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Old 03-29-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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Aprilia SL 1000 Falco. I really want one.

This bike really appeals to me. But I know absolutely nothing about aprilias.

Are they easy to live with on a daily basis? Reliability? Ect.

Please educate me on this machine

Does it work with a passenger for day trips or is it not comfy enough ?

Links to good European parts dealers are apreciated
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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Talking Love the Apes!

I owned a RSV Mille for 30+k miles. What a great bike, amazing engine. Rocky at first bc there wasnt a dealer shop in the Dallas area. But I found AF1racing.com and those guys are great! They carry everything you may need. Extremely helpful, and full of knowledge. The only issue I ever had with my Ape was the resistor for the starter. Those guys (AF1) pointed me in the right direction and bought an upgraded one, never had an issue again. Not only did I order omelette kits for maintenance, I also bought Farkles...tons.
I miss that bike, what a mistake I made by selling it.

Here she is, upstaging her sister:


The good news is that Aprilia is back with a proper network of dealers, but trust me these bikes are bullet proof and easy to maintain. Night and day to my 999s.
What a high maintenance lady...geeez


check out AF1 and the list of things to o or specific bikes too.




Damn it! Just realized you are in Sweden! Disregard but keep in mind the AF1 forum and helpful tips and how tos for reference.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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1 more thing: since the Falco shares the RSV engine I recommend de restricting the engine http://www.apriliaforum.com/techtips...derestrict.htm
Get a KN filter
Get an EProm and Leo Vince Pipe.
Consider 1 down 2 up on the sprockets front and back.
All the above will eliminate the dead spot (torque) between 3800 and 4200 rpms.
Finally order a Yamaha starter relay ( AF1 recommends it bc it cn handle the higher output without burning).
Link: http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s...-Starter-relay
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Don't be alarmed about the brown connector hype. I never had an issue nor any of my friends or even mechanics at the dealership.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
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Great styling that still doesn't look dated. Relatively relaxed ergos compared to a full on supersport. Solid fully adjustable suspension with a wealth of aftermarket options (most Mille parts fit). Bulletproof Rotax motor that can be "woken up" with a few minutes work. Easy parts availability at reasonable pricing. High revving, torquey and great sounding V-twin. Can be had cheap cheap cheap.

What's not to like?
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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Thank you guys, good to hear so much positive about this bike. And super links and info thanks :-)

Do you work on the bike or is it to difficult to work on, not beeing a mecanic. How does it handle on the backroads?
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:22 PM   #6
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I adore my 2001.

Haven't had to work on it much, but what I have done has been remarkably pleasant to do. Dunno why, just seems a lot easier to work on than the Japanese bikes I've had.

On back roads it can be a real joy to ride. You surf along on a constantly-rising (or feels near it, anyway) wave of torque, and it just wants to go, all the time.

I had my eyes out for one for something like 5 years before I found the right one. Glad I found it, its a keeper for sure!
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #7
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Thank you guys, good to hear so much positive about this bike. And super links and info thanks :-)

Do you work on the bike or is it to difficult to work on, not beeing a mecanic. How does it handle on the backroads?
That V990 Rotax requires you to pull the cams to adjust the valve shims, which is the bad news (but most modern OHC motors are made this way). The good news is, they're rarely out of spec, even on very high mileage units, and they can be checked without removing the cams.

Tank is hinged for easy access to the top of the motor. Oil change, brake pad replacement, radiator fluid replacement, air filter replacement and throttle body adjustment is easy, as is chain maintenance and sprocket replacement. Clutch is also easy to access and maintain. Changing the plugs is a bit difficult only because accessing the front plug is challenge with big hands trying to get a socket and ratchet past the front of the tank where it's hinged.

Buy quick-release seat pins (seat is bolted down from the factory) for easy access to the battery and fuses. And keep the battery on a tender if it is sitting for more than a few days, the Rotax needs a strong healthy battery to start when its cold, and you can damage the sprag clutch if the battery is too weak.

There's a few connectors that are known to go bad on the Aprilia Rotax bikes, but they're easy enough to replace if it hasn't been done already, and a lot of owners upgrade to a newer MOSFET regulator-rectifier to get cooler temps and better voltage out of the charging system.

As for handling, it's a typical Italian. So it's not the fastest steering bike, but it's still very agile and not that tiring to sling around. The design supports very high lean angles, and the chassis is rock stable in a turn. Good idea to get new fork and shock springs for your weight, if you're outside the 75 kilo range, but that's true of any bike.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:26 PM   #8
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Thank you guys, good to hear so much positive about this bike. And super links and info thanks :-)

Do you work on the bike or is it to difficult to work on, not beeing a mecanic. How does it handle on the backroads?
Basic maintenance is easy to do, gearheadstu is correct about getting quick disco for the seat and his points on servicing the bike are spot on. I'm am far from a mechanic and I could do most of the services (except for valves).
Not sure about the geometry on the Falco but the Mille was a dream. Steady and easy to hit apex. The engine is sooooo forgiving bc of the torque. No need to work the box like crazy if you want to relax, just roll the throttle off and on and the engine breaking will let you drop in and then roll on to stand her up and take off. You won't go wrong. Damn I miss this bike!
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:30 AM   #9
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Its really good to hear guys. Now I really want one. I just need the snow to clear and then find one to testride. But it really sounds like the bike for me.

I weigh 93 kilos and 183 cm tall. On cykle-ergo.com the height looked fine on this bike, but guess I World need to change the fork and shock springs with my weight. Any idea what springs to og for? And what about forkoil, any suggestions?

Beautifull pic gearheadstu. Thanks for sharing
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:42 AM   #10
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I had one last year, bought it, put an Ohlins on it, lifted the handlebars above the top yoke, took it to the Alps and Dolomites without a hitch.

Powerful bike, great engine, poor fuel consumption, sidestand was hopeless and I would have changed if I would have kept it.

Parts interchangeable with some of the other Aprilias apart from the plastics which are difficult to source.

Lot of bike for the money, generally reliable but helps if there is a specialist mechanic you can call on if needed.

Fuelling slightly snatchy at low revs, I found it a little off-on in the hairpins in the mountains, otherwise very good.

Quality parts and finish. You can screw the clutch with a low battery so keep it on an optimiser. Also check out the wiring mod on the web as this may help charging.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:51 AM   #11
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:53 AM   #12
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The local Triumph had a used one that I made the mistake of looking at, sitting on and doing homework on. By the time I could afford to go talk turkey, somoneone else took it home. It seemed like a lot of bike for the money. Good looking, comfortable ergos.

Yeah... I'd get one.
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:21 AM   #13
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Man that bike is sexy... But what do you mean when you say the sidestand is hopeless??? And how would you fix it?

Tripl Nikl sorry to hear you didnt get the bike
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:29 AM   #14
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Lots of Falcisti in the old countries swap the side stand, either with one from a US model Falco or with certain year/model FireBlade units. Never bothered to find out if the Euro model as originally fitted was too short or too long. Regardless, the vibe is that the stock side stand may not keep the bike upright when parked.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:47 AM   #15
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