How accustomed are you to Japanese bike reliability?
Iíll put it this way; most of the Ducati internet forums have a Sticky post along the lines of ďIs a Ducati right for me?Ē Iíve not owned an Aprilia, though Iíve heard quite similar tales of woe from a multi-brand dealer owner who also service the Ďprillers. You may love the bikes now, but how much will you still love them the first time they leave you stranded? The 2nd? How much while itís sitting in the shop waiting for a part from a recall campaign, only itís August and the factory is shut down that month... These are things to consider before you buy, or you will be lamenting them after you buy!
It is definitely a lot easier with more than one bike in the stable, but be cognizant of what youíre thinking about buying long term.
Woah...Buzzkill is strong in this one
For every story of woe (which gets the biggest press), there are thousands of happy owners you don't hear from...Same with Ducati...Since 2007 and the 1098, they been using Germans for their QC...Surprise...Bikes more reliable, but I digress
I've been around bikes a while and Aprilia was my first brand and I still see whats what on the AF1 forum.
The old Rotax engine bikes were about as reliable as the Japanese...Only issues I remember were clocks forgetting mileage, and rear master cylinder being too close to exhaust making rear brakes not work properly...Side stand being at a silly angle...All were easily and cheaply resolved.
The current Aprilia bikes are pretty bulletproof too...There are a lot of electronics on them, and like everything, they can go wrong (even the Japanese fail here...I've seen probs with gen 4 ZX10Rs).
Part availability is an issue for you US people I hear as there is not a great dealer presence there, so that can be a concern.
A used example with decent mileage (and know many see this as a bad thing) might be an option, as most if not all issues would likely have been dealt with.
Just my thoughts....Yeah the V4s sound awesome and i can understand why -Op- liked the bike.