With the addition of APRC on the cheaper 'R' version, it's now become even harder to choose between the Aprilia RSV4 and the mighty BMW S1000RR
The filtering down of technology – from high-spec, expensive, limited-edition homologation-special sportsbikes to lower-spec, more affordable machiney – is an inevitable process. Last year, the only superbike in Aprilia’s lineup that had traction control was the RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition. This year, the vastly more affordable RSV4R also gets the APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) system, the Noale-based company’s high-tech traction control system that can be adjusted at eight levels. Unlike other motorcycle traction control setups, APRC is a self-calibrating system that automatically adapts to different types of tyres and wheelie control, starting assistance and electronic gearbox settings. Max Biaggi’s bike for the street? Yes, almost!
Apart from the addition of traction control, the 2011 Aprilia RSV4R APRC also gets an improved lubrication system for its 999cc, 65-degree V4 engine, and closer spaced gears for better acceleration. The new, lighter exhaust features an advanced butterfly valve management system to suit the ride-by-wire mapping, for improved breathing and efficiency throughout the RPM range. And the bike’s wheels are now lighter, for a significant reduction in unsprung weight. That, along with fully adjustable suspension components from Sachs, should definitely result in improved handling.
Last year, Revvin’ Kevin Schwantz tested the Aprilia RSV4 Factory against the BMW S1000RR and the new MV Agusta F4, and said if he had to choose between the three, he’d take the RSV4. We wonder what he’d have to say about the new and improved RSV4R with APRC…? :-)
This video (above) explains the Aprilia's electronics...
Kevin Schwantz talks about the Aprilia RSV4...
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