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Old 08-21-2003, 07:36 AM   #11
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Default Re: Mille Factory R Track Test

Feeling like your $12 is not well spent is hardly "popular opinion". Unfortunatly, we all have to listen every time a turd announces he is leaving the punchbowl. I guess some people need the attention. If they REALLY didn't like it here they would just go away.
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Old 08-21-2003, 07:38 AM   #12
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I was never a real fan of the previous Mille. Too bulbous and too many cheesy details and sort of a Japanese feel to it. This new one though looks very tasty.

If they were close to the same price I'm sure I would still prefer a 999S but for what will probably be $4-5K less the "Factory" is a very tempting alternative.

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Old 08-21-2003, 08:04 AM   #13
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Even talkative and sweet handling bikes have their limits

More to the point, rear end came around suddenly just past the apex, when I was at full lean, so there wasnt much to do or correct. I guess it was a combination of lean angle and being slightly out of the race line, where the track is a bit slick.

Regarding weight, the single item that tips the scales against Twins is their need for heavy cranks. Twin's crancks usually weight far more than a four's because of the need to balance such big pistons and steady their irregular firing intervals.

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Old 08-21-2003, 08:06 AM   #14
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Ya gotta admit... for a company that comparatively recently jumped into the big bike market, Aprilia has had phenomenal success. Especially getting the power they do without resorting to Ducati's uneccessarily complex desmo with its resultant exhorbitant maintenance bills.



While the V-Twin may be dead in racing (ha ha) for the purposes of those of us who aren't professionals it doesn't matter if you've got a twin or a four. Aprilia offers a bike with all the Brembo and Ohlins and other goodies. The cost of upgrading a Japanese sportbike will make a Mille Factory R look inexpensive. Definitely an attractive package for those who like their track days.
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Old 08-21-2003, 09:15 AM   #15
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I look at my MO subscription like any other magazine I subscribe to, Except I don't have to wait a month, It's updated every few days at least, and I get to retch a response if I feel the need.

What a deal. All they need now is to shoot a few bikes my way to get the ruggedly-handsome-yet-blindingly-fast-middle-aged-portly-guy perspective.
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Old 08-21-2003, 09:19 AM   #16
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Don't you have to be gay to ride those?

You know, that whole pee-pee envy over compansating thang
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Old 08-21-2003, 11:18 AM   #17
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Default Nice article - 1 correction though

As usual, Yossef has done a great reporting job. As an original Mille R owner though, I think he got confused with the motor specs of the previous generation as the standard Mille and Mille R ALWAYS shared the same motors. Only the limited edition Mille SP homologation bike's motor was different, with a shorter stroke and heads designed by Cosworth and more claimed HP.



I still love my 2000 Mille R and it shames a lot of liter bikes at the track now, I can only imagine how much better the 2004 Erre Factory will be.
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Old 08-21-2003, 04:22 PM   #18
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No, just a redneck who thinks that anything with a Chevy 350 is automatically the greatest product ever built.
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Old 08-21-2003, 07:48 PM   #19
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Great review, Yossef!
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Old 08-21-2003, 10:22 PM   #20
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Errr, ahem, oops. Caught me out on that one BUT, The 2003 RSV R Haga Replica did have 3 HP more. Otherwise, the Mille and the R had same engine spec indeed. Cheers and thanks. Yossef
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