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Old 02-01-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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can I please have your opinions, good and bad about your experiences? I have always wanted one, but I need to get some background info. please share.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:28 AM   #2
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I own an rsv ive ridden for about 700 miles or so. better then nothing I guess and they are basically the same bike if you want any thoughts
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I own an rsv ive ridden for about 700 miles or so. better then nothing I guess and they are basically the same bike if you want any thoughts
you right I want your thoughts! and I wanna hear about your bike too.
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Pros: they look the biz, great torque everywhere, comfortable ride, handling is ridiculous, less headshake WITHOUT a damper than any bike WITH a damper, cheap basic maintenance parts


Cons: they eat batteries (tender is a MUST), if you have to run the starter for a long time (like because the battery is weak) you run the risk of breaking the sprag cluch which'll run you $1k+ to fix, expensive crash-repair parts.
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WOW, that's good info on the battery thing. do you have to leave the tender on all the time, or just once a week? I don't mind having a spare battery around, or throwing the teneder on now and them. keep the good info coming.
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WOW, that's good info on the battery thing. do you have to leave the tender on all the time, or just once a week? I don't mind having a spare battery around, or throwing the teneder on now and them. keep the good info coming.
Generally you just run a couple plugs from your battery terminals to under the seat where they are accessible without removing any parts. Have the tender set up in the garage where you park the bike, when you come back from riding plug it in(takes 2 seconds). Get a decent tender that will "float" once it reaches the regular charge.
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Generally you just run a couple plugs from your battery terminals to under the seat where they are accessible without removing any parts. Have the tender set up in the garage where you park the bike, when you come back from riding plug it in(takes 2 seconds). Get a decent tender that will "float" once it reaches the regular charge.
I need to see if my tender "floats". my nuts float. but they were made by a different manufacturer.
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First off, go to apriliaforum.com and become a member. Then review the following:

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yeah, crash the bike and you better hope insurance will pay for it b/c repair parts will eat you alive I got lucky, reeal lucky.

Sprag clutches are probably the biggest design flaw I can see on the bike as Ive talked with several Aprilia owners and AF1 racing confirmed they did not do their homework there. You basically have to drop the engine to replace it is what Im told.

Bike in general is great and you dont see that many of them even though out of all the Italian bikes Aprilia is better known for their reliability then the other guys are. Just baby and maintain everything and youll be fine.
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WOW, that's good info on the battery thing. do you have to leave the tender on all the time, or just once a week? I don't mind having a spare battery around, or throwing the teneder on now and them. keep the good info coming.

I had a tender that floated so I left it on all the time. Not sure if that helps at all. It was a pretty simple deal to plug mine in: it was just 2 leads under the seat cowl so I just did it all the time. 3 weeks without a tender (and no riding) and I'd have to jump the bike.
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I've got an RSV as well. Ridden about 10k last year with very very minimal problems. Bike is just over 18k and had its first real hard part failure.

Looking into doing the sprag this weekend (most likely next) on mine. It doesn't look to be too bad of a job actually. Biggest is going to be removing the flywheel. As far as sprag repair parts go, I'm still under $300 for the whole job. After some research, a sprag clutch for a BMW F650 is the exact same part for a fraction of the cost, just install it backward or rebuild it to lock the right direction.

A quick wiring mod will take care of the charging/eating battery problem. Solder in a couple of wires and it will charge at 14v all day, all RPMs.

A simple wire snip will unlock a hidden stage 2 fuel map in the stock PCM. (Euro models only I think)

Not a bad scooter for the price. I paid just over 5k for mine ('02 RSVR w/under 10k on the clock)

As far as fun to ride, the Rotax 990 is one of the strongest motors I've ever seen. This thing pulls like nobody's business. Handling is a breeze. I have full Ohlins front and rear on mine (eat my shorts Spence...... j/k buddy) and it's like riding a marshmallow down the road. Braking is superb with twin Brembo two piston calipers up front and Brembo rears as well. Only braking issue I have a gripe about is the rotors. They decided to make the rotors float instead of the calipers and I am constantly cleaning rotor "buttons" to keep brake pulse gremlins away.

Hope this helps, I say gofer it!!!
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we can discuss this one over lunch on friday. i just so happen to be friends with the owners of AF1 (the #1 Aprilia dealer in the US) who also run the aprilia forum that bigzona posted about earlier. hit me up sifu !
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