More Improvements Come to the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF

10/05/2016 @ 12:05 am, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS


Let’s just be really honest for a moment – the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF looks as hot as it is fast. Debuting at the  INTERMOT show in Germany, this is our first look at what the engineers at Noale have in store for the superbike market, also debuting the l0wer-spec Aprilia RSV4 RR for the 2017 model year.

Both bikes benefit from improved suspension and braking pieces, as well as an updated electronics package, which includes Bosch’s cornering ABS.

Like the RSV4 RR, the Aprilia RSV4 RF is compliant with the Euro 4 emissions standard, though Aprilia worked hard to maintain the bike’s 201hp / 84.8 lbs•ft power and torque ratings.

Aprilia was able to do this, mostly by raising the RSV4 RF’s redline by 300 rpm. Aprilia has also done away with its variable timing intake ducts (a 500g savings), deeming them unnecessary now with the updated APRC electronics package.

Several internal changes have been made to the engine, including lighter pistons and a number of friction-reducing treatments. A linear sensor has also been added to the gearbox, which aids in the new quick-shifting functions for upshifts and downshifts.

Typical for the “RF” model, the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF comes with premium suspension pieces from Öhlins. It might be evolution, not revolution for the Aprilia RSV4 line, but the Italian superbikes continue to set the bar for others the chase.

A slew of electronic changes have been made to the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF, as such the 2017 Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) package now includes the following, according to Aprilia:

  • New ATC: Aprilia Traction Control, adjustable on the fly, (without having to release the throttle) to 8 settings, as well as disabled, thanks to a practical joystick, now even more fine-tuned logic for higher performance operation.
  • New AWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, adjustable to 3 levels, also well as disabled, receives more precise operating strategies thanks to the repositioning of the inertial platform. Wheelie control can now be adjusted on the fly without closing the throttle, like the ATC, thanks to the new and more practical left side electric block.
  • New ALC: Aprilia Launch Control, for use on the track only, with 3 settings, more effective with new operating strategies.
  • New AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, the electronic gearbox that allows shifting without closing the throttle and without using the clutch, now adds the capability of clutchless downshifting.
  • New APL: Aprilia Pit Limiter lets you select and limit the top speed allowed in pit lane at the track or simply to make it easier to comply with posted speed limits on the road.
  • New ACC: Aprilia Cruise Control. The new electronic management allows an advanced cruise control system to be introduced, convenient on long trips, letting rider maintain the set speed without touching the throttle.

No word yet on pricing for the US market, though Aprilia assures us that we will see the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF in the USA next year.





Source: Aprilia

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  • TwoWheelLoo

    I’ve never wanted this bike more… Holy Tentacle erotica…

  • madchilli

    That is absolutely beautiful! I’d sell both balls for that.

  • MikeD

    I want this motorcycle to have my babies. BEAUTIFUL Machine. (O_O) drooool.

    C’MON LOTTERY !!!!!

  • CBR Sean

    They’re relatively cheap.

  • Surya De

    I agree with all the comments below. But I am thinking I would pick up the RR and then put the online suspension bits myself. NIX and TTX2 – RF does not come with the TTX2 rear shocks usually. So that’s a bit of an upgrade there. Then I would just pick up a pair of carbon fiber BST wheels and done.

  • Benji

    The graphics make my eyes hurt. To many broken lines.

  • Superlight

    Why don’t they offer this bike with a solid color paint scheme?

  • Dc4go

    Best bang for the buck amazing engine, tranny overall package… Simply AWESOME

  • Steve Cole

    They’re really not so expensive. And realistically, you can just put rearsets and race fairings on this bike; it’ll give you a shot at winning any superstock/amateur race.

  • Steve Cole

    The RR gets a more or less solid paint scheme. In matte black it is gorgeous IMHO.

  • Steve Cole

    And I just bought a 2016.5 to race… *sigh* Oh well, realistically this bike will probably not be on dealer floors until April and my race series starts in May. Not much time there, and this bike doesn’t offer much more performance. That said, they did away with the variable intake stacks because they say that their new cam and head porting mean that it is no longer offering any performance. I’ve also heard that the cam changes make the engine considerably more reliable in racing, which is definitely on my radar.

  • Ryan

    Really? A hashtag on the graphics? Aprilia’s marketing team needs to be slapped…

  • sigsegv

    Yes, it is an eye sore. My 2015 Tuono has it too. Thankfully is on the bottom of the tail and almost unnoticeable.

  • MikeD

    Trust me, when you drive a crashed $500 cage that it’s only good point it’s the A/C system these motorcycles with $15-16k MSRP feel like aspiring to drive a Bugati Chiron as a daily driver.

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  • Alam Rahman

    This bike remains the absolute benchmark. Its fantastic and awesome in everyway. I love the colours and the look of the bike.
    My buddy has a 2015 and its simply a thing of beauty. It sounds and goes just as well as it looks. My only reservation is throwing it into the gravel would be painful experience.
    What a bike! Love it.

  • Dc4go

    Good thing it’s just a decal can easily be peeled off…..

  • Ryan

    You sure about that? OEM graphics are often sealed under a clear-coat.