HI all, Well i have been away from netrider for a while but i thought i would write a review on my recent purchase. A little bit about my riding and bike preference; I seem to suffer from a split bike personality disorder, flicking between super motards and sports bikes. So over the past 10 years i have owned several bikes ranging from my tame Suzuki DRZ400SM through to more wild toys as my old Ducati 1198. I recently moved from Tasmania to Queensland and after being without a bike for the past 4 months i had an itch that had to be scratched... I was torn between getting another motard or a sports bike but the urge to go fast won out. So i was left with 3 bikes to decide from: the new Yamaha R1, Ducati 1199/1299 and the Aprilia RSV4 RR. Being the new era of 200hp+ machines its an exciting time to be able to throw a leg over something that once would have been reserved as for SBK racers. As much as the new R1 has a bunch of technology and is matching it with the best of the euros the front end just doesnt do it for me (sorry to any new R1 owners lol). It quickly became a two horse race between Ducati which is where my heart was and Aprilia that had impressed me (i had previously tested a mates factory APRC). So i went and tested both marks to find out which i preferred. Looks wise for me its hard to go pas the Ducati and i love the noise of the big twin but when i tested a second hand 1199 i just didn't feel as one with it like i did on my 1198. I also went and tested the 1299 which i did like but after looking at servicing requirements (namely having to disassemble pretty much the whole bike to do valve adjustments i was slightly turned off). I had previously ridden one of the older RSV4R's which although many reviews will say they were under powered compared to the 1199 and S1000R etc the new 201hp package is electric. The best bit i guess is they still have the amazing handling they have been renowned for. So after my test rides i made the decision i didn't expect to make and placed my order for a RSV4RR in Ascari black. 2 weeks later after my Akra pipe, race tune and other goodies were added to the bike i got to pick it up. Its all well and good to say you enjoyed a bike on a test ride but its not until you actually get to live with it until you know if you made the right decision. well after nearly 1000km of babying it i have finally been able to take it for a more spirited ride and wow is all i can say. The electronics package is spectacular, the power is amazing with great torque down low and eye popping top end power, the noise coming from the V4 via the akra pipe is spectacular but the best bit is the handling. I have never ridden a bike that inspires me to push so hard but at the same time give you the feeling that you're hardly pushing at all. Anyway i'm not a motoring journo and there are plenty of reviews out there on the new RR and RF so i wont keep rambling on but for anyone in the market for a new ride in the 200hp club i cant recommend the Ape highly enough.