2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR/RF Video Review

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick
<p>During one of the first go-arounds of the COTA circuit I rocketed up the elevation-gaining front straight and in a little hot to Turn 1. Grabbing a handful of front brakes resulted in the rear end getting out of line. I have to think that Aprilia’s Rear Lift-up Mitigation system helped keep the situation from getting out of hand.</p>

The 2017 Aprilia RSV4 is the culmination of sportbike perfection. Not only is the RSV4 insanely fast and one of the best handling motorcycles available today, its exhaust note is more intoxicating than a fifth of whiskey, while its new-for-2017 electronics package is industry-leading, to say the least. For 2016 we awarded the RSV4 our Sportbike of the Year trophy, which it may well retain for 2017.

2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR/RF Review – First Ride

Boasting revised electronics including an up/down quickshifter, cruise control, cornering ABS, a color TFT display, and multimedia platform the RSV4 wants for nothing outside of semi-active suspension and heated grips. Its V-Four engine is incredibly user-friendly with equal parts bottom, mid, and top end power making gear selection for corner-exiting performance almost an afterthought. Brembo M50 calipers bring everything to a stop with authority, while also providing excellent feel at the lever.

2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR/Factory First Ride Review

Aprilia’s V-Four package is the best thing to happen to the engine configuration since Honda’s RC30. But if you prefer something a little less racer and more streetable, Aprilia offers the same basic package in a naked streetfighter Tuono form. Either way, if the sound and fury of a V-Four is what you’re after, look no further than Aprilia and its RSV4 in RR or RF versions, or the Tuono in RR and Factory versions.

Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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