Video: Aprilia Performance Ride Control Explained

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It came as something of a shock when, in October, the tiny superbike manufacturer from Noale unveiled the most sophisticated set of performance-enhancing electronics ever fitted to a road-going motorcycle. Aprilia Performance Ride Control incorporates an incredibly advanced traction control system as well as wheelie control, quick shift and even launch control. Here, Aprilia walks you through the system, as fitted to the $22,499 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE.

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We’ve extensively written about Aprilia Performance Ride Control and reviewed the 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE.

  • tomwito

    $22,500? And everybody is whining that the ZX10 is $14,700. My buddy bought an RSV-4 last year and put a slip-on on it. Took about 2 months to get it tuned correctly.

    • BeastIncarnate

      People whine about the price of the ZX10 because, as a Japanese bike, it doesn’t offer the same cachet as a European (esp. Italian) bike.

      That’s not to get into the subjective discussion of whether or not the bragging rights are deserved. It’s not about that.

      • tomwito

        That cachet is a steaming pile of BS. My friend works at a Ducati dealership, they used to sell Aprilia as well but they stopped because they were so difficult to deal with. All I hear is horror stories about waiting months for parts that cost an arm and a leg. $3,800 to fix levers and plastic covers on a 696 monster that was dropped. And it took two months. I guess you buy an Italian bike if you don’t really want ride all that much.

        • BeastIncarnate

          Too bad none of that matters to the folks who whine, or the people who look up at (or down on) bikes based on brand name.

        • Michael

          That’s not really the case anymore. A few years ago, Aprilia was on the bones of its ass and couldn’t afford to support the bikes out there. They’ve fixed their finances a bit and now the bikes are way better, the service is better too. I’ve ridden the RSV4 a few times. That thing is Effing incredible.

  • slowestGSXRever

    How long did that dude spend with a hairdresser before the shoot?

    Cool stuff tho!