2010 Aprilia RSV4 R: cheaper suspension, same engine

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Coming a year after the Aprilia RSV4 Factory, this lower-spec model ditches the Ohlins suspension in favor of Showa forks and a Sachs rear shock while retaining the 180bhp 65° V4. No official price has yet been announced in any market, but Aprilia hopes to compete with Japanese liter bikes and the the BMW S1000RR, so expect something in the neighborhood of $15,000. Full details on the Aprilia RSV4 R below.

Update: Make sure you check out our 2010 Aprilia RSV4 R review.

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Due for an official release at this weekend’s Imola SBK race, the WorldSBK website published an initial low-res photo which led to the release of more images and details from other sources. We’re exclusively bringing you these high-res images.

The RSV4 Factory and RSV4 R follow in the mold of the v-twin RSV 1000 R range; the Factory is the range-topping carbon, magnesium and Ohlins-equipped model sold in order to homologate the SBK racers, while the R is fitted with more realistic components and priced to sell in large numbers.

While the R retains the Factory’s basic frame and engine, both of those are modified to lower costs. The R’s engine ditches the expensive and lightweight magnesium engine covers in favor of aluminum items, while the chassis has lost its ability to adjust the swingarm pivot point, the steering head angle and the engine’s position.

Still present is the fly-by-wire throttle and its three switchable power delivery modes. “Race” offers the full 180bhp and 115lb/ft of torque, “Sport” delivers full power but limits torque in the first three gears and “Road” reduces power to 140bhp and also limits torque throughout the rev range and in all gears.

The 43mm Showa USD forks remain fully adjustable, as does the Sachs shock.

We’re really happy to see Aprilia’s gone with solid color options (you can choose between black or white) on the plastic panels. The cohesive finishes of the R – mostly silver or black mechanical components – actually look better than the confused look created by the magnesium and gold parts and red/black paint on the Factory.

  • generic1776

    Damn that’s a hot bike.

    It makes the BMW look like a slack-jawed 2nd cousin, once removed.

    • ttm

      it looks like any other Jap bike now….

  • http://www.so-sos.com/blog Yukes {SO~SO's}

    I’m in love. So is it coming to stateside?

  • http://blog.cfetherston.com fetherston

    Ooo! It’s like where’s Waldo with the HFL logo!

  • doubleoevan

    So I’m assuming it’s only a single seater? It’d be much harder to convince the wife to let me buy it if she can’t ride on the back.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      There’s an optional pillion pad.

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    That is a good looking bike except for the exhaust (GOOD LORD THAT IS AWFUL) and rear fender throwaway section. Looks like it’s aimed squarely at the S1000RR with the fancy electronics. It’s still more expensive than a top of the line ABS-equipped CBR1000RR, but is it better? Might not matter, since they’re aiming exclusive, not mass market.

    Looking forward to seeing it in person. The black looks awesome. Mmm… black rearsets and cluch levers… my bank account is already wincing at the prospect.

  • http://www.proitalia.com Bill Nation

    Our belief is for deliveries to start late October in the USA. Not known if this base model will release as soon as the Factory. All will be revealed after the Oct 11th dealer meeting in San Diego.

  • Isaac

    Well, I loved the white paint job until the web artist ruined it with your logo. This is a bike that should have been left alone. Looks like I got some PS work to do to U.F. these pictures.

    If it is 14K then holy hell the BMW looses the lust of my wallet and the ape wins!

  • El Chamuco

    Looks fantastic…great job Aprilia! Thanks HFL for posting the pics. Unlike the other crybabies, I kinda like the HFL “decals” on there. When ya gonna have some made so that your faithful readers can apply them to their own bikes???

    • Isaac Anthony Chavira

      Puting water marks on images that are not yours is just beyond me. Puting them a a debut photo of a bike is even further beyond me. Why your dad didn’t wear a condom the night you were concived is the 9th wonder of the world!

      I never said that I didn’t like HFL. It is the best motorcycle blog. I just didn’t like the way the images were handled. But it is fine now. I found the originals and made myself a nice wallpaper.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        We were the first with these images, hence the watermark.

        • Isaac

          Well, then that is fine. I have so many sites that put logos in front of the bike and really mess it up. Raptors and Rockets is a prime example.

  • Kawalaser

    For the flagship bike of an Italian manufacturer, the RSV’s styling underwhelming and lacking originality. I mean, take the stickers off and I could be looking at a Hyosung GT650r.

    Italian bikes (and cars) are supposed to evoke emotion. And in the rich aesthetic lineage of Ducati, Bimota and Moto Guzzi, if Aprilia keeps designing bikes that look like bastardized imitations of Japanese motorcycles, I don’t see how their technical prowess alone will carry the mark.

    I am happy to see the resurgence of V4 sport bikes, and I’m happy for Aprilia. I just wish this bike was more than 1/3 as good looking as a 1098.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      I get the feeling you think designers of “Italian” objects should create looks a certain way, better known as styling. I respect that as I have a certain soft spot for the flashy Italian version of the International Style. But design, from both visual and engineering perspectives, just doesn’t work that way.

      Like F1 cars, high-powered motorcycles use forms mostly dictated by need, hence the fact that they all look incredibly similar. They’re all pure racing machines with lights and tag holders. As such, differences are rather nuanced and to the layperson, largely unnoticed.

      As technology advances, designs fall into patterns, sacrificing style, which you call”emotion,” for outright performance. As an example the 1098 is utterly derivative compared to the freshness of the SuperMono and Moto Guzzi hasn’t put out a lusty bike since the Le Mans Mark I. Aprilia, however, have never been known for pretty motorcycles for the street. They are aggressive and brutal.

      More than anything, the look of contemporary hyper-bikes is a reflection of our culture’s obsession with hyper-performance, whose engineering dictates similar forms. Maybe if we stopped buying them, they’d do something else. Like put the Mana X into production.

      • General Apathy

        I think the new prevailing strategy is to let superbikes be what they are (as you stated), but then have a sister model that uses the same engine and similar components, but allows the designers to do something more interesting with the looks of the beast. The Streetfighter is a good example of this.

      • kawalaser

        Excellent insights, Grant. I think you hit the nail on the head. I’m sure I need to see this bike in person to appreciate it.

        Is it on showroom floors yet?

    • http://www.dainese.com DaineseDan

      Wow. Have you seen this bike in person? Hyosung? Really?

      hy⋅per⋅bo⋅le  [hahy-pur-buh-lee]
      –noun Rhetoric.
      1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
      2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

      • kawalaser

        I guess you just answered your own question =)