2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF 1000 APRC ABS

Aprilia RSV4 evolves radically to continue being the best superbike ever the result of an extraordinary and winning project, born out of Aprilia's successful racing experience. More than one second per lap faster than before, thanks to the upgraded Ohlins suspension, the new braking system and improved APRC electronic controls package that includes 6-plane cornering ABS, and added Aprilia quick shift downshifter. The 201 hp Euro 4 engine combines with a seven-time world superbike champion chassis architecture.

Price:$22,999.00 -- Reduced $2,500 to $20,499.00

plus freight, setup, and tax, $150 document fee, and title transfer / tab renewal unless verifiable out-of-state residency. All prices reflect a 2% discount for payment by cash, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, debit card, or through financing.

Factory Warranty: 2 years with unlimited miles beginning when purchased.


Engine type: Aprilia longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshafts (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
Fuel: Unleaded petrol
Bore and stroke: 78 x 52.3 mm
Total engine capacity: 999.6 cc

Compression ratio: 13.6:1
Maximum power at crankshaft: 201 HP (148 kW) at 13,000 rpm
Maximum torque at crankshaft: 84.8 lb ft (115 Nm) at 10,500 rpm
Fuel system: Airbox with front dynamic air intakes. 4 Marelli 48-mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and latest generation Ride-By-Wire engine management.
Choice of three different engine maps selectable by the rider with bike in motion: T (Track), S (Sport), R (Race)
Ignition: Magneti Marelli digital electronic ignition system integrated in engine control system, with one spark plug per cylinder and “stick-coil”-type coils
Starter: Electric
Exhaust: 4 into 2 into 1 layout, two oxygen sensors, lateral single silencer with ECU-controlled bypass valve and integrated trivalent catalytic converter
Alternator: Flywheel mounted 450 W alternator with rare earth magnets
Lubrication: Wet sump lubrication system with oil radiator and two oil pumps (lubrication and cooling)
Gearbox: 6-speed cassette type gearbox
1st: 39/15 (2.600)
2nd: 33/16 (2.063)
3rd: 34/20 (1.700)
4th: 31/21 (1.476)
5th: 31/23 (1.348)
6th: 34/27 (1.259)
Gear lever with Aprilia Quick Shift electronic system (AQS)
Clutch: Multi-disc oil-bath, with mechanical slipper system
Primary drive: Straight cut gears and integrated flexible coupling, drive ratio: 73/44 (1.659)
Secondary drive: Chain: Drive ratio: 41/16 (2.562)
Traction management: APRC System (Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which includes Traction Control (ATC), Wheelie Control (AWC), Launch Control (ALC), cruise control (ACC) and speed limiter (APL), all of which can be configured and deactivated independently
Frame: Aluminum dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements

Available adjustments:
 headstock position and rake
 engine height
 swingarm pin height
Adjustable Öhlins steering damper
Front suspension: Öhlins NIX fork with TIN surface treatmen]. Forged billet aluminum radial caliper mountings. Adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. Wheel travel: 120 mm

Rear suspension: Öhlins TTX monoshock with piggy-back, fully adjustable in: spring preload, wheelbase and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. New progressive linkage. Wheel travel 130 mm

Front: Dual 330-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminum flange with 6 pins. Brembo M50 monobloc radial calipers with 4 30 mm diameter opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose
Rear: 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo caliper with two 32 mm diameter separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose
Bosch 9.1 MP ABS with cornering function, adjustable to 3 maps equipped with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) (can be disabled).
Wheel rims: forged aluminum alloy, completely machined, 5 split spokes
Front: 3.5”X17”
Rear: 6”X17”
Tires: Radial tubeless.
Front: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear: 200/55 ZR 17 (alternative: 190/50 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17)
Fuel tank: 4.9 gallons, 1 gallon reserve included (18.5 liters, 4-liter reserve included)

Aprilia RSV4 is the natural evolution of an innovative project, capable in just a few years of dominating World SBK, earning seven world titles in six years and winning in its début in the FIM Superstock Cup, the championship dedicated to bikes that are closely derived from their factory versions. Unanimously acclaimed by critics and sought after by motorcyclists from every corner of the globe, the RSV4 has always been the undisputed segment representative, the reference point for sport and performance, the best example of what can be achieved by exploiting the valuable experience of a victorious Racing Department like Aprilia's which, in its brief history has taken 54 championship titles. Skills honed on the track and transferred to the factory production provide everyone with the same excitement that machines prepared by Aprilia Racing do.
Unmistakable in its design lucidity and applied technology, the RSV4 is conceived around a 65° V4 engine never before seen on a factory sport bike, a frame which is the heir to a dynasty that has won 18 titles and 143 Grand Prix races in the 250 GP class, enhanced by the most modern applied electronics systems to manage the engine and the bike's dynamic performance. This is a true vocation of Aprilia, which was the first manufacturer to adopt the Ride-By-Wire multimap accelerator as standard equipment, but above all the first to patent the APRC dynamic control system, with the exclusive features of self-calibration and wheelie control, the system that now reaches new levels of effectiveness at the service of top performance.
The primary goal in creating the new RSV4 was the same one that has set this model apart from its birth in 2009: to be the absolute best uncompromised superbike, the one that comes the closest to the current Aprilia racing bikes in terms of performance and effectiveness. Thanks to the experience acquired in the most selective speed championships such as WSBK and MotoGP, Aprilia is able to transfer technologies to their factory products like the new full Ride-by-wire throttle and the dynamic controls package, APRC, further advanced.
More Than One Second Faster Than Before
The primary goal followed during development of the new Aprilia RSV4 (in both available versions, RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF) is, as always, only one: to be the best superbike in the segment. In order to achieve it, Aprilia drew from Aprilia Racing technology, refining the already exceptional RSV4 in many aspects, such as electronics, suspension and brakes. Thanks in part to the work done on the powerplant, now compliant with the Euro 4 regulation, without sacrificing anything in terms of power and range of use, the new RSV4 is one second faster than the previous version on average.
The New APRC: From Aprilia, the Cutting-Edge in Electronics
The Aprilia RSV4 RR and RF make perfect what was already top shelf in the previous versions thanks to a significant improvement to its already exceptional dynamic controls package designed and patented by Aprilia. APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) is the well-known dynamic control suite derived directly from the winning technology in world Superbike, the most complete and refined of those currently available on the market. This progress was possible mainly thanks to the repositioning of the inertial platform that governs the operation, improving accurate detection of the dynamic conditions of the bike, resulting in more efficient electronic control strategies.
The fourth evolution of Aprilia APRC fits in perfectly with the fine electronic management of the new full Ride-by-Wire throttle that has allowed all superfluous throttle body electronic management components to be eliminated, thereby saving 590 grams.
APRC, which comes as standard equipment on the Aprilia RSV4 RR and RF, includes:
- New ATC: Aprilia Traction Control, adjustable on the fly, (without having to release the throttle) to 8 settings thanks to a practical joystick, now has even more fine-tuned and higher performance operating logic.
- New AWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, adjustable to 3 levels, includes more precise operating strategies thanks to the repositioning of the inertial platform. Wheelie control can now be adjusted on the fly without closing the throttle, like the ATC, thanks to the new and more practical left side electric block.
- New ALC: Aprilia Launch Control, for use on the track only, with 3 settings, uses even more effective new operating strategies.
- New AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, the electronic gearbox that allows shifting without closing the throttle and without using the clutch, allowing clutchless downshifting.
- New APL: Aprilia Pit Limiter, the system that lets you select and limit the top speed allowed in pit lane at the track or simply to make it easier to comply with posted speed limits on the road.
- New ACC: Aprilia Cruise Control. The new electronic management has allows an advanced cruise control system to be introduced, very convenient on longer trips because it lets you maintain the set speed without touching the throttle.
In addition to the fourth generation APRC system, RSV4 RR and RF come from the factory standard with advanced multi-map Cornering ABS, developed in collaboration with Bosch to guarantee not only extreme safety on the road, but also the best possible performance at the circuit. The 9.1 MP system, with truly contained weight and dimensions, is able to optimize braking and the ABS intervention in corners, thanks to a specific algorithm that constantly monitors various parameters such as lateral acceleration, the pressure applied to the front brake lever, the lean, pitch and yaw angle, modulating the braking action in order to better guarantee the ratio between deceleration and stability. The new ABS system works in unison with the Aprilia RLM (Rear Liftup
Mitigation) system that limits the lift of the rear wheel during more abrupt braking. Cornering ABS, fine-tuned in accordance with Aprilia's specific indications, is adjustable to 3 levels of sensibility and can be switched off. Each of the three Cornering ABS maps can be combined with any of the three new engine maps (Sport, Track, Race), allowing riders with different experience and skill levels to find the best possible combination for their style. The three maps are “full power” and differ in the way they unload the 201 HP of which the Aprilia V4 is capable onto the asphalt, in addition to the percentage of engine brake dedicated to them.
The total revamping of the RSV4's electronics management is completed by the new color TFT instrumentation, a true digital computer with exceptional display options. The two selectable screen pages (Road and Race, both with night and day backlighting) correspond to as many represented indexes. Standard equipment for the RSV4 RF (and optional for the RSV4 RR), there is a new version of the V4-MP, the Aprilia multimedia platform that lets you connect your smartphone to the vehicle via Bluetooth, introducing for the first time a true corner by corner electronic settings calibration system with data that can subsequently be downloaded to your laptop (or displayed directly on the smartphone) for analysis, just like they do at the races. The new V4-MP adds a new connection protocol that reduces smartphone battery consumption to a minimum, in addition to providing a larger range of circuits already mapped in which you can manage the electronic settings corner by corner, as well as user acquisition of a new circuit that is not in the list Aprilia has provided. V4-MP also includes the infotainment system, introduced by Aprilia for the first time on the new RSV4, to manage voice commands and incoming/outgoing telephone calls with your smartphone. These activities are also displayed and managed by the digital instrumentation.
Euro 4 Engine, the Same Exceptional Performance
The primary and unique characteristics of this gem of Italian technology, the ones that led to the creation of the best superbike of all times, remain unchanged. This is the world's first full scale production motorcycle with a high performance narrow V4 engine, the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia. An engine that has been made unmistakable because of the use of “total” electronics, because of its extremely compact size and light weight. The changes implemented in this evolution of the Italian V4 not only resulted in achieving the goals of Euro 4 approval, but also increasing overall reliability and performance, without sacrificing power and maximum torque (which remain respectively at 201 HP at 13,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 10,500 rpm), and not even that inimitable sound that has always been a true soundtrack of the Aprilia V4 engines. The powerplant earns a new exhaust system with a silencer that has a double oxygen sensor and a built in valve. The engine ECU is new, with superior calculating capacity able to manage the rise in maximum revs, now 300 rpm higher. Therefore, the engine now boasts an increased extension capacity and it was also for this reason that the variable timing intake ducts were eliminated, no longer deemed necessary. This decision contributed to reducing the weight of the fuel system parts by 500 grams. In order to increase performance and reliability, new and lighter pistons were introduced with brand new segments that reduce the blow-by effect. Furthermore, a honing treatment was added for the connecting rod heads, further reducing friction. The valve recall springs are also new in order to guarantee reliability during the heaviest operating loads, whereas the valves have benefited from optimized timing, capable of increasing performance and reliability. Last, but not least, the gearbox now has a linear sensor that guarantees impeccable gearshift operation.
The Chassis: New Brakes and Suspension
Aprilia is known as one of the best chassis manufacturers in the world and the RSV4 represents the synthesis of the technical prowess Aprilia has acquired in top level world championships. A particularity which is still exclusive to the RSV4 RR and RF (and which has always been a characteristic of the previous generation RSV4 models) is the exceptional possibility of adjustments that the standard equipment chassis is able to offer. In fact, the Aprilia is the only superbike that allows the rider to adjust the engine position in the frame, the headstock angle, the swingarm pivot and the rear end height, naturally in addition to the fully adjustable suspension. Just like a real racing bike.
The RF version of the RSV4 earns new and more sophisticated suspension systems with fine adjustments both in hydraulics and spring preload: the fork is a latest generation Öhlins NIX unit, as is the TTX shock absorber; the latter is operated by new progressive linkage that increases the reaction time of the shock absorber itself. There is also an adjustable steering damper, also supplied by Öhlins. On the new RSV4, Aprilia introduces important changes in the Brembo braking system: the front relies on a pair of new 5 mm thick steel discs with diameter increased to 330 mm, gripped by the monobloc M50 calipers fitted with new superior friction coefficient brake pads.
Versions and Colors
Aprilia RSV4 RR represents a top shelf technical platform, ready to provide the rider with a “race replica” performance and feeling. The RSV4 RR incorporates all the electronic, engine and brake innovations introduced on the RSV4 RF. As standard equipment, it also has features which were once exclusive to the Factory version, such as magnesium external housings, oil sump and head covers and a wide range of chassis adjustments. Aprilia RSV4 RR is available in two new attractive color schemes, both matte, on a black and grey base (Grigio Bucine and Nero Ascari) with red wheel rims.
Aprilia RSV4 RF is the exclusive version that uses new Öhlins suspension systems and lightweight aluminum forged rims as standard equipment. It stands out for the dedicated graphic that maintains the evocative name of the previous “Superpole” version, but it has a different graphic pattern.

It’s been an amazing evolution of superbikes to arrive here.

First it was 750 fours against 1000 twins, with Ducatis coming out on top more often than not. In fact, they were so successful that others emulated them: Suzuki with the TL1000R, Honda’s RC51, and eventually Aprilia with the revolutionary RSV twins.

Suzuki & Honda copied Ducati right down to the 90º configuration. But the resulting engine is long and the weight center is too far back. Aprilia was an early advocate of designing engines with weight location in mind. First Yamaha introduced the R1with its stacked transmission to optimize the inline four, then Aprilia came out with their 60º twin to be more compact with more weight forward. And the RSVs were arguably smoother than 90º twins because of their dual counter-balancers. Plus, like the Japanese twins & fours, the RSV had a modern plain bearing crank, a wet slipper clutch, and chain-driven double-overhead cams driving 4 valves per cylinder with shim-under-bucket that almost never needed adjustment.

But then things changed. World Superbike went to 1000cc fours and 1200 twins. This was great news for Ducati, as their twin could be enlarged; the more compact Aprilia could not. So Aprilia needed a new engine. But what to build? Aprilia wasn’t too enamored with inline fours as their 5 main bearings cause a lot of internal friction and their long cranks create a centrifugal force that discourages turning the bike. As for twins, they certainly seemed to have an advantage at the old displacement but it’s a lot harder to make one breathe when 20% bigger. And plus, there was the issue of wanting to be competitive right out of the box. For that, Aprilia wanted to build something that could make use of their previous success, rather than going in a new direction that didn’t relate.

It was decided to build a 65º V4. This engine would be a powerful four but with its weight positioned very much like the RSV twin. But better yet, being hardly wider, and shorter top-to-bottom, the engine’s weight would be even closer to the bike’s roll center for easier steering.

And so the RSV4 arrived in Europe in 2009 and in the US in 2010, the latter being the same year it won both the rider’s and manufacturer’s world championship in Superbike. It also won the hearts & minds of riders and magazine testers. Yes, the new BMW made more horsepower (It was homologated 1 year later after WSB allowed a more radical bore-stroke ratio.) but most found the Aprilia easier to ride fast. And this was before the brunt of the electronic revolution came along. These early V4s won their accolades by their intuitive connection between the rider’s brain, right wrist, and the rear tire’s contact patch.

In 2011 Aprilia added electronics: launch control to maximize acceleration at the drop of a start flag, wheelie control to adjust the amount the front wheel is allowed to loft, a quick shifter to eliminate the need to clutch and roll off the throttle under race conditions, and traction control to prevent acceleration from overwhelming traction exiting a corner. Unlike some, the traction control can be adjusted on the fly using convenient paddle shifters (You don’t have to stop and access some awkward dashboard menu) and can be uniquely calibrated to your chosen rear tire; it’s not just designed to work with one or selected rear tires (OK, for this you do have to find the right menu). Oh, and in 2012 Aprilia added another rider’s and manufacturer’s world championship in Superbike.

So while manufacturers formerly added controllability by using twin cylinder engines or cross-plane crankshafts, we are now in the age of electronics. But they don’t replace the advantages a compact V4 hold over an inline engine.

The RSV4s have fly-by-wire fuel injection for fast response that’s switchable through 3 modes. And this is no Italian nightmare for maintenance. It’s water cooled and the dual overhead cams per cylinder bank are driven by chains with self-adjusting tensioners. There are no fragile belts that require frequent replacement and manual adjustment. 

The factory warranty is two years with unlimited miles. There was a famous recall in 2009 of some early engines because the company making the connecting rods didn’t make them right. We’ve never seen a problem with them, as Aprilia was proactive and replaced the affected engines.

Starting in 2013 came some additional improvements. The gas tank got bigger and a slimmer shape. Engine internals were revised to cause less friction and thus a little more power. Adjustable ABS was added to minimize skidding under braking. The traction control now better accommodates speed variations, making it as useful on the street as on the track. The engine was repositioned in the frame to make the bike more stable under hard braking.

For 2016 come significant changes. First off, Aprilia was getting behind in its quantity of Rs in the model name, so to compete with BMW and Honda, the new base-model Aprilia sport bike is the RSV4 1000 RR. The engine gets a significant bump to just over 200 horsepower. And many of the high-end features of the old RSV4 Factory are standard on this new RR base model: magnesium engine covers, variable-length intakes, & chassis adjustability. Also new is Bluetooth connectivity for your iPhone.

So, did Aprilia rest on the laurels for 2017? Not hardly. The RSV4s received larger 330mm front brake discs, the quick shiter works both in downshifts as well as upshifts, cruise control is added, TFT instrument panel, and the brakes now feature the Bosch 9M.1 6-axis cornering ABS. 


Dave Richardson

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