Aprilia RSV Mille For Sale
The 1998-2003 Aprilia RSV Mille is a dedicated sports bike and is powered by a 998cc V-Twin engine which puts out 128bhp. It was replaced by the RSVR Gen2.
- Compact, lightweight, looks good, awesome engine, lights
- Rear brake feel, confusing dash, high seat, side stand
What Is It?
The RSV 1000 Mille was powered by a liquid cooled four stroke 997.6cc 60° V-Twin, with 4 valves/cylinder. Maximum power of 128bhp was achieved at 9,500rpm and maximum torque at 7,250rpm. Italian style with an Austrian power plant.
Most of the competition used 90° engines at the time but the narrow angle yielded a more compact engine for Aprilia at the expense of smooth running. To counter the vibrations they designed dual balance shafts and there is even an after market re-mapped chip which can add another 10 horses if needed.
- Aluminium beam frame and swingarm
- Dual 320mm discs up front with 2 piston calipers
- Rear 220mm disc with single piston caliper
- Showa 43mm upside down fork with 120mm travel
- Rear Boge shock with 135mm travel
- Fuel injection and shift light
- Basic slipper clutch
- 6 speed gearbox
In terms of wheels both are cast Aluminium with 120/70 ZR17 tyres up front and 190/50 ZR17 at the rear. Elsewhere there is an LCD speedo, shift light, clock, temp gauge and highest top speed this session switch.
2001: Re-styled fairing, fuel injection mapping, smaller/narrower plastic fuel tank, revised rear shock. Wet weight down 5kg to 215kg and the new fuel tank slightly lowered the centre of gravity. Optional Titanium exhaust system.
2002: Brembo 4 piston monobloc calipers, previously only available on the RSVR and re-designed rear lights.
2003: Revised closer gear ratios, new exhaust system and re-designed tail.
The higher spec and lighter RSV Mille R launched in 2000 for £2,000 extra. Notable differences include fully adjustable Ohlins suspension and damper, forged Aluminium wheels, carbon mudguard, Brembo brakes and shorter single seat sub-frame.
The top of the line RSV Mille SP, of which only 150 were produced, appeared for racing homologation. It cost the best part of £23k new so don't expect to see many for sale or even on the road.
Available colours: Red, black/grey/red, yellow/red
Did You Know?
RSV stands for Racing Series V-Twin
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Check out this walk around from Sounder (non-standard exhaust):