In September 2018, the time came for me to part ways with my old bike; a 2002 Honda VFR 800. After 5 years with the trusty Japanese steed, I felt the time was right to move on and upgrade to a much more exotic bike. Enter the Aprilia RSV1000R! 1,000cc, 143bhp and 90Nm torque of Rotax V990 V-Twin goodness coupled with a chassis and suspension setup that rivals 125cc bikes for their agility.

It’s a massively different machine to the old faithful VFR in terms of ridability; The throttle is incredibly sensitive and you need no more than two fingers of front brake to have the factory Brembo brakes hissing away while you watch the speedometer plummet. I’ve found that the RSV’s fuel economy is almost comical at a very un-bike-like 33 miles per gallon average, though I do commute to and from Liverpool city centre. That being said, I didn’t buy an exotic Italian superbike for fuel economy, so I can hardly complain. 

I was a little apprehensive when deciding on which bike to replace the VFR with. I wanted my dream bike, a Yamaha R6, but the insurance on such a steed was astronomical. The insurance cost for the RSV is less than 10% of what the quotes for the R6 were coming in at. Unfortunately, the R1 wasn’t much cheaper than the R6! The reason for the apprehension really was the old “OH MY GOD, ITALIAN ELECTRICS”… Granted, the RSV was sold to me with a brand new RegRec on but, unfortunately unbeknownst to both I and the dealer, the generator was also at fault. One warranty repair later and the RSV has been absolutely flawless ever since. Started first time, every time. 

The thing I love most about the RSV at this stage is that the standard Aprilia Racing exhaust still allows the V-Twin bellow to ring out without attracting the fuzz. Though, I am looking into upgrading to some aftermarket exhaust… I just don’t know which one to go for yet. 

I also particularly enjoy the predictability and feedback you get while mid-corner. On the VFR, it felt a little skittish when banked over. Whereas with the RSV, it just wants more. 

Anyhow, if you’re still reading this, then thank you! If you’re not, then have a picture 🙂 

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