47 high-res images of the 2011 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC

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Back in February we broke news that the more affordable RSV4 R would be gaining Aprilia Performance Ride Control, easily the most sophisticated set of performance-enhancing electronics ever fitted to as showroom stock motorcycle. Other improvements include new Sachs forks, lighter wheels, revised gearing and a slimmer exhaust canister. All that’s coming at a $1,000 premium, bringing the price of the 2011 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC up to $16,999. Now, here’s a mega-gallery of high-res images and full information.

We’ve extensively covered the electronics to the point that it would probably bore you to death if we were to do so again. Just in case you haven’t been reading about it yet, hit our APRC tag page for thousands of words and a bunch of videos explaining the system. In a nutshell, it brings SBK-level launch control, wheelie control, traction control and quickshift to the road. It’s not just there for your safety either, according to Kevin Ash, it makes the 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE faster.

The other addition that’s most intriguing to us is the new Sachs forks. The outgoing items were — as you’d expect on an exotic Italian — already USD and fully adjustable. So why change them? In the press release, Aprilia highlights “incredible feedback” in bold several times. Now, we might be being overly optimistic here, but that could mean the new forks are intended to address the one big problem we have with the RSV4 R — unless you’re wringing its neck, the front end is prone to vagueness and a reluctance to turn on. On the track or under very aggressive riding on the road that problem is replaced with incredible turning speed and intimate feedback, but during less enthusiastic riding it can be less than confidence inspiring. We’ll ride the revised 2011 model and report back soon, fingers crossed.

Aprilia also claims a 2kg weight reduction thanks to that new, slimmer exhaust canister and lighter wheels, although it doesn’t list their weight reduction. The all-up dry weight for the old bike was listed at 184kg (dry) and the new bike bikes is 182kg (dry) so any weight saving in the wheels is small enough not to register significantly in that total. Other unquantified changes are revised gearing and improved fuel consumption. The rear tire grows from 190 to 200/55-17.

There’s 47 images in this gallery. Like nearly all our gallery images, they’re more than large enough to be saved as wallpapers.

  • http://www.ninja250blog.com R.Sallee

    Am I the only person that wants these manufacturers to stop working on over-powered liter bikes and instead make a lightweight V-twin supermoto with a big gas tank and racks for bungees and saddle bags?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      No, you aren’t. The problem is the development cost for your dream bike would be the same as this thing and margins are obviously higher on this.

      • Miticale

        And remember, for every 4 of us that would love a 4-5-600cc bike weighing in wet under 370 pushing 140 hp, there are 40 wet-behind-the-ear riders who have topped out their 600s on the Cross Island and now need “more”, and have the cash to demand so.

      • Kirill

        Not to mention sales potential. Oh and they do make a V-twin supermoto, its called the Dorsoduro

        • http://www.ninja250blog.com R.Sallee

          Not lightweight. And really not a supermoto. Prilla’s SXV would be amazing if it didn’t need servicing every other day.

          • Miticale

            They did take those SXV engines and put them in RS250 chassis’ I think Roland Sands was behind it. It’s unfortunate the SXV has the reputation it does- dealers were moving them out of showrooms de-restricted without taking the proper precautions to let the customer know exactly what they were dealing with. Dorso’s a lot of fun, just too big for some.

            • http://www.ninja250blog.com R.Sallee

              Even the factory-recommended valve checks are too frquent for my (lazy) ass.

  • BN.

    I agree with spending more development money on cool, little bikes. That being said there’s nothing like a flagship bike to get me all giggly on a Friday.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Flagship tech usually makes it down to consumer level in a few years; all these techno goodies will be fun!

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    I did a diavel/RSV4/848 test drive last week and i have to agree on the front-end vagueness. I’m no racer, not by a long shot, but braking a bit hard while doing around 180km/h on the highway the front almost wobbled.
    Getting off of it i asked why they didn’t put a steering damper on it, “they did” was the answer.
    If they really fixed that issue, and with all that APRC goodness it’s going to be one hell of a bike.
    Oh and that sound… mama!

  • Adam

    All this but still no ABS.

  • Myles

    Do all the people who complain about not having their dream bike for sale at the dealership actually buy new bikes?

  • Skank NYCF

    Give it the power and cost of a BMW and I’ll take it. Hot looking bike.