Italian exotic joins my garage of other Italian exotics
This is all getting out of hand. The eight bike to be jammed into a single bay garage is an Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga. Super excited for this one!
At this point most people would look at my garage and think that I am a hoarder. Eight motorcycles in a single bay garage is craziness. Might need to find a local support group and work through what ever issues I have that let me think that this is all okay and normal. I just can not help myself sometimes.
Recently I had thought about cutting a couple of the bikes loose in an attempt to "trade up" some bikes. The idea being to combine two cool bikes into one epic one. I would gain space in the garage and get a chance to experience something new and exciting. The hunt was on. Explored a couple of insane options, but nothing ever closed.
During the searching someone reached out to me about a 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga. He was the original owner. The bike had been well taken care of over the years. Ridden regularly. The price was right and a deal was struck. In my attempt to pair down the collection, I added another bike.
In the early 2000's Aprilia was keen to take advantage of some track success. They did was any normal manufacture would, they created a special edition. Taking the top tier Mille R with front and rear Ohlins, four puck Brembo calipers and OZ wheels, Aprilia added a graphics package, and upgraded ECU tune and a titanium exhaust system. Result was about 7 pounds lighter and 10 horsepower more powerful than the standard R. Not bad for an already amazing package. Aprilia made 300 of the Haga Replicas. Details say that 60 of them made it to the USA.
The RSV has been on my radar for a while now. A while back I did a write up here about how they really represent a Smart Buy. For the price there are few bikes out there that offer the quality of components, Italian flare and performance.
Eagle eyed readers will see that rear rack and rightfully have some questions. The original owner installed it to take some short trips with the bike. How cool must that have been? Can you think of anyone on a Ducati V4R taking a trip further then the paddock lane these days? Apparently the bike is MUCH more comfortable then one would assume. Unsure if that is down to the fact that expectations of comfort on a bike like this are already really bad or if the bike is that good.
Unfortunately winter is in full effect here in NY, so not much chance to ride the bike for a couple of months. The bike does not have any needs to speak of either, so nothing to occupy myself with in the garage either. Just a basic service, tires and a solid "getting to know you" detail.
So Number 125 is currently on a truck heading to my garage. It will join a couple of other V Twin Italian bikes. Plan to use the bike as the go to sport bike. At about 10k miles I do not fear adding to that over time.