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First released in 1999, the RSV Mille marked Aprilia’s first foray into the big-bore superbike market. The model was well-received, touted for being exotic yet still more affordable than Ducati’s 996, while offering reliability more on par with V-Twins like Honda’s RC51 or Suzuki’s TL1000R.
Drawing from experience born out of the Italian firm’s race program — specifically its 250 GP machines — Aprilia bestowed the V-Twin literbike with an array of trick competition-derived features like its box-section aluminum-alloy twin-spar frame and double banana swingarm.
Powering the Mille was a liquid-cooled, 997cc, four-stroke, 60-degree, longitudinal, V-Twin with double overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, and electronic fuel injection. Produced by Austrian engine outfit, Rotax, the Mille’s mill made a claimed 130 hp at 9,500 rpm and 74 ft-lbs of torque at 5,500 rpm. The motor was also markedly more reliable than that of Aprilia’s Italian competitors. To lessen the 60-degree twin’s proclivity for immense vibration — especially when nearing its 170+ mph top speed — the RSV’s engine utilized an Anti-Vibration Double Countershaft system.
Produced from 1999 through 2003, the RSV Mille was offered in three variants; the base model, the homologation special SP version (or Sport Production); and the R-spec. The R-spec got upgraded forged aluminum rims, a shorter subframe, carbon fiber fenders, and the standard 43mm Showa fork and Sachs mono-shock were replaced by top-shelf Ohlins units. Braking duties went to dual 320mm discs pinched by four-pot calipers.
During his ownership, the seller has covered 9,449 miles. The odometer currently shows 19,973 miles.
“This bike has always been maintained cleaned and ridden in fair weather only. It also has only been garage-kept on a tender its entire life.” The seller notes that the bike received, “an oil change in last 2,500 miles done by myself, and new Michelin Power GP tires in the last 400 miles. Additionally, “I have documentation invoices for a new sprag clutch, new stator, new charging system wires, new battery, full fork tear-down service, and steering head bearings.”
The sale also includes a wheel stand and a next generation Mille swingarm. Per the seller, “It will require slight modification to fit. I intended to install in order to modernize the appearance of the bike and make similar to the Aprilia Cube Moto GP bike.”