Aprilia RSV Mille
Aprilia’s RSV Mille is a sport motorcycle that was produced from 1998 to 2003. RSV Mille, RSV Mille R, and RSV Mille SP were the three versions available.
The original RSV Mille (ME) was generated between 1998 and 2000, the revised RSV Mille (RP) between 2001 and 2002, and the final version in 2003.
The RSV Mille was Aprilia’s first large displacement motorcycle, with a 998 cc 60-degree V-twin engine designed by the Austrian company Retax. Up to that stage, Aprilia had only produced 250cc engines. The Toone used an unmodified version of this engine, while the SL1000 Falco used a slightly modified version.
The Mille had a kind of slipper clutch that operated by using a vacuum from the inlet manifold on a closed throttle to simulate a slipper clutch, but only on a closed throttle.
The first modifications were made to the fairing in 2001 when it was restyled and wind deflectors were added to increase airflow. The fuel tank was replaced with a plastic one (with a smaller capacity), and the rear shock was updated on both the regular and ‘R’ versions.
The front brake calipers were replaced in 2002 with Brembo Monobloc 4 pad calipers, which improved braking efficiency and feel by providing a separate pad for each piston.
The gear ratios were updated in 2003, the exhaust system was changed, and the tailpiece and front mudguard were revamped, resulting in a slightly closer ratio gearbox.
The Mille was phased out in 2004 and replaced by the RSV-R and RSV-R Factory.
RSV Mille R
The RSV Mille R was introduced in 1999 as a lighter, higher-specified variant of the regular Mille. It comes with hind’s suspension, a hind steering damper, cast-aluminum wheels, a carbon fiber front mudguard, and a shorter subframe designed for single-person use (no passenger seat).
RSV Mille SP
The SP stands for Sports Production, and this version was created as a Superbike World Championship homologation special. In 1999, only 150 motorcycles were made, which was the minimum requirement to homologate the Superbike World Championship model. It has a 60-degree V-twin engine with a special short-stroke version built in partnership with Cosworth.
Aprilia produced 300 limited-edition RSV Mille R Hagag Replicas in 2002. The bike was painted in the same colors as Noriyuki Hagag’s bike in the Superbike World Championship, and it came with a circuit package that included a complete Abramovic titanium exhaust system and an Epsom injection unit. [number four]
An RSV Mille R Edwards Replica with a livery inspired by Colin Edwards’ Aprilia RS Cube MotoGP motorcycle was released in 2003. The motorcycle came with a circuit package, which included Abramovic exhausts, a more pressurized airbox, an Epsom injection unit, and 57 mm (rather than 51 mm) throttle bodies, much like the Hagag replica.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
The ZZR1400, also known as the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 and ZX-14R (2006-2020), is a motorcycle in Kawasaki’s Ninja sportbike series that was the company’s most powerful sportbike in 2006. [eight] It debuted at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show and was launched as a replacement for the Kawasaki ZZ-R1200 for the 2006 model year (2002-2005). The ZZR1400 will accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds. [nine] As a result of an agreement between the main Japanese and European motorcycle manufacturers, the maximum speed is electronically limited to 186 mph (299 km/h).
On October 30, 2006, the motorcycle was featured in season 10 of Fifth Gear.
In its October 10, 2006 issue, Motorcycle USA put the bike through its paces and published the following stock results.
60 ft.: 1.713 seconds
330 ft.: 4.349 seconds
1/8 mile: 6.447 seconds, achieving 117.39 mph
1/4 mile: 9.783 seconds, achieving 147.04 mph
A slight upgrade was made in 2008. The ZX-14R was introduced in 2012 as a second-generation model with the R designation. [nine] This included a larger displacement for more horsepower, as well as two variable power modes, Kawasaki traction control, and an ignition-management system borrowed from the ZX-10R. It received cosmetic changes, gradual chassis enhancements, suspension internals that were updated, and for the first time, a slipper clutch was included. The new motor had polished ports on the cylinder heads and cams with more lift and length.
Pistons were lighter and had more compression, and they were cooled by a new oil jet system. The connecting rods and crankshaft and the tensioner and cam chain were improved, and the transmission received heat-treated surface gears. They added a second radiator fan to make the motorcycle run hotter and therefore more durable. Larger head pipes and mufflers improved response, as did a less restrictive air filter.
On a 50-degree morning at an altitude of 2100 feet, Rickey Gadson ran a quarter-mile time of 9.64 seconds at 149.83 mph on a bone-stock bike. (12) Cycle World set a new quarter-mile time of 9.47 seconds (corrected) at 152.83 mph, as well as a new 60 mph time of 2.6 seconds.
MV Augusta F4 1000 R
From 1999 to 2018, the MV Augusta F4 was a four-cylinder sport bike produced by MV Augusta. [ The motorcycle was the catalyst for the brand’s rebirth in 1998. Following his work on the Ducati 916, motorcycle designer Massimo Tambourine developed the F4 at CRC (Catia Research Center). The F4 features a single-sided swingarm, large-diameter front forks (49 or 50 mm (1.9 or 2.0 in)), and classic MV Augusta red and silver paint. The F4 engine also has a hemispherical cylinder head chamber configuration with four valves per cylinder, making it one of the few production superbikes with this feature.
The F4 engine is a liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder four-stroke with two overhead camshafts (DOHC), 16 ‘radial’ valves, electronic multipoint fuel injection, and induction discharge electronic ignition with engine displacements of 749.5 cc (45.74 cu in), 998 cc (60.9 cu in), and 1,078 cc (45.74 cu in) (65.8 cu in). The engine was based on the Ferrari Formula One engine from 1990 to 1992. Ferrari engineers aided in the construction of the engine early on in the design process. MV (at the time, Caixa) quickly moved away from Ferrari’s concept, but they retained one key feature: the radial valves.