Not a big poster, but I've met quite a few of you on the roads.
Picked up a new 2010 RSV4R the day before yesterday, and thought I would share my initial impressions with people who might be interested. If not, resume flaming of fat people on scooters, or whateve today's hot topic is . I'm not the most hardcore guy on the boards, so most of this will be touchy feely shit rather than numbers.
For anyone who doesn't know me, I've been riding for a fairly long time, and I've gone through quite a few bikes - most recently a Z1000, Ducati 848, and a GSX-R1000. I'm not a stunter, and most of you guys would smoke me on a track, but I'm pretty comfortable on a bike.
Finally settled on the Aprilia the other day. It was a tough choice between an 848/1198 and the Aprilia. The bike wasn't prepped, but I took a chance and picked it up without a test ride after doing a fair bit of research.
First impression is that build quality is excellent on the bike. Plastics feel solid and rooted. Wiring and mechano-bits (sorry if that's getting a bit too technical!) are in a tight package. I'm a bit concerned that it will be more difficult to service due to the compressed profile, but I haven't taken it apart yet to find out.
I was surprised to find that it feels much more "buzzy" than an 848. I expected it to feel a bit less vibration than an 848, but I guess not. It's much much more buzzy than you would find an I4.
Seating geometry is nice for a guy my size. I was a bit concerned about the seat hight over distance (stinkbug syndrome), but at 5.10 / 165ish lbs, it fits quite well. It sits very much like my old 848, but is a bit easier on my back.
Gas milage is abysmal. Truly embarassing. I didn't bother to read up on it before I puchased, but I expect to gas up a lot. If I'm not mistaken, it has a 17L tank compared to an 848 which is 15.5L (I think), but has less range. Ouch.
Wind protection is decent @ 100km/h, and feels as good as the gixxer did. No complaints here.
Other than the range of the bike, I'm really happy that I took the chance on one. I don't think that an 848 would give me the same "aw yeaa" factor, and the 1098/1198 models would have set me back a lot more cash. Of all the bikes I've owned in the last few years, only the Zed gave me that before the Aprilia.