Having grown steadily throughout the 1980s, Aprilia entered the 1990s with ambitious expansion plans that included a top-of-the-range, 1,000cc superbike. Rather than face the expense of developing a four, Aprilia commissioned its engine supplier, Rotax, to draw up a v-twin, choosing a compact 60-degree layout rather than the 90-degree arrangement favoured by rivals Ducati and Honda. Twin balancer shafts were included to tame vibration, while the use of dry sump lubrication enabled the engine to be mounted lower in the aluminium-alloy, beam-type frame. The RSV Mille debuted at the Milan show towards the end of 1997, with deliveries commencing in 1998. Ever since then the RSV has earned consistent praise from professional journalists and enthusiastic owners alike for its unique blend of superlative high performance, Italian character and Japanese build quality.
The current (first) owner purchased this RSV from a dealer in 2010. Fully serviced in the summer of 2016, the machine displays a total of 37,657 kilometres (approximately 23,400 miles) on the odometer and is described by the vendor as in generally very good, 'as new' condition. A sports exhaust system is the only notified deviation from factory specification. Offered with Belgian registration papers.