Dessverre for Aprilia er lanseringen av RSV4-R utsatt etter motorhavari på 5!! av sine motorer.
Da syklene ble testet tidligere (Misano) gikk det ikke like fort men i Mugello har man mulighet til å gi mere gasspådrag og dette tålte de ikke.

Årsaken vites ikke enda men av sikkerhetshensyn blir lanseringen utsatt på ubestemt tidspunkt.Av: Mona Forsnes

Men, under den første prøvingen, holdt syklene veldig bra og det er det vi ønsker å få frem her. Vi har plukket ut noen utvalgte for å gi deg en pekepinn på hva du kan vente deg av denne maskinen og det ser ut til at det ikke er småtterier.


Michael Neeves i skriver følgende:

The compact V4 engine is exactly the same as the Factorys, its only the chassis components which have been altered, with Ohlins suspension replaced by Showa forks and a Sachs rear shock.

Wheels are cast aluminium rather than forged, and some of the Factorys carbon body panels have been replaced with plastic. It still has a ride-by-wire throttle and three-way engine map.

Here are Neeves riding impressions after his first track test: «Riding it around Mugello is a magical experience; the engine has so much power that you can unstick the K2 compound Metzeler Racetec Interact rear tyre at will.

«The down-grading of the suspension components hasnt done the RSV4 any harm and it is still an epic track bike as youd expect for the money.

«This is my first session on the bike and the set-up needs to be stiffened up because getting on and off the throttle upsets the bike at the moment. I am sure once its tweaked it will sort the bike for the next session.


Kenny Pride i skriver følgende:

The Aprilia RSV4 R, the rather lower-spec version of the Italian manufacturer's RSV4 Factory machine, has been launched at Mugello circuit. The 'R' is basically the same as the £15,000 'Factory' model stripped of its more glittering components. Which means you can throw a leg over the R for £12,449.

Which is to say that the RSV4 R has cast wheels, there's no Ohlins suspension, no magnesium engine casings and the variable-height air-intake trumpets are absent. True, there's no chsssis adjustment possible on the 'R', but we rather suspect that most owners of the Factory bike have left their engine mount and steering geometry adjusters untouched.

What is fundamentally the same is the ultra-compact bike propelled by the most exciting and innovative new engine we've seen in…ooooh….ages. The 65-degree, V-configured four cylinder 999.6cc engine is narrow and compact which has a massive impact on the handling, not to mention packing a hefty punch. The ride-by-wire and slipper clutch both function just as well as they do on the base model and the excellent Brembo monobloc brakes are the same as t

hose on the Factory bike. When you shoehorn those features into a nimble and responsive chassis, all running on excellent Metzeler Racetec Interact K2 tyres on a glorious day at Mugello, what could possibly be better?

The rave reviews garnered by the Factory model around the world, combined with the impressive WSB race debut of the Aprilia RSV4 team (Max Biaggi won a race, the bike claimed 10 podiums, Biaggi finished fourth overall and Aprilia finished fourth in the constructors championship) and the base model 'R' already had a lot going for it.

The key questions that will be asked are does the loss of the better-spec suspension really affect the ride quality and does the loss of the variable inlet trumpets impact significantly on the engine? To be honest, I can answer neither definitively. I strongly suspect that for the vast majority of owners, the fully adjustableShowa forks and Sachs shock will satisfy their suspension tweaking urges. As for the variable inlet trumpets, well, if you could ride the Factory and the 'R' back-to-back on track and not know which bike you were sat on, well, I suspect you might notice 'something'. However, this Factory versus R 'test' will have to wait.

All I can say for now is that if you lusted after the Factory but really couldn't afford it, well, take heart and revise your finances, because the 'R' is as thrilling and exotic a ride, albeit one with its heart and soul located on track rather than road. In a world dominated by inline four cylinder sportsbikes, the RSV4 bikes, however they are dressed up, shine like beacons.


Wes Silver i skriver følgende:

Due for an official release at this weekend's Imola SBK race, the WorldSBK website published an initial low-res photo which led to the release of more images and details from other sources. We're exclusively bringing you these high-res images.

The RSV4 Factory and RSV4 R follow in the mold of the v-twin RSV 1000 R range; the Factory is the range-topping carbon, magnesium and Ohlins-equipped model sold in order to homologate the SBK racers, while the R is fitted with more realistic components and priced to sell in large numbers.

While the R retains the Factory's basic frame and engine, both of those are modified to lower costs. The R's engine ditches the expensive and lightweight magnesium engine covers in favor of aluminum items, while the chassis has lost its ability to adjust the swingarm pivot point, the steering head angle and the engine's position.

Still present is the fly-by-wire throttle and its three switchable power delivery modes. «Race» offers the full 180bhp and 115lb/ft of torque, «Sport» delivers full power but limits torque in the first three gears and «Road» reduces power to 140bhp and also limits torque throughout the rev range and in all gears.

The 43mm Showa USD forks remain fully adjustable, as does the Sachs shock.

We're really happy to see Aprilia's gone with solid color options (you can choose between black or white) on the plastic panels. The cohesive finishes of the R –mostly silver or black mechanical components –actually look better than the confused look created by the magnesium and gold parts and red/black paint on the Factory.



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