They don't get much attention here because they are more expensive than big four motorcycles and there aren't many dealers in the US compared to Ducati.They dont seem very popular any reasons why or just personal preference?
Although more expensive than Japanese bikes, they've always tried to provide good value for the money. We get killers deals on their liter bikes compared to Europe. The V-4 is supposed to be ready for the '09 WSBK season. It should give BMW's 190/190 a run for its money. The SVX 450/550 are bad ass. Aprilia won the last FIM supermoto championship. But yeah the early ones had some problems.On the other hand, they are a great bike for the price and other goodies that come on the bikes. I hope the 09's are true Aprilia without the Rotax engines as in the past. Their super-moto is a bad ass but stay away from the 07. The 08's have taken care of the seal problems so I hear.
They do have issues like the rear brake requiring careful bleeding, but overall the reliability is very high. They hold up well over time, and they're surprisingly easy to work on. Everything is modular. Aside from the electrical (it is Italian) they didn't skimp on the engineering. If properly cared for, they last a long time. There is a silver 03 RSV-R on ebay with 69k miles and still running strong.They are some of the best looking bikes made. Most people I know with the RSV love it. Its personally my favorite bike. Some will tell you they are not reliable but I've heard them called Italian hondas by many trustworthy people.
I'll agree the dealer network is poor and there is zero promotion over here, but Aprilia actually has a pretty deep racing history. They've got dozens of 125 and 250 Moto GP world championships. Many of the top riders like Rossi learned on Aprilia machines. But yeah, nobody knows of it. Outside of sportbike riders, most people never heard of Aprilia whereas most everyone knows about Ducati.People who are going to spend 15k+ on an italian bike will generally buy a ducati as it has more panache from its racing heritage. as much as ducati participates (and wins) in WSBK/MotoGP et al, I think the attention is deserved. aprilia just doesnt have that, and coupled with the poor dealer network and lack of promotion the sales are just poor.
I know of a low mileage, cherry condition, Noriyuki Haga replica completely tricked out for only 10k. Carbon BSTs, reworked ohlins suspension, most all of the available bolt on performance goodies. The wheels alone cost almost 5k, and the bike was around 19k originally. 10k buys a plain jane 998/999. :dunnoand with demand low, the used bikes are freaking bargains.
Physically they are taller bikes. They are designed around a b***** rider than other Italian brands. The styling has been hit or miss for me.and they feel tall and topheavy to me. But for someone who likes them aesthetically and fits them well, I'd recommend one.
Considering the standard equipment, they're not that outrageous. There are many bargains to be had on the used market. :cheersCost too much, and really don't get your money's worth.
They're not any harder to maintain than a Japanese bike. But the parts cost a bit more. Compared to the big 4 there isn't nearly as many used or aftermarket parts available, and the dealer support is not widespread. I probably wouldn't own one if I lived in Timbuktu, but if you have a mechanic you trust, go for it.Where I live the dealer that has them is terrible and who knows how long they will be in business so it would be tough for me to own one.
I just heard Max Biaggi signed with Aprilia to race the RSV4 in World Superbike. He's got a lot of history with them, won a couple 250 titles back in the 90s.
They never made a huge effort in the premiere classes before. But they didn't have the money. The company is owned by Piaggio now, I think the RSV4 will contend. Corser finished 3rd one season, 2000 or 2001, and the bike had a shot at winning but was hampered with crap tires. Dunlop was behind the curve at that time.
As for MotoGP, the RSV Cube was a little too revolutionary for the time. Pneumatic valve actuation etc. is proven in Formula 1 but proved too complicated and expensive for Aprilia to get working reliably, although it made class leading hp. I think Piaggio owned Aprilia will make another run at it in a few years. But they are happy to bask in the success of the 125 and 250 class bikes. I watched a 250GP race last weekend, almost half the starting grid was an Aprilia.
Aprilia RSV4 launch teaser - Motorcycle NewsMCN said:The new 1000cc V4 is set to feature ride-by-wire throttle, hi-tech electronics which Aprilia claim make traction control possible and an engine designed and built in-house by the Italian firm.
As you can just about make out in the picture, the bike features Ohlins suspension and radial brembo brakes. What you don't quite get from the picture is a sense of just how small and compact this new Aprilia supersports machine is.
Aprilia have revealed that the new RSV4 weighs in at 190kg fully fueled, which incidentally is 9kg less than a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade weighs with an empty tank.
The RSV4 will be available in 2 versions- the higher spec Factory version will feature better suspension and brakes, but both have adjustable engine mounts allowing the engine to be moved 10mm up or down, as well as a movable swingarm pivot and a changeable head stock angle.