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Sadly Underutilized: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

Just a few hours left on this one, so I’ll keep it short. I’m actually wondering if this is the same bike we featured back in January. I mean, just how many fluorescent yellow 2002 Aprilia RSV Milles are there running around, or not running around, with just three hundred miles on the odometer? The language of the two posts is pretty different and this one looks like it’s been hanging out at a dealership its whole life, instead of in a garage next to a Cadillac, but who knows?

Either way, this Mille derives its name from the Rotax-developed v-twin powerplant’s approximately 1000cc displacement. The innovative design was compact, yet smooth and powerful, owing to the 60° layout and balance shafts. Power was 113hp at the rear wheel. Instead of a slipper clutch, the RSV used a “pneumatic power clutch” that used a vacuum-actuated system to perform the same function and help with rapid downshifts.

Styling certainly wasn’t as elegant as what was found on the bikes being offered by Ducati, but the components were at least the equal of the 998 and build quality was better: the Mille has an enviable reputation for reliability, something that generally cannot be said of Ducati’s beautiful superbike confections…

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

COLLECTORS!

2002 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille – 2001 World Championship -Troy Corser – Race Replica Motorcycle with 300 ORIGINAL miles !

This motorcycle is in BRAND new condition and was stored and displayed properly at a local New Haven dealer for 19 years. Has been cared for and runs perfectly and is in 100% complete original condition with all books and keys.

Don’t miss your opportunity to own one of the most iconic motorcycles in history.

The seller might be stretching things a bit, describing the Mille as “one of the most iconic motorcycles in history…” Maybe “distinctive” is more apt? In any event, these are great bikes to ride, although part of the appeal to me has been their relatively low cost, and this one has an asking price of $8,500. I think that’s probably very fair price if you’re putting together a collection of Italian superbikes or are just a fan of the marque, but that same money will buy you a bunch of other very nice machines.

-tad

3 Comments

  • Gas tanks leak? On 001-2003 Milles – with plastic tanks (hence no miles)!

  • I have ridden a 2001 (USA) Aprilia Mille for the last 12 years. The tank will swell due to the water in ethanol gasoline. I have never heard of any leakage. Ducati had the same issue. There were difficulties with suppliers and good luck finding a dealer. But these are marvelous riding bikes. At 6′ 175 lbs it is almost comfortable. If one keeps up with maintenance there are few issues. Compare the service requirements to Ducati; ouch. The fairing works extremely well up to 160 mph. The engine; Rotax, is unbreakable. I will grant that the styling can be an acquired taste, with all the decals. I took it to the track once when my TZ250 was not running. Forgetting what I was riding, I rode the MIlle like it was the TZ; high corner speed and late breaking. Ended the session laughing as it was so much fun; went places on the track I would normally not try. The Mille will not find a place in my living room, but will always have a place in my garage.

  • Gas tank WILL leak around the fuel pump. As others mentioned, it is due to ethanol in the gas here in USA. Fuel pump is mounted via threaded inserts molded into the nylon tank. Eventually the base area gets distorted and will leak. There is no way to fix it. You can use aircraft level gas tank sealer, it will hold but not permanent. You can also shave down the mounting area to make it flat, but it will warp again and likely you can do this repair one or two times. Good luck finding a new tank. Alternatively, use ethanol free gas or add marine grade stabilizer and all will be well.

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