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2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R: MD Review

When the press and became aware that was developing a 1000cc v-twin in the late 90s, a good of excitement was generated. After Aprilia was the “giant …” of GP having won multiple championships in the 125cc and 250cc classes. developed riders like Max and Valentino Rossi, Aprilia had racing credentials, but those related to relatively small-displacement

Could Aprilia build a large-displacement four-… superbike in its effort?

Contracting out some of the development work to Rotax, as as ultimate manufacture of the compact, degree v-twin, Aprilia’s applied their extensive experience to chassis design. the Mille first appeared, it was an hit. Nipping at Ducati’s with its first effort, won over the press and, importantly, a customer base for its superbike.

Like the relatively entrepreneurial manufacturer that it is, proved quick on its feet, as Just a couple of years the Mille’s life span, made significant changes. the 2001 model had over 200 some of them very (including, raising the engine in the frame 5mm — in order to line it up closely with the roll of the bike).

Aprilia meant with the Mille, and the 2001 was a significant step forward its already impressive start the 1999 model.

Fast to 2003. In perhaps the last of this basic design, continues to tweak and refine the We spent a couple of weeks a Mille R (the higher version with Ohlins forged aluminum wheels, of carbon fiber body etc.) here on the streets and the canyons of Southern California.

Before we get to our riding experience, discuss the changes to the 2003 R model.

For 2003, the Mille R radially mounted brake for the first time. Take a at our November 13, 2002 article on brake technology developed in that is now emerging on street In summary, the radial mounting of the calipers reduces caliper and increases brake performance. It allows for smaller diameter rotors, which reduces the effect of those rotors on the wheel (permitting quicker for instance).

The fact that the R has top-notch Brembo radial-mount yet still employs huge, discs, promises massive power.

Another significant for 2003 involves the gearbox. A close-ratio, six-speed transmission through third gears are assures you stay “on the pipe” shifting up through the gears generally a problem with motor, in any event, as we will below).

There are other, significant changes, as well, as a new fork design, new front design, matte black frame, new tail design, new fender design, etc.

Since we only rode the on the street, this isn’t to be a track test. Aprilia’s credentials speak for themselves, and Troy Corser, Noriyuki and others have amply the on-track capabilities of Aprilia’s design. This is about with the Mille R in the real

Let’s face it, a bike the Mille R is not for commuting to work. It is a You polish it, stare at it in your for countless hours, and ride it for

You also use it to measure and expand own riding abilities. the same way you measure and expand your abilities if you owned a Ferrari or

The Mille R is more a work of art a transportation device. It is intended to be ultimate expression of its engineering and experience, with street-legal and emissions equipment added on as an

A stallion it is, but the 2003 Aprilia R is an extremely well-trained stallion. you ride the bike, it is predictable at the same time, highly to your inputs.

The engine is but also features a wide that never surprises Coming on strong at relatively low the engine is precisely metered by a injection system with perfect mapping. Off/on transitions are as good as we have experienced in a production motorcycle.

Not Aprilia worked hard to sure that throttle are smooth and subtle, because the is intended to occupy considerable at major lean angles abrupt throttle transitions put the rider in a precarious situation as flying through the air after a side).

The chassis does its part, Although the expected, aggressive (but comfortable enough for sport riders) place a amount of weight on your while droning along on the the riding position weights the wheel in a manner conducive to sport riding (or racing). The fuel tank allows you to the bike around its narrow and really feel a part of the while riding it.

Aprilia has revised the fuel tank (lower and narrower), for instance, so as not to with the rider’s private during this intimate relationship.

The fully adjustable rebound and preload) Ohlins and shock move through … as smooth as a hot knife butter. Moreover, the valving of the fork, in particular, are superb. An shock spring prevented us fully understanding the potential of the suspension during our ride, but tweaking created a better between front and rear.

The R lives for corners. corners of all Aided by the extremely light aluminum wheels (and mass centralization — remember 5mm engine repositioning in 2001?), the R changes directions with little effort. Compared to the RC51 we tested last the Mille R transitions from like a much smaller

There is no trade off with either, as the Mille R tracks where you intend it to — even your ear on the ground.

In fact, it is the of confidence the Mille R gives you in that summarizes what bike is all about on the street. big power pulses from the could be a handful on most entries and exits, but Aprilia, again, has carefully engineered this. On corner entry, braking is very well by the slipper clutch mechanism, allows you to bang downshifts as much concern for rear hop or lock up.

Getting on the power exiting corners is just as and predictable. That precise injection system we discussed lets you roll on the power with a still-deep lean all without drama or worry.

The six-speed transmission worked during our test. Smooth and precise, we never missed a and clutchless up-shifts are a piece of

Those radial brakes a while to reach their (our test unit had few miles on it, at first). After bedded in, the front brake was powerful, but retained good and modulation. An initial feeling of at the front brake lever (a response following about inch of lever travel) to cure itself as we put more on the bike. In the end, we felt we stand the Aprilia on its nose we felt like it.

The rear brake (less of a for racers and most of you aggressive riders) plays its limited well, with enough and, more importantly, (too much rear is a bad thing in a bike like the R).

Wind protection is relatively reflecting the nature of the beast, but a bit better than most of the The wind blast coming off the creates a smooth, buffet-free of air at helmet level.

By sportbike the seat isn’t too bad either. freeway commutes to and from the MD were possible without pain or discomfort. Vibration are low enough so as not to annoy the rider, yet the always knows that big heart is beating beneath him (or

We would like to have a different shock spring, as we felt a perfect balance the front and rear suspension our brief test. Aside that and the stock Pirelli that never seemed to optimal operating temperatures on the (they are probably better for the track), we are hard pressed to the Mille R. It is what Aprilia it to be, i.e. a highly refined and race bike for the street.

moves are quick, but precise and It’s engine is powerful, but and predictable. It’s aesthetics are generally, a good thing, and a good thing in the case of the R.

Could the 2003 Aprilia R be a bargain on top of all this? A bargain at a list price of $17,299? We so, and here is why.

For your you get a beautifully designed Italian machine (just look at curved swingarm, superbly carbon fiber body and countless other details), Ohlins suspension components and brake components, and more cred than you need or Put these same suspension brakes and those forged wheels on any other bike, and add up what you have paid for it. We did mental exercise, ourselves, and away impressed with the R’s price.

Of course, not everyone can a Mille R, but for those who can and are looking for the of street riding experience it go get your checkbook and don’t back.

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