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2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Track Review
 

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2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Track Review

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The Spaceman 10-23-2012 05:34 AM

Do any other manufacturers offer the RSV4's adjustable engine, swingarm, and steering head features, or is that unique to Aprilia? AFAIK nobody else does, and I wonder why, or if they plan to. Or, do other manufacturers offer track-only versions of their bikes that have these adjustments? I'm pretty sure their production bikes do not.

It's a little suprising the Ohlins kit didn't stand out as a notable improvement over the R version's suspension. I rode a Vee a few weeks ago with Ohlins upgraded forks and shocks and immediately wished I had not. It so much better than my setup, which has an upgraded rear and OEM forks. Maybe the R's is that good to start with?

Kevin_Duke 10-23-2012 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by The Spaceman (Post 278345)
Do any other manufacturers offer the RSV4's adjustable engine, swingarm, and steering head features, or is that unique to Aprilia? AFAIK nobody else does, and I wonder why, or if they plan to. Or, do other manufacturers offer track-only versions of their bikes that have these adjustments? I'm pretty sure their production bikes do not.

It's a little suprising the Ohlins kit didn't stand out as a notable improvement over the R version's suspension. I rode a Vee a few weeks ago with Ohlins upgraded forks and shocks and immediately wished I had not. It so much better than my setup, which has an upgraded rear and OEM forks. Maybe the R's is that good to start with?

Yep, Aprilia is alone with respect to all those adjustments. Back in the 916-998 days, Ducati had an eccentric in its steering head that allowed an optional rake/trail setup, but Aprilia has been the only one to ever offer adjustable engine mounts.

As for suspension, the Ohlins stuff is certainly better, but the difference wasn't as significant as we, and perhaps you, figured.


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