Avis car rental used to have an advertising campaign that said "we try harder". Aprilia is kind of like the Avis of Italian motorcycle brands; they historically have had to try harder, to take the occasional chance on something different. Just before being bought by Piaggio, Aprilia produced several bikes that were representative of this philosophy, that were a bit "different", including a sport standard known as the Falco.
The Falco was intended to compete in a new "de-tuned sport roadster segment" that was launched when Honda introduced the VTR1000F Super Hawk. The segment soon had bikes from other major manufacturers, including the the Ducati ST4 and Suzuki's TL1000S. But buyers didn't really appreciate any of the new segment models, preferring the harder core full streetbike race replicas and the whole segment kind of died off after about 5 years which is kind of a shame as all the bikes in the segment were interesting bikes in their own way.
Angular styling and a half-fairing give the Falco a unique look while still providing decent weather protection but the Falco wasn't really intended to be a sports-tourer (this was offered as another model, the odd looking Aprilia Futura). The Falco was not as radical as its sister race-replica Mille; where the RSV was tall and uncompromising, the Falco has a lower seat and less extreme footpeg positions so riders sat 'in' the Falco rather than 'on' it, which made for better cornering with confidence. But the Falco had many of the same components as the Mille including the same brakes and the same basic engine although it was tuned more for mid range grunt that top end performance.
A Motor Cycle News review of the Falco declared: "Less is sometimes more. By making its roadster less extreme than the RSV Mille sportster it's based on, Aprilia broadened its appeal and produced a motorcycle that's both easier and more fun to ride."
A YouTube review can be accessed here.
So whats it worth? Well this particular Falco looks to be lightly modified with different turn signals and an aftermarket exhaust. Also the standard mirrors have been removed which according to reviews is a good idea due to vibration causing blurriness. Mileage is 20,000 miles and while price is above KBB retail values, there is only a $1000 USD difference between first bid and buy it now so this seems to be primed to move to a new owner.
NOTE: As far as I can tell, this model has not been posted on RSBFS previously so I expect to see lots of comments!
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