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Working Girl – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory Race Bike

Aprilia’s RSV1000R was built from 2004-10 though its roots go further back to 1998 and the RSV Mille superbike.  The 998cc magnesium-cased twin has gear-driven cams and has proved a reliable mill, this vintage producing 139 hp and 79 ft.-lbs. torque.  The race-only bike presented here was campaigned in ’09 by Chaz Davies in the AMA Daytona Sportbike series, and has some neat “factory” and race-developed details.

2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory Race Bike for sale on eBay

Dollar intensive upgrades like Öhlins dampers for front, rear, and steering, and O-Z forged aluminum wheels set the Factory version apart, along with several carbon fiber details.  An Akrapovic exhaust was an option, but this RSV has a Leo Vince system.  Aprilia literature shows the Factory having gold anodized frame and wheels, but clear anodized frame and white wheels are on this bike.  Brakes are a strong point with Brembo’s radially mounted calipers and braided lines.

Never anything but an AMA Pro racebike, this RSV1000R seems like it was spared any high sides, and shows a lot of carbon fiber, safety wire, and billet parts.  At least for this bike, Aprilia’s choice of “Factory” as a sub-model has clouded the factory race bike issue.  Very clean overall, though a pro race bike is out there every week and some wear and tear is expected.  The list from the eBay auction:

– Bike weighs a tick over 370 lbs wet
– 2 oem spare tanks
– 1 kevlar race tank
– Spare rear wheel from Goeberts bike
– tons of new sprockets
– 2 sets of spare rear sets
– Moto R rearsets on bike now
– clip ons
– race fairing stay
– carbon ram air tubing (wsbk spec)
– air box mod
– Dynos 142whp/ 79 ftlbs on sunoco gtx
– Leo Vince full titanium exhaust
– New Yoyodyne slipper clutch, new fibers as well
– MT adjustable triples
– Ohlins R&T forks, 25mm superbike inserts
– Ohlins custom TTX shock
– Ohlins steering damper
– quick change rear wheel, captive spacers and ceramic bearings front & rear
– Brembo calipers and rotors
– Brembo 19×20 master with remote adjuster
– Brembo 18×16 clutch master
– Custom KWS radiator
– lightweight battery
– Kit lightweight harness
– start/ kill controls on left bar
– PC3 w/ gp quickshifter
– numerous, numerous other parts and details

In the mid-2000’s Chaz Davies was a regular on the AMA circuit, rode for the factory-supported Aprilia team in 2009, which led to a factory Triumph World SuperSport ride and the championship for Yamaha in 2011.  Since 2014 he has ridden a Ducati for the Aruba.it team in WSBK, and has been a regular on the podium.  The 2008 edition is toward the end of the run for the RSV, as development of the V-4 was underway, and has all the best of the big Italian superbike.  A club-racing program is just a pleasant daydream for most of us, but this late Aprilia would be a nice choice for an expert rider…

-donn

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