Aprilia USA announces the return of its Aprilia Racers Days track-day demo tour, where enthusiasts can ride the latest offerings from Aprilia in an environment that inspired the models. Five track-day events will provide a unique opportunity to test Aprilia sportbikes in a controlled setting with no stop signs, traffic signals or automobiles.
Starting at the recently repaved Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, following the MotoGP weekend in April, two other Aprilia Racers Days will follow MotoAmerica race weekends, allowing enthusiasts to ride the same tracks where professionals raced the previous weekend.
Circuit of the Americas Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (following MotoGP weekend) 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd Austin, TX 78617
Road Atlanta Monday, April 20, 2020 (following MotoAmerica weekend) 5300 Winder Hwy Braselton, GA 30517
New Jersey Motorsports Park Friday, May 15, 2020 8000 Dividing Creek Rd Millville, NJ 08332
Buttonwillow Raceway Park Monday, June 1, 2020 24551 Lerdo Hwy Buttonwillow, CA 93206
The Ridge Motorsports Park Monday, June 29, 2020 (following MotoAmerica weekend) 1060 W Eells Hill Rd Shelton, WA 98584
Aprilia Racers Days events will be supported directly by Aprilia-trained technicians and product specialists, as well as partners Pirelli, Dainese and AGV to offer the best on-track experience with expert advice, performance and protection. The entry fee provides participants with an incredible track-day experience with their existing motorcycle and includes a VIP Aprilia Racers Days package, with ability to demo a new Aprilia for one of the track-day sessions, equipped with Pirelli performance tires. Attendees will also have an opportunity to be measured for a custom suit from Dainese and try out the latest track suits as well as helmets from AGV. All registrants will receive a $250 accessory voucher toward qualifying Aprilia purchases before June 30, 2020.
For 2019, Aprilia’s RSV4 superbike will be available in two versions: the RSV4 RR, which returns unchanged from 2018, and the RSV4 1100 Factory, a new model that boasts a larger, 217-horsepower V4 engine, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, updated suspension, brakes and electronics, generous use of carbon fiber and more.
The Aprilia Style Centre sought to make the RSV4 1100 Factory look unique and recognizable. The exclusive matte-black bodywork is complemented by carbon fiber fenders, side panels, exhaust guard and new MotoGP-inspired aerodynamic winglets, which are contrasted by the lighter matching color of the titanium exhaust pipe and forged aluminum wheels.
Widening the bore of the V4 engine from 78 to 81mm while keeping the 52.3mm stroke unchanged increased displacement from 999.6cc (as on the RSV4 RR) to 1,078cc, and output has been boosted from 201 to 217 horsepower and from 85 to 90 lb-ft of torque (claimed). Compression ratio is unchanged at 13.6:1. Other changes include a higher-flow oil pump, a double oil jet to reduce piston temperature, optimized valve timing and taller fifth and sixth gear ratios. The electronic injection system now uses a throttle valve support with a more aerodynamic profile for improved fluid-dynamic permeability, and the Magneti Marelli 7SM ECU has a new specific map with limiter management set at 13,600 rpm. The exhaust system features an optimized manifold layout and a lightweight Akrapovic silencer.
The RSV4 chassis has received changes as well. The forged and molded aluminum frame features adjustable engine position, headstock angle, swingarm pivot and rear ride height. Changes to the steering bushings and offset of the steering yoke has reduced the wheelbase by 4mm, bringing the front end closer to the rider to increase load on the front wheel, and the swingarm has been made stiffer. The fully adjustable Öhlins NIX fork has 5mm more travel, and it is complemented by the fully adjustable Öhlins TTX shock and steering damper.
Brakes have been upgraded from Brembo M50 front calipers to lighter, more efficient Brembo Stylema calipers, which are fitted with higher-friction pads and can be combined with carbon air ducts to keep operating temperature under control for consistent performance under extreme conditions. Curb weight of the RSV4 1100 Factory with a full tank is 439 pounds thanks in part to the titanium exhaust and new ultra-light Bosch lithium battery.
The RSV4 1100 Factory is equipped with throttle-by-wire and the fourth generation of the APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) electronic control suite, which includes:
ATC: Aprilia Traction Control with eight levels, adjustable on the fly (without having to release the throttle) by using a joystick adjacent to the left grip
AWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control with three levels, adjustable on the fly
ALC: Aprilia Launch Control with three settings, for use on the track only
AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift for clutchless, open-throttle up- and downshifting
APL: Aprilia Pit Limiter to select and limit the top speed allowed in pit lane at the track or simply to make it easier to comply with posted speed limits on the road
ACC: Aprilia Cruise Control
In addition to the fourth generation APRC system, the RSV4 1100 Factory is equipped with Bosch’s 9.1MP multi-map cornering ABS, which works in conjunction with the Aprilia RLM (Rear Liftup Mitigation) system. Each of the three cornering ABS maps can be combined with any of the three engine maps (Sport, Track, Race), allowing riders with different experience and skill levels to find the best possible combination for their style. The three maps deliver full power but differ in terms of throttle response and engine braking. The full-color TFT instrument display is brighter and has two selectable screen pages (Road and Race, both with night and day backlighting).
Available as an accessory is V4-MP, Aprilia’s multimedia platform that lets you connect your smartphone to the motorcycle via Bluetooth. It offers true corner-by-corner electronic settings calibration system with data that can subsequently be downloaded to your laptop (or displayed directly on the smartphone) for analysis. V4-MP has a new connection protocol that minimizes smartphone battery consumption and offers infotainment.
Pricing and availability for the 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory are TBD.