Gone Riding: Aprilia RSV4 & Tuono V4

04/25/2017 @ 7:20 am, by Jensen Beeler65 COMMENTS

Hello again from Austin, Texas and the Circuit of the Americas. Fresh off yesterday’s sessions on the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000, we have another day of track riding ahead of us (it’s a tough life, I know).

Switching things up a bit, we will be on the Aprilia RSV4 RR, Aprilia RSV4 RF, Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR, and Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory. That’s a lot of bikes to ride in a single-day format, but we should be able to get some good seat time on each of the new Aprilia models for you.

Our focus for the day will be on the bevy of changes that Aprilia has brought to its V4 platform for the 2017 model year, as the Italian brand looks to continue the evolution of both its RSV4 and Tuono V4 lineups.

The big changes at hand are more power, an updated electronics package, new suspension pieces for the RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 Factory, and upgraded brakes (cornering ABS from Bosch and larger brake discs) on all the models.

Per our new review format, we will be giving you a live assessment of the 2017 Aprilia V4 models right here in this article (down in the comments section), and there we will try to answer any questions you might have.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride these new bikes from Aprilia, before even my own proper reviews are posted.

As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Aprilia personnel (we have members from both the Italian and American teams here on-site) that are here with me here at COTA. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. You can also try searching for the hashtags: #Aprilia & #BeARacer for the thoughts of my colleagues as well.

Spec-Sheet Comparison of European Superbike Motorcycles (with ABS and Electronics PKG):

  Aprilia RSV4 RR Aprilia RSV4 RF Ducati 1299 Panigale Ducati 1299 Panigale S BMW S1000RR (P)
Horsepower  198 hp 198 hp 202 hp 202 hp  196 hp
Torque  85 lbs•ft 85 lbs•ft 107 lbs•ft 107 lbs•ft  83 lbs•ft
Wet Weight  450 lbs 450 lbs 420 lbs 420 lbs  459 lbs
HP/kg  0.970  0.970 1.060 1.060  0.942
Price $16,999 $22,999 $19,995 $25,795  $18,845

Photo: Aprilia