Friday, February 2, 2024

Review: Aprilia RS 457: The new standard?

We've already seen it, we know the important specifications, and we even know how much it will cost. Actually, after Aprilia revealed the pricing at IBW 2023—that is, Rs 4.10 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra)—interest in the Aprilia RS 457 surged. A week later, Yamaha shocked everyone by revealing the incredibly disappointing price of the R3, which further aided Aprilia's cause. But I digress. In any case, a lot of people are enthusiastic about this bike, and after riding it at the racecourse, I can attest to the excitement that it inspires. 

Exhaust note and engine of Aprilia RS 457

The section you're most interested in learning about will come first: the engine. You'll be able to tell right away that this motor feels unlike anything else in the sub-500cc class as soon as you push the starter button. The 270 degree firing order, which gives the underbelly exhaust a deeper, more grizzly tone, is largely responsible for that. This adds character to the motor and is present on many larger parallel twins, including Aprilia's own 660s.

In the case of the RS 457, you're met not only with a pleasant sound but also, at low speeds, with a slight vibration produced by the engine. 

Upon first stepping out of the pit lane at Kari Motor Speedway, one discovers that the engine is also delightfully tractable. It's easy to reach 40 km/h in fourth gear, and as you twist the accelerator open even more, you'll notice the torque, which is even more reason to smile. Around 4,000 rpm is when the powerful pull starts, and the midrange was substantial enough that I could easily complete a circuit lap without requiring to shift down to third gear. The torque and tractability ought to be excellent street companions.

Aprilia RS 457 handling and comfort of the seats

The RS 457 sounds great and feels appropriately fast, but the best part is that it has corresponding riding dynamics. The way the bike feels and how you sit on it will be the first things you notice. The height and breadth of the gasoline tank, in particular, give the RS 457 the impression of being a larger vehicle than any of its competitors. There are also the really well-calculated ergonomics.

Components for Aprilia RS 457 cycles

With a frame made of aluminium that leads the class, the RS 457 has a history that dates back to the larger bikes produced by the Italian business. The fashionable swingarm appears to be made of aluminium as well, but in reality, it is made of steel. There is no damping adjustability, however preload adjustment is available for both ends of the suspension. With a weight of 175 kg, the bike is the heaviest in the category—but not by much. For instance, the KTM RC 390 single cylinder weighs 172 kg.

Tracking Aprilia RS 457 issues

A few strong laps of braking caused the lever to become progressively softer. It was frustrating on a machine that was otherwise enjoyable and well suited to the race track, albeit in my case it never came to the point where I was frightened that the bike wouldn't stop. Steel braided hoses are already present on the RS 457, thus I believe this is a fixable problem that can be resolved with stronger brake pads, alternative brake fluid, and possibly an aftermarket brake master cylinder. Although I don't think this will be a big deal on the street, it was nonetheless a little disappointed. 

Aprilia ruling RS 457

That's all there is to what we learned in this setting. Orders can be placed at this time, and delivery should start in March. Regarding pricing, I believe it is a little pricey for a bike that is entirely made in India; a price point of less than Rs. 4 lakh would have been ideal. Even though the price is a little high, it's still acceptable given the bike's many features.