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Published on May 9th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC 2013 Model Details

This is the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 R ABS and Factory ABS model. It is a bike with cutting-edge modern technology. It comes with a frame and chassis that has made Aprilia loved by owners worldwide. Thanks to the advanced dynamic control systems being adopted, the APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) is a well known dynamic control suite which is derived directly from the winning technology from years of Superbike racing. This is now the most complete and refined system currently available on the market.
The new ABS comes from a partnership with Bosch. The system weighs 4.4 pounds, contains three levels of adjustability, and may also be disengaged. The first level is set up for track use (but approved for street use as well) and is meant to get the most performance when pushing the limits. The second level is dedicated to street riding at a sporty pace, and features an exclusive tip-over control system to help with stability. Level three is the rain setting and maximizes the use of ABS. Each of the ABS settings may be used in any of the three engine management settings: Track, Sport, and Road.

On the new RSV4 R ABS and Factory ABS MY 2013 bikes, the APRC system has been further developed and refined in order to adapt even better to the specific needs of enthusiasts on the street and professional riders on the track. Now the behaviour of the system is even more uniform, guaranteeing a high level of support in turns and high speed without penalising traction coming out of slow turns. The new APRC system integrates even better with the electronic full Ride by Wire multimap management of the powerful V4 engine.
In addition to the second generation APRC system, both the MY 2013 RSV4 versions come standard with highly advanced ABS, the antilock braking system designed and developed to guarantee not only maximum safety on the road, but also the best performance on the track. Aprilia worked in close cooperation with Bosch to define the best calibration of the ABS 9MP unit, which represents the maximum in refinement and technology currently available. With the goal of improving the already exceptional deceleration capacity of the RSV4, the new Aprilia RSV4 R ABS and Factory ABS models have a brand new front braking system, which is dressed up with refined Brembo M430 radial mounted monoblock callipers and the new radial master cylinder on the handlebar. The rear brake calliper was replaced with a more advanced and more efficient one, perfecting the combination with the new front brake. In the braking phase, as delicate as it is important, optimum weight distribution is fundamental: for this purpose the RSV4 ABS engine benefits from different positioning within the frame. To help improve handling, the RSV4′s seat has been lowered and the engine has been moved slightly to lower the center of gravity.

A few modifications in the ECU and a slight change in the exhaust design has brought peak horsepower up to 184 at 12,500 rpm plus an increase in torque to 86.3 lb.-ft at 10,500 rpm. That is an increase of about 4 bhp and 1.5 lb.-ft of torque over the 2012 model. The fuel tank has also seen a slight increase in capacity from 4.5 gallons to 4.9 gallons.

With a nail-biter finish to the World Superbike Championship, Max Biaggi took home his second title aboard an Aprilia RSV4 Factory just like this one here. Looks like Aprilia’s racing efforts have paid off well for them.

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