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Updated February 2020

Aprilia may be considered the other Italian motorcycle brand by some, but that’s not to discount any of the models the historic marque produces. Headlined by the flagship RSV4 1100 Factory sportbike, this category-shattering superbike boldly disregards displacement limits in an effort to give riders the ultimate expression of what an Aprilia can do on the racetrack.

For those desiring a more comfortable experience without sacrificing any of the performance, the Tuono V4 1100, Dorsoduro 900, and even the Shiver 900 street bikes represent a more mild-mannered, yet supremely capable, alternative. Aprilia’s scooter lineup includes the SR Motard 50 – a sporty and stylish small-displacement scoot that’s ready for adventure.

Aprilia, owned by the Piaggio Group, is one of the world’s largest producers of motorcycles and scooters. It all started with a gold and blue 50cc “motobike” completed in 1968. Aprilia has a successful history of racing, most notably after it produced the first RS250 in 1994. Max Biaggi won four straight world championships on Aprilia’s 250 from 1994 through 1997. Beyond road racing Aprilia also built motorcycles for trials competitions (TRX312M, Climber) and long-distance rallies (Tuareg). Most recently, an Aprilia Tuono 1100 took the overall victory in the motorcycle division at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and with motorcycle competition on indefinite hold, Aprilia will hold the title for some time to come. Here are just a few of our favorite Aprilias.

RSV4 1100 Factory

Like Red Bull, Aprilia can also give you wings, in the form of the RSV4 1100 Factory. Aprilia has taken MotoGP technology and applied it to the road-legal RSV4 1100, claiming the added downforce from the wings was first proven on its RS-GP MotoGP contender. Inside, the 1100 is actually packing a 1078cc V4 first seen in the Tuono 1100, but with several tweaks to up the performance factor. State-of-the-art electronics centered around a six-axis IMU provide one of the most sophisticated safety nets for any rider to explore their personal limits. Despite the general RSV4 platform being a decade old, the RSV4 1100 is proof that a solid design can withstand the test of time with only minor revisions.

Tuono V4 1100

If you like the mental capabilities of the RSV4 1100 but prefer a slightly more relaxed riding position, the Tuono V4 1100 is calling your name. One of Motorcycle.com’s favorite motorcycles, the Tuono never fails to put a smile on our face every time we ride it. The V4 sound, grunt, and character continually have us twisting the grip, while the RSV4-based handling is as sweet as you’d expect from such a capable superbike. Like the RSV4, the Tuono has been around for some time, but only little changes are all that have been needed to keep the bike at or near the front of the pack, year after year.

Shiver 900

Aprilia’s Shiver 900 is a sensible naked bike for those who don’t need or want the ferocity the Tuono V4 delivers. Powered by a 896cc V-Twin, it delivers plenty of power but in a more relaxed and mild-mannered overall package compared to the two models above. It often gets lost in the sea of motorcycles competing in this space, but it’s a solid choice for someone looking for one motorcycle to do a little bit of everything.

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