All About The Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille

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Aprilia RSV 1000 R

All About The Aprilia RSV 1000

Could Aprilia build a beater, before the V-Four?

out of the chaos of post-war Italy a man named Alberto Beggio. decided he’d like to bicycles, so set up a factory at a place Noale, near Venice. In his son Ivano decided to put engines in the and because of this we can now buy an Aprilia

Aprilia are still doing much what Ivano did sticking engines in chassis. Of there were quite a few steps between the routing of fascist empire, Ivano’s push-bikes and the banging Aprilia twin. But, in essence, the firm are still designing bicycles in which to stick people’s engines and have so good at it that third will now make motors for the purpose.

One such firm is the Austrian set up which from provided the two-… engines powered Aprilia’s two-wheelers to 15 Championships. Even with third-raters as Rossi and Biaggi at the of the sausage-swellingly … GP250s and the Rotax/Aprilia was getting noticed.

but drawing not nearly so much as those Bolognaise show-offs at Widely broadcast mid-nineties Superbike success had elevated the mob’s status way above of the bigger Venetian concern and was shifting container-loads of profitable red bikes. Alberto’s boys a slice of the Superbike salami.

up a chassis wasn’t a problem to years of Grands Prix and to make it pretty they had to borrow from the 250s. For the they belled their mates. Rotax had only building four-strokes since but were already operating at the edge of technology, making not the fastest single-cylinder bike but also aeroplane engines a market in which reliability is important.

The brief was for a twin (as were then cleaning up in with competitive power, being compact enough to be around in the frame for best distribution. Hence the dry sump Vee was born, ‘short’ both and laterally.

The length of the motor was so it could be moved forward and in the frame, while still the steep steering head and swift track handling, but has its downsides. A 90º unit, as in Ducatis, is inherently well but a V-60º is a shaky customer. So in a couple of balancer shafts.

Fuel injection featured the off and a pair of plugs per pot were to keep combustion clean and to limit without resorting to a

All bolted together the new RSV Mille was set the world’s press and lauded as a machine, a brilliant first superbike. But how would it fare on the

With Peter Goddard in the of a semi-private bike, things got off to a start in 1999. But as the bike was regular top tens were with a best result of at the Nurburgring round. Promising.

went even better for the squad fielded the next with Troy Corser as number one. With the of a year’s development and the SP homologation as a basis, Corser won five and came third overall. stuff, and a higher individual than Ducati (they top constructor), but 2001 was good as it got for four-… two-pot campaign.

The year a troubled Nori failed to do much and as attention to MotoGP, so Aprilia’s WSB challenge out. The Noale gang had shaken Ducati’s track but they’d gained the credibility to give the Bologna bunch a ruck on the road.

As the plug was on ‘Prilla’s WSB campaign, so it was the stupefyingly SP-model. Road riders going to miss it much, however good its track (if you had a spare fortnight to set it up), the SP was a bit of a pig on the road. With high bollock-tearing power delivery, clutch and a predilection for spanking bottoms with stiff it made a 916 SPS feel like an

It worked on the power, it worked on the but any fannying around inbetween was not in the And crash it? You wouldn’t want to that carbon bodywork.

cost your kids an and they’d probably be due it by the time arrived – Aprilia building a reputation for poor

1999, RSV Mille SP

The ultimate homologation special. adjustable swingarm, steering engine position, ride frame 20% stronger, titanium-nitrided usd uprated Ohlins shock, bodywork. Engine: shorter with Cosworth tune, head and slotted cam sprockets.

with twin titanium cans, fuelling chip, stand and cover.

List £21,749 (£17,000)

Value £7000-ish (£7000)

Weight: 185kg (190kg)

Power: 119bhp@10,500rpm (117bhp@10,750rpm)

Top speed:154mph

(Figures in brackets are for Ducati

Fight of the Rumble Vees

One, 1998

Never had two been seen to be in such face-to-face competition. And never had Ducati’s Euro-exotica crown under threat. Laverda? Guzzi? Yeah, right…

As it the RSV did little to dent Ducati It didn’t have the looks to a ten-grand ticket, but it’s had the right stuff to attract new to the V-twin experience. Many the type as likely to buy one of Ducati’s jewels as a Gucci handbag.

The RSV had a bluntness, was a machete to the Ducati’s You were as likely to be choosing RSV and R1 as twin and twin. Or you may always wanted a Ducati, but couldn’t with the price or reliability

When the two Latins were put then it resulted in a draw. the predictable outcome would the lusty-engined Aprilia the champion for road riders, the Duke a for well-heeled track midgets.

The engine was a good ’un the off, it’s V-angle huge, walloping power and a mid-range pick-up that lift the front end of a Ford The package was top-heavy, thanks to the engine, high in the saddle and a little slower than the but in all was regarded as the more practical proposition.

This 916/RSV lasted only a few months, as by the of 1998 Ducati had announced the A cycle had started, a …-for-tat in which every couple of each Italian camp throw a new contender into the

1998, RSV Mille

First of the RSV with huge presence and It was cheaper than an equivalent but not by much and had very similar, if performance. The weight figures for the two aren’t directly comparable as the two quote with different of the word ‘dry’.

List price: £9449

Value now: £3000

Weight: (claimed) 183kg

Power: (dyno) 110bhp@9500rpm

Top speed: 169mph (159mph)

in brackets are for Ducati 916 Biposto)

Two, 1999

Springtime and Ducati strike back. hogged their cylinders out to and drafted in a number of engine and modifications from the boys in the WSB Engine power was a … between the two Italian firms, the power was higher up the revs, the Duke’s motor was a tad more

And despite weight claims to the when we fuelled up both in 1999, the Ducati was the lighter, by – though carrying a less fuel, so we’re around 500g. In all performance it was a close run thing, but the more Ducati had the edge on racetrack

So the 996 was good, damn good, but not a blow. Most pernickety sided with the Duke’s finesse and looks over the RSV, but when a two-grand difference was factored in it became a more valid challenger still £600 cheaper) be the new ‘R’ version. Pit this the 996 Biposto and it came down to though as ever the RSV’s gave it the edge in the books of road riders.

The ‘R’ was a of budget trick and although at Ducati’s S-designation bike, it was its own spangly sibling’s biggest For a little over a grand than the council model you have the Showa and Sachs replaced with Ohlins and Track’ kit and get a same brand damper. Replacing the tacky, look-like-they’ve-been-sprayed-in-yer-shed calipers was sublime Gold good taste.

You also be dancing on a pair of more exotic than a monkey and mango sandwich. The Oz hoops were solid-but-slim-spoked and 25 per lighter than three-spoke jobbies, helping reduce the large effort needed to the RSV.

And more – less-snatchy fuelling, carbon and dash, better lacquer. was about 4000 quid’s-worth of poured over the RSV-R, on the brows of those who’d unembellished Milles in haste and action at Ducati drawing

1999, RSV-R

A Mille Ohlins forks, Ohlins Ohlins steering damper, mudguards, carbon dash, Gold calipers (which the range got in 2000), scratch-proof Oz Racing wheels and revised Fuelling map revised for more pick-up. Easy actuation (all models 2000-on).

despite the trick bits it was to be no lighter.

List price: (£12,050)

Value now: (£6000)

Weight: (claimed) (190kg)

Power: (dyno) (110bhp@8750rpm)

Top speed: 159mph

(Figures in brackets are for Ducati

Rumble Three, 2001

To be it was more a scuffle than fisticuffs in late 2001. The red had the new 998, with refined lump, while in the black (or yellow) corner it was an all-over and uprating. We got better brakes, now all an after-dinner mint of extra and new bodywork with hand tacked onto the front

Though both firms’ had moved on, their relative in the market were unchanged. So their reputations as road/track, reliable/not-so-reliable. And again it was the RSV-R was the star buy.

A 998 was listed at (a grand cheaper than the 916), while the RSV-R was hundred quid more. Or was it? really seemed to know how an Aprilia should cost, or an bike from a parallel

With the perceived state of the network, nobody really to care.

Despite prices (to £9999/8099) in 2002, the ‘R’ was now titanium nitride-coated forks and reservoirs on its stanchions and radial calipers that took power and finesse to a new level. closer-ratio gearing made it to keep the motor spinning In yellow, with a black the RSV-R was the absolute race-rep

Meanwhile the base RSV, now available in more exciting was being picked up for Japanese 600 making it a V-twin thoroughbred for the and a damn good, very road bike. So, for many ackers, was the new Ducati 999…

RSV-R Update

Radial and black frame. New Ohlins with remote fluid longer stanchions and claimed to some flex built in. The top end now feeds a closer-ratio ’box. Oz have been further Reshaped front mudguard.

Lower arse-hump covers an subframe (you can get a steel one if you to take passengers.

List £9999 (£13,150)

Value £5500 (£7500)

Weight: 185kg (214kg)

Power: 112bhp@9500rpm (125bhp@10,000rpm)

Top speed: (166mph)

(Figures in brackets are for 998S)

Rumble Four,

Same contenders, different Ducati have gone all and soft – at least how the new Aprilia makes it feel. If the world is addled by this it’s nothing compared to the caused by the re-naming of the bikes.

A model is now called an RSV-R and was an RSV-R is now a ‘Factory’.

Engines are the trademark 60º vees, but got a new name: ‘V60 Magnesium’ and poke up top at the expense of midrange. The bike has become more more compact and is no longer heaven for the lanky. It’s hard, ‘front-endy’ and dives corners faster than any we’ve seen to date.

As the face now mimics a VTR, central air intake, so does the position. We’re now hunched over the screen. Looking it’s a relief to clock instruments.

With the twin-cans and tailpiece, the rear end has also brought bang up to date.

The gap between the bogger RSV and now even Factory has grown a little A Factory is still cheaper a plain 999, matches it for and has the stuff to see it off on the track.

No wonder selling well, despite the of a WSB race team to up the profile. ridden, you can’t help that a contemporary RSV would’ve right up there in WSB had the fours not in. As it is, Aprilia claim they’ve lessons and used technologies their GP programme

Six years of hand-bagging and there’s still no winner between the two Italian Until perhaps you walk out of the one day with just under grand in your pocket and home on a 1999 V-twin bike…

2004, RSV-R Factory

much all-new. Slightly stiffer frame and overall compact and aerodynamic. Mirrors indicators, LED rear light.

intake doubles as fairing and ‘rams’ air to box with flap by all-new CPU with 15 sensors. internals are lighter, revs to Features magnesium cylinder and clutch covers. Now 2-1-2 with catalyser.


Radial clutch/brake master

Lighter wheels.

List £10,699 (£11,250)

Value £7000 (£8000)

Weight: 185kg (199kg)

What to

RSV power

RSV Tuono Fighter

RSV is the best ‘fighter-style’ bike thanks to retention of sportsbike and suspension. Since the original weirdo, there have many incarnations, including versions. All are wheelie-pulling nutterbikes, crush all-comers on the brakes, them in the bends and double as cruisers.


RSV Futura

answer to the VFR. Perhaps the was: ‘just how ugly can you a V-twin sports tourer?’ It but… Introduced in 2001 and with the Futura RS Touring, a angular monstrosity, in ’04. the motor is retuned for more the Futura is very fast, well and at eight-grand is reasonable if you can stomach it.

SL1000 Falco

An RSV in a basic road chassis, is big V-twin wallop on the cheap. cheap. Full-power (early) RSV with basic suspension can be a bit of a There were a few R-designation about with RSV suspension, but rarer than Futuras in handbooks.

Whether they’ll to be built is unsure.

Aprilia RSV 1000 R
Aprilia RSV 1000 R


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