Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille R-Aprili

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Aprilia’s is one of the world’s most desirable winning head to head around the globe. For 2003, the RSV-R just got better.

Ken Wootton

Photos: Phil

Things were rapidly from bad to worse. It was late and I guess the track temperature was a cooler than I’d

What had started out as an occasional ‘slip’ exiting a couple of the corners suddenly became a for survival as the front-end let go three in a row — the last one with my flailing off the peg.

Surely Super Corsas are supposed to more grip than It was time to pull over and the dummy before the mega-dollar spat me.

What the f#$% is on, I blurted. This is a thirty two motorcycle and it sure as hell be on a road like this I’ll get more sense out of couple of goats over than I will out of you three

Hey, it was you who turned right of left back there so who’s the goat, responded one of my Nakedbike companions. We’re fun, so stop your and get back on the bike.


They may well have having fun (see Nakedbike page 20), but when the gravel surface turned losse marbles and then worse, wet and slimey clay, the Corsas may well have race slicks. Come to of it, that’s what they like anyway! In their at Phillip Island a week for our track session, the somewhat detour through the mountains had me how the Super Corsas got road with such minimal

However, they did, and as I my unexpected trail-ride on Aprilia’s RSV-1000R, I guess I have no for complaint. Nor are there any grounds for about the latest version of range-topping RSV-R.

Well, if you overlook the limited edition RSV1000-SP which formed the of Troy Corser’s, then Haga’s, World SBK foray. model never made it to Oz, nor many garages worldwide.


When it was released the end of 1999 the RSV-R immediately winning sportsbike shootouts the globe, including those its Latin arch-rival. It was an instant

Surprisingly sporting the very mechanical package as its cheaper RSV cousin, the $6600 more RSV-R justifies its $31,490 via its up-spec chassis componentry Ohlins suspension, OZ forged and top-spec Brembo brakes the major differentiation, with a smattering of carbon-fibre as well.

And in these areas that the has copped most of its changes for the model year. Most change are the radial-mount Brembo up front, but look closer and also find new Ohlins and a revised front wheel

There are new footrest heelguards, a slimmer rear cowl and passenger seat, restyled guard, new anti-vibration handlebar revised rear suspension and a black frame.

Internally there’s a closer-ratio with fifth and sixth together and first to third — the net result being to first to sixth gear closely bunched. Otherwise the remains as is — you’ll to stump up the $37,490 for the Edwards if you want an RSV-R with a donk.


Not that the is lacking in the donk department. The 60 Rotax-built V-twin engine deceptive horsepower — be fooled by that peak of ‘only’ 119ps at the rear It may be 20-30ps shy of a big Jap four, but what’s is all usable. As for torque, at 7000rpm the got more pulling power a R1 or Blade, and about the same as GSX-R1000 rocketship.

And let’s it, if you’re scratching up your racer road on a Sunday that’s the zone you’re to be operating in.

Rather surprisingly the had an uncharacteristic substantial ‘dip’ bottomed out around 5200rpm. As as I accelerated through the 4700-5700rpm zone’ it wasn’t all that which is what you do on race and twisty backroads anyway. As the sported an optional-fitment Aprilia Use Only’ pipe, I can only some fiddling with the would eradicate the glitch.

My other complaint with the is that I find RSV throttles to be heavy compared to the opposition. me limp-wristed (most people but a lighter throttle would better feel and control of impressive powerplant. It’s 6000rpm and 9500rpm that the really gets up and boogies, a flat and progressive power all the way through to its 9500rpm power

There’s no real advantage in the V-twin past there you like hitting the revlimiter!), that usable 500rpm facilty may be handy in rideday


I’ve found the RSV family to be somewhat compared to the Ducati equivalents, a taller seat height and a top-heavy feel. However, the RSV loses in perceived ‘litheness’ it with more room for my limbs, and better protection the elements.

That was particularly after my day in the mountains, the fairing to keep the evening chills at bay as the sun and the RSV-R’s headlight was called play. It’s a good too.

I’m not that about the RSV dash though it’s not the easiest to read, and progess has been made I the finish of the cockpit can be improved further.

I was fortunate to sample a stock 2003 RSV Mille and RSV-R Edwards Replica at the Master Bike shootout next issue), and like the it’s hard to fault the of one of the best sportsbike chassis Predictable and stable, yet precise, the RSV has earned a deserved reputation.

And perceived bulkiness soon after a few laps, with the arguably a quicker steerer the Duke. Truth be known generally lapped fractionally on Ducatis at track tests I have on Aprilias as I seem to to the Duke’s lower racer quicker and better. The RSV is a bike takes me a few laps to get comfortable before my aggression and confidence rise, probably due to that seating position.

However, a few laps in and things to flow.

There’s no comparing the two for comfort on the open road — the RSV accommodates my 187cm a lot better.

Not sure how jockey-sized Geronimi gets by on his RSV-R in Formula Xtreme and the new Supertwin in the Aussie Superbike Championship


There are a of engineering touches which punting a RSV-R quickly an experience — be it track or And I had ample opportunity to sample on a variety of tracks and roads. One is PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch) which limits rear-wheel on downchanges. The PPC system uses the in pressure generated in the intake when the throttle is closed to the load on the clutch springs, reducing engine braking at the wheel.

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How does it work? A connects the intake manifolds to a alongside the clutch so that the throttle is closed the vacuum in the reservoir reduces the pressure the springs apply on the clutch When the throttle is opened the clutch returns to its normal conditions, transmitting all available to the rear wheel.



While the PPC is hidden from the radial-mount front calipers aren’t — they out like the proverbial canine

Along with Suzuki’s and Kawasaki’s ZX-6R, Aprilia’s is using the much-touted radial-mount as a big step forward for 2003.

But it’s not the first time has used radial-mount calipers. Way in 1997 Aprilia was the first in the world to fit radial calipers. The in question was the RSW250 GP racer, the that won the 250 world title for with Max Biaggi, Valentino and Loris Capirossi.

Truth be in ‘normal’ usage by mere there’s probably no great — other than the pose factor. Most conventional four-piston calipers days have ample

The advantage of the radial-mount system is a progressive action at the ‘outer of operation due to reduced system and a more linear response.

radially-mounted calipers the pads in a more precise alignment the disc, as the caliper is rigidly with its theoretically optimum position, even during braking. That means constant braking effect less difference in efficiency hot and cold.

Does a top rider notice any difference? They do. Not so much in terms of total power, but in precision, lever braking control, and fatigue

If it’s good enough for then it’s good for me — and if the top-spec brakes justify the premium price the standard RSV Mille, all the better.

Oh, and if you wondering, the RSV-R’s brakes are sensational.


Of the upgrades for 2003, the fully-adjustable TIN-coated Ohlins forks had their outer legs by 15mm and the stanchions shortened with the bottom bushings down 15mm to reduce

There’s an Ohlins unit at the as well, with revised for 2003.

Like the rest of the package, the suspension is the best you can get and adjustable for a wide range of and riding styles.

Which very little on the RSV-R to But there are some irks. I don’t like the matt frame — the polished item is a work or art, and it black detracts from the

I’m not a fan of the RSV looks either, with the slimmer rear-end, and I Aprilia’s graphics leave a bit to be But they’re all subjective assessments, and to debate. What can’t be is the RSV-R’s dynamic abilities, by the best components money can

During its tenure at Horror HQ the handled flat-knacker laps at Island, sporting strops the mountains, daily commuting and even that abbreviated soiree. Narrow focus it

Sure, at $31,490 the RSV-R is — and it won’t lap a race faster than a top-class on a Suzuki GSX-R1000. But what do you put on exotic excellence?

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