2010 Aprilia RSV4 R | First Ride

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2010 RSV4 R

The 2010 Aprilia RSV4 R still handles better than most motorcycles despite being stripped of a few goodies that the RSV4 Factory version sports. The Estoril racetrack proved treacherous this morning as the circuit was littered with wet patches in areas such as most of the tightest corners. I had to wait for my second session to really go for it as the sun had dried out most areas by then.

Flicking the Aprilia RSV4 R from side-to-side really can be compared to doing the same on a 600 Supersport. Even at full throttle, it’s a lot easier to change direction on the RSV4 R than any other liter Superbike.

Down the mega-long Estoril main straight, the 180 horsepower V4 provides immense acceleration. This is where the Aprilia RSV4 R will face its toughest challenge from the likes of the ZX-10R and S 1000 RR. The drive out of the corners is fantastic, and it can be compared to the Ducati 1198 S in this area, but with easier and less tiring overall handling capabilities.

The major strong points of this latest 2010 Aprilia, for me, are the ergonomics and handling in addition to the invigorating drive out of the corners.

Check back here at UltimateMotorcycling.com for the full review shortly.