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Aprilia RSV Mille

Aprilia RSV Mille 1990s Italian sports bike

The designers of the Aprilia RSV Mille could never be accused of muddied intent. A lap-timer - fitted to a road bike - told you all you needed to know. Of course, it went without saying that the data would only ever have been examined at track-days! That said, commuting could never have felt more like competing.

The rest of the Mille was pretty purposeful, too. Which is what you would expect from a machine derived from a World Superbike. Its sibling - the Aprilia RS250 - was similarly sourced from the bike that took the 250cc GP title. The Mille's lap-timer was starting to make sense!

Certainly, the Mille's chassis was impeccably race-bred. It was held together by a twin-spar aluminium frame. The engine - a fuel-injected 60° V-twin - produced 128bhp. Aerodynamically, the RSV was about as slippery as it gets. The result was a top speed of 165mph. Not surprisingly, the bike was a great commercial success. All in all, then, the Aprilia RSV Mille had cemented its place in the top stratum of Italian sports bikes.