APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY SE (2010 - 2012) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £50
Power: 180 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.3 in / 845 mm)
Weight: Low (395 lbs / 179 kg)


New N/A
Used £8,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

It might look like a common or garden 180bhp V4 Aprilia RSV4 Factory, but this special edition version (only 350 are being made, 50 to come to the UK) has moved road-going superbikes on as much as the BMW S1000RR did. It’s loaded with cutting-edge electronic riding aids, which make you faster and safer. Its new traction and wheelie control systems never get in the way of your riding, they enhance it. Add to that the best electronic quickshifter fitted to a road bike and launch control and the SE is a truly phenomenal, ground-breaking machine.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

With its Ohlins suspension, Brembo radial brakes, a stiff compact chassis and a new 200/55 section Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa rear tyre the SE can be made to handle magnificently on the track. The electronic riding aids help to make the riding experience even better. The traction control has eight settings, which can be controlled via plus and minus paddles on the left handlebar. The traction control never holds you back, like on BMW and Ducati systems, it just meters out the exact amount of power you need for the conditions and never gets in the way. It’s super-smooth and you barely know it’s there working for you.
The three-stage anti-wheelie is just as smooth, it doesn’t hold you back coming out of corners, it just meters out the power you need and lets the front wheel hover a few inches off the ground. Both systems let you concentrate more on the business of riding. The quickshifter is brilliantly smooth and again saves your energy. The three-stage launch control holds the bike at 10,000rpm with the throttle against the stop, you just feed the clutch out and let the electronics take care of the rest. 


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The 180bhp  999.6cc V4 motor is breathed on to improve cooling and lubrication and the gearbox has its first three gears clustered closer together. These changes aren’t noticeable in isolation, but the engine is a corker anyway, producing loads of midrange grunt, a searing top end rush and a wailing soundtrack straight out of MotoGP. The motor also has variable height inlet trumpets and the latest evolution of Aprilia’s ride-by-wire system, which is used in conjunction with an internal gyro and wheelspeed sensors to control the electronic riding aids. There’s also three power maps to choose from: Road, Sport and Track.  

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The SE is beautifully put together and nicely finished. Aprilia reliability is excellent too.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

It’s an old cliché and the goalposts are always changing, but this is the closest you can buy to a factory WSB machine and worth every penny. Find an Aprilia RSV4 for sale.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

Fully-loaded with the best suspension and braking components, cutting-edge electronics, tyres, a dual readout dash (race and road) and that’s before you talk about the superbly-honed chassis and engine. There’s nothing you’d need to change when taking the SE from showroom to track. Compare and buty parts for the RSV4 in the MCN Shop.


Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v, V4
Frame type Twin spar ali frame
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 845mm
Bike weight 179kg
Front suspension 43mm Ohlins forks, fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Single Ohlins shock, fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo monobloc four-piston radial caliper.
Rear brake 220mm disc with twin-piston Brembo caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 31 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost £50
New price -
Used price £8,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 180 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 180 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 124 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2010

Other versions

Aprilia RSV4R
Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Owners' reviews for the APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY (2010 - 2012)

2 owners have reviewed their APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY (2010 - 2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY (2010 - 2012)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £50
5 out of 5 V4-PLAY
26 June 2021 by Gary Pickett

Year: 2011

Annual servicing cost: £50

A symphony of sound, power and handling that is way over the top for British roads. Good luck

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Well comfy, its not a Harley is it...... Strap in & hang on....... Gets better and easier the faster you go, as I said the roads aren't up to it

Engine 5 out of 5

Stonking torque

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Bought with some corrosion, cleaned up like a new pin.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Early days, new oil & filter, some crash bungs

Equipment 5 out of 5

Still the only production bike ever made with adjustable frame geometry. Ohlins, forged wheels, full electronics, carbon and an allen key under the seat hump. Recommend a taller screen, but only if your lazy

Buying experience: Swallowed hard parting with £6K for a toy Liked it so much I bought another as a spare

5 out of 5 blown away
21 July 2011 by

I brought the RSV4 APRC SE in april and after the running in period i rode it on a track day at Snetterton using all the modes and traction control levels from 8 down to 1 and i was totally amazed at the way the bike makes you ride above the level i would have rode on say the zx9r and r1 i normally ride and been spat off! confidence inspiring.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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