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Aprilia RSV Mille – Video Encyclopedia

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Aprilia RSV 1000 R

Aprilia RSV Mille

21 litres (1,281.5cuin)

The Aprilia RSV Mille was a sport motorcycle manufactured by Aprilia from 1998 to 2003. It was offered in three versions, RSV Mille . RSV Mille R . and RSV Mille SP .

The first RSV Mille (ME) was made from 1998 to 2000, the updated RSV Mille (RP) from 2001 to 2002 and the last update was made in 2003.

With a 998 cc 60-degree V-twin engine built by the Austrian company Rotax. the RSV Mille was the first large displacement motorcycle made by Aprilia that up to then had made up to 250cc engines. [ 2 ] This same engine was used unmodified in the Tuono and in slightly modified form in the SL1000 Falco .

The Mille featured a type of slipper clutch. which worked by using a vacuum on a closed throttle from the inlet manifold to give the effect of slipper clutch, but only on a closed throttle.

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Model History [ edit ]

The first changes were made in 2001 when the fairing was restyled, adding wind deflectors to improve airflow. The fuel tank was changed to a plastic item (with a reduction in capacity), and the rear shock on both the standard and the ‘R’ models was revised.

In 2002, the front brake calipers were changed to Brembo Monobloc 4 pad calipers – each piston having a separate pad gave an increase in braking performance and feel.

In 2003, the gear ratios were changed to give a slightly closer ratio gearbox, the exhaust system was changed and the tail piece and front mudguard were redesigned.


From 2004, the Mille was replaced by the RSV-R and RSV-R Factory.

RSV Mille R [ edit ]

The RSV Mille R is a lighter, higher spec. version of the standard Mille, introduced in 1999. It features Öhlins suspension, an Öhlins steering damper, forged aluminum wheels, carbon fibre front mudguard and a shorter subframe for one person use only (no passenger seat).

RSV Mille SP [ edit ]

The SP stands for Sport Production and this version was made as a homologation special for the Superbike World Championship. Only 150 motorcycles, the minimum requirement to homologate the model for Superbike World Championship. were manufactured in 1999. It uses a special short-stroke version of the 60-degree V-twin engine, developed in collaboration with Cosworth .

Replicas [ edit ]

In 2002, Aprilia produced 300 limited edition RSV Mille R Haga Replica. The motorcycle has the same livery as the bike used by Noriyuki Haga at the Superbike World Championship and came with a circuit kit, which included a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust system and an Eprom injection unit. [ 3 ]

In 2003, an RSV Mille R Edwards Replica with a livery inspired by the Aprilia RS Cube MotoGP motorcycle ridden by Colin Edwards. as with the Haga replica, the motorcycle came with a circuit kit, which included Akrapovic exhausts, a more pressurised airbox, an Eprom injection unit and 57mm (instead of 51mm) throttle bodies.

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