Taking the opportunity to display some new, revised and updated models from their range at the Intermot show in Germany was Italian motorcycle maker Aprilia, with the 2019 Aprilia RSV4RR, Tuono V4 Factory and Shiver 900 on display. In Malaysia, Aprilia recently switched distributors from Naza Primera to Didi Resources and local fans are eagerly awaiting the 2019 Aprilia models.

Drawing on its racing history including 18 titles and 143 Grand Prix races in the 250GP class, the RSV4 now comes with a full suite of riding aids and electronics. Two versions are on offer, the RR and RF, with both having that Aprilia trademark, a fully-adjustable frame that allows for changes in the engine position in the frame, the headstock angle, the swingarm pivot and the rear end height.

The RSV4 RR’s 65-degree V-four mill produces 201 hp at 13,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 10,500 rpm, numbers that put it on par with any other manufacturer’s offering in the super bike stakes. Main difference between the RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF is in the suspension, with the RF equipped with the latest generation Ohlins NIX forks and TTX rear monoshock, as well as Ohlins adjustable steering damper.

Aprilia’s answer to KTM’s Super Duke R “The Beast” is the Tuono V4 1100, coming in two versions – the Tuono V4 1100 RR and Tuono V4 1100 Factory APRC – and producing 175 hp from it’s V-four power plant. Semi-active suspension makes its appearance on the Tuono Factory with Ohlins Smart EC2.0 controlling the NIX fork and TTX monoshock and electronically adjustable steering damper.

As with the RSV4, the Tuono V4 gets a slew of rider aids, including traction control, cornering ABS and three ride modes, all three modes giving the full 175 hp, but in different ways. There are two colour options available for the Tuono V4 1100 – Sachsenring red and Magny-Cours grey for the RR, while the Factory gets Superpole graphics.

On the naked sports front is the Shiver 900 with its 900 cc, V-twin engine delivering 95 hp and 90 Nm of torque. Designed to be easy to ride, the Shiver 900 comes with three-level traction control, Continental two-channel ABS and three ride modes – sport, touring and rain – with the ability to change modes on the fly.

A TFT-LCD display measuring 4.3-inches is found inside the cockpit and the Shiver 900 comes factory-fitted with the Aprilia Multimedia Platform, allowing for connection to the rider’s smart phone for navigation and other tasks. With a red-painted frame, monoshock spring and cylinder head covers, there are three colour options for the Shiver 900 – Hi-Tech Silver, Challenging Red and Innovation Dark.