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.
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…