from bogging down or pulling ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 November 2010

Neevesy’s top three bikes of 2009

At the end of the year it’s often time to reflect on the last 12 months, so we asked MCN’s road testers for their personal three best bikes of 2009. Their answers may surprise you. Here are Michael ‘Neevesy’ Neeves’…    1. Yamaha R1 - “Many people didn’t believe us when we raved about the new R1, thinking we’d been ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 31 December 2009

New Aprilia RSV4 R on the road!

MCN raved about Aprilia’s new ‘budget’ RSV4R (if you can call £12,743 budget) when we rode it at Mugello in November. It was all going well until five of the launch bikes suffered terminal con rod failures.  Aprilia were keen to prove this mechanical hiccup was a one-off, so invited us back to Portugal to ride it again on the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 25 December 2009

Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short

The launch of the new Aprilia RSV4-R at Mugello was cut short yesterday after five of the bikes suffered terminal con rod failures. Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves was there: “I did two 20-miniute sessions at the high-speed Italian track on the RSV4-R, which is a slightly lower spec version of the Factory model launched earlier this year. I had ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 28 October 2009

Aprilia RSV4-R first ride!

The Aprilia RSV4-R costs £12,449 and is available in dealers now. The compact V4 engine is exactly the same as the Factory’s, it’s only the chassis components which have been altered, with Ohlins suspension replaced by Showa forks and a Sachs rear shock.  Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short Wheels are cast aluminium rather than forged, and some of the Factory’s ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 October 2009

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