Reader test: Aprilia RSV Mille
Luke Steenkamp, Centurion
Ten months ago I made an impulsive decision and decided to take a chance at making my dream come true. I bought an Aprilia RSV Mille Factory. Deciding which make to buy was not an issue at all, as I already had my heart set on buying an Aprilia. But why Aprilia, you ask?
Four years ago my uncle took me on a breakfast run on his 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille. Just there and then my heart was set on one day owning an Aprilia.
Now I know it doesn’t have the top speed of the 1000cc four-cylinder bikes, but that doesn’t bother me at all.
With a top speed of 280 km/h, there has not yet been a moment where I wish I had more power.
Having only two cylinders (V-Twin), the power is on tap, and don’t get me started on the deep sounds delivered by the aftermarket Arrow exhausts.
Buying an Aprilia is for a biker who has a passion for bikes, and all the experiences that go with it. The wind, the open road, twisty turns, and a person in need of a good rush at every opportunity to accelerate.
Acceleration is claimed at 0-100km/h in three seconds flat, which, for the price, is a bargain in any man’s eyes.
Cars doing the same cost three million plus. And the feeling of speed is nowhere near that of a bike.
Fuel consumption is averaged at 10l/100km, which is not quite as economic as most bikes, but that’s a very small compromise to me.
Most impressive is the Ohlins suspension, Brembo brake system and, last but not least, the fact that most body panels are made from carbon fibre. All these ingredients put together make one awesome bike. Whether cruising, attending track days, or going on a breakfast run, a memorable experience is guaranteed with exclusivity as the bonus.