Knowing about the existence of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory and actually hearing about an “R version” that the Italian company has prepared for next year, you tend to ask yourself how did they possibly transform the supersport motorcycle into an even faster two-wheeler destined for the track, one well worth of the extra “R” in its name. The fact is that the new Aprilia RSV4-R, which will be unveiled this weekend during the twelfth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship scheduled to take place on the Imola Circuit in Italy, is actually a budget version of the original RSV4 and the only thing confusing is simply the name.
Starting from the initial model, Aprilia has taken the all-new RSV4 through a process of removing all the expensive parts and replacing them with much cheaper ones. As a result, the fully-adjustable Ohlins front and rear suspension is gone and it is expected that so will be the carbon fibre fairing and lightweight wheels.
Overall, the 2010 Aprilia RSV4-R will weigh more and not be able to go as fast around bends as its much more expensive brother, but cost $19,600. Considering that this is a bike that buyers will most likely purchase for road use, we don’t think they’ll miss the ultra-expensive parts much and yet definitely appreciate the price.