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Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R Nera

Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 — 2003)

After four years of waiting, finally arrived in 1999 was so on, it was amazing. Here was a 60 V-twin more compact than a 90 V or twin in the frame), with an and characterful (not lumpy) delivery.

It piled out 128 claimed which equated to around in rear-wheel terms. With already umpteen titles their 125 and 250cc GP haul at the you had a beautifully polished and organically ally beam frame like the chassis seen on the 250s. It worked, too, by the competent Showa forks and shock on the launch RSVs, the early standard machines later bettered by the all-singing suspended RSV-R.

The brakes too, albeit not stunningly but, in short, it was a brilliant effort for a big capacity sports Offering more oomph and than a Ducati 916, if the package wasn’t as good Aprilia said it was being with the first Mille. It had a three headlight face, a dustbin silencer and sometimes colour schemes.

It grew on us, sure, and the later SP and models built upon the and added to the spec list, but it had the visual pizzazz of the 916. But what has?

Instead the has matured into a practical to a Ducati. An everyman’s exotica, if you And with buyer confidence in currently at a low, thanks to year’s lack of confidence and Piaggio takeover, as well as a 0% finance deal on the newer prices for these second-hand are currently lower than have been for some Our advice?

Get in while you can, with the ‘R’ version.

The one part of the bike that a bit naff. There’s five in there and you need to thoroughly the manual to even reset the meter or adjust the clock, let the shift light, which set at 5-6000 revs during is annoying as buggery. Electrically, the are fine but you’re asking for if you let the old jetwash in there.


That 60 V-twin is a Power comes in from revs, before peaking at 9500rpm. The twin balancer smooth out any vibrations, and hardly sap

Reliability? Generally pretty although you should stick to the service intervals. Some have popped oil pressure so check in the fairing on the right-hand for any sign of oil.

Some motors (like ex-MRO RSV Challenge bikes) have pop.


Fine on the bikes, but RSV-R Öhlins forks have been to pop fork seals prematurely or to weep when grit into the seals. Check by up and down on the suspension with the aid of the brakes and then check leg for oily residue with a or a finger.

Front Brakes

They’re good on the early base-level rising to very good on the Goldline-equipped Mille Rs. Later equipped machines (Mille Rs, are just a smidge better

Fuel Tanks

Mille-owners in the have talked of ‘R’ suffering fuel leakage the plastic tank. The area the fuel pump sometimes stay sealed. Original had steel tanks, while the R has

From 2001 the tank slightly, to keep the fuel down in the frame. All tanks 2001-2003 are identical and interchangeable.

Clutches can be on the weak side, so a clutch upgrade is highly Oh, and the clutch fluid always black.


Scratched tail are the norm, as the bike is so tall. The finishes on the 2001-on models can a little from scratching, but from that the bikes are well finished, with the 1999 machines still good

Rear Brakes

seemed to lack feel and after a while. The trick is to them properly and often, fit hoses and try

different pads. Lorraine SBK3s and Bendix SSs are Some people try the SP-1’s master cylinder for even oomph at the lever


owners stick with the Pirelli Dragon Supercorsas. and Metzeler MEZ3/4s are adored in the community, as are Bridgestone’s earlier and later 010s and 020s. The firm’s later 014s are still.

Rear Shocks

Check suspension/shock linkages for adequate from new.

Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R Nera
Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R Nera


Name: Martin Black, 40

Previously owned a CBR600 and

I bought my 17,000-mile ’99 RSV in 2002 for £3500, with its dragging along the floor and the motor struggling to turn the over. The starter needed a clutch which cost £500 to fix, wiping out saved on the deal.

The clutch at high revs so I upgraded to a racing clutch and an aftermarket can and liberated more V-twin

Mileage is up to 22,000 and she’s going strong, although the bearings feel notchy. replaced many of the fixings as the bolts weren’t of the highest — otherwise the finish is as as the Japanese. Aprilia replacement can be pricey though!”

How Much?

Aprilia RSV 1000 SP (1998 only)

Price £23,000

Pay now: between and £12,000 depending on age, and condition. It’s a collector’s

Colours: black/red/white

World homologation special had a limited run of 150

Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille

Price new: £9400

Pay from £2500 to £2800

spotted by classic triangular construction

Aprilia RSV 1000 R (2001-2003)

Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R Nera
Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R Nera

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