The 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory adds ABS, revised front suspension internals and small ergonomic changes to what was already a very complete, very fast package.

Its V4 may no longer grab headlines with “just” 180bhp, but the the slight power disadvantage to bikes like the Ducati 1199 and BMW S1000RR is made up with a cohesive smoothness those bikes lack. Here, I take it to my favorite road in Southern California for an in-depth look.