By Troy Siahaan Editor Score: 93.5%
2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory
Editor Score: 93.5%
Blah, blah, blah, we say it all the time – the Aprilia RSV4 is one of our favorite bikes ever. But seriously, it really is special. So how, then, does one improve upon a fan favorite? Give it more power, of course. That’s exactly what we have with the new 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory. On the surface, you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong in saying Aprilia telegraphed this move long ago – four years ago in 2015, actually – with the Tuono 1100, even though doing so would make the RSV4 illegal for basically every racing class out there.
This is exactly right. In studying the market, Aprilia has seen a shift in the supersport class, as less people are buying sportbikes for racing and are instead looking for a premium product – meaning there’s a growing niche within the already small sportbike niche of buying liter-class machines for the prestige and enjoyment of owning and riding an exclusive product, not for trophies or contingency money. The example given comes from the car world, where some of today’s supercars never see the racetrack and, in fact, aren’t eligible for any specific classes. It’s with this reasoning that Aprilia reps admitted the 1000cc displacement cap was more of a “psychological limit.” Going over it would move the model line away from racing and into the premium market realm. While the RSV4 RR will still be available with the 999cc V4 for racing purposes, the Factory version sees displacement bump up to 1078cc with, yes, a similar engine used in the Tuono 1100.
The Same, but Different
I say similar because Aprilia didn’t simply stick the …read more