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.

Features include:

  • 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. 

Model history:

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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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
1998 £2,400 £1,950 £1,700 30,200
1999 £2,400 £1,950 £1,700 28,900
2000 £2,500 £2,000 £1,750 27,600
2001 £2,600 £2,050 £1,800 26,200
2002 £2,750 £2,200 £1,900 24,800
2003 £2,900 £2,350 £2,050 23,400

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