Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Hollister, CA USA 95023
Aprilia Demo Days
Run, don't walk, to your nearest Aprilia dealer and check out the schedule for Aprilia's Demo Days. I was at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California last week taking photos at their demo days, and wangled rides on a Mille and a Falco. Very nice bikes, if you like twins.
The Mille is an awesome track toy. Aprilia had the speedo taped over, so I'm not sure how fast I was going, but I saw 10k RPM at the end of the front straight every lap. Hell, I even passed Chuck Sorenson in Turn 6 one lap. He saw me in his mirrors, moved over, and waved me by. Of course, if you ask Chuck he'll probably tell you he was leading a novice rider around the track.
The Falco was pretty impressive too, but not really meant for track use. I was dragging the pegs hard in turns 11 and 15, and only hit 10k in fourth at the end of the front straight. Still, the Falco is a viable choice for someone looking for a sport touring bike. I prefer my Triumph, as the triple is quite a bit smoother.
But that Mille could tempt me if I ever get the money. Just wish they'd had some RS250s on hand to demo. Those damn things buzz by me every time I get on the track, even with lesser riders than Chuckie on them. I heard a rumor in the pits that Aprilia is working on a 750 twin to stuff into the RS250 chassis. That might be just the ticket to get me to part with some cash.
"In my opinion, there's nothing in this world/
Beats a '52 Vincent, and a red headed girl."