APRILIA RSV4 (2010-on) Review

Published: 04 November 2009

"Monstrously fast, gives you loads of confidence in the corners, has superb ride quality, looks great, sounds even better and is massive fun"

Aprilia RSV4R

"Monstrously fast, gives you loads of confidence in the corners, has superb ride quality, looks great, sounds even better and is massive fun"

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  180 bhp
  • 32 mpg  -  144 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • £14,132

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.   

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 5 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their APRILIA RSV4 (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best bike out there

03 February 2014 by alexrigby

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... Read more 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!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best bike out there

03 February 2014 by alexrigby

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... Read more 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!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

rsv4

25 June 2010 by dahley

nice when it goes Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Love It

28 March 2010 by twobike

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £14,132
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 180 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Tank range 144 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16-valve, V4
Frame type Aluminium beam
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 203kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/55 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2009 – Model introduced

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