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The RSV 1000 R
Riding is Believing

The RSV 1000 is building up an incredible record in comparative tests and is conclusively accepted in its base 1000R configuration as the fastest production twin cylinder motorcycle on the track. With over 138 horsepower at the crank and a top speed of over 280 Km/hour, the new RSV 1000 R is averazing 1-second off average circuit times during testing compared to the outgoing Mille R model! This extra speed and power demonstrates even more clearly the RSV’s incredible handling and exceptional racing efficiency too. Unbeatable riding satisfaction is guaranteed under even the most extreme conditions.

The RSV 1000 R design
The perfectly balanced chassis is built around the new aluminium and silicon alloy frame. The frame has been completely redesigned for improved riding control and is 5% more rigid than before. It also weighs in 600 grams lighter.

The RSV 1000 R sets new standards for design for Aprilia and for the entire motorcycling world. Its aggressive lines ensure improved aerodynamic penetration and thermal efficiency from the engine. The new cockpit fairing, with four headlights and dynamic air intake transforms air into power and power into speed. And the RSV 1000 R has achieved the almost impossible objective of clothing maximum mechanical efficiency in sheer beauty. One look at the essential new graphics is enough to convince. When you have this much personality, you don’t need to shout.
The front of the bike is completely new, with direction indicators integrated in the mirrors and four paired headlights for greater lighting efficiency.
The tail is a true masterpiece of aerodynamics, and features a design that tapers to perfection to eliminate wake turbulence and drag.
The rear light cluster incorporates an extremely advanced, ultrasound sealed, honeycomb structure comprising 16 variable intensity LEDs.
The double exhaust is another track-derived innovation on the RSV 1000 R. It improves overall balance and aerodynamics at high speed.

Aprilia RSV Mille R

Engine type:
V60 Magnesium: four-stroke longitudinal 60° V-twin; liquid cooling with three-way pressurized circuit; double overhead camshaft operated by a mixed gear/chain system; four valves per cylinder; patent AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft).
95 RON unleaded petrol
Bore and stroke:
97 x 67.5 mm
997.62 cc
Compression ratio:
11.8 : 1
Maximum power at crank:
138.72 hp (102 kW) at 9,500 rpm
Maximum torque at crank :
10.9 kgm (107 Nm) at 7,500 rpm
Fuel system:
Integrated electronic engine management system. Indirect multipoint electronic injection. Throttle body diameter: 57 mm.
10,3 litre airbox, with Air Runner air scoop.
Digital electronic ignition, with one spark plug per cylinder and integrated injection
Double silencer with three-way catalytic converter and Lambda sensor (Euro 2)
12V - 500 W
Dry sump with separate oil tank.
Double trochoidal pump with oil cooling radiator.
Steel oil tank

Gearbox :
Six speed with ratios:
1st 34/15 (2.27)
2nd 31/19 (1.63)
3rd 26/20 (1.3)
4th 24/22 (1.091)
5th 24/25 (0.96)
6th 23/26 (0.88)
Multiple disc wet clutch with patented PPC power-assisted hydraulic control
Braided metal clutch line
Radial pump with 15 mm piston.
Primary drive:
Straight cut gears with ratio: 60/31 (1.935)
Final drive:
Ratio: 40/16 (2.5)

Box section sloping twin-spar aluminium alloy frame.
Front suspension:
Showa 43 mm diameter upside-down fork, with adjustable compression, rebound and preload. Wheel travel: 120 mm.
Rear suspension:
Aluminium alloy double banana swing arm; APS progressive system linkage.
Sachs hydraulic shock-absorber with adjustable rebound, compression, preload and length. Wheel travel: 133 mm.

Front: Brembo double 320 mm diameter floating stainless steel disc. Brembo "Triple bridge" callipers with four 34 mm diameter pistons and 4 sintered pads.
Braided metal brake line.
Brembo 220 mm diameter stainless steel disc. Two-piston (32 mm diameter) calliper and sintered pads. Braided metal brake line.
Wheels :
Aluminium alloy
Front: 3.50 X 17" Rear: 6.00 X 17"
Tubeless radial;
front: 120/70 ZR 17
rear: 190/50 ZR 17 (alternative: 180/55 ZR 17)

Overall length: 2035 mm
Overall width: 730 mm (at handlebars)
Overall height: 1145 mm (at windscreen)
Saddle height: 810 mm
Handlebar height 830 mm (at bar ends)
Wheelbase 1,415 mm
Trail 101.7 mm
Steering angle 24.80°
Dry weight:
189 Kg
18 litre capacity (including 4 litre reserve)

Colours available:
Lead Grey / Magnet Grey, Aprilia Black / Diablo Black, and Fluo Red / Lead Grey
All colour combinations come with a polished frame.

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"An incredible new Superbike from Aprilia bordering on perfection."
Go to our exclusive Aprilia RSV1000R Track Test with Janelle Perzina Page Two

New Bike Review

Aprilia's 2nd Generation RSV1000R for 2004
How do you improve what is already one of the best V-Twin Superbikes in the world? Ducati faced that challenge with the 998 Superbike and succeed with the radical new 999. And now, just 6 months later Aprilia has accepted the challenge as well with the release of the all new RSV 1000 R. One of the world's most appreciated superbikes has become even more beautiful, more high performing and more effective.

During its first five years of life,the Aprilia RSV 1000 come to be regarded as one of the leading benchmarks for performance, rideability and track success. A supersport bike with pedigree which, thanks to its first-rate technology and value for performance, has won the hearts of 27,000 riders worldwide. But the time had come for Aprilia to improve its best. The RSV 1000 R inherits the full legacy of the previous model, but shifts all the technical and performance characteristics up and adds an R to its name to symbolize this increase.
One of the best production twin-cylinder bike on the track today is even faster.

The main aim of the Aprilia RSV 1000 R project was in fact to increase on-track performance with a new engine, frame and swing arm. The overall layout is new: it is lower (-25 mm) shorter (-35 mm) and more compact. And the revolutionary design is new, with improved aerodynamic penetration. Aprilia says the RSV 1000 R sets a new benchmark for road sportbikes due to its technology and its extraordinary performance. But also important is the further development of the concept of “total rideability” which has always characterized this bike. Attention to ergonomics and easy rideability make the rider feel immediately at ease with the bike so that he can quickly and almost effortlessly reach faster lap times on the track..A less demanding ride is less physically and mentally tiring, faster and safer ride, during which the rider can keep his concentration higher for longer. These are determining factors for race performance, but are also important on the road.

The RSV 1000 R is Aprilia's new benchmark for road supersport bikes. Here are the project's distinctive characteristics item by item in creating an all new bike from the groud up:

·New V 60 Magnesium engine
·Air Runner air scoop
·Close gear ratio
·New electronic injection system
 with 57 mm throttle bodies
·New 16-bit electronic control unit

New exhaust with double silencer, three-way  catalytic converter and Lambda sensor
·New aluminium alloy perimetric frame
·New double banana aluminium swing arm
·New rear suspension linkage
·Lighter and less loaded steering plate

Attention was paid to every minimum detail of this refined bike with its aggressive, unmistakable look. The new RSV 1000 R strikes a balance between quality, technology, components and finish.

The design of the RSV 1000 R is lower and more compact with an unmistakable aggressive look. Not design for design's sake, but design at the disposal of technology and performance. Every detail has been designed not just to be pretty, but above all to be effective. Finding the best possible air system for the V60 Magnesium engine has meant fundamental changes to the front. The air scoop has been placed in the middle of the windscreen, the point where the dynamic pressure is greatest. A fundamental factor for the bike's performance therefore also becomes a fundamental part of the design. The front headlamp insert is split with four lamps which work together in pairs thus getting rid of that unpleasant “Cyclops effect” typical of many modern sportbikes.

The RSV 1000 R is smaller, lower and slimmer, and this dimensional compactness is its strong point. All this without forgetting ergonomics which has always distinguished the RSV range.The slender tail quickly converts from a one-seater to a two-seater. It is extremely compact and one of the most characteristic features of the bike. The compact rear LED light provides excellent brightness despite its extremely moderate dimensions. Even seen from behind, the RSV 1000 R is immediately recognizable. The quest for the cleanest possible line and maximum aerodynamic penetration has led to elimination of the traditional turn indicator lights. The front ones are now incorporated in the rear-view mirrors, and the rear ones are built into the tail. So no protrusions for a perfectly clean line able to cut through the air like no other. Thanks to these stratagems and long studies in a wind tunnel, the RSV 1000 R further improves the already exceptional CX of the RSV Mille 2003, which drops from 0.306 to 0.3.

The 1000 “V 60 Magnesium” marks a turning point in the history of Aprilia twin-cylinder engines. It is based on the famous and appreciated V990, but has beencompletely revised to push performance limits even further. 138.72 hp (102 kW) at the crank giving a maximum speed of over 170 mph (280 km/h), with maximum torque of 107 Nm at 7,500 rpm. This is equal to the power output of Ducati's top of the line 999R Superbike, but at a price significantly lower. All this despite the fact the new engine is extremely “clean” since it is fitted with a three-way catalytic converter with lambda sensor and complies with the EC Euro2 standards.

The cylinder heads with magnesium covers have been completely redesigned. On-track experience was put to good use to improve their fluid dynamic efficiency and optimize combustion. In particular, the squish areas between the exhaust and intake valves have been made bigger. Thanks to this new design, best performance is obtained with a single spark plug, which at the same time increases combustion efficiency precisely due to the greater turbulence.With the new layout, it has even been possible to distribute the cooling liquid more evenly around the combustion chamber which leads to more constant efficiency and reliability.

Optimization of the ignition-injection system mapping has also led to ideal combustion even at low loads and low speeds. As well as new cylinder heads, there are also new camshafts and new valve springs. The lubrication circuit has also been completely redesigned in this delicate area, not only to improve lubrication itself, but also to minimize viscous drag and consequent power loss.The intake ducts have been redesigned to match the throttle bodies perfectly. The exhaust duct has also been redesigned: it now has an oval section to facilitate the passage of exhaust gases towards the silencer.

To improve the air supply to the “V60 Magnesium” the intake section has been completely redesigned. An air scoop, known as the “Air Runner”, has been placed in the middle of the windscreen, right where the dynamic pressure is greatest and perfectly in line with the bike. A duct passes through the headstock to bring the pressurized air to the filter casing, which holds a good 10.3 litres. A choke inside the duct, controlled by the electronic control unit, regulates air flow, thus providing the engine with the right amount of air at the right pressure at all revs. In this way, the engine performs better and provides a spurt unknown to the Aprilia V2 up to now. In fact the rev limiter has been upped to 11,000 rpm.

The mighty voice of the V60 Magnesium is muffled by two Helmotz resonators with different volumes which lower the intake noise at the most critical revs. The airbox also houses a new air by-pass stepper motor which acts on an electronically controlled valve and sends air downstream of the butterfly valve thus making it easier to cold-start the bike and stabilizing the engine idling speed.The Air Runner also acts as a structural component. Thanks to two light aluminium arms it holds the windscreen and the front headlight, therefore doing away with unattractive supports.The new panel filter ensures less air resistance, therefore improving engine efficiency. It also costs less as a spare part than the previous RSV filter, leading to lower running costs.The air intake section has been completely revised: the engine can now count on an injection system with 57 mm throttle bodies and a single injector per cylinder. Thank to the Air Runner the pressure in the airbox increases as the bike runs faster leading to a 3% gain in power at maximum speed

.A new electronic control unit, made together with Siemens VDO, manages the whole engine. It receives all the vital parameters from 15 sensors in real time (temperature: air and liquid; pressure: atmospheric, airbox and oil; Lambda sensor; rotation sensors: driveshaft, camshaft, throttle and rear wheel; position sensors: kickstand, clutch and idle; battery voltage) and redistributes them instantly to the actuators. A 36-minus-2-tooth wheel is coupled to the driveshaft, which is therefore able to manage the engine with greater precision (every 10°, rather than every 60°).

All the data passes through a CAN line (Controlled Area Network) to the instrument panel, which acts as an autodiagnosis terminal. In the event of a malfunction, the mechanic will be able to identify the problem immediately. The CAN line uses two wires only to transmit all this data, which enormously simplifies the electrical system and keeps the overall weight of the bike down.

The reliability of the RSV 1000 R has grown along with its performance. New high resistance specially designed rods have further increased the robustness of the engine. But the V60 Magnesium is not only more powerful and robust, it is also lighter than the old V990 thanks to the use of special materials, such as magnesium for the cylinder-head covers and clutch cover. The RSV 1000 R is fitted with a close ratio gearbox which, more than ever before, allows the rider to get the full exceptional performance from the V60 Magnesium. The result is even more aggressive acceleration and exhilarating gear changes off the bends, which may be experienced both on the road and on the track. The engine responds absolutely brilliantly even at the highest gears thus increasing the sportiness of the bike and riding fun.

The Mille R looks best in Red. If it had an underseat exhaust it would do a double take for an MV Agusta.

The new exhaust system was designed on the basis of experience acquired in the Superbike championships. It follows the 2 in 1 in 2 layout and is completely made of stainless steel, with 10/10 mm thick manifolds and oval section head mounting flanges made of precision cast stainless steel. The silencers are lined with 8/10 mm thick stainless steel, with surface electroplating, and assembled with clamps and rivets according to the typical racing construction technique. They are positioned in order to minimize aerodynamic resistance and improve weight distribution.

Colin Edwards and Noriyuki Haga pause for a Coca-Cola at a local Italian cafe during the European press intro for the new Mille R. Haga - "Colin san, remember when we use to win races in World Superbike? This new Mille R just mihgt be our winning ticket out of MotoGP!" Edwards - "That would be nice, Nori, but what I really miss is not getting ice in my sodas, here, like back inTexas."

Years of high level racing have helped Aprilia R&D design an even better frame than the previous model, which was already acknowledged as one of the best production bike frames. The primary aim when designing the new RSV 1000 R frame was perfect mass centralization. In accordance with the Aprilia tradition, the structure uses cast aluminium-silicon and die cast Peraluman 450 parts. The frame was optimized through long finite-element studies, and its torsional rigidity is 5% better than the previous model. Despite this the new frame is a good 600 grams lighter, bringing its total weight down to only 9650 grams: a weight only matched by racing bikes.The headstock is positioned differently in order to lower the whole bike and consequently its centre of gravity. The swing arm pivot has been moved 0.5 mm forward, whereas both the swing arm mounting and the saddle frame have been lowered to make the bike more compact and concentrate its mass around the centre of gravity as much as possible.The engine has been moved 4 mm to the right, together with the new exhaust system manifold, for perfect bike balancing.

Times change, riding styles change and bikes must change too. For this reason, the frame and swing arm assembly has been designed specifically not only to ensure maximum performance, but also to allow riders to manage slides perfectly (when entering and leaving bends). Each component has been made more compact and optimized to adapt it to the new bike layout. The rear suspension linkage has been redesigned, the saddle frame is fixed vertically to the bike frame in order to decrease its thickness in the under-saddle area by 3 cm. The suspension supporting crossbars are cast and not extruded, so that they are better shaped around the rear suspension and contribute further towards perfect mass centralization.

The new RSV 1000 R swing arm has been designed using the know how acquired in motorbike GPs. It is also made with extruded Peraluman and cast Al Si 7. Its double banana shape leaves space for the new double-silencer exhaust system to pass through. Again in this case, sections and thicknesses have been optimized using finite-element analysis. The RSV 1000 R swing arm weight has been decreased by a good 400 grams, to 4860 grams, well under the 5 kg threshold taken as reference for this particular component.

The Showa 43 mm upside-down fork is a perfect compromise between sportiness and road comfort. It has been taken from the racing units and has continuously adjustable preload and hydraulically adjustable rebound (2.5 turns) and compression (2.25 turns).

The Sachs mono-tube shock-absorber is fitted with a separate piggy back nitrogen cylinder built into the body. It has adjustable rebound, compression, preload and length in order to lift and lower the rear axle according to the required settings, rider's preferences and other adjustments made. Among the optional components is a continuous tyre pressure measuring system, to keep the alignment under control according to the suspension settings.

The Brembo Tripe Bridge Gold Series front system is without a doubt the best conventional system for motorbikes on the market today.The RSV-R is fitted with two four-piston (34 mm diameter) callipers with four separate sintered pads (one per piston). The four pads double the pad-disc adhesion, thus increasing the braking force applied for the same amount of effort on the lever. Their more compact size also leads to more uniform pad wear.The Brembo “Tripe Bridge” calliper structure (with central strengthening bridge) is the most rigid conventional system. The double 320 mm diameter floating steel disc has a very short braking distance, in order to minimize inertia and weight, and uses an exclusive Aprilia design six-spoke flange. The brake pump is radial to improve response precision and the feel of the lever.

The rear braking system is a Brembo Gold Series with 220 mm diameter stainless steel disc and two-piston (32 mm diameter) calliper. Both the front and rear systems use braided metal lines taken from the aeronautics industry, which eliminate the irritating pressure smoothing effect of conventional lines and ensure maximum braking precision.

What particularly characterizes and distinguishes the Aprilia RSV 1000 R is the care and attention paid to every single component and part. This attention leads to better performance and functional characteristics, through a decrease in weight and considerable increase in product quality and finish.
Great care was particularly taken to rationalize the construction of the RSV 1000 R. Less pieces, less screws, less weight. The RSV 1000 R fairing consists of only 14 pieces compared to the 25 pieces on the previous version. The couplings have also been studied in a wind tunnel to optimize air flow over the bike, and improve CX and cooling. As regards components, the following are worth mentioning:

- Dashboard: mixed type (digital-analogue). It receives all its data from a CAN line and is an integral part of the autodiagnosis system due to its memory. It has all the indicators of the previous model (including self lap-timing with a 40 lap memory), an extremely modern compact design and a drastically decreased weight (down from 560 to only 220 g). Its functional characteristics have been improved: all the functions are controlled by three convenient keys. The LED lighting may be set to three levels: white in the analogue area and red in the digital area.
- Headlight has four lights for perfect night-riding vision. The bike's highly refined finish is also evident from the care taken over apparently accessory parts, such as the lamp holders made of blue anodized aluminium.
- The turn Signals are perfectly integrated into the bike. The front ones are incorporated in the rear-view mirrors and the rear ones are built into the tail. Consequently, they do not need removing for track use. The rear number plate holder may be quickly removed for the same reason.
- The specially made RSV 1000 R key has internal coding, and the ignition block has an immobilizer fitted as standard.

The three colour combinations highlight the RSV 1000 R's modern line and are able to satisfy all tastes. The RSV 1000 R is available in Lead Grey/Magnet Grey, Aprilia Black/Diablo Black and Fluo Red/Lead GreyAll colour combinations come with polished frame and swing arm.

•Akrapovic Exhausts – Aprilia Racing   •Titanium Exhausts – Aprilia Racing   •Reversed gearbox
•Tyre pressure indicator  •Rear centerstand    •Tank bag

Upgraded Ohlins suspension, Radial brakes, forged wheels and carbonfibre bits for the new Factory Mille R.

The RSV 1000 R Factory is an enhanced RSV 1000 R. The twin V60 Magnesium engine and new RSV 1000 R settings together with special ultralight materials and the world's best quality production components bring the RSV 1000 R Factory up to track-riding excellence. The most important parts which mark the difference between the RSV 1000 R Factory and the RSV 1000 R are:

•Radial callipers   •Fully adjustable Öhlins fork   •Adjustable Öhlins shock absorber
•Öhlins steering damper fitted as standard  •Forged aluminium wheels  •Rider's saddle with nonslip racing seat
•Matt black painted frame  • Carbon Fiber parts • Forged aluminum wheels

See the column at right for complete specification details on the RSV1000R Factory. Price is expected to be in the $18,000 range.

Go to Aprilia RSV1000R Track Test with Janelle Page 2
Aprilia RSV1000R Nera and Racing Specials Page 3

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The RSV 1000 R’s V 60° Magnesium engine
The RSV 1000R's newly revised engine has achieved exceptional results in terms of power too, triumphally passing the 100 kW mark to deliver a mighty 102 kW. This extraordinary achievement is the result of extensive development of Aprilia’s already legendary 60° longitudinal V twin. The new V60° Magnesium incorporates so many technical innovations that it is really a completely new engine, capable of delivering unrivalled performance and satisfaction. The power unit derives its name from the magnesium cylinder head and clutch covers chosen to keep weight down to an absolute minimum.

The engine features Aprilia’s two most famous patents, the ADVC double anti-vibration countershaft system and the hydraulic clutch with PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch) to control rear wheel bounce.
The cylinder head design is completely new and features single plug ignition, new inlet and exhaust ports and magnesium alloy cylinder head covers.

Introduction of the Air Runner dynamic air intake has increased power by 3% at maximum engine speed. The new intake incorporates two differential volume Helmotz resonators to dominate the roar of the mighty V 60° Magnesium, an electronic control valve to adjust air flow to engine speed, a high efficiency air filter plus splash trap fins. The Air Runner intake also serves a structural purpose. Two aluminium arms extend from the unit to provide a functional and elegant support for the cockpit fairing and front light cluster.
The front air intake is located centrally for maximum functionality, to avoid spoiling the bike’s sleek lines, and to achieve maximum intake pressure.

Aprilia has also developed a new electronic fuel injection system. The control unit is monitors all relevant engine parameters via 15 different sensors, and calculates optimum engine control settings in real time.

The RSV 1000 R Factory is an enhanced RSV 1000 R with special ultralight materials and higher spec Ohlins suspension components bring the RSV 1000 R Factory up to track-riding excellence. The most important parts which mark the difference between the RSV 1000 R Factory and the RSV 1000 R are:

The 43 mm upside-down Öhlins Racing fork is titanium nitride coated to optimize smoothness. Its special structure with elongated sleeves and shortened legs reduces the load on two critical points of the forks themselves (the sliding bush and stanchion-leg coupling). The wheel travel is 120 mm. Like the racing models, the fork rebound, compression and preload may be precision adjusted. The forged aluminium brake calliper mounting bracket allows the new radial callipers to be fitted, perfectly in line with the latest GP and world SBK trends. The rear Öhlins Racing shock absorber originates directly from experience on the track. It is fitted with a separate piggy back nitrogen cylinder built into the body. It has adjustable rebound, compression, preload and length in order to lift and lower the rear axle and adjust the suspension to different riding styles and different race tracks. Among the optional components is a continuous tyre pressure measuring system, to keep the alignment under complete control according to the settings and suspension.

The best sportbike deserves the best braking system, and the RSV 1000 R Factory is once more on the leading edge of technology, with a radial clamp front braking system developed by Aprilia together with Brembo. The benefits for the rider are:
More effective braking: More precise response to the driver's actions. Any free lever movement due to calliper ”elasticity” is almost completely eliminated since radial mounting prevents any movement of the calliper itself.
·Longer pad life. With radial mounting, the pads work more in line with the disc, precisely because the calliper is kept more strictly aligned with its theoretical working position even when under extreme stress. This lengthens pad life basically because better alignment leads to more even surface wear.
·Better system stability and consequently less difference between hot and cold performance.The 320 mm front floating steel discs use lowered mounts to minimize weight and inertia, leading to more effective handling.The radial system on the RSV 1000 R Factory is combined with a radial pump to form the most sophisticated braking system currently fitted to a production bike.

The rear braking system is a Brembo Gold Series with 220 mm diameter stainless steel disc and a two-piston (32 mm diameter) calliper. Both the front and rear systems use braided metal lines taken from the aeronautics industry, which eliminate the irritating pressure smoothing effect of conventional lines and ensure maximum braking precision.

An exclusive two-chamber steering damper from the specialist Öhlins Racing line is fitted as standard. It may of course be adjusted to adapt the bike's response to various riding conditions. The extensive use of carbon components make the motorbike even lighter and more refined. The mudguards and several parts of the fairing are made of extremely light “woven carbon composite”.Furthermore the RSV 1000 R Factory headstock shaft is made of aluminium and not steel, which also contributes to reducing the overall weight of the bike.

The exclusively designed forged wheels deserve a particular mention, since they are definitely one of the most distinctive parts of the bike, not just aesthetically, but also technically. They are forged from Anticorodal 6061 aluminium using an 8,000 ton hydraulic press. This technique produces wheels without defects or the porosity which may always result from the casting process, and gives them exceptional mechanical characteristics. Finite-element analysis was used to find the best design, which came out to be a front wheel with six spokes and back wheel with five which split in two towards the rim. This was not just an aesthetic choice; this structure provides excellent lateral and torsional rigidity (thus keeping the suspension stable).

As with the whole RSV 1000 R project, performance becomes beauty in this case too. The weight saving is exceptional: about 25% less for each wheel compared with the lightest wheels on the market made using the traditional aluminium casting technique. Inertia too is consequently 25 % lower than for cast aluminium alloy wheels. The maniacal care taken over the RSV 1000 R Factory project has not overlooked even the most insignificant details. The wheels are anodized and not painted. This leads to a further weight saving on this essential component and ensures they keep their characteristic colour for the whole life of the bike. Furthermore the technical wheel data is not embossed, but carved into the wheel itself, consequently removing more material and further weight. Aprilia has also homologated a 5.5 inch rear wheel (6 inches are standard). The smaller section central rim channel gives additional support on bends, better handling, and better bike response, especially on the track.