Skip to content

Aprilia RSV4 Sports Motorbike Review

Find By Make/Model

1 of 3
Aprilia RSV4R
Click to enlarge
Previous image Next image

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Aprilia’s RSV4R is a more affordable version of the all-singing, all-dancing RSV4 Factory. The engine is basically the same, without some of the Factory’s advanced electronics, but the chassis parts are slightly lower-spec. Despite this it’s still a beautifully-balanced technology-packed Italian missile. It’s monstrously fast, gives you loads of confidence in the corners, has superb ride quality, looks great (especially the new white livery), sounds even better and is massive fun. It’s a five star bike but problems with faulty con rods at the launch mean we’ve given it four stars.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The RSV4 R’s liquid-cooled 999.6cc, 16v, 65° V4 motor is the same as the one found in the Factory model. It produces a claimed 180bhp and 85ftlb of torque. The engine itself is actually smaller than the old RSV twin cylinder lump. It has six-speed cassette gearbox and a slipper clutch as standard as well as a ride-by-wire throttle system and a choice of three engine maps. It does without the electronically-controlled variable inlet stacks of the Factory model.   

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Where the Factory model runs Ohlins, the RSV4 R has fully adjustable Showa forks, and a Sachs rear shock and steering damper. It also has heavier cast instead of forged ali wheels, all of which has pushed the all-up weight 4kg more than the Factory. Despite the extra weight and lower-spec suspension, the RSV4 R is still an incredibly-balanced, fine-handling machine and can be set-up to suit all tyres of riding conditions. With super-strong Brembo monobloc brakes and a slipper clutch smoothing out corner entries, the Aprilia is a devastating track tool.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The RSV4R still has a high level of equipment. You get sticky Metzeler Interact K3 rubber as standard, together with a beautifully made aluminium frame and swingarm, fully adjustable suspension and steering damper, Brembo brakes and a three-way power map. The whole package is exquisitely built. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia RSV4 in the MCN Shop.

Aprilia RSV4R (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £14,132
Dealer used prices
£8,530 (2010) - £13,070 (2013)
Private used prices
£7,670 (2010) - £11,760 (2013)
  View full used price info
Engine size 998 cc
Power 180 bhp
Top speed 180 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Aprilia’s are usually superbly built and have bulletproof reliability, but launch bikes suffered a problem with conrods breaking. These were the first 30 pre-production machines to be built and the problem was traced to a faulty batch of conrods. Aprilia say this problem has been rectified and production bikes will be as reliable as the RSV4 Factory models already built.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The RSV4R is £2500 cheaper than the RSV4 Factory and £500 cheaper than the base model Ducati 1198. It’s still an exotic superbike, so it’s never going to be in the same price bracket as a Japanese 1000, but for a devilishly fast, superb handling Italian superbike we think it’s worth every penny. Find an Aprilia RSV4 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

Compare motorcycle insurance quotes now

Model History

2009 – Model introduced

Other Versions

Specifications

Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 180 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Weight 203 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 998 cc
Engine specification 16-valve, V4
Frame Aluminium beam
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/55 17 in

See all Aprilia RSV4 motorcycles for sale

Aprilia
RSV4

1711 miles

£9,999

Aprilia
RSV4

8567 miles

£9,499

Aprilia
RSV4

6828 miles

£8,995

Aprilia
RSV4

8458 miles

£7,999

Aprilia
RSV4

12077 miles

£7,995

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(4 reviews)

  • Best bike out there

    alexrigby

    Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    I have owned alot of recent litre bikes and all i can say about the rsv4 is that is by far the best. May not have the highest figures.. but as a devestatingly fast road and track tool it stands head and shoulders above the rest. I wont bore you with an essay. Just take one for a test ride. Amazing. Had mine 3 years and she hasnt missed a beat or given me any issues. Quality is top drawer. Power delivery is amazing. The soundtrack to die for. Brakes susspension etc work perfectly i unison to deliver the feeling of a small light bike with disproportionate power output. I love it! And you will too!

    03 February 2014

  • Best bike out there

    alexrigby

    Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    I have owned alot of recent litre bikes and all i can say about the rsv4 is that is by far the best. May not have the highest figures.. but as a devestatingly fast road and track tool it stands head and shoulders above the rest. I wont bore you with an essay. Just take one for a test ride. Amazing. Had mine 3 years and she hasnt missed a beat or given me any issues. Quality is top drawer. Power delivery is amazing. The soundtrack to die for. Brakes susspension etc work perfectly i unison to deliver the feeling of a small light bike with disproportionate power output. I love it! And you will too!

    03 February 2014

  • rsv4

    dahley

    Average rating rating is 3.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    nice when it goes

    25 June 2010

  • Love It

    twobike

    Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    I have now covered almost 1200miles in just over 3 weeks on my White RSV4R, (includes one track day)and I love it. I just want to ride it all the time. It's not as user friendly as the BMW S1000RR, had a test ride on one to compare. The Aprilia is a hard ride on the road, better now I have lowered tyre pressures to 32.5 PSI. It's a track focused bike that needs to be respected and learnt how to ride. At the local bike meet it always draws the attention and looks great with a GP Can and Tail Tidy, plus SS Rad and Oil cooler covers. If you want great looks and fantastic sound from a bike that will put a huge smile on your face then buy one. If you want great MPG and Touring ability then don't. What you see is what you get, Brilliant !!!. They remain exclusive I have yet to see another on the road in my area.

    28 March 2010

Page

Discuss this

Add your comment
twobike

User's Badge

twobikesays

Update

Now covered over 2600 miles and still puts a big smile on my face. Swapped it for a 30 minute blast on a BMW S1000RR, great bike,does everything very well and easy to ride fast. However it's the Aprilia that puts the smile on your face as it did the owner of the S1000RR who rode my bike and he thought the Aprilia felt like a 600 with a very powerfull 1000 engine in it, which I guess describes the bike well, he thought it was fantastic. The Aprilia has bags of character, not perfect but in being so, it's absolutely brilliant.

02 June 2010 00:12

Most popular

Rate my bike

Related News