Motorcycle Reviews

2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R

Written by  June 30, 2007

When it comes down to sport bike technology, I wanted to take a closer look at the sport bike that keeps winning races and dominating the European race tracks; the Aprilia RSV 1000R.

Steve Okenfuss, owner of Reno's Yamaha Aprilia KC jumped at the chance to bring this bike into the limelight. We set up a time to ride this new monster, and fellow Cycle Connections team member Phil Peeler gladly took the camera, while Marsha Ore drove the truck and attempted to keep up with me.

Two features I first noticed were the clean instruments and digital readout gauges, which give the bike a sophisticated and clean look. The paint schemes are also very attractive. Many high-dollar parts have been used on this model that it's hard to believe the MSRP 'out the door' price is only $10,999.

This motorcycle is for real and is an out of the crate racer that is ready to ride on the street. I really liked the handling and the braking system. The newer bikes are becoming very competitive as far as trying to outdo one another in the handling and braking arena; however when it comes to all of the really good components that are used in the RSV this really drives the cost of the motorcycle up in price and further out of reach for the average consumer. Aprilia has really done their homework on this sport bike. It is a bike that stands out, especially with its v-type motor. I truly think that you must weigh out the options that have been introduced in 2007 and look at and hear the throaty exhaust of the v-twin engine and the exceptionally sharp 2-piece body work style Aprilia has rolled out.

The fuel injection system is all fed into the Intake tract by 57mm throttle bodies and it is crisp and extremely responsive. It tends to really want to get up to redline if you do not pay attention. I was asked to not exceed 20 miles on this unit and when I had made my rounds I felt that I had enough technical information to judge this motorcycle. I left wishing that I could have one of these in the garage as a fun bike to ride.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Engine:
V60 Magnesium four stroke longitudinal 60 degree V twin. Liquid cooling with three way pressurised circuit. Double overhead camshaft with mixed gear/chain drive; four valves per cylinder. Patented AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft).
Fuel:
95 RON unleaded petrol.
Bore/Stroke:
97 x 67.5 mm.
Displacement:
997.62 cc.
Compression ratio:
11.8:1.
Maximum power at the crank:
105.24 kW (143 HP) at 10,000 rpm.
Maximum torque at the crank:
10.3 kgm (101 Nm) at 8,000 rpm.
Fuel system:
Integrated electronic engine management system with indirect multipoint electronic injection, 57 mm throttle bodies, and a 10.3 litre air box with Air Runner air scoop.
Ignition:
Digital electronic ignition, with one spark plug per cylinder, integrated with fuel injection system.
Starting:
Electric.
Exhaust:
Double silencer with three way catalytic converter and lambda probe oxygen sensor (Euro 3).
Alternator:
12 V - 500 W.
Lubrication:
Dry sump with separate oil tank, a double trochoid pump with oil cooler, & a steel oil tank.
Gearbox:
Six speed. Transmission ratios:
1st 34/15 (2.27)
2nd 31/19 (1.63)
3rd 26/20 (1.3)
4th 24/22 (1.091)
5th 24/25 (0.96)
6th 23/26 (0.88)
Clutch:
Multi-plate clutch in oil bath with patented PPC power-assisted hydraulic control, metal braided clutch line, & radial master cylinders with 15 mm piston.
Primary drive:
Spur gears. Transmission ratio: 60/31 (1.935).
Final drive:
Chain. Transmission ratio: 40/16 (2.5).
Frame:
Box section sloping twin-spar frame in aluminium alloy.
Front suspension:
43 mm Ohlin's titanium nitride (TiN) coated upside-down fork, adjustable in compression, rebound and preload, & 120 mm wheel travel. Shortened fork bottoms with radial calliper fittings.
Rear suspension
Aluminium alloy double arched member swing arm, Aprilia Progressive. System (APS) linkages, Sachs monoshock with adjustable compression, rebound, preload and length, & 133 mm wheel travel.
Brakes
Front: Brembo double stainless steel floating disc, w/320 mm, radial callipers with four 34 mm pistons and four sintered pads, & metal braided brake line.
Wheels:
Aluminium alloy.
Front: 3.50 x 17'
Rear: 6.00 x 17'
Tires:
Radial tubeless.
Front: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear: 190/50 ZR 17 (alternative: 180/55 ZR 17 or 190/55 ZR 17)
Dimensions:
Overall length: 2,035 mm
Overall width: 730 mm (at handlebars)
Overall height: 1,130 mm (at windshield)
Seat height: 810 mm
Handlebar height: 830 mm (at bar ends)
Wheelbase: 1,418 mm
Trail: 101.7 mm
Rake angle: 25 degree
Dry weight:
189 kg, dry.
Tank:
Capacity 18 litres, 4 litre reserve.
Colors:
Aprilia Black, Platinum Grey, Replica (limited edition, 200 units).

RIDER SUMMARY:
Hands down, this bike has all of the horsepower and weight ratio I would want in a bike. The frame and suspension work absolutely perfect together, as well of the ignition system, wheels, and tires. If you have only dreamed of owning one of these fine motorcycles, quit dreaming because this is an amazing bike that everyone can afford. When you factor in all of the great components in this build and the MSRP price, you are truly getting the most for your money with Aprilia, plus, a unique looking bike!

I want to personally thank Steve Okenfuss for giving me the opportunity to test ride one of the best European sport bikes on the market today.

B-safe out there!

Dave Miller