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Old Aug 25th 2015, 04:29 PM   #1
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New Addition - RSV4 RF!

So, I had a very lucky opportunity to add a 2016 RSV4 RF into my stable of bikes and I jumped right on it. It’s number 24 and they have brought in 200 into all of North America.

Long story short, I did NOT order it, I literally walked into a local Italian automotive dealership that had previously sold Aprilia scooters and they had just become an approved motorcycle dealership. They weren’t even sure how they got assigned the bike, as they literally just got in five bikes and one of them was the RF. After a little haggling the bike was mine!

I’ve only had it for a little over a month and have put on around 300 miles on her with 200 of those miles being track miles from Road America from last week.

Rain was in the forecast, so I only brought the RF, as I really wanted to bring the SL for comparisons, but I thought we may get rained out. Hindsight paid off, as we only got in 5 sessions, but I made the most of it.

We had my RF and new R1 and a 1299 to ride for the day. The R1 and 1299 were my friends, but I got to ride all three.

Here is a short write up specifically on the RF:

Aesthetics:
Visually pictures do not do this bike justice. You need to see it in person to appreciate the color scheme. Paint job is phenomenal and liberal use of carbon definitely helps. The matte red wheels with a sparkle (best way I can describe them) look amazing.

Additionally, this is probably the best sounding V4 on the market. In stock form, it sounds amazing. Way better than my HP4 and significantly better than the R1. While, I understand sound is very subjective, it really does sound apart from those to bikes. At 12,000RPM, it’s a joy to hear & I received a ton of compliments on that alone.

Power:
One word: PHENOMENAL (RocketShip)

This is my first Aprilia, so I cannot compare it to previous gen bikes, but this bike has the power of the 1299 & HP4. More than the US stock version of the R1. Stock fueling is very, very good & it was very easy to modulate the throttle.

Not as torquey as the HP4 in the lower RPMs & not close to the 1299, but still held its own and very smooth power delivery. Not quite as linear as the HP4 or R1, as around 10,000RPM hit hard, but it wasn’t scary either. Has more than enough power and I cannot wait to see what this does with an exhaust on it.

At peak power they all feel very strong & this bike feels just as strong as the HP4 & 1299.

Damn thing pulls very, very, very hard. You can definitely feel it has as much or more power as the other bikes. With the long straights at RA, I was really able to get on it & push it hard through the gears and rev limit.

Riding Position:
Your position is in-between the position of the new R1 and HP4. It’s a taller bike and your legs/knees are higher up to raise the center of gravity on the bike. Comfortable to ride on the streets & easy to press your knees on the tank, very little effort required.

Way more comfortable than the 1299. Taller guys maybe a little cramped, but I am 5’10 and felt very comfortable. You don’t have a super aggressive position and you are not too leaned over the bars.

Again, we are talking about a superbike here, but that is almost all I ride, so I'm very comfortable in the tuck position, but it’s a different fit than the HP4 and R1. Not bad or better, different & how your legs and arms are positioned are different on each bike.

Here is a site to try and look at positions (not all bikes available): Motorcycle Ergonomics

Handling:
One Word: AMAZING

As I detailed above about the power, this is another area where this bike excels. Very easy turn-in and front of bike gives a lot of feel. Like the new R1, you don’t feel how heavy the bike is compared to the 1299 and is very easy to turn in and follow your line. Transitions are smooth and easy and bike is very planted, much like the HP4 & R1. Doesn’t take the attention or skill to push hard like it does the 1299.

Very predictable and easy to manage. Turns in better than the HP4 & almost as good as the R1. It’s easier to ride than the R1 though, as it’s more predictable and easier to modulate the throttle. The fueling map on the new R1 SUCKS thou in the US and this may not be the case, when some tuning comes out for that bike.

TALL gears, much like the R1. Didn’t mind it too much on the track and need more miles on the street, but very usable powerband. Very usable.

1299 is the easiest to turn in, simple due to the weight, but the R1 and RF and VERY close to it. The HP4 does feel heavier than these bikes thou. Again, personal preferences here and I am being VERY picky as the differences here are hard to pick from.

Brakes are very, very good. Runs the same brembo’s as 1299. No fade, but I do want to look at the pads, as they don’t have the same initial bite. Could be just some adjusting is needed, but the 1299 bite harder at first. Zero brake fade and these brakes are WAY better than the R1’s.

Electronics:
One Word: INCREDIBLE

The traction control and rider modes are VERY easy to use. Too easy, I accidentally keep hitting the traction control settings, but you cannot feel it on the bike. I need more rider time on the RF to feel, but they did not seem as harsh as the 1299 TC, but again, I don’t have enough seat time to really confirm. Additionally the new Aprilia app is not out yet, so I cannot comment on that, but these electronics are as good as the R1.

Wheelie control is very good, as good as the 1299 and R1 and better than the HP4. Again, we are getting very subjective here, but it doesn’t have the clutchless downshifts, but I think that it all it is missing. Will be very interesting to see how the app works with the electronics.

Summary:
LOVE the bike. Can’t wait to put on the exhaust and try and lose a little weight on it, but other than the exhaust, lighter battery, integrated tail light and new rear sets, I love this thing. Amazing right out of the box and gets a TON of looks. Very exclusive, as well, as I don’t believe I’ll see another one around here anytime soon.

Ok, I know what are you are all asking. What’s the my favorite bike. I can’t honestly answer that. The SL is still in a league of it’s own, so I won’t include this in my response. You simply cannot compare the power to weight ratio. It’s simply on another planet.

New RF, R1 or 1299 or S1000RR what would I get? Here is some thinking, if I was buying a new 2015 bike.

S1000RR:
Not doing it for me anymore…. Love the bike, does everything great and still has the most power. Easy to ride fast hard and very predictable. Kind of boring now, if you can say that (sounds stupid, I know) & the 2015 color schemes are HORRIBLE. If I didn’t have my HP4, I would not buy a 2015.

R1:
Wow… This bike really is better than I thought it would be. I’ve ridden my friend’s 2015 a lot. Great bike, NEEDs an exhaust and fueling BIG TIME. Hard to judge it stock only, so the jury is till out.

1299:
You all know about this bike already Lightest most low down torque and best looking bike. Needs way more focus when pushing & is most aggressive ride, but nothing beats a Duc. Nothing.

RSV4 RF:
Best combination of all the above minus the low down torque, but I didn’t miss it. Most exclusive out of this group, good pricing, HORRIBLE dealer network thou & a plastic tank that I am going to get caswell coated.

If I had to get only one, it would be down to the 1299 or RF. RF is WAY better on the street, but the dealer network is scary.

Fire away with questions, but I really did try to be open and subjective here. RF is as good as all the reviews said it is and I love it.

How lucky are we to be fortunate enough to have so many options to choose from. You literally do not have a bad choice here, it really simply comes down to personal preferences.

Thanks for reading & hope this is helpful.

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Old Aug 25th 2015, 04:43 PM   #2
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While majority of us have "options" to choose 1 (mayyyybe 2), your stable says you choose them all lol

I saw the RF at Pro Italia and I loved the look of the bike. However, being that I have 2 sportbikes already, if I was in the market for another bike, I'd pick up a Tuono Factory. Looks similar to the RF but obviously a different ride. I'll be honest though, if I had a garage/space, I'd be interested in the RF just for the hell of it. Looks awesome for sure. The bells and whistles are great but it's not something I'd be able to take advantage of at my skill level anyway so I'd enjoy staring at it, just like I do so with my 1199.
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Old Aug 25th 2015, 04:46 PM   #3
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It looks like it could easily be any Jap bike. I couldn't pass up a 1299 for it.
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Old Aug 25th 2015, 05:05 PM   #4
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My only question is, the better comparo would be the Panigale R, RF and R1M correct? I agree, 2015 is a very good year for sport bike enthusiast. you have BMW, Aprilia, Ducati, Yamaha and MV with new model and new WSBK models to chose from. I love the Aprilia, but like mentioned in the other thread, the maintenance schedule is a little scary. I'm patiently waiting for my opportunity to test ride one at PBIR.
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Old Aug 25th 2015, 05:10 PM   #5
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Awesome machine..... Service schedule looks horrible... Still..if I could I would...
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Old Aug 25th 2015, 05:17 PM   #6
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Awesome machine..... Service schedule looks horrible... Still..if I could I would...
The biggest issue about the maintenance is if its true that the bike shuts down. Yikes. I still love the bike.
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Old Aug 25th 2015, 05:32 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Ljuice26 View Post
The biggest issue about the maintenance is if its true that the bike shuts down. Yikes. I still love the bike.
Yep..at 9000 miles I believe???
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Old Aug 25th 2015, 05:33 PM   #8
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I Ride: Ducati Panigale 1199 S...
Rode a Factory 2014 2 weekends ago and gotta say I.....LOVED IT

My bud John installed an Austin system on it so not only did it ride great, pulled like a mother, stable as all hell, but sounded amazing too

I love my 1199s but I would swap bikes for the summer and not miss it
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Old Aug 25th 2015, 05:40 PM   #9
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Ok Boost. Ive asked before. But this time if I promise to clean up after myself can I have 45 seconds in your garage? lol..

Awesome new addition dude.. Next time drop some video dude..
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Originally Posted by Ljuice26 View Post
My only question is, the better comparo would be the Panigale R, RF and R1M correct? I agree, 2015 is a very good year for sport bike enthusiast. you have BMW, Aprilia, Ducati, Yamaha and MV with new model and new WSBK models to chose from. I love the Aprilia, but like mentioned in the other thread, the maintenance schedule is a little scary. I'm patiently waiting for my opportunity to test ride one at PBIR.
I wish we could have had a R & R1M for me to ride! Maybe for my next shoot out!
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