Thursday, September 13, 2007

Aprilia Falco SL 1000

Launched two years after Aprilia’s RSV Mille, the Falco used the same 60º V-twin engine used in the RSV range. Since not every rider wishes to ride a committed sports machine like the RSV Mille, the Falco offers a more relaxed sports-touring ride. Its 998cc engine has a lower stat of tune, producing 9kW (12bhp) less than the RSV Mille. But despite the lower power output and relaxed riding position, the Falco’s chassis is a highly specified as the RSV. Showa upside-down forks and a Schas rear shock are both fully adjustable, and the Brembo brakes are rave-spec items. In some ways, the Falco has rather fallen between the two stools of the firm’s RSV and Futura. The RSV is more suitable for track work, while the Futura is a better tourer.

About SL 1000 Falco:

Top speed: 256km/h (160mph)

Engine type: 998cc I/c 60º V-twin, eight-valve, DOHC

Maximum power: 88kW (118bhp) @ 9250rpm

Frame type: twin spar aluminium/magnesium alloy

Tyre size: front 120/70 17, rear 180/55 17

Final drive: chain

Gearbox: 6 speed

Weight: 190kg (418lb)