Aprilia RSV Mille Reviews from New Zealand

2002 Aprilia RSV Mille

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired16500 kilometres
Most recent distance17200 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda VTR1000F

Summary:

Japanese reliability, the best of European styling. A match made in heaven

Faults:

It is too early in my ownership to comment on the reliability.

The standard exhaust is a big ugly looking thing, but there are several alternatives on the market that will slip on and not require a new chip.

No issues to date.

General Comments:

Twins are really my thing, previous Ducati ownership, VTR 1000's and now an Aprilia RSV.

The RSV is far and away the most fun bike I have owned.

Cornering is predictable, and requires only steady pressure on the bars to tip in and hold a line. My boot sliders already need to be replaced.

260Km on Sunday and my butt was hardly protesting. This surprised me as the seat looked hard and VERY unforgiving.

To be fair, the thought of a long tour at 100kph has me shuddering at the thought, but fanging it hard through my favourite mountain roads, the seat is just fine.

The riding position is not for the faint hearted. It is in the "head down-ass up" category more common on Japanese superbike in line 4's.

The bike has nice touches, like inbuilt lap timer, adjustable redline and max speed.

The EFI works well with no realflat spots in the power delivery, (which is very linear) The bike will chuff a bit if you try to pull away in the wrong gear, especially below 3500 rpm.

However once you hit 5000 RPM, the power comes on strongly with a nice secondary kick at 7000 rpm.

There is not much point in revving above 10000RPM, as the power drops off after about 9500.

If you like heaps of torque, great top end and a wide power band to play with, check out an Aprilia, you won't be disappointed.

Tech info. 130hp, 102nm, top speed (personally done, 265)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2008

2003 Aprilia RSV Mille

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 kilometres
Most recent distance12800 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha TRX850

Summary:

So much raw POWER!!!

Faults:

Only problem I've had, is the bike began to stall and display would go crazy. Restarted the bike, then it would be fine. Traced the problem to the battery being on its way out; replaced and the bike has been fine ever since.

General Comments:

This bike is great. It has so much power and torque; around 130 bhp.

It handles so well and can go lower than I can.

If you want something fast, torquey, that handles like a dream with reliability to match, then the Aprilia RSV is the bike for you. I love it and that V- Twin sound is so amazing; I had to buy an aftermarket can to unleash the sound, but I'm so glad I did. What a bike!!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2007

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews