Well, technically I got it on Labor Day last year, but I finally got the first service done last weekend as well as having some after market stuff installed so now it feels brand new again!
My 2013 636 had just clicked over 23k miles and needed work (new tires, chain, sprockets, battery, and front rotors) so I decided to get something new. I knew I wanted all the fancy goodies this time around (stuff like a TFT display, 6-axis IMU, TC, WC, auto-blipper, etc) so I'd have to step up to a liter bike, since nobody is really updating their 600's any more. Initially I was keen on a 2018+ Yamaha YZF-R1 because I love the sound of their crossplane engines and they added the blipper in 2018. But when I looked at pricing (this was back in August 2019) I realized that new leftover 2018 R1's were going for around $15k-$16k OTD and for that price I could afford something truly interesting. So I started looking at the new S1000RR (which of course is still almost impossible to find) and the Aprilia RSV4 (which had gotten its own auto-blipper and TFT display upgrades for model year 2017). Both bikes are top of the shelf European super bikes and I've only ever had Hondas and Kawis in the past so the Aprilia really interested me because it was Italian and it had that same lovely engine sound as the R1! As luck would have it, my local dealer (the ONLY Aprilia dealer in my state actually) said he could get me a brand new 2018 RSV4RR for $15,400 OTD! This is a brand new V4 liter bike with 201 hp and freaking cruise control, and it was basically cheaper than an equivalent R1! So I wrote the guy a check and in less than two weeks I had my new Italian Dream Bike!
Fast forward to last weekend and I finally got the break-in service performed. I also installed a pair of black/red CRG full length levers (wish I could've gotten some MSM levers like on my 636), a MotoDynamic fender eliminator, and a Competition Werkes integrated tail light. The bike looks so amazing and rides even more amazing! It honestly feels just as nimble as my 636 did, despite being about 40 lbs heavier. And the power, my GOD the power!!! Its way more than I will ever need (and is probably gonna get me in trouble with the local law enforcement types) but there is just no describing the feeling of rolling on the throttle on a liter bike! Especially a liter bike that sounds like this thing! Anyway, just wanted to share! Any of you guys ever had an Aprilia before???