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

Different for a reason

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Price: $13,290

The graph shows a substantial depression at 5000 rpm, but it's unnoticeable from the saddle. The Crossplane inline-four gets into the horsepower sooner than the Aprilia's V4, but it doesn't build as high and isn't sustained as long.

Tech Spec

Engine type: l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 998cc
Bore x stroke: 78.0 x 52.2mm
Compression: 12.7:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: 43mm Soqi fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Single Soqi shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Sumitomo radial-mount six-piston calipers, 310mm discs Rear brake: Nissin one-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Sportmax D210F
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Dunlop Sportmax D210
Rake/trail: 24.0º/4.0 in.
Seat height: 32.9 in.
Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.8 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 477/448 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 146.2 bhp @ 11,500 rpm
Measured torque: 72.6 lb.-ft. @ 10,000 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 10.02 sec. @ 144.23 mph
Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.9 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 28/22/25 mpg
Colors: Team Yamaha Blue/White, Raven/Candy Red, Pearl White/Rapid Red, Cadmium Yellow/Raven
Availability: Now
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630

More legroom, a shorter reach to the bars and a well-padded seat go a long way toward making the R1 the bike of choice for longer rides. But when airflow slows, the underseat exhaust threatens to char-broil your rump roast.

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