RSV1000R_factory_05A few days ago I had the chance to take an Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory for a short spin. First thing you notice when shifting from a bike like mine (Honda Hornet 919), to a race oriented bike like the RSV, is the riding position. I must have looked quite stupid when I drove out of the parking lot. The back protector was pushing my head down preventing me from seeing, arms and legs was fluttering about finding the right place to rest, and the visor was all steamy from the commotion.

After a quick stop to get my gear in place and find the right position on the bike, I was off. Aprilia have a different control setup than most other bikes. You can always tell if the rider is not used to riding Aprilia. When he stops for a turn, he beeps the horn, and maybe once again when he takes off. Explanation: the horn and turn signal switch are reversed, compared to most other bikes. Even though I’ve tried Aprilia bikes before, I did it once or twice anyway.

With the riding position and controls all sorted out and the mind switched to “Italian mode” you quickly realise that this bike is a marvellous piece of machinery. If you thought the Falcon was fun, wait till you try this mother. I found the pull incredible, oh such beautiful torque. You soon find yourself looking for stretches of clear road and aggressively roll the gas, just to feel the bike charge the road in front of you. It’s indeed an addictive feeling. Maybe half of the thrill is in the roar of the exhausts. Even with the stock pipes, the rumble is deep and grumpy.

Unfortunately I couldn’t dispose of the bike for very long. Having fun with the acceleration capabilities, I totally forgot to pay attention to the handling of the bike. Except that it seems to be very proud of its front tyre, it repeatedly raised it in the air as to show it off. Other than that I have nothing to notice. That is probably a good thing I guess, it means that it handles so well that you just concentrate on riding.

If you’re into race bikes and have a weak spot for V-engines. You can’t make your decision without having tried this bike. I haven’t tried the Ducati race bikes yet, but it’ll be hard to find anything else that can compete with the Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory

First impression rating: First impression rating 4/5 helmets
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21 Responses to “Motorcycle tryout: Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory”

  1. Anonymous  March 31st

    As a ‘00.5 Aprilia RSVR owner, I have successfully made the full transition to the V-twin lifestyle from the past ‘condition’ of inline 4’s on my R1, YZF’s, CBR’s etc. While I’ll never say never, I can’t see me retruning to the inlines any time soon, and since I added an Aprilia Caponord to the stable, I am quite happy with the brand!

    angrybob –

  2. Jesper  April 6th

    Thank you for commenting Angrybob.
    Yes they do make nice machines. Good luck with your new found lifestyle.

  3. dave  November 1st

    I saw this 1000 looks really good wish I could aford it though. What do you think?

  4. Shahid Ali Khattak  December 23rd

    i want to buy aprilia RSV 1000 F. Sports size bike so if you provide me this one so a lot thanks for it
    i belong to pakistan (NWFP) District Mardan
    kindly give me so suggestion that how i gain this one and also tell that through which way i can buy it

  5. Mongoose  June 26th

    i Own a RSV 1000 Aprilia, i always get commets on how beautiful the bike is and some people dont even know what kind of bike it is, I think the rsv 1000 is a awesome ride

  6. Jesper  June 26th

    It is, Mongoose, one of the best 1000cc sport bikes you can get.

  7. bj  July 24th

    two solid aprilia reviews:

  8. Rafe  November 16th

    Hell, i just traded my K4 gixer 750 in for a Factory RSV. They told me (all the magazines) that the gixer 750 was the best bike ever – not even close! The Aprilia is so precise and exact through corners, the hard suspension only ‘bumps’ once through bad b roads and no drama, never running wide on the power when exiting the twisty corners, i defy and bike to come close to handling like the Factory. Oh, and the engine, forget sparrow fart spinning like an idiot in-line fours, i dont care how big you make em or how fast you spin em; this is the dogs!
    i’m totally converted.
    Long live the King, long live Aprilia

  9. Yasin  January 10th

    Im a owner of a Aprilia
    RSV 1000 its a awesome ride 😉

    greetings from Holland

  10. TYLER  September 15th


  11. eastsidesm  November 30th

    Why no test ride of the KTM 950 SM? You are missing out on the best kept secret in motorcycling. Take my advice, go ride one and you will be selling that Hornet to buy one by the following week. I waited two years from when I test rode one until I could buy one. Best decision ever. Best all around bike I have ridden. don’t let the looks fool you it is a capable, fun daily driver that is like a swiss army knife if set up well.

  12. Mathewsteff  January 5th

    If you feel much comfortable on the bike then of course its better to have a ride, Even i am eagerly waiting to have a beautiful ride on Aprilia RSV 1000 R.

  13. Paipiessaryit  January 8th

    Bookmarked this. Thank you after sharing. Positively advantage my time.

  14. MILOS  February 24th

    I have two aprilia RSV MY 99 and RSV MY 2004 and I can say that realy love my bikes

  15. john  April 2nd

    im 20 n bought a 00.5″ rsv mille. love this thing. even motorheads dont even know what the hell it is. i just say its chinese. love this bike to death. except for the sprag clutch. aprilia could have done a better job there

  16. Peinados  May 14th

    It is, Mongoose, one of the best 1000cc sport bikes you can get.

  17. house decoration  May 14th

    greetings from Holland

  18. health  May 14th

    beautiful ride on Aprilia RSV 1000 R

  19. Helmet Guy  September 26th

    I loved this, “…is the riding position. I must have looked quite stupid when I drove out of the parking lot.” I just sat here and thought, didn’t we all look stupid the first time swithcing to a high performance racing bike.

  20. custom writing  July 18th

    It is, Mongoose, one of the best 1000cc sport bikes you can get.

  21. rashee  September 7th

    I am from Malaysia and my baby is rsv factory ’04.this baby is a monster eventhough the clutch was quite troublesome..but ppl tend to says that is the character of this monster so be it.I used to have a R1 which is a beauty but this monster is totally awesome.cheers from Kuala Lumpur

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