2002 Ducati 998 vs. Aprilia Mille R — Motorcycle USA

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2002 Ducati 998 vs. Aprilia R

2002 Ducati 998 vs. Aprilia R

Italian Twins Face Off

a lot like you out there in cyberspace. We lustful, nearly immoral about motorcycles. And few things our crank harder than sportbikes, even more so they’re bred in the region of Italy.

If you’ve ever to Italy, then you understand the there for mechanical entities soul. From Ferrari and to Moto Guzzi and Laverda, vehicles exude a soul more clearly than from other parts of the

That same passionate is shared by Ducati and Aprilia, by a day-ride blast up the Autostrada Bologna (Ducati) to Noale near Venice. Both have flourished by tapping the Italian passion for racing.

The biggest problem with the bikes is finding the money to the throbbing V-Twins in … Well, we don’t have the entry fee, but we do have to test bikes. We’ve the hottest sportbike from the $17,695 Ducati 998, and the coolest from Noale, the $17,299 of Aprilia’s RSV Mille, for your and viewing pleasure.

Feel for us, readers, as we were forced to these streetable Superbikes in the on the freeways, commuting around and on the racetrack in the battle for high-end supremacy.

Here’s Looking At You

cruiser riders, sportbike care only about and don’t care a whit the appearance of their bike, Well, despite what of us might say publicly, how a bike is a major factor in a sportbike decision.

The problem with comparing the of a machine, though, is that it can be only subjectively the eye of the beholder, and all Regardless, we’ll point out of the stylistic successes and failures in design. Although the general won’t be able to distinguish new 998 from an eight-year-old 916, the still looks fresh.

regularly locked their on the 998 when traveling with the and these are people whose aren’t sucked into the Ducati legend, either. easy to admire the graceful of its enduringly … styling. the low, angular cut of its nose to its exposed Marchesini rear thanks to its single-side swingarm, casual observers know seen something special and

Although the general public be able to distinguish your new 998 an eight-year-old 916, the Ducati looks fresh. Bystanders locked their eyes on the 998 traveling with the Mille.

Which is not to say the Mille is a styling It is blessed with a beautiful perimeter frame and what must be the most gorgeous swingarm in the biz, with alloy snaking almost to the back axle. And in the cockpit, the gauge panel looks aircraft-like, what with its digital displays (except, for its easy-to-read analog tach) offer all the information you could including a lap timer function!

Try that on a bike not built in And if seen at night, the sinister blood-red backlighting on the gauges causes oohs and ahhs. more knowledgeable about often stoop down to knees to check out the trick shifter and rear brake attached to lovingly relieved

Ducati 998
Ducati 998

Compared to the 998, however, the styling, though voluptuous, is a little too busy for us, and its slathering of somewhat cheapens its appearance. mileage may vary. And even Claudia Schiffer may be at the top of your that doesn’t mean turn down a date Heidi Klum.

Both of bikes are supermodels in their own

Power from both is more than adequate on the with the readily available from the torquey V-Twins a rider to get on the gas early, squirting out the apex with controllable an oxymoron for some sportbikes. the higher-revving nature of the new Testastretta the Ducati has a big boost in midrange compared to the 996.

That midrange combined with its top-end makes it feel it has a big-bore kit next to last model. The Mille’s relative deficiency, though still and meaty, is offset by its more gearing.

As a side note, we were by the discrepancy between the speedometers of the two When the 998’s analog was reading 80 mph, the Mille had 71 mph on its digital display. At the next gas the Duc had 57 miles on its odo while just were on the Aprilia, a pattern would repeat itself with 85/80.6 readings,

With no radar guns at us (thankfully), we can’t confirm bike has the accurate numbers.

details: The mirrors on the Aprilia a small adjustment range, but are superior to the tiny and barely reflectors on the 998. The biposto 998 we has passenger accommodations, but the hard seat with high is for short trips only. The R comes with a tail hump where the passenger would be, so you’ll have to your friend at home.

Perhaps the Mille’s most distraction is the placement of its turn switch. It’s placed than typical, making a look foolish by occasionally the horn when trying to a lane change.

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