Not every rider can see themselves on a race replica, and Aprilia obliged with the SL1000 with slightly relaxed performance, ergonomics, and pricing. Here’s a nice looking hi-vis edition with some nice updates.
Aprilia transferred their winning 998 cc V-twin from the RSV, but profiled the torque curve for 12 less peak hp ( but still 118 ! ), with a wider powerband. The Rotax mill is quite advanced with gear-driven cams, dry sump lubrication, dual plugs, and water cooling. The six speeds reviewed as smooth shifting, and the USD Showa forks with Sachs monoshock provided a sure if not race-bred ride. A low seat height was part of the design, along with a pillion under cover, and a surprisingly effective 3/4 fairing.
Not enough pictures to not want more, but they do show a very clean, undamaged Falco. The diamond-section mufflers are an interesting solution. Oil change is so fresh that the old oil is still in the picture. Notes from the eBay auction:
Fresh Dunlop GPR300 Tires, New Pads Front and Rear.
New Chain and Sprockets with 1 tooth drop on front.
New Adjustable levers in black. Fresh plugs and Motul oil change, the Air filter is of course a K&N.
Fuel filter changed as well. Fresh AGM Battery.
Bike came with factory Aluminum high mount exhaust and factory performance chip in ECM, I also have a tunable race ECM can download maps to for even more performance.
2 owner adult ridden bike. Fun bike but I barely ride any more so selling it for someone else to enjoy.
The Falco was said to generate more miles since it was more comfortable and still plenty quick. The only fuel advisory was a warning light at the 5 liter point, funny for a bike with a 5-1/2 gallon tank, optional soft bags and longer distance aspirations. Unfortunately the compromise solution didn’t generate lots of sales, though in the SL1000’s defense the Aprilia dealer network was still a work in progress. With it’s low starting bid and inseam-saving seat, this ready-to-ride Falco might be a good entrée into the sportbike affliction.