2004 Aprilia RSV Mille R Factory Sportbike Review Sport Rider

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Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory

2004 Aprilia RSV Mille R Factory

Factory is a magic word which immediately conjures up the world of racing and special bikes for special riders who fully appreciate the thrill of sports riding. The RSV 1000 R Factory is the top bike in the RSV 1000 R range. It is a refined supersport bike which is awesomely successful on the track.


The RSV 1000 R Factory is an enhanced RSV 1000 R, i.e. the top twin-cylinder supersport bike. The twin V60 Magnesium engine and new RSV 1000 R settings together with special ultralight materials and the world’s best quality production components bring the RSV 1000 R Factory up to track-riding excellence.

The Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory is the utmost expression of Aprilia’s technological and sporting heritage.

A project for those who demand maximum track-riding performance. Like the models which came before it, the Factory includes the very best motorcycle technology at a reasonable price, with an incomparable price/quality-component ratio for its category.

An RSV 1000 R raised to the umpteenth power, modified and further enhanced with the best possible components.

The most important parts which mark the difference between the RSV 1000 R Factory and the RSV 1000 R are:

Radial callipers

Fully adjustable Ohlins fork

Adjustable Ohlins shock absorber

Ohlins steering damper fitted as standard

Forged aluminium wheels

Rider’s saddle with nonslip racing seat

Matt black painted frame

Carbon parts

The Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory is fitted with the world’s best components (also in order to reduce weight), and many devices and parts have been taken directly from the world of racing. This is important in terms of design and production, and makes the RSV 1000 R Factory a precise reference standard not only for other twin-cylinder bikes, but above all for other supersport bikes. It is the perfect balance between quality, technology, components and finish.

The very best, offered however at an absolutely competitive price.

Of course all the technical innovations introduced on the new RSV 1000 R are found on the Factory too, which can also count on current state of the art brakes and suspension.

No change to the V60 Magnesium already fitted to the RSV 1000 R, with the same innovative features and high level performance. It pumps out 138.72 hp (102 kW) at 9,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 107 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The double-silencer exhaust has a three-way catalytic converter with Lambda sensor which brings the RSV 1000 R Factory within the Euro 2 limits.

The Factory has the same extremely light frame as the RSV 1000 R, apart from its black colour which gives it a slightly more aggressive look. The double banana swing arm is also the same, not polished but painted to resist surface wear better.

The 43 mm upside-down Ohlins Racing fork is titanium nitride coated to optimize smoothness. Its special structure with elongated sleeves and shortened legs reduces the load on two critical points of the forks themselves (the sliding bush and stanchion-leg coupling). The wheel travel is 120 mm.

Like the racing models, the fork rebound, compression and preload may be precision adjusted.

The forged aluminium brake calliper mounting bracket allows the new radial callipers to be fitted, perfectly in line with the latest GP and world SBK trends.

The rear Ohlins Racing shock absorber originates directly from experience on the track. It is fitted with a separate piggy back nitrogen cylinder built into the body. It has adjustable rebound, compression, preload and length in order to lift and lower the rear axle and adjust the suspension to different riding styles and different race tracks.

Among the optional components is a continuous tyre pressure measuring system, to keep the alignment under complete control according to the settings and suspension.


The best sportbike deserves the best braking system, and the RSV 1000 R Factory is once more on the leading edge of technology, with a radial clamp front braking system developed by Aprilia together with Brembo. Aprilia is certainly not new to this kind of technology. It was in fact the first to use this sophisticated braking system, fitted to a 250 GP.

The benefits for the rider are:

More effective braking

More precise response to the driver’s actions. Any free lever movement due to calliper elasticity is almost completely eliminated since radial mounting prevents any movement of the calliper itself.

Longer pad life. With radial mounting, the pads work more in line with the disc, precisely because the calliper is kept more strictly aligned with its theoretical working position even when under extreme stress. This lengthens pad life basically because better alignment leads to more even surface wear.

Better system stability and consequently less difference between hot and cold performance.

The 320 mm front floating steel discs use lowered mounts to minimize weight and inertia, leading to more effective handling. The radial system on the RSV 1000 R Factory is combined with a radial pump to form the most sophisticated braking system currently fitted to a production bike

The rear braking system is a Brembo Gold Series with 220 mm diameter stainless steel disc and a two-piston (32 mm diameter) calliper.

Both the front and rear systems use braided metal lines taken from the aeronautics industry, which eliminate the irritating pressure smoothing effect of conventional lines and ensure maximum braking precision.

What particularly characterizes and distinguishes the Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory is the care taken in construction and attention paid to every single component and part. This attention leads to an increase in performance, feel and rideability, through a decrease in weight and considerable improvement in product quality and finish.

An exclusive two-chamber steering damper from the specialist Ohlins Racing line is fitted as standard. It may of course be adjusted to adapt the bike’s response to various riding conditions.

The extensive use of carbon components make the motorbike even lighter and more refined. The mudguards and several parts of the fairing are made of extremely light woven carbon composite. Furthermore the RSV 1000 R Factory headstock shaft is made of aluminium and not steel, which also contributes to reducing the overall weight of the bike.

The exclusively designed forged wheels deserve a particular mention, since they are definitely one of the most distinctive parts of the bike, not just aesthetically, but also technically. They are forged from Anticorodal 6061 aluminium using an 8,000 ton hydraulic press. This technique produces wheels without defects or the porosity which may always result from the casting process, and gives them exceptional mechanical characteristics.

Finite-element analysis was used to find the best design, which came out to be a front wheel with six spokes and back wheel with five which split in two towards the rim. This was not just an aesthetic choice; this structure provides excellent lateral and torsional rigidity (thus keeping the suspension stable). As with the whole RSV 1000 R project, performance becomes beauty in this case too.

The weight saving is exceptional: about 25% less for each wheel compared with the lightest wheels on the market made using the traditional aluminium casting technique. Inertia too is consequently 25 % lower than for cast aluminium alloy wheels.

The maniacal care taken over the RSV 1000 R Factory project has not overlooked even the most insignificant details. The wheels are anodized and not painted. This leads to a further weight saving on this essential component and ensures they keep their characteristic colour for the whole life of the bike.

Furthermore the technical wheel data is not embossed, but carved into the wheel itself, consequently removing more material and further weight. Aprilia has also homologated a 5.5 inch rear wheel (6 inches are standard). The smaller section central rim channel gives additional support on bends, better handling, and better bike response, especially on the track.

Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory

All these attentions have reduced the weight of the RSV 1000 R Factory to a minimum. Only 185 kg dry weight.

Exclusive components fitted to the RSV 1000 R Factory:

front Ohlins Racing suspension with special settings, coated with titanium nitride for increased smoothness

front brakes with radial callipers

one-piece forged aluminium brake calliper mounting for greater rigidity and braking stability

Ohlins Racing rear suspension with special settings optimized for single-seat use. Its length may be adjusted (as well as preload, compression and rebound)

two-chamber Ohlins Racing steering damper

front carbon fibre mudguard

rear carbon fibre mudguard

carbon fibre fairing extractors

carbon fibre windscreen deflectors

carbon fibre upper fairing cover

carbon fibre side fairing

forged aluminium front wheel

forged aluminium rear wheel

Like the R, the R factory is also available in three colour combinations: Lead Grey/Magnet Grey, Aprilia Black/Diablo Black and Fluo Red/Lead Grey; all three come with a black frame

Akrapovic Exhausts – Aprilia Racing

Titanium Exhausts – Aprilia Racing

Reversed gearbox

Tyre pressure indicator


Tank bag

Download the Mille brochure in Italian (1.9 MB PDF format): 2004 Aprilia Mille Brochure

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