News 2010 Aprilia RSV4 R | First Ride

2010 Aprilia RSV4 R | First Ride

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 for the full review shortly.


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Husqvarna FS 450 First Look (8 Fast Facts for Supermoto Racing)

The 2021 Husqvarna FS 450 will hit the supermoto tracks with a few significant updates over last year’s model, with the Austrian brand focusing...

2021 Indian Challenger Lineup First Look: Photos, Prices, and Colors

The performance-oriented Challenger bagger lineup from Indian returns for 2021, with three models to choose from. All three 2021 Indian Challenger models get the...

2021 GasGas Motocross Lineup First Look (Specs and Photos)

When under Spanish ownership, GasGas was never known as a motocross brand. However, under the guidance of Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto—the owners...

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....