The RSV4 RF is more an evolution than a revolution, but Aprilia has done enough to keep the package competitive.
Featuring improved suspension and brakes, the RSV4 RF also has as an updated electronics package, which includes Bosch’s brilliantly effective cornering ABS system.
Changes to the powerplant ensure the RSV4 RF is compliant with the Euro 4 emissions standard, although Aprilia has managed to keep the bike’s 201bhp / 84.8lb.ft power and torque ratings by raising the RSV4 RF’s redline by 300 rpm. The engine also gets lighter pistons and a number of friction-reducing treatments, while a linear sensor has also been added to the gearbox for easier quick-shifting up and down the box.
Other electronics changes include a new Aprilia Traction Control system, which is adjustable on the fly, Aprilia Wheelie Control, which is adjustable to three levels, and a new track use only Aprilia Launch Control system.