Aprilia RSV Mille R Bike Review-MotorPoint

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Aprilia RSV Mille R

Aprilia RSV Mille R

You know, I know why, but whenever I and review an Italian motorcycle, I stop myself from food as an analogy to describe how I about that particular vehicle. After wiping the sauce spilt on my shirt, I I’ve come up with the and distinctive difference from the two flavors of the Aprilia Mille R the Ducati 996S, its obvious target.

Let’s see…if the is Manicotti, then the Ducati is hair pasta. The Aprilia is e Fagioli whereas the Ducati is The Aprilia is Lasagna and the Ducati…Oh the point I’m trying to is the Aprilia is big and beefy whilst the is delicate and precise.

Now I’m not that the Mille is all brawn, just that it’s a more stout than the and your behavior and input need to reflect this. One for sure though, with the looking Mille R, it is both and satisfying in the best possible molto riempiendosi*

My initial to the Mille was tainted though by an on a boring return 200-mile trip after taking of the bike. I was busting for a pee and on spying a area I came in a little, we say, molto veloce* and had a load of trouble steering bike around my “first” into the rest area, nearly not making it. Mama First impressions count, I didn’t like the way it steered or didn’t.

With Ohlin’s fore and aft (I sense a nautical there were really no to be had, so some serious up was in order. I really felt it had the to flick port or starboard, I mean left or right faster than it actually More on this later.

So what is a Mille R? Well special. It’s a race produced by the Italian factory a big heart, with the view of its owner/rider closer to WSB than could ever take It’s not even an homologation so plenty are available to go around. If it for those upstart’s Bayliss and you might have been at the new WSB champ.

Damn those 996′s.

Suitable upgrades to the or garden Mille include a large helping of the previously Ohlins goodies. Starting the front forks and the stuff are made from, we have the de Titanium Nitride lowers the traditional 3-way adjustability for our pleasure. The rear too, has a Ohlins again offering knob fiddling potential.

The Snazzy show with go, super lightweight OZ alloy that continue to look and better the more you look at Steering has been improved too from last years by increasing rake to compliment a engine position.

Rake there are a further 170-odd to this years dish last years, everything weight savings to aerodynamics. Us love our carbon fiber so no shock to see some luvverly attached to the R to help satisfy our Amongst other bits here and there, this R boasts front and rear made of the tricky stuff so you need to be spending more of hard earned.

The engine has not ignored either. From garnered at WSB level, it’s raised 5mm to aid handling. The rear too, has been modified 3mm) to aid traction.

Things been ignored in the beans either with the airbox some slicing and dicing to help with… err, and dicing? Our R had a nice titanium end can let out some tunes rivaling Bocelli. I’m not sure if my appreciated the operatic tunes on a morning pre-ride warm up but what are homeowners association for anyway?

The seat is flat and fairly and the ergo’s are pretty good It’s a healthy reach to the bars and if you’re a little in the walking and running department, a unhealthy reach to the floor. One nice feature about the though, is the fact that twig and berries don’t get into the new lower and reshaped

You can sit back a little, still control and not be sliding back the tank. One astonishing thing I with this bike is if my balls are cool calm and so am I. (Snigger.)

Clutch feel is albeit with a funky feeling every then and now the vacuum assist slipper Another nice feature is the adjustable gearshift and rear levers. Both hand too are adjustable for span and the switchgear is good, except for one strange

The horn button is where the signal switch normally is and verse. You don’t want to how may times I tooted when I to turn and looked like I was when I wanted to toot, oh how we No biggie, I suppose.

Ok, so it’s to stop talking about boats, beans and other and go ride this steed. Got to do adjustments first though (on the not me.)

On taking the bike to the equipped 2WF.com service my first intention was suspension I decided to raise the forks up one which was about 5mm. seemed to be no problems with clearance and I had the oh-so-… Ohlins damper set on minimum, so a couple of there, would stop any to the tea party that I was planning.

I also backed off the compression a tad on the (seemingly) hard front After adding proper of air into the tires, I went off in of some curvaceous roads two victims in mind, namely a RC51 and a 2001 Ducati More tea Vicar?*

My immediate of this “new” set-up was a wonderful transformation. The bike now a little closer to the way I wanted. clipping apexes instead of them and is now running a little to boot, giving the tires an time too.

I thoroughly raising the forks to any future or owners of this bike, I insist you do it immediately. There to be no downside and If I’d had more I’d like to have it a tad more just to see if I can further the steering without upsetting the

The main concern now with the R, was the way it ran wide on faster sweepers. If I the speed, I upped the potential to run What gives? I say to nobody in I am a true and loyal lover of and I knew the faults could be so a need to fiddle more itself.

After consulting a of racer buddies I ended up the rear preload up one complete of which equates to about 3 I also gave it a couple clicks of rear compression to cater for my pasta filled arse and finally I also it a “whiff” less rebound to that said rear down on bumpy roads.

la lo instant perfection. The bike now a line, changes its line and a line absolutely perfectly. I can now the bike around with verve and it exhibits no bad habits Job done.

It just goes to show that great suspension can on its owner and be a pain when not set up Look out for my next reality TV “When good suspension bad.” Best I give thing back before I something.

I wanted to mention the ratios, as they seem than I remembered the Mille (but aren’t). They are at speed or when riding as it always seems to be in the right at the right time taking of its depth of torque. Both the and 996 needed a stirring of the pot to keep up, the Mille R always effed off in a regardless of gear.

A great aid to get up and go must be attributed to the fuel Spot on fueling gives results dependant on throttle Even low speed on/off applications produced no stumbles or molto buono*.

As far as performance is the stock Mille will eat a Ducati, period. Start around with both and the differences become negligible. The RC51 beats the R on the Dyno, but behind in roll-ons and is easily up to 150+… go figure.

All this talk requires juicy to help keep you out of trouble. The deliver with astounding and modulationability (Hey! I think I made a word up)

These Brembos are the new “Gold Series”, gold in color not chemical but golden they are too. pots, good pads, stoppies, no probs’.

So, is it worth the Yes and no. (oh, oh) Drop the R parts and the Mille is a very capable too. It’s not exactly in either engine or suspension and undercuts the Ducati on pricing. So, can you the extra dosh on the R version its Ohlins suspenders, steering carbon and lighter wheels? there’s a loaded question.

99% of these bikes will on the street, a place where the has all things well covered. The difference will only into play at racetrack for the other 1%. For mere mortals, the will more than but for those who can or think they can the difference, it’s money spent.

I appreciate this is not a way comparison, but I can’t ignore the WSB race rep V-twins that the company of this test R, and will indeed, share its segment of the market… so here nothing.

The Honda RC51 is a no dependable bike that can be hard and put away wet. a great bike, but it doesn’t your soul like one of the jobbies.

With the 996 it’s at first sight. You want to and cuddle the damn thing, buy it and get it into your bed (or garage). is an extremely high maintenance, and somewhat temperamental old bird, but the duck is finally yours your eyes will not

Now, with the Mille, and it’s a little umm…chunkier, I get feelings and hear mixed about her. I’m not sure. It has all the nice bits, but not in the graceful proportion as the Duck.

It the RC51′s great gas and go traits and you fall in love with bike, but I do honestly feel at point in its ownership, you’ll be over your shoulder at the 996S and wondering, what if?


* Molto riempiendosi = something or other

* molto veloce = A wee bit fast

* Mia = Oh’ …

* Sanguinante =

Aprilia RSV Mille R

* More tea Vicar = Lets get it on

* la lo = Hoo-bloody-ray

Aprilia RSV Mille R

4-… 60 degree V-twin anti vibration countershafts


Bore — 97 x 67.5

Compression: 11.4:1

6 speed

Carburetion: Indirect EFI with 51 mm throttle bodies

Digital/electronic twin spark per cylinder

Frame: Double beam frame in box type alloy

Front Suspension: fully adjustable Ohlins fork, 43 mm titanium nitride tubes, 4.75 inches of

Rear suspension: APS progressive Ohlins fully adjustable shock with piggy-back 5.31 inches of travel

Damper: Ohlins adjustable

Front Brakes: Double floating 320 mm rotors, 4 piston Series” calipers, steel brake lines

Rear Single Brembo 220 mm rotor, 2 caliper, steel braided lines

Wheelbase: 55.7 (1415 mm)

Wheels: Forged alloy

Front tire:

Rear Tire: 180/55/ZR17

403 lbs. (50:50 weight

Fuel Capacity: 4.75

Seat Height: 32.3

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