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FACTORY FUN

Aprilia’s newwinged wonder we apon has been given abunch of ex traponies and is set to impress, so we headed ove rtothe launch to check it out…
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What a truly awesome bike the RSV4 is. In guise or another, it’s won seven of the last eight FB SBOTY tests and, in the process, won the hearts and minds of all of us here at Fast Bikes. Over the years, it has been nigh-on perfect on track and pretty bloody good on the road, too. So how do you improve on perfection? Can it be done? Well, Aprilia certainly seem to think so. This, the new RSV4 1100 Factory, has been given some proper saucy Upgrades in order to make it, and I quote, ‘the absolute best and fastest uncompromising superbike, the one that comes the closest to the Aprilia racing bikes in terms of performance and effectiveness.’ For starters, it’s now an ‘1100’, and the eagle -eyed readers amongst you will have already spotted the MotoGP inspired carbon fibre winglets grafted to the side of the bodywork. And the even eagle-er eyed will have spotted the also MotoGP inspired, also carbon fibre air scoops on the fork bottoms, directing a cooling blast of air to those big Brembo brake callipers. Top-of-the-range Brembo M50 callipers, I hear you ask? Oh no, these are one better. The Factory comes equipped with Brembo’s new Stylema callipers (the likes we have previously seen on the Ducati Panigale V4 range) and they’re lighter and more efficient than the M50s, which is nice.

Some slightly less obvious Upgrades to the RSV4 Factory are subtle tweaks to the full Öhlins suspension set up and the geometry of the adjustable frame. The Öhlins NIX forks have been given another 5mm of travel and the swingarm has been made stiffer, to help keep things tasty on track (I can’t imagine it’s going to do anyone any favours on UK roads, though). And in an attempt to improve stability without affecting agility, the head angle has been pulled back, resulting in more weight over the front wheel and a 4mm shorter wheelbase. But unlike any other showroom superbike, the RSV4 chassis can be faffed with to within an inch of its life; the position of the engine can be adjusted within the frame, the headstock angle can be altered, as well as the swingarm pivot and the rear ride height - although I wouldn’t fancy it myself (I’m pretty sure the boys and girls in the chassis development team at the Aprilia factory know more about sportsbike geometry than I do).

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Welcome to Fast Bikes Magazine In this issue: Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory Launch Boothy went to Mugello to sample the delights of Aprilia’s new winged wonder. Sensible Sportsbikes Beano has been commuting on Ducati’s Supersport S and Suzuki’s GSX-S1000F. Triumph 765 on track We aren’t allowed to call it a Daytona 765… but everyone is. And much more!