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The long awaited specifications of the 2009 Aprilia RSV4 have finally been released, along with details of the accessories available to purchase. This simply stunning bike is powered by a 65° V4 engine which produces a claimed 180hp at the crank. It has been developed and designed along competition lines and offers the kind of refinements which are normally only to be found on racing machines.

The RSV4 has a variable geometry frame which not only lets you change the angle of the headstock, by changing the steering head bushings, but also lets you alter the engine position. Adjustable engine mounts enable you to move the engine up to 10mm back or forwards, or even up or down, plus you can adjust the swing arm pivot point by changing the supplied plates. Aprilia has used racing technology in every aspect of the design. Further little tricks include pillion foot peg hangers which bolt on and a totally unique pillion seat set-up which when not clipped on leaves it looking like a single seater.

The engine has been designed using the wealth of knowledge gained by Aprilia over the last two decades in MotoGP and in choosing a narrow 65° V four engine design they have been able to come up with an extremely narrow engine overall. Aprilia maintains that the extreme compactness of the RSV4 Factory is it’s strength and allowed them to produce an over-square bore x stroke ratio which, they claim, will allow the engine to rev over 14,000 rpm. The valve covers, as well as the external housings have been made from magnesium while a countershaft dampens engine vibrations so that they are less than those in a 90° V-Twin.

The fuel is injected into the cylinders via two injectors and this, combined with a Ride-by-Wire multi-map system opens up totally new horizons with engine control and will offer the owner almost infinite possibilities in power delivery. One of the injectors is situated downstream of their throttle valves, while the other is sited in the Airbox and begins working under high revs and loads. These are further complimented by variable length intake ducts which are electronically controlled. The long duct favours smooth power delivery and torque but when high performance is needed the top part of the air intake duct rises up, thereby shortening the duct, which gives the engine the opportunity to show its full potential. This power delivery is further optimised with the installation of butterfly valves in the exhaust.

The use of the narrow V-Twin configuration has enabled the development of an exceptionally narrow engine and, as a result, this has led to the weight being centralised and the chassis performance is dramatically improved, thanks in part to a long swingarm and a short wheelbase. Other components of the bike are quite naturally of the highest standard. The bike is fitted with Ohlins forks, steering damper and monoshock suspension, forged aluminium wheels and Brembo monobloc callipers.

There is one further titbit of news for fans of naked bikes. Apparently Miguel Galluzzi, the man responsible for the RSV4’s styling has mentioned that, in the not too distant future, a naked streetfighter version of the RSV4 may well be on the cards.

Aprilia RSV4 Specifications

Engine capacity: 999.6 cc
Engine type: 65° longitudinal V4, double overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power at crank: 180 HP (132.4 kW) at 12,500 rpm
Max. torque at crank: 115 N*m @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum rpm: 14,100 rpm
Compression ratio: 12.8:1
Bore & Stroke: 78 x 52.3 mm
Trail: 105 mm
Steering angle: 24.5°
Crankcase: monobloc with integrated cylinder liners
Ignition: Electronic ignition integrated into the fuel management system
Timing system: 4 valves per cylinder (Titanium and Nymonic) operated directly by a camshaft driven mixed chain/gear system (lateral timing chain, central gear train)
Fuel system: Variable height intake trumpets. Airbox with aerodynamic side intakes. 4 throttle bodies, 8 injectors, ride-by-wire fuel management. Multimapping. Transmission: 6-speed direct-control cassette gearbox
Clutch: multi-plate wet clutch with mechanical slipper system
Cooling system: Liquid
Frame: Twin beam aluminium frame with mixed cast and pressed sheet sections.
Front Suspension: Ohlins 43mm upside-down fork. Lower fork bottoms for radial callipers. Adjustment for preload, compression and rebound.
Rear suspension: Double arch aluminium swingarm; mixed thin-wall casting and pressed sheet construction: Ohlins monoshock with piggy-back cylinder. Adjustments for compression, rebound, spring preload and length. APS rising rate linkages.
Front brake: Twin 320mm lightweight stainless steel floating discs. Brembo monobloc radial callipers with 4 opposed pistons. Sintered pads. Radial master cylinder. Metal braided brake line.
Rear brake: 220mm disc. Brembo floating calliper with 2 insulated pistons. Sintered pads. Master cylinder with integrated reservoir. Metal braided brake line.
Exhaust: 4:2:1 Lambda probe oxygen sensor, Single lateral Silencer. Integrated exhaust valve and catalytic converter (Euro 3) and butterfly valve
Wheels: Forged aluminium alloy. Front 3.5” x 17” - Rear 6” x 17”
Tyres: Radial tubeless: Front - 120/70 ZR17 Rear 190/55 ZR17
Dimensions (default settings)
Overall length: 2050 mm
Overall width: 735 mm (at the handlebar)
Overall height: 1120 mm
Min. height from the ground: 130 mm
Saddle height: 845 mm
Wheelbase: 1424 mm
Kerb weight 179 kg *
Tank 17 litres (4-litre reserve included)
*Dry weight, without battery and fluids.

Aprilia RSV4 Accessories

- Akrapovic racing exhaust system
- Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber
- Adjustable footpegs
- Racing half-handlebars
- Fairing protection pads
- High top fairing
- Fairing caps for rear mirrors
- Rear stand pins
- Licence plate retainer cover
- Motorcycle cover
- Dedicated stand
- Carbon heel rests
- Tank cover with backpack
- Tail fairing bag
- Carbon exhaust system protection
- Carbon fairing pullers.


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Re: 2009 Aprilia RSV4 - Photos And Specifications

From the left she looks quite nice... but then they have to spoil her with the huge exhaust!

Still, I do like the small tail (and big drivers seat) and would definatly :hitit:

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Re: 2009 Aprilia RSV4 - Photos And Specifications

Price wise.. in the US i've seen figures about the $20,000 mark being mentioned....

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Re: 2009 Aprilia RSV4 - Photos And Specifications

:wacking: dreambike... i love V's!!!

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Re: 2009 Aprilia RSV4 - Photos And Specifications

:inlove: WOW
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