UPDATE: The 2011 Aprilia RSV4 will get traction control according to sources close to the company.
Well this didn’t take long. No sooner did the 2011 Aprilia Tuono V4 show up sporting signs of an anti-lock braking system and rumors of a traction control system, do we know hear rumblings from Italian site OmniMoto about the 2011 Aprilia RSV4 getting similar treatment. Whether its an informed postulation or idle speculation, Aprilia seems certain to offer ABS and traction control on the Aprilia RSV4, as it logically aims to compete with the offerings from Ducati and BMW.
Knowing that Aprilia is developing such packages for the Tuono V4, it’s a trivial step to add ABS and traction control to the RSV4. With BMW offering ABS and traction control on the S1000RR as an added option, and Ducati featuring DTC on the Superbike 1198S, Aprilia would be the only manufacturer (if you don’t count KTM) at the $15k-$21k price point not offering these features in 2011.
It’s not clear at this time where ABS and traction control will land in model range, meaning whether the base RSV4 R or upscale RSV4 Factory will get the options as standard. It’s possible that these features will come as an add-on, allowing 2010 owners to upgrade their bikes as well.
As always time will tell on this one, but whether your like your sport bikes au naturel or gizmofied, it seems the way of the future for performance bikes to get an increasing amount of electronics and rider aids.