A Lap of Auto Club Speedway Aboard The 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RR

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan
Photos by CaliPhotography

On Monday we brought you a flying lap of Auto Club Speedway aboard the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R, the runner-up in our two-way fight between it and the Aprilia RSV4 RR (which you can read about here). We praised the Kawasaki’s handling prowess and were really impressed with its updated electronics. However, we still gave the overall win in the comparison test to the Aprilia by the sheer fact it’s so easy to ride quickly. The V-4 engine’s wonderful, distinctive growl down low, combined with its pissed off bark up top encourages its rider to want to twist that throttle every chance they get. Luckily for us, that engine also produces abundant, usable torque throughout its rev range – a feature that helped it win our comparo.

The other feature tipping the scales in the Aprilia’s favor is its sublime chassis, its stability and flickability simply magical. We loved flogging the RSV4 RR, and here’s a lap of Auto Club Speedway aboard the Italian rocket of us doing exactly that.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Steve Cole Steve Cole on Mar 18, 2016

    These bikes are magic. It's like they slow down your brain, and the stopwatch says that you dropped a couple of seconds lap time. They're so damned precise.

  • Spiff Spiff on Mar 22, 2016

    Direction change seems effortless.