2021 Aprilia RSV4 Factory Review

In this review we describe what the 2021 Aprilia RSV4 Factory superbike is like to ride on the road.

2021 Aprilia RSV4 Factory Review

2021 Aprilia RSV4 1100 and RSV4 1100 Factory First Ride

A decade has been enjoyed by Aprilia’s RSV4 superbike of solid racing and sales success . Throughout this time the Noale, Italy-based manufacturer. A price-competitive base model has been offered by italy-based manufacturer alongside the up-spec version . RF models have traditionally been equipped with race-grade Ohlins suspension, lighter-weight forged alloy wheels, and different carbon fiber bits. The Factory models have typically been a year. two ahead of the base RSV4 in receiving considerable electronic. performance upgrades derived from the Aprilia Race Department.

They was made all the more enticing . For 2021, the RSV4 1100 RSV4 1100 Factory. RSV4 1100 Factory are equal recipients of an evolutionary platform update. 2021 features an all new race-developed aerodynamic styling treatment; a larger-displacement 1,099cc engine; a new inverted-style swingarm; an improved Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) electronic rider aid package; and a bigger 5-inch TFT dash. The $25,999 Factory may still have a leg to stand on with its semi-active Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 electronically changeable suspension. Wheels were forged by the $ 25, 999 Factory . The $25,999 Factory Ohlins electronic changeable steering damper, choice of two Factory edition paint schemes,.

fans of carbon fiber will now need to tap into Aprilia’s line of accessories. At $18,999, the RSV4 1100. The Sachs suspension, nonadjustable steering damper, is retained by the RSV4 1100 . The RSV4 1100 cast alloy wheels of its 999cc RSV4 RR predecessor. Considering both 2021 models are endowed with a claimed 217 crank horsepower and identical APRC programming. It deciding between these two superbikes has never been tighter. I had a chance to ride each of the new RSV4 models at a recent press test at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, just a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. We spent the entire morning in the paddock waiting for the fog-like marine layer to lift. the track surface to dry, so lunch had yet to settle as I entered the track. dry lunch rolled on the throttle. The sweet growl was heard by lunch of 65-degree V-4 music, . Lunch worked the low end of the rev range to build heat in the Pirelli Supercorsa SP radials.

A few corners in I gave it a full fist twist exiting turn 4. A few corners got a seamless shift into third gear down the infield straight. I hadn’t expected so much gut-wrenching acceleration. The bike’s APRC was set by it having to its tamest ride mode for the opening lap . During the morning downtime I’d explored the revamped. the morning downtime I’d expanded APRC setting menus accessible through the bike’s dash display. The small joystick controller found on the previous RSV4 has been replaced with a more user-friendly four-button arrangement on the left switch gear cluster. The small joystick controller so navigating the onscreen options is now far easier with a gloved thumb. With the bike stationary, you’re able to. You’re able to select between vehicle modes labeled Road and Race. Road gains access to street-centric features including cruise control and. Street-centric features if the accessory Aprilia MIA multimedia unit is installed, dash-integrated phone, music, and navigation info. Ride-by-wire engine maps labeled Street. Sport are preloaded with APRC settings suited to general street and wet road conditions. Ride-by-wire engine maps along with the ability to adjust the default APRC parameters with a User ride mode. Riding in Race vehicle mode for the remaining sessions, I quickly found Race ride mode TC default level 4 too intrusive, the track.

As the track was now completely dry. No problem, the eight-level TC. However; the eight-level TC can be easily adjusted on the fly within any ride mode using the thumb/index finger paddle, the equivalent as on the previous RSV4. The equivalent located on the left bar. Wheelie Control can also be changed in the equivalent fashion using the reassigned cruise-control switch on the left cluster. Wheelie Control with the current setting for each prominently displayed on the dash. Within a handful of laps I gained ample confidence in the APRC system. a handful laps arrived at minimal Engine Map 1, TC 1, and WC 1 settings. In the process I found that even TC 2 felt a bit intrusive. The process made me want finer resolution between lower TC levels while in Race vehicle mode. Further improvement was demonstrated by chassis feedback in suspension A2 . Chassis feedback providing greater feel for what was happening at the tire contact patch. Along with improved exit stability. improved exit stability reduced fore/aft pitch under acceleration and braking. This allowed me to remain more relaxed at the controls. Switching to A1 may overwhelm your senses at first if you’re not accustomed to a taut race setup. Time, the feedback road was given . road feel you get through the bike’s touch points becomes the sportbike equivalent of reading Braille. Chassis response is superb, with light effort corner entry and innate finesse through side-to-side transitions. The downhill run out of the famous Laguna Seca Corkscrew provided the track’s greatest test of agility. The downhill as the RSV4 effortlessly flicked from full tilt right to left entering Rainey Curve. The downhill a section named in honor of a grand master of bike control from the pre-electronic era. Corner exits, clutchless upshifts, auto-throttle-blip downshifts, intelligent engine-braking reduction, slipper clutch, were assisted by without doubt the RSV4 combination of APRC .

advanced ABS conspire to ease rider workload at any given pace. Adding to this is aero bodywork that not only improves stability at speed and under braking. This works in concert with a revised riding position that puts the rider slightly lower in the bike along with a flatter/slimmer tank allowing a tighter tuck out of the wind. It all makes sense to an ideal office from. All to concentrate on the business at hand. My brief session aboard the base RSV4 was an eye-opener. With its fully changeable fork. shock dialed to track settings. Adjustable fork shock I matched my quickest laps of the day while noting a slight increase in chassis stability compared to the Factory. My hunch is that this can be attributed to increased inertia due to having slightly heavier wheels. For those aspiring to a fast trackday pace I see this as a plus. Riding the razor’s edge is required by those whereas chasing championships . With no-holds-barred engine performance providing a 5-percent increase in midrange torque over last year’s Factory model. a mountain of performance casting a shadow on its RSV4 RR predecessor.

No-holds-barred engine performance this could well be the update of the decade. It RSV4 1100 is the right bike for you? It may boil down to intended use and finances. If your stock investments are up. Stock investments get the Factory; it’s tough to dispute the convenience of electronic suspension, a Sunday road ride. A mix is incorporated by specially on a Sunday road ride of highway and backroads . But if you’re a frequent trackday rider, don’t discount the RSV4 1100 and its screwdriver-adjusted static damping.

Once dialed in. It you’re on solid ground with a decade of development behind you.


The RSV4 is much more than a pair of wheels and a all-powerful engine. The culmination of an ambitious project undertaken by the Aprilia Racing Division. The culmination an ambitious project adopting the very greatest available technology. The culmination it features integrated aerodynamic winglets. Aerodynamic efficiency, 217 horsepower was improved by the culmination . more torque than ever, All seamlessly combined on the signature Aprilia chassis. This is a true masterpiece. This is destined to send your pulse racing the moment you set your eyes on it. This will have you whooping with exhilaration every time you touch the throttle. Once again, the Aprilia RSV4. The apparently impossible has been done by the Aprilia RSV4 .

The Aprilia RSV4 taking aerodynamic efficiency up another notch with its integrated aerodynamic winglets and a double-layered fairing. Then there is the racing world-derived inverted swingarm. new electronics package with advanced APRC, to say nothing of a mighty 217 horsepower. To increased torque and, of course, the unmistakable Aprilia chassis. Cruising through rounds of rigorous comparative testing the world over, the RSV4. Its mettle was proved by the RSV4 .

The RSV4 rising to the occasion like a true champion

RSV4 Factory models are all powered by the equivalent 1100 cc, the first mass-produced high-performance narrow V 4-cylinder in the world. compact like no other, It delivers torque of up to 125Nm at 10500 rpm. Horsepower remains at an impressive 217. Euro 5 criteria are met by horsepower already hard to beat . it . Horsepower to breaks the 305 km/h barrier at height speed.

Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory

The RSV4 is also available in a Factory option. Common to both is the revamped V4 1099cc engine, the Factory version sports standard elements such as forged aluminium wheel rims, an Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension system and Brembo Stylema brake callipers. In keeping with Aprilia’s lighting approach on sport bikes, the RSV4. The RSV4 is equipped with a triple LED front headlight unit. The RSV4 featuring perimeter DRLs. The RSV4 “bending lights” function, the auxiliary lights increase visibility cornering. Where the auxiliary lights increase visibility when cornering by illuminating the inside of a turn.

2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory Review – First Ride

2021 Aprilia RSV4

Laguna Seca’s most prominent feature is the world-famous Corkscrew. Laguna Seca’s prominent feature the undulating left-right flick that you enter blind. Laguna Seca’s prominent feature then proceeds to drop you three stories as you plunge into Rainey Curve. It’s a thrilling piece of asphalt every motorsport enthusiast should experience someday. But one of the more underappreciated sections of the track, specially for motorcyclists. It is the hill leading up to the Corkscrew. Tackling it aboard the updated 2021 Aprilia RSV4 really makes you feel alive. After nailing the left-hand dip in Turn 6, momentum carries you out towards the curbing. With eyes now pointed up the hill. The drive up is started by eyes some heavy-handed persuasion from the throttle hand . With a larger engine than before, The 1099cc V4 is howling its sweet song while painting squiggly lines on the ground with the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rear tire. the audible. visceral experience of railing the new RSV4 through there reminded me how good the RSV4 is, how good it’s always been.

The story of the 2021 Aprilia RSV4. RSV4 Factory continues the equivalent trajectory it’s been on since its introduction in 2009 – evolution over revolution. Let’s start by looking at the outside. As you glance at the new RSV4, It carries that same design architecture it always has. You know it’s an RSV4, but it’s… different. Similar is looked by if the RSV4 to the RS660 .

The RSV4 that’s because it should. The 660 platform is the direction Aprilia is going with its design. Sense was made by the 660 platform so it for the RSV4 to align . The RSV4 Factory (left) and RSV4. They’re mostly the equivalent, but also a bit distinct than before. The triple LED headlamp arrangement has been reworked a little. The triple LED headlamp arrangement is still fundamentally Aprilia. Wings haven’t gone anywhere on the new RSV4. their integration is distinct than on the previous RSV4 1100 Factory. Wings resembling more traditional wings from the front while still being integrated into the design of the bodywork. From the cockpit it’s hard to make out the new wings. The cockpit aside from adding downforce to the front. The cockpit the design of the front fairing is supposed to draw away hot air from the engine.

The cockpit the design the front fairing direct it away from the rider. Some call them wings. They is called party trays . Either way, the RSV4’s new facelift. The rider a small bit more is protected by the RSV4’s new facelift . Eagle-eyed scouts who are familiar with the RSV4 will also notice another visual difference – the swingarm. This new version is braced from below.

This new version whereas previous models had the bracing above. The inspiration for this comes from the RS-GP MotoGP bike. It also results in three main parts instead of the seven before. The inspiration giving a 600g weight reduction and 30% more stiffness. What about that V4 engine, you ask? Of course there are updates. Course spurred primarily because of pending Euro 5 regulations.

Every manufacturer has had to do something to meet the rules, in Aprilia’s case, a revised exhaust system was an conspicuous no-brainer. At the equivalent time, Aprilia decided to give the RSV4 engine an increase in stroke by 1mm, from 52.3mm to 53.3mm, to make it a true 1099cc (bore stays the equivalent at 81mm). Lighter-weight crankshaft lets the engine spin a small quicker, too.

RSV4 Factory

The RSV4 Factory is distinguishable by its Ohlins electronic suspension. The RSV4 Factory forged wheels, one of its two available colors: Lava Red or Aprilia Black (seen here). Unlike in years past, the two available models. The two available models have very easy names to remember. The base version is the RSV4. That’s it. The up-spec version is the RSV4 Factory. The up-spec version with the only difference being Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 electronic suspension.

The up-spec version forged wheels. The up-spec version dedicated color options. (Sachs analog suspension is on the standard model) The opening paragraphs to this review should have clued you in to my initial thoughts about the RSV4. Long-time readers will also have a good idea where I stand, too. Since the beginning, the RSV4. The RSV4 has been a universally loved motorcycle. The beginning praised for its confidence-inspiring handling and that beautiful V4 sound. Through the years, and through different increases in engine size. electronic updates, The RSV4 has been the poster child for success in the literbike class through constant refinement.

This new one is no different. One of the scariest turns in the world, Laguna’s Turn 1 is a blind crest at high speed. The RSV4 experiences it unfazed every time. It shouldn’t be surprising to hear the RSV4 is a fast and forceful motorcycle. You come to expect that with sportbikes of this caliber. Being an RSV4, You expect it to handle nicely, too.

Stable is felt by the bike . confident leaned over. 445 lbs are said by despite it’s heft ( Aprilia with the fuel tank 90 % full ) . The bike it carries its weight well. The surprise I wasn’t expecting was from the ergonomic changes. The lower seat height is noticeable. The lower seat height even for someone who hasn’t been on an RSV4 in ages like myself. Combined with the lower-profile tank and lower pegs. It enteringto the bubble felt very natural and comfortable. As far as sportbikes go. Sportbikes I like the way this one fits. The RSV4 has always been a fine-handling motorcycle. The tradition is continued by this latest version . I’ve long been a fan of its stability under braking. the confidence it inspires when fully leaned over. A precise chassis allowing you to put the bike exactly where you want it, time after time. The new swingarm design is said to be stiffer. without an elder one to try back-to-back. The new swingarm design it genuinely is next to impossible to tell. The RSV4 a fan favorite has been made by there’s still all of the magic that . It brings us to some closing thoughts on the 2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory. The magic has always been there hasn’t left. Style is subjective, of course,. I imagine RSV4 fans likely aren’t too disturbed by the new looks.

What you can’t argue is the bigger engine. improved electronics are a step up from before. The power is a thrill. The power the electronic rider aids are top-notch, the sound, the sound –. Oh the sound – is as sweet as ever. When paired with one of the most iconic chassis ever equipped on a motorcycle, You have a hard time faulting it. However, If it were me, I’d likely opt. I’d likely opt for the standard version.

I’d likely opt the standard version skip the electronic suspension. Wheels were forged . The analog bits work just fine. The analog bits give the feedback I want. greatest of all, It costs less, too. Standard models wear a price tag of $18,999 while Factory models will set you back $25,999. No matter what you choose. No matter the RSV4 is proof that if it ain’t broke. No matter there’s no need to fix it.

2021 Aprilia RSV4/RSV4 Factory
+ Highs

  • The V4 engine is larger and badder than ever
  • An electronics suite that’s always been great
  • Better ergos (at least for small folks)
– Sighs

  • The Factory’s electronic suspension is greatest for the street
  • No more 999cc version, if you care about such things
  • Where could the RSV4 possibly go from here?

In Gear

Helmet: 6D ATS-1R Aero $550
Leathers: Alpinestars GP Pro V2 1pc Suit Tech-Air Compatible $1300
Airbag: Alpinestars Tech-Air Race Vest $1150
Gloves: Alpinestars GP Pro V3 Gloves $260
Boots: Alpinestars Supertech-R Boots $450

2021 Aprilia RSV4/RSV4 Factory Specifications
MSRP $18,999/$25,999
Engine Type 1099cc liquid-cooled 65º V4, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, airbox with front kinetic air intakes. 4 Marelli 48-mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and Ride-By-Wire engine management.
Bore and Stroke 81.0mm x 53.3mm
Compression Ratio 13.6:1
Horsepower (claimed at crankshaft) 217 hp @ 13,000 rpm
Torque (claimed) 92.2 lb-ft (125 Nm) @ 10,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed cassette type gearbox Gear lever with Aprilia Quick Shift electronic system (AQS)
Final Drive Chain
Front Suspension Sachs fork, 43 stanchions, changeable compression and rebound, travel 127 mm/Smart EC 2.0 electronically managed Ohlins NIX fork. 43 mm stanchions, with TIN surface treatment Aluminium radial caliper mounts, changeable in hydraulic compression and rebound damping and spring pre-load, 125 mm travel
Rear Suspension Sachs monoshock changeable in: hydraulic compression and rebound damping and spring pre-load, 130 mm travel/Upside-down double-braced aluminum swingarm; Ohlins TTX monoshock with Smart EC 2.0 electronically managed piggyback, fully changeable in: spring pre-load, wheelbase, and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. 115 mm travel
Front Brake Dual 330-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with weightless stainless steel rotor and aluminum flange with 6 pins. Brembo Stylema monobloc radial calipers with 4 30 mm opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose
Rear Brake 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two 32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose Bosch ABS with cornering function and 3 map settings, equipped with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) strategy
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 200/55 ZR 17 (alternative: 190/50 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17)
Rake 24.6 deg
Wheelbase 56.5 in.
Seat Height 33.3 in.
Curb Weight (Measured) 445 lbs. (with 90% fuel)
Fuel Capacity 4.7 gal.
Colors Dark Losail/Lava Red, Aprilia Black

APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY (2021 - on) Review

A new underbraced swingarm, faired-in aero, new bodywork is gotten by aprilia’s RSV4 Factory and electronics for 2021 . They’re designed to help it lap faster around a racetrack. Any difference is made by they’re rather than to road riding . what genuinely moves the game on is its larger new V4 engine.

Latest news: Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 factory unveiled

Not only have the engine tweaks made the RSV4 Factory even easier to ride, the more spacious.. the slightly more spacious riding position will give taller riders an easier time, which will be music to their knees. The larger new colour dash is easier to read than before, too, although its graphics aren’t as elegant as some of its European rivals. The Aprilia RSV4 Factory will be a trackday rider’s dream. looks like a superbike with one foot in the noughties. lacks some of the specialness of a Ducati Panigale V4 S.. said the RSV4 Factory is far smoother. The Aprilia RSV4 Factory less angry.

easier to get the greatest out of. when it’s 'up on the plane'. The Aprilia RSV4 Factory gliding through the countryside it’s an almost spiritual riding experience. ⏱️ Spend #60secondswith @Neevesy33 and the Aprilia RSV4 Factory. it’s remains unchanged for the 2021 model. It still has an changeable head angle. It swingarm pivot position and back ride height, the swingarm.. the swingarm undergoes a large change.

Previous model: Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory review

Fresh from the showroom the RSV4 is well finished and superbly built. Fresh it’s a mixed bag when it comes to owning one.

Some enjoy trouble-free riding and other meet by accidently mechanic and parts supply problems. finding a dealer with a good reputation is a must. How the 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory compared is found to the competition in this video A new look is gotten by for 2021 the RSV4 Factory . the '1100' dropped from its name. huge wing looks like it’s swallowed a monster frisbee.

Aerodynamic strakes huge wing are integral pieces of the bodywork. As before they only work at track speeds. are merely decoration for the road. Ali wheels were forged by brembo Stylemas . Brembo Stylemas retuned Ohlins electronic suspension. Mirrors, pillion pegs numberplate bracket all.

numberplate bracket can all be undone. numberplate bracket all removed easily for track use, too.

The 999 is replaced by 2019 : Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory . 6cc RSV4 Factory and features a tuned 1077cc V4 Tuono lump. The chassis remains. The chassis has new winglets. The chassis 5mm longer-travel semi-active Ohlins forks with revised settings, quicker steering geometry, a stiffer swingarm, Stylema Brembos, Akrapovic titanium end can, lithium battery, new electronic rider aid settings and a brighter colour dash. Semi-active suspension is gotten by 2020 : RSV4 1100 Factory . 2020: RSV4 1100 Factory bellypan louvres.

a revised front fuel tank section. 2021: RSV4 Factory enlarged from 1077cc to 1099cc for Euro5. The equivalent 214bhp is produced . Lower was made in the revs . has 2lb-ft more torque. New under-braced swingarm, bodywork, aero, LED headlights, colour dash, uprated ECU and electronic rider aids.

‘1100’ dropped from its name. RSV4 – Identical spec to Factory with heavier cast wheels, Sachs fully changeable suspension. A saving of over £5000.

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A decade has been enjoyed. A base model has been offered. RF models have been equipped traditionally. The RSV4 is much more. The culmination of an project undertaken. The culmination an project adopting the very greatest available technology. The culmination it features integrated aerodynamic winglets. The RSV4 is also available. To both is the. Laguna Seca’s most feature is the world-famous Corkscrew. It is the hill. The RSV4 Factory is distinguishable by its Ohlins electronic suspension. The RSV4 Factory forged wheels,one. The two models have very easy names. A swingarm,aero,bodywork is gotten. Any difference is made. What moves the game. The 999 is replaced. The chassis has new winglets. No owners have reviewed yet the APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY(2021).


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