Gone Riding: Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory

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Greetings from the Mugello, as we continue our three-week European adventure, this time gearing up to ride the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory superbike.

The culmination of 10 years of RSV4 motorcycles, this 2019 edition sees the engine displacement bumped to 1,078cc, winglets added to the front fairings, an Akrapovic exhaust, and a host of other changes made to the venerable superbike.

As you can expect then, this machine should be a rocket ship around this iconic Italian race track – rumor on the street is that rear-wheel horsepower is just over 200hp!

For the bullet points on what’s new here, the 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory weighs 11 lbs lighter than its predecessor, and makes 16hp more power, and 5 lbs•ft more torque as well.

The Aprilia RSV4 has been on favorite superbike for quite some time now, so we are keen to see the changes Aprilia has made to further refine this stout machine. The lighter weight should be noticeable, and we are keen to see how the winglets work in real life.

With those features, and the extra power on tap, Mugello should be the perfect place to test the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory.

Per our new review format, I will be giving you a live assessment of the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory right here in this article (down in the comments section), and I will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Aprilia RSV4 1100, before even our own proper review is posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Aprilia personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting on social media by looking for the hashtags #bearacer & #rsv41100.

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory:

  Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory Ducati Panigale V4 S BMW S1000RR “M”
Horsepower 214 hp 211 hp 204 hp
Torque 90 lbs•ft 92 lbs•ft 83 lbs•ft
Weight 439 lbs (wet) 436 lbs (wet) 427 lbs (wet)
Engine 1,078cc / 65° V4 1,103cc / 90° V4 999cc / Inline-Four
Price $24,499 $27,895 $22,100

Photo: Aprilia

Jensen Beeler

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