There is usually at least one bike each year that really gets my heart racing in anticipation of a first ride. This year, that bike is Aprilia's new RSV4 Factory, the machine the Italians are using as the basis of Max Biaggi's successful 2009 season in World Superbike racing. Further, based on Road Test Editor Don Canet's track impression from our big 1000cc racetrack shootout in Germany ("Supersport Days," CW, August, 2009), where the Aprilia dominated against its liter-class competition, the bike won Best Superbike in this years Ten Best balloting. Talk about building anticipation! So, almost as soon as the exclusively provided pre-production testbike was parked in the Cycle World garage, I was sliding the key into my pocket, ensuring that I would be the first staffer to get a riding impression of our RSV4 Factory on the street.