First Test: 2003 Aprilia Mille-R

Published: 07 October 2002

In the latest issue of MCN, out October 9, we’ve got the first test of the 2003 Aprilia Mille R, the bike the Noale factory hopes will have the beating of Ducati’s 999 on the road, the track and the showroom.

There’s a full report on our first test of the 2003 Mille-R in the latest issue of MCN, but here’s a taste of what you can expect:

For a gnat’s under 10 grand the new Mille-R promises much. Trick radial brakes mean improved, more consistent braking and together with stiffer forks improve the Aprilia’s already sharp handling package.

A revised gearbox with closer ratios should mean tenths off a lap if that’s important to you as will improved aerodynamics - the new bike could be the tool for trackday fans next year…at least until we test the Mille-R back to back with the 999.

PLUS:

*The full story on the bringing down of Britain’s biggest gang of bike thieves

*We’ve got the test every sports bike rider must read – which bike is fastest for Mr. Average?

*12-page World Superbike special – ALL the latest news, ALL the inside gossip on who’s riding what, when and for how much

*Top designers cast their votes for best looking bike of 2003

*The Vincent is reborn

*Suzuki reveals the 2003 colourschemes for its GSX-R600, GSX-R750 and Hayabusa

*If you’re thinking of lashing out on a Kawasaki ZZ-R1100, you might to wait until you’ve read our Buying and Owning section

*In our New Bikers section we analyse finance and look at how you can grab yourself the best deal

*Yamaha’s TDM gets reviewed in our long term test

*Ducati riding gear, new Michelin tyres, Suomy lids, garage security and Velcro-on dreadlocks (the new " ears " , apparently) slide under our New Products microscope

*There’s our What’s On section for things to see and do over the next seven days, your letters and your FREE copy of MCN Bike Mart – the place to buy or sell your next bike.