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Aprilia October 2, 2015 posted by

Squeaky Clean: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R R Side

While they weren’t huge sellers when new, the Aprilia RSV Mille represents one of the best bargains in the sportbike world right now, sort of a “thinking-man’s Italian V-twin.” Which is a much more flattering thing to say about a bike than, “Wow, that thing is pretty odd-looking.” Although, as I’ve said before, these things have really grown on me, and they certainly look the part: there’s no mistaking that this bike means business, all stealth-fighter planes and angles, with interesting details wherever you look, including the Mickey Mouse headlamp. Seriously, once you’ve noticed that little detail, you can never unsee it…

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R Front

When they decided to create a bike to compete against Ducati on track and in showrooms, Aprilia stuck with what they knew: a stiff and very beautifully-designed aluminum beam frame that looks very similar to the one in their proven RS250. Bodywork is an acquired taste, but very aggressive and functional: Aprilia deviated from the Ducati Paradigm by creating a serious sportbike with humane ergonomics.

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R L Side Rear

But they also deviated from accepted sport v-twin convention by using a 998cc Rotax-designed v-twin that wasn’t 90°. Until the RSV, just about every sports v-twin used a 90° configuration for smooth running at higher rpm. But 90° twins are difficult to package when mounted transversely like in a Ducati or Suzuki. Ducati’s L-twin is very long and hard to fit into an appropriately short-wheelbase bike. Rotated backward, as in the Suzuki, and there’s little room for a functional rear suspension.

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R L Side Fairing

So Aprilia’s twin was a 60° unit to allow optimal positioning within the chassis, while twin balance shafts took care of the smoothness. It’s still a bit less refined than the aforementioned engines, but is plenty revvy, makes competitive power, and is extremely reliable as a bonus, with owners reporting very few problems, even as the miles accumulate.

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R Rearset

The R version of the bike seen here included very choice Öhlins suspension at the front and back, along with a steering damper, forged wheels, and the expected smattering of carbon fiber bits.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

Selling the best sport bike I’ve ever owned. This 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R was the first unit that arrived at Pro Italia in 2000, and in my opinion is the finest design of the big displacement Aprilia four strokes ever made. Clean lines, narrow GP style body, very comfortable riding position, elegant round blinkers and bullet ferrari style tail lights, with no nonsense graphics and very tidy engineering of every last part. The rotax motor core and Aprilia heads make the most solid and torque-oriented motor I have ever enjoyed in a sport bike. The handling is perfectly balanced and the bike changes direction with incredible ease.

These R (racing spec) bikes were not profitable for Aprilia even with a $17,000 price tag because of the full Ohlins suspension front and rear, OZ forged wheels and other upgrades that came with the limited edition bike. 

I also had the bike modified to enable two-passenger use, so the rear subframe was changed to the pillion type, and the easy to bolt on passenger peg mounts were procured and come with the bike, as do any parts that I upgraded, which include MOTO TECH fully adjustable rear-sets, matching forged adjustable brake and clutch levers, as well as the racing exhaust slip-on and high ZeroG windscreen. 

There isn’t a more comfortable and better handling sport bike out there, even 15 years later. 

The bike was just fully serviced at Pro Italia where it received new injectors (just tired from non-use). Rubber is also quite fresh Pirelli Corsas with just one ride on them. I have always considered I would keep this bike forever, but I have so many now that I am not using it at all. It has enjoyed the last many years in the garage parked in between a Ducati Paul Smart and a 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

I like that little humble-brag at the end there. Yeah, very nice: you have exquisite taste and lots of money, although I think I’d be selling the Paul Smart and keeping the Mille as a canyon carver or track bike: the SportClassics are great motorcycles, but maybe not as focused as the RSV and certainly not as fast in a straight line.

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R L Side

The RSV is a great package, but part of what makes them so appealing right now is their low price. This one’s opening bid is $6,000 with no takers as yet. It’s in very nice, well-maintained shape, and the R version is suitably collectible, but I think at this point in time the seller’s being just a bit ambitious: bottom-feeder sportbikers looking for a bargain know that you can find nice examples for less, and aren’t too bothered about higher miles found on less expensive bikes, since the Rotax motor is about as close as you can get to Japanese reliability in an Italian twin.


2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R Dash

Squeaky Clean: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale
Aprilia July 21, 2015 posted by

Sensible Sibling: 2001 Aprilia Falco SL1000 for Sale

2001 Aprilia Falco L Front

Mostly overlooked, even when new, Aprilia’s Falco is an ideal “mature” sportbike for someone who wants to stand out… subtly. Fast and comfortable, the bike featured a slightly detuned version of Aprilia’s 996cc v-twin that produced 118hp along with the usual “improved midrange and low-end power” that seems to feature on naked and sport-touring versions of these bikes. Still, the bike is good for a 160mph top speed, which really is plenty fast.

2001 Aprilia Falco R Front

The unusual 60° v-twin configuration was chosen as a balance between smoothness and packaging. Ducati’s 90° twin is smooth, but notoriously difficult to package effectively: with that horizontal front cylinder, it’s a very long engine. Suzuki tried to make it work by fitting a rotary damper in place of a normal shock to save space, and that didn’t work out so well. Today, even Ducati has been forced to come up with interesting solutions at the rear to allow for an ideal swingarm length that works with their L-twin.

2001 Aprilia Falco Dash

It’s maybe not the sexiest machine ever designed, the Falco still looks sleek, with interesting details like that frame, funky three-lobed headlight, and angular bodywork. It’s a bit like an MZ 1000S, but with better parts availability: the Falco and RSV share all their important spin-y and reciprocate-y bits, so it should be easy to keep one running, and the RSV is known to be durable and reliable, so problems shouldn’t crop up very often.

2001 Aprilia Falco L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Aprilia Falco SL1000 for Sale

Great bike for the value.  I hate to part with it but I could use the cash for my business.  The suggested retail value ( is $3210.00. Could use some new back rubber but other than that the bike is in excellent condition as you can see by the pictures.  No damage never laid down.

2001 Aprilia Falco R Fairing

Sales were disappointing during the bike’s run between 1999 and 2003, making used Falcos correspondingly rare, although the ones I’ve seen do appear to have been well taken care of. At under 14,000, mileage isn’t collector-bike-low, but seems very reasonable, considering the bike’s original sport-touring mission.

2001 Aprilia Falco R Rear Exhaust

The only thing that concerns me is the complete lack of badging. The seller maintains that the bike was never crashed, but was it repainted? Did he simply have any decals removed? Regardless, the paint does look nice in the photos, and you can certainly add the original decals if you like. In contrast to the sometimes garish RSV graphics, the Falco had pretty discreet badges and logos.

With a starting bid of $2,800 and no takers as yet, riders on a limited budget looking for something classy, reliable, and fun should take note.


2001 Aprilia Falco R Side

Sensible Sibling: 2001 Aprilia Falco SL1000 for Sale
Aprilia April 27, 2015 posted by

2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition

After great success racing the smaller displacement classes in Moto GP, Aprilia developed a World Superbike machine and produced the RSV Mille road bike from 1998 through 2003.  Except for the SP ( Sport Production ) 1999 homologation special which used a Cosworth-developed high revving engine, the R model is the ultimate, and this Colin Edwards Edition with livery from the RS Cube race bike, is from the last year of production and very rare indeed.

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2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition for sale on eBay

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With a 997cc v-twin from Rotax, the booming RSV-Mille has 137hp, a wide torque band, and a 172mph top speed.  The R-model has fully-adjustable Ohlins front and rear, O-Z forged wheels, and Brembo disks, 320mm front and 220mm rear.  Somewhat lighter than the base RSV at 416 lbs dry, the R model has carbon fiber front fender, air scoops, heel guards, and muffler stays.  In addition to the race-replica paint, the Colin Edwards Edition has a ram-air carbon filter housing and Akrapovic exhaust.

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With just about 10,000 miles, this bike looks to be in fantastic shape.  From the eBay auction:

Selling this one of a kind Edwards edition with the original Aprilia race accessories carbon fiber air box.  This bike is strong running and tuned making 127 hp to the rear wheel. The motor is perfect, low miles, shifts and runs perfect, sound is amazing with this airbox.
All service has been done. The bike just had valves checked and the cams have degreed for max efficiency of torque and hp peak.  The forks have been recently serviced as well as the brakes. Tires are barely used Dunlop Sportmax GP-A’s. The forks have the Ohlins SS valving kit installed and the bike is sprung for a 180 – 220 suited rider and have the original springs as well. 
Chain is a perfect Ek MVXZ 520 16/44 aluminum rear sprocket.  
Forward frame sliders are installed. 
 Billet shorty brake and clutch levers are installed.  Air box has always had a custom oiled foam intake filter installed. 
 Gabro custom chip installed. Full system Akrapovic exhaust as sold with Edwards Edition. 
The inside of the tank is seal with Casewell tank sealer to prevent ethanol damage.
The seat is custom formed I also will include a NEW front seat.

The bike has never been down starts right up cold every time and has no stumbles or hesitations. Bid with confidence on this rare one of kind Mille you can own AND ride!

20150427 2003 aprilia rsv mille r airbox  20150427 2003 aprilia rsv mille r spares

20150427 2003 aprilia rsv mille r binacle

Not much time left on this auction, and the buy-it-now has an uncommon down-to-earth appearance.  Time to do some homework and maybe plan a trip to Georgia !


2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition
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.


1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP R Side Rear

Function over Form: 1999 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille SP for Sale
Aprilia October 17, 2013 posted by

Look At Those Cans! 1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP

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The twin mufflers tell you something is just a little different here.  The RSV Mille SP was Aprilia’s take on a homologation special.  Production numbers were right at the rule book minimum; 150.  While it looks quite similar to a standard RSV it really is a different bike.  The short stroke engine was developed in conjunction with Cosworth, the frame is adjustable in multiple ways, the Ohlins suspension is upgraded and it is all wrapped in carbon fiber bodywork.

Aprilia RSV Mille SP for sale on eBay

sp right rear

What are they worth? I’ve never seen one for sale. The BIN of $7,500 seems more than reasonable.

sp front
Only the stickers hint at something different from the front.

The info:

Hello I hav e a near perfect 1999 arillia 999cc factory race ready hand made bike. This is in the best shape that it could be in it looks brand new. always kept in a heated showroom for sale. So to the good stuff it has a cosworth 999cc 60 degree v twin it has 6550 for miles. It has all ohlins stablelizers forks and shocks it has brembo dual brakes up front and single in the rear new bridgestone tires this bike is a numbered matching bike the number is 59 of 150 made they imported only 10 to the us only 6 are still lic so bid on this one of a kind bike

sp closeThere’s some carbon fiber.

sp left front

It doesn’t have the lust factor of say a RC30/45 but I would think this would be quite a desirable bike considering the specs and low production numbers.

Buy or bid here.


Look At Those Cans!  1999 Aprilia RSV Mille SP
Aprilia September 16, 2013 posted by

Not For The Shy: 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol d’Or

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If you don’t like to stand out in a crowd, scroll down to the next bike as fast as you can.  The paint on the RSV1000R Bol d’Or is anything but subtle.  And speaking of paint, that is all that sets this model apart from a RSV1000R but boy does it set it apart.

2007 Aprilia RSV1000R for sale on eBay

From the seller:

  For Sale Is My Mint Condition Aprilia RSV1000R. I Am Only The 2nd Owner Of This Bike & Bought It With Only 1900 Miles On It. This Aprilia Has Only Had The Best Of Care & Has NEVER Been Crashed Or Laid Down!! Always Garage Kept & Never Even Ridden It In The Rain. It Has ALWAYS Been To The Aprilia Dealership For Any & All Repairs If Needed. This Bike Has Been Meticulously Maintained. This Aprilia Has Never Been Raced Or Abused In Any Way. It’s Possibly The Nicest One Of Its Kind On The Planet!! Leo Vince Slip On Exhaust. 2 Tooth Larger Rear Sprocket. Aprilia Dealership Complete Stage 2 Computer Re-Map. This Bike Has The Mega-Rare Factory Race Bike Paint Scheme Option. Like New Michelin Power Pure Tires Front & Rear. I Also Have The Rear Passenger Seat For The Bike. Original Owners Manual Included. Always Adult Owned & Ridden.

rsv left

It is a low mile bike with just over 7,000.

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Who owns one of these?  Is the sticker cut off  at the bottom of this picture  a reference to the Bol d’Or?  I want to say Aprilia doesn’t even compete in the endurance series any more.

rsv tankrsv lowerrsv muffler
Man, I need this guy to come clean my bikes. The darn thing is spotless.  Be sure to check out the auction, the seller was very good about providing photos of what few nicks there are on it.

Click it for the auction.


Not For The Shy:  2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol d’Or
Aprilia June 27, 2012 posted by

End of Month Mailbag

Good morning guys! Here are your latest submissions for this Tuesday. (Facebook readers: click through to see all the bikes!) Enjoy the rest of your week,


Motion SBK for sale

Let’s get things started properly with this Motion SBK Ducati 1198 built by Brad Miller. Thanks for the forward Jason!

rz350 for sale in Canada

Tom sends us this Yamaha RZ350 for sale in Canada. At $3500 this could be the deal of the day.

Greg spotted this sharp FZR400 for sale in Washington for $3500.

Bol d'Or for sale

Rob has emailed his Aprilia Bol d’Or which is for sale in the bay area. His listing on BARF states it has about 16k miles and the dealer selling his bike is asking $8995. Good luck with the sale!

Dan sent us this 1998 Ducati 748L for sale in Wisconsin for $4800. This is the Neiman Marcus edition. With just 14k miles this looks like a buy at that price!

suzuki gs700es for sale

We’ll continue with this unusual 1985 Suzuki GS700ES “tariff” bike for sale in San Francisco. In 1984 the GSX750 was facing stiff import duties being over 700cc, and the GS700ES is essentially the same bike with 50cc less displacement. Good luck with the sale Robert!

Next up from Sandro in Portugal is this 1981 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or. Two in one week is unusual?! His has 84k kilometers but looks restored from the pictures. Asking price is €3250.

From Tub we have this very unusual MV Agusta 50cc minibike. According to his listing the minibike was built by MV Agusta for Phil Read, who won the 500cc championship for them in 1973. Thanks for the forward!

Coby spotted this 1987 Ducati Paso that needs resurrecting. The ad states it’s been sitting for 10 years but looks pretty decent in the photos. Under 10k miles for $2500 in Ohio.

Here’s a 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS for sale in Los Angeles with 10k miles for $11500.

FZR for sale

How about an FZR with 73 original miles? For sale in North Carolina for $3800. Thanks for the spot Oliver!

And finally, Chris sent us this sharp 1986 Honda VFR750 for sale in Texas at $2500.

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.