The Aprilia SL1000 Falco is a half-faired ‘street sports’ version of the RSV that never quite took off in the way it could have. The fact it is often overlooked makes it a great second hand buy.
The Falco uses a detuned version of the 60° V-twin engine from the Mille. Less powerful it may be, but the Aprilia SL1000 Falco will still reach 155mph and wheelie when the throttle's wrenched in anger. Broader power comes from a twin silencer exhaust and remapped fuel injection, which crops the peak power slightly but bolsters bottom and mid-range.
The Aprilia SL1000 Falco's frame was an all-new double twin spar designed to show off the engine. With geometry bordering on the sporting it allows the Aprilia SL1000 Falco to change direction quickly while maintaining stability. Where the RSV is tall and uncompromising, the Falco has a lower seat and less extreme footpeg positions. The result is that you sit 'in' the Falco, rather than 'on' it, which makes for better cornering with confidence.
Our pick of the bikes for sale at mcnbikesforsale.com is this ’04 Falco that is in “superb condition”, with full service history, Scorpion exhausts and unused originals. It has covered 12,400 miles and is on offer at £2750. View the advert here.