Aprilia is back on track thanks to Piaggio, with refreshed versions of their top-selling Mille
EngineThe sixty-degree vee twin motor is now in its eighth year. The improvements made year-on-year have resulted in an engine that now pokes out a claimed 143bhp - interestingly the same as Ducati claim for their fourteen grand 999S.The changes Aprilia have made for 2006 include larger valves and a reworked cylinder head to improve gas flow, while the catalytic converters have been altered to meet strict Euro3 emissions regulations. The new catalysts have been fitted closer to the collector pipes to speed up the length of time it takes the converters to start working, while the secondary exhaust section has been lengthened by 200mm to boost torque at lower revs. The engine mapping has also been improved, with two maps built-into the CPU memory to allow swift changes between greenie-pleasing emissions limits and rider-pleasing performance.The air intake has also been enlarged to increase airbox pressure at high speeds.
ChassisThe most obvious change for 2006 is the standard fitment of Ohlins forks to the 'R' model. It also gets lightweight (but not forged) OZ wheels taking it ever-closer to the high-specification Factory.Both bikes share the same revised aluminium-silicone cast, 'Peraluman pressed' frame, which features a new, lighter steering stem with revised geometry that gives a 2mm increase in trail (up from 100mm to 102mm) and a slight increase in rake which together add up to improved stability. The total weight of the frame is a fairly impressive 9.6kgs, with the swing arm weighing in at a shade under 5kgs. The Factory gets an Ohlins rear shock while the 'R' gets a Sachs unit. Both are fully adjustable including ride height. Radial Brembo callipers and discs grace the Ohlins forks and come complete with braided lines for improved feel.
BodyworkThe bodywork has been completely redesigned to improve aerodynamics as well as styling. The main fairing is now just two separate parts, designed for easier removal for maintenance with larger air vents to improve engine cooling. The 'Starship Enterprise' tail unit has also been redesigned, and is now much sleeker, slightly higher and comes fitted with a 16 LED rear light and built in indicators. All in all the changes save a few grams and have improved aerodynamics, giving a CX (drag factor) of just 0.3.PRICE £8999 (R) £10,349 (Factory)ENGINE 8 valve, liquid-cooled, 60° vee twinDISPLACEMENT 997.62ccBORE X STROKE 97 x 67.5mmCOMPRESSION RATIO 11.8:1CLAIMED POWER 143bhp @ 10,000rpmCHASSIS Aluminium twin-sparFRONT SUSPENSION Fully adjustable 43mm inverted Ohlins forksREAR SUSPENSION Fully adjustable Sachs monoshock Ohlins on Factory)FRONT BRAKES Radially-mounted four-piston Brembo calipers, 320mm discsREAR BRAKE Single-piston caliper, 220mm discWHEELBASE 1418mmSEAT HEIGHT 810mmDRY WEIGHT (claimed) 189kg 'R', 185kg 'Factory'FUEL CAPACITY 18litres IMPORTER Aprilia UK (0161 4751800)
In a nutshell - what's the Factory got that the R hasn't?
* Ohlins rear monoshock* Ohlins steering damper* Forged aluminium wheels* Carbon body parts* Non-slip 'racing' rider's seat* Gold painted frame* Pirelli Supercorsa Pro tyres with a larger rear tyre size for more side grip (190/55)
Posted: 15/07/2004 at 17:28
Posted: 22/02/2006 at 14:07
Posted: 24/02/2006 at 22:24
some of the technical specification details are inaccurate or are existing features on the bike which was introduced in September 2003.
Posted: 27/02/2006 at 23:21
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