The Best of the Best 2003: Wheels - Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R

The Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R has been fashioned with hard lines, shapely contours, and bold race-replica graphics that, at triple-digit speeds, meld into a blurred streak of beauty. The company’s designers in Noale, Italy, created a 170-mph superbike that is uncompromised by cookie-cutter parts or vacuum-formed plastic.

 

The Mille’s form, however, does not overshadow its function. The $17,299 RSV offers a relaxed seat-ing position and a tall windscreen to maximize comfort, while its bounty of lightweight carbon fiber parts gives the machine nimble handling and high-speed stability. Aprilia’s top-shelf Ohlins suspension components ensure a smooth ride, and Brembo brakes bring the bike, which is powered by a four-stroke, 60-degree V-twin, to a firm stop.

Aprilia USA, 707.592.2261, www.apriliausa.com

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