2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF 1000 APRC ABS

Price: $20,999 plus freight, setup, and tax, $50 document fee, and title transfer / tab renewal unless verifiable out-of-state residency. All prices reflect a 2% discount for payment by cash, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, debit card, or through financing.

Savings: $5,000 price reduction to $15,999.00, which is partly a rebate due to expire March 31, 2017

Financing5.99% for 24-36 months, 6.79% for 48, 6.99% for 60, 7.99% for 72, or 8.49 for 84 months OAC (rates based on 715+ credit score, higher rates for lower scores) through Freedom Road Financial.

Engine type Aprilia longitudinal 65° V4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid
cooled engine with dual overhead cam (DOHC) and
four valves per cylinder
Fuel Unleaded Petrol
Bore and stroke 78 x 52.3 mm
Total engine capacity 999.6 cc
Compression ratio 13.6:1
Maximum power at
201 HP (148 kW) at 13,000 rpm
Maximum torque at
115 Nm at 10.500 rpm
Fuel system Airbox with front dynamic air intakes. Variable-height
intake ducts controlled by engine control unit; 4 Marelli
48 mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and latestgeneration
Ride-by-Wire technology.
Choice of three different engine maps selectable by the
rider with bike in motion: T (Track), S (Sport), R (Race)
Ignition Magneti Marelli digital electronic ignition system
integrated in engine control system, with one spark
plug per cylinder and “stick-coil”-type coils
Starting Electrical
Exhaust 4 into 2 into 1 layout, two oxygen sensors, lateral
single silencer with ECU-controlled bypass valve and
integrated trivalent catalytic converter (Euro 3)
Alternator Flywheel mounted 450 W alternator with rare earth
Lubrication Wet sump lubrication system with oil radiator and two
oil pumps (lubrication and cooling)
Gearbox 6-speed cassette type gearbox
1st: 39/15 (2.600)
2nd: 33/16 (2.063)
3rd: 34/20 (1.700)
4th: 31/21 (1.476)
5th: 31/23 (1.348)
6th: 34/27 (1.259)
Gear lever with Aprilia Quick Shift electronic system
Clutch Multi-disc oil-bath, with mechanical slipper system
Primary drive Straight cut gears and integrated flexible coupling,
drive ratio: 73/44 (1.659)
Secondary drive Chain: Drive ratio: 41/16 (2.5625)
Traction management aPRC System (Aprilia Performance Ride Control),
which includes Traction Control (aTC), Wheelie Control
(aWC), Launch Control (aLC), all of which can be
configured and deactivated independently.
Frame Aluminium dual beam chassis with pressed and cast
sheet elements.
Envisaged adjustments:
• headstock position and rake
• engine height
• swingarm pin height
Non adjustable Sachs steering damper
[Adjustable Öhlins steering damper]
Front suspension Sachs Fork with 43 mm∅ stanchions; [Öhlins Racing
Fork with TIN surface treatment]. Low profile forged
aluminium radial calliper mounting bracket. Adjustable
spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound
damping. Wheel travel: 120 mm
Rear suspension Double braced aluminium swingarm; mixed low
thickness and sheet casting technology.
Sachs monoshock adjustable in: hydraulic in rebound
and compression, spring preload, wheelbase length
[Öhlins Racing monoshock with piggy-back, fully
adjustable in: spring preload, wheelbase length,
hydraulic in compression and rebound]. APS
progressive linkages. Wheel travel 130 mm
Brakes Front: Dual 320-mm diameter floating stainless steel
disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and
aluminium flange with 6 pins. Brembo M430 monobloc
radial callipers with 4 ∅ 30 mm opposing pistons.
Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake
Rear: 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two
∅ 32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with
integrated tank and metal braided hose
Bosch 9MP ABS, adjustable to 3 maps equipped with
RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) (can be disabled).

Aprilia V4-MP Multimedia Platform standard equipment
Wheel rims Aprilia aluminium alloy rims with 3 split spokes, [forged
aluminium alloy, completely machined, 5 split spokes].
Front: 3.5”X17”
Rear: 6”X17”
Tyres Radial tubeless.
Front: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear: 200/55 ZR 17 (alternative: 190/50 ZR 17; 190/55
ZR 17)
Dry weight 396 pounds*
Fuel tank 18.5 litres (4-litre reserve included)
*Dry weight, without battery and fluids.




The new Aprilia RSV4 RR is the natural evolution of a revolutionary project which has successfully dominated World SBK, establishing itself as the best superbike of all times. Aprilia RSV4 is a global reference point for sportiness and performance, the best example of what can be achieved by exploiting the valuable experience of a victorious Racing Department like Aprilia’s which, in its brief history has taken 54 championship titles. Skills honed on the track and transferred to the factory product to give advanced users the same excitement as the motorbikes prepared by Aprilia Racing for global competitions.

Unrivalled for its brilliant design and applied technology, the Aprilia RSV4 was conceived around a 65° V4 engine that had never before been seen on a factory sport bike, aframe which is the heir to a dynasty that won 20 titles and 143 Grand Prix races in the 250 GP class, enhanced by the most modern electronics systems applied to managing the engine and the bike dynamics. A genuine vocation of Aprilia which led it to be the first manufacturer to adopt Ride-By-Wire as standard equipment, the multi-map power output system, but above all the first to patent the aPRC dynamic controls platform with the exclusive self-calibration and wheelie control features.

The goal of the efforts made at Noale to create the new RSV4 RR was the same one that has set the RSV4 apart from the very first version in 2009: to be the absolute best uncompromising superbike, the street bike that comes the closest to being a real racing bike in terms of performance and effectiveness. Aprilia RSV4 RR is equipped with all the electronic and technical refinements that a rider could want, with the possibility of making a further and definitive upgrade by choosing the “Race Pack”, which includes exclusive aluminum forged rims and professional Öhlins suspension. To celebrate the arrival of the new king of superbikes, Aprilia is also offering a limited edition version – the RSV4 RF – characterized by a dedicated livery and elements of the Race Pack included as standard equipment.

A New Era

Aprilia RSV4 RR represents the most important and profound advancement ever made on this extraordinary model. A development that even involved the design. The style of the new RSV4 is the result of the perfect combination of form and function. The careful design led to the creation of the most compact full size sport bike on the market, where technical elements such as the impeccable aluminum double rail frame contribute to emphasizing its racing vocation.

The front end has been completely redesigned: now there is a new, more protective top fairing, created after a careful wind tunnel aerodynamics study, which provides better protection from the wind for riders of any height. This choice has a positive impact not only on the track when the rider is seeking protection to achieve maximum speed, but also on the road where greater comfort is provided thanks to the lower air pressure on the body and helmet. The characteristic triple headlight is also new, now with a more modern shape and an LED parking light. The mirrors are new, also the subject of a wind tunnel study, which combine excellent aerodynamic penetration with improved visibility and built in LED turn indicators.

The Engine

In terms of quantity and quality of the operations, the unrivalled Aprilia V4 has every right to consider itself a radically new unit: if there were any doubts, they are quickly dispelled by the more than 16 additional HP and the 1.5 kg less than its predecessor. This is one of the Aprilia RSV4 RR elements that is most closely derived from the racing world and the one on which the Aprilia Racing Department was able to work the most with the factory production.

The primary and unique characteristics of this gem of Italian technology, the ones that led to the creation of the best superbike of all times, remain unchanged. This is theworld’s first full scale production motorcycle with a high performance narrow V4 engine, the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia. An engine that has become unmistakable because of the use of “total” electronics, because of its extremely compact size and exceptional light weight.

The main goals of the new V4 project were clear: increase power across the board, exceeding the threshold of 200 HP maximum peak and at the same time increase the already generous torque at all engine speeds. To achieve them work was done on decreasing internal friction, improving combustion efficiency and fluid-dynamic efficiency as well as on increasing the maximum rotation speed. The Noale engineers redesigned almost all of the internal and external elements.

Starting from the top, the 65° V4 has a new air box with filtering elements perpendicular to the air flow, studied with sophisticated CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) systems in order to minimize load losses and maximum pressure in the intake ducts. The upper injectors are new, whereas the variable setting intake ducts were redesigned to the benefit of an even wider range of management in terms of their travel. As with previous models, each bank has a dedicated servo unit actuating the two throttle bodies of that bank only. This means that the aperture of the throttle valves and consequently the quantity of fuel injected can be controlled independently. This is a never before used solution in a production bike that opens up practically infinite possibilities for power delivery control and works hand in hand with the aPRC system.

In order to improve the fluid dynamic performance, the heads were redesigned with intake and output ducts that have new geometries and contouring on the ends machined by a numerically controlled tool. The combustion chambers are no longer obtained through a fusion process but by a finer mechanical process which is also numerically controlled. In order to improve reliability and precision under extreme loads the height of the valve seat seals was increased and the relative lubrication reservoir was modified. The heads now have a triple layer of gaskets. The timing system confirms the innovative mixed chain and gear kinematics of the Aprilia V4 (with the chain camshaft driving only the intake camshaft, which in turn drives the exhaust camshaft via a gear) which allows for extremely compact heads especially in the area beneath the frame spars, much narrower than would otherwise be possible. In order to increase the maximum rotation speed a painstaking study was conducted on lightening the parts in motion of the elements included in the heads. All four valves are now in precious and lightweight titanium (the intake valves are oversized at 33 mm); the valve springs are completely new, the intake valve springs are made with oval section wire whereas the relative tappets and caps were lightened. The camshafts have a brand new profile and were lightened by a whole 500 grams. Moving downward, the crankshaft now has connecting rod pins reduced to 36 mm in diameter, while the Pankl connecting rods are lighter by a total of 400 grams.

As in previous models, the monobloc crankcase with integrated aluminum cylinder liners ensures maximum rigidity and consistent performance. The upper half of the engine case is now made with a new shell fusion and has been lightened and reinforced; it also now has an optimized ventilation system in order to reduce power loss due to air pressure inside the engine crankcase. The lubrication system has also been redesigned. A brand new oil sump ensures increased draught no matter what position the engine is in (for example in the most extreme leans or in maximum acceleration/deceleration conditions) despite the oil level being decreased in order to decrease friction. The “rose pipe” is also new (oil pump intake line), now equipped with a new overpressure valve and thinner mesh filter. The piston cooling oil nozzles were also replaced and the gearbox now has a valve regulated direct hydraulic lubrication circuit. The latter uses lightened primary drive gears and takes advantage of new ratios which have been optimized to fully exploit the increased engine power. The entire exhaust system has also been completely redesigned with revamped electronic valve management, now equipped with two oxygen sensors (one per bank), while a new, more powerful ECU contributes to more precise management of the engine in the area of maximum rotation achievable.

Chassis architecture

Aprilia is known as one of the best chassis manufacturers in the world and the RSV4 RR represents the synthesis of the technical prowess Aprilia has acquired in top level world championships. A particularity which is still exclusive to the RSV4 RR (and which has always been a characteristic of the previous generation RSV4 models) is the exceptional – and exclusive – possibility of adjustments that the standard equipment chassis is able to offer. In fact, the new Aprilia is the only superbike that allows the rider to adjust the engine position in the frame, the headstock angle, the swingarm pivot and the rear end height, naturally in addition to the fully adjustable suspension. Just like a real racing bike.

The highly sought after and winning structure of the Aprilia RSV4 frame has remained substantially unchanged and uses elements in pressed and cast aluminum capable of guaranteeing exceptional performance, thanks in part to the perfectly balanced torsional rigidity and flexibility values. Optimally centralized masses are just one of the RSV4 chassis strengths. To achieve this result nothing was neglected. The swingarm the same construction technology as the frame but it has been lengthened 14 mm to guarantee better traction and to decrease the tendency for wheelies during the violent acceleration that the new extraordinary characteristics of the powerplant allow. Precisely because of the V4’s significant power increase the chassis and weight distribution configuration have been revamped: the engine is mounted in the lowest possible position allowed by its adjustment range within the frame, whereas the fully adjustable suspension has been fine tuned to guarantee maximum control in extreme riding.

Advanced aPRC

Aprilia RSV4 RR perfects what was already top shelf in the previous versions thanks to a significant improvement to its already exceptional dynamic controls package designed and patented by Aprilia. aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) is the well-known control systems package derived directly from the winning technology in the World Superbike championship, the most complete of its kind available on the market today.

On the RSV4 RR, aPRC has been further developed to adjust even better to the new engine and chassis characteristics in order to meet the specific needs of the pleasure or professional rider. The new aPRC system integrates even better with the full Ride-by-Wire multi-map precision electronic management of the Aprilia V4.

aPRC, which comes as standard equipment on the Aprilia RSV4 RR, includes:

  • aTC: Aprilia Traction Controladjustable on the fly(without having to release the throttle) to 8 settings thanks to a practical joystick on the left side of the handlebar, with extremely fine-tuned operating logic;
  • aWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, adjustable to three settings, has been recalibrated for maximum performance at level 1 (the least restrictive setting);
  • aLC: Aprilia Launch Control, the assisted starting system for use on the track only with 3 settings;
  • aQS: Aprilia Quick Shift electronic gearbox for ultra-fast shifting without closing the throttle or using the clutch.

In addition to the second generation aPRC system, RSV4 RR comes from the factory standard with the highly advanced “Race ABS” antilock braking system, designed and developed by Aprilia in collaboration with Bosch to guarantee not only extreme safety on the road, but also the best possible performance on the track. The 9MP ABS unit istop of the line in currently available refinements and technology: the system, which weighs only 2 kg, can be disengaged and is adjustable to 3 settings by easily accessing the control menu on the sophisticated instrument cluster:

  • Level 1: this is dedicated to track use (but it is also approved for street use) and acts on both wheels to guarantee the best possible performance, even in the most intense braking conditions at any speed. It takes nothing away from the pleasure and performance of “extreme” riding.
  • Level 2: this is dedicated to sport riding on the road, acts on both wheels and is combined with an advanced tip over system (RLM – Rear Lift-up Mitigation) which engages progressively based on the vehicle speed.
  • Level 3: this is dedicated to riding on surfaces with poor grip, acts on both wheels and is combined with the tip over system.

Each of the 3 setting levels for Race ABS can be combined with any one of the 3 new engine maps to allow riders with varying experience and skill levels to find the best possible combination.

The new and powerful engine ECU now allows the three maps to be more easily managed, each one of which corresponds to a different engine power output and now also to a dedicated engine brake management map. The two classic engine management logics Track and Sport are now joined by the new Race map, the most extreme and suited for professional use of the bike on the track with engine braking control reduced to a minimum in order to support more abrupt braking. All three maps are more manageable and less aggressive than the previous version, therefore allowing perfect correlation between throttle control and the torque sent to the wheels. This reduces rear tire wear and makes it possible to better manage the power that the Aprilia V4 is able to develop.

Telemetry arrives with V4-MP

In the rich accessories catalogue dedicated to the Aprilia RSV4 RR you can now find a highly advanced version of the Aprilia Multimedia Platform which transforms your smartphone into a semi-professional tool with exceptional information capacity. As you know, AMP is the innovative multimedia platform offered exclusively by the Piaggio Group which allows you to connect your vehicle to your smartphone and consequently to the web. With this exceptional application your smartphone becomes an actual sophisticated on board multifunctional computer and the link between the vehicle and the Internet. This is a window to the future which lays the foundation for a new way of looking at communication on two wheels. Thanks to a further development of this fascinating system fine-tuned by Aprilia, communication between the bike and smartphone now becomes active: from your smartphone you can change the settings on your RSV4, as well as receive tips in real time on how to improve your performance on the track in complete safety.

Some of the more prominent features of V4-MP are:

  • Active electronic setup: this is as close as you can get to the “corner-by-corner” electronic management used in racing. Using the GPS feature of your smartphone, the system recognises the position of the bike at any given time on the track and automatically changes the electronic adjustments (traction control, anti-wheelie, engine mapping, etc.), accessing a database of parameters recommended by Aprilia Racing. In any case you can set the electronic controls up according to your own preferences, turn by turn. This allows you to increase safety and effectiveness on the track, adjusting the control parameters at every point on the circuit and without distractions.
  • Immersive virtual telemetry: your smartphone records the data from the engine and, using a sophisticated and realistic engine graphic, illustrates user performance. The lap reference is indicated by the “ghost” bike image and the performance relative to it can be downloaded to a database which collects all the laps made by Aprilia customers on each circuit.
  • Adaptive race assistant: this feature provides tips in real time to safely achieve your best lap on the track with your RSV4. Thanks to Aprilia Racing Department simulation technology, you can establish the ideal lap for each track, considering the various grip and rider skill levels. The application compares rider performance in real time and assists by immediately indicating the need to brake or the possibility of opening up the throttle.

It’s been an amazing evolution of superbikes to arrive here.

First it was 750 fours against 1000 twins, with Ducatis coming out on top more often than not. In fact, they were so successful that others emulated them: Suzuki with the TL1000R, Honda’s RC51, and eventually Aprilia with the revolutionary RSV twins.

Suzuki & Honda copied Ducati right down to the 90º configuration. But the resulting engine is long and the weight center is too far back. Aprilia was an early advocate of designing engines with weight location in mind. First Yamaha introduced the R1with its stacked transmission to optimize the inline four, then Aprilia came out with their 60º twin to be more compact with more weight forward. And the RSVs were arguably smoother than 90º twins because of their dual counter-balancers. Plus, like the Japanese twins & fours, the RSV had a modern plain bearing crank, a wet slipper clutch, and chain-driven double-overhead cams driving 4 valves per cylinder with shim-under-bucket that almost never needed adjustment.

But then things changed. World Superbike went to 1000cc fours and 1200 twins. This was great news for Ducati, as their twin could be enlarged; the more compact Aprilia could not. So Aprilia needed a new engine. But what to build? Aprilia wasn’t too enamored with inline fours as their 5 main bearings cause a lot of internal friction and their long cranks create a centrifugal force that discourages turning the bike. As for twins, they certainly seemed to have an advantage at the old displacement but it’s a lot harder to make one breathe when 20% bigger. And plus, there was the issue of wanting to be competitive right out of the box. For that, Aprilia wanted to build something that could make use of their previous success, rather than going in a new direction that didn’t relate.

It was decided to build a 65º V4. This engine would be a powerful four but with its weight positioned very much like the RSV twin. But better yet, being hardly wider, and shorter top-to-bottom, the engine’s weight would be even closer to the bike’s roll center for easier steering.

And so the RSV4 arrived in Europe in 2009 and in the US in 2010, the latter being the same year it won both the rider’s and manufacturer’s world championship in Superbike. It also won the hearts & minds of riders and magazine testers. Yes, the new BMW made more horsepower (It was homologated 1 year later after WSB allowed a more radical bore-stroke ratio.) but most found the Aprilia easier to ride fast. And this was before the brunt of the electronic revolution came along. These early V4s won their accolades by their intuitive connection between the rider’s brain, right wrist, and the rear tire’s contact patch.

In 2011 Aprilia added electronics: launch control to maximize acceleration at the drop of a start flag, wheelie control to adjust the amount the front wheel is allowed to loft, a quick shifter to eliminate the need to clutch and roll off the throttle under race conditions, and traction control to prevent acceleration from overwhelming traction exiting a corner. Unlike some, the traction control can be adjusted on the fly using convenient paddle shifters (You don’t have to stop and access some awkward dashboard menu) and can be uniquely calibrated to your chosen rear tire; it’s not just designed to work with one or selected rear tires (OK, for this you do have to find the right menu). Oh, and in 2012 Aprilia added another rider’s and manufacturer’s world championship in Superbike.

So while manufacturers formerly added controllability by using twin cylinder engines or cross-plane crankshafts, we are now in the age of electronics. But they don’t replace the advantages a compact V4 hold over an inline engine.

The RSV4s have fly-by-wire fuel injection for fast response that’s switchable through 3 modes. And this is no Italian nightmare for maintenance. It’s water cooled and the dual overhead cams per cylinder bank are driven by chains with self-adjusting tensioners. There are no fragile belts that require frequent replacement and manual adjustment. The valves are supposed to be checked for adjustment every 12,000 miles, but this hardly seems necessary, as we’ve rarely seen a valve out of adjustment on an Aprilia V4 engine. The oil & filter are supposed to be renewed every 6,000 miles in normal use.

The factory warranty is two years with unlimited miles. There was a famous recall in 2009 of some early engines because the company making the connecting rods didn’t make them right. We’ve never seen a problem with them, as Aprilia was proactive and replaced the affected engines.

Starting in 2013 came some additional improvements. The gas tank got bigger and a slimmer shape. Engine internals were revised to cause less friction and thus a little more power. Adjustable ABS was added to minimize skidding under braking. The traction control now better accommodates speed variations, making it as useful on the street as on the track. The engine was repositioned in the frame to make the bike more stable under hard braking.

For 2016 come significant changes. First off, Aprilia was getting behind in its quantity of Rs in the model name, so to compete with BMW and Honda, the new base-model Aprilia sport bike is the RSV4 1000 RR. The engine gets a significant bump to just over 200 horsepower. And many of the high-end features of the old RSV4 Factory are standard on this new RR base model: magnesium engine covers, variable-length intakes, & chassis adjustability. Also new is Bluetooth connectivity for your iPhone.


Dave Richardson

Available Colors
Superpole (Silver)
Stock Status
In stock
MSRP: $20,999.00
Less reduction: -$5,000.00
Sale Price: $15,999.00
Freight to dealer: $480.00
Setup: $310.00
Document fee: $50.00
Subtotal: $16,839.00
Tax: 1,667.06
License (est.): 144.75
Total: $23,222.65
*Tax and license fees apply to Washington State residents only.