Aprilia RSV4R vs. Yamaha YZF-R1 – Liter-Bike Outliers

Different for a reason

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

2010 Aprilia RSV4R | Price: $15,999

The V4 has a torque curve as flat as any twin's, and the horsepower keeps on building. What the graph doesn't show is the way things liven up around 7000 rpm when the secondary injectors kick in and the exhaust valve opens.

Tech Spec

Engine type: l-c 65-deg. V-4
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 999cc
Bore x stroke: 78.0 x 52.3mm
Compression: 13.0:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: 43mm Showa fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Single Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo Monobloc radial-mount four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 320mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Racetec
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Metzeler Racetec
Rake/trail: 24.5°/4.1 in.
Seat height: 33.3 in.
Wheelbase: 55.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 473/449 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 149.0 @ 12,250 rpm
Measured torque : 74.4 lb.-ft. @ 9750 rpm
Corrected 1/4 mile: 10.30 sec. @ 141.0 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 3.3 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 27/24/26 mpg
Colors : White, black
Available : Now
Warranty : 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Aprilia USA
140 E. 45th St.
New York, NY 10017

It has the stature of a MotoGP bike, but the RSV4R is miraculously accommodating, even for 6-foot pilots. Low clip-ons, a high seat and even higher-feeling pegs put you in position to attack corners and tuck in behind the tiny windscreen.

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