Aprilia RSV1000R

From its base in Noale near Venice in northeast Italy, the Aprilia RSV1000R succeeded the RSV Mille as the stylish company’s sport bike in November 2004. As you might expect, this is a lovingly crafted superbike, designed to stand out in a crowd. It can certainly take you places: its fuel capacity is 18 liters (4.6 US gallons) with a 4-liter reserve tank. Bear in mind this is an extremely high-performance race bike which can be a bit tricky to handle on the roads but, if you’re experienced, you’ll really go to town. Of course it handles like a dream on smooth, well-maintained roads – or on the racetrack. Most reports say it feels more comfortable above the speed limit than below it... So it’s got plenty of low-range torque, is easily muscular enough in mid-range, and has a breathtaking top-end rush. Engine-wise, there’s a great angle between the cylinders and the dry sump, which ensures constant lubrication. Noise and traction are both fantastic – everything you’d expect in a superbike. The riding position is especially suitable for tall riders: it is a narrow, exceptionally streamlined design. Pillion accommodation for passengers does not necessarily give them the easiest ride as a consequence. The higher spec version is the Aprilia RSV1000R Factory. Kitted out in striking gold and black, it offers you sleek extras such as anodized blue forged aluminum wheels, carbon fiber body parts, and fully adjustable Öhlins racing rear monoshock and steering damper. As a result, steering and braking are even smoother on the Factory


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