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Old 06-11-2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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what would you do?

So here's my dilemma: I have an '01 aprilia RSV 1000 sitting in my garage. The bike runs like a champ, but looks like . A buddy of mine and I painted it, and used an apparently non-gas resistant clear so as soon as I dribbled a little gas on the tank it ate the paint right off. I'm trying to decide what I should do with it.

Should I...


1. turn it into my trackwhore

2. sell it with the paint and buy a gixxer 600 trackwhore

3. pay to have it repainted and restickered, and buy a gixxer 600 trackwhore (and maybe pay off a few bills)


If this were a "normal" japanese I4 bike the decision would be easy, but seeing as its a slightly more rare bike....I'm having trouble making the call.
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Sell it to me for hella cheap.
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Sell it to me for hella cheap.
what do you consider hella cheap?
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what do you consider hella cheap?
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'01 Mille's are not selling very well at all. You can pick one up cheap unfortunately (unfortunate for the people that had to buy it new), even the "R" models with the Ohlins and in GREAT shape are cheap- like at the most $5k- maybe.

They're great bikes to ride, very forgiving and fun. A little heavy for the track and unless you have the "R" model, you have to do some suspension work. The engine is not too bad and pretty reliable, but you have to consider with a track bike that you'll want ease of maintenance and a good availability of parts- which doesn't fit in to the equation with the Mille.

Personally, I would re-paint it (the right way) and keep it for the street or try to sell it. If you try to sell it, get ready to wait for a long time for the right buyer to come along because there is just no demand for that kind of bike.

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So, just the gas tank paint got ate up? just repaint the tank and keep it.. Such a nice bike....
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So, just the gas tank paint got ate up? just repaint the tank and keep it.. Such a nice bike....
If he's got the plastic tank, that's easier said than done. It has a flat black paint that almost impossible to match.

If it's the gloss black metal tank, it's much easier to work with.

Po-Po, if you like the bike, keep it. I wouldn't put it on the track though. Parts and upkeep are way too much for a Mille of that vintage. Take it from someone who has first hand experience.
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If he's got the plastic tank, that's easier said than done. It has a flat black paint that almost impossible to match.

If it's the gloss black metal tank, it's much easier to work with.

Po-Po, if you like the bike, keep it. I wouldn't put it on the track though. Parts and upkeep are way too much for a Mille of that vintage. Take it from someone who has first hand experience.

I've had the bike for a few years, and it really hasn't required more money than any other bike I've owned. However, I also have an '07 gixxer thou. I've been using it as a track day bike, but I'm still making payments on it so I'd rather not. So its either the aprilia or whatever (completely paid for) bike that replaces it thats going to be the track .
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I've had the bike for a few years, and it really hasn't required more money than any other bike I've owned.
Wait until you take it to the track... or toss it down at the track. A big twin at the track will have unique things that occur with it, aside from if it gets tossed.

You can fix a GSXR for half what it would cost to fix that Mille.

Just sayin'.

Don't get me wrong, it's a fun bike to ride at the track; not a fun bike to fix though...
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Popo 5.0 do you have any pics of the tank's damage??
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I spilled gas on it, and then tried to wipe it off.....which promptly ate even MORE paint.what would you do?
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I spilled gas on it, and then tried to wipe it off.....which promptly ate even MORE paint.what would you do?
I've got the code and matte clearcoat for that paint. It's not too bad- the materials are the biggest cost (the matte clearcoat is expensive).
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Right ^^^
Its not as bad as I thought .. Materials for the job are the biggest cost factor IMHO.
Is that the plastic or metal tank??

I would just repaint it and trade/sell it for a track bike that doesnt have payments...
Like was stated before- most people prefer a Inline 4 because they are so much easier to deal with and availability of parts than your Italian steed.
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Its not as bad as I thought .. Materials for the job are the biggest cost factor IMHO.
Is that the plastic or metal tank??

I would just repaint it and trade/sell it for a track bike that doesnt have payments...
Like was stated before- most people prefer a Inline 4 because they are so much easier to deal with and availability of parts than your Italian steed.
That's the plastic tank. The metal ones were gloss.
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Definetly a plastic tank. They were all plastic starting in '01.
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Definetly a plastic tank. They were all plastic starting in '01.
They had metal tanks too, the metal tanks came on the bikes with gloss paint.
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