Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Today in motorcycle history, June 4, 2002



  Aprilia USA announces the introduction of two limited edition motorcycles, the RSV 1000 R Tuono Limited and the RSV 1000 Mille R – Haga Replica. The bikes were available in extremely limited numbers in the United States, only 50 Tuono's and 60 Haga Replica's.

   The Haga Replica has the same livery as the bike used by Noriyuki Haga at the Superbike World Championship and came with it's own circuit kit, which included a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust system and an Eprom injection unit. And as an added bonus it came with a blue anodized Ergal top triple tree with “Noriyuki Haga” inscribed signature, PLUS a production identification serial number, PLUS the inscription “SBK REPLICA RSV 1000 R”.  Relax, take a deep breath. 

   If you were interested in snagging one of these special edition bad boys, you needed to find a local Aprilia dealer to place an order. The RSV 1000 Mille R – Haga Replica had a U.S. MSRP of $18,999 with a delivery date, if you were lucky, of maybe July, 2002; the RSV 1000 R Tuono Limited had a U.S. MSRP tag of $17,299 and it's pace-the-floor wait time was November, 2002.  Just think, World Superbike technology and imagery, irreplaceable performance packages parked in your garage.  

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