Aprilia SL1000 Falco

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Aprilia SL1000 Falco
With Mille swingarm and extra fairing.
Manufacturer Aprilia
Also called Aprilia SL Mille
Production 1999-2003
Class Sport bike
Engine 998 cc V-twin, 4-stroke, liquid cooled
Related Aprilia RSV Mille
Aprilia Falco.jpg

The Aprilia SL1000 Falco (also known as "Aprilia SL Mille"), is a sports motorcycle powered by a liquid-cooled Rotax 998 cc 60° V-twin engine, manufactured from 1999 to 2003 by Aprilia in Noale, Italy. The Falco's 118 hp (88 kW) engine was a detuned version of the 128 hp (95 kW) RSV Mille engine. The Falco's dual exhausts and remapped fuel injection reduced peak power slightly but bolstered bottom and mid-range.[1] The Falco has a half-fairing, a twin-beam alloy frame, 53 mm USD forks from Showa (& later Marzocchi) and twin Brembo 320 mm semi-floating front brake discs. The clutch simulated a slipper clutch using a device activated by inlet manifold vacuum.

The Falco was not as radical as the "race-replica' Mille nor really a sports-tourer (such as their own Aprilia Futura) but, rather like the Yamaha TRX850, was instead a sporty half-faired roadster which competed in the market against the Honda VTR1000 and the Suzuki TL1000S].[2] Although the Falco proved to be reliable and powerful, sales were disappointing and production ceased in 2003, with sales continuing into 2004.

A Motor Cycle News review of the Falco declared: "Less is sometimes more. By making its roadster less extreme than the RSV Mille sportster it's based on, Aprilia broadened its appeal and produced a motorcycle that's both easier and more fun to ride."[3]

Specifications[edit]

Dimensions
Length (including rear mudgard extension) 2,065 mm (2,170 mm)
Width 750 mm
Height (front part of the fairing included) 1180 mm
Seat height 820 mm (32.3 inches)
Wheelbase 1,415 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Wet weight (fuel tank full) 222 kg
Dry Weight 190 kg
Fuel tank 19 litres (including 4.5 litres reserve)
Engine Specification
Engine Type 60° V-Twin, 4-stroke, DOHC
Engine Size 998cc
Bore / Stroke 97 mm / 67.5 mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1 [4]
Starter Electric
Cooling Liquid cooled
Lubrication Dry sump with remote oil tank & oil cooler
Clutch Wet multi-plate clutch, hydraulically activated

Simulated slipper-clutch using induction vacuum

Gearbox 6 speed
Performance
Torque 69 ft.-lb. @ 7,000 rpm[5]
Top speed 162 mph, 260 km/h [6]
Corrected 1/4-mile 11.0 seconds[7]
0-60 mph 3.41 seconds
0–100 km/h 3.2 seconds [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/bikereviews/searchresults/Bike-Reviews/Aprilia/Aprilia-SL1000-Falco-1999-2005/
  2. ^ "Superbike" magazine December 2000
  3. ^ Motor Cycle News Review [1]
  4. ^ "Superbike" magazine December 2000
  5. ^ "Superbike" magazine December 2000
  6. ^ "Superbike" magazine December 2000
  7. ^ "Superbike" magazine December 2000
  8. ^ Motorrad, Issue 23/1999, page 20