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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Why buy a Ducati when you could have an Aprilia RSV1000 Mille? OK, the name may not be as famous but the Mille is a superb superbike with a surprisingly reasonable price tag. Looks are distinctive, reliability is pretty good it’s just unfortunate that dealer back up can be patchy.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Aprilia RSV1000 Mille has a compact 60 degree V-twin with a dry sump for extra rigidity and constant lubrication, even when wheelying. At low revs the power’s beefy if slightly lumpy and awkward in town. Dip into the midrange and it’s muscular and really gets the motorcycle shifting fast. Top end power’s immense but not insane like the latest 1000cc Japanese fours. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

When you sit on the Aprilia RSV1000 Mille the suspension barely compresses and you realize it’s 100% sports motorcycle. It’s a delight on fast, smooth roads, tipping easily into corners and firing out with a pleasant balance of stability and maneuverability. A bit awkward in town, on bumpy surfaces or wet B-roads. Excellent brakes.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Aprilia RSV1000 Mille's extremely comprehensive clocks and an effective headlight are nice touches on a motorcycle that could be pared to the bone. Comfort clearly wasn’t a primary concern for the designers but it’s ok for one person over moderate distances. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia RSV in the MCN Shop.

Aprilia RSV1000 Mille (1998-2003)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,560 (2002) - £3,160 (2003)
Private used prices
£2,330 (2002) - £2,650 (2003)
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Engine size 998 cc
Power 128 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Aprilia RSV1000 Mille's reliability’s better than Ducatis of the same age – but not as good as the Japanese. The engine can clock up high miles without any problems but electrical niggles aren’t unheard of. Aprilia dealers are few and far between – and some are better than others. Parts supply can be excruciatingly slow.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Very competitive new prices and now on the used market the Aprilia RSV1000 Mille can be a bargain. Combine that with the fact they’re surprisingly durable for an Italian sports motorcycle, insurance is a group lower than many competitors and servicing’s not too extortionate and a clean, used Aprilia RSV1000 Mille looks like great value. Find an Aprilia RSV1000 Mille for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

1998: Aprilia RSV1000 Mille launched.
2001: Major update including more power and new bodywork.
2003: Suspension, brakes and gearbox uprated. Burnished steel exhaust and modified plastics on rear section.

Other Versions

Aprilia RSV-R: High spec version of the RSV1000 Mille. Single seat, superior suspension, lightweight Oz wheels.
Aprilia RSV Mille SP: Ultra-high spec platform for race bikes. Adjustable frame, Ohlins suspension, carbon bodywork, alloy tank, sand cast cases – and a £23K price tag.

Specifications

Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11 secs
Max power 128 bhp
Max torque 73 ft-lb
Weight 187 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 998 cc
Engine specification 998cc four-stroke 60-degree V-twin
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression, ride height
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(12 reviews)

  • A practical Italian superbike

    tuxracer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I swapped my 1200 Bandit for the Mille back in September as I was bored of the Suzuki. It was fast, cheap to run and fun but just lacked that certain something. Fell in love with this one on sight and after a quick test ride there was no going back. Its special in a way the Jap bikes will never be. Sure its not as fast as the latest tackle but every time you go out it makes you smile. It handles very well, goes like well and sounds brilliant with an aftermarket can. It's even reliable and most servicing jobs are a doddle if you are reasonably competent with the spanners. The only problem I have had since I got the bike is a failed clutch thrust bearing. Cost £7.50 in parts and half an hour to change. Ironicaly its also more comfy on the open road than the Bandit was, sore wrists in town are the only down side but I can live with that.Build quality also appears to be good, certainly much better than a lot of the Jap bikes. The only sign of corrosion on my one is the disc bolts. Strengths: Performance/handling, looks, practicality and build quality. Weaknesses: Hard work in town

    04 December 2005

  • Superb confidence-boosting machine

    alecnicholson

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Power and handling inspire confidence, a steering damper is a must and well worth the price. Smooth power delivery except for a small glitch between 3 and 4 thou. Strengths: Power and handling. Weaknesses: Steering damper not standard on R model, sidestand gives a few worrying moments on anything but a flat surface.

    19 January 2005

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what a bike!!

like most,ive had 3 blades,2 R1's,several zx9's and even recently an xjr1300,nothing compares to the thrill and drive of the massive v60 twin!mines a silver 2003 rsv with 8000on the clock,i pai just over £2k,as the previous owner wasnt use to sports bikes and scared himself to death,powersliding by accident coming out of a bend and just wanted rid,so i swapped my xjr1300 for it,which i paid £2k for,so a bargain for me.im a big lad and this bike fits me perfectly,unlike the ever shrinking modern sportsbikes (not everyones a 5'5 8stone midget ffs).build quality is superb,makes ducati look overpriced and overhyped,it sounds amazing with the race can on and never misses a beat.turns heads with both sound and looks and you still dont see many at the bike meets,unlike common blades and r1's.it has astonishing handling and confidence inspiring,no twitchy front end like the yamaha,which is very tyre sensative! mpg not bad either,decent tank range, unlike the silly honda v-twins,cheapish insurance,superb.best bike ive ever owned,id take it over an r1 anyday,ive had the 98 and 2002 r1 and rode my brothers 2005 r1 and still wouldnt swap.the power is right for todays roads,vry useable and stable over our crap pothole filled roads.new bikes are alienating real sized riders,id never consider a new bike again,lost £2000 on the 2002 r1 after yamaa uk dropped £2000 off the price 2 months after i bought it ffs,and its like a monkey on a mantle.at 6'2 and 21 stone,this bike is perfect in everyway!! if your reading this researching wether to buy one,go for it,youll never want a boring inline four again.its also fantastic on a track day.v-twin for me from now on.only other bike i loved was the well built early blade (foxeye) or the early k1 gixer thou. give the old thumper a chance lads.

27 May 2008 10:53

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