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Semi-active suspension systems: the time trial performance test!

As we all know, there is no such thing as a perfect piece of art. However, for a moment there Aprilia had us at #bearacer club believing they had come impossibly close to crafting perfection, thanks to the RSV4 1100 Factory. And, to our surprise, only one year later, Noale churned out a new Factoryfor the first time equipped with semi-active suspensions: a technology that Aprilia had openly chosen not to implement on their racing superbike par excellence. Why? On our quest for the answer, we unveiled the secret that makes the RSV4 Factory MY 20 the fastest motorbike in Aprilia’s history!

Aprilia has always maintained that they would continue to use traditional instead of semi-active suspensions until the stopwatch certified a faster lap time. Finally, this milestone was also reached by the RSV4 1100 Factory, which is now fitted with the latest evolution of the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspensions and, seeing as we of the #bearacer club will not merely settle for photos or press releases, we went back to the Aprilia Testing and Development Department to wring out of Noale’s testers exclusive proof of time trial performances!

Telling us all about this important turning point is Nicholas Dalla Costa, Performance Engineer who especially works with suspension and braking systems. He is the one who, more than anybody else, has closely monitored the work done on the semi-active suspensions of the RSV4 1100 Factory MY 20.

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