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Aprilia June 25, 2016 posted by

Matte Max – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille

Aprilia brought the RSV Mille to the superbike segment in 1998, and while sales numbers weren’t high, it was their flagship, the dream bike of 50/125/250cc Aprilia riders the world over.  They pursued WSBK with the SP variant, and updated the fairing and narrowed the tank for 2001.  With 128 ponies on tap, and nice appointments like Öhlins dampers and factory slipper-clutch, it’s quite nice in stock form.  Blackout oughties graphics and Mickey ( thanks Tad ! ) are just a bonus.

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2001 Aprilia RSV Mille for sale on eBay

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Based on the Rotax 60-degree V-twin with revised fuel injection mapping for 2001, the Mille accompanies its horsepower claim with 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  Mostly hidden like the engine, the perimeter frame is also seriously beefy, fabricated of stampings and castings with similarly gorgeous swingarm.  Chassis is completed by 43mm Öhlins forks and their monoshock.  Brakes are Brembo Gold, dual 320mm fronts with 4-piston calipers, and 220mm rear.

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Pretty good pictures but not much commentary in the eBay auction:

This bike is in very good condition.  It has one chip on the paint that is shown in the pictures.  Serviced with all new injectors.  Very Low Mileage.

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After all this RSV has barely break-in miles.  The factory 2-into-1 exhaust has been updated to a 2-1-2 system, with the no-great loss of the passenger pegs.  The ding on the seat fairing would be an easy fix for any paint shop.  Probably have to be thinking new rubber if you were really going to ride it somewhere, but the powertrain maintenance has been done.

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Aprilia’s brochure for the 2001 has a long list of upgrades – the bodywork had many improvements, the vacuum-actuated slipper clutch operation was made progressive, along with minor changes to the intake internals and frame geometry.  In many cases improvements made to the R-model were brought over to the base RSV.  The black/white/red graphics are sporty but the flat finish tones it down a bit.  A good year for the RSV Mille, an almost unused example, and there’s a lot of interest in the auction with 3-1/2 days to go…

-donn

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Matte Max – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille
Aprilia October 18, 2015 posted by

Now Available on the West Coast: 2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille Haga #138 with 459 Miles!

Update 10.18.2015: For sale by a new seller after being listed for $10.5k buy-it-now and eBay reported a sale at $8,600 in June 2014. Now showing a $9,500 buy-it-now. New pictures at eBay listing. Thanks for the spot Marty! -dc

2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille Haga for sale

While not everyone agrees on the value that the Haga replicas represent, they keep finding new homes because there is no argument that the RSV1000R Mille is a great superbike with top quality components. This particular example sold last November and made it’s way from Connecticut to Washington. Having covered very few if any miles since, it’s back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $10.5k.

dc

2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

This is a very low mileage 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Noriyuki Haga Replica with only 459 miles! This is a very cool looking bike and extremely rare only 300 ever made and only 60 of those made it to the states this is #138. The bike has always been kept in a heated garage. It is in almost perfect condition except for some scratches on the Right hand fairing. When the bike was bought new it had Carbon Fiber wheels and Michelin Pilot Power tires put on it. The Factory OZ wheels are back on it and they are brand new as you can see from the nubs on the tires in the pictures.

The Haga Replicas with several unique features:

Built on the class-leading RSV 1000 Mille R platform.

Fairing graphics faithfully duplicated from WSB- Spec RSV 1000 Mille SP Superbike – complete with Haga racing numbers.

Blue anodized Ergal top triple tree with “Noriyuki Haga” inscribed signature + production identification serial number + inscription “SBK REPLICA RSV 1000 R”

Aprilia Engine Department developed dual-sided Akrapovic TITANIUM exhaust and stainless steel collectors+ EPROM specifically designed for this exhaust system.

10 hp increase at 6.500 rpm, and a flatter power curve, over 9.000 rpm 6.6lb weight loss with Akrapovic race system.

Akrapovic titanium exhaust ,

Carbon Fiber body panel inserts and fenders

Brembo 4 pad calipers

Full Ohlin’s suspension and Ohlin steering damper.

OZ Wheels

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Now Available on the West Coast:  2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille Haga #138 with 459 Miles!
Aprilia July 31, 2014 posted by

Function over Form: 1999 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille SP for Sale

The first-generation Aprilia RSV Mille  is a pug-ugly bike. There, I said it. The styling is bulbous and overwrought, with weird, gimmicky details and bits that don’t really hang together.

Look, owners and fans can spare me the outraged comments: I really like these, and I’d take one over almost any Japanese sportbike you could name. I’d take “ugly but distinctive” over “pleasing but bland” all week long and twice on Sunday.

1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP R Fairing

And the disjointed stealth-fighter design is certainly distinctive: there’s nothing else like it on the road and, in an era where the easiest way to tell bike brands apart is by what paint jobs they’re wearing, a defining corporate style is no small thing. But who cares what it looks like anyway? These things just flat work.

1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP R Rear

At first glance, it looks very much like Aprilia simply stuffed a big v-twin into their pretty RS250’s frame. The bike was designed to compete directly on road and track against Ducati’s 916, but Aprilia definitely did its own thing: no perfect primary balance 90° twin here. They went with a very compact 998cc 60° motor from Rotax for packaging, fitted with twin balance shafts to smooth things out.

1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP Engine Detail

Someday, the styling may be considered classic, but for now the dated looks just mean that prices for these very capable machines are relatively low, considering the performance on tap. This one, however, isn’t quite so affordable, and for good reason…

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP

This is a 1999 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille SP (sport production) number 147 of 150. The Mille SP is one of the rarest Aprilias made, a 1000cc 60 degree V-twin Superbike. Just 150 were built, which was the minimum requirement for Aprilia to enter the Superbike World Championship.  Even fewer made it Stateside.

It’s a true homologation bike, not just a body work replica. Nearly every meaningful part is different from the standard Mille. The engine, built with input from Cosworth, has sand cast cases and a different bore and strike. The frame has adjustable engine position, steering head angle and swingarm pivot. Tuning by way of a race chip and not an ECU. The fairing is carbon-fibre. The exhaust is true duels with twin cans. The fuel tank is aluminum and the Öhlins suspension are fully adjustable.   Dry weight is 407lbs (about the same as a Ducati 996R and nearly 70lbs lighter than its sister Mille R.) Horsepower said to be near 150 with a reported top speed of 173.36 mph (versus 167.7 mph for the Mille R and 167.8 for the Ducati 996R).  As far as Aprilia goes, this is the one to have, the first year homologation entry. In 1999, Aprilia finished 6th. (Ducati was 1).

This Aprilia came out of a collection from California and has just 984 original miles. It comes with factory-correct DOT lightweight street wheels (magnesium wheels were not approved by DOT back then). The bike was just serviced by a certified race-proven tech at Eurosports in Coopersburg PA (an Aprilia dealer) and needs nothing.

I love that the SP actually has adjustable engine mounting points. Keep in mind that the SP is not simply a chip-tune and exhaust job. It is in fact a heavily revised, shorter-stroke version with significant input from Cosworth, as mentioned above.

1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP Dash

Reliability for the RSV is generally better than equivalent Ducatis and service intervals less frequent. They’re also a bit roomier for larger riders, with a slightly more humane riding position. All-in-all, a funky alternative to folks not sold on Ducati hype, or those who believe that appearances are secondary to function.

Or for those who just love bikes with jagged, stealth fighter looks.

-tad

1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP R Side Rear

Function over Form: 1999 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille SP for Sale
Aprilia June 15, 2012 posted by

124’s Second Dance: 2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille Haga Replica

124’s Second Dance:  2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille Haga Replica

It’s gained 2 miles, dropped $1,000 in price since its’ last appearance here back in 2010.  This Haga Replica is still looking for a new home.  The darn thing is still basically brand new with 364 miles on it.  Mille’s are a dime a dozen but now that I think about it, you really don’t see the Haga or Edwards replicas come up for sale that often.

 

If you forgot what you got:

  • Top Distinction: only 300 units worldwide limited edition with only 60 slated for US delivery ensures top collectors value, and a phenomenal presentation to further stand out from the crowd.
  • Built on the class-leading RSV 1000 Mille R platform.
  • Fairing graphics faithfully duplicated from WSB- Spec RSV 1000 Mille SP Superbike – complete with Haga racing numbers
  • Blue anodized Ergal top triple tree with “Noriyuki Haga” inscribed signature + production identification serial number + inscription “SBK REPLICA RSV 1000 R”
  • Aprilia Engine Department developed dual-sided Akrapovic TITANIUM exhaust and stainless steel collectors+ EPROM specifically designed for this exhaust system
  • Building on the already class-leading performance of the Mille R, the Haga Replica sees a 10 hp increase at 6.500 rpm, and a flatter power curve, over 9.000 rpm with the installation of the competition-grade Akrapovic Exhaust system. Torque is greatly increased with torque curves reaching optimal values 1700 rpm earlier than the standard motor.
  • 6.6 lb weight decrease with the Akrapovic Exhaust system installed (with respect to a standard RSV R) and more equal lateral balance (also thanks to the double and not single exhaust).
  • Top quality components from RSV 1000 R carry-over, including the Carbon body panel inserts and fenders, Brembo 4 pad calipers, Ohlins suspension and steering damper
  • Full rear subframe reduces cost to add optional Bi-Posto kit
  • The 2003 RSV 1000 Mille R Haga Replica: World Superbike technology and imagery, in a single value-packed performance package.

 

 

Time has really caught up with WSB and they’ve lost some real characters that added a lot of the color to the series.  Can you ever forget Haga sliding that Yamaha around the track?  Would that even happen now with all the electronics?

 

Damn, I’m a sucker for replicas. I’m a marketers dream.

 

 

You and Nori’s office.  He only rode for Aprilia two years and only one of those was in WSB.  He has a pretty nice website with photos throughout the years.  The guy has had a lengthy career.  If you haven’t kept track of him, he is currently riding for Swan Yamaha in BSB.

 

 

So why is it still for sale?  I can only assume it is because it is priced at collector type pricing ($15,500) and that has really shrunk the market for the bike.  It doesn’t help that Aprilia released the RSV4  that is light years ahead in terms of technology.  If you are an Aprilia collector and have a Haga Replica on your list, now is your chance.

 

 

Ian

Ducati September 23, 2011 posted by

1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica For Sale!

Location: Boyne City,Michigan

Miles: 574

Price: $24,000 BIN

To celebrate Mike “The Bike” Hailwood’s legendary comeback, after a an 11-year hiatus from racing to win the Isle of Man TT, Ducati released the MHR900. Several years later, Ducati beefed things up a bit with the bored and stroked MHR1000 (973cc), which provided copious amounts of torque and low-end grunt. Up for grabs here we have an excellent example of one of the MHR’s from the same seller who has been selling off his collection over the past few months. I can only assume this is the 1000MHR version due to the (later) model year, though I wasn’t able to find a 13-digit Ducati VIN decoder. (VIN isted in the eBay ad).

The bike in question here looks to be a pristine example with only 574 miles (924Kms) on the clock and no modifications other than the 2-into-1 exhaust and the bellmouths on the carburetors. Also, the seller states that this specifc bike was photographed and featured in Ian Falloon’s book Original Ducati Sport and Super Sport. Pretty cool if you ask me.

From the seller:

Up for auction is a 1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica Mille. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. He is the second owner of this one and it has 924 Kilometers (574 Miles) on the odometer.

This is the exact bike pictured on page 121 in Ian Falloons book titled “Original Ducati Sport & Super Sport”. The condition is fantastic and does come with a free and clear title.

Please take a look at the large pictures to get a better idea of condition and email me if you have any questions.

** Visit this link to see higher resolution pictures and extra pictures http://imageevent.com/joejo20/hailwoodreplicamille
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We have only seen a handful (or less) of these show up on RSBFS, so it’s hard to tell what the selling point is for this particular bike. I will say however that this one might be as clean and low of miles as they come on the open market. I think the $24,000 BIN price is probably on the upper range of where it will go for. But, if you’re a Ducati collector or a collector of motorcycle racing history, then this bike might be right up you alley. Even if you just have to have it, then jump over to the auction here and make it yours!

-JS

Aprilia June 30, 2011 posted by

Factory Fresh: 2007 Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000 Factory

For Sale: 2007 Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000 Factory

Today’s post is all about the eye candy. I know how you RSBFS fans go nuts for Ohlins suspension, dig Brembo radial mount calipers and love you some carbon fiber like Rossi loves an apex – so I found some for you. To mix things up a bit, this one does not even have Ducati logos plastered all over it. This, my friends, is a Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory.

An evolution of the original RSV Mille series that shipped in 1998, this Aprilia features a 60 degree v-twin sourced from Rotax. The big, booming motor was bolted to a twin-spar chassis, and liberally sprinkled with top shelf componentry throughout. The result is a stunning – and stunningly quick – interpretation of a modern sportbike. Did I mention that it has very low miles on it?

From the seller:
2007 Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000 Factory. 3705 original miles on it.

Bike is LOADED, and has just been fully serviced with all fluids changed by a Factory Authorized Aprilia Dealer. This is an amazing bike!! Clean Title in hand and is blemish free! NEVER down, NEVER on the track. $18900.00 new!

Look at the photos. They tell the story.

The pictures do indeed speak for themselves. This is one very clean sportbike. But what makes this more special than a “plain Jane” RSV Mille R 1000? Well, the Factory model takes the fantastic foundation of the base RSV and adds even more goodness: Better suspension (Ohlins front and rear), an adjustable Ohlins steering damper, gold-colored frame accents, gold accented wheels, and carbon fiber for practically everything else that is not gold.

What you are left with is a magnificent piece of eye candy with some serious credentials to back it up. Power, performance and reasonable exclusivity (especially when compared to mass-marketed Japanese machinery) can be yours for a pittance compared to new. This bike was approaching 20 large in the showroom, but the BIN number is less than half that. And the bike still looks brand new!

The seller has listed a ton of pictures, and I suggest you check them out. There are some additions, such as the Zero Gravity tinted windscreen and the color-coded ASV levers, but to me it really completes the Factory look of the bike. This Aprilia certainly looks very clean and very well loved. There is some bidding interest being shown, with the auction slowing climbing above $6,000 with reserve not yet met. For its looks and performance – and depending on the ever important reserve number – this one just might turn out to be a real bargain. To get all the details, click on the link and check out the auction. Don’t forget to tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS. Good Luck!

MI

Aprilia April 26, 2010 posted by

2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille R Nera #21 Of 200

Here is another RSV Nera in Southern California!  Located in Los Angeles, California is a 2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille R Nera Edition #21 of 200.  No real information about the bike or it’s condition is given other than the production number.  A month ago, we actually saw Nera #22 on eBay which had a Buy-It-Now price of $25,000 but, was only bid up to $13,750–It can be seen here.  This example, #21, looks to be at a dealer and has an asking price of $19,000; However, we can’t pass judgment without more information from the seller.

The Nera was a bike from the Dream Series, I believe the only one so far, and was based on the Factory but featured carbon, titanium, and magnesium pieces with all fairings, even the tank, coming in carbon fiber.  The engine features titanium bolts with magnesium valve and clutch covers, new molybdenum disulphide coated pistons and a stainless steel oil tank.  The suspension is top of the line Ohlins units which are fully adjustable.  The wheels are forged magnesium with titanium nuts and bolts.

This is a very special bike which still isn’t cheap but, should you go broke, you can always take some bits to the scraper to pay for some tires.  See this bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Aprilia April 4, 2010 posted by

2000.5 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille R With 680 Original Miles

Continuing our trend of also sharing very low mile examples of important superbikes, we have a first year RSV in the U.S. with very low miles.  Located in Parker, Colorado is a 2000.5 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille R with 680 original miles.  The seller only states that this bike is completely original and in perfect condition.  The RSV of 1998 was Aprilia’s first foray into the large displacement, four-stroke, market after making a big impression with their 250 two-strokes.  The RSV wasn’t released into the U.S. until 2000 as a 2000.5 model.  The Mille R was an uprated model that featured fully adjustable Ohlins front and rear suspension, forged aluminum OZ wheels, a monoposto setup with a biposto as an option, slight chassis modifications resulting in a 4kg weight loss over the standard model.  There are no differences between the standard and R model engines.  The Mille R wasn’t the epitome of the Mille range for the time however as Mille SP was also released for World SuperBike homologation in 1999 and possibly continued to sell into 2000.  This is a fantastic, collectible, example of the first RSV available in the U.S.  The asking price is $6,500; a bit higher than other Mille R models but not outrageous for the mileage this one has.  See this Mille R on Craigslist here.

AG