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.