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xBhp was born more than 16 years ago and since then we've had a chance to ride or drive hundreds of machines
running on two wheels or four wheels, and sometimes even three wheels. We are not done yet, and this list is
still growing. In these pages, we take a deep dive in the treasure trove of our ride experiences and bring
you all that we have ridden or driven.
Machines Done 263
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A bike lover will always get a chance to encounter at least one motorcycle in his life that would compel him to personify it. Compel to personify – is the key expression here. Many times, that personification happens over the time, but there are bikes that just feel so alive that you can’t help think of them as something living.
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The Aprilia RSV4 is that one.
This thing is alive. With the slightest twist of the throttle, that V-4 engine produces an explosive cry which is unlike from any other motorcycle of its type. It is like the loudest and the fiercest bark you’ve ever heard. Keep it out of sight, turn it on and twist the throttle, and people might confuse it with an animal’s roar. Try this for an experiment.
And once you’ve experienced it, you’ll be convinced it is a beast held together inside a metal frame! And if it really was an animal, it would appear like it’s on a hunting spree by the way it accelerates. Of course, it is the not the fastest and the quickest Superbike available, and it doesn’t have to be, but it wouldn’t be absolutely alright to call it one of the liveliest ones.
Purpose behind this Craziness
There is always a good reason for every extremity that exists on this planet and so there is for the RSV4. Aprilia built it only because they wanted to be at the top in Superbike World Championship (WSBK) and designed it to give Max Biaggi everything he needed to destroy the competition. It was race ready right out of the showroom and its four-cylinder V engine with 998cc capacity could produce up to 180 BHP. In the racing trim, the same could produce over 200 BHP.
Today, the latest generation of the RSV4 produces 201 BHP in its production guise. The peak power comes at 13,000 RPM and 115 NM of torque at 10,500 RPM. The trend of designing compact and small bodywork is probably most apparent when looking at the Aprilia. It is so compact that it looks like it might as well belong to a lower segment, ideally the 600cc Supersport. It is also the only production motorcycle in its class which allows multiple positions in which the engine can be adjusted inside the frame. With the integrated APRC package (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) which includes Traction Control, Wheelie Control, Launch Control, Aprilia Quick Shift and Race ABS, the RSV4 is one of the most advanced and race ready Superbikes
Usually, motorcycles intimidate riders if they are big and bulky. This isn’t the case with the RSV4. It is small and extremely smart to look at. The threat lies in its execution of power and the growl it generates. It is clearly the most menacing sounding Superbike in its class in stock exhausts. Riding the RSV4 is a unique experience in itself given that it has the only V-4 engine in its class.
We sincerely thank Mr. Anurag for taking out his time and letting us ride his motorcycle.
We would recommend anyone looking to buy such an aggressive sportbike to have some decent experience with powerful motorcycles. Even with all the electronics that are there to help control the power and increase rider safety, they are still extremely sensitive to throttle input. Also, you might end up saving some money if you look for a second-hand RSV4 on OLX.
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