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Thread: What are the differences in 2000, 2000.5-2002 Mille?

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    Just thought I would post a MCN article on the RSV . (Ps MCN means My Cash Now , they like inducements to write a good review)

    Aprilia must have upset the crew at MCN, they criticise in every way only to say the exact oposite a few paragraphs later ! The critism of Ivan Beggio the ex owner of Aprilia is appalling in my view (he tried to bring something new to the market like John Bloom did at Triumph)
    I find it funny that testers in the rest of the world liked the RSV much more, and often gave the RSV top billing !

    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/2...000-millie-ps/

    Some nice pictures though !

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    Cycle world did a very nice write up !

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...0mille&f=false

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...201998&f=false

    Page 94 onward covers a review of the design rational of the RSV mille.

    When you think the flawed ducati 999 now sells second hand for 10k plus in the uk. The shithonda sp1/sp2 now well over 6k . The early RSV still can be bought for 2000 or so in good condition . The RSV mille R costs about 2800 or so. It's about time the RSV showed a higher price ?
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    The first few years the mille caught the rest of the world off guard and took on all comers with aplomb. Aprilia's GP experience virtually guarantied success. For those who may not realize it the Mille is basically a one liter four stroke twin shoehorned into an RS250 chassis. The sad part is the decision to produce the half baked V60 Rotax engine rather than just going all the way from the start with the SP spec unit. That and the failure to continue developing the bike. The Mille will always be more than a minor footnote to those who got on board but the rest of the world caught up quickly. Best bike I have ever had.
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    +1 on the sp engine.

    The biggest problem was Aprilia's owners at the time didn't have the money to take it to the next level. It bankrupted Aprilia and it was sold cheap to Piaggio. That's why the gen2 was even more flawed than the gen1 ! At least the rsv4 has been a sales success, but many of the other bikes (ie mana , dorsoduro, sxv, shiver, and the scooter range all consigned to history) now aprilia has the rsv4 , then a few sports 125's and a few 50cc models....
    It's a real shame the 2 strokes went in 2006 or so, surely there is a market for a euro 4 injected 2 stroke ? Bikes are about having a unique USP , what could be better than a fully clean 2 stroke in a world market ! KTM has released a enduro 125 injected euro 4 bike. The market is there if someone wants it !

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    What flaws are these you speak of? Overstressed electrics, maybe? Other than that, what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs125-700 View Post
    ...The biggest problem was Aprilia's owners at the time didn't have the money to take it to the next level. It bankrupted Aprilia and it was sold cheap to Piaggio...
    What bankrupted aprilia was their foray into Moto GP with the three cylinder Cube. You cannot say that the Mille was not a sales success.
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