Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory is the Top Superbike in Cycle World’s 2019 Literbike Shootout
When considering your next bike, one always wants to know how the competition stacks up. Comparative tests are the best way to show the strengths and weaknesses of bikes that compete in the same category, and Cycle World is known globally for their attention to detail and ability to evaluate. In the superbike category, the segment par excellence for performance machines, the differences may be small, but tenths of seconds on track are all it takes to determine a victor.
Since the release of the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory many have been eager to see a side-by-side comparison of the new adrenaline pumping, confidence inspiring V4 with WSBK Championship DNA, against the class competition, and it should be no surprise to previous generation owners that the newest RSV4 is again the class reference point, and most capable superbike tested for 2019.
The superbike segment is the most competitive segment in that these bikes are equipped with the best of the best. Increased horsepower, intelligent electronics and innovative chassis designs push the envelope of what is possible on a motorcycle. The RSV4 has been in production for over a decade , allowing the engineers in Noale to spend countless hours refining each model year improving every little detail and element. This painstaking process has leads us to where we are today. Every little detail of the RSV4 1100 Factory has been optimized to create a motorcycle that feels just like a MotoGP superbike.
Michael Gilbert from Cycle World states “Perhaps the most impressive aspect about the Aprilia isn’t its engine, but rather its rock-solid chassis composure. Sure, being the heaviest of the bunch, it takes the most upper-body strength to fully capitalize on its cornering performance, but it reaps the benefits of unrivaled feel at the tire’s contact patch. Could this be a result of the downforce generated by its aerodynamic winglets? Possibly, but let the results of Sectors 2 and 4 speak for themselves—both being sections that demand front-end confidence. Action of the not-electronic Öhlins suspension helps here too, offering more feel and control than the semi-active units fitted to the competitors, with the simplicity of adjustment winning over the hearts of our testers.”
The best superbikes are able to package together power, control, feel and most importantly excitement. The RSV4 1100 Factory does just that. The RSV4 range ops for a non-electronic suspension system which gives the rider a greater feel of every action and its accompanied reaction. Whereas electronic suspension systems tend to overwhelm or confuse the rider due to their constant adjustments to road conditions and rider inputs. The new 1,078cc engine solely designed for the RSV4 produces 190hp at the wheel. Even though the amount of power available is greater than the competitors the electronics package keep the bike in check. This feeling of control is what put the RSV4 at the top. Its one thing to have the most powerful bike but there is no enjoyment if it cannot be tamed.