Oh man is that bike ever so sweet. I did see an '02 Mille R in the Santa Barbara Hon/Yam/Suz dealer for about $12.5k (they are *really* trying to get rid of it), but this new bike looks, in the words of my British friend, well fit. Glad to hear Yossef's alright and there are no injuries other than perhaps to his pride. I think that's super cool of Aprilia to try and get him back on the bike too. I hope after I finish college and then grad school (sometime later this decade) that Aprilia would be willing to hire a motorcycle/physics nerd like myself. They seem like an awesome company...I bet it would be a blast to work with those guys. Maybe then I'll drop y'all that 990 cc triple so the GSX-R1000 boys will have some competition. Hey, we all have dreams...
Anyway, this new bike really looks the part and seems to go like hell - anyone wanna spot me some $$$? Cheers Yossef, keep on bringin' us da good ish.
Yossef may be the ONLY reason I renew my subscription, he's more interested in putting me on the motorcycle with him than spending 90% of the article telling me about himself. The rest of you writers could learn something from him. Thanks Yossef.
I've had a Tuono for a few weeks now and the more I ride it the more I love it. I'm glad they chose to update and enhance their existing formula with this new RSV. I like their take on edging the frame out and that intake system looks to be damn sweet.
Feeling like your $12 is not well spent is hardly "popular opinion". Unfortunatly, we all have to listen every time a turd announces he is leaving the punchbowl. I guess some people need the attention. If they REALLY didn't like it here they would just go away.
Even talkative and sweet handling bikes have their limits
More to the point, rear end came around suddenly just past the apex, when I was at full lean, so there wasnt much to do or correct. I guess it was a combination of lean angle and being slightly out of the race line, where the track is a bit slick.
Regarding weight, the single item that tips the scales against Twins is their need for heavy cranks. Twin's crancks usually weight far more than a four's because of the need to balance such big pistons and steady their irregular firing intervals.
Ya gotta admit... for a company that comparatively recently jumped into the big bike market, Aprilia has had phenomenal success. Especially getting the power they do without resorting to Ducati's uneccessarily complex desmo with its resultant exhorbitant maintenance bills.
While the V-Twin may be dead in racing (ha ha) for the purposes of those of us who aren't professionals it doesn't matter if you've got a twin or a four. Aprilia offers a bike with all the Brembo and Ohlins and other goodies. The cost of upgrading a Japanese sportbike will make a Mille Factory R look inexpensive. Definitely an attractive package for those who like their track days.
As usual, Yossef has done a great reporting job. As an original Mille R owner though, I think he got confused with the motor specs of the previous generation as the standard Mille and Mille R ALWAYS shared the same motors. Only the limited edition Mille SP homologation bike's motor was different, with a shorter stroke and heads designed by Cosworth and more claimed HP.
I still love my 2000 Mille R and it shames a lot of liter bikes at the track now, I can only imagine how much better the 2004 Erre Factory will be.