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Truth or Dare – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or

While Aprilia has a long successful history racing their smaller machines, they took their liter twin endurance racing in 2006, learned a lot and did well to boot.  The Bol D’Or commemorative was a great limited edition paint scheme on the already nicely spec’d RSV1000R, and this example is outstanding with low miles.

2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or for sale on eBay

Since its debut in 1998, the RSV has used the dry-sumped V-twin from Rotax, in magnesium cases.  The gear-chain combo driving double overhead cams gives a distinctive sound on its way to 143 hp and 79 ft.-lbs. torque.  An Öhlins forks and steering damper are found at the front of the twin-spar alloy frame, and a Sachs monoshock takes care of the symmetrical banana swingarm.  Engine vacuum on over-run actuates the factory slipper clutch, and monoblock Brembo brakes claim the first road-going radial master cylinder.  The cockpit reviewed as comfortable even in the fairing’s drag-reducing design.

This RSV has covered under 7,000 miles over its eleven years, and appears original and excellent.  The tires look fresh and the owner advises a recent oil change in the eBay auction – nice of the owner to include the stands.

Bike is in great condition.  The look of this bike will definitely get you some attention.  Never been down and always kept in a garage with a cover.  Well maintained, serviced regularly with oil change in the last past 2 months.  It has two little marks in the paint.  One of the pictures has it shown.  Comes with cover and Pit Bull Lifts.

The Rotax powered Aprilia can be a good candidate for purchase in the middle-aged-but-barely-used category, since the valve adjustment interval is 12,500 miles and the all-metal cam drive ages gracefully.  This one doesn’t appear to have been near a racetrack, but RSV’s are set up for it, with no hanging signal lights, once the mirrors are removed all you need is some tape.  Or though it might be easier said than done, vow to ride it within limits on the street, and keep it extra nice.

-donn

 

4 Comments

  • its surprising to me that the 2nd gen aprilias don’t get more love. Sure some of the graphics packaages were a bit oddball (golden frames and lions graphics anyone?) but underneath you get a truly great bike. This model in particular has aged very well and is certainly a standout at bike night amid all the cookie cutter ducati’s. It probably wont appreciate as a collectors item for a while but I dont think it will depreciate either. Good choice for someone who wants experience a big itialian sportsbike that isnt a ducati and isnt impossible to get parts for

  • Agreed, that is a heck of a lot of bike for the money.

  • I really love the Aprilia paint schemes. This one is one of my favorites. The cost for the literally just a paint scheme seemed a bit high to justify though.

    Up here in Canada I could get a 999 or a RSVR for about the same cash. 1098 for only slightly more. I’m tempted to pull the trigger on one, maybe just move up to the RSV4. Been thinking on this for a bit. Thoughts?

  • If I had one of these I’d keep it under a cover too, so that I didn’t have to see it.

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