Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille001

Name: Damon Parsons From: Essex Riding for: 5 years

Price paid for the bike: £2300 in 2012 through a private sale

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What type of riding do you do: Mainly A and good quality B roads with motorway/dual carriageway getting to and from where I want to start.

Tell us about the engine: Pulls like a train! There is a huge amount of torque. I’ve reduced the front sprocket by 1 tooth which gives it a bit more punch and makes it easier to ride around town.

What’s the chassis like? Stable, accurate & predictable. It’s a sports bike so the suspension is stiff, but handles the UK’s pot holed roads pretty well. Probably the biggest difference between the Mille and a modern sports bike is the amount of room the rider has. I’m 6ft, tall and live in SE England. I have to ride a long way to find good, traffic free roads, but I can do 300+ mile days on this bike and not regret it.

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What’s it like to ride? No trouble at all. I’ve not had any electrical issues Italian bikes are famous for, but none of the connectors are waterproof so I suspect that could give problems if you rode it a lot in the wet.

Give us three good points: Rock solid stability; Engine performance; Ergonomics

And three bad ones: Because of it’s age getting European breakdown cover is becoming expensive; The standard exhaust is huge and heavy – you need to change it.

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More info: www.aprilia.com

 

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