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© 2005 Piaggio & C. S.p.A. - Noale (VE)
First edition: December 2005
Reprint: September 2006/A
Produced and printed by:
VALLEY FORGE DECA
Ravenna , Modena, Torino
DECA S.r.l.
Registered & Admin. Offices
Via Vincenzo Giardini, 11
48022 Lugo (RA) - Italy -
Tel. 0545-216611
Fax 0545-216610
www.vftis.com
deca@vftis.spx.com
on behalf of:
Piaggio & C. S.p.A.
via G. Galilei, 1 - 30033 Noale (VE) - Italy
Tel. +39 - 041 58 29 111
Fax +39 - 041 44 10 54
www.aprilia.com
SAFETY WARNINGS
The following precautionary warnings are
used throughout this manual in order to
convey the following messages:
Safety warning. When you find this
symbol on the vehicle or in the
manual, be careful to the potential risk
of personal injury. Non-compliance
wi t h t he i ndi cat i ons gi ven i n t he
messages preceded by this symbol may
result in major risks for your and other
people’s safety and for the vehicle!
WARNING
Indicates a potential hazard which may
result in serious injury or even death.
CAUTION
Indicates a potential hazard which may
resul t i n mi nor personal i nj ury or
damage to the vehicle.
NOTE The word “NOTE” in this manual
pr ecedes i mpor t ant i nf or mat i on or
instructions.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
The operations preceded by this
symbol must be repeated also on
the opposite side of the vehicle.
If not expressly indicated otherwise, for the
r eassembl y of t he uni t s r epeat t he
disassembly operations in reverse order.
The terms “right” and “left” are referred to
the rider seated on the vehicle in the
normal riding position.
If the glove/tool kit compartment cover has
been installed (as an alternative to the
passenger seat ) , t he t r anspor t of
passenger, luggage or objects is forbidden.
WARNING
The adjustments for the use of the
vehicle on racetracks must be carried
out exclusively in case of organized
races or events that take place on
isolated circuits, away from public
roads and with the consent of the
competent authorities.
It is strictly prohibited to carry out
adjustments for the use of the vehicle
on racetracks and then ride it on roads
or motorways.
WARNINGS - PRECAUTIONS -
GENERAL ADVICE
Before starting the engine, carefully read
this manual and in particular the section
“SAFE DRIVE”.
Your and other people’s safety depends
not only on your quickness of reflexes and
on your agility, but also on what you know
about the vehicle, on its efficiency and on
your knowledge of the basic information for
“SAFE DRIVE”.
Therefore, get a thorough knowledge of
the vehicle, in such a way as to be able to
drive in the traffic safely.
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NOTE This manual must be considered
as an integral part of the vehicle and must
always accompany it, even in case of
resale.
aprilia has carried out this manual with
the maximum attention, in order to supply
t he user wi t h cor r ect and updat ed
i nformati on. However, si nce aprilia
constantly improves the design of i ts
pr oduct s, t her e may be sl i ght
discrepancies between the characteristics
of your vehicle and those described in this
manual.
For any cl ari f i cat i on concerni ng t he
information contained in this manual, do
not hesi t at e t o cont act your aprilia
Official dealer .
For control and repair operati ons not
expressly described in this publication, for
the purchase of aprilia genuine spare
parts, accessories and other products, as
wel l as f or speci f i c advi ce, cont act
exclusively aprilia Authorised Dealers
and Service Centers, which guarantee
prompt and accurate assistance.
Thank you for choosing aprilia. We wish
you a nice ride.
Al l r i ght s as t o el ect r oni c st or age,
reproduction and total or partial adaptation,
wi th any means, are reserved for al l
Countries.
NOTE I n some count r i es t he
antipollution and noise regulations in force
require periodical inspections.
The user of the vehicle in these countries
must:
√ contact an aprilia Official dealer to
have the non-homologated components
replaced with others homologated for
use in the country in question;
√ car r y out t he r equi r ed per i odi cal
inspections.
NOTE Soon af t er pur chasi ng t he
vehicle, write down the identification data
i ndi cat ed on t he SPARE PARTS
IDENTIFICATION LABEL in the table here
below. This label is positioned on the left
side of the frame; to read it, it is necessary
t o remove t he ri der seat , see p. 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
These data indicate:
√ year of manufacture (Y, 1, 2, ...);
√ modification code (A, B, C, ...);
√ homologation country (I, UK, A, ...).
and are to be supplied to the aprilia
Official dealer as reference data for the
purchase of spare part s or speci f i c
accessori es of t he model you have
acquired.
In this manual the various versions are
indicated by the following symbols:
Æ RSV 1000 R
RSV 1000 R FACTORY
Æ optional
6 cat al yt i c
VERSION:
Æ Italy Æ Singapore
Æ Uni t ed W Slovenia
W Austria Æ Israel
W Portugal W South Korea
W Finland Q Malaysia
W Belgium W Chile
Æ Germany Æ Croatia
W France Æ Australia
W Spain W United States
of America
W Greece G Brazil
Æ Holland W South Africa
W Switzerland Æ New Zealand
W Denmark % Canada
W Japan
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GENERAL INDEX
SAFETY WARNINGS................................................. 2
TECHNICAL INFORMATION..................................... 2
WARNINGS - PRECAUTIONS - GENERAL ADVICE 2
GENERAL INDEX................................................. 4
BASIC SAFETY RULES....................................... 6
CLOTHING ........................................................... 9
ACCESSORIES.................................................. 10
LOAD.................................................................. 10
ARRANGEMENT OF THE MAIN ELEMENTS ........ 12
ARRANGEMENT OF THE
INSTRUMENTS/CONTROLS................................... 14
INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS........................ 15
INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS TABLE...... 16
MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER......................... 18
KEY CONTROLS ..................................................... 25
CONTROLS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE
HANDLEBAR...................................................... 25
CONTROLS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE
HANDLEBAR...................................................... 25
IGNITION SWITCH............................................. 26
STEERING LOCK............................................... 27
ACCESSORIES........................................................ 28
UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE
PASSENGER SEAT ........................................... 28
UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE GLOVE/TOOL KIT
COMPARTMENT COVER.................................. 29
GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT................. 30
LUGGAGE FIXING POINTS............................... 30
SPECIAL TOOLS Æ......................................... 31
ACCESSORIES.................................................. 31
MAIN COMPONENTS.............................................. 32
FUEL................................................................... 32
BRAKE FLUID - recommendations..................... 33
DISK BRAKES.................................................... 34
FRONT BRAKE .................................................. 35
REAR BRAKE..................................................... 37
CLUTCH FLUID - recommendations .................. 38
CLUTCH ............................................................. 39
COOLANT........................................................... 40
TYRES................................................................ 43
ENGINE OIL ....................................................... 44
ADJUSTING THE FRONT BRAKE LEVER AND
THE CLUTCH LEVER ........................................ 45
ADJUSTING REAR BRAKE LEVER
CLEARANCE...................................................... 45
ADJUSTING THE REAR BRAKE LEVER AND THE
GEAR SHIFT LEVER......................................... 46
MUFFLER/EXHAUST SILENCER..................... 46
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE..................................... 47
GETTING ON AND OFF THE VEHICLE ........... 47
PRE-RIDE CHECKS.......................................... 49
PRE-RIDE CHECKS CHART............................. 50
STARTING......................................................... 51
MOVING OFF - RIDING..................................... 53
RUNNING-IN...................................................... 56
STOPPING......................................................... 57
PARKING........................................................... 57
PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND....... 58
SUGGESTIONS TO PREVENT THEFT ............ 58
MAINTENANCE ...................................................... 59
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART ................. 61
IDENTIFICATION DATA.................................... 63
JOINTS WITH CLICK CLAMPS AND WITH
SCREW CLAMPS.............................................. 63
CHECKING AND TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL
LEVEL................................................................ 64
CHANGING ENGINE OIL AND THE ENGINE OIL
FILTER............................................................... 65
AIR CLEANER................................................... 68
FITTING THE PINS FOR THE REAR WHEEL
STAND Æ......................................................... 70
PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE REAR WHEEL
STAND Æ......................................................... 70
PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE FRONT
WHEEL STAND Æ........................................... 71
FRONT WHEEL................................................. 71
FRONT BRAKE CALLIPERS............................. 74
REAR WHEEL ................................................... 75
DRIVE CHAIN.................................................... 78
REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE.................... 80
LIFTING THE FUEL TANK ................................ 80
REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS.................... 81
REMOVING THE LOWER FAIRING.................. 81
REMOVING THE SIDE PANELS....................... 82
REMOVING THE FAIRING UPPER FRONT
COVERS............................................................ 82
REMOVING THE REAR-VIEW MIRRORS........ 83
REMOVING THE FRONT FAIRING .................. 84
REMOVING THE SIDE STAND......................... 85
INSPECTING THE FRONT AND REAR
SUSPENSION.................................................... 87
FRONT SUSPENSION...................................... 87
≈R FACTORY∆ FORK......................................... 88
STEERING DAMPER......................................... 89
REAR SUSPENSION......................................... 90
CHECKING THE BRAKE PADS FOR WEAR.... 92
THROTTLE TWISTGRIP ADJUSTMENT .......... 93
SPARK PLUGS.................................................. 94
CHECKING THE SIDE STAND.......................... 96
BATTERY........................................................... 97
CLEANING AND CHECKING BATTERY
TERMINALS AND LEAD CONNECTIONS........ 97
BATTERY REMOVAL ........................................ 98
CHECKING BATTERY FLUID LEVEL ............... 99
CHARGING THE BATTERY.............................. 99
INSTALLING THE BATTERY........................... 100
LONG INACTIVITY OF THE BATTERY........... 101
CHECKING THE SWITCHES.......................... 101
REPLACING THE FUSES ............................... 102
VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT OF THE
HEADLIGHT BEAM.......................................... 103
HEADLIGHT SCREENING.............................. 104
BULBS.............................................................. 105
REPLACING THE DASHBOARD BULBS........ 105
REPLACING THE HEADLIGHT BULBS.......... 106
REPLACING THE FRONT AND REAR DIRECTION
INDICATOR BULBS......................................... 107
REPLACING THE NUMBER PLATE
LIGHT BULB .................................................... 108
TRANSPORT......................................................... 109
CLEANING ............................................................ 109
LONG PERIODS OF INACTIVITY................... 111
TECHNICAL DATA ............................................... 112
LUBRICANT CHART........................................ 116
WIRING DIAGRAM- RSV 1000 R -
RSV 1000 R FACTORY................................... 118
WIRING DIAGRAM KEY - RSV 1000 R -
RSV 1000 R FACTORY................................... 119
Official Dealers and Service Centres ............... 120
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BASIC SAFETY RULES
To drive the vehicle it is necessary to be in
possessi on of al l t he r equi r ement s
pr escr i bed by l aw ( dr i vi ng l i cence,
minimum age, psychophysical ability,
insurance, state taxes, vehicle registration,
number plate, etc.).
Gradual ly get to know the vehicl e by
driving it first in areas with low traffic and/or
private areas.
The use of medicins, alcohol and drugs or
psychotropic substances notably increases
the risk of accidents.
Be sur e t hat you ar e i n good
psychophysi cal condi ti ons and fi t for
driving and pay particular attention to
physical weariness and drowsiness.
Most road accidents are caused by the
driver»s lack of experience.
NEVER lend the vehicle to beginners and,
in any case, make sure that the driver has
all the requirements for driving.
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Rigorously observe all road signs and
national and local road regulations.
Avoi d abrupt movements that can be
dangerous for yourself and other people
(for example: proceeding on the back
wheel , speedi ng, etc.), and gi ve due
consideration to the road surface, visibility
and other driving conditions.
Avoid obstacles that could damage the
vehicle or make you lose control.
Avoid riding in the slipstream created by
preceding vehicles in order to increase
your speed.
WARNING
Always drive with both hands on the
handl ebar s and bot h f eet on t he
footrests (or on the rider’s footboards),
in the correct driving posture.
Avoid standing up or stretching your
limbs while driving.
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The driver should pay attention and avoid
distractions caused by people, things and
movements (never smoke, eat, drink, read,
etc.) while driving.
Use only the vehicle»s specific fuels and
lubricants indicated in the "LUBRICANT
CHART"; regularly check oil, fuel and
coolant levels.
If the vehicle has been involved in an
accident, make sure that no damage has
occurred to the control levers, pipes, wires,
braking system and vital parts.
If necessary, have the vehicle inspected by
an aprilia Official dealer who should
carefully check the frame, handlebars,
suspensi ons, safety parts and all the
devices that you cannot check by yourself.
Al ways r emember t o r epor t any
malfunction to the technicians to help them
in their work.
Never use the vehicle when the amount of
damage it has suffered endangers your
safety.
COOLER
OIL
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Never change the position, inclination or
col our of : number pl at e, di r ect i on
indicators, lights and horns.
Any modification of the vehicle will result in
the invalidity of the warranty.
Any modification of the vehicle and/or the
removal of ori gi nal component s can
compromise vehicle performance levels
and safety or even make it illegal.
We recommend respecting all regulations
and national and local provisions regarding
the equipment of the vehicle.
In particular, avoid all modifications that
increase the vehicle»s performance levels
or alter its original characteristics.
Never race with other vehicles.
Avoid off-road driving.
CLOTHING
Before starting, always wear a correctly
fastened crash helmet. Make sure that it is
homologated, in good shape, of the right
size and that the visor is clean.
Wear protective clothing, preferably in light
and/or reflecting colours. In this way you
will make yourself more visible to the other
drivers, thus notably reducing the risk of
being knocked down, and you will be more
protected in case of fall.
This clothing should be very tight-fitting
and fastened at the wrists and ankles;
stri ngs, bel ts and ti es shoul d not be
hanging loose; prevent these and other
objects from interfering with driving by
getting entangled with moving parts or
driving mechanisms.
ONLY ORIGINALS
A
12
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Do not keep objects that can be dangerous
in case of fall, for example pointed objects
like keys, pens, glass vials etc. in your
pockets (the same recommendations also
apply to passenger).
ACCESSORIES
The owner of the vehicle is responsible for
the choice, installation and use of any
accessory.
Avoid installing accessories that cover
horns or lights or that could impair their
functions, limit the suspension stroke and
the steering angle, hamper the operation of
the controls and reduce the distance from
the ground and the angle of inclination in
turns.
Avoi d using accessories that hamper
access to the controls, since this can make
r eact i on t i mes l onger dur i ng an
emergency.
Big fairings and windshields installed on
the vehicle may produce aerodynamic
forces that affect the stability of the vehicle,
especially when riding at high speed.
Make sure that the equipment is well
fastened to the vehicle and not dangerous
when driving.
Do not install electrical devices and do not
modify those already existing to avoid
electrical overloads, because the vehicle
could suddenly stop or there could be a
dangerous current shortage in the horn and
in the lights.
aprilia recommends the use of genuine
accessories (aprilia genuine accessories).
LOAD
Be careful and moderate when loading
your luggage. Keep any luggage loaded as
close as possible to the center of gravity of
the vehicle and distribute the load evenly
on bot h si des, i n or der t o r educe
unbalance to the minimum. Furthermore,
make sure that the load is firmly secured to
the vehicle, especially during long trips.
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Avoi d hangi ng bul ky, heavy and/ or
dangerous objects on the handlebars,
mudguards and forks, because the vehicle
might respond more slowly in turns and its
manoeuvrability could be unavoidably
impaired.
Do not place bags that are too bulky or the
crash helmet on the vehicle sides and do
not ride with them on, because they could
hit people or obstacles, making you lose
control of the vehicle.
Do not carry any bag if it is not tightly
secured to the vehicle.
Do not carry bags which protrude too much
from the luggage-rack or which cover the
lights, horn or indicators.
Do not carry animals or children on the
glove compartment or on the luggage rack.
Do not exceed the maximum load allowed
for each luggage-rack.
When the vehicle is overloaded, its stability
and i t s manoeuvr abi l i t y can be
compromised.
KG!
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ARRANGEMENT OF THE MAIN ELEMENTS
KEY
1) Left side fairing
2) Adjustable steering damper
Æ Æ
3) Headlight left lamp
4) Front fairing
5) Left rear-view mirror
6) Clutch fluid reservoir
7) Engine oil filter
8) Left side panel
9) Rider seat
10) Battery
11) Main fuse carrier (30 A)
12) Passenger seat lock
glove/tool kit compartment
13) Passenger left footrest
(snaps closed/open)
14) Drive chain
15) Rear swinging arm
16) Rider left footrest
17) Side stand
18) Gear shift lever
19) Engine oil tank
20) Engine oil level
21) Engine oil tank cap
15 16 17 18
12
13
14
1
3
4
5
19
2
20 21
8 9 7 10 11 6
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1) Rear shock absorber
2) Passenger right footrest
(snaps closed/open)
3) Tail light
4) Glove/tool kit compartment
5) Passenger seat (glove/tool
kit compartment cover)
6) Passenger grab strap
7) Engine Control Unit
8) Right side panel
9) Fuel tank
10) Coolant expansion tank cap
11) Fuel tank filler cap
12) Air cleaner
13) Right rear-view mirror
14) Front brake fluid reservoir
15) Secondary fuse carrier (15 A)
16) Right side fairing
17) Horn
18) Lower fairing
19) Expansion tank
20) Rear brake fluid reservoir
21) Rear brake master cylinder
22) Rear brake lever
23) Rider right footrest
22 18 23
1
3
2
19 20 21
15
16
17
13 9 8 6 5 4 11 12 10 7
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6
8 9 7
1
5
4
2
3
ARRANGEMENT OF THE INSTRUMENTS/CONTROLS
KEY
1) Clutch lever
2) Ignition/steering lock switch (´ - > - m)
3) Instruments and indicators
4) Front brake lever
5) Throttle twistgrip
6) High beam flasher (¯)/LAP button (multifunction)
7) Light dimmer switch (, - ¯)
8) Direction indicator switch (1)
9) Horn button (~)
10) Starter button (´)
11) Engine kill switch (Æ´ - ±>)
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1) Rev counter
2) Red line light
3) Green direction indicator light (1)
4) Blue high beam light (¯)
5) Amber "stand down" light (J)
6) Amber low fuel light (a)
7) Red immobilizer light ( ) (where immobilizer system is fitted)
8) Green neutral light (`)
9) Multifunction digital display (coolant temperature - clock -
battery voltage - lap timer - engine oil pressure diagnostics
(~)
10) Red general warning light ( )
11) Multifunction computer programming buttons (+, Trip V, -)
INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS
9
8
10
11
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
9
8
10
11
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS TABLE
When the ignition key is turned to "´" with the engine stopped, all warning lights come on for a LED check-up and go out after three
seconds. If one or more warning lights do not come on at this stage, contact an aprilia Official dealer.
Description Function
Rev counter (rpm)
Gives engine revolutions per minute.
Never exceed engine max rpm, see page 56 (RUNNING-IN).
Red line light
Blinks when its operating threshold (max rpm, user-selectable) is exceeded, see page 23
(SETTING THE RED LINE THRESHOLD (WITH ENGINE OFF ONLY)).
Comes on for three seconds when the maximum rpm threshold is confirmed during the
setting procedure, see page 23 (SETTING THE RED LINE THRESHOLD (WITH ENGINE OFF
ONLY)). It also comes on for three seconds each time the ignition key is turned to "´", see
page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).
Direction indicator light
1
Blinks when the direction indicators are on.
High beam light ¯ Comes on when the high beam is on or when you flash the high beam.
Side stand light
J
Comes on when the side stand is down
Low fuel light a
Comes on when there are about 4 litres of fuel left in the tank.
Refuel as soon as possible, see page 32 (FUEL).
Anti-theft device (immobilizer) light
(where immobilizer system is fitted)
Blinks when the engine is off as a deterrent to prevent theft. Indicates that the anti-theft system
is operating.
When the engine has not been started during 10 days in a row, the
energy-saving feature will cause the light to go out, but the
IMMOBILIZER system remains in operation.
Neutral light ` Comes on when the gearbox is in neutral.
Error light
Comes on each time the ignition key is turned to ≈´∆,with the engine stopped for a light
operation check-up.
If the light fails to come on at this stage, contact an aprilia Official dealer
If it stays on , along with any one of the three display symbols
"efi", "~" and "J",after engine is fired, it means that a fuel
injection system failure (efi) has been detected, engine oil pressure is low (~) or
coolant temperature is too high (J). When this is the case, stop the engine immediately
and contact an aprilia Official dealer
CAUTION
CAUTION
CAUTION
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Multifunction
digital display
Speedometer (km/h - MPH)
Can be set to display current, average or maximum road speed (in kilometres
or miles) see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).
To cycle
through display
readouts, see
page 18 (MUL-
TIFUNCTION
COMPUTER)
Odometer ( KM - Mi)
Gives total distance covered or distance covered since the trip meter
was last reset (in km or miles).
Coolant temperature
(°C/°F)
J
Indicates engine coolant temperature, see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION
COMPUTER).
Do not leave the ignition switch set to ">", as this
will stop the cooling fans regardless of coolant
temperature. Consequently, temperature will rise further.
When temperature rises up to the danger zone, stop the engine, turn the
ignition key to "´" and wait until the cooling fans switch off.
Now turn the ignition key to ">" and check coolant level, see page 40
(COOLANT).
Contact an aprilia Official dealer.
Exceeding the maximum coolant temperature
allowed (115 °C - 239 °F) may lead to severe
engine damage.
Clock
Gives hours and minutes in accordance with selected settings, see page 18
(MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).
Battery voltage
V BATT
Indicates battery voltage, see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).
Lap timer
Indicates the various time measurements in accordance with selected
settings, see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).
Diagnostics
Each time the ignition switch is set to position "´", the wording " " appears on the right side
of the multifunction display for approximately three seconds.
If the wording " " appears during normal engine operation, it
means that the Engine Control Unit has detected an anomaly. In
most cases, thengine will keep running, although performance will be somewhat
reduced. Contact an aprilia Official dealer immediately.
Description Function
CAUTION
CAUTION
CAUTION
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MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER
When the ignition key is set to position "´",
the following dashboard lights come on for
three seconds:
- all segments of the multifunction display;
- all warning lights;
- backlighting.
The rev counter pointer (1) moves to the
maximum rpm value set by the user. After
about three seconds, the red line light (2)
goes out and the rev counter pointer (1)
returns to its initial position.
During the initial check-up, all instruments will
bri ef l y show t he current val ues of t he
corresponding parameters.
CAUTION
When an "ERR" message flashes on the
dashboard i nst ead of t he wat er
temperature and the stand and red line
lights stay on with a steady light, it means
that there is a communication problem on
the CAN line between dashboard and
Engine Control Unit. Contact a dealer.
CAUTION
After covering the first 1000 km, the
"SERVI CE" i con appear s on t he
multifuncti on di splay. The icon is
displayed again upon reaching 10,000
km and every 10,000 km afterwards.
Contact an aprilia Official dealer to
have the vehicle serviced as specified
in the periodic maintenance chart, see
page 61 (PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
CHART). To turn off the "SERVICE"
warning, hold down the "+" and "-"
buttons for at least 15 seconds upon
turning the key to on.
Wi th the i gni ti on key i n posi ti on "´",
standard display readouts are as follows:
√ current speed
√ clock
√ coolant temperature
√ odometer.
TOGGLING BETWEEN MEASUREMENT
UNITS (km-mi, kph-MPH, °C-°F)
u Hold down the "TRIP/V" and "-" buttons
together for over 15 seconds to toggle
between km and mi and between kph
and MPH.
u Likewise, hold down the "TRIP/V" and
"+" buttons together for over 15 seconds
to toggle between °C and °F.
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VIEWING CURRENT, MAXIMUM AND
AVERAGE SPEEDS AND BATTERY
VOLTAGE
NOTE Average and maximum speed
and battery voltage are only displayed
when the vehicle is stopped. Only current
speed may be displayed while riding.
When the ignition key is turned to position
"´", current speed appears on the display.
Press the "+" button to display maximum
speed (V max), average speed (AVS) and
battery voltage.
To reset maximum (V max) and average
speed (AVS), select the speed indication
you wish to reset and hold down the "-"
button for at least 3 seconds.
NOTE Maximum and average speeds
are calculated on the distance covered
since last resetting.
Battery voltage indication (expressed in
Volts) cannot be changed and provides a
measure of battery operating conditions.
The charging system is operating correctly
when battery voltage at 4000 rpm with the
low beam on is between 13 and 15 Volts.
u Setting instrument backlighting:
instrument backlighting brightness can
be set at one of three preset levels (30%,
70%, 100%). To set backlighting, press
the "-" button within 5 seconds of turning
the key to "´".
↓ +
Current speed
↓ +
Maximum speed
↓ +
Average speed
↓ +
Battery voltage
↓ +
↓ -
30% brightness
↓ -
70% brightness
↓ -
100% brightness
↓ -
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ODOMETER AND TRIP METER
DISPLAY (TRIP 1 AND TRIP 2)
Turn the ignition key to "´", to display the
odometer. To switch to the trip meter
(km/mi) (TRIP 1 and TRIP 2), press the
Trip/V button.
To reset TRIP 1, select Trip 1 display and
hold down the "Trip/V" button for at least 3
seconds.
To reset TRIP 2, select Trip 2 display and
hold down the "Trip/V" button for at least 3
seconds.
NOTE Trip meter indications reflect the
distance covered since last resetting.
u Trip 1 and Trip 2 indications are wiped
off when the battery is disconnected.
↓ TRIP/V
ODOMETER
↓ TRIP/V
TRIP 1
↓ TRIP/V
TRIP 2
↓ TRIP/V
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COOLANT TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
√ The coolant temperature display reads
" - - - " when t he sensor det ect s a
temperature below 34°C (93°F).
√ When the sensor detects a temperature
bet ween 35°C ( 95°F) and 114°C
(237°F), the display provides actual
temperature indication.
√ Temperatures between 115° C (239° F)
and 135°C (275°F) are displayed with a
fl ashi ng i ndi cati on. In addi ti on, the
warning light will come on to indicate
a dangerous condition.
√ The display will flash for temperatures
above 135°C ( 275°F) ( agai n, t he
warning light comes on).
CAUTION
The dashboard error light ( ) coming
on i ndi cat es a damaged or
disconnected coolant temperature
sensor , r esul t i ng i n mi ssi ng
temperature reading. When this is the
case, contact an aprilia Official dealer.
Display temperature range: 35-135°C (95-
275 °F).
SETTING THE DIGITAL CLOCK:
The digital clock is displayed in the top
area of the screen.
The clock is only displayed when the key is
set to ≈ ∆.
NOTE The clock may only be set when
the key is set to " " and the motorcycle
is at standstill.
HOUR SETTING
u Hold down the buttons "+" and "-" for at
least 3 seconds, until the hour digits
begin to flash.
u Use the "+" and "-" buttons to set hours
as desired.
u Hold down either of the buttons and
current setting will increase/decrease by
one unit per second.
u Hold down the "TRIP/V" button for at
least three seconds to confirm hour
setting. The clock will automatically
switch to the minutes setting mode.
MINUTES SETTING
u Pressing the "+" and "-" buttons
increases/decreases current setting by
one minute.
Hol d down ei ther of the buttons to
increase/decrease current setting by one
unit per second.
u Hold down the "TRIP/V" button for at
least 3 seconds, until the minute digits
st op f l ashi ng, t o conf i rm your new
setting.
u Clock setting is lost when the battery is
disconnected.
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LAP TIMER
The lap timer measures and stores lap
times while riding on the track for later
review.
When t he "LAP TI MER" f unct i on i s
selected, the "clock" cannot be displayed:
To turn on the lap timer:
u Hold down "TRIP/V" for over 3 seconds
while holding down the "LAP" button.
The clock display area will read "01 LAP
00'00"00".
To turn off the lap timer:
u Hold down "TRIP/V" for over 3 seconds
while holding down the "LAP" button.
The di spl ay wi l l return to the cl ock
display.
To start the lap timer
u Press the "LAP" button (6) and release
immediately. At the first press, time
count starts.
Pressing the "LAP" button again within
10 seconds of starting the time count will
reset and restart the time count
At the next press of the "LAP" button, a
new lap time count begins. The previous
lap time is stored and displayed for 10
seconds along with lap number (in the
top left corner)
After these 10 seconds, lap timer display
changes to second lap timing and lap
number.
NOTE The lap timer can store up to 40
lap times. When memory is full, pressing
the "LAP" button (6) will take no effect and
the 40 lap times stored are displayed
automatically.
The lap timer is reset by deleting the 40 lap
times stored as follows.
Access the lap timer function and hold
down the "-" button for at least 3 seconds
while holding down the LAP button (6).
When the memory is clear, the lap timer
goes back to the initial display "01 LAP
00'00"00".
Any lap times stored will be lost when the
battery is disconnected.
How to view stored lap times:
u Access the lap timer function and hold
down "TRIP/V" for over 3 seconds. Scroll
through lap times using buttons "+"
(scroll forward) and "-" (scroll back).
To go back to the lap timer function, hold
down "TRIP/V" for over 3 seconds.
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DIAGNOSTICS
1) Each time the ignition key is set to "´",
the wording "efi" is displayed for about
three seconds.
CAUTION
When the "efi" wording turns on and the
warning light ( ) comes on during
normal engine operation, it means that
the Engine Control Unit has detected an
anomaly.
In most cases the engine will keep
running, although with less than ideal
performance. However, contact an
aprilia Official Dealer without delay.
ENGINE OIL PRESSURE
Each time the ignition key is set to "´", the
engine oil pressure light comes on for
about three seconds.
CAUTION
If the engine oil pressure light stays on
and the warning light ( ) comes on as
well, after engine firing or during normal
engine operation, it means that the
engine oil pressure is low.
Stop the engi ne i mmedi atel y and
contact an aprilia Official Dealer.
SETTING THE RED LINE THRESHOLD
(WITH ENGINE OFF ONLY)
When t he maxi mum r pm set i s
exceeded, the red line warning light
(red) (1) on the dashboard starts
blinking.
NOTE The red line
threshold, which operates the red line light,
can only be set with the engine off and the
odometer displayed. Setting range is 2,000
- 12,000 rpm.
Factory setting is 6,000 rpm.
To view red line threshold setting, hold
down the "Trip/V" button for at least 3
seconds. The rev counter pointer (2) will
point the corresponding rpm for three
seconds.
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To set the red line threshold:
u Turn the ignition key to " ".
u Allow some time for the dashboard
check-up routine.
u Hold down the "Trip/V" button for at least
three seconds: the rev counter pointer
(2) will point the current red line setting.
u You have three seconds to change
setting as desired (as long as the rev
counter pointer (2) is pointing current red
line setting).
u Use the "+" button to change setting.
Press briefly to increase setting by 100
rpm. Hold down a little longer to increase
by 1000 rpm.
u After reaching full scale value (12,000
rpm), the pointer will go back to zero
automatically.
u Three seconds after last pressing the "+"
button, the new red line threshold is
stored. This is confirmed by the red line
light (1) coming on for three seconds,
while the pointer (2) will go back to zero.
u If the engine is started during the setting
procedure, the last setting is retained.
The new threshold setting is also lost if
the battery is disconnected during the
setting procedure, and the last setting is
retained.
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1
2
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KEY CONTROLS
CONTROLS ON THE RIGHT SIDE
OF THE HANDLEBAR
NOTE The electric components will only
work when the ignition switch is in position
"´".
1) ENGINE KILL SWITCH (Æ ´ - ± >)
CAUTION
Do not operate the engine kill switch
(Æ ´ - ± >) while riding.
This is a safety or emergency switch.
When it is in position "Æ ´", the engine
can be started. When set to position
"± >", it will stop the engine.
CAUTION
Leaving the ignition switch in position
"Æ ´" when the engine is stopped may
let the battery run flat.
After stopping the vehicle, stop the
engine and then turn the ignition switch
to position "± >".
2) STARTER BUTTON (´)
When pressed, the starter button "´",
turns the engine over. See page 51
(STARTING) for starting procedure.
CONTROLS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF
THE HANDLEBAR
NOTE The electric components will only
work when the ignition switch is in position
"´".
3) HORN BUTTON (~)
Press it to operate the horn.
4) DIRECTION INDICATOR SWITCH
(1)
Move the switch to the left in order to
signal your intention to turn left; move
the switch to the right to signal a right
turn.
Press the switch to cancel the signal.
5) DIMMER SWITCH (Æ, - ±¯)
With the dimmer switch set to "Æ,",
the parking lights, the dashboard light
and the low beam are on.
Push the dimmer switch to position
"±¯" to turn on the high beam.
Ensure that the dimmer switch is set to
"Æ," before starting the engine.
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6) HIGH BEAM FLASHER (¯) / LAP
(multifunction) BUTTON
NOTE To set the functions, see page 18
(MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).
Press the button to flash the high beam
i n an emer gency. When pr essed
together with the TRIP/V button, it turns
on the lap timer.
NOTE Release the button to stop the
flasher.
IGNITION SWITCH
The ignition switch (1) is positioned on the
steering head.
NOTE The key operates the ignition
switch/steering lock, the fuel filler cap lock
and the glove/tool kit compartment cover.
Two keys are delivered along with the
vehicle (one spare key).
NOTE Do not keep the spare key on the
vehicle.
NOTE Setting the ignition key to "´"
automatically turns on the lights.
The lights will turn off when the ignition
switch is set to ">".
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6
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STEERING LOCK
WARNING
Never turn the key to position "m" while
riding or you might lose control of the
vehicle.
OPERATION
To lock the steering:
u Turn the handlebar fully to the left.
u Turn the key to position ">".
u Push in the key and turn it to "m".
u Extract the key.
Position Function
Key removal
m
Steering
lock
The steering
is locked. It
is not
possible to
start the
engine or
switch on
the lights
It is possible
to remove the
key.The
immobilizer
system is
activated
after the key
is removed.
(where
immobilizer
system is
fitted)
>
Neither the
engine nor
the lights
can be
operated.
It is possible
to remove the
key. The
immobilizer
system is
activated
after the key
is removed.
(where
immobilizer
system is
fitted)
´
The engine
and the
lights can be
operated.
It is not
possible to
remove the
key.
¯
The steering
is locked. It
is not
possible to
start the
engine.
The parking
lights of
headlight
and tail light
are turned
on.
It is possible
to remove the
key.
The
immobilizer
system is
activated
after the key
is removed.
(where
immobilizer
system is
fitted)
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ACCESSORIES
UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE
PASSENGER SEAT
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Insert the key (1) into the seat lock.
u Release the passenger seat (2) from the
grab strap (3).
u Turn the key (1) anticlockwise.
u Raise the front end of the passenger
seat (2).
u Withdraw the passenger seat (2).
NOTE Before lowering and locking the
seat (2), make sure that you have not left
the key in the glove/tool kit compartment.
To lock the seat (2), proceed as follows:
u Slide the hooks (4) placed at the rear
end of the passenger seat underneath
the frame tube (5) of the rear subframe.
u Push the passenger grab strap (3)
forward and lower the front end of the
seat. Make sure to set the grab strap in
the correct position.
u Press down on the front end of the seat
so that the lock becomes engaged.
WARNING
Make sure t he seat ( 2) i s l ocked
securely before riding.
The tail of the vehicle accommodates a
convenient glove / tool kit compartment,
whi ch i s accessed by removi ng t he
compartment cover.
NOTE The glove/tool kit compartment
cover can onl y be used when t he
passenger seat (2) is removed and vice
versa.
To use the vehicle with the glove/tool kit
compartment cover it is necessary to
remove the passenger seat as previously
described.
See page 29 (UNLOCKING/LOCKING
THE GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT
COVER) for installation instructions.
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2
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UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE
GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT
COVER
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Insert the key (1) in the lock.
u Turn the key (1) anticlockwise, raise the
glove/tool kit compartment cover (2) and
ease it off in a forward motion.
The tail of the vehicle accommodates a
convenient glove / tool kit compartment,
whi ch i s accessed by removi ng t he
compartment cover (2).
NOTE Before lowering and locking the
glove/tool kit compartment cover (2), make
sure that you have not left the key in the
glove/tool kit compartment.
To lock the glove/tool kit compartment
cover (2):
u Slide the lower front lugs underneath the
frame tube of the rear subframe.
u Position the glove/tool kit compartment
cover in its seat and press down until the
lock snaps shut.
WARNING
Before ri di ng, make sure that the
glove/tool kit compartment cover (2) is
correctly locked.
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2
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GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT
To reach the glove/tool kit
compartment, proceed as follows:
u Remove the passenger seat -see page
28 ( UNLOCKI NG/ LOCKI NG THE
PASSENGER SEAT) - or the glove/tool
kit compartment cover - see page 29
( UNLOCKI NG/ LOCKI NG THE
GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT
COVER).
The tool kit (1) includes:
√ 3, 4, 5, 6 mm Allen spanners (2);
√ 11 - 13 mm double open-end spanner
(3);
√ 8 - 10 mm double socket spanner (4);
√ 17 mm open-end spanner (5);
√ 16 mm socket spanner for spark plug (6)
√ double-ended (cross-headed/hexagon)
screwdriver (7);
√ tool box (8);
√ fuse puller (9)
Maximum load allowed: 1.5 kg.
LUGGAGE FIXING POINTS
The passenger seat can be used to carry
small luggage, which must be strapped
down securely to the suitable fixing points
(9).
Maximum load allowed: 9 kg.
WARNING
Carry small luggage only and make sure
it is fastened securely.
9
3
2
4
6
8
7
5
9
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SPECIAL TOOLS Æ
Cert ai n speci f i c operat i ons must be
performed using special tools, available
from aprilia Official dealer:
ACCESSORIES
- "R FACTORY" rear shock absorber, and
- adjustable steering damper,
which are fitted from standard to the RSV
1000 R FACTORY, can also be installed to
the RSV 1000 R (contact an aprilia
Official dealer).
Tool Operations
Pins (1) for the rear wheel
stand, see page 70
(FITTING THE PINS FOR
THE REAR WHEEL STAND
Æ).
To position the
vehicle on the
rear wheel stand.
Rear wheel stand (2), see
page 70 (PLACING THE
VEHICLE ON THE REAR
WHEEL STAND Æ)
Engine oil and
engine oil filter
change.Rear
wheel
disassembly.
Drive chain
adjustment.
Removal of the
lower fairing.
Front wheel stand (3), see
page 71 (PLACING THE
VEHICLE ON THE FRONT
WHEEL STAND Æ).
Front wheel
disassembly.
Click clamp (4) installation
pliers, see page 63 (CLICK
CLAMPS).
Click clamp
installation.
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MAIN COMPONENTS
FUEL
WARNING
The fuel used to operate engines is
hi ghl y f l ammabl e and becomes
explosive under particular conditions.
Refuelling and engine service should
take place in a well-ventilated area with
the engine stopped. Do not smoke when
refuelling or in the proximity of sources
of fuel vapours. Avoid contact with
open flames, sources of sparks or any
other source which may ignite the fuel
or lead to explosion.
Take care not to spill fuel out of the
filler, or it may ignite when in contact
with hot engine parts.
In the event of accidental fuel spillage,
make sure the affected area is fully dry
bef or e st ar t i ng t he engi ne. Fuel
expands from heat and when left under
direct sunlight. Never fill the fuel tank
up to the rim.
Tighten the filler cap securely after each
refuelling. Avoid contact with skin. Do
not inhale vapours. Do not swallow fuel.
Do not transfer fuel between different
containers.
DO NOT RELEASE FUEL INTO THE
ENVIRONMENT.
KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
Use only premium-grade unleaded fuel
with a minimum octane rating of 95 (RON)
and 85 (MON).
To refuel, proceed as follows:
u Raise the flap (1).
u Insert the key (2) into the filler cap lock
(3).
u Turn the key clockwise, pull and open
the fuel flap.
TANK CAPACITY (reserve included): 18 b
FUEL RESERVE: 4 b
CAUTION
Do not add any additives or other
substances to the fuel. If you use a
funnel ot other tool, make sure that they
are perfectly clean.
WARNING
Do not fill the tank up to the rim. Fuel
level must always remain below the
lower edge of the filler neck (see figure).
u Refuel.
After refuelling:
NOTE The cap can only be closed when
the key (2) is inserted.
u Press the cap with the key (2) inserted to
close.
WARNING
Make sure that the cap is properly
closed.
u Extract the key (2).
u Close the flap (1).
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BRAKE FLUID - recommendations
NOTE This vehicle is fitted with front and
rear disk brakes. Each braking system is
operated by an independent hydraulic
circuit.
The information provided below applies to
both braking systems.
WARNING
Any sudden changes i n pl ay or
hardness in the brake lever are warning
signs of problems with the hydraulic
circuits.
If in doubt about the braking efficiency
of your bike or if you are not able to
perform routine checks, contact an
aprilia Official Dealer.
WARNING
Ensure that the brake disks and brake
linings have not become contaminated
with oil or grease. This is particularly
i mpor t ant af t er ser vi ci ng or
inspections.
Make sure the brake l i nes are not
twisted or worn.
Prevent accidental ingress of water or
dust into the circuit. Wear latex gloves
when servicing the hydraulic circuit.
Brake fluid is an irritant. Avoid contact
with eyes or skin.
WARNING
In the event of accidental contact, wash
affected body parts thoroughly.
In the event of accidental contact with
eyes, contact an eye specialist or seek
medical advice.
KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
DO NOT RELEASE BRAKE FLUID INTO
THE ENVIRONMENT.
CAUTION
When handling brake fluid, take care
not to spill it onto plastic or paint-
finished parts or they will damage.
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DISK BRAKES
WARNING
The brakes are critical to your safety
and must al ways be kept i n sl eek
running order. Check the brakes before
each ride.
A dirty disk will soil the pads, leading to
loss of braking. Dirty pads must be
replaced, whereas a dirty brake disk
may be cleaned with a high-quality
degreasing product.
Have brake fluid changed at an aprilia
Official Dealer every two years.
Use the brake fluid specified in the
l ubr i cant char t , see page 116
(LUBRICANT CHART).
NOTE This vehicle is fitted with front and
rear disk brakes. Each braking system is
operated by an independent hydraulic
circuit.
The front brake is a twin-disk brake (one
disk on either side of the wheel).
The rear brake uses a single disk (fitted to
the right side of the wheel).
The information provided below applies to
both braking systems.
Brake fluid level decreases gradually as
the brake pads wear down.
The front brake fluid reservoir is mounted
near the front brake lever coupling.
The rear brake fluid reservoir is positioned
under the right lower fairing; to reach it,
remove the right lower fairing, see page 81
(REMOVING THE LOWER FAIRING).
NOTE Halve service intervals when the
vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions,
on rough roads or for racing.
Have the brake di sks checked by an
aprilia Official dealer after the first 1000
km (625 mi) and every 10000 km (6250 mi)
afterwards.
Before each ride, check brake fluid level in
both reservoirs - see page 35 (FRONT
BRAKE) and page 37 (REAR BRAKE),
and check the brake pads for wear - see
page92 (CHECKING THE BRAKE PADS
FOR WEAR).
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Have brake fluid changed every two years
by an aprilia Official dealer.
WARNING
Do not ride if the braking system is
leaking.
FRONT BRAKE
CHECK
u Place the vehicle in vertical position,
keep the handlebar in the direction of
travel.
u Make sure that the fluid level in the
reservoir exceeds the "MIN" mark.
MIN= minimum level
MAX= maximum level
If level is below the "MIN" mark:
CAUTION
Brake fluid level decreases gradually as
the brake pads wear down.
u Check the brake disk and the brake pads
for wear, see page 92 (CHECKING THE
BRAKE PADS FOR WEAR).
If the pads and/or the disk are in good
condition, top up to correct level.
TOPPING UP
Read page 33 ( BRAKE FLUI D -
recommendations) carefully.
CAUTION
Danger: brake fluid could leak out.
Never operate the front brake lever
when t he scr ews ( 1) have been
loosened or when the reservoir cover is
not in place.
u Unscrew the screws (1) of the brake fluid
reservoir (2) by means of a short, cross-
headed screwdriver.
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WARNING
Avoid long exposure of brake fluid to
air.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic and will
absorb moisture from the air.
Keep the brake fluid reservoir open
JUST LONG ENOUGH to top up level.
u Raise and remove the cover (3) together
with the screws (1) and the gasket (4).
CAUTION
Do not rock the motorcycle from side to
side when topping up or brake fluid will
spill out.
Do not add any additives or other
products.
If you use a funnel or other tool, ensure
they are perfectly clean.
u Top up the reservoir (2) with brake fluid,
see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART)
until exceeding "MIN" level mark.
CAUTION
While topping up, never pour too much
fluid.
Fill up to max. level only with new brake
pads.
If topped up to max. level with worn
pads, brake fluid will spill out when you
change the pads at a later time.
Check braking efficiency.
When the brake lever has exceeding
travel or if you notice a loss of braking,
contact an aprilia Official dealer. The
braking system may need bleeding.
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REAR BRAKE
CHECK
u Keep the vehicle upright, so that the fluid
in the reservoir (1) is parallel with the
plug (2).
u Look through the special slot in the right
fairing to check that fluid level in the
reservoir exceeds the "MIN" mark.
MIN= minimum level
MAX= maximum level
If level is below the "MIN" mark:
CAUTION
Brake fluid level decreases gradually as
the brake pads wear down.
u Check the brake disk and the brake pads
for wear, see page 92 (CHECKING THE
BRAKE PADS FOR WEAR).
If the pads and/or the disk are in good
condition, top up to correct level.
TOPPING UP
Read page 33 ( BRAKE FLUI D -
recommendations) carefully.
u Remove the right fairing, see page 81
(REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).
CAUTION
Danger: brake fluid could leak out.
Never operate the rear brake lever when
the reservoir cap is loose or has been
removed.
WARNING
Avoid long exposure of brake fluid to
air.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic and will
absorb moisture from the air.
Keep the brake fluid reservoir open
JUST LONG ENOUGH to top up level.
u Unscrew the screw (3) completely.
u Shift the complete reservoir (1)
moderately outwards.
u Unscrew and remove the cap (2).
CAUTION
Ensure the fluid in the reservoir is
parallel with the reservoir rim at all
times (in a horizontal position) when
topping up or brake fluid will spill out.
Do not add any additives or other
products.
If you use a funnel or other tool, ensure
they are perfectly clean.
u Remove the gasket (4).
u Top up the reservoir (1) with brake fluid,
see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART)
until bringing level between the "MIN"
and "MAX" marks.
Always renew the brake pads before
topping up to "MAX" level.
CAUTION
Do not tilt reservoir (1) even if plug (2) is
tightened. This might let air in the
circuit and brake system would be
impaired.
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CAUTION
Brake pad wear affects fluid level. If
topped up to "MAX" level with worn
pads, brake fluid will spill out when you
change the pads at a later time.
Check braking efficiency.
When the brake lever has exceeding
travel or if you notice a loss of braking,
contact an aprilia Official dealer. The
braking system may need bleeding.
CLUTCH FLUID -
recommendations
NOTE Thi s vehi cl e i s fi tted wi th a
hydraulically-controlled clutch.
CAUTION
Any sudden changes i n pl ay or
hardness in the clutch lever are warning
signs of problems with the hydraulic
circuit.
If in doubt about the proper operation of
the clutch or if you are not able to
perform routine checks, contact an
aprilia Official dealer.
CAUTION
Make sure the clutch hose is not twisted
or worn.
Prevent accidental ingress of water or
dust into the circuit. Wear latex gloves
when servicing the hydraulic circuit.
Clutch fluid is an irritant. Avoid contact
with eyes or skin.
In the event of accidental contact, wash
affected body parts thoroughly. In the
event of accidental contact with eyes,
contact an eye speci al i st or seek
medical advice.
DO NOT RELEASE CLUTCH FLUID
INTO THE ENVIRONMENT.
KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
When handling clutch fluid, take care
not to spill it onto plastic or paint-
finished parts or they will damage.
Have clutch fluid changed every two
years by an aprilia Official dealer.
Use the clutch fluid specified in the
l ubr i cant char t , see page 116
(LUBRICANT CHART).
The clutch fluid reservoir (1) is mounted
near the clutch lever coupling.
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NOTE Halve service intervals when the
vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions,
on rough roads or for racing.
Before each ride, check clutch fluid level in
the reservoir - see page 39 (CLUTCH).
Have clutch fluid changed every two years
by an aprilia Official dealer.
WARNING
Do not ride if the clutch hydraulic circuit
is leaking.
CLUTCH
NOTE Halve service intervals when the
vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions,
on rough roads or for racing.
Have the clutch checked by an aprilia
Official dealer every 10,000 km (6250 mi).
If the vehicle is used for racing:
have the clutch checked by an aprilia
Official dealer every 5000 km (3120 mi).
NOTE The engine is equipped with a
hydraulically-operated clutch, aided by the
patented PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch)
syst em, whi ch pr event s r ear wheel
bouncing under braking.
CHECK
uPlace the vehicle in vertical position and
keep handlebar in the direction of travel.
uMake sure that the fluid level exceeds the
"MIN" mark.
MIN= minimum level
MAX= maximum level
uIf fluid is below the "MIN" mark, top up to
correct level.
TOPPING UP
Read page 38 (CLUTCH FLUI D -
recommendations) carefully.
CAUTION
Danger: clutch fluid could leak out. Never
operate the clutch lever when the reservoir
cap is loose or has been removed.
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WARNING
Avoid long exposure of clutch fluid to
air.
Clutch fluid is hygroscopic and will
absorb moisture from the air.
Keep the clutch fluid reservoir open
JUST LONG ENOUGH to top up level.
u Unscrew and remove the plug (2).
CAUTION
Do not rock the motorcycle from side to
side when topping up or clutch fluid will
spill out.
Do not add any additives or other
products.
If you use a funnel or other tool, ensure
they are perfectly clean.
u Remove the gasket (3).
u Top up the reservoir (1) with clutch fluid,
see page 118 (LUBRICANT CHART)
until bringing level between the "MIN"
and "MAX" marks.
CAUTION
Never exceed the "MAX" level.
Check the clutch for proper operation.
When the clutch lever has exceeding
t r avel or i f you not i ce a l oss of
efficiency, contact an aprilia Official
dealer. The clutch hydraulic circuit may
need bleeding.
COOLANT
CAUTION
Do not ride when coolant is below the
minimum level "LOW".
NOTE You will need to remove the right
side fairing in order to top up coolant level.
NOTE Halve service intervals when the
vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions,
on rough roads or for racing.
Check coolant level before each ride - see
page 42 (CHECKING AND TOPPING UP).
Have coolant changed every two years by
an aprilia Official dealer.
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WARNING
Coolant is toxic when ingested. Contact
with eyes or skin may cause irritation.
In the event of contact with eyes, rinse
repeatedly with abundant water and
seek medical advice. In the event of
ingestion, induce vomiting, rinse mouth
and throat with abundant water and
seek medical advice immediately.
KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
DO NOT RELEASE I NTO THE
ENVIRONMENT.
Take care not to spill coolant onto hot
engine parts. It may ignite and produce
invisible flames.
Wear latex gloves when servicing.
CAUTION
Have coolant changed at an aprilia
Official dealer.
Coolant mixture is a 50% solution of water
and anti-freeze.
This is the ideal solution for most operating
temperatures and provides good corrosion
protection.
This solution is also suited to the warm
season, as the mixture is less prone to
evaporative loss and will reduce the need
f or t op- ups. I n addi t i on, l ess wat er
evaporation means fewer mineral salts
depositing in the radiator, which helps
preserve the efficiency of the cooling
system.
When temperature drops bel ow zero
degrees centigrade, check the cooling
system frequently and add more anti-
f reeze (up t o 60% maxi mum) t o t he
solution.
Use distilled water in the coolant mixture.
Tap water will damage the engine.
WARNING
Do not remove the expansion tank plug
(1) when the engi ne i s hot, si nce
coolant is very hot.
Contact with skin or clothes, may cause
severe scalding and/or damage.
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CHECKING AND TOPPING UP
WARNING
Wait for the engine to cool down before
checking or topping up coolant level.
u Stop the engine and wait until it has
cooled down.
u Hold the vehicle upright, with both
wheels on the ground.
u Look through the slot (1) in the right
fairing and check that coolant level in the
expansion tank is between the "FULL"
and "LOW" marks.
FULL = maximum level
LOW = minimum level
If not so:
u Remove the side fairing, see page 81
(REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).
u Unscrew and remove the filler cap (2).
WARNING
Coolant is toxic when ingested. Contact
with eyes or skin may cause irritation.
Do not put your fingers or any other
object into the filler opening in order to
ensure that there is coolant.
CAUTION
Do not add any additives or other
products.
If you use a funnel or other tool, ensure
they are perfectly clean.
uTop up with coolant, see page 116
(LUBRICANT CHART) up to just below
the "FULL" mark. Never top up beyond the
"FULL" level mark or coolant will leak out
when the engine is running.
uRefit the filler cap (2).
CAUTION
If coolant level drops too quickly or the
tank is empty, check the cooling circuit
for leaks. Have the leak repaired at an
aprilia Official dealer.
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TYRES
This vehicle is fitted with tubeless tyres.
NOTE Halve service intervals when the
vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions,
on rough roads or for racing.
WARNING
Check the tyre condition and inflation
pressure at room temperature every two
weeks.
Check the tyre condition and inflation
pressure at room temperature after the
first 1000 km (625 mi) and every two
weeks af t er war ds, see page 112
(TECHNICAL DATA).
Checking pressure on hot tyres will
result in inaccurate measurement.
Take care to check tyre pressures
before and after a long journey.
An overinflated tyre will provide a harsh
ride, reduce riding comfort and stability
when cornering.
An underinflated tyre will extend the
contact patch to include a larger portion
of the tyre wall (1). When this is the
case, the tyre may slip on or become
separated from the rim, leading to loss
of control.
The tyre may even come off the rim
under hard braking.
Lastly, the vehicle may skid in a bend.
WARNING
Inspect tread surface and check for
wear. Badly worn tyres adversely affect
road holding and handling.
Some of the tyre types approved for this
vehicle are fitted with wear indicators.
Ther e ar e var i ous t ypes of wear
indicators.
Enqui r e about t he cor r ect wear
i nspect i on pr ocedur e wi t h your
supplier.
Visually inspect the tyres for wear and
have them changed when worn.
A tyre that becomes punctured in the
tread area should be changed when the
puncture is larger than 5 mm.
The wheel must be balanced after each
tyre repair.
WARNING
Use tyres of the specified type and
model r ecommended by t he
manuf act ur er , see page 112
(TECHNICAL DATA). Using other than
specified tyres may adversely affect
handling.
Never use tube tyres on tubeless tyre
rims, or vice versa.
Always check that the caps are in place
on the valves (2), or the tyres may
deflate suddenly.
Tyre replacement and repair, as well as
wheel servicing and balancing are
delicate operations. They should be
carried out using adequate tools and
are best left to experienced mechanics.
Have your tyres and wheels serviced at
an apr i l i a Of f i ci al deal er or a
specialised tyre repairer.
New tyres may be coated with an oily
film. Drive carefully until covering
several kilometres. Never apply non-
specific products to the tyres. Old tyres
may not ensure full grip due to material
ageing - even when they are still within
the wear limit - and must be replaced.
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MINIMUM RECOMMENDED TREAD
DEPTH (3):
front and rear 2 mm (W 3 mm) and in any
case not l ess than prescri bed by the
regulations in force in the country where
the vehicle is used.
ENGINE OIL
WARNING
Prolonged or repeated contact with oil
may cause severe skin damage.
Wash your hands thoroughly after
handling oil.
KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
DO NOT RELEASE I NTO THE
ENVIRONMENT.
Place oil in a sealed container and
di spose of i t through a waste oi l
reclamation firm or through your usual
supplier.
Wear latex gloves during servicing.
CAUTION
If the warning light " " comes on and
the symbol "~" appears on the display
during normal engine operation, it
means that engine oil pressure in the
circuit is too low.
When this is the case, check engine oil
level, see page 64 (CHECKING AND
TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL). If
engine oil level is not correct, stop the
engine immediately and contact an
aprilia Official dealer.
CAUTION
Handle carefully.
Do not spill oil!
Avoi d smear i ng any vehi cl e
components, the area in which you are
working and the surrounding area.
Remove any trace of oil.
In case of leakage or malfunctions,
contact an aprilia Official dealer.
Check engine oil level at regular intervals,
see page 64 (CHECKING AND TOPPING
UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL).
See page 61 (PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
CHART) and page 65 ( CHANGI NG
ENGINE OIL AND THE ENGINE OIL
FILTER) for oil change instructions.
NOTE Use high-quality 15W - 50 oil, see
page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART).
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5 6
ADJUSTING THE FRONT BRAKE
LEVER AND THE CLUTCH LEVER
The grab distance of the lever (1) (distance
from the grip (2)) can be adjusted by
rotating the adjuster (3).
The MAX and MIN click settings give a
gr ab di st ance of 126 and 83 mm,
respectively.
+Push the lever (1) forward and rotate
the adjuster (3) until setting the lever (1)
at the desired distance.
ADJUSTING REAR BRAKE LEVER
CLEARANCE
Brake lever position is determined based
on ergonomic principles at the factory.
If necessary, it is possible to adjust brake
lever clearance:
u Slacken the lock nut (4).
u Unscrew the master cylinder actuating
rod (5) to ensure a minimum clearance
of 0.5 - 1 mm between the rod and the
piston.
CAUTION
Make sure that the lever (6) has a
certain amount of free play, or the brake
will remain applied leading to early wear
of braking elements.
Free play of lever (6): 4 mm (measured
at the lever end).
u Lock the master cylinder actuating rod
(5) by means of the lock nut (4).
CAUTION
After the adjustment, make sure that the
wheel rotates freely with the brake
released.
Check braking efficiency.
If necessary, contact your aprilia
Official dealer.
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ADJUSTING THE REAR BRAKE
LEVER AND THE GEAR SHIFT
LEVER
The posi t i on of t he cont rol l evers i s
determined based on ergonomic principles
at the factory.
If necessary, it is possible to adjust the
position of the levers.
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Partially unscrew the screw (1).
u Rotate the eccentric (2) until finding the
optimal position for the pedal (3).
u Tighten the screw (1) and make sure that
the eccentric retains its position.
CAUTION
If the gear shift lever needs further
adjustment, contact an aprilia Official
dealer.
MUFFLER/EXHAUST SILENCER
WARNING
Tamperi ng wi th the noi se control
system is prohibited.
Owners are warned that the l aw may
prohibit:
-The removal or disconnection of any
device or element of design incorporated
into any new vehicle to limit the noise
emissions before its sale or delivery to
the final purchaser or while it is in use
except if carried out for maintenance,
repair or replacement purposes.
-The use of the vehicle after the removal or
disconnection of this device or element of
design.
Check the muffler/exhaust silencer and the
silencer pipes for rust or holes. Ensure that
the exhaust system works correctly.
If the exhaust system noise increases,
cont act an apri l i a Of f i ci al deal er
immediately.
WARNING
Both exhaust silencers are equipped
with catalytic converter and become
very hot to the touch. Be careful !
Danger of burns!
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
GETTING ON AND OFF THE
VEHICLE
The instructions below must be followed
with the maximum care in order to avoid
injury to persons and damage to property
and to the vehicle, caused by the rider or
passenger falling from the vehicle and/or
the vehicle falling or overturning.
WARNING
Risk of falling and overturning.
Proceed with care.
When getting on and off the vehicle, make
sure nothing can impair your movements.
Also, your hands should be free (replace
any objects, such as your helmet, gloves or
dangl i ng gl asses before mounti ng or
dismounting).
Always mount and dismount from the left
side with the vehicle on the side stand.
CAUTION
However, do not apply you full weight
or that of the passenger to the side
stand.
The stand has been designed to support
the weight of the vehicle and a minimum
load, without the rider and the passenger.
The purpose of placing the vehicle on the
side stand before mounting is to keep the
vehicle from falling or overturning. This
does not mean that the side stand should
be used to support the weight of rider and
passenger.
While getting on and off, the weight of the
vehicle may make you lose balance, and
the vehicle may fall or overturn.
NOTE The rider must always mount
before the passenger and dismount after
the passenger. It is the rider's responsibility
to keep the vehicle balanced while the
passenger gets on and off.
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The passenger must move carefully when
getting on and off the vehicle, to avoid
upsetting the balance of vehicle and rider.
NOTE It is the rider's responsibility to
instruct the passenger on how to safely get
on and off the vehicle.
The vehi cl e i s equi pped wi th speci al
passenger footrests to make it easier to get
on and off the vehicle. The passenger must
always use the left footrest to get on and
off the vehicle.
Never get off or try to get off the vehicle by
jumping or stretching your leg and putting
your foot on the ground. Thi s woul d
compromise the stability and balance of
the vehicle.
NOTE Any bags or objects strapped to
the rear of the vehicle can impair your
movements while getting on and off.
When mounting or dismounting, swing
your ri ght l eg over t he vehi cl e i n a
controlled movement. Do not hit the rear
end (tail or luggage) or you will upset
vehicle balance.
GETTING ON THE VEHICLE
u Grasp the handlebar correctly and get on
the vehicle without loading your weight
onto the side stand.
NOTE If you cannot touch both feet on
the ground, set the right foot firmly on the
ground (if you should lose your balance,
the side stand on the left side of the vehicle
will keep you from falling over on that side)
and keep ready to place your left foot on
the ground.
u Push the vehicle upright and place both
feet on the ground. Keep the vehicle
balanced.
NOTE Do not fold out the passenger
footrest or attempt to do so while sitting
astride the vehicle, or you might lose
balance.
u Instruct the passenger to fold out both
passenger footrests.
u Explain to the passenger how to safely
get on the vehicle.
u Pull up the side stand using your left foot.
Make sure it is fully up.
GETTING OFF THE VEHICLE
u Choose the parking area, see page 57
(PARKING).
u Stop the vehicle, see page 57 (STOPPING).
WARNING
Make sure that the parking surface is
free from obstacles. Park on firm and
level ground.
u Push down on the side stand lever with
the left heel until the side stand is fully
down.
NOTE If you cannot touch both feet on
the ground, set the right foot firmly on the
ground (if you should lose your balance,
the side stand on the left side of the vehicle
will keep you from falling over on that side)
and keep ready to place your left foot on
the ground.
u Place both feet on the ground and keep
the vehicle upright and balanced.
u Explain to the passenger how to safely
get off the vehicle.
CAUTION
Risk of falling and overturning.
Make sure that the passenger has
dismounted.
u Do not place your weight on the side
stand.
u Lean the vehicle until the stand touches
the ground.
u Grasp the handlebar correctly and get off
the vehicle.
u Rotate the handlebar fully to the left.
u Fold the passenger footrests.
CAUTION
Make sure that the vehicle is stable.
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PRE-RIDE CHECKS
WARNING
Check the vehicle before each ride to
ensure safe riding. (See the PRE-RIDE
CHECKS CHART). Failure to do so may
lead to severe injury or vehicle damage.
If you have any doubts on the operation of
the vehicle controls or believe that any
vehicle components might be faulty, do not
hesitate to contact an aprilia Official
dealer.
A quick check is done in no time, but does
wonders for your safety.
NOTE This vehicle provides real-time
diagnostics of failures stored into the
Engine Control Unit.
Each time the ignition key is set to "´", the
wording "Efi" (1) appears on the right side
of t he mul t i f unct i on di spl ay f or
approximately three seconds.
CAUTION
If the wording "Efi" (1) is displayed
during normal engine operation, it
means that the Engine Control Unit has
detected an anomaly.
In most cases, the engine will keep
r unni ng, al t hough gi vi ng l ess
performance. At any rate, contact an
aprilia Official dealer immediately.
CAUTION
After covering the first 1000 km (625 mi)
and ever y 10, 000 km ( 6250 mi )
afterwards, the "SERVICE" warning (2)
appears on the right display.
When you see this warning, contact an
aprilia Official dealer to have the
vehi cl e ser vi ced and i nspect ed
according to the periodic maintenance
char t , see page 61 ( PERI ODI C
MAINTENANCE CHART). To cancel the
"SERVICE" warning, turn the key to ON
while holding down the "+" and "-"
buttons at the same time for at least 15
seconds.
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PRE-RIDE CHECKS CHART
Part Action Page
Front and rear disk brakes
Check for proper operation. Check brake lever free play and brake fluid level. Check for leaks
and brake pad wear.
Top up brake fluid level, if necessary.
33, 34, 35,
37, 93
Throttle
Ensure that it turns smoothly. The throttle should open and close fully at all positions of the
steering. Adjust and/or lubricate, if necessary.
94
Engine oil Check and top up as required. 44, 65
Wheels/tyres
Check tyre surface, inflation pressure. Check for wear or damage. Remove any foreign objects
lodged in the tread.
43
Brake levers Make sure they move smoothly. Lubricate the joints and adjust travel, if necessary 45
Clutch
Check for proper operation, check clutch lever free play, clutch fluid level and check for
leaks.Top up clutch fluid, if necessary. The clutch should not jerk or slip.
38, 39
Steering Steering should rotate smoothly and evenly. There should be no play or looseness. √
Side stand
The stand should operate smoothly and snap back in the rest position in a smooth motion.
Spring action must be enough to fold it fully up. Lubricate joints and connections, if necessary.
Check stand switch for proper operation.
96, 102
Fasteners Make sure the fasteners are properly tightened. Adjust or tighten as required. √
Drive chain Check slack. 78, 80
Fuel tank
Check fuel level and refuel if low.
Check for leaks in the fuel system.
Make sure the filler cap is tightened securely.
32, 81
Coolant Coolant level in the expansion tank must be between the "FULL" and "LOW" marks. 40, 44
Engine kill switch
(Æ´ - ±>)
Check for proper operation. 25
Lights, warning lights, horn,
rear brake light switches and
electrical devices
Check horn and indicators for proper operation. Change bulbs or fix a failure, if necessary. 98 - 109
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4 5
4 4
STARTING
WARNING
The vehi cl e' s engi ne del i ver s
considerable power. Familiarise with
the vehi cl e gradual l y and use the
greatest care.
Do not place any objects on the inside
of t he f ront f ai ri ng ( bet ween t he
handlebar and the dashboard), or they
might hinder handlebar rotation and
hide the dashboard from view.
NOTE Bef ore st art i ng t he engi ne,
carefully read section "Safe Riding", see
page 5 (SAFE RIDING).
WARNING
Exhaust emissions contain carbon
oxide, which is a poisonous gas and
extremely harmful if inhaled.
Never operate the engine indoor. Make
sure the area is well ventilated before
starting the engine.
Failure to heed these warnings may
lead to loss of conscience or even
death.
NOTE With the side stand down, the
engine can only be started if the gearbox is
in neutral. If you try to engage a gear with
the stand down, the engine will stop.
With the side stand up, the engine can be
started either in neutral or with a gear
engaged while keeping the clutch lever
pulled in.
u Sit astride the vehicle, see page 47
(GETTING ON AND OFF THE VEHICLE).
u Make sure the stand is fully up.
u Make sure the dimmer switch (1) is in
position ",".
u Set the engine kill switch (2) to "Æ´".
u Turn the key (3) to set the ignition switch
to position "´".
When you turn the key:
- All digits of the multifunction display come
on for 3 seconds.
- All dashboard warning lights (4) and the
backlighting come on for 3 seconds.
- The odometer pointer (5) points the last
red line threshold setting for 3 seconds
and then returns to idle rpm.
- During normal operation, all instruments
will give the current reading.
CAUTION
When the low fuel light "a" (6) comes
on, refuel as soon as possible. See
page 32 (FUEL).
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NOTE The units of measurement of
speedometer (km or mi ) and cool ant
t emperat ure (°C or °F), t he red l i ne
threshold, clock functions and lap timer are
user - sel ect abl e. See page 18
(MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).
WARNING
The red line threshold is set at 6000 rpm
at the factory. Increase the threshold
gradually as you become familiar with
your vehicle.
During running-in, never exceed the
r ecommended r pm, see page 56
(RUNNING-IN).
u Lock at least one wheel, by pulling a
brake lever.
u Pull the clutch lever (7) fully in and select
neutral using the gear lever (8) [green
light "`" (9) on].
u The vehicle is equipped with a cold start
feature controlled by the ECU which
operates automatically when starting the
engine from cold.
CAUTION
Do not press the starter button "´" for
more than fifteen seconds at a time or it
will draw too much current from the
battery.
If the engine does not start within
fifteen seconds, wait ten seconds and
then press the button "´" again.
u Press the starter button "´" (10) - do not
open the throttle yet - and release the
button as soon as the engine starts.
CAUTION
Avoid pressing the starter button "´"
(10) with the engine running or you will
damage the starter motor.
After the engine has started, the engine
oil pressure light "~" (11) must go out.
If the oil light stays on or comes on
during normal operation, it means that
oil pressure in the circuit is too low.
When this is the case, stop the engine
immediately and contact an aprilia
Official dealer.
u Keep at least one brake lever pulled and
do not accelerate before moving off.
CAUTION
Do not move off abruptly after starting
the engine from cold.
Ride at low speed until covering several
kilometres. This will allow the engine to
war m up and r educe pol l ut i ng
emissions and fuel consumption.
CAUTION
If the wording "EFI " appears on the
multifunction display during normal
engine operation, it means that the
Engine Control Unit has detected an
anomaly.
In most cases, the engine will keep
running although with less than ideal
performance. Contact an aprilia Official
dealer immediately.
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MOVING OFF - RIDING
WARNING
The vehi cl e' s engi ne del i ver s
considerable power. Familiarise with
the vehi cl e gradual l y and use the
greatest care.
Do not place any objects on the inside
of t he f ront f ai ri ng ( bet ween t he
handlebar and the dashboard), or they
might hinder handlebar rotation and
hide the dashboard from view.
NOTE Before moving off, carefully read
section "Safe Riding", see page 5 (SAFE
RIDING).
CAUTION
If the low fuel light "a" (1) on the
dashboard comes on while the vehicle is
running, it means that you still have 4.5 ±1l
of fuel in the tank. Refuel as soon as
possible, see page 34 (FUEL).
WARNING
If you are riding solo, make sure that the
passenger footrests are folded. While
driving, keep your hands on the grips
and your feet on the footrests.
NEVER DRI VE I N ANY POSI TI ON
OTHER THAN THOSE INDICATED.
WARNING
If you are carrying a passenger, instruct
him/her on the basic safety rules of
pillion riding.
Ensure that the stand is fully up before
moving off.
Moving off:
u Start the engine. See page 51
(STARTING).
u Adjust the rear-view mirrors.
CAUTION
Wi t h t he vehi cl e st opped, t r y t o
familiarise with the use of the mirrors.
Convex mirrors provide a larger view,
but any objects seen in these mirrors
seem farther than they really are. It may
take some time to learn to judge the
distance of traffic behind accurately.
u With the throttle twistgrip (2) released
(Pos. A), let engine idle and pull the
clutch lever (3) fully in.
u Engage the first gear, by pushing the
gear lever (4) downwards.
u Release the brake lever (you should
have pulled it when starting the engine).
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WARNING
Release the clutch lever smoothly, or
you may stall the engine or cause the
vehicle to jerk forwards.
Open the throttle slowly and gradually
when releasing the clutch lever. Abrupt
acceleration will cause the clutch to slip
(if released slowly) or will lead to a
wheel i e, i f t he cl ut ch i s rel eased
abruptly.
u Slowly release the clutch lever (3) while
opening the throttle slightly (2) (Pos.B).
The vehicle will start moving.
u Ride at low speed until covering several
kilometres. This will allow the engine to
warm up.
CAUTION
Never exceed the recommended rpm,
see page 56 (RUNNING-IN).
u Increase speed by gradually opening the
throttle (2) (Pos.B), without exceeding
the recommended rpm, see page 56
(RUNNING-IN).
To engage the second gear:
CAUTION
Proceed quickly.
Never let the engine run at too low rpm.
u Release the throttle twistgrip (2) (Pos.A),
pull the clutch lever (3) and lift the gear
shift lever (4). Release the clutch lever
(3) and accelerate.
u Repeat the last two operations and shift
up.
CAUTION
If the engine oil pressure LED "~" (5)
comes on dur i ng nor mal engi ne
operation, it means that engine oil
pressure in the circuit is too low.
If so, stop the engine immediately and
contact an aprilia Official dealer.
Downshifting is normally required in the
following conditions:
u When riding downhill or when braking, in
order to use engine braking for improved
braking efficiency.
u When riding uphill, if the gear engaged is
too high for your speed and the engine
rpm decreases.
CAUTION
When shifting down, always select the
next lower gear or you will cause the
engine to race (exceed maximum rpm).
Before and during the downshifting,
release the throttle grip and decelerate,
in order to avoid racing the engine.
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To shift down, proceed as follows:
u Release the throttle grip (2) (Pos.A).
u If necessary, apply both brakes lightly to
slow down the vehicle.
u Pull the clutch lever (3) and lower the
gear shift lever (4) to shift down.
u Release the brake levers if you have
pulled them.
u Release the clutch lever and accelerate
moderately.
CAUTION
If the coolant temperature readout of
the multifunction display is between
115°C (239°F) and 135°C (275°F) - see
page 18 ( MULTI FUNCTI ON
COMPUTER), stop the vehicle and let
t he engi ne r un at 3000 r pm f or
approximately two minutes to keep
coolant circulating in the system. After
two minutes, set the engine kill switch
to "±>" and check coolant level, see
page 40 (COOLANT).
If coolant temperature readout is still
flashing after you have checked level,
contact an aprilia Official dealer.
Do not set the ignition switch to ">", as
this would switch off the cooling fans
regardless of coolant temperature and
temperature would keep rising.
If the wording "EFI" appears on the right
multifunction display during normal
engine operation, it means that the
Engine Control Unit has detected an
anomaly.
In most cases, the engine will keep
running, although performance may be
somewhat reduced. Contact an aprilia
Official dealer immediately.
When the vehicle is at standstill with the
engine running, do not keep the clutch
lever pulled and a gear engaged for
long periods, or the clutch will overheat.
WARNING
Do not open and close the throttle
repeatedly and continuously, or you
may lose control of the vehicle. When
you need to brake, use both brakes to
slow down gradually and adjust the
pressure on the brakes as required.
Using one brake only reduces braking
force significantly and may lock a wheel
resulting in loss of grip.
To stop while riding uphill, close the
throttle and simply use the brakes to
keep the vehicle steady. Using the
engine to keep the vehicle steady may
result in the clutch overheating.
When approaching a bend, slow down
or brake in good time. Take the bend at
moderate, steady speed or accelerate
slightly. Late braking may put the
vehicle into a skid.
Use the brakes sparingly when riding
downhi l l , or the brake l i ni ng may
overheat and impair braking efficiency.
Use engine braking and apply both
brakes intermittently.
Never ride downhill with the engine off.
In low visibility, switch on the low beam
even during the day, in order to make
your vehicle more visible. When riding
on wet or slippery surfaces (such as
snow, ice, mud), slow down, avoid
harsh braki ng and do not swerve
suddenly to avoid skidding.
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WARNING
Watch for skid hazards and changes in
the road surface.
Uneven road surfaces, rails, inspection
covers, painted signals, construction
site metal covers become slippery in
rainy weather and must be negotiated
carefully, smoothly and keeping the
vehicle upright.
Always signal your intention to change
lanes or direction in good time using
the direction indicators. Avoid sudden
manoeuvres. Switch off the direction
indicators immediately after changing
di r ect i on. Be ver y car ef ul when
overtaking or being overtaken.
When it rains, large vehicles lift surface
wat er, whi ch af f ect s vi si bi l i t y. I n
addition, the slip stream may make you
lose control of the vehicle.
RUNNING-IN
Proper engine running-in is essential to
preserving engine life and performance
over time. Twisty roads and gradients are
ideal to break in engine, suspension and
brakes effectively.
Vary speed frequently during running-in.
This will vary the amount of loading you will
be putting on engine parts so as to allow
them to cool down.
While it is important to place a certain
amount of stress on engine components
during the running-in period, take care not
to exceed.
NOTE Top performance is only obtained
after covering the first 1500 km (937 mi).
Observe the following instructions:
u Do not flip the throttle open abruptly
when the engine is running at low speed,
both during and after the running-in
period.
u Apply the brakes gently and avoid hard,
prolonged braking until covering the first
100 km (62 mi). This will allow the brake
pad lining to break in properly rubbing on
the brake disks.
u During the first 1000 km (625 mi) never
exceed 6000 rpm.
WARNING
After the first 1000 km (625 mi), have an
aprilia Official dealer carry out the
"Post running-in" checks specified in
the periodic maintenance chart, see
page 61 (PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
CHART). Fai l ure to perform these
checks may lead to injury to yourself or
other people and/or vehicle damage.
u After the first 1000 km (625 mi) and until
covering 1500 km (937 mi), drive more
br i skl y, var yi ng speed and usi ng
maximum acceleration for just a few
seconds, i n order to ensure better
coupl i ng of the components; never
exceed 7500 rpm (see table).
u After the first 1500 km (937 mi), you can
expect higher performance from your
engine. However, never exceed the
maximum rpm allowed (11,000 rpm).
Recommended maximum engine rpm
Distance covered, km
(mi)
rpm
0 √ 1000 (0 √ 625) 6000
1000 √ 1500 (625 √ 937) 7500
over 1500 (937) 11000
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STOPPING
WARNING
If possible, avoid stopping abruptly or
sl owi ng down suddenl y. Br ake
progressively and in good time.
u Release the throttle twistgrip (1) (pos.
A), apply the brakes gradually and shift
down to reduce speed, see page 53
(MOVING OFF - RIDING).
When you have slowed down, before
stopping the vehicle:
u Pull the clutch lever (2) to avoid stalling
the engine.
When the vehicle is at standstill:
u Place the gear lever in neutral (green
warning light "`" on).
u Release the clutch lever (2).
u When stopping for a short time, keep at
least one brake on.
PARKING
Select a suitable parking area, observing
the road signs and the indications given
below.
WARNING
Park the vehicle on firm and level ground
to prevent it falling over.
Do not lean the vehicle against walls and
do not lay it down on the ground.
Make sure that the vehicle, and in
particular hot vehicle components, may
not put the safety of persons and children
at ri sk. Do not l eave the vehi cl e
unattended with the engine running or
with the key inserted into the ignition
switch.
Stay away from the cooling fans even
when they are not operating. They might
switch on unexpectedly and your clothing
or hair might be caught in the fans.
WARNING
Leaning the vehicle exceedingly or
letting it fall over may lead to fuel
leakage.
The fuel used to operate i nternal
combust i on engi nes i s hi ghl y
flammable and becomes explosive
under particular conditions.
CAUTION
Do not place your full weight or that of
the passenger on the side stand.
To park the vehicle:
u Choose a suitable parking area.
u Stop the vehicle, see page 57
(STOPPING).
u Set the engine kill switch (3) to position
"± - >".
u Turn the key (4) to set the ignition switch
(5) to position ">".
WARNING
When getting on or off the vehicle,
follow the instructions provided at page
47 ( GETTI NG ON AND OFF THE
VEHICLE).
uFollowing the indications, wait until the
passenger has dismounted before getting
off the vehicle.
uLock the steering, see page 27 (STEERING
LOCK) and extract the key (4).
WARNING
Make sure that the vehicle is stable
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PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND
SIDE STAND
To place the vehicle on the side stand
while sitting astride the vehicle, see page
47 ( GETTI NG ON AND OFF THE
VEHICLE). If you have lifted the stand,
say, to move the vehicle, place the vehicle
on the stand as follows:
WARNING
Make sure that the parking ground is
free from obstacles, firm and level.
u Choose a suitable parking area, see
page 57 (PARKING).
u Grasp the left grip (1) and place your
right hand on the rear upper part of the
vehicle (2).
u Push on the side stand with your right
foot and lower it completely (3).
u Lean the vehicle until the stand is
touching the ground.
u Turn the handlebar fully to the left.
WARNING
Make sure that the vehicle is stable.
SUGGESTIONS TO PREVENT
THEFT
CAUTION
Do not use any “brake lock” devices.
Fai l ure t o heed t hi s warni ng can
seriously damage the braking system
and lead to an accident thus provoking
serious injuries or death.
NEVER leave the ignition key in the switch
and always use the steering lock. Park the
vehi cle i n a safe place, possi bly in a
garage or an area protected by security. If
possi bl e, use an addi ti onal anti -theft
devi ce. Make sur e t o have al l t he
necessary documents and the Excise Duty
stamp. Write down your personal data and
telephone number in this page. This will
identify you as the owner in the event the
vehicle is stolen and then recovered.
SURNAME: ...............................................
NAME: .......................................................
ADDRESS: ................................................
...................................................................
TELEPHONE NO.: ....................................
NOTE In most cases, stolen vehicles
are identified through the data written on
the Owner's Manual.
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IMMOBILIZER (if fitted)
The vehicle is fitted with an immobilizer
anti-theft system by that
is automatically activated each time the
ignition key is removed from the switch.
Store the spare key i n a safe pl ace.
I mmobi l i zer syst em keys cannot be
duplicated. If both keys are lost, you will
have t o have a number of vehi cl e
components replaced (rather than just the
key-operated locks).
Embedded in the key grip is a transponder,
an electronic device that modulates the
radiofrequency signal emitted by a special
antenna built into the switch when the key
is turned to on. The modulated signal acts
as a "password" that tells the control unit
whether an authorised key is being used to
start the engine.
NOTE The Immobilizer system supports
up to four enabled keys. New keys can
only be enabled at your Official Dealer,
who has the master key available.
The programming procedure wipes off all
existing key codes. An owner who wishes
to have a new key enabled, will have to
bring all the keys he intends to be using to
the Dealer.
Immobi l i zer st at us i s i ndi cated by a
dashboard light (1):
√ Immobilizer off - light off
√ Immobilizer on - light flashes every three
seconds as a theft deterrent
√ Unknown key - l i ght fl ashes every
second.
MAINTENANCE
WARNING
Fire hazard.
Keep fuel and other flammable products
away from electric components.
Before servicing or inspecting the
motorcycle: stop the engine and remove
the key from the ignition switch; allow for
the engine and exhaust system to cool
down; where possible, lift the motorcycle
using adequate equipment placed on firm
and level ground.
Make sure that the room is properly
ventilated before proceeding.
Be careful of any parts of the engine or
exhaust system which may still be hot to
the touch in order to avoid scalds or
burns.
Never put any mechanical parts or other
vehicle components in your mouth when
you have both hands busy. None of the
motorcycle components is edible. Some
components are harmful or toxic.
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CAUTION
Unless expressly specified otherwise,
motorcycle assemblies are refitted or
re-assembled by reversing the removal
or dismantling procedure.
Wear latex gloves before servicing the
vehicle.
Normally, the owner can take care of
routine maintenance. However, some
maintenance operations require specific
tools and are best left to experienced
mechanics.
If you need assistance or technical advice,
contact an aprilia Official dealer for
guaranteed accurate, prompt service.
We recommend having the vehicle road-
tested at the aprilia Official dealer after
repair or servicing. In addition, perform the
"Pre-ride checks" after any maintenance
operat i on, see page 50 (PRE-RI DE
CHECKS CHART).
NOTE This vehicle provides real-time
diagnostics of failures stored into the
Engine Control Unit.
Each time the ignition key is set to "´", the
wording "efi" (1) appears on the right side
of t he mul t i f unct i on di spl ay f or
approximately three seconds.
CAUTION
If the wording "efi" (1) is displayed
during normal engine operation, it
means that the Engine Control Unit has
detected an anomaly.
In most cases, the engine will keep
r unni ng, al t hough gi vi ng l ess
performance. At any rate, contact an
aprilia Official dealer immediately.
CAUTION
After covering the first 1000 km (625 mi)
and ever y 10, 000 km ( 6250 mi )
afterwards, the "SERVICE" warning (2)
appears on the right display.
When you see this warning, contact an
aprilia Official dealer to have the
vehi cl e ser vi ced and i nspect ed
according to the periodic maintenance
char t , see page 61 ( PERI ODI C
MAINTENANCE CHART). To cancel the
"SERVICE" warning, turn the key to ON
while holding down the "+" and "-"
buttons for at least 15 seconds.
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PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART
OPERATIONS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY
THE aprilia Official dealer (CAN BE
CARRI ED OUT BY THE USER AS
WELL).
Key
c= check and clean, adjust, lubricate or
replace, if necessary;
d= clean;
e= replace;
f= adjust.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
(*) = Check every two weeks or at the
specified intervals.
Component
Post running-
in [1000 km
(625 mi)]
Every 5000
km (3125 mi)
(only for
intensive
Every 10000
km (6250 mi)
or 12 months
Every 20000
km (12500
mi) or 24
months
Spark plug e c e
Air cleaner e c e
Engine oil filter e e e
Engine oil filter (on oil tank) d d d
Light operation/beam setting c
Light system
c c
Safety switches
Clutch fluid c c c
Brake fluid c c c
Coolant c c c
Engine oil e e e
Tyres every 1000 km (625 mi): c
Tyre pressure (*) every 1000 km (625 mi): c
Error warning light (on
dashboard)
each start-up c
Drive chain slack and
lubrication
every 1000 km (625 mi): c
Brake pad wear c
every 1000 km
(625 mi): c
before each ride and every
2000 km (1250 mi): c
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OPERATIONS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY
THE aprilia Official dealer.
Key
c = check and clean, adjust, lubricate or
replace, if necessary (according to
workshop manual specifications);
d = clean;
e = replace;
f = adjust.
(*) = only for versions with magnesium
wheels: check that rim paint is in good
conditions.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Component
Post running-
in 1000 km
(625 mi)
Every 5000 km
(3125 mi) (only
for intensive
racing use)
Every 10000
km (6250 mi) or
12 months
Every 20000
km (12500 mi)
or 24 months
Rear shock absorber c c
Gearbox
every 10000 km
(6250 mi): c
Bowden cables and controls c c c
Rear suspension linkage
bearings
c
Steering bearings and steering
play
c c c
Wheel bearings c c
Brake disks c c c
Vehicle operation c c c
Valve clearance f f
Braking systems c c c
Cooling system c c
Clutch fluid
every 12 months:
e every 24 months: e Brake fluid
Coolant
Fork oil e e
Fork oil seals c c
Brake pads if worn: e
Wheels/Tyres (*)
c c c
Nut, bolt, screw tightening
Cylinder synchronization c c
Suspension and trim c c c
Final drive (chain, rear and
front sprocket)
c c
Fuel pipes c
every 4 years:
e
Clutch wear c
Pistons c
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IDENTIFICATION DATA
It is a good rule to write down the frame
and engine numbers in the space provided
in this manual.
You may be asked to provide the frame
number when purchasing spare parts.
NOTE Altering the vehicle identification
numbers is a legal offence. Altering the
frame number invalidates the guarantee.
FRAME NUMBER
The frame number (1) is stamped on the
right side of the steering tube.
Frame no. ________________________
ENGINE NUMBER
The engine number (2) is stamped on the
rear part of the engine, near the front
sprocket.
Engine no. ________________________
JOINTS WITH CLICK CLAMPS AND
WITH SCREW CLAMPS
CAUTION
Remove ONLY the clamps indicated in
the maintenance procedures.
This text is not to be intended as an
authorization to arbitrarily remove the
clamps present on the vehicle.
WARNING
Before removing a clamp, make sure
removal will not lead to fluid leakage. If
so, take suitable measures to prevent
leakage and protect the components
nearby.
CLICK CLAMPS
Click clamps are removed using common
pliers, whereas installation requires a
special tool (see below).
Before removing a clamp, prepare the
material necessary for correct reassembly.
NOTE Make sur e t o have t he
appropriate special tool Æ ready at hand :
√ clamp installation pliers, see page 31
(SPECIAL TOOLS Æ).
CAUTION
On refitting, replace the click clamp that
has been removed with a new one of the
same si ze, avai l abl e from apri l i a
Official dealer.
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CAUTION
Click clamps become unserviceable
during removal. Do not attempt to refit
them.
Do not replace a click clamp you have
removed with a screw clamp or with
other types of clamps.
CAUTION
Proceed with care to avoid damage to
joint components.
u Apply the pliers to the head of the click
clamp, forcing until release.
SCREW CLAMPS
Screw clamps are removed and installed
using a common screwdriver.
CAUTION
Check the conditions of the clamp and
if necessary replace it with a new one of
the same type and size, available from
aprilia Official dealer.
When fastening the clamp, make sure
that the joint is sufficiently stable.
CHECKING AND TOPPING UP
ENGINE OIL LEVEL
Read page 44 (ENGINE OIL) and page
59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Periodically check engine oil level, change
oil after the first 1000 km (625 mi) and
every 10000 km (6250 mi) afterwards, see
page 65 (CHANGING ENGINE OIL AND
THE ENGINE OIL FILTER).
CAUTION
In the vehicle is used for racing, change
the engine oil every 5000 km (3125 mi).
Change oi l more frequentl y i f the
vehicle is used in dusty conditions.
Check oil level as follows:
CAUTION
Engine oil level must be checked when
the engine is warm. If level is checked
from cold, oil level may have dropped
temporarily below the "MIN" mark.
This is not a problem, as long as the
engine oil pressure warning light "~"
(A) does not come on, see page16
(I NSTRUMENTS AND I NDI CATORS
TABLE).
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NOTE To warm up the engi ne and
engine oil up to operating temperature, do
not let the engine idle with the vehicle at
standstill. The correct procedure is to
travel about 15 km (10 mi) outside town
(this is sufficient for engine oil to reach
operating temperature).
u Stop the engine, see page 57
(STOPPING).
u Keep the vehicle upright with both
wheels on the ground.
u Check oil level in the sight glass (2)
visible through the special slot (1) in the
left fairing.
MAX = maximum level
MIN = minimum level.
The difference between "MAX" and "MIN"
levels is about 500 cu cm.
u Correct level is achieved when the oil is
just below the MAX level mark.
CAUTION
Oil level must be between the MAX and
MIN level marks. Incorrect oil level will
cause severe engine damage.
If needed, top up as follows:
u Remove the left fairing, see page 81
(REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).
u Unscrew and remove the filler cap (3).
CAUTION
Do not add additives or other products.
If you use a funnel or other tool, make
sure they are perfectly clean.
NOTE Use high-quality 15W - 50 oil, see
page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART).
u Top up the tank until bringing oil to the
cor r ect l evel , see page 116
(LUBRICANT CHART).
CHANGING ENGINE OIL AND THE
ENGINE OIL FILTER
CAUTION
Changing engine oil and the oil filter
may prove di f f i cul t f or unski l l ed
operators.
If necessary, contact your aprilia
Official dealer.
If you wish to perform these operations
your sel f , keep t o t he f ol l owi ng
instructions.
Read page 44 (ENGINE OIL) and page
59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Periodically check engine oil level, see
page 64 (CHECKING AND TOPPING UP
ENGINE OIL LEVEL) and change the oil
after the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every
10000 km (6250 mi) afterwards.
CAUTION
If the vehicle is used for racing, change
engine oil every 5000 km (3120 mi).
I f t he vehi cl e i s used i n dust y
condi t i ons, change t he oi l mor e
frequently.
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Change the oil as follows:
NOTE Oil will drain out more easily and
completely when it is warm and therefore
more fluid. Normally, this is achieved when
the engine has been running for about
twenty minutes.
CAUTION
When warmed up, the engine contains
hot oil. Be careful to avoid burns while
carrying out the operations described
below.
u Remove the left fairing, see page 81
(REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).
u Clean off any dirt from the area around
the filler cap (3) with a clean cloth.
u Place a container (1) holding more than
4000 cu cm under the drain plug (2) on
the tank.
u Unscrew and remove the drain plug (2)
on the tank.
u Unscrew and remove the filler cap (3).
u Drain the oil and let it drip into the
container (1) for a few minutes.
u Check the sealing washer of the tank
drain plug (2) and replace as required.
u Screw and tighten the drain plug (2) onto
the tank.
Torque wrench setting for drain plug
(2): 15 Nm (1.5 kgm).
u Place the container (1) underneath the
engine crankcase, under the engine
drain plug (4).
u Unscrew and remove the engine drain
plug (4).
u Drain the oil and let it drip into the
container (1) for a few minutes.
CAUTION
Do not release oil into the environment.
Place oil in a sealed container and
di spose of i t through a waste oi l
reclamation firm or through your usual
supplier.
u Remove any metal debris collected by
the drain plug (4) magnet.
u Screw and tighten the drain plug (4).
Torque wrench setting for engine drain
plug (4): 12 Nm (1.2 kgm).
CHANGING THE ENGINE OIL FILTER
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Change the engine oil filter every 10000
km (6250 mi) or anyway each time you
change the engine oil.
u Release the two screws (5) and remove
the cover (6).
u Remove the engine oil filter (7).
CAUTION
Never reuse an oil filter.
u Spread a film of oil on the seal (8) of the
new engine oil filter.
u Insert the new oil filter.
u Refit the cover (6). Refit and tighten the
two screws (5).
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CLEANING THE ENGINE OIL FILTER
LOCATED ON THE TANK
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Clean the engine oil filter (7) located on
the tank after covering the first 1000 km
(625 mi) and every 20000 km (12427 mi)
(or every two oil changes) afterwards.
NOTE Make sure you have the special
tool Æ ready at hand:
√ special clamp installation pliers, see
page 31 (SPECIAL TOOLS Æ).
CAUTION
On refitting, replace the click clamp that
has been removed with a new one of the
same si ze, avai l abl e from aprilia
Official dealer.
Click clamps become unserviceable
during removal. Do not attempt to refit
them.
Do not replace a click clamp you have
removed with a screw clamp (10) or with
other types of clamps.
u Release the click clamp (11).
u Disconnect the hose (12).
u Release and remove the engine oil filter
(9) located on the tank and clean with an
air line.
u Check the engine oil filter (9) seal, fit and
tighten the filter.
Torque wrench setting for engine oil
filter (9) located on the tank: 30 Nm (3.0
kgm).
u Connect the hose (12) and fit a new click
clamp.
CAUTION
Do not add any additives or other
products.
If you use a funnel or other tool, ensure
they are perfectly clean.
NOTE Use high-quality 15W - 50 oil, see
page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART).
u Pour from opening (13) about 3500 cu.
cm. of engi ne oi l , see page 116
(LUBRICANT CHART).
u Refit and tighten the filler cap (3).
u Start the engine, see page 51
(STARTING) and keep it idling for about
one minute to let oil fill all points of the
circuit.
u Check oil level and top up if needed, see
page 64 (CHECKING AND TOPPING
UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL).
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AIR CLEANER
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Check the air cleaner every 10000 km
(6250 mi) or 12 months. Change it every
20000 km (12500 mi) or more frequently
when you ride on dusty or wet roads.
In this case, clean the air cleaner after
each ride following the partial cleaning
procedure described below.
CAUTION
Cleaning the filter more frequently does
not eliminate the need to change the
filter at the specified intervals. Do not
start the engine when the air cleaner is
not in place. Do not clean the filter
element with petrol or solvents. These
products may cause the fuel to ignite in
the fuel system, leading to personal
injury and vehicle damage.
DO NOT RELEASE POLLUTI NG
PRODUCTS INTO THE ENVIRONMENT.
u Every 10000 km (6250 mi), remove the
cap ( 1) , dr ai n i t s cont ent s i nt o a
contai ner and del i ver i t to a waste
collection centre.
REMOVAL
u Lift the fuel tank, see page 80 (LIFTING
THE FUEL TANK).
u Release and remove the seven screws
(2).
u Take off the air box cover (3).
u Release and remove the two screws (4).
u Remove the air cleaner retaining bracket
(5).
u Extract the air cleaner (6).
u Check the seal (7) for wear or damage
and replace as required.
2
2
2 2 2
2 2
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CAUTION
Block off the intake funnels with clean
cloths to prevent the ingress of dirt into
the intake ducts. On refitting, make sure
to remove the cloths and any other
objects you may have placed into the
airbox before installing the air box
cover (3). Make sure the air cleaner is
properly in place or it will let unfiltered
air into the system. Note that early wear
of pi st on r i ngs and cyl i nder i s
frequently due to a defective or badly
positioned air cleaner.
PARTIAL CLEANING
CAUTION
Do not press or hit the air cleaner
meshing (6). Do not use a screwdriver
or any other tools on the air cleaner.
u Hold the air cleaner (6) in a vertical
position and tap it repeatedly on a clean
bench.
u If needed, blow the air cleaner (6) with
an air line. Aim the gun from the inside of
the meshing outwards.
CAUTION
When cleaning the air cleaner, ensure
the meshing is not torn. Always change
a damaged air cleaner.
u Clean the outer surface of the air cleaner
(6) with a clean cloth.
REPLACEMENT
CAUTION
Never reuse an air cleaner.
u Replace the air cleaner (6) with a new air
cleaner of the same type.
4
5
3
6
7
6
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FITTING THE PINS FOR THE REAR
WHEEL STAND Æ
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
+Fit the pin (7) into the suitable seat in
the swinging arm.
+Start the screw (8) into the threaded
hole in the swinging arm and tighten.
PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
REAR WHEEL STAND Æ
u Fit the two pins (7), see page 70
(FITTING THE PINS FOR THE REAR
WHEEL STAND Æ).
NOTE Ask someone to help you keep
the vehicle upright with both wheels on the
ground.
+Slacken the knob (9).
+Shift the fork-shaped support (10) so
that its width matches the distance
bet ween t he t wo pi ns f i t t ed t o t he
swinging arm.
+Tighten the knob (9).
u Slide both fork-shaped seats (10) of the
stand (11) underneath the pins (7) fitted
to the vehicle at the same time.
u Place one foot on the rear end of the
stand (11).
u Push down on the stand (11).
CAUTION
Make sure the vehicle is stable.
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PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
FRONT WHEEL STAND Æ
u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel
stand, see page 70 (FITTING THE PINS
FOR THE REAR WHEEL STAND Æ).
u Slide both lugs of the stand (12) into the
holes (13) at the bottom ends of the front
fork.
u Place one foot on the front end of the
stand (14).
u Push down on the stand (14).
CAUTION
Make sure the vehicle is stable.
FRONT WHEEL
CAUTION
Removing and refitting the front wheel
may prove di f f i cul t f or unski l l ed
operators.
If necessary, contact your aprilia
Official dealer.
If you wish to perform these operations
your sel f , keep t o t he f ol l owi ng
instructions.
Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully.
Use great care when removing the
wheel to avoid damaging the brake
lines, brake disks and brake pads.
WARNING
Riding with damaged disks will put your
safety, that of other persons and the
vehicle at risk.
Check the wheel rim for damage and
have it replaced if damaged.
REMOVAL
u Remove the front brake callipers, see
page 74 (FRONT BRAKE CALLIPERS).
u Place a support (1) under the tyre to hold
the wheel in place once released.
CAUTION
Make sure the vehicle is stable.
u Have an assistant hold the handlebar
steady in position as in forward travel so
that the steering cannot move.
Torque wrench setting for wheel hub
nut (2): 80 Nm (8.0 kgm).
u Undo and remove the wheel hub nut (2)
and collect the washer (3).
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2
7
4
5
Torque wrench setting for wheel
spindle clamp bolts: 12 Nm (1.2 kgm)
u Slacken but do not remove the two
wheel spindle clamp bolts (4) on the right
side.
u Slacken but do not remove the two
wheel spindle clamp bolts (5) on the left
side.
NOTE Note the direction of the spacer
(6) placed on the right si de to refi t i t
correctly on assembly.
NOTE Lift the wheel slightly to facilitate
spindle removal.
u Push on the threaded end of the wheel
spindle (7) carefully. Tap with a plastic
mallet if needed.
u Hold the front wheel and withdraw the
wheel spindle (7) manually.
u Ease the wheel off in a forward motion.
CAUTION
The spacer (6) should still be sitting in
the wheel hub. If it slips off, refit it
correctly (see REFITTING THE WHEEL).
REFITTING THE WHEEL
u Smear a light coat of grease over the
total length of the wheel spindle (7), see
page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART).
CAUTION
Use great care when refitting the wheel
to avoid damaging the brake lines,
brake disks and brake pads.
NOTE The next procedure i s onl y
required when the spacer (6) has slipped
out of place.
u Position the spacer (6) to the wheel with
the larger diameter facing out.
CAUTION
The arrow mark on the hub points in the
direction of rotation.
Make sure to refit the wheel in the
correct direction. The arrow must be on
the left side of the vehicle.
u Place the wheel between the fork legs
and over the support (1).
WARNING
Do not attempt to align the holes by
putting your fingers into the holes.
u Move the wheel until the wheel hub bore
aligns with the holes in the fork.
u Slide the wheel spindle (7) fully home
from the left side.
NOTE Make sure the wheel spindle (7)
is fully in the hub.
u Fit the washer (3) and screw the wheel
hub nut (2) finger-tight.
NOTE Next, you will have to temporarily
fit the two wheel spindle clamp bolts (5) on
the left side. It is not necessary to tighten
them to the final torque.
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u Start the two wheel spindle clamp bolts
(5) in their holes on the left side and
tighten just enough to prevent wheel
spindle (7) rotation.
u Tighten the nut (2) to the specified
torque.
Torque wrench setting for wheel hub
nut (2): 80 Nm (8.0 kgm).
u Tighten the two wheel spindle clamp
bolts (4) on the right side.
Torque wrench set t i ng f or wheel
spindle clamp bolts: 12 Nm (1.2 kgm).
u Slacken the two wheel spindle clamp
bolts (5) on the left side.
u Refit the front brake callipers, see page
74 (FRONT BRAKE CALLIPERS).
u Hold in the front brake lever and press
down on the handlebars repeatedly to
pump the front fork up and down.This will
allow the fork legs to seat properly.
u Place the vehicle on the side stand, see
page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON
THE STAND).
u Tighten the two wheel spindle clamp
bolts (5) on the left side.
Torque wrench set t i ng f or wheel
spindle clamp bolts (5): 12 Nm (1.2
kgm).
u Make sure the following components
have not become contaminated with
lubricants:
√ tyre;
√ wheel;
√ brake disks.
WARNING
After refitting the wheel, work the front
brake lever repeatedly and check for
proper operation of the brake.
We recommend having the vehicle
inspected at an aprilia Official dealer to
make sure that all components are at
the correct torque and that the wheel is
properly centred and balanced. Failure
to do so could result in severe personal
injury.
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FRONT BRAKE CALLIPERS
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
WARNING
A dirty disk will soil the pads, leading to
loss of braking efficiency. Dirty pads
must be replaced, whereas dirty disks
may be cleaned with a high-quality
degreaser.
CAUTION
Use great care during removal and
refitting procedures to avoid damaging
the brake lines, brake disks and brake
pads.
NOTE To remove t he f ront brake
callipers, it is necessary to use the suitable
front Æ and rear Æ wheel stands.
REMOVAL
u Place the vehicle on the front wheel
stand, see page 71 (PLACING THE
VEHICLE ON THE FRONT WHEEL
STAND Æ).
CAUTION
Make sure that the vehicle is stable.
u Rotate the wheel manually. Set it so that
t he brake cal l i per can be reached
through the space between two rim
spokes.
u Have someone keep the handlebar
steady in the direction of travel, with the
steering locked.
Torque wrench setting for the brake
calliper bolts (1): 50 Nm (5 kgm).
+Unscrew and remove the two brake
calliper bolts (1).
CAUTION
Do not operate the brake lever when the
callipers are not in place, or the pistons
might fall out leading to brake fluid
spillage.
In the event of brake fluid spillage,
contact your aprilia Official dealer to
have the vehicle serviced properly.
+Withdraw the brake calliper (2) from
the disk, leaving it attached to the hose
(3).
Remove the other brake calliper as
follows:
u Repeat the operations marked with H.
REASSEMBLY
CAUTION
Proceed with care to avoid damage to
the brake pads.
+Locate the brake calliper (2) to the disk
so as to align the calliper mounting holes
and the carrier holes.
WARNING
Refit the brake calliper using two new
bolts (1) of the same type as those fitted
originally.
+Screw the two calliper mounting bolts
(1) hand-tight until they contact the
calliper.
+Pull the brake lever to let the calliper
locate properly against the disc.
+Tighten the two bolts (1) to the
specified torque while keeping the brake
lever squeezed in.
Torque wrench setting for the calliper
mounting bolts: 50 Nm (5 kgm).
Refit the other brake calliper as follows:
u Repeat the operations marked with H.
u Remove the front wheel stand Æ, see
page 71 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON
THE FRONT WHEEL STAND Æ).
CAUTION
After reassembly, work the front brake
lever repeatedly and check for proper
operation of the brake.
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REAR WHEEL
CAUTION
Removing and refitting the rear wheel
may prove di f f i cul t f or unski l l ed
operators.
If necessary, contact your aprilia
Official dealer.
If you wish to perform these operations
your sel f , keep t o t he f ol l owi ng
instructions.
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
To avoid burns, allow some time for the
engine and exhaust silencer to cool
down completely before proceeding.
Use great care when removing the
wheel to avoid damaging the brake
lines, brake disks and brake pads.
WARNING
Riding with damaged rims will put your
safety, that of other persons and the
vehicle at risk.
Check the wheel rim for damage and
have it replaced if damaged.
NOTE To remove the rear wheel, you
will need the rear wheel stand Æ. Make
sure to have it ready at hand.
REMOVAL
u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel
stand (1), see page 70 (PLACING THE
VEHI CLE ON THE REAR WHEEL
STAND Æ).
u Place a support (2) under the tyre to hold
the wheel in place once released.
Torque wrench setting for wheel hub
nut (3): 120 Nm (12 kgm).
u Undo and remove the wheel hub nut (3)
and collect the washer (4).
NOTE Lift the wheel slightly to facilitate
spindle removal.
u Withdraw the wheel spindle (5) from the
right side.
NOTE Note the direction and position of
the right (6) and left (7) chain sliders so as
to refit them correctly on assembly.
uCollect the right (6) and left (7) chain sliders.
NOTE Take t he chai n ( 8) of f t he
sprocket (9) passing it on the outside.
u Push the wheel forward and take the
drive chain (8) off the rear sprocket (9).
u Remove the wheel from the swinging
arm pul l i ng from the rear. Proceed
carefully until the brake disk is well away
from the callipers.
1
2
7 6
3
8 9 5
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CAUTION
Do not operate the rear brake lever with
the wheel removed, or the pistons might
fall out leading to brake fluid spillage.
In the event of brake fluid spillage,
contact your aprilia Official dealer to
have the vehicle serviced properly.
CAUTION
The left (10) and right (11) spacers
should still be sitting in the wheel hub.
If they slip off, refit them correctly (see
REFITTING THE WHEEL).
NOTE The brake calliper (13) carrier
(12) is still attached to the right side of the
swinging arm.
Use great care. If the final drive assembly
(14) is mounted to the cush drive hub (15),
do not turn the rear wheel over or place it
hori zont al l y l yi ng on t he rear chai n
sprocket (A) si de, or t he f i nal dri ve
assembly will come off and the sprocket (9)
might damage.
NOTE To avoid removal of the final drive
assembly, place the wheel in the same
position as for travel (vertically) or place it
horizontally wi th the sprocket up and
secure the wheel to keep it from falling
over.
NOTE Do not disturb the five nuts (16).
The final drive can be detached from the
cush drive hub as an assembly.
u Place both hands (B) on the outer
di amet er of t he spr ocket ( 9) and
withdraw the final drive assembly. Keep
it parallel to wheel axis during removal.
REFITTING THE WHEEL
If you have removed the final drive
assembly (14):
NOTE Fi t the fi nal dri ve assembl y
keeping it parallel to wheel axis and make
sure the cush dri ve rubbers become
properly located into their seats in the cush
drive hub (15).
u Place both hands (C) on the outer
diameter of the sprocket (9) and insert
the final drive assembly into the cush
drive hub (15).
CAUTION
Make sure the spacer (18) does not slip
off the final drive assembly on refitting.
NOTE The next procedure i s onl y
required when the left (10) and/or right (11)
spacers have slipped out of place.
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u Position the left spacer (10) and/or the
right spacer (11) into their seats with the
larger diameter facing away from the
vehicle.
CAUTION
Before refitting the wheel, make sure
the brake calliper (13) carrier (12) is
correctly in place. The carrier slot
should be on the matching peg (17) on
the inside of the right swinging arm.
Be careful when locating the disk to the
brake calliper.
u Place the wheel between the two arms of
the swinging arm and over the support
(2).
WARNING
Do not place your fingers between
chain and sprocket.
u Push the wheel forward and wrap the
drive chain (8) around the sprocket (9).
u Fit the right (6) and left (7) chain sliders
correctly into their seats in the swinging
arm.
u Smear a light coat of grease over the
total length of the wheel spindle (5), see
page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART).
WARNING
Do not attempt to align the holes by
putting your fingers inside or you will
risk severe injury.
u Pull back the wheel until the hub bore
matches the swinging arm holes.
u Rotate the carrier (12) complete with
brake calliper (13) - it will pivot around
the locating pin (17) - until matching the
holes.
u Push the wheel spindle (5) fully home
from the right side.
NOTE Make sure the wheel spindle (5)
is fully in and that spindle head locates
correctly into the seat in the left chain slider
(7).
u Fit the washer and screw the wheel hub
nut (3) finger-tight.
u Check chain slack, see page 78 (DRIVE
CHAIN).
u Tighten the nut (3) to the specified
torque.
Torque wrench setting for wheel hub
nut (3): 120 Nm (12 kgm).
u Make sure the following components
have not become contaminated with
lubricants:
√ tyre;
√ wheel;
√ brake disk.
CAUTION
After refitting, work the rear brake lever
r epeat edl y and check f or proper
operation of the brake.
We recommend having the vehicle
inspected at an aprilia Official dealer to
make sure that all components are at
the correct torque and that the wheel is
properly centred and balanced. Failure
to do so could result in severe personal
injury.
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DRIVE CHAIN
Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE)
carefully.
The vehicle is fitted with an endless chain
that has no master link.
CAUTION
Exceeding slack in the chain may cause
the chain to rattle or knock, resulting in
a worn chain slider and guide.
Check slack at regular intervals and
adjust as required, see page 78 (CHAIN
SLACK INSPECTION).
Have the chain replaced at an aprilia
Official dealer only, for guaranteed
accurate, prompt service.
Improper maintenance may lead to early
wear of the chain and/or front/rear
sprocket damage.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
CHAIN SLACK INSPECTION
To check chain slack:
u Stop the engine.
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Put the gearbox in neutral.
u Check chain slack by measuring the
vertical movement of the chain lower
section, midway between the sprockets.
Movement should be approximately
25 mm.
u Move the motorcycle forward to check
slack at various sections of the chain.
Slack should be the same throughout
one full turn of the wheel.
CAUTION
If slack is greater at particular positions
of the chain, it means that some links
are warped or have seized. In this case,
contact an aprilia Official dealer. To
prevent seizure, lubricate the chain
frequently, see page 79 (CLEANING
AND LUBRICATION).
Chain slack must be adjusted whenever it
di f f er s f r om t he speci f i ed 25 mm,
regardless of whether it is greater or less
than the 25 mm service limit, even when it
is consistent at all positions of the chain.
See page 78 ( CHAI N SLACK
ADJUSTMENT).
CHAIN SLACK ADJUSTMENT
NOTE To adjust chain slack, you will
need the rear wheel stand Æ. Make sure
to have it ready at hand.
If the chain needs adjusting after the
inspection, proceed as follows:
u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel
stand, see page 70 (PLACING THE
VEHI CLE ON THE REAR WHEEL
STAND Æ).
u Loosen the nut (1) completely.
NOTE Wheel centring is aided by fixed
reference marks (2-3) located inside the
seats of the chain sliders/tensioners fitted
to the swinging arm before the wheel
spindle.
u Loosen the two lock nuts (4).
u Work the adjusters (5) and adjust chain
slack, making sure to use the same
reference mark settings (2-3) on both
sides of the vehicle.
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2
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u Tighten the two lock nuts (4).
u Tighten the nut (1).
Torque wrench setting for wheel nut (1):
120 Nm (12 kgm).
u Check chain slack, see page 78 (CHAIN
SLACK INSPECTION).
CHECKING CHAIN AND SPROCKETS
FOR WEAR
Check the following parts every 10000 km
(6250 mi). Visually inspect chain, front and
rear sprockets looking for:
√ damaged chain rollers;
√ loose chain link pins;
√ dry, rusty, warped or seized links;
√ exceeding wear;
√ missing O-rings;
√ exceedingly worn or damaged sprocket
teeth.
CAUTION
If chain rollers are damaged, chain link
pins are loose and/or any O-rings are
missing or deteriorated, renew the drive
chain and the front and rear sprockets
as a set.
Lubr i cat e t he chai n f r equent l y,
especially if you find any dry or rusty
parts.
War ped or sei zed l i nks must be
lubricated and repaired.
If this is not possible, have the chain
replaced at an aprilia Official dealer.
CLEANING AND LUBRICATION
CAUTION
The drive chain links are fitted with O-
rings that retain the grease inside. Use
t he ut most care when adj ust i ng,
lubricating, washing or replacing the
chain.
Never wash the drive chain using steam
cleaners, high-pressure water nozzles or
highly flammable solvents.
u Wash the drive chain with fuel oil or
kerosene. If the chain tends to become
rusty quickly, service more frequently.
Lubricate the chain every 1000 km (625
mi) and whenever it seems appropriate.
u After washing the chain, let it dry, then
spray with aerosol lubricant for O-ring
chains, see page 116 (LUBRICANT
CHART).
CAUTION
The chain lubricants available on the
mar ket may cont ai n aggr essi ve
substances which will damage the
chain rubber O-rings.
NOTE Do not ride when you have only
just lubricated the chain. Centrifugal force
would cause the newly applied lubricant to
fly all over adjacent vehicle parts.
4
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REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
+Partially raise the rear side edge of the
saddle.
+Unscrew and remove the screw (1)
and collect the bushing (2).
Torque wrench setting for the screw (1):
12 Nm (1.2 kgm).
+The operations marked with H must be
performed on both sides of the vehicle.
u Raise and remove the saddle (3).
NOTE On refitting, insert the front tab of
the saddle into the corresponding seat.
CAUTION
Before riding, make sure that the saddle
(3) is properly positioned and secured
firmly.
LIFTING THE FUEL TANK
Read page 32 (FUEL) and page 59
(MAINTENANCE) carefully.
WARNING
Fire hazard.
Al l ow for the engi ne and exhaust
silencer to cool down completely before
proceeding.
Fuel vapours are noxi ous to your
health.
Make sure the area is well ventilated
before proceeding.
Do not inhale fuel vapours.
Do not smoke and do not use naked
flames.
DO NOT RELEASE FUEL INTO THE
ENVIRONMENT.
u Remove the rider saddle, see page 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
u Remove the side panels, see page 82
(REMOVING THE SIDE PANELS).
u Unscrew and remove the two retaining
screws (4) at the front end of the fuel
tank (5).
u Raise the fuel tank (5) at the front using a
suitable support to hold it up.
5
5
4
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REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS
Car ef ul l y r ead page 59
(MAINTENANCE).
WARNING
Al l ow for the engi ne and exhaust
silencer to cool down completely before
proceeding.
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Slacken and remove the seven quick
fasteners (1).
u Release and collect the rivet (3).
CAUTION
Handle plastic and paint-finished parts
wi t h car e t o avoi d scr at chi ng or
damage.
u Remove the side fairing (2).
NOTE Repeat process to remove the
other side fairing.
REMOVING THE LOWER FAIRING
Car ef ul l y r ead page 59
(MAINTENANCE).
WARNING
Al l ow for the engi ne and exhaust
silencer to cool down completely before
proceeding.
u Unscrew and remove the four screws
(3).
u Loosen and remove the four screws (4)
(two on the right and two on the left side);
u Loosen the two quick fasteners (5) (one
on the right and one on the left side);
u Loosen the four quick fasteners (6) (two
on the right and two on the left side).
CAUTION
Handle plastic and paint-finished parts
wi t h car e t o avoi d scr at chi ng or
damage.
u Remove the lower fairing (7).
NOTE Upon reassembly, fit tubes (9),
(10) and (11) into hole (8), on lower fairing
left side.
1
1
2
3
6 4
5
7
3 9 10 11
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REMOVING THE SIDE PANELS
u Remove the rider saddle, see page 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
u Release and remove the screw (1).
u Unscrew and remove the screw (2)
(remove the front screw).
CAUTION
Handle plastic and paint-finished parts
wi t h care t o avoi d scrat chi ng or
damage.
u Remove the side panel (3).
NOTE Make sure the rear fittings are
positioned correctly on refitting.
Repeat process to remove the other side
panel.
NOTE The passenger seat l ock or
passenger seat cover will remain attached
to the left side panel.
To separate them, disconnect the Bowden
cable from the lock on the inside of the side
panel.
REMOVING THE FAIRING UPPER
FRONT COVERS
+Release and remove the two screws
(1).
+Release and remove the retaining
screw (2).
+Pull the side fairing apart gently to
release the cover.
CAUTION
Handle plastic and paint-finished parts
wi t h care t o avoi d scrat chi ng or
damage.
1 2 2 1
3
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REMOVING THE REAR-VIEW
MIRRORS
u Disconnect the direction indicator
cables.
u Release and remove the two nuts (3)
and collect the washers (4).
u Ease off the rear-view mirror (5) paying
attention to the electrical connector.
CAUTION
Handle plastic and paint-finished parts
wi t h car e t o avoi d scrat chi ng or
damage.
u Remove the rear-view mirror (5).
NOTE Repeat process for the other
mirror.
CAUTION
On refitting, adjust the rear-view mirrors
and tighten the nuts to secure them
firmly in place.
After refitting:
u Set the rear-view mirrors at the correct
angle.
3
4
5
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REMOVING THE FRONT FAIRING
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Turn the ignition switch to position ">".
u Remove the rear-view mirrors, see page
82 (REMOVING THE FAIRING UPPER
FRONT COVERS).
u Release the four plastic rivets (1) using a
flat-blade screwdriver.
u Release and remove the screw (2) in the
centre.
CAUTION
Do not overtighten the screw (2) on
refitting, as it sits on plastic.
+Release and remove the snap-on
fasteners (3) securing the front fairing to
the side fairings.
+Disconnect the two connectors (4) on
either side of the front fairing.
+Disconnect the connector (5) on either
side of the front fairing.
u Detach the front fairing (6) complete with
headlight.
CAUTION
Make sur e t o r ef i t t he el ect r i cal
connectors (4) and (5) to the matching
connectors on assembly.
CAUTION
Handle plastic and paint-finished parts
wi t h car e t o avoi d scrat chi ng or
damage.
After refitting:
u Set the rear-view mirrors at the correct
angle.
1
2
3
4
6
5
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5
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REMOVING THE SIDE STAND
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
Removal of the side stand (1) complete
with:
√ springs (2),
√ bracket (3), and
√ stand switch (4)
is only recommended for vehicles used for
racing.
NOTE Removing the stand switch (4)
interrupts the electric circuit. To restore it,
connect the wiring (6) Æ (aprilia part #
8127544), available from any aprilia
Official dealer, to the connector (5).
WARNING
Removal of the safety pegs (7) fitted to
the rider footrests is only allowed after
removal of the side stand.
CAUTION
Do not lean the vehicle against walls
and do not lay it down on the ground.
When the vehicle is without the side
stand (side stand removal is allowed
only for racing use), always park using
the rear wheel stand Æ.
WARNING
It is forbidden to disconnect or remove
the safety switch (4) separately from the
stand.
When the stand switch (4) alone is
di sconnected or removed, engi ne
starting is no longer inhibited with the
stand down. This means the vehicle is
capable of moving off with the stand
down, which may result in an accident,
leading to serious injury to the rider and
other people and vehicle damage.
For removal, proceed as follows:
u Remove the left side fairing, see page 81
(REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).
CAUTION
Do not pul l on cabl es, hoses,
connectors or on the wiring.
u Disconnect the electric connector (10)
from the connector (5).
u Connect the wiring (6) (aprilia part #
8127544) [ i n pl ace of t he el ect ri c
connector (10)].
7
3 2 1 4
5
6
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u Withdraw the cable (9) completely.
u Lower the fuel tank, see page 80
(LIFTING THE FUEL TANK).
NOTE Support the stand, in order to
prevent it from accidentally falling down.
Torque wrench setting for screws (11)
and (13): 40 Nm (4 kgm).
u Unscrew and remove the screw (11) and
collect the washer (12).
u Unscrew and remove the screw (13)
while holding the nut (15) at the rear end
with a spanner.
u Remove the stand (1) complete with:
√ springs (2);
√ bracket (3);
√ stand switch (4).
u Refit the screw (13), the washer (14) and
the nut (15) and tighten to the specified
torque.
NOTE Store away the complete stand,
t he screw (11) and t he washer (12)
together. This way, you will be able to refit
them correctly when you intend to use the
vehicle on public roads.
u Refit the left side fairing, see page 81
(REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).
14 13 12 11 15
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INSPECTING THE FRONT AND
REAR SUSPENSION
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
NOTE Have the front fork oil changed by
an aprilia Official dealer, for guaranteed
accurate, prompt service.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Have the front fork oil changed after the
first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 10000 km
(6250 mi) afterwards.
Carry out the following checks after the first
1000 km (625 mi) and every 10000 km
(6250 mi) afterwards:
u Keep the brake lever squeezed in and
press down repeatedly on the handlebars
to compress the front fork. The front fork
should compress in a smooth motion.
Inspect the fork legs for any traces of oil.
u Ensure that all parts are firmly tightened
and check for proper operation of the
front and rear suspension joints.
CAUTION
In the event of abnormal operation, or if
qualified assistance is necessary,
contact your aprilia Official dealer.
FRONT SUSPENSION
u Every 10000 km (6250 mi) check, clean
and l ubri cat e t he f ork oi l seal s. I f
necessary, have them replaced at an
aprilia Official dealer.
The front suspension is managed by a
hydraulic fork, which is held to the steering
tube by two yokes.
Each f ork l eg i s f i t t ed wi t h sui t abl e
adjusters to modify suspension response.
An upper adj uster screw (1) control s
rebound dampi ng, whereas a l ower
adjuster screw (2) controls compression
damping. A top-mounted adjuster nut (3)
controls springs preload.
FRONT FORK ADJUSTMENT
CAUTION
Do not force the adjusters (1-2) beyond
their limit stops in either direction, or
the threads may strip. Set both fork legs
t o t he same spr i ng pr el oad,
compression and rebound damping
settings. A vehicle whose fork legs are
set to different settings will be unstable.
When spring preload is increased,
rebound damping should be increased
accordingly. Failure to do so may result
in the front end jerking unexpectedly
when riding.
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≈R FACTORY∆ FORK
Factory setting is designed for racing.
However, front suspension setting may be
modi f i ed t o sui t speci f i c needs i n
accordance with vehicle usage.
CAUTION
Before adjusting, first set the fork to the
stiffest setting [turn the adjusters (1-2)
fully clockwise]. The notches on the
adjusters (1-2) provide convenient
r ef er ence mar ks when set t i ng
compression and rebound damping.
Rotate the adjusters (1-2) gradually
changing setting by one notch at a time.
WARNING
Racing settings may only be used
during official competitions or sports
events authorised by the competent
authorities and taking place in closed
circuits or, anyway, away from public
roads.
Riding a vehicle with racing settings on
public roads and highways is forbidden
by the law.
(*) = clockwise
(**) = anticlockwise
(***) = Have this adjustment carried out exclusively by an aprilia Official dealer
Front suspension Standard setting Racing setting
Hydraulic rebound damping,
screw (1)
Tighten fully (*) and
then slacken (**) by 12
click positions
Tighten fully (*) and then
slacken (**) by 8 - 10
click positions
Hydraulic compression damping,
screw (2)
Spring preload, nut (3)
Slacken fully (**) and
then tighten (*) by
8 turns
Slacken fully (**) and
then tighten (*) by
6 - 9 turns
Fork height (A) (***) over top yoke
(not including top cap)
3 notches in view 4 notches in view
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STEERING DAMPER
The standard Æmodel is not equipped
with a steering damper. However, it may
be retrofitted with an adjustable steering
damper (1), available from aprilia Official
dealer.
The standard model is equipped with
an adjustable steering damper (1).
ADJUSTABLE STEERING DAMPER
The adjustable steering damper (1) is fitted
with an adjusting knob (2) that controls
hydraulic damping (see table).
Adjust as follows:
u Turn the handlebar fully to the left.
CAUTION
Before adjusting, first set the knob to
the stiffest setting (turn the knob fully
anticlockwise).
u Turn the knob (2) to set hydraulic
damping (see table).
(*) = anticlockwise
(**) = clockwise
Adjustable steering
damper
Standard setting Racing setting Setting options
Setting
Tighten fully (**) and then slacken (*)
by 15 click positions
Tighten fully (**)
and then slacken
(*) by 2 - 17 click
positions
1
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REAR SUSPENSION
The rear suspension is managed by a
spring/damper unit that is connected to the
frame and to the rear swinging arm through
uni-ball bearings and a linkage system,
respectively.
To modify vehicle response, the rear shock
absorber is fitted with an adjusting ring nut
(1) which controls rebound damping, an
adj ust er knob ( 2) whi ch cont r ol s
compression damping, an adjusting ring
nut (3) that controls spring preload and a
ring nut (4).
NOTE Vehicle response can be further
modified by varying rear ride height.
REAR SHOCK ABSORBER
ADJUSTMENT
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Check and if necessary adjust the rear
shock absorber every 20000 km (12500
mi).
Factory setting is designed for racing.
However, rear suspension setting may be
modi f i ed t o sui t speci f i c needs i n
accordance with vehicle usage.
CAUTION
Before adjusting, first set the rear shock
absorber to the stiffest setting [turn the
adjusters (1-2) fully clockwise].
Do not force the adjusters (1-2) beyond
their limit stops in either direction, or
the threads may strip.
u Release the ring nut (4) by means of the
appropriate spanner.
u Adjust spring preload (B) through the
adjusting ring nut (3) (see table).
u After adjusting, tighten the ring nut (4).
u Work the ring nut (1) to set shock
absorber rebound damping (see table).
Compressi on dampi ng is adjusted by
turning the knob (2) on models, by
turning the screw (2) on Æ models (see
table).
To change vehicle trim:
u Slacken the lock nut (5) moderately.
u Work the adjuster (6) to set shock
absorber length (A) (distance between
centres) (see table).
CAUTION
Ti ght en t he check nut ( 5) t o t he
specified torque.
u After the adjustment, tighten the lock nut
(5).
Torque wrench setting for lock nut (5):
40 Nm (4 kgm).
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CAUTION
Set spr i ng pr el oad and r ebound
damping according to vehicle usage.
When you increase spring preload, you
will have to increase rebound damping
accordi ngl y t o avoi d unexpect ed
jerking when riding.
If necessary, contact an aprilia Official
dealer.
CAUTION
(Æ Æ) Never remove the
capscrew (8) or attempt to service the
membrane located underneath. The
shock absorber contains nitrogen,
whi ch woul d l eak out i f t hese
components were di sturbed. Thi s
would impair shock absorber operation
and lead to an accident.
WARNING
Racing settings may only be used
during official competitions or sports
events authorised by the competent
authorities and taking place in closed
circuits or, anyway, away from public
roads.
Riding a vehicle with racing settings on
public roads and highways is forbidden
by the law.
(*) = clockwise
(**) = anticlockwise
Rear suspension Standard setting Racing setting
Shock absorber distance between
centres (A)
313 Ø1.5 mm 310 to 316 mm
Spring length (preloaded) (B)
- M 146 mm
- 145 mm
- Æ 148 mm
- 147 mm
Rebound damping, ring nut (1)
Tighten fully (*) and then
slacken (**) by 20 click
positions
Tighten fully (*) and then
slacken (**):
- Æ by 12 - 16 click
positions
- by 13 - 16 click
positions
Compression damping,
screw (2) for Æ, or knob (2) for
Tighten fully (*) and then
slacken (**)
- Æ by 1.5 turns
- by 12 click
positions
Tighten fully (*) and then
slacken (**)
- Æ by 1-2 turns
- by 8-14 click
positions
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CHECKING THE BRAKE PADS FOR
WEAR
Read page 33 ( BRAKE FLUI D -
recommendations), page 34 (DISK
BRAKES) and page 59 (MAINTENANCE)
carefully.
NOTE The following instructions apply
to both braking systems.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Check the brake pads for wear after the
first 1000 km (625 miles) and every 2000
km (1250 miles) afterwards and before
each ride.
The rate at which brake pads will wear
depends on usage, riding style and road
surface condition.
WARNING
Inspect the brake pads before each ride.
This is a quick inspection procedure to
determine brake pads wear:
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
NOTE The front (right and left) brake
callipers are fitted with four brake pads
each. The rear brake calliper has two
brake pads.
u Visually inspect the area between brake
disk and brake pads as follows:
√ front brake callipers (1): check the pads
looking from above at the rear end;
√ rear brake calliper (2): check the pads
looking from the bottom up at the rear
end.
WARNING
If brake pads were allowed to wear
down unt i l uncoveri ng t he met al
substrate, metal-to-metal contact with
the brake disk would lead to rattle and
the brake calliper sparking. This will
result in loss of braking and brake disk
damage, causing a dangerous riding
condition.
Have the brake pads changed when the
lining material [of even just one of the front
(3) or rear (4) brake pads] is worn down to
nearly 1.5 mm, or when any one of the
wear indicators is no longer visible:
√ change all brake pads of both front
brake callipers (right and left);
√ change both brake pads of the rear
brake callipers.
WARNING
Have the pads replaced at an aprilia
Official dealer.
3
2
1
1
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THROTTLE TWISTGRIP
ADJUSTMENT
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
Have the throttle cables checked at an
aprilia Official dealer after the first 1000
km (625 miles) and every 10000 km (6250
miles) afterwards.
There should be 2-3 mm free play in the
throttle twistgrip (measured at twistgrip
edge).
If not so:
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Take off the rubber gaiter (2).
u Loosen the locknut (3).
u Rotate the adjuster (4) until setting the
specified free play.
u After adjusting, tighten the locknut (3)
and check free play again.
u Refit the rubber gaiter (2).
CAUTION
After adjusting, turn the handlebar and
ensure that idling speed is unaffected
by handlebar movement. Open the
throttle and ensure that the twistgrip
springs back to the closed position
smoothly and gradually when released.
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SPARK PLUGS
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if
the vehi cl e i s used i n rai ny or dusty
conditions, on rough roads or for racing.
CAUTION
Check, clean or replace all spark plugs,
one by one.
Check the spark plugs after the first 10000
km (6250 miles) and every 20000 km
(12500 miles) afterwards.
If the vehicle is used for racing, change the
spark plugs every 5000 km (3125 mi).
At regular intervals, remove the spark
plugs and clean off any carbon deposits or
replace as required.
CAUTION
Al ways change bot h spark pl ugs
together, even when only one needs
replacing.
In order to gain access to the spark
plugs:
WARNING
To avoid burns, allow some time for the
engine and exhaust silencer to cool
down completely before proceeding.
u Lift the fuel tank, see page 80 (LIFTING
THE FUEL TANK).
NOTE The vehicle is equipped with one
spark plug for each cylinder.
The procedures described below apply to
both spark plugs.
Removal:
u Pull the cap (1) off the spark plug (2).
u Remove any traces of dirt from the spark
plug base.
u Fit the suitable spark plug tool (supplied
with the tool kit) to the spark plug.
u Fit the 13-mm open-end spanner (4) to
the hexagon of the spark plug tool (3).
u Unscrew and extract the spark plug.
Ensure that no dust or foreign matter fall
into the cylinder.
1
2
3
4
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Inspection and cleaning:
CAUTION
This motorcycle uses spark plugs with
platinum electrodes.
Do not clean with wire brushes and/or
abrasi ve compounds. Cl ean wi t h
compressed air only.
Key:
√ central electrode (3)
√ insulator (4)
√ side electrode (5).
u Check electrode and insulating material for
carbon deposits or corrosion. Blow with an
air line to remove any deposits, if needed.
A spark plug must be changed when: the
insulator is cracked; the electrodes show
traces of corrosion or exceeding deposits;
the tip of the central electrode (3) is worn
away and has achieved a radiused contour
(6).
CAUTION
Ensure that the replacement spark plug
is the suitable length and thread.
A short thread will cause carbon to
build up on the thread in the head.
When you fit a proper spark plug at a
later time, the engine will damage.
Use recommended spark plugs only,
see page 112 (TECHNICAL DATA). A
spark plug of the wrong rating may
shorten engine life and cause loss of
performance.
Use a wire feeler gauge (7) to check air
gap between electrodes. Any other tool
will damage the platinum coating of the
electrodes.
u Check the electrode gap with a wire
feeler gauge (7).
CAUTION
Do not attempt to adjust electrode gap.
Electrode gap should be 0.6 - 0.7 mm. If
not so, change the spark plug.
u Make sure the washer (8) is in good
condition.
To refit the spark plug:
u Fit the washer (8) and screw the spark
plug finger-tight to avoid damaging the
thread.
u Tighten using the supplied tool. Screw in
each spark plug by one half turn to
compress the washer.
Torque wrench setting for spark plugs:
20 Nm (2.0 kgm).
CAUTION
It is essential to tighten the spark plugs
properly. A loose spark plug will cause
engine overheating and result in severe
damage.
u Refit the spark plug cap (1) securely onto
the spark plug (2), so that it will not work
itself loose when exposed to engine
vibration.
NOTE Repeat the above procedures for
the other spark plug.
u Lower the fuel tank, see page 80
(LIFTING THE FUEL TANK).
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CHECKING THE SIDE STAND
Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) and
page 101 (CHECKING THE SWITCHES)
carefully.
The side stand (1) has two positions:
√ folded up (at rest) (Pos.A);
√ down (supporting the bike) (Pos.B).
The side stand must be operated by the
rider.
The stand (1) must rotate freely.
The springs (2) keep the stand in the
desired position (up or down).
Check the stand as follows:
u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel
stand, see page 70 (PLACING THE
VEHI CLE ON THE REAR WHEEL
STAND Æ).
u The springs (2) must not be damaged,
worn, oxidised or weakened.
u Make sure that the stand has no free
play in the up or down position.
u With the stand up, pull it down and make
sure the springs let it achieve the fully
down position.
u Pull up the stand and release it at mid
travel to make sure it goes fully up.
u The stand must rotate freely. Grease the
j oi nt i f needed, see page 116
(LUBRICANT CHART).
The side stand (1) is equipped with a
safety swi tch (3) that i nhi bi ts engi ne
operation when a gear is engaged with the
side stand (1) down.
To check for proper operation of the
stand switch (3):
u Remove the rear wheel stand, see page
70 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
REAR WHEEL STAND Æ).
u Sit astride the vehicle.
u Fold up the side stand (1).
u Start the engine, see page 51
(STARTING).
u Release the throttle twistgrip (4) (Pos.C),
let engine idle and then pull in the clutch
lever (5).
u Engage the first gear, by pushing the
gear lever (6) downwards.
u Pull down the side stand (1) to operate
the stand switch (3).
The following should happen:
√ the engine must stop;
√ the "side stand down" light "J" must
come on.
CAUTION
If the engine does not stop, contact an
aprilia Official dealer.
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BATTERY
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
WARNING
Fire hazard!
Keep fuel and other flammable products
away from electric components.
Never invert the battery cables.
Ensure that the ignition switch is in the
">" position before connecting or
disconnecting the battery, otherwise
some components mi ght damage.
Connect the positive cable (+) first and
then the negative cable (-).
Disconnect in the reverse order.
NOTE Thi s vehi cl e i s fi tted wi th a
maintenance-free battery which seldom
needs inspecting and may need charging
from time to time.
CLEANING AND CHECKING
BATTERY TERMINALS AND LEAD
CONNECTIONS
Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully.
u Ensure the ignition switch is in the ">"
position.
u Remove the rider saddle, see page 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
u Slide the red protective cap (1) aside.
u Check that battery lead connections (2)
and battery terminals (3) are:
√ in good condition (free from corrosion or
any deposits);
√ coated with neutral grease or Vaseline.
If needed:
u Remove the battery, see page 98
(BATTERY REMOVAL).
u Clean off any corrosion deposits from the
bat t er y l ead connect i ons ( 2) and
terminals (3) using a wire brush.
u Refit the battery, see page 100
(INSTALLING THE BATTERY).
3 2
2
3
1
2
2
3
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BATTERY REMOVAL
CAUTION
When the battery is removed, the digital
clock and red line setting will be reset to
zero. See page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION
COMPUTER) for instructions on how to
set clock and red line.
Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully.
u Ensure the ignition switch is in the ">"
position.
u Remove the rider saddle, see page 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
u Release and remove the negative (-)
terminal screw (1).
u Slide the negative lead (2) aside.
u Lift the red protective cap (3).
u Release and remove the positive (+)
terminal screw (4).
u Slide the positive lead (5) aside.
u Release and remove the two screws (6).
u Remove the battery retaining bracket (7).
u Grasp the battery (8) firmly and lift it out
of its mount.
WARNING
Once removed, the battery must be
stored in a safe place out of the reach of
children.
u Place the battery on a level surface, in a
cool, dry place.
u Refit the rider saddle, see page 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
NOTE See page 100 (INSTALLING
THE BATTERY) f or i nst al l at i on
instructions.
4
3
1
7
2
8
6
5
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CHECKING BATTERY FLUID
LEVEL
Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully.
This vehicle is fitted with a maintenance-
free battery and it is not necessary to
check battery fluid level.
CHARGING THE BATTERY
Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully.
CAUTION
Do not remove the battery plugs or the
battery may damage.
u Remove the battery, see page 98
(BATTERY REMOVAL).
u Be sure to have a suitable battery
charger ready at hand.
u Set the battery charger to the desired
charge rate (see chart below).
u Connect the battery to the battery
charger.
WARNING
Charge or use the battery in a well-
ventilated place. Do not inhale the
gasses produced by the battery under
charging.
u Switch on the battery charger.
WARNING
The battery keeps producing gases for
some time after the battery charger has
been switched off. Allow 5-10 minutes
before proceeding to refit the battery.
Charge
rate
Voltage
(V)
Amperes
(A)
Time
(hrs)
Regular 12 1.0 8 √ 10
Fast 12 1.0 0.5
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INSTALLING THE BATTERY
Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully.
u Ensure the ignition switch is in the ">"
position.
u Remove the rider saddle, see page 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
NOTE Place the battery (1) with the
terminals pointing to the rear of the vehicle.
u Refit the battery (1) into its mount.
u Refit the battery retaining bracket (2).
u Fit and tighten the screws (3).
WARNING
On refitting, connect the positive cable
(+) first and then the negative cable (-).
u Connect the positive (+) cable by
tightening the terminal screw (4).
u Connect the negative (-) cable by
tightening the terminal screw (5).
u Coat lead connections and terminals
with neutral grease or Vaseline.
u Refit the red protective cap (6).
u Refit the rider saddle, see page 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
CAUTION
When the battery is removed, the digital
clock and red line setting will be reset to
zero. See page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION
COMPUTER) for instructions on how to
set clock and red line.
3
2
1
6 4
5
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4
LONG INACTIVITY OF THE
BATTERY
CAUTION
When the motorcycl e i s to be l eft
unused f or over t went y days,
disconnect the 30-A fuses, otherwise
the multifunction computer will keep
drawing current and the battery will
deteriorate.
NOTE Disconnecting the 30-A fuses will
reset the digital clock and red line setting.
See page 18 ( MULTI FUNCTI ON
COMPUTER) for instructions on how to set
clock and red line.
When the vehicle is left unused for over a
fortnight, charge the battery to avoid
sulphation, see page 99 (CHARGING THE
BATTERY).
u Remove the battery, see page 98
(BATTERY REMOVAL) and store it in a
cool, dry place.
To avoid degradation in the wintertime or
while the vehicle is stored away, check
bat t er y char ge at r egul ar i nt er val s
(monthly).
u Charge the battery fully at normal charge
rate, see page 99 (CHARGING THE
BATTERY).
If you are leaving the battery fitted in the
vehicle, disconnect the leads from the
terminals.
CHECKING THE SWITCHES
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
The vehicle is fitted with four switches:
1) Brake light switch on the rear brake
lever.
2) Brake light switch on the front brake
lever.
3) Safety switch on the side stand.
4) Switch on the clutch lever.
u Clean the switch if caked with dirt or
mud. The pin must move freely and
return automatically to its initial position.
u Make sure that the cables are connected
correctly.
u Check the spring (5): it must not be
damaged, worn or weakened.
1
5
5
2
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REPLACING THE FUSES
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
CAUTION
Never attempt to repair a defective fuse.
Never use a fuse of a rating other than
speci fi ed. Thi s coul d damage the
electrical system or cause a short
circuit, with the risk of fire.
NOTE When a fuse fitted in a particular
position keeps blowing frequently, there
might be a short circuit or overloading.
When this is the case, contact an aprilia
Official dealer.
Checki ng the fuses i s recommended
whenever an electrical component fails to
operate or is malfunctioning, or when the
engine does not start.
Check the 15-A auxiliary fuses first and
then the 30-A main fuses.
Inspection:
u Set the ignition switch to ">". This will
prevent accidental short circuits.
u Take off the cover of the auxiliary fuse
box (1).
u Extract all fuses one by one and check
f or bl own f uses. A bl own f use i s
identified by the filament (2) in the centre
being broken.
u When you find a blown fuse, determine
and rectify the cause (if possible) before
fitting a new fuse.
u Replace any failed fuses with a fuse of
equal current rating.
NOTE When you use one of the spare
fuses, remember to add a new fuse of
equal rating to the fuse box.
u Remove the rider saddle, see page 80
(REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).
u Repeat the process for the main fuses.
NOTE When t he 30- A f uses ar e
removed, the digital clock and red line
setting will be reset to zero.
See page 18 ( MULTI FUNCTI ON
COMPUTER) for instructions on how to set
clock and red line.
1
2
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ARRANGEMENT OF 5-A AUXILIARY
FUSES
A) From ignition key to:
light relay, brake light, horn, parking
lights.
B) Fr om i gni t i on key t o: di r ect i on
indicators, dashboard.
C) From battery to:
key positive brought to ECU.
ARRANGEMENT OF 15-A AUXILIARY
FUSES
D) From battery to:
speed sensor, fuel pump, relay, starter,
lambda sensor.
E) From battery to:
cooling fan relay, coils, fuel injectors, air
intake flaps, camshaft position sensor.
ARRANGEMENT OF 20-A AUXILIARY
FUSES
F) From ignition switch to:
high beam lights, low beam lights.
NOTE There are three spare fuses (G).
ARRANGEMENT OF 30-A MAIN FUSES
H) Battery charging and vehicle loads (red
and red/white wires).
I) Injection loads (red and red/white
wires).
NOTE There is one spare fuse (L).
VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT OF THE
HEADLIGHT BEAM
NOTE Beam inspection procedures may
vary from country to country. Observe the
law in force in the country of the user.
A
B
C
D
F
E
G
I
L
H
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To set beam height:
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Working from the rear left side of the
front fairing, fit a short cross-headed
screwdriver to the adjuster screw (1) and
adjust as follows:
√ TIGHTEN (clockwise) to raise the beam;
√ SLACKEN (anticlockwise) to lower the
beam.
u Repeat process for the right beam.
When finished:
WARNING
Check for proper beam height setting.
CAUTION
The headlights are also fitted with
adjuster screws (2) for horizontal beam
adjustment.
Correct beam horizontal adjustment is
performed at the factory and we advise
against disturbing standard setting,
unless such adjustment is mandatory in
your country.
HEADLIGHT SCREENING
In case headlights are to be taped (for
usi ng t he vehi cl e on t he t rack), i t i s
r ecommended t o di sconnect t he
connectors of the headlamps to prevent
the lens from overheating because they
are not cooled by air.
CAUTION
Secur e and i nsul at e pr evi ousl y
disconnected wires so that they do not
hinder handlebar movement and are
insulated from water.
CAUTION
Restore electric connections before
using the vehicle on the public road.
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BULBS
Read page 59 ( MAI NTENANCE)
carefully.
WARNING
Fire hazard!
Keep fuel and other flammable products
away from electric components.
CAUTION
Before proceeding to change a bulb, set
the ignition switch to ">" and allow
some time for the bulb to cool down.
Wear clean gloves or use a clean, dry
cloth to handle bulbs. Do not leave your
fingerprints on a bulb, as this may
cause overheating leading to failure.
If you touch a bulb with your fingers,
remove any fingerprints with alcohol to
avoid early failure.
DO NOT PULL ON THE WIRING.
NOTE Check the fuses, see page 102
( REPLACI NG THE FUSES) bef or e
changing a bulb.
REPLACING THE DASHBOARD
BULBS
If you need assistance or technical advice,
contact your aprilia Official dealer, for
guaranteed accurate, prompt service.
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REPLACING THE HEADLIGHT
BULBS
Read page 105 (BULBS) carefully.
The front fairing is shown removed from
the vehicle for better clarity. In fact, the
high and low beam bulbs can be replaced
with the front fairing in place.
The headlight accommodates the following
bulbs:
√ Two high beam bulbs (1).
√ Two low beam bulbs (2).
√ Two parking light bulbs (3).
High beam and low beam use the same
bulbs.
If one of the bulbs (2) is damaged and no
spare bulb is available, you may replace it
with one of the bulbs (3).
This is only intended to help you ride back
home or reach the nearest parts shop.
Replace the damaged bulb as soon as
possible.
To replace:
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
HIGH AND LOW BEAM BULBS
NOTE Disconnect one connector at a
t i me t o avoi d conf usi ng t he vari ous
connectors when refitting.
When high and low beam bulb connectors
must be removed at the same time, mark
them with their positions and make sure to
refi t them i n the correct posi ti ons on
assembly.
u Remove the upper side cover, see page
82 (REMOVING THE FAIRING UPPER
FRONT COVERS).
CAUTION
Never pull on the wiring to disconnect a
bulb connector.
u Disconnect the connector (4).
u Rotate the lockring anticlockwise and
extract the bulb holder (5).
u Fit a new bulb of equal rating.
u Refit the bulb holder into the seat and
rotate clockwise to lock in place.
u Refit the connector (4).
3
2
1
3
2
1
3
2
1
4
5
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CAUTION
Never pull on the wiring to disconnect a
bulb connector.
PARKING LIGHT BULB
u Remove the front fairing, see page 84
(REMOVING THE FRONT FAIRING).
CAUTION
Never pull on the wiring to extract a
bulb holder.
u Grasp the parking light bulb holder (6)
and pull to extract.
u Remove the bulb and fit a new bulb of
equal rating.
NOTE Ensure that the bulb locates
correctly into the bulb holder.
REPLACING THE FRONT AND
REAR DIRECTION INDICATOR
BULBS
Read page 105 (BULBS) carefully.
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Unscrew and remove the screw (1).
CAUTION
The protective shield is retained by a
locating peg. Remove carefully or the
locating peg might break off.
u Remove the lens (2).
6
1 2
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4
3
CAUTION
On refitting, ensure that the lens locates
properly into its slot. Tighten the screw
(1) gradually. Do not overtighten or the
shield will damage.
u Push down the bulb (3) gently and twist
anti-clockwise.
u Extract the bulb (3) from its seat.
CAUTION
When fitting the bulb, ensure that the
two locating pegs locate properly into
the slots in the bulb holder.
u Install a new bulb of equal rating.
CAUTION
If the reflector (4) comes off its seat,
refit it correctly.
REPLACING THE NUMBER PLATE
LIGHT BULB
Read page 105 (BULBS) carefully.
u Place the vehicle on the stand, see page
58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE
STAND).
u Remove the passenger seat / glove/tool
kit compartment cover, see page 29
( UNLOCKI NG/ LOCKI NG THE
GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT
COVER).
CAUTION
Never pull on the wiring to extract a
bulb holder.
u Extract the number plate light bulb holder
(5).
u Remove the bulb and fit a new one with
equal rating.
NOTE Ensure that the bulb locates
correctly into the bulb holder.
5
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TRANSPORT
During transport, the vehicle must be well
secured in an upright position with the first
gear selected, to avoid fuel, oil and coolant
leaks.
CAUTION
If stranded, do not have the vehicle
towed. Contact a road-side service.
CLEANING
Clean the vehicle frequently when it is
exposed to adverse conditions, such
as:
√ Pollution (urban and industrial areas)
√ Salinity and humidity in the atmosphere
(sea areas, hot and damp weather)
√ Part i cul ar envi ronment al / seasonal
conditions (salt and anti-ice chemical
products spread over the roads in the
wintertime).
√ Make sure to clean off any industrial
residue and pollutants, tar, dead insects,
bird droppings, etc. from the vehicle
fairings.
√ Avoid parking the vehicle under trees.
Resins, fruits or leaves falling from the
trees may contain aggressive chemical
subst ances t hat may damage t he
paintwork.
WARNING
Braking efficiency may be temporarily
impaired after washing the vehicle, as
the friction surfaces of the braking
systems may be wet.
Remember that braking distance will be
longer.
Operate the brakes repeatedl y to
restore normal operation.
Perform the recommended pre-ride
checks, see page 50 ( PRE- RI DE
CHECKS CHART).
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To clean off dirt and mud from painted
surfaces, soften caked dirt with a low-
pressure water jet. Sponge off using a car
body sponge soaked i n a car body
shampoo and water solution (2-4% parts of
shampoo). Rinse with plenty of water and
dry with chamois leather.
Clean the outer parts of the engine with a
degreaser, brushes and a cloth.
Parts in anodised or painted aluminium
such as forks, wheel rims, frame, footpegs
and so on, should be washed with mild
soap and water. Do not use aggressive
detergents or the surface treatment of
these parts might damage.
After washing the vehicle
u Remove the cap (1).
u Drain the contents into a container and
deliver it to a waste collection centre.
CAUTION
Clean the lights using a sponge soaked
in neutral soap and water. Rub the
sponge gently on the lights and rinse
frequently with abundant water.
Wash the vehicle thoroughly before
applying silicone wax.
Do not polish matt-painted surfaces
with polishing paste.
Do not wash the vehicle under the sun,
especially in the summertime, when the
body is still warm. The shampoo drying
before it is rinsed away can damage the
paintwork.
Do not use liquids at a temperature
higher than 40° C to clean the plastic
components of the vehicle.
CAUTION
Do not aim high-pressure water/air jets
or steam jets at the following parts:
wheel hubs, controls on the right and
left side of the handlebar, bearings,
brake master cylinders, instruments
and indicators, silencer, glove/tool kit
compartment, ignition switch/steering
lock, cooler or radiator fins, fuel filler
cap, lights and electric connections.
Do not clean any rubber and plastic
parts and the saddle with alcohol, petrol
or solvents: use water and mild soap
only.
WARNING
Do not apply protective wax on the
saddle or it may become slippery.
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LONG PERIODS OF INACTIVITY
CAUTION
When the motorcycl e i s to be l eft
unused f or over t went y days,
disconnect the 30-A fuses, otherwise
the multifunction computer will keep
drawing current and the battery will
deteriorate.
NOTE Disconnecting the 30-A fuses will
reset the digital clock and red line setting.
See page 18 ( MULTI FUNCTI ON
COMPUTER) for instructions on how to set
clock and red line.
When storing the vehicle away for long
periods, some precautions are necessary
t o avoi d damage due t o pr ol onged
inactivity.
Minor repairs should not be postponed,
lest you forget them. A general check-up of
the bike is also recommended.
Proceed as follows:
u Remove the battery, see page 98
(BATTERY REMOVAL) and page 101
( LONG I NACTI VI TY OF THE
BATTERY).
u Wash and dry the vehicle, see page 109
(CLEANING).
u Wax all painted surfaces.
u Inflate the tyres, see page 43 (TYRES).
u Store the vehicle in dry place, without
heating, away from sunlight and with
steady temperature.
u Wrap and tie a plastic bag around the
exhaust pipe opening to keep moisture
out.
NOTE Place the vehicle on the front Æ
and rear Æ wheel stands so that both
wheels are off the ground.
u Place the vehicle on the front wheel
stand, see page 71 (PLACING THE
VEHICLE ON THE FRONT WHEEL
STAND Æ).
u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel
stand, see page 70 (PLACING THE
VEHI CLE ON THE REAR WHEEL
STAND Æ).
u Cover the vehicle. Avoid using plastic or
waterproof materials.
AFTER STORAGE
NOTE Remove the plastic bag from the
exhaust pipe.
u Uncover and clean the vehicle, see page
109 (CLEANING).
u Check battery charge, see page 99
(CHARGING THE BATTERY) and install
it, see page 100 (INSTALLING THE
BATTERY).
u Refuel, see page 32 (FUEL).
u Perform the recommended pre-ride
checks, see page 50 ( PRE- RI DE
CHECKS CHART).
WARNING
Test ride the vehicle at moderate speed
in an area away from traffic.
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TECHNICAL DATA
DIMENSIONS Max. length...................................................... 2025 mm
Max. width.............................................................. 730 mm
Max. height (incl. windshield.................................. 1120 mm
Rider saddle height ................................................ 810 mm
Wheelbase............................................................. 1410 mm
Minimum ground clearance.................................... 130 mm
Weight in running order.......................................... Æ 213 kg √ 207 kg
ENGINE Model ..................................................................... V990 NG
Type....................................................................... 4-stroke V 60* twin-cylinder, with 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC.
No. of cylinders ...................................................... 2
Total displacement ................................................. 997,6 cu. cm
Bore/stroke............................................................. 97 mm/67.5 mm
Compression ratio.................................................. 11.8 Ø 0.5: 1
Starting................................................................... Electric starter
Engine idling speed................................................ 1250 Ø 100 rpm
Clutch..................................................................... Multiplate wet clutch, hydraulically operated, control on left side of handlebar
and PPC device
Lubricating system................................................. Dry sump with separate oil tank and oil cooler
Air cleaner.............................................................. Dry filter cartridge
Cooling system ...................................................... Liquid cooling
GEARBOX Type....................................................................... Mechanical, 6 gears with foot control on left side of engine
CAPACITIES Fuel (including reserve) ......................................... 18 b
Fuel reserve........................................................... 4 b
Engine oil ............................................................... oil change 3700 cu cm - oil and oil filter change 3900 cu cm
Front fork "R FACTORY" oil................................... 500 Ø 2.5 cu cm (each leg)
Coolant................................................................... 2.2 b (50% water + 50% anti-freeze with ethylene glycol)
Saddle.................................................................... 2
Max. load ............................................................. Æ 180 kg - 194 kg (rider + passenger + luggage)
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TRANSMISSION
RATIOS
Ratio Primary Secondary Final drive Total ratio
1st 31/60 = 1: 1.935 15/34 = 1: 2.267 16/40 = 1: 2,500 1:10,986
2nd 19/31 = 1: 1.632 1:7,895
3rd 20/26 = 1: 1.300 1:6,290
4th 22/24 = 1: 1.091 1:5,279
5th 25/24 = 1: 0.960 1:4,645
6th 26/23 = 1: 0.885 1:4,280
DRIVE
CHAIN
Type....................................................................... sealed, with no master link
Endless .................................................................. 525
FUEL
SYSTEM
Type....................................................................... Electronic injection (Multipoint)
Choke..................................................................... Æ 57 mm
FUEL Fuel ........................................................................
Premium-grade unleaded petrol, minimum octane rating 95 (ROM) and 85
(MON).
FRAME Type....................................................................... Double beam frame, inclined, with light alloy cast elements
Steering head angle............................................... 25°
Trail ........................................................................ 101.7 mm (with 120/70 front tyre)
SUSPENSION Front....................................................................... Adjustable hydraulic upside-down fork, Æ 43 mm
Travel ..................................................................... 120 mm
Rear ....................................................................... double-sided aluminium alloy swinging arm with progressive linkage and
APS syst em. Hydro-pneumat i c shock absorber wi t h adj ust abl e
compression/rebound/spring preload and length.
Wheel travel ........................................................... 133 mm
BRAKES Front.......................................................................
floating twin disc - Æ 320 mm, radially-mounted callipers with four pistons - Æ
34 mm and 4 pads
Rear ....................................................................... Disk brake - Æ 220 mm, twin-piston calliper - Æ 32 mm
WHEEL RIMS Type....................................................................... Light alloy, spindle can be removed
Front....................................................................... 3.50 x 17" FUSE version Æ- FORGED version
Rear ....................................................................... 6.00 x 17" FUSE version Æ- FORGED version
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TYRES
Wheel Make Model Type Size
Recomme
nded
Alternative
Pressure kPa (bar)
s
Rider
Rider and
passenger
Rider
QQ Front PIRELLI DIABLO CORSA 120/70–ZR 17"
s
+ 230 (2,3) 250 (2,5) 210 (2,1)
QQ Rear PIRELLI DIABLO CORSA 190/50–ZR 17"
s
+ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 200 (2,0)
Q Front PIRELLI
DRAGON SUPER-
CORSA PRO
– 120/70√ZR 17"
s
+ 230 (2,3) 250 (2,5) 210 (2,1)
Rear PIRELLI
DRAGON SUPER-
CORSA PRO
– 180/55√ZR 17"
s
+ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 200 (2,0)
Q Rear PIRELLI
DRAGON SUPER-
CORSA PRO
– 190/55√ZR 17"
s
250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 200 (2,0)
Front METZELER SPORTTEC M1 120/70–ZR 17"
s
+ 230 (2,3) 250 (2,5) 210 (2,1)
Rear METZELER SPORTTEC M1 180/55√ZR 17"
s
+ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 200 (2,0)
Rear METZELER SPORTTEC M1 190/50–ZR 17"
s
+ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 200 (2,0)
QQ Front METZELER RENNSPORT √ 120/70√ZR 17"
s
+ 230 (2,3) 250 (2,5) 210 (2,1)
Rear METZELER RENNSPORT √ 180/55√ZR 17"
s
+ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 200 (2,0)
QQ Rear METZELER RENNSPORT √ 190/50√ZR 17"
s
+ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 200 (2,0)
QQ Front MICHELIN PILOT POWER A 120/70–ZR 17" TL
s √
230 (2,3) 250 (2,5) √
QQ Rear MICHELIN PILOT POWER T 190/50–ZR 17" TL
s
√ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) √
Front MICHELIN PILOT POWER RACE √ 120/70√ZR 17" √ 230 (2,3) 250 (2,5) 210 (2,1)
Rear MICHELIN PILOT POWER RACE √ 190/55√ZR 17" √ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 190 (1,9)
QQ Front DUNLOP SPORTMAX D 208 RR 120/70–ZR 17" √ √ √ 210 (2,1)
QQ Rear DUNLOP SPORTMAX D 208 RR 190/50–ZR 17" √ √ √ 190 (1,9)
Front DUNLOP SPORTMAX QUALIFIER 120/70√ZR 17"
s
+ 230 (2,3) 250 (2,5) 210 (2,1)
Rear DUNLOP SPORTMAX QUALIFIER 190/50√ZR 17"
s
250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 190 (1,9)
Rear DUNLOP SPORTMAX QUALIFIER
180/55√ZR 17" 190/55
ZR 17∆
s
+ 250 (2,5) 280 (2,8) 190 (1,9)
Q = standard ; QQ = standard Æ
s = Standard use; = Racing use
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SPARK PLUGS Standard ................................................................ NGK R DCPR9E
Electrode gap......................................................... 0.6-0.7 mm
Resistance ............................................................. 5 kΩ
ELECTRIC
SYSTEM
Battery ................................................................... 12 V – 10 Ah
Main fuses.............................................................. 30 A
Auxiliary fuses ....................................................... 5 A, 15 A, 20 A
Generator (permanent-wound type) 12 V – 500 W
BULBS Low beam (halogen) .............................................. 12 V – 55 W H11 x 2
High beam (halogen) ............................................. 12 V – 55 W H11 x 2
Front parking light .................................................. 12 V – 5 W x 2
Direction indicators ................................................ 12 V – 10 W Amber
Number plate light ................................................. 12 V – 5 W
Stop/rear parking lights.......................................... LED
Rev counter light ................................................... LED
Left multifunction display........................................ LED
WARNING LIGHTS Neutral ................................................................... LED
Direction indicators ................................................ LED
Fuel reserve........................................................... LED
High beam.............................................................. LED
Stand down............................................................ LED
General warning..................................................... LED
Red line.................................................................. LED
Immobilizer............................................................. LED
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LUBRICANT CHART
(Recommended) engine oil: TEC 4T, SAE 15W - 50.
As an alternative to recommended oils, top brand oils meeting or exceeding CCMC G-4, A.P.I. S.G. specifications can be used.
Fork oil type “R FACTORY”: OHLINS 5W
Bearings and other lubrication points (recommended): GREASE 30.
As an alternative to recommended grease, use top brand rolling bearing grease that will resist a temperature range of -30°C - +140°C,
with dropping point 150°C - 230°C, high corrosion protection, good resistance to water and oxidisation.
Battery lead protection: use neutral grease or Vaseline.
Spray grease for chains (recommended): CHAIN LUBE.
CAUTION
Use new brake fluid only. Do not mix different makes or types of oil without having checked bases compatibility.
Brake fluid: The system is filled with BRAKE 5.1 DOT 4.
CAUTION
Use new clutch fluid only
Clutch fluid (recommended): BRAKE 5.1 DOT 4.
CAUTION
Use only nitrite-free anti-freeze and corrosion inhibitors with a freezing point of -35°C as a minimum.
(Recommended) engine coolant: COOL.
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ALWAYS DEMAND ORIGINAL SPARE PARTS.
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G/Gr
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1
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3
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26
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50
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1) Multiple connectors
2) Fall sensor
3) High beam relay
4) Low beam relay
5) Horn
6) Clutch switch
7) Lights/lap diode
8) Left dimmer switch
9) Dashboard
10) Right dimmer switch
11) Key-operated switch
12) Front brake light switch
13) Rear brake light switch
14) Rear right direction indicator
15) Tail light (LED)
16) Rear left direction indicator
17) Auxiliary fuses
18) Speed sensor
19) Flywheel
20) Voltage regulator
21) Starter motor
22) Starter relay
23) Main fuses
24) Battery
25) Injection relay
26) Oil pressure sensor
27) Purge valve (California only)
28) Neutral light switch
29) Cooling fans
30) Fan relay
31) Lambda sensor
32) -
33) Side stand switch
34) Intake flap
35) Fuel sensor
36) Fuel pump
37) Air thermistor
38) Water thermistor
39) Automatic choke
40) Intake pressure sensor
41) Atmospheric pressure sensor
42) Throttle sensor
43) Twin coil
44) Front cylinder spark plug
45) Rear cylinder spark plug
46) Front cylinder injector
47) Rear cylinder injector
48) Camshaft sensor
49) Pick-up
50) Engine Control Unit (ECU)
51) Front left direction indicator
52) Left headlamp
53) Right headlamp
54) Left beam parking light
55) Left low beam bulb
56) Left high beam bulb
57) Right high beam bulb
58) Right low beam bulb
59) Right beam parking light
60) Front right direction indicator
61) Diagnostics socket
62) Number plate light
63) Immobilizer control unit (where
immobilizer system is fitted)
64) Immobilizer antenna (where
immobilizer system is fitted)
65) Pick-up cables shielding
WIRE COLOUR CODING
Ar Orange
Az Light blue
B Blue
Bi White
G Yellow
Gr Grey
M Brown
N Black
R Red
V Green
Vi Violet
Ro Pink
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OFFICIAL DEALERS AND SERVICE CENTRES
THE VALUE OF SERVICE
Thanks to ongoing technical updates and product-specific technical training, aprilia Authorised Network engineers are familiar with
every detail of this vehicle and have the special equipment required for correct maintenance and repair.
A vehicle kept in sleek running order is a reliable vehicle. Pre-ride checks, proper maintenance at the recommended intervals and using
aprilia Original Parts only are key factors!
To find contact information of the Official Dealer and/or Service Centre nearest you, please consult the Yellow Pages or the map provided
at our web site:
www.aprilia.com
When you demand aprilia Original Parts, you are purchasing products that have been developed and tested as early as the vehicle
design stage. aprilia Original Parts systematically undergo strict quality control procedures to ensure total reliability and long service life.
Piaggio & C. S.p.A. wishes to thank its customers for the purchase of this vehicle:
- Do not release oil, fuel, polluting substances and components into the environment.
- Do not keep the engine running if it isn't necessary.
- Avoid annoying noise.
- Respect the environment.
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messages preceded by this symbol may result in major risks for your and other people’s safety and for the vehicle!

WARNING
The adjustments for the use of the vehicle on racetracks must be carried out exclusively in case of organized races or events that take place on isolated circuits, away from public roads and with the consent of the competent authorities. It is strictly prohibited to carry out adjustments for the use of the vehicle on racetracks and then ride it on roads or motorways. WARNINGS - PRECAUTIONS GENERAL ADVICE Before starting the engine, carefully read this manual and in particular the section “SAFE DRIVE”. Your and other people’s safety depends not only on your quickness of reflexes and on your agility, but also on what you know about the vehicle, on its efficiency and on your knowledge of the basic information for “SAFE DRIVE”. Therefore, get a thorough knowledge of the vehicle, in such a way as to be able to drive in the traffic safely.

WARNING
Indicates a potential hazard which may result in serious injury or even death. First edition: December 2005 Reprint: September 2006/A
Produced and printed by: VALLEY FORGE DECA Ravenna , Modena, Torino DECA S.r.l. Registered & Admin. Offices Via Vincenzo Giardini, 11 48022 Lugo (RA) - Italy Tel. 0545-216611 Fax 0545-216610 www.vftis.com deca@vftis.spx.com on behalf of: Piaggio & C. S.p.A. via G. Galilei, 1 - 30033 Noale (VE) - Italy Tel. +39 - 041 58 29 111 Fax +39 - 041 44 10 54 www.aprilia.com

CAUTION
Indicates a potential hazard which may result in minor personal injury or damage to the vehicle.

NOTE The word “NOTE” in this manual precedes important information or instructions.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION The operations preceded by this symbol must be repeated also on the opposite side of the vehicle. If not expressly indicated otherwise, for the reassembly of the units repeat the disassembly operations in reverse order. The terms “right” and “left” are referred to the rider seated on the vehicle in the normal riding position. If the glove/tool kit compartment cover has been installed (as an alternative to the passenger seat), the transport of passenger, luggage or objects is forbidden.

SAFETY WARNINGS The following precautionary warnings are used throughout this manual in order to convey the following messages: Safety warning. When you find this symbol on the vehicle or in the manual, be careful to the potential risk of personal injury. Non-compliance w i t h t h e i n d i c a t i on s g i v e n i n t h e 2

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NOTE

This manual must be considered as an integral part of the vehicle and must always accompany it, even in case of resale.

aprilia has carried out this manual with

the maximum attention, in order to supply the user with correct and updated information. However, since aprilia constantly improves the design of its products, there may be slight discrepancies between the characteristics of your vehicle and those described in this manual. For any clarification concerning the information contained in this manual, do not hesitate to contact your aprilia Official dealer . For control and repair operations not expressly described in this publication, for the purchase of aprilia genuine spare parts, accessories and other products, as well as for specific advice, contact exclusively aprilia Authorised Dealers and Service Centers, which guarantee prompt and accurate assistance. Thank you for choosing aprilia. We wish you a nice ride. All rights as to electronic storage, reproduction and total or partial adaptation, with any means, are reserved for all Countries.

The user of the vehicle in these countries must: √ contact an aprilia Official dealer to have the non-homologated components replaced with others homologated for use in the country in question; √ carry out the required periodical inspections.

In this manual the various versions are indicated by the following symbols:  RSV 1000 R RSV 1000 R FACTORY             optional catalytic Italy United Austria Portugal Finland Belgium Germany France Spain Greece Holland Denmark Japan             Singapore Slovenia Israel South Korea Malaysia Chile Croatia Australia United States of America Brazil South Africa New Zealand Canada

NOTE

S oo n af t e r p ur c ha s in g t he vehicle, write down the identification data indicated on the SPARE PARTS IDENTIFICATION LABEL in the table here below. This label is positioned on the left side of the frame; to read it, it is necessary to remove the rider seat, see p. 80 (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).

VERSION:

NOTE

In some countries the antipollution and noise regulations in force require periodical inspections.

These data indicate: √ year of manufacture (Y, 1, 2, ...); √ modification code (A, B, C, ...); √ homologation country (I, UK, A, ...). and are to be supplied to the aprilia Official dealer as reference data for the purchase of spare parts or specific acce ssories of th e mod el you have acquired.

   

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GENERAL INDEX
SAFETY WARNINGS................................................. 2 TECHNICAL INFORMATION..................................... 2 WARNINGS - PRECAUTIONS - GENERAL ADVICE 2 GENERAL INDEX................................................. 4 BASIC SAFETY RULES ....................................... 6 CLOTHING ........................................................... 9 ACCESSORIES .................................................. 10 LOAD .................................................................. 10 ARRANGEMENT OF THE MAIN ELEMENTS ........ 12 ARRANGEMENT OF THE INSTRUMENTS/CONTROLS................................... 14 INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS........................ 15 INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS TABLE...... 16 MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER ......................... 18 KEY CONTROLS ..................................................... 25 CONTROLS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HANDLEBAR ...................................................... 25 CONTROLS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE HANDLEBAR ...................................................... 25 IGNITION SWITCH............................................. 26 STEERING LOCK............................................... 27 ACCESSORIES........................................................ 28 UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE PASSENGER SEAT ........................................... 28 UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT COVER .................................. 29 GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT ................. 30 LUGGAGE FIXING POINTS............................... 30 SPECIAL TOOLS  ......................................... 31 ACCESSORIES .................................................. 31 MAIN COMPONENTS .............................................. 32 FUEL................................................................... 32 BRAKE FLUID - recommendations..................... 33 DISK BRAKES .................................................... 34 FRONT BRAKE .................................................. 35 REAR BRAKE..................................................... 37 CLUTCH FLUID - recommendations .................. 38 CLUTCH ............................................................. 39 COOLANT........................................................... 40 TYRES ................................................................ 43 ENGINE OIL ....................................................... 44 ADJUSTING THE FRONT BRAKE LEVER AND THE CLUTCH LEVER ........................................ 45 ADJUSTING REAR BRAKE LEVER CLEARANCE ...................................................... 45 ADJUSTING THE REAR BRAKE LEVER AND THE GEAR SHIFT LEVER......................................... 46 MUFFLER/EXHAUST SILENCER ..................... 46 INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE ..................................... 47 GETTING ON AND OFF THE VEHICLE ........... 47 PRE-RIDE CHECKS .......................................... 49 PRE-RIDE CHECKS CHART............................. 50 STARTING ......................................................... 51 MOVING OFF - RIDING..................................... 53 RUNNING-IN...................................................... 56 STOPPING......................................................... 57 PARKING ........................................................... 57 PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND ....... 58 SUGGESTIONS TO PREVENT THEFT ............ 58 MAINTENANCE ...................................................... 59 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART ................. 61 IDENTIFICATION DATA .................................... 63 JOINTS WITH CLICK CLAMPS AND WITH SCREW CLAMPS .............................................. 63 CHECKING AND TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL ................................................................ 64 CHANGING ENGINE OIL AND THE ENGINE OIL FILTER............................................................... 65 AIR CLEANER ................................................... 68 FITTING THE PINS FOR THE REAR WHEEL STAND ......................................................... 70 PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE REAR WHEEL STAND ......................................................... 70 PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE FRONT WHEEL STAND ........................................... 71 FRONT WHEEL ................................................. 71 FRONT BRAKE CALLIPERS............................. 74 REAR WHEEL ................................................... 75 DRIVE CHAIN .................................................... 78 REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE.................... 80 LIFTING THE FUEL TANK ................................ 80 REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS .................... 81 REMOVING THE LOWER FAIRING.................. 81 REMOVING THE SIDE PANELS....................... 82 REMOVING THE FAIRING UPPER FRONT COVERS ............................................................ 82 REMOVING THE REAR-VIEW MIRRORS ........ 83 REMOVING THE FRONT FAIRING .................. 84 REMOVING THE SIDE STAND......................... 85 INSPECTING THE FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION.................................................... 87 FRONT SUSPENSION ...................................... 87 ≈R FACTORY∆ FORK ......................................... 88 STEERING DAMPER......................................... 89 REAR SUSPENSION......................................... 90 CHECKING THE BRAKE PADS FOR WEAR.... 92 THROTTLE TWISTGRIP ADJUSTMENT .......... 93 SPARK PLUGS .................................................. 94 CHECKING THE SIDE STAND.......................... 96 BATTERY........................................................... 97 CLEANING AND CHECKING BATTERY TERMINALS AND LEAD CONNECTIONS ........ 97 BATTERY REMOVAL ........................................ 98 CHECKING BATTERY FLUID LEVEL ............... 99 CHARGING THE BATTERY .............................. 99 INSTALLING THE BATTERY........................... 100 LONG INACTIVITY OF THE BATTERY........... 101 CHECKING THE SWITCHES .......................... 101 REPLACING THE FUSES ............................... 102 VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT OF THE HEADLIGHT BEAM.......................................... 103 HEADLIGHT SCREENING .............................. 104 BULBS.............................................................. 105 REPLACING THE DASHBOARD BULBS........ 105 REPLACING THE HEADLIGHT BULBS .......... 106 REPLACING THE FRONT AND REAR DIRECTION INDICATOR BULBS......................................... 107 REPLACING THE NUMBER PLATE LIGHT BULB .................................................... 108 TRANSPORT......................................................... 109 CLEANING ............................................................ 109 LONG PERIODS OF INACTIVITY ................... 111 TECHNICAL DATA ............................................... 112 LUBRICANT CHART........................................ 116 WIRING DIAGRAM- RSV 1000 R RSV 1000 R FACTORY ................................... 118 WIRING DIAGRAM KEY - 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safe drive

BASIC SAFETY RULES To drive the vehicle it is necessary to be in possession of all the requirements prescribed by law (driving licence, minimum age, psychophysical ability, insurance, state taxes, vehicle registration, number plate, etc.). Gradually get to know the vehicle by driving it first in areas with low traffic and/or private areas.

The use of medicins, alcohol and drugs or psychotropic substances notably increases the risk of accidents. Be sure that you are in good psychophysical conditions and fit for driving and pay particular attention to physical weariness and drowsiness.

Most road accidents are caused by the driver»s lack of experience. NEVER lend the vehicle to beginners and, in any case, make sure that the driver has all the requirements for driving.

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Avoid obstacles that could damage the vehicle or make you lose control. and give due consideration to the road surface. visibility and other driving conditions. Avoid riding in the slipstream created by preceding vehicles in order to increase your speed. Avoid abrupt movements that can be dangerous for yourself and other people (for example: proceeding on the back wheel. Avoid standing up or stretching your limbs while driving. etc. WARNING Always drive with both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the footrests (or on the rider’s footboards).Rigorously observe all road signs and national and local road regulations.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 7 . in the correct driving posture. speeding. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .).

If necessary. suspensions.OIL COOLER The driver should pay attention and avoid distractions caused by people. make sure that no damage has occurred to the control levers. Use only the vehicle»s specific fuels and lubricants indicated in the "LUBRICANT CHART". drink. etc.) while driving. pipes. 8 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Never use the vehicle when the amount of damage it has suffered endangers your safety. wires. Always remember to report any malfunction to the technicians to help them in their work. things and movements (never smoke. braking system and vital parts. have the vehicle inspected by an aprilia Official dealer who should carefully check the frame. read. safety parts and all the devices that you cannot check by yourself.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . eat. If the vehicle has been involved in an accident. handlebars. regularly check oil. fuel and coolant levels.

In this way you will make yourself more visible to the other drivers. avoid all modifications that increase the vehicle»s performance levels or alter its original characteristics. preferably in light and/or reflecting colours. direction indicators. thus notably reducing the risk of being knocked down. lights and horns. strings. In particular. This clothing should be very tight-fitting and fastened at the wrists and ankles. Make sure that it is homologated. Avoid off-road driving. belts and ties should not be hanging loose.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 9 . prevent these and other objects from interfering with driving by getting entangled with moving parts or driving mechanisms. CLOTHING Before starting. of the right size and that the visor is clean. Never race with other vehicles. Any modification of the vehicle and/or the removal of original components can compromise vehicle performance levels and safety or even make it illegal. Wear protective clothing. and you will be more protected in case of fall. inclination or colour of: number plate. We recommend respecting all regulations and national and local provisions regarding the equipment of the vehicle. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . always wear a correctly fastened crash helmet.ONLY ORIGINALS A12 345 Never change the position. in good shape. Any modification of the vehicle will result in the invalidity of the warranty.

pens. make sure that the load is firmly secured to the vehicle.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . ACCESSORIES The owner of the vehicle is responsible for the choice. Do not install electrical devices and do not modify those already existing to avoid electrical overloads. limit the suspension stroke and the steering angle. installation and use of any accessory. Make sure that the equipment is well fastened to the vehicle and not dangerous when driving. Furthermore. LOAD Be careful and moderate when loading your luggage. Avoid using accessories that hamper access to the controls. glass vials etc.Do not keep objects that can be dangerous in case of fall. Avoid installing accessories that cover horns or lights or that could impair their functions. because the vehicle could suddenly stop or there could be a dangerous current shortage in the horn and in the lights. hamper the operation of the controls and reduce the distance from the ground and the angle of inclination in turns. for example pointed objects like keys. 10 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . aprilia recommends the use of genuine accessories (aprilia genuine accessories). Keep any luggage loaded as close as possible to the center of gravity of the vehicle and distribute the load evenly on both sides. in order to reduce unbalance to the minimum. especially when riding at high speed. since this can make reaction times longer during an emergency. especially during long trips. Big fairings and windshields installed on the vehicle may produce aerodynamic forces that affect the stability of the vehicle. in your pockets (the same recommendations also apply to passenger).

because the vehicle might respond more slowly in turns and its manoeuvrability could be unavoidably impaired. because they could hit people or obstacles.KG! Avoid hanging bulky. Do not exceed the maximum load allowed for each luggage-rack.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 11 . horn or indicators. Do not carry bags which protrude too much from the luggage-rack or which cover the lights. making you lose control of the vehicle. heavy and/or dangerous objects on the handlebars. Do not carry any bag if it is not tightly secured to the vehicle. Do not carry animals or children on the glove compartment or on the luggage rack. Do not place bags that are too bulky or the crash helmet on the vehicle sides and do not ride with them on. its stability and its manoeuvrability can be compromised. mudguards and forks. When the vehicle is overloaded. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .

ARRANGEMENT OF THE MAIN ELEMENTS 6 5 4 3 2 1 12 13 14 7 8 9 10 11 21 KEY 1) Left side fairing 2) Adjustable steering damper  3) Headlight left lamp 4) Front fairing 5) Left rear-view mirror 6) Clutch fluid reservoir 12 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 20 19 18 17 16 15 Engine oil filter Left side panel Rider seat Battery Main fuse carrier (30 A) Passenger seat lock glove/tool kit compartment 13) Passenger left footrest (snaps closed/open) 14) Drive chain 15) Rear swinging arm 16) Rider left footrest 17) Side stand 18) Gear shift lever 19) Engine oil tank 20) Engine oil level 21) Engine oil tank cap use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .RSV 1000 R FACTORY .

RSV 1000 R FACTORY 13 .4 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 2 1 15 16 17 23 KEY 1) Rear shock absorber 2) Passenger right footrest (snaps closed/open) 3) Tail light 4) Glove/tool kit compartment 5) Passenger seat (glove/tool kit compartment cover) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 22 21 20 19 18 Passenger grab strap Engine Control Unit Right side panel Fuel tank Coolant expansion tank cap Fuel tank filler cap Air cleaner 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) Right rear-view mirror Front brake fluid reservoir Secondary fuse carrier (15 A) Right side fairing Horn Lower fairing Expansion tank 20) 21) 22) 23) Rear brake fluid reservoir Rear brake master cylinder Rear brake lever Rider right footrest use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .

RSV 1000 R FACTORY 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) Light dimmer switch ( . .) Instruments and indicators Front brake lever Throttle twistgrip High beam flasher ()/LAP button (multifunction) use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .) Direction indicator switch () Horn button () Starter button () Engine kill switch ( .ARRANGEMENT OF THE INSTRUMENTS/CONTROLS 4 1 2 3 5 6 9 KEY 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 14 8 7 10 11 Clutch lever Ignition/steering lock switch ( .) .

INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 11 9 11 8 9 10 10 KEY 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) Rev counter Red line light Green direction indicator light () Blue high beam light () Amber "stand down" light () Amber low fuel light () Red immobilizer light ( ) (where immobilizer system is fitted) 8) Green neutral light () 9) Multifunction digital display (coolant temperature .engine oil pressure diagnostics () 10) Red general warning light ( ) 11) Multifunction computer programming buttons (+.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 15 .lap timer . -) use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Trip V.clock battery voltage .

stop the engine immediately and contact an aprilia Official dealer CAUTION 16 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . the CAUTION energy-saving feature will cause the light to go out. all warning lights come on for a LED check-up and go out after three seconds. but the IMMOBILIZER system remains in operation.INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS TABLE When the ignition key is turned to "" with the engine stopped. see page 23 (SETTING THE RED LINE THRESHOLD (WITH ENGINE OFF ONLY)). When the engine has not been started during 10 days in a row. Blinks when the engine is off as a deterrent to prevent theft. Comes on each time the ignition key is turned to ≈∆. Direction indicator light High beam light Side stand light Low fuel light Anti-theft device (immobilizer) light (where immobilizer system is fitted) Neutral light  Comes on when the gearbox is in neutral. see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).  Comes on when the high beam is on or when you flash the high beam. It also comes on for three seconds each time the ignition key is turned to "". see page 23 (SETTING THE RED LINE THRESHOLD (WITH ENGINE OFF ONLY)).RSV 1000 R FACTORY .  Comes on when the side stand is down  Comes on when there are about 4 litres of fuel left in the tank. Red line light Comes on for three seconds when the maximum rpm threshold is confirmed during the setting procedure. along with any one of the three display symbols " efi ". Refuel as soon as possible. Description Function Gives engine revolutions per minute. If one or more warning lights do not come on at this stage. Rev counter (rpm) CAUTION Blinks when its operating threshold (max rpm. If the light fails to come on at this stage. it means that a fuel injection system failure (efi) has been detected.after engine is fired. When this is the case. Never exceed engine max rpm. contact an aprilia Official dealer. contact an aprilia Official dealer Error light If it stays on . user-selectable) is exceeded. Indicates that the anti-theft system is operating. see page 56 (RUNNING-IN).with the engine stopped for a light operation check-up.  Blinks when the direction indicators are on. " " and "  ". see page 32 (FUEL). engine oil pressure is low () or coolant temperature is too high ().

To cycle through display readouts. Contact an aprilia Official dealer immediately.Mi) Gives total distance covered or distance covered since the trip meter was last reset (in km or miles). thengine will keep running.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 17 . although performance will be somewhat reduced. In most cases. If the wording " " appears during normal engine operation. Consequently. Indicates battery voltage. stop the engine. see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER) Diagnostics Each time the ignition switch is set to position "". the wording " " appears on the right side of the multifunction display for approximately three seconds. average or maximum road speed (in kilometres Speedometer (km/h . Do not leave the ignition switch set to "". Now turn the ignition key to "  " and check coolant level. temperature will rise further. see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER). see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER). Indicates engine coolant temperature. as this Coolant temperature (°C/°F) Multifunction digital display Clock Battery voltage V BATT Lap timer CAUTION will stop the cooling fans regardless of coolant temperature. Odometer ( KM .239 °F) may lead to severe engine damage. see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER).MPH) or miles) see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER). see page 40 (COOLANT). see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER). Exceeding the maximum coolant temperature CAUTION allowed (115 °C . Gives hours and minutes in accordance with selected settings. turn the  ignition key to "" and wait until the cooling fans switch off.Description Function Can be set to display current. it CAUTION means that the Engine Control Unit has detected an anomaly. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . When temperature rises up to the danger zone. Contact an aprilia Official dealer. Indicates the various time measurements in accordance with selected settings.

u Likewise. the following dashboard lights come on for three seconds: .000 km and every 10. all instruments will briefly show the current values of the corresponding parameters. the red line light (2) goes out and the rev counter pointer (1) returns to its initial position. The rev counter pointer (1) moves to the maximum rpm value set by the user. °C-°F) u Hold down the "TRIP/V" and "-" buttons together for over 15 seconds to toggle between km and mi and between kph and MPH. After about three seconds. hold down the "+" and "-" buttons for at least 15 seconds upon turning the key to on. During the initial check-up.backlighting. .RSV 1000 R FACTORY CAUTION . 18 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . kph-MPH.000 km afterwards. The icon is displayed again upon reaching 10. CAUTION After covering the first 1000 km. it means that there is a communication problem on the CAN line between dashboard and Engine Control Unit. When an "ERR" message flashes on the dashboard instead of the water temperature and the stand and red line lights stay on with a steady light. hold down the "TRIP/V" and "+" buttons together for over 15 seconds to toggle between °C and °F.all warning lights. With the ignition key in position "". TOGGLING BETWEEN MEASUREMENT UNITS (km-mi. Contact an aprilia Official dealer to have the vehicle serviced as specified in the periodic maintenance chart. . Contact a dealer. see page 61 (PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART).2 1 MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER When the ignition key is set to position "". the "SERVICE" icon appears on the multifunction display. standard display readouts are as follows: √ current speed √ clock √ coolant temperature √ odometer. To turn off the "SERVICE" warning.all segments of the multifunction display.

average speed (AVS) and battery voltage.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 19 . NOTE Maximum and average speeds are calculated on the distance covered since last resetting. current speed appears on the display. select the speed indication you wish to reset and hold down the "-" button for at least 3 seconds. 70%. Only current speed may be displayed while riding. 100%). MAXIMUM AND AVERAGE SPEEDS AND BATTERY VOLTAGE ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ + NOTE Average and maximum speed and battery voltage are only displayed when the vehicle is stopped. Press the "+" button to display maximum speed (V max). u Setting instrument backlighting: instrument backlighting brightness can be set at one of three preset levels (30%. The charging system is operating correctly when battery voltage at 4000 rpm with the low beam on is between 13 and 15 Volts.To reset maximum (V max) and average speed (AVS). VIEWING CURRENT. press the "-" button within 5 seconds of turning the key to "". Current speed + + + + Maximum speed When the ignition key is turned to position "". Battery voltage indication (expressed in Volts) cannot be changed and provides a measure of battery operating conditions. Average speed ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ - 30% brightness Battery voltage - 70% brightness 100% brightness use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . To set backlighting.

press the Trip/V button. To switch to the trip meter (km/mi) (TRIP 1 and TRIP 2). ↓ TRIP/V 20 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . NOTE ↓ TRIP/V TRIP 2 Trip meter indications reflect the distance covered since last resetting. select Trip 2 display and hold down the "Trip/V" button for at least 3 seconds. select Trip 1 display and hold down the "Trip/V" button for at least 3 seconds.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . u Trip 1 and Trip 2 indications are wiped off when the battery is disconnected. ↓ TRIP/V ODOMETER ↓ TRIP/V TRIP 1 To reset TRIP 1. to display the odometer.ODOMETER AND TRIP METER DISPLAY (TRIP 1 AND TRIP 2) Turn the ignition key to "". To reset TRIP 2.

HOUR SETTING u Hold down the buttons "+" and "-" for at least 3 seconds. The clock will automatically switch to the minutes setting mode. COOLANT TEMPERATURE DISPLAY √ The coolant temperature display reads "---" when the sensor detects a temperature below 34°C (93°F). u Hold down either of the buttons and current setting will increase/decrease by one unit per second. u Hold down the "TRIP/V" button for at least three seconds to confirm hour setting. SETTING THE DIGITAL CLOCK: The digital clock is displayed in the top area of the screen. the warning light comes on). resulting in missing temperature reading. Display temperature range: 35-135°C (95275 °F). CAUTION The dashboard error light ( ) coming on indicates a damaged or disconnected coolant temperature sensor. contact an aprilia Official dealer. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Clock setting is lost when the battery is disconnected. u Pressing NOTE The clock may only be set when the key is set to " " and the motorcycle is at standstill. u Use the "+" and "-" buttons to set hours as desired. until the minute digits stop flashing. √ When the sensor detects a temperature between 35°C (95°F) and 114°C (237°F). √ Temperatures between 115° C (239° F) and 135°C (275°F) are displayed with a flashing indication. Hold down either of the buttons to increase/decrease current setting by one unit per second. MINUTES SETTING the "+" and "-" buttons increases/decreases current setting by one minute. the warning light will come on to indicate a dangerous condition. The clock is only displayed when the key is set to ≈ ∆. When this is the case. until the hour digits begin to flash. In addition. u Hold down the "TRIP/V" button for at least 3 seconds. √ The display will flash for temperatures above 135°C (275°F) (again. the display provides actual temperature indication.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 21 . to confirm your new setting.

a new lap time count begins. The display will return to the clock display. The previous lap time is stored and displayed for 10 seconds along with lap number (in the top left corner) After these 10 seconds. the lap timer goes back to the initial display "01 LAP 00'00"00". Access the lap timer function and hold down the "-" button for at least 3 seconds while holding down the LAP button (6). Scroll through lap times using buttons "+" (scroll forward) and "-" (scroll back). To turn off the lap timer: u Hold down "TRIP/V" for over 3 seconds while holding down the "LAP" button. Pressing the "LAP" button again within 10 seconds of starting the time count will reset and restart the time count At the next press of the "LAP" button. Any lap times stored will be lost when the battery is disconnected. To go back to the lap timer function. How to view stored lap times: u Access the lap timer function and hold down "TRIP/V" for over 3 seconds. To start the lap timer u Press the "LAP" button (6) and release immediately.NOTE The lap timer can store up to 40 lap times. 22 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . The lap timer is reset by deleting the 40 lap times stored as follows. When memory is full. lap timer display changes to second lap timing and lap number. hold down "TRIP/V" for over 3 seconds.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . The clock display area will read "01 LAP 00'00"00". 6 LAP TIMER The lap timer measures and stores lap times while riding on the track for later review. At the first press. time count starts. the "clock" cannot be displayed: To turn on the lap timer: u Hold down "TRIP/V" for over 3 seconds while holding down the "LAP" button. When the "LAP TIMER" function is selected. When the memory is clear. pressing the "LAP" button (6) will take no effect and the 40 lap times stored are displayed automatically.

The rev counter pointer (2) will point the corresponding rpm for three seconds. Setting range is 2. However. When the "efi" wording turns on and the warning light ( ) comes on during normal engine operation. it means that the Engine Control Unit has detected an anomaly. although with less than ideal performance. Stop the engine imm ediately and contact an aprilia Official Dealer. NOTE The red line threshold. after engine firing or during normal engine operation.000 . SETTING THE RED LINE THRESHOLD (WITH ENGINE OFF ONLY) When the maximum rpm set is exceeded.000 rpm. contact an aprilia Official Dealer without delay. ENGINE OIL PRESSURE Each time the ignition key is set to "". it means that the engine oil pressure is low. the wording "efi" is displayed for about three seconds. In most cases the engine will keep running. the engine oil pressure light comes on for about three seconds. the red line warning light (r ed) (1) on the da shboar d starts blinking.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 23 . use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Factory setting is 6.000 rpm. To view red line threshold setting. CAUTION CAUTION If the engine oil pressure light stays on and the warning light ( ) comes on as well. hold down the "Trip/V" button for at least 3 seconds.1 2 DIAGNOSTICS 1) Each time the ignition key is set to "". can only be set with the engine off and the odometer displayed.12. which operates the red line light.

u If the engine is started during the setting procedure. while the pointer (2) will go back to zero. The new threshold setting is also lost if the battery is disconnected during the setting procedure. u Three seconds after last pressing the "+" button. the last setting is retained. 24 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Use the "+" button to change setting. the pointer will go back to zero automatically. u Allow some time for the dashboard check-up routine. This is confirmed by the red line light (1) coming on for three seconds. u Hold down the "Trip/V" button for at least three seconds: the rev counter pointer (2) will point the current red line setting.2 2 1 1 To set the red line threshold: u Turn the ignition key to " ". u You have three seconds to change setting as desired (as long as the rev counter pointer (2) is pointing current red line setting). and the last setting is retained. Hold down a little longer to increase by 1000 rpm. u After reaching full scale value (12. the new red line threshold is stored. Press briefly to increase setting by 100 rpm.RSV 1000 R FACTORY .000 rpm).

KEY CONTROLS CONTROLS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HANDLEBAR 1 CONTROLS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE HANDLEBAR NOTE The electric components will only work when the ignition switch is in position "". 2) STARTER BUTTON () When pressed. This is a safety or emergency switch. ) 3) HORN BUTTON () Press it to operate the horn.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 25 . ) while riding. 5) DIMMER SWITCH (. the engine can be started. Push the dimmer switch to position "" to turn on the high beam. move the switch to the right to signal a right turn. After stopping the vehicle. stop the engine and then turn the ignition switch to position " ". 2 CAUTION Leaving the ignition switch in position " " when the engine is stopped may let the battery run flat. When it is in position " ". turns the engine over. See page 51 (STARTING) for starting procedure. it will stop the engine. 1) ENGINE KILL SWITCH (  . 4) DIRECTION INDICATOR SWITCH () Move the switch to the left in order to signal your intention to turn left. Press the switch to cancel the signal. the starter button "". the dashboard light and the low beam are on.) With the dimmer switch set to "". the parking lights. Ensure that the dimmer switch is set to "" before starting the engine. When set to position " ". NOTE The electric components will only work when the ignition switch is in position "". use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . CAUTION Do not operate the engine kill switch (  .

RSV 1000 R FACTORY . NOTE flasher. Do not keep the spare key on the NOTE Setting the ignition key to "" automatically turns on the lights.1 6 3 4 5 6) HIGH BEAM FLASHER () / LAP (multifunction) BUTTON To set the functions. 26 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . it turns on the lap timer. NOTE vehicle. see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER). NOTE NOTE The key operates the ignition switch/steering lock. Press the button to flash the high beam i n a n e m e r g e n c y . W h en pr e s s e d together with the TRIP/V button. Release the button to stop the IGNITION SWITCH The ignition switch (1) is positioned on the steering head. The lights will turn off when the ignition switch is set to "". Two keys are delivered along with the vehicle (one spare key). the fuel filler cap lock and the glove/tool kit compartment cover.

Position Function Key removal  Steering lock The steering is locked.  Neither the engine nor the lights can be operated. It is possible to remove the key. The immobilizer system is activated after the key is removed. u Turn the key to position "". u Push in the key and turn it to "".  The engine and the lights can be operated. (where immobilizer system is fitted)  The steering is locked. u Extract the key.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 27 .The immobilizer system is activated after the key is removed. OPERATION To lock the steering: u Turn the handlebar fully to the left. (where immobilizer system is fitted) STEERING LOCK WARNING Never turn the key to position "" while riding or you might lose control of the vehicle. It is not possible to start the engine. The immobilizer system is activated after the key is removed. It is possible to remove the key. (where immobilizer system is fitted) It is not possible to remove the key. It is not possible to start the engine or switch on the lights It is possible to remove the key. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . The parking lights of headlight and tail light are turned on.

NOTE Before lowering and locking the seat (2).RSV 1000 R FACTORY . u Turn the key (1) anticlockwise. NOTE The glove/tool kit compartment cover can only be used when the passenger seat (2) is removed and vice versa. which is accessed by removing the compartment cover. u Push the passenger grab strap (3) forward and lower the front end of the seat. 4 WARNING UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE PASSENGER SEAT u Place the vehicle on the stand. To use the vehicle with the glove/tool kit compartment cover it is necessary to remove the passenger seat as previously described. u Withdraw the passenger seat (2). Make sure to set the grab strap in the correct position. u Press down on the front end of the seat so that the lock becomes engaged. see page Make sure the seat (2) is locked securely before riding. 28 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . See page 29 (UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT COVER) for installation instructions. make sure that you have not left the key in the glove/tool kit compartment.ACCESSORIES To lock the seat (2). 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). The tail of the vehicle accommodates a convenient glove / tool kit compartment. u Insert the key (1) into the seat lock. proceed as follows: u Slide the hooks (4) placed at the rear 2 5 3 3 2 1 end of the passenger seat underneath the frame tube (5) of the rear subframe. u Release the passenger seat (2) from the grab strap (3). u Raise the front end of the passenger seat (2).

make sure that you have not left the key in the glove/tool kit compartment. which is accessed by removing the compartment cover (2). use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . To lock the glove/tool kit compartment cover (2): u Slide the lower front lugs underneath the frame tube of the rear subframe.2 2 1 UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT COVER u Place the vehicle on the stand. raise the glove/tool kit compartment cover (2) and ease it off in a forward motion. NOTE Before lowering and locking the glove/tool kit compartment cover (2). WARNING Before riding. u Turn the key (1) anticlockwise. u Insert the key (1) in the lock. make sure that the glove/tool kit compartment cover (2) is correctly locked. u Position the glove/tool kit compartment cover in its seat and press down until the lock snaps shut. see page The tail of the vehicle accommodates a convenient glove / tool kit compartment.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 29 . 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND).

√ 8 . √ 17 mm open-end spanner (5).or the glove/tool kit compartment cover . √ fuse puller (9) Maximum load allowed: 1. √ 11 .RSV 1000 R FACTORY . proceed as follows: u Remove the passenger seat -see page 28 (UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE PASSENGER SEAT) .5 kg. Carry small luggage only and make sure it is fastened securely. √ tool box (8). WARNING 9 √ double-ended (cross-headed/hexagon) screwdriver (7). √ 16 mm socket spanner for spark plug (6) 8 The passenger seat can be used to carry small luggage. 6 mm Allen spanners (2). 4. which must be strapped down securely to the suitable fixing points (9).3 2 5 4 6 GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT LUGGAGE FIXING POINTS 9 7 To reach the glove/tool kit compartment. 30 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . The tool kit (1) includes: √ 3.10 mm double socket spanner (4).see page 29 (UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT COVER).13 mm double open-end spanner (3). 5. Maximum load allowed: 9 kg.

see page 71 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE FRONT WHEEL STAND ). Front wheel disassembly. see page 63 (CLICK CLAMPS). Pins (1) for the rear wheel stand. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . see page 70 To position the (FITTING THE PINS FOR vehicle on the THE REAR WHEEL STAND rear wheel stand.Rear wheel disassembly. and . available from aprilia Official dealer: Tool Operations ACCESSORIES . Drive chain adjustment. ).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 31 .adjustable steering damper. can also be installed to the RSV 1000 R (contact an aprilia Official dealer). Click clamp (4) installation pliers."R FACTORY" rear shock absorber. Removal of the lower fairing. which are fitted from standard to the RSV 1000 R FACTORY. Rear wheel stand (2). Engine oil and engine oil filter change. Click clamp installation.SPECIAL TOOLS  Certain specific operations must be performed using special tools. see page 70 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE REAR WHEEL STAND ) Front wheel stand (3).

Do not inhale vapours.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . 32 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Do not transfer fuel between different containers. WARNING Make sure that the cap is properly closed. Take care not to spill fuel out of the filler. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. proceed as follows: u Raise the flap (1). make sure that they are perfectly clean. Avoid contact with open flames. WARNING Do not fill the tank up to the rim. (3). TANK CAPACITY (reserve included): 18 b FUEL RESERVE: 4 b After refuelling: NOTE The cap can only be closed when the key (2) is inserted. close. u Press the cap with the key (2) inserted to CAUTION Do not add any additives or other substances to the fuel. u Insert the key (2) into the filler cap lock WARNING The fuel used to operate engines is highly flammable and becomes explosive under particular conditions. In the event of accidental fuel spillage. Tighten the filler cap securely after each refuelling. Do not swallow fuel. u Close the flap (1).MAIN COMPONENTS FUEL DO NOT RELEASE FUEL INTO THE ENVIRONMENT. Never fill the fuel tank up to the rim. make sure the affected area is fully dry before starting the engine. Use only premium-grade unleaded fuel with a minimum octane rating of 95 (RON) and 85 (MON). To refuel. Do not smoke when refuelling or in the proximity of sources of fuel vapours. u Refuel. u Turn the key clockwise. Refuelling and engine service should take place in a well-ventilated area with the engine stopped. pull and open the fuel flap. u Extract the key (2). Fuel level must always remain below the lower edge of the filler neck (see figure). or it may ignite when in contact with hot engine parts. Avoid contact with skin. sources of sparks or any other source which may ignite the fuel or lead to explosion. Fuel expands from heat and when left under direct sunlight. If you use a funnel ot other tool.

This is particularly important after servicing or inspections. CAUTION When handling brake fluid. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . If in doubt about the braking efficiency of your bike or if you are not able to perform routine checks. take care not to spill it onto plastic or paintfinished parts or they will damage. WARNING In the event of accidental contact. Avoid contact with eyes or skin. Brake fluid is an irritant. contact an eye specialist or seek medical advice. The information provided below applies to both braking systems. Each braking system is operated by an independent hydraulic circuit. Prevent accidental ingress of water or dust into the circuit. In the event of accidental contact with eyes.BRAKE FLUID .RSV 1000 R FACTORY 33 . WARNING Any sudden changes in play or hardness in the brake lever are warning signs of problems with the hydraulic circuits.recommendations NOTE This vehicle is fitted with front and rear disk brakes. Make sure the brake lines are not twisted or worn. wash affected body parts thoroughly. Wear latex gloves when servicing the hydraulic circuit. WARNING Ensure that the brake disks and brake linings have not become contaminated with oil or grease. DO NOT RELEASE BRAKE FLUID INTO THE ENVIRONMENT. contact an aprilia Official Dealer.

NOTE

Halve service intervals when the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions, on rough roads or for racing. Have the brake disks checked by an aprilia Official dealer after the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 10000 km (6250 mi) afterwards. Before each ride, check brake fluid level in both reservoirs - see page 35 (FRONT BRAKE) and page 37 (REAR BRAKE), and check the brake pads for wear - see page92 (CHECKING THE BRAKE PADS FOR WEAR). DISK BRAKES The front brake is a twin-disk brake (one disk on either side of the wheel). The rear brake uses a single disk (fitted to the right side of the wheel). The information provided below applies to both braking systems. Brake fluid level decreases gradually as the brake pads wear down. The front brake fluid reservoir is mounted near the front brake lever coupling. The rear brake fluid reservoir is positioned under the right lower fairing; to reach it, remove the right lower fairing, see page 81 (REMOVING THE LOWER FAIRING).

WARNING
The brakes are critical to your safety and must always be kept in sleek running order. Check the brakes before each ride. A dirty disk will soil the pads, leading to loss of braking. Dirty pads must be replaced, whereas a dirty brake disk may be cleaned with a high-quality degreasing product. Have brake fluid changed at an aprilia Official Dealer every two years. Use the brake fluid specified in the lubricant chart, see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART).

NOTE

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u Check the brake disk and the brake pads

for wear, see page 92 (CHECKING THE BRAKE PADS FOR WEAR). If the pads and/or the disk are in good condition, top up to correct level. TOPPING UP Read page 33 (BRAKE FLUID recommendations) carefully.

CAUTION
Have brake fluid changed every two years by an aprilia Official dealer. FRONT BRAKE CHECK u Place the vehicle in vertical position, keep the handlebar in the direction of travel. u Make sure that the fluid level in the reservoir exceeds the "MIN" mark. MIN= minimum level MAX= maximum level If level is below the "MIN" mark: Danger: brake fluid could leak out. Never operate the front brake lever when the screws (1) have been loosened or when the reservoir cover is not in place.
u Unscrew the screws (1) of the brake fluid

WARNING
Do not ride if the braking system is leaking.

reservoir (2) by means of a short, crossheaded screwdriver.

CAUTION
Brake fluid level decreases gradually as the brake pads wear down.

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CAUTION
Do not rock the motorcycle from side to side when topping up or brake fluid will spill out. Do not add any additives or other products. If you use a funnel or other tool, ensure they are perfectly clean.
u Top up the reservoir (2) with brake fluid,

CAUTION
While topping up, never pour too much fluid. Fill up to max. level only with new brake pads. If topped up to max. level with worn pads, brake fluid will spill out when you change the pads at a later time. Check braking efficiency. When the brake lever has exceeding travel or if you notice a loss of braking, contact an aprilia Official dealer. The braking system may need bleeding.

see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART) until exceeding "MIN" level mark.

WARNING
Avoid long exposure of brake fluid to air. Brake fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture from the air. Keep the brake fluid reservoir open JUST LONG ENOUGH to top up level.
u Raise and remove the cover (3) together

with the screws (1) and the gasket (4).

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u Unscrew and remove the cap (2). Always renew the brake pads before topping up to "MAX" level. u Remove the gasket (4). TOPPING UP Read page 33 (BRAKE FLUID recommendations) carefully.u Unscrew the screw (3) completely. If you use a funnel or other tool. Never operate the rear brake lever when the reservoir cap is loose or has been removed. so that the fluid in the reservoir (1) is parallel with the plug (2). u Look through the special slot in the right fairing to check that fluid level in the reservoir exceeds the "MIN" mark. Brake fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture from the air. see page 81 (REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS). top up to correct level.RSV 1000 R FACTORY for wear. u Remove the right fairing. This might let air in the circuit and brake system would be impaired. ensure they are perfectly clean. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . MIN= minimum level MAX= maximum level If level is below the "MIN" mark: If the pads and/or the disk are in good condition. CAUTION Do not tilt reservoir (1) even if plug (2) is tightened. CAUTION Brake fluid level decreases gradually as the brake pads wear down. see page 92 (CHECKING THE BRAKE PADS FOR WEAR). 37 . CAUTION Ensure the fluid in the reservoir is parallel with the reservoir rim at all times (in a horizontal position) when topping up or brake fluid will spill out. Keep the brake fluid reservoir open JUST LONG ENOUGH to top up level. u Shift the complete reservoir (1) 2 4 3 1 moderately outwards. Do not add any additives or other products. REAR BRAKE CHECK u Keep the vehicle upright. see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART) until bringing level between the "MIN" and "MAX" marks. u Check the brake disk and the brake pads WARNING Avoid long exposure of brake fluid to air. CAUTION Danger: brake fluid could leak out. u Top up the reservoir (1) with brake fluid.

CAUTION Make sure the clutch hose is not twisted or worn. The braking system may need bleeding. brake fluid will spill out when you change the pads at a later time. Wear latex gloves when servicing the hydraulic circuit. Check braking efficiency. In the event of accidental contact with eyes.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . NOTE 1 CAUTION Any sudden changes in play or hardness in the clutch lever are warning signs of problems with the hydraulic circuit. If topped up to "MAX" level with worn pads. contact an aprilia Official dealer. Use the clutch fluid specified in the lubricant chart. wash affected body parts thoroughly. Prevent accidental ingress of water or dust into the circuit. When handling clutch fluid. In the event of accidental contact. DO NOT RELEASE CLUTCH FLUID INTO THE ENVIRONMENT. see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART). KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. When the brake lever has exceeding travel or if you notice a loss of braking. CAUTION Brake pad wear affects fluid level. 38 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . If in doubt about the proper operation of the clutch or if you are not able to perform routine checks. Clutch fluid is an irritant. contact an aprilia Official dealer. Have clutch fluid changed every two years by an aprilia Official dealer. contact an eye specialist or seek medical advice. Avoid contact with eyes or skin. The clutch fluid reservoir (1) is mounted near the clutch lever coupling. take care not to spill it onto plastic or paintfinished parts or they will damage.CLUTCH FLUID recommendations This vehicle is fitted with a hydraulically-controlled clutch.

on rough roads or for racing. 2 3 WARNING Do not ride if the clutch hydraulic circuit is leaking. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . top up to correct level. If the vehicle is used for racing: have the clutch checked by an aprilia Official dealer every 5000 km (3120 mi). wh i c h pr ev e nts r e ar w h ee l bouncing under braking. aided by the patented PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch) sys te m. TOPPING UP Read page 38 (CLUTCH FLUID recommendations) carefully. Never operate the clutch lever when the reservoir cap is loose or has been removed.000 km (6250 mi). 1 CLUTCH NOTE Halve service intervals when the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. CHECK u Place the vehicle in vertical position and keep handlebar in the direction of travel. CAUTION Danger: clutch fluid could leak out. u Make sure that the fluid level exceeds the "MIN" mark.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 39 . check clutch fluid level in the reservoir . Before each ride. Have clutch fluid changed every two years by an aprilia Official dealer. NOTE The engine is equipped with a hydraulically-operated clutch.see page 39 (CLUTCH). Have the clutch checked by an aprilia Official dealer every 10. on rough roads or for racing. MIN= minimum level MAX= maximum level u If fluid is below the "MIN" mark.NOTE Halve service intervals when the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions.

WARNING Avoid long exposure of clutch fluid to air. CAUTION Never exceed the "MAX" level. Check coolant level before each ride . Check the clutch for proper operation. 40 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . NOTE NOTE You will need to remove the right side fairing in order to top up coolant level. u Remove the gasket (3). The clutch hydraulic circuit may need bleeding.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . Do not add any additives or other products. Halve service intervals when the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. ensure they are perfectly clean. COOLANT CAUTION Do not rock the motorcycle from side to side when topping up or clutch fluid will spill out. Have coolant changed every two years by an aprilia Official dealer. CAUTION Do not ride when coolant is below the minimum level "LOW".see page 42 (CHECKING AND TOPPING UP). If you use a funnel or other tool. u Unscrew and remove the plug (2). contact an aprilia Official dealer. u Top up the reservoir (1) with clutch fluid. on rough roads or for racing. see page 118 (LUBRICANT CHART) until bringing level between the "MIN" and "MAX" marks. When the clutch lever has exceeding travel or if you notice a loss of efficiency. Clutch fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture from the air. Keep the clutch fluid reservoir open JUST LONG ENOUGH to top up level.

since coolant is very hot. check the cooling system frequently and add more antifreeze (up to 60% maximum) to the solution.1 WARNING Coolant is toxic when ingested. This is the ideal solution for most operating temperatures and provides good corrosion protection. INTO THE CAUTION Have coolant changed at an aprilia Official dealer. This solution is also suited to the warm season. Take care not to spill coolant onto hot engine parts. DO NOT RELEASE ENVIRONMENT. It may ignite and produce invisible flames. When temperature drops below zero degrees centigrade. WARNING Do not remove the expansion tank plug (1) when the engine is hot. Tap water will damage the engine. rinse mouth and throat with abundant water and seek medical advice immediately. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. rinse repeatedly with abundant water and seek medical advice. which helps preserve the efficiency of the cooling system.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 41 . l e s s w a t e r evaporation means fewer mineral salts depositing in the radiator. may cause severe scalding and/or damage. In the event of ingestion. Coolant mixture is a 50% solution of water and anti-freeze. I n a dd i t i o n .u p s . In the event of contact with eyes. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Contact with skin or clothes. as the mixture is less prone to evaporative loss and will reduce the need f o r t o p . Use distilled water in the coolant mixture. Contact with eyes or skin may cause irritation. induce vomiting. Wear latex gloves when servicing.

Contact with eyes or skin may cause irritation. u Look through the slot (1) in the right fairing and check that coolant level in the expansion tank is between the "FULL" and "LOW" marks. u Hold the vehicle upright. 42 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . check the cooling circuit for leaks. u Unscrew and remove the filler cap (2). Have the leak repaired at an aprilia Official dealer. Never top up beyond the "FULL" level mark or coolant will leak out when the engine is running. see page 81 (REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).RSV 1000 R FACTORY . If you use a funnel or other tool. u Refit the filler cap (2). CAUTION Do not add any additives or other products. u Top up with coolant. Do not put your fingers or any other object into the filler opening in order to ensure that there is coolant. u Stop the engine and wait until it has If not so: u Remove the side fairing. see page 116 WARNING Coolant is toxic when ingested. ensure they are perfectly clean. cooled down.1 2 CHECKING AND TOPPING UP WARNING Wait for the engine to cool down before checking or topping up coolant level. with both wheels on the ground. FULL = maximum level LOW = minimum level CAUTION If coolant level drops too quickly or the tank is empty. (LUBRICANT CHART) up to just below the "FULL" mark.

TYRES This vehicle is fitted with tubeless tyres.

WARNING
Use tyres of the specified type and model recommended by the manufacturer, see page 112 (TECHNICAL DATA). Using other than specified tyres may adversely affect handling. Never use tube tyres on tubeless tyre rims, or vice versa. Always check that the caps are in place on the valves (2), or the tyres may deflate suddenly.

NOTE

Halve service intervals when the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions, on rough roads or for racing.

WARNING
Check the tyre condition and inflation pressure at room temperature every two weeks. Check the tyre condition and inflation pressure at room temperature after the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every two weeks afterwards, see page 112 (TECHNICAL DATA). Checking pressure on hot tyres will result in inaccurate measurement. Take care to check tyre pressures before and after a long journey. An overinflated tyre will provide a harsh ride, reduce riding comfort and stability when cornering. An underinflated tyre will extend the contact patch to include a larger portion of the tyre wall (1). When this is the case, the tyre may slip on or become separated from the rim, leading to loss of control. The tyre may even come off the rim under hard braking. Lastly, the vehicle may skid in a bend.

WARNING
Inspect tread surface and check for wear. Badly worn tyres adversely affect road holding and handling. Some of the tyre types approved for this vehicle are fitted with wear indicators. There are various types of wear indicators. Enquire about the correct wear inspection procedure with your supplier. Visually inspect the tyres for wear and have them changed when worn. A tyre that becomes punctured in the tread area should be changed when the puncture is larger than 5 mm. The wheel must be balanced after each tyre repair.

Tyre replacement and repair, as well as wheel servicing and balancing are delicate operations. They should be carried out using adequate tools and are best left to experienced mechanics. Have your tyres and wheels serviced at an aprilia Official dealer or a specialised tyre repairer. New tyres may be coated with an oily film. Drive carefully until covering several kilometres. Never apply nonspecific products to the tyres. Old tyres may not ensure full grip due to material ageing - even when they are still within the wear limit - and must be replaced.

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ENGINE OIL

WARNING
Prolonged or repeated contact with oil may cause severe skin damage. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling oil. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. DO NOT RELEASE INTO THE ENVIRONMENT. Place oil in a sealed container and dispose of it through a wa ste oil reclamation firm or through your usual supplier. Wear latex gloves during servicing.

MINIMUM RECOMMENDED TREAD DEPTH (3): front and rear 2 mm ( 3 mm) and in any case not less than prescribed by the regulations in force in the country where the vehicle is used.

CAUTION
Handle carefully. Do not spill oil! Avoid smearing any vehicle components, the area in which you are working and the surrounding area. Remove any trace of oil. In case of leakage or malfunctions, contact an aprilia Official dealer. Check engine oil level at regular intervals, see page 64 (CHECKING AND TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL). See page 61 (PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CH A R T ) a n d p a ge 6 5 ( C H A N G I N G ENGINE OIL AND THE ENGINE OIL FILTER) for oil change instructions.

CAUTION
If the warning light " " comes on and the symbol "" appears on the display during normal engine operation, it means that engine oil pressure in the circuit is too low. When this is the case, check engine oil level, see page 64 (CHECKING AND TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL). If engine oil level is not correct, stop the engine immediately and contact an aprilia Official dealer.

NOTE Use high-quality 15W - 50 oil, see
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ADJUSTING THE FRONT BRAKE LEVER AND THE CLUTCH LEVER The grab distance of the lever (1) (distance from the grip (2)) can be adjusted by rotating the adjuster (3). The MAX and MIN click settings give a grab distance of 126 and 83 mm, respectively. Push the lever (1) forward and rotate the adjuster (3) until setting the lever (1) at the desired distance.

ADJUSTING REAR BRAKE LEVER CLEARANCE Brake lever position is determined based on ergonomic principles at the factory. If necessary, it is possible to adjust brake lever clearance: u Slacken the lock nut (4). u Unscrew the master cylinder actuating rod (5) to ensure a minimum clearance of 0.5 - 1 mm between the rod and the piston.

CAUTION
Make sure that the lever (6) has a certain amount of free play, or the brake will remain applied leading to early wear of braking elements. Free play of lever (6): 4 mm (measured at the lever end). u Lock the master cylinder actuating rod (5) by means of the lock nut (4).

CAUTION
After the adjustment, make sure that the wheel rotates freely with the brake released. Check braking efficiency. If necessary, contact your aprilia Official dealer.

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c o n t ac t a n a p r i l i a O f f i c i a l d e a l er immediately. Ensure that the exhaust system works correctly. u Tighten the screw (1) and make sure that the eccentric retains its position. MUFFLER/EXHAUST SILENCER Check the muffler/exhaust silencer and the silencer pipes for rust or holes.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . u Place the vehicle on the stand. contact an aprilia Official dealer. Be careful! Danger of burns! ADJUSTING THE REAR BRAKE LEVER AND THE GEAR SHIFT LEVER The position of the control levers is determined based on ergonomic principles at the factory. If necessary. If the exhaust system noise increases. 46 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .CAUTION If the gear shift lever needs further adjustment. u Partially unscrew the screw (1). -The use of the vehicle after the removal or disconnection of this device or element of design. WARNING Both exhaust silencers are equipped with catalytic converter and become very hot to the touch. WARNING Tampering with the noise control system is prohibited. see page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). it is possible to adjust the position of the levers. Owners are warned that the law may prohibit: -The removal or disconnection of any device or element of design incorporated into any new vehicle to limit the noise emissions before its sale or delivery to the final purchaser or while it is in use except if carried out for maintenance. repair or replacement purposes. u Rotate the eccentric (2) until finding the optimal position for the pedal (3).

Always mount and dismount from the left side with the vehicle on the side stand. The purpose of placing the vehicle on the side stand before mounting is to keep the vehicle from falling or overturning. and the vehicle may fall or overturn. gloves or dangling glasses before mounting or dismounting).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 47 . your hands should be free (replace any objects. While getting on and off. Proceed with care. WARNING Risk of falling and overturning. When getting on and off the vehicle. This does not mean that the side stand should be used to support the weight of rider and passenger. caused by the rider or passenger falling from the vehicle and/or the vehicle falling or overturning. make sure nothing can impair your movements. the weight of the vehicle may make you lose balance. NOTE The rider must always mount before the passenger and dismount after the passenger. Also. without the rider and the passenger. such as your helmet. It is the rider's responsibility to keep the vehicle balanced while the passenger gets on and off. CAUTION However. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . The stand has been designed to support the weight of the vehicle and a minimum load. do not apply you full weight or that of the passenger to the side stand.` INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE GETTING ON AND OFF THE VEHICLE The instructions below must be followed with the maximum care in order to avoid injury to persons and damage to property and to the vehicle.

u Push down on the side stand lever with the left heel until the side stand is fully down. the side stand on the left side of the vehicle will keep you from falling over on that side) and keep ready to place your left foot on the ground. NOTE Make sure it is fully up. set the right foot firmly on the ground (if you should lose your balance. u Instruct the passenger to fold out both u Explain to the passenger how to safely get on the vehicle. u Stop the vehicle. Park on firm and level ground. This would compromise the stability and balance of the vehicle. set the right foot firmly on the ground (if you should lose your balance. u Pull up the side stand using your left foot. GETTING OFF THE VEHICLE u Choose the parking area. CAUTION Risk of falling and overturning. swing your right leg over the vehi cl e in a controlled movement. Do not hit the rear end (tail or luggage) or you will upset vehicle balance. u Explain to the passenger how to safely feet on the ground. NOTE Do not fold out the passenger footrest or attempt to do so while sitting astride the vehicle.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . u Lean the vehicle until the stand touches the ground. Never get off or try to get off the vehicle by jumping or stretching your leg and putting your foot on the ground. Make sure that the passenger has dismounted. Keep the vehicle balanced. NOTE If you cannot touch both feet on the ground. see page 57 (STOPPING). the vehicle without loading your weight onto the side stand. The passenger must always use the left footrest to get on and off the vehicle. u Push the vehicle upright and place both NOTE If you cannot touch both feet on the ground. CAUTION Make sure that the vehicle is stable. get off the vehicle. u Grasp the handlebar correctly and get off the vehicle. u Do not place your weight on the side stand. u Place both feet on the ground and keep NOTE It is the rider's responsibility to instruct the passenger on how to safely get on and off the vehicle. passenger footrests.When mounting or dismounting. see page 57 Any bags or objects strapped to the rear of the vehicle can impair your movements while getting on and off. the vehicle upright and balanced. GETTING ON THE VEHICLE u Grasp the handlebar correctly and get on WARNING Make sure that the parking surface is free from obstacles. or you might lose balance. The passenger must move carefully when getting on and off the vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with special passenger footrests to make it easier to get on and off the vehicle. 48 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . (PARKING). u Rotate the handlebar fully to the left. to avoid upsetting the balance of vehicle and rider. u Fold the passenger footrests. the side stand on the left side of the vehicle will keep you from falling over on that side) and keep ready to place your left foot on the ground.

(See the PRE-RIDE CHECKS CHART). When you see this warning. contact an aprilia Official dealer to have the vehicle serviced and inspected according to the periodic maintenance chart. If the wording " Efi " (1) is displayed during normal engine operation. Failure to do so may lead to severe injury or vehicle damage. contact an aprilia Official dealer immediately. CAUTION After covering the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 10. turn the key to ON while holding down the "+" and "-" buttons at the same time for at least 15 seconds. Each time the ignition key is set to "". This vehicle provides real-time diagnostics of failures stored into the Engine Control Unit.000 km (6250 mi) afterwards. although giving less performance. A quick check is done in no time. the "SERVICE" warning (2) appears on the right display.N 2 1 PRE-RIDE CHECKS NOTE WARNING Check the vehicle before each ride to ensure safe riding. see page 61 (PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART). but does wonders for your safety. If you have any doubts on the operation of the vehicle controls or believe that any vehicle components might be faulty. CAUTION use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .RSV 1000 R FACTORY 49 . the engine will keep running. In most cases. the wording "Efi" (1) appears on the right side of the multifunction display for approximately three seconds. do not hesitate to contact an aprilia Official dealer. To cancel the "SERVICE" warning. At any rate. it means that the Engine Control Unit has detected an anomaly.

Adjust or tighten as required. Coolant level in the expansion tank must be between the "FULL" and "LOW" marks. if necessary. Make sure the filler cap is tightened securely. 65 43 45 38.PRE-RIDE CHECKS CHART Part Front and rear disk brakes Action Check for proper operation. 80 32. Check slack. Remove any foreign objects lodged in the tread.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . Check fuel level and refuel if low. Check for leaks in the fuel system. if necessary. Top up brake fluid level. 102 Fasteners Drive chain Fuel tank Coolant Engine kill switch ( . 44 25 98 .Top up clutch fluid. horn. Steering should rotate smoothly and evenly. 81 40. if necessary. if necessary Page 33. √ 96. electrical devices 50 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Make sure they move smoothly. Check for proper operation. rear brake light switches and Check horn and indicators for proper operation. The throttle should open and close fully at all positions of the steering. 37. 35. check clutch lever free play. clutch fluid level and check for leaks. Check and top up as required. Spring action must be enough to fold it fully up. Check stand switch for proper operation. Adjust and/or lubricate. if necessary. The stand should operate smoothly and snap back in the rest position in a smooth motion. Ensure that it turns smoothly. 93 94 44. 34. Check tyre surface.109 Lights. Change bulbs or fix a failure. if necessary. Check for wear or damage. Check for leaks and brake pad wear. Lubricate joints and connections. The clutch should not jerk or slip. √ 78. warning lights.) Make sure the fasteners are properly tightened. There should be no play or looseness. inflation pressure. Lubricate the joints and adjust travel. 39 Throttle Engine oil Wheels/tyres Brake levers Clutch Steering Side stand Check for proper operation. Check brake lever free play and brake fluid level.

. Familiarise with the vehicle gradually and use the greatest care. the engine can only be started if the gearbox is in neutral. . the engine can be started either in neutral or with a gear engaged while keeping the clutch lever pulled in.All dashboard warning lights (4) and the backlighting come on for 3 seconds.The odometer pointer (5) points the last red line threshold setting for 3 seconds and then returns to idle rpm. see page 5 (SAFE RIDING). all instruments will give the current reading. u Set the engine kill switch (2) to "". see page 47 (GETTING ON AND OFF THE VEHICLE).During normal operation. u Sit astride the vehicle.4 3 N 4 1 2 6 5 STARTING 4 With the side stand up. refuel as soon as possible. With the side stand down. See page 32 (FUEL). NOTE NOTE CAUTION When the low fuel light "" (6) comes on. u Make sure the dimmer switch (1) is in position "". Do not place any objects on the inside of the front fairing (between the handlebar and the dashboard). . or they might hinder handlebar rotation and hide the dashboard from view. Before starting the engine. which is a poisonous gas and extremely harmful if inhaled. the engine will stop. u Turn the key (3) to set the ignition switch to position "". u Make sure the stand is fully up. Make sure the area is well ventilated before starting the engine. WARNING WARNING Exhaust emissions contain carbon oxide. If you try to engage a gear with the stand down. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .All digits of the multifunction display come on for 3 seconds. Failure to heed these warnings may lead to loss of conscience or even death. The vehicle's engine delivers considerable power. Never operate the engine indoor. carefully read section "Safe Riding".RSV 1000 R FACTORY 51 . When you turn the key: .

clock functions and lap timer are user-selectable. do not accelerate before moving off. u Pull the clutch lever (7) fully in and select neutral using the gear lever (8) [green light "" (9) on]. 52 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . by pulling a CAUTION If the wording "EFI" appears on the multifunction display during normal engine operation. never exceed the recommended rpm. This will allow the engine to warm up and reduce polluting emissions and fuel consumption. Contact an aprilia Official dealer immediately. wait ten seconds and then press the button "" again. During running-in. See page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER). u Lock at least one wheel. CAUTION 8 7 Do not press the starter button "" for more than fifteen seconds at a time or it will draw too much current from the battery. the red line threshold. u Keep at least one brake lever pulled and WARNING The red line threshold is set at 6000 rpm at the factory. the engine oil pressure light "" (11) must go out. it means that the Engine Control Unit has detected an anomaly.u The vehicle is equipped with a cold start 9 feature controlled by the ECU which operates automatically when starting the engine from cold. After the engine has started.RSV 1000 R FACTORY .do not CAUTION Do not move off abruptly after starting the engine from cold. the engine will keep running although with less than ideal performance. brake lever. 11 10 NOTE The units of measurement of speedometer (km or mi) and coolant temperature (°C or °F).and release the button as soon as the engine starts. u Press the starter button "" (10) . stop the engine immediately and contact an aprilia Official dealer. If the oil light stays on or comes on during normal operation. Increase the threshold gradually as you become familiar with your vehicle. Ride at low speed until covering several kilometres. When this is the case. see page 56 (RUNNING-IN). open the throttle yet . CAUTION Avoid pressing the starter button "" (10) with the engine running or you will damage the starter motor. In most cases. it means that oil pressure in the circuit is too low. If the engine does not start within fifteen seconds.

but any objects seen in these mirrors seem farther than they really are. u With the throttle twistgrip (2) released WARNING If you are carrying a passenger. u Release the brake lever (you should have pulled it when starting the engine). see page 34 (FUEL). Ensure that the stand is fully up before moving off. Do not place any objects on the inside of the front fairing (between the handlebar and the dashboard). CAUTION If the low fuel light "" (1) on the dashboard comes on while the vehicle is running. u Adjust the rear-view mirrors. it means that you still have 4. NOTE Before moving off. the engine. see page 5 (SAFE RIDING). NEVER DRIVE IN ANY POSITION OTHER THAN THOSE INDICATED. carefully read section "Safe Riding". use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Refuel as soon as possible. See page (STARTING). try to familiarise with the use of the mirrors. Convex mirrors provide a larger view. A). make sure that the passenger footrests are folded. by pushing the gear lever (4) downwards. Moving off: u Start WARNING The vehicle's engine delivers considerable power. or they might hinder handlebar rotation and hide the dashboard from view. 51 CAUTION With the vehicle stopped. u Engage the first gear.RIDING WARNING If you are riding solo. It may take some time to learn to judge the distance of traffic behind accurately.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 53 .5 ±1l of fuel in the tank. Familiarise with the vehicle gradually and use the greatest care. While driving. (Pos.1 MOVING OFF . keep your hands on the grips and your feet on the footrests. let engine idle and pull the clutch lever (3) fully in. instruct him/her on the basic safety rules of pillion riding.

i f t he c lu t c h is r el ea se d abruptly. opening the throttle slightly (2) (Pos. always select the next lower gear or you will cause the engine to race (exceed maximum rpm). u Repeat the last two operations and shift up. Release the clutch lever (3) and accelerate. u Release the throttle twistgrip (2) (Pos. This will allow the engine to warm up. 3 2 Downshifting is normally required in the following conditions: u When riding downhill or when braking. pull the clutch lever (3) and lift the gear shift lever (4). see page 56 (RUNNING-IN). if the gear engaged is too high for your speed and the engine rpm decreases. CAUTION When shifting down. Open the throttle slowly and gradually when releasing the clutch lever. u When riding uphill. or you may stall the engine or cause the vehicle to jerk forwards. it means that engine oil pressure in the circuit is too low.CAUTION If the engine oil pressure LED "" (5) comes on during normal engine operation.A). Never let the engine run at too low rpm. stop the engine immediately and contact an aprilia Official dealer. Abrupt acceleration will cause the clutch to slip (if released slowly) or will lead to a wh e el i e. throttle (2) (Pos. To engage the second gear: CAUTION Proceed quickly. u Ride at low speed until covering several kilometres. 54 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Increase speed by gradually opening the order to use engine braking for improved braking efficiency. The vehicle will start moving. see page 56 (RUNNING-IN). Before and during the downshifting. in WARNING Release the clutch lever smoothly. in order to avoid racing the engine.B). without exceeding the recommended rpm. u Slowly release the clutch lever (3) while CAUTION Never exceed the recommended rpm. release the throttle grip and decelerate.B). If so.RSV 1000 R FACTORY .

slow down or brake in good time. or the clutch will overheat. switch on the low beam even during the day. it means that the Engine Control Unit has detected an anomaly. see page 40 (COOLANT). slow down. In low visibility. To stop while riding uphill.RSV 1000 R FACTORY CAUTION If the coolant temperature readout of the multifunction display is between 115°C (239°F) and 135°C (275°F) . engine to keep the vehicle steady may result in the clutch overheating. To shift down. apply both brakes lightly to slow down the vehicle. 55 . When you need to brake. When approaching a bend. use both brakes to slow down gradually and adjust the pressure on the brakes as required. When the vehicle is at standstill with the engine running. u Release the clutch lever and accelerate moderately. u Pull the clutch lever (3) and lower the gear shift lever (4) to shift down.If coolant temperature readout is still flashing after you have checked level. Use the brakes sparingly when riding downhill. Contact an aprilia Official dealer immediately. After two minutes. proceed as follows: u Release the throttle grip (2) (Pos. set the engine kill switch to "" and check coolant level. or you may lose control of the vehicle. avoid harsh braking and do not swerve suddenly to avoid skidding. u Release the brake levers if you have pulled them. Late braking may put the vehicle into a skid. WARNING Do not open and close the throttle repeatedly and continuously. Do not set the ignition switch to "".see page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER). u If necessary. contact an aprilia Official dealer. do not keep the clutch lever pulled and a gear engaged for long periods. When riding on wet or slippery surfaces (such as snow. in order to make your vehicle more visible. Using the use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Never ride downhill with the engine off. Take the bend at moderate. close the throttle and simply use the brakes to keep the vehicle steady. In most cases. If the wording "EFI" appears on the right multifunction display during normal engine operation. mud). Use engine braking and apply both brakes intermittently. the engine will keep running. as this would switch off the cooling fans regardless of coolant temperature and temperature would keep rising. stop the vehicle and let the engine run at 3000 rpm for approximately two minutes to keep coolant circulating in the system.A). steady speed or accelerate slightly. Using one brake only reduces braking force significantly and may lock a wheel resulting in loss of grip. ice. or the brake lining may overheat and impair braking efficiency. although performance may be somewhat reduced.

Be very careful when overtaking or being overtaken.000 rpm). in order to ensure better coupling of the components. Recommended maximum engine rpm Distance covered. smoothly and keeping the vehicle upright. Switch off the direction indicators immediately after changing direction. km (mi) 0 √ 1000 (0 √ 625) 1000 √ 1500 (625 √ 937) over 1500 (937) rpm 6000 7500 11000 56 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . While it is important to place a certain amount of stress on engine components during the running-in period. Avoid sudden manoeuvres. see page 61 (PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART). large vehicles lift surface wa t e r . This will vary the amount of loading you will be putting on engine parts so as to allow them to cool down. painted signals. I n addition. inspection covers. However. This will allow the brake pad lining to break in properly rubbing on the brake disks. the slip stream may make you lose control of the vehicle. Always signal your intention to change lanes or direction in good time using the direction indicators. When it rains. rails. u After the first 1000 km (625 mi) and until NOTE Top performance is only obtained after covering the first 1500 km (937 mi). u After the first 1500 km (937 mi). Uneven road surfaces. take care not to exceed. never exceed the maximum rpm allowed (11.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . u During the first 1000 km (625 mi) never exceed 6000 rpm. Observe the following instructions: u Do not flip the throttle open abruptly when the engine is running at low speed. drive more briskly. w hi c h a f f e c t s v is ib i li t y . have an aprilia Official dealer carry out the "Post running-in" checks specified in the periodic maintenance chart. varying speed and using maximum acceleration for just a few seconds. you can expect higher performance from your engine. Vary speed frequently during running-in. Failure to perform these checks may lead to injury to yourself or other people and/or vehicle damage. construction site metal covers become slippery in rainy weather and must be negotiated carefully. WARNING After the first 1000 km (625 mi). Twisty roads and gradients are ideal to break in engine. suspension and brakes effectively. covering 1500 km (937 mi).WARNING Watch for skid hazards and changes in the road surface. both during and after the running-in period. u Apply the brakes gently and avoid hard. prolonged braking until covering the first 100 km (62 mi). never exceed 7500 rpm (see table). RUNNING-IN Proper engine running-in is essential to preserving engine life and performance over time.

u Turn the key (4) to set the ignition switch (5) to position "". avoid stopping abruptly or slowing down suddenly. PARKING To park the vehicle: u Choose a suitable parking area. u Set the engine kill switch (3) to position " .3 5 4 WARNING Leaning the vehicle exceedingly or letting it fall over may lead to fuel leakage. When the vehicle is at standstill: u Place the gear lever in neutral (green warning light "" on). u Stop the vehicle. Stay away from the cooling fans even when they are not operating. follow the instructions provided at page 47 (GETTING ON AND OFF THE VEHICLE). A). 2 1 CAUTION Do not place your full weight or that of the passenger on the side stand. WARNING Park the vehicle on firm and level ground to prevent it falling over. The fuel used to operate internal combustion engines is highly flammable and becomes explosive under particular conditions. before stopping the vehicle: u Pull the clutch lever (2) to avoid stalling 57 (STOPPING).RIDING). wait until the the engine. When you have slowed down. apply the brakes gradually and shift down to reduce speed. observing the road signs and the indications given below. see page 53 (MOVING OFF . They might switch on unexpectedly and your clothing or hair might be caught in the fans. Do not lean the vehicle against walls and do not lay it down on the ground.". Select a suitable parking area. u When stopping for a short time. and in particular hot vehicle components. Brake progressively and in good time. least one brake on. WARNING Make sure that the vehicle is stable 57 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . keep at passenger has dismounted before getting off the vehicle. see page STOPPING WARNING If possible. u Lock the steering. WARNING When getting on or off the vehicle. may not put the safety of persons and children at risk. u Following the indications. u Release the clutch lever (2). u Release the throttle twistgrip (1) (pos. Make sure that the vehicle.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . see page 27 (STEERING LOCK) and extract the key (4). Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running or with the key inserted into the ignition switch.

.. If you have lifted the stand..... see page 57 (PARKING)............... SURNAME: . This will identify you as the owner in the event the vehicle is stolen and then recovered. use an additional anti-theft device....... u Choose a suitable parking area........... NOTE In most cases......... If possible... Failure to heed this warning can seriously damage the braking system and lead to an accident thus provoking serious injuries or death......... u Turn the handlebar fully to the left....... Write down your personal data and telephone number in this page..... WARNING Make sure that the vehicle is stable.. say.. 58 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R ...... firm and level.. to move the vehicle...1 2 SUGGESTIONS TO PREVENT THEFT CAUTION Do not use any “brake lock” devices..... ADDRESS: .. TELEPHONE NO....... see page 47 (GETTING ON AND OFF THE VEHICLE)..... possibly in a garage or an area protected by security..............RSV 1000 R FACTORY ....... Park the vehicle in a safe place. 3 PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND SIDE STAND To place the vehicle on the side stand while sitting astride the vehicle..................... stolen vehicles are identified through the data written on the Owner's Manual................ u Grasp the left grip (1) and place your NEVER leave the ignition key in the switch and always use the steering lock................ Make sure to have all the necessary documents and the Excise Duty stamp............ right hand on the rear upper part of the vehicle (2).... u Lean the vehicle until the stand is touching the ground.............: ................... .......... place the vehicle on the stand as follows: WARNING Make sure that the parking ground is free from obstacles..... u Push on the side stand with your right foot and lower it completely (3)................. NAME: ..................

Before servicing or inspecting the motorcycle: stop the engine and remove the key from the ignition switch. will have to bring all the keys he intends to be using to the Dealer. who has the master key available. NOTE The Immobilizer system supports up to four enabled keys. an electronic device that modulates the radiofrequency signal emitted by a special antenna built into the switch when the key is turned to on. you will have to have a number of vehicle components replaced (rather than just the key-operated locks). Some components are harmful or toxic. 1 MAINTENANCE WARNING Fire hazard.light off √ Immobilizer on . Store the spare key in a safe place. New keys can only be enabled at your Official Dealer. None of the motorcycle components is edible.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 59 . Immobilizer status is indicated by a dashboard light (1): √ Immobilizer off . Keep fuel and other flammable products away from electric components. Be careful of any parts of the engine or exhaust system which may still be hot to the touch in order to avoid scalds or burns. If both keys are lost. allow for the engine and exhaust system to cool down.IMMOBILIZER (if fitted) The vehicle is fitted with an immobilizer anti-theft system by that is automatically activated each time the ignition key is removed from the switch. Embedded in the key grip is a transponder. lift the motorcycle using adequate equipment placed on firm and level ground. The programming procedure wipes off all existing key codes. Immobilizer system keys cannot be duplicated. Never put any mechanical parts or other vehicle components in your mouth when you have both hands busy.light flashes every second. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . An owner who wishes to have a new key enabled.light flashes every three seconds as a theft deterrent √ Unknown key . where possible. The modulated signal acts as a "password" that tells the control unit whether an authorised key is being used to start the engine. Make sure that the room is properly ventilated before proceeding.

contact an aprilia Official dealer immediately. Wear latex gloves before servicing the vehicle. the "SERVICE" warning (2) appears on the right display. If the wording " efi " (1) is displayed during normal engine operation. At any rate. prompt service. motorcycle assemblies are refitted or re-assembled by reversing the removal or dismantling procedure. However. although giving less performance. see page 50 (PRE-RIDE CHECKS CHART). We recommend having the vehicle roadtested at the aprilia Official dealer after repair or servicing. perform the "Pre-ride checks" after any maintenance operation. the wording "efi" (1) appears on the right side of the multifunction display for approximately three seconds. contact an aprilia Official dealer to have the vehicle serviced and inspected according to the periodic maintenance chart. some maintenance operations require specific tools and are best left to experienced mechanics. 60 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . In most cases. turn the key to ON while holding down the "+" and "-" buttons for at least 15 seconds. see page 61 (PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART). If you need assistance or technical advice. Normally. To cancel the "SERVICE" warning. In addition. Each time the ignition key is set to "".RSV 1000 R FACTORY . the engine will keep running. When you see this warning.000 km (6250 mi) afterwards. the owner can take care of routine maintenance. CAUTION 2 1 CAUTION After covering the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 10. NOTE This vehicle provides real-time diagnostics of failures stored into the Engine Control Unit. it means that the Engine Control Unit has detected an anomaly. contact an aprilia Official dealer for guaranteed accurate.CAUTION Unless expressly specified otherwise.

on rough roads or for racing. adjust.PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART OPERATIONS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE aprilia Official dealer (CAN BE CARRIED OUT BY THE USER AS WELL).km (3125 mi) Every 10000 Every 20000 km (12500 in [1000 km km (6250 mi) (only for mi) or 24 (625 mi)] or 12 months intensive months NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. Component Spark plug Air cleaner Engine oil filter Engine oil filter (on oil tank) Light operation/beam setting Light system Safety switches Clutch fluid Brake fluid Coolant Engine oil Tyres Tyre pressure (*) Error warning light (on dashboard) Drive chain slack and lubrication Brake pad wear Every 5000 Post running. (*) = Check every two weeks or at the specified intervals. if necessary. every 1000 km (625 mi): every 1000 km (625 mi): each start-up every 1000 km (625 mi): every 1000 km (625 mi): before each ride and every 2000 km (1250 mi): use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . = replace. = clean.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 61 . Key = check and clean. = adjust. lubricate or replace.

= clean. rear and front sprocket) Fuel pipes Clutch wear Pistons Post runningin 1000 km (625 mi) Every 5000 km (3125 mi) (only for intensive racing use) every 10000 km (6250 mi): Every 10000 Every 20000 km (6250 mi) or km (12500 mi) 12 months or 24 months NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. if necessary (according to workshop manual specifications). lubricate or replace. on rough roads or for racing. screw tightening Cylinder synchronization Suspension and trim Final drive (chain.OPERATIONS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE aprilia Official dealer. adjust. bolt. = adjust.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . Key = check and clean. = replace. Component Rear shock absorber Gearbox Bowden cables and controls Rear suspension linkage bearings Steering bearings and steering play Wheel bearings Brake disks Vehicle operation Valve clearance Braking systems Cooling system Clutch fluid Brake fluid Coolant Fork oil Fork oil seals Brake pads Wheels/Tyres (*) Nut. (*) = only for versions with magnesium wheels: check that rim paint is in good conditions. every 12 months: every 24 months: if worn: every 4 years: 62 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .

Before removing a clamp. CLICK CLAMPS Click clamps are removed using common pliers. If so. whereas installation requires a special tool (see below). Altering the frame number invalidates the guarantee. prepare the material necessary for correct reassembly. NOTE Altering the vehicle identification numbers is a legal offence. You may be asked to provide the frame number when purchasing spare parts. replace the click clamp that has been removed with a new one of the same size.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 63 . available from ap ril ia Official dealer. ________________________ ENGINE NUMBER The engine number (2) is stamped on the rear part of the engine. CAUTION On refitting. Frame no. IDENTIFICATION DATA It is a good rule to write down the frame and engine numbers in the space provided in this manual. take suitable measures to prevent leakage and protect the components nearby. near the front sprocket. make sure removal will not lead to fluid leakage.FRAME NUMBER The frame number (1) is stamped on the right side of the steering tube. NOTE Make sure to have the appropriate special tool  ready at hand : √ clamp installation pliers. WARNING Before removing a clamp. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Engine no. see page 31 (SPECIAL TOOLS ). This text is not to be intended as an authorization to arbitrarily remove the clamps present on the vehicle. ________________________ JOINTS WITH CLICK CLAMPS AND WITH SCREW CLAMPS CAUTION Remove ONLY the clamps indicated in the maintenance procedures.

Change oil more frequently if the vehicle is used in dusty conditions. change oil after the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 10000 km (6250 mi) afterwards.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . NOTE CAUTION Check the conditions of the clamp and if necessary replace it with a new one of the same type and size. Check oil level as follows: clamp. CAUTION In the vehicle is used for racing. When fastening the clamp. 2 3 CAUTION Proceed with care to avoid damage to joint components. as long as the engine oil pressure warning light "" (A) does not come on.CAUTION Click clamps become unserviceable during removal. oil level may have dropped temporarily below the "MIN" mark. on rough roads or for racing. see page 65 (CHANGING ENGINE OIL AND THE ENGINE OIL FILTER). forcing until release. Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. Do not attempt to refit them. If level is checked from cold. SCREW CLAMPS Screw clamps are removed and installed using a common screwdriver. available from aprilia Official dealer. change the engine oil every 5000 km (3125 mi). CAUTION Engine oil level must be checked when the engine is warm. 64 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Do not replace a click clamp you have removed with a screw clamp or with other types of clamps. Periodically check engine oil level. see page16 (INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS TABLE). make sure that the joint is sufficiently stable. u Apply the pliers to the head of the click 1 A CHECKING AND TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL Read page 44 (ENGINE OIL) and page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. This is not a problem.

u Keep the vehicle upright with both wheels on the ground. keep to the following instructions. change engine oil every 5000 km (3120 mi). see (LUBRICANT CHART).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 65 . Read page 44 (ENGINE OIL) and page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. see page 57 (STOPPING). CHANGING ENGINE OIL AND THE ENGINE OIL FILTER CAUTION Changing engine oil and the oil filter may prove difficult for unskilled operators. (REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS). u Unscrew and remove the filler cap (3). Incorrect oil level will cause severe engine damage. CAUTION Oil level must be between the MAX and MIN level marks.50 oil. If necessary. u Top up the tank until bringing oil to the the engine. If the vehicle is used in dusty conditions. The correct procedure is to travel about 15 km (10 mi) outside town (this is sufficient for engine oil to reach operating temperature). on rough roads or for racing. do not let the engine idle with the vehicle at standstill. see page 81 CAUTION If the vehicle is used for racing. see page 64 (CHECKING AND TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL) and change the oil after the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 10000 km (6250 mi) afterwards. NOTE Use high-quality 15W . If you use a funnel or other tool. top up as follows: u Remove the left fairing. make sure they are perfectly clean. u Correct level is achieved when the oil is just below the MAX level mark. page 116 NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. If you wish to perform these operations yourself. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . change the oil more frequently. The difference between "MAX" and "MIN" levels is about 500 cu cm. correct level. If needed. u Check oil level in the sight glass (2) visible through the special slot (1) in the left fairing. see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART). Periodically check engine oil level.NOTE To warm up the engine and engine oil up to operating temperature. u Stop CAUTION Do not add additives or other products. MAX = maximum level MIN = minimum level. contact your aprilia Official dealer.

this is achieved when the engine has been running for about twenty minutes. u Clean off any dirt from the area around the filler cap (3) with a clean cloth.u Unscrew and remove the filler cap (3). Place oil in a sealed container and dispose of it through a wa ste oil reclamation firm or through your usual supplier. u Unscrew and remove the engine drain plug (4). u Remove any metal debris collected by Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. Refit and tighten the two screws (5). engine crankcase. the drain plug (4) magnet. Torque wrench setting for drain plug (2): 15 Nm (1. CHANGING THE ENGINE OIL FILTER NOTE CAUTION Do not release oil into the environment. u Drain the oil and let it drip into the container (1) for a few minutes. Normally.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . u Remove the engine oil filter (7). u Insert the new oil filter.2 kgm). u Screw and tighten the drain plug (2) onto the tank. 66 u Release the two screws (5) and remove the cover (6). the engine contains hot oil. CAUTION When warmed up. u Drain the oil and let it drip into the container (1) for a few minutes. Torque wrench setting for engine drain plug (4): 12 Nm (1. u Check the sealing washer of the tank drain plug (2) and replace as required.5 kgm). use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Unscrew and remove the drain plug (2) on the tank. u Place a container (1) holding more than 4000 cu cm under the drain plug (2) on the tank. Be careful to avoid burns while carrying out the operations described below. u Refit the cover (6). u Place the container (1) underneath the Change the oil as follows: NOTE Oil will drain out more easily and completely when it is warm and therefore more fluid. u Remove the left fairing. under the engine drain plug (4). u Spread a film of oil on the seal (8) of the new engine oil filter. on rough roads or for racing. u Screw and tighten the drain plug (4). Change the engine oil filter every 10000 km (6250 mi) or anyway each time you change the engine oil. CAUTION Never reuse an oil filter. see page 81 (REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).

see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART). cm. of engine oil. Click clamps become unserviceable during removal. Do not attempt to refit them. CLEANING THE ENGINE OIL FILTER LOCATED ON THE TANK Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions.0 kgm).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 67 . u Pour from opening (13) about 3500 cu. fit and tighten the filter. see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART). Do not replace a click clamp you have removed with a screw clamp (10) or with other types of clamps. on rough roads or for racing. If you use a funnel or other tool. available from ap rilia Official dealer. see page 31 (SPECIAL TOOLS ).CAUTION On refitting. u Check the engine oil filter (9) seal. see page 64 (CHECKING AND TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL LEVEL).50 oil. Clean the engine oil filter (7) located on the tank after covering the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 20000 km (12427 mi) (or every two oil changes) afterwards. Torque wrench setting for engine oil filter (9) located on the tank: 30 Nm (3. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . replace the click clamp that has been removed with a new one of the same size. NOTE (9) located on the tank and clean with an air line. see page 51 (STARTING) and keep it idling for about one minute to let oil fill all points of the circuit. clamp. ensure they are perfectly clean. u Connect the hose (12) and fit a new click NOTE Make sure you have the special tool  ready at hand: √ special clamp installation pliers. u Start the engine. CAUTION Do not add any additives or other products. u Release the click clamp (11). u Check oil level and top up if needed. u Refit and tighten the filler cap (3). u Release and remove the engine oil filter NOTE Use high-quality 15W . u Disconnect the hose (12).

clean the air cleaner after each ride following the partial cleaning procedure described below. remove the 2 2 2 2 1 AIR CLEANER 2 2 2 NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions.CAUTION Cleaning the filter more frequently does not eliminate the need to change the filter at the specified intervals. Change it every 20000 km (12500 mi) or more frequently when you ride on dusty or wet roads. u Remove the air cleaner retaining bracket (5). leading to personal injury and vehicle damage. cap (1). u Check the seal (7) for wear or damage and replace as required. u Every 10000 km (6250 mi). u Release and remove the two screws (4).RSV 1000 R FACTORY . Do not start the engine when the air cleaner is not in place. on rough roads or for racing. u Extract the air cleaner (6). u Release and remove the seven screws (2). see page 80 (LIFTING THE FUEL TANK). REMOVAL u Lift the fuel tank. These products may cause the fuel to ignite in the fuel system. drain its contents into a container and deliver it to a waste collection centre. In this case. u Take off the air box cover (3). Check the air cleaner every 10000 km (6250 mi) or 12 months. 68 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . DO NOT RELEASE POLLUTING PRODUCTS INTO THE ENVIRONMENT. Do not clean the filter element with petrol or solvents.

On refitting. u Clean the outer surface of the air cleaner (6) with a clean cloth. CAUTION Block off the intake funnels with clean cloths to prevent the ingress of dirt into the intake ducts.3 4 7 6 6 REPLACEMENT CAUTION 5 Never reuse an air cleaner. Note that early wear of piston rings and cylinder is frequently due to a defective or badly positioned air cleaner. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .RSV 1000 R FACTORY 69 . u Replace the air cleaner (6) with a new air cleaner of the same type. ensure the meshing is not torn. CAUTION When cleaning the air cleaner. blow the air cleaner (6) with an air line. u If needed. Aim the gun from the inside of the meshing outwards. PARTIAL CLEANING CAUTION Do not press or hit the air cleaner meshing (6). u Hold the air cleaner (6) in a vertical position and tap it repeatedly on a clean bench. make sure to remove the cloths and any other objects you may have placed into the airbox before installing the air box cover (3). Make sure the air cleaner is properly in place or it will let unfiltered air into the system. Do not use a screwdriver or any other tools on the air cleaner. Always change a damaged air cleaner.

Fit the pin (7) into the suitable seat in the swinging arm. Slacken the knob (9). Shift the fork-shaped support (10) so that its width matches the distance between the two pins fitted to the swinging arm. (FITTING THE PINS FOR THE REAR WHEEL STAND ).u Slide both fork-shaped seats (10) of the stand (11) underneath the pins (7) fitted to the vehicle at the same time. see page 70 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). see page PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE REAR WHEEL STAND  u Fit the two pins (7).RSV 1000 R FACTORY . FITTING THE PINS FOR THE REAR WHEEL STAND  u Place the vehicle on the stand. 70 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Start the screw (8) into the threaded hole in the swinging arm and tighten. CAUTION Make sure the vehicle is stable. Tighten the knob (9). u Push down on the stand (11). NOTE Ask someone to help you keep the vehicle upright with both wheels on the ground. u Place one foot on the rear end of the stand (11).

If you wish to perform these operations yourself. Check the wheel rim for damage and have it replaced if damaged.REMOVAL u Remove the front brake callipers. keep to the following instructions. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .0 kgm). stand. u Have an assistant hold the handlebar steady in position as in forward travel so that the steering cannot move. Torque wrench setting for wheel hub nut (2): 80 Nm (8. see page 74 (FRONT BRAKE CALLIPERS).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 71 . u Place a support (1) under the tyre to hold the wheel in place once released. If necessary. u Place one foot on the front end of the stand (14). CAUTION Make sure the vehicle is stable. Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. WARNING Riding with damaged disks will put your safety. brake disks and brake pads. see page 70 (FITTING THE PINS FOR THE REAR WHEEL STAND ). contact your aprilia Official dealer. Use great care when removing the wheel to avoid damaging the brake lines. that of other persons and the vehicle at risk. u Undo and remove the wheel hub nut (2) and collect the washer (3). u Slide both lugs of the stand (12) into the holes (13) at the bottom ends of the front fork. 1 PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE FRONT WHEEL STAND  u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel FRONT WHEEL CAUTION Removing and refitting the front wheel may prove difficult for unskilled operators. u Push down on the stand (14). CAUTION Make sure the vehicle is stable.

brake disks and brake pads. NOTE NOTE Note the direction of the spacer (6) placed on the right side to refit it correctly on assembly. It is not necessary to tighten them to the final torque. u Hold the front wheel and withdraw the wheel spindle (7) manually. you will have to temporarily fit the two wheel spindle clamp bolts (5) on the left side. u Slide the wheel spindle (7) fully home from the left side. see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART).2 kgm) u Slacken but do not remove the two wheel spindle clamp bolts (4) on the right side. 72 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . CAUTION The arrow mark on the hub points in the direction of rotation. u Ease the wheel off in a forward motion. u Fit the washer (3) and screw the wheel NOTE Next.Torque wrench setting for wheel spindle clamp bolts: 12 Nm (1. refit it correctly (see REFITTING THE WHEEL). NOTE Make sure the wheel spindle (7) is fully in the hub. The arrow must be on the left side of the vehicle. u Push on the threaded end of the wheel NOTE The next procedure is only required when the spacer (6) has slipped out of place. Lift the wheel slightly to facilitate spindle removal. spindle (7) carefully. Make sure to refit the wheel in the correct direction. REFITTING THE WHEEL u Smear a light coat of grease over the total length of the wheel spindle (7). If it slips off. hub nut (2) finger-tight. u Position the spacer (6) to the wheel with 2 4 5 the larger diameter facing out. Tap with a plastic mallet if needed. WARNING Do not attempt to align the holes by putting your fingers into the holes. u Slacken but do not remove the two wheel spindle clamp bolts (5) on the left side. u Move the wheel until the wheel hub bore aligns with the holes in the fork. CAUTION The spacer (6) should still be sitting in the wheel hub.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . 3 7 CAUTION Use great care when refitting the wheel to avoid damaging the brake lines. u Place the wheel between the fork legs and over the support (1).

√ brake disks. Failure to do so could result in severe personal injury. u Place the vehicle on the side stand. u Tighten the two wheel spindle clamp down on the handlebars repeatedly to pump the front fork up and down.0 kgm).This will allow the fork legs to seat properly.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 73 . Torque wrench setting for wheel spindle clamp bolts (5): 12 Nm (1. Torque wrench setting for wheel hub nut (2): 80 Nm (8. u Hold in the front brake lever and press u Start the two wheel spindle clamp bolts (5) in their holes on the left side and tighten just enough to prevent wheel spindle (7) rotation. u Make sure the following components have not become contaminated with lubricants: √ tyre. bolts (4) on the right side. Torque wrench setting for wheel spindle clamp bolts: 12 Nm (1. u Tighten the two wheel spindle clamp bolts (5) on the left side. 74 (FRONT BRAKE CALLIPERS). see page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). work the front brake lever repeatedly and check for proper operation of the brake. u Refit the front brake callipers. u Tighten the nut (2) to the specified torque. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .2 kgm).2 kgm). √ wheel. We recommend having the vehicle inspected at an aprilia Official dealer to make sure that all components are at the correct torque and that the wheel is properly centred and balanced.u Slacken the two wheel spindle clamp bolts (5) on the left side. see page WARNING After refitting the wheel.

CAUTION Do not operate the brake lever when the callipers are not in place.REMOVAL u Place the vehicle on the front wheel stand. NOTE To remove the front brake callipers. In the event of brake fluid spillage. Tighten the two bolts (1) to the specified torque while keeping the brake lever squeezed in. page 71 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE FRONT WHEEL STAND ). with the steering locked. Torque wrench setting for the calliper mounting bolts: 50 Nm (5 kgm). see page 71 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE FRONT WHEEL STAND ). WARNING Refit the brake calliper using two new bolts (1) of the same type as those fitted originally. Withdraw the brake calliper (2) from the disk. Remove the other brake calliper as follows: u Repeat the operations marked with H. Locate the brake calliper (2) to the disk so as to align the calliper mounting holes and the carrier holes. 74 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Torque wrench setting for the brake calliper bolts (1): 50 Nm (5 kgm). CAUTION Make sure that the vehicle is stable. CAUTION Use great care during removal and refitting procedures to avoid damaging the brake lines. WARNING A dirty disk will soil the pads. u Rotate the wheel manually. whereas dirty disks may be cleaned with a high-quality degreaser. Refit the other brake calliper as follows: u Repeat the operations marked with H. CAUTION After reassembly. Set it so that the brake calliper can be reached through the space between two rim spokes. work the front brake lever repeatedly and check for proper operation of the brake. or the pistons might fall out leading to brake fluid spillage. Pull the brake lever to let the calliper locate properly against the disc. leaving it attached to the hose (3). u Remove the front wheel stand . u Have someone keep the handlebar steady in the direction of travel. it is necessary to use the suitable front  and rear  wheel stands. Dirty pads must be replaced. Unscrew and remove the two brake calliper bolts (1). see FRONT BRAKE CALLIPERS Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. Screw the two calliper mounting bolts (1) hand-tight until they contact the calliper.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . contact your aprilia Official dealer to have the vehicle serviced properly. REASSEMBLY CAUTION Proceed with care to avoid damage to the brake pads. brake disks and brake pads. leading to loss of braking efficiency.

u Undo and remove the wheel hub nut (3) CAUTION Removing and refitting the rear wheel may prove difficult for unskilled operators. u Remove the wheel from the swinging arm pulling from the rear. that of other persons and the vehicle at risk. NOTE REMOVAL u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel stand (1).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 75 . Proceed carefully until the brake disk is well away from the callipers. NOTE Lift the wheel slightly to facilitate spindle removal. Check the wheel rim for damage and have it replaced if damaged. To avoid burns. Torque wrench setting for wheel hub nut (3): 120 Nm (12 kgm). use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Withdraw the wheel spindle (5) from the NOTE To remove the rear wheel. Note the direction and position of the right (6) and left (7) chain sliders so as to refit them correctly on assembly. brake disks and brake pads. contact your aprilia Official dealer. allow some time for the engine and exhaust silencer to cool down completely before proceeding. keep to the following instructions. see page 70 (PLACING THE V EH I C LE O N T HE R E AR W H EE L STAND ). and collect the washer (4). Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. right side. u Push the wheel forward and take the drive chain (8) off the rear sprocket (9). Use great care when removing the wheel to avoid damaging the brake lines. NOTE T a k e t h e c h a i n ( 8 ) o f f t h e sprocket (9) passing it on the outside. Make sure to have it ready at hand. If necessary.5 9 8 18 1 3 6 2 REAR WHEEL 7 WARNING Riding with damaged rims will put your safety. u Place a support (2) under the tyre to hold the wheel in place once released. you will need the rear wheel stand . If you wish to perform these operations yourself. u Collect the right (6) and left (7) chain sliders.

do not turn the rear wheel over or place it horizontally lying on the rear chain sprocket (A) side. contact your aprilia Official dealer to have the vehicle serviced properly. u Place both hands (B) on the outer NOTE The next procedure is only required when the left (10) and/or right (11) spacers have slipped out of place. If the final drive assembly (14) is mounted to the cush drive hub (15). Keep it parallel to wheel axis during removal. NOTE The brake calliper (13) carrier (12) is still attached to the right side of the swinging arm. If they slip off. place the wheel in the same position as for travel (vertically) or place it horizontally with the sprocket up and secure the wheel to keep it from falling over. refit them correctly (see REFITTING THE WHEEL). or the pistons might fall out leading to brake fluid spillage. or the final drive assembly will come off and the sprocket (9) might damage. u Place both hands (C) on the outer CAUTION Make sure the spacer (18) does not slip off the final drive assembly on refitting. In the event of brake fluid spillage. REFITTING THE WHEEL If you have removed the final drive assembly (14): NOTE CAUTION The left (10) and right (11) spacers should still be sitting in the wheel hub. NOTE Do not disturb the five nuts (16).18 CAUTION Do not operate the rear brake lever with the wheel removed.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . Fit the final drive assembly keeping it parallel to wheel axis and make sure the cush drive rubbers become properly located into their seats in the cush drive hub (15). diameter of the sprocket (9) and withdraw the final drive assembly. Use great care. diameter of the sprocket (9) and insert the final drive assembly into the cush drive hub (15). NOTE To avoid removal of the final drive assembly. The final drive can be detached from the cush drive hub as an assembly. 76 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .

Torque wrench setting for wheel hub nut (3): 120 Nm (12 kgm). u Tighten the nut (3) to the specified torque. u Pull back the wheel until the hub bore matches the swinging arm holes.it will pivot around the locating pin (17) . √ wheel. WARNING Do not attempt to align the holes by putting your fingers inside or you will risk severe injury. see page 78 (DRIVE CHAIN).NOTE Make sure the wheel spindle (5) is fully in and that spindle head locates correctly into the seat in the left chain slider (7). Be careful when locating the disk to the brake calliper. u Position the left spacer (10) and/or the u Push the wheel forward and wrap the u Make sure the following components right spacer (11) into their seats with the larger diameter facing away from the vehicle. u Fit the washer and screw the wheel hub nut (3) finger-tight.until matching the holes. CAUTION Before refitting the wheel. CAUTION After refitting. make sure the brake calliper (13) carrier (12) is correctly in place. u Smear a light coat of grease over the total length of the wheel spindle (5). brake calliper (13) . work the rear brake lever repeatedly and check for proper operation of the brake. The carrier slot should be on the matching peg (17) on the inside of the right swinging arm. We recommend having the vehicle inspected at an aprilia Official dealer to make sure that all components are at the correct torque and that the wheel is properly centred and balanced. u Push the wheel spindle (5) fully home from the right side. Failure to do so could result in severe personal injury. u Check chain slack. u Fit the right (6) and left (7) chain sliders correctly into their seats in the swinging arm. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Rotate the carrier (12) complete with WARNING Do not place your fingers between chain and sprocket.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 77 . u Place the wheel between the two arms of the swinging arm and over the support (2). see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART). drive chain (8) around the sprocket (9). have not become contaminated with lubricants: √ tyre. √ brake disk.

If the chain needs adjusting after the inspection. Have the chain replaced at an aprilia Official dealer only. you will need the rear wheel stand . it means that some links are warped or have seized. u Loosen the two lock nuts (4). u Place the vehicle on the stand. on rough roads or for racing. CAUTION Exceeding slack in the chain may cause the chain to rattle or knock. see page 79 (CLEANING AND LUBRICATION). proceed as follows: u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel stand. even when it is consistent at all positions of the chain. 78 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Check slack at regular intervals and adjust as required. u Put the gearbox in neutral. CHAIN SLACK INSPECTION To check chain slack: u Stop the engine. see page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). To prevent seizure. See page 78 (CHAIN SLACK ADJUSTMENT). NOTE Wheel centring is aided by fixed reference marks (2-3) located inside the seats of the chain sliders/tensioners fitted to the swinging arm before the wheel spindle. for guaranteed accurate. Improper maintenance may lead to early wear of the chain and/or front/rear sprocket damage.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . u Move the motorcycle forward to check slack at various sections of the chain. contact an aprilia Official dealer. u Check chain slack by measuring the vertical movement of the chain lower section. resulting in a worn chain slider and guide. CAUTION If slack is greater at particular positions of the chain. u Loosen the nut (1) completely. regardless of whether it is greater or less than the 25 mm service limit. lubricate the chain frequently. Movement should be approximately 25 mm. 5 1 4 2 CHAIN SLACK ADJUSTMENT DRIVE CHAIN Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. see page 78 (CHAIN SLACK INSPECTION). NOTE To adjust chain slack. prompt service. In this case. Chain slack must be adjusted whenever it differs from the specified 25 mm. see page 70 (PLACING THE V EH I CL E O N T HE R EA R W H EEL STAND ). making sure to use the same reference mark settings (2-3) on both sides of the vehicle. u Work the adjusters (5) and adjust chain slack. midway between the sprockets. The vehicle is fitted with an endless chain that has no master link. Slack should be the same throughout one full turn of the wheel.NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. Make sure to have it ready at hand.

lubricating. CLEANING AND LUBRICATION u Wash the drive chain with fuel oil or kerosene. let it dry. Use the utmost care when adjusting. see page 78 (CHAIN NOTE CAUTION The drive chain links are fitted with Orings that retain the grease inside. renew the drive chain and the front and rear sprockets as a set. u Tighten the nut (1). CHECKING CHAIN AND SPROCKETS FOR WEAR Check the following parts every 10000 km (6250 mi).CAUTION 5 4 If chain rollers are damaged. 3 CAUTION The chain lubricants available on the market may contain aggressive substances which will damage the chain rubber O-rings. u After washing the chain. If this is not possible. u Tighten the two lock nuts (4). √ exceedingly worn or damaged sprocket teeth. Never wash the drive chain using steam cleaners. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Lubricate the chain every 1000 km (625 mi) and whenever it seems appropriate. chain link pins are loose and/or any O-rings are missing or deteriorated. especially if you find any dry or rusty parts. √ exceeding wear. high-pressure water nozzles or highly flammable solvents. front and rear sprockets looking for: √ damaged chain rollers. Lubricate the chain frequently.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 79 . washing or replacing the chain. then spray with aerosol lubricant for O-ring chains. u Check chain slack. Centrifugal force would cause the newly applied lubricant to fly all over adjacent vehicle parts. have the chain replaced at an aprilia Official dealer. rusty. SLACK INSPECTION). If the chain tends to become rusty quickly. Warped or seized links must be lubricated and repaired. service more frequently. √ dry. √ missing O-rings. see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART). warped or seized links. Do not ride when you have only just lubricated the chain. Visually inspect chain. √ loose chain link pins. Torque wrench setting for wheel nut (1): 120 Nm (12 kgm).

DO NOT RELEASE FUEL INTO THE ENVIRONMENT. NOTE On refitting. Do not inhale fuel vapours. u Raise the fuel tank (5) at the front using a suitable support to hold it up.2 kgm). The operations marked with H must be performed on both sides of the vehicle.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . u Raise and remove the saddle (3). REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE u Place the vehicle on the stand. make sure that the saddle (3) is properly positioned and secured firmly. see page 80 (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE). Partially raise the rear side edge of the saddle.5 4 u Remove the rider saddle. see page LIFTING THE FUEL TANK Read page 32 (FUEL) and page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. WARNING Fire hazard. u Remove the side panels. Do not smoke and do not use naked flames. Fuel vapours are noxious to your health. 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). Allow for the engine and exhaust silencer to cool down completely before proceeding. CAUTION Before riding. Make sure the area is well ventilated before proceeding. see page 82 (REMOVING THE SIDE PANELS). Unscrew and remove the screw (1) and collect the bushing (2). Torque wrench setting for the screw (1): 12 Nm (1. 80 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Unscrew and remove the two retaining 5 screws (4) at the front end of the fuel tank (5). insert the front tab of the saddle into the corresponding seat.

NOTE Upon reassembly. WARNING Allow for the engine and exhaust silencer to cool down completely before proceeding.3 1 6 4 8 1 2 5 7 3 9 10 11 REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS Carefully read (MAINTENANCE). on lower fairing left side. u Unscrew and remove the four screws (3). page 59 REMOVING THE LOWER FAIRING Carefully read (MAINTENANCE). page 59 u Loosen the four quick fasteners (6) (two on the right and two on the left side). CAUTION Handle plastic and paint-finished parts with care to avoid scratching or damage. u Slacken and remove the seven quick fasteners (1). see page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). (10) and (11) into hole (8). u Loosen and remove the four screws (4) (two on the right and two on the left side). NOTE Repeat process to remove the other side fairing. u Remove the lower fairing (7). use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Place the vehicle on the stand. CAUTION Handle plastic and paint-finished parts with care to avoid scratching or damage.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 81 . WARNING Allow for the engine and exhaust silencer to cool down completely before proceeding. u Loosen the two quick fasteners (5) (one on the right and one on the left side). u Remove the side fairing (2). fit tubes (9). u Release and collect the rivet (3).

u Release and remove the screw (1). Pull the side fairing apart gently to release the cover. Repeat process to remove the other side panel. 3 REMOVING THE SIDE PANELS u Remove the rider saddle.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE).NOTE 1 2 Make sure the rear fittings are positioned correctly on refitting. 82 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . disconnect the Bowden cable from the lock on the inside of the side panel. Release and remove the retaining screw (2). CAUTION Handle plastic and paint-finished parts with care to avoid scratching or damage. u Unscrew and remove the screw (2) (remove the front screw). u Remove the side panel (3). 2 1 NOTE The passenger seat lock or passenger seat cover will remain attached to the left side panel. To separate them. CAUTION Handle plastic and paint-finished parts with care to avoid scratching or damage. see page 80 REMOVING THE FAIRING UPPER FRONT COVERS Release and remove the two screws (1).

u Release and remove the two nuts (3) and collect the washers (4).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 83 . use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . adjust the rear-view mirrors and tighten the nuts to secure them firmly in place. Repeat process for the other 4 3 REMOVING THE REAR-VIEW MIRRORS u Disconnect CAUTION On refitting.CAUTION Handle plastic and paint-finished parts with care to avoid scratching or damage. the direction indicator cables. 5 NOTE mirror. u Remove the rear-view mirror (5). After refitting: u Set the rear-view mirrors at the correct angle. u Ease off the rear-view mirror (5) paying attention to the electrical connector.

see page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). CAUTION Handle plastic and paint-finished parts with care to avoid scratching or damage. u Remove the rear-view mirrors. u Release the four plastic rivets (1) using a flat-blade screwdriver. Release and remove the snap-on fasteners (3) securing the front fairing to the side fairings. Disconnect the connector (5) on either side of the front fairing. 84 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Turn the ignition switch to position "". u Release and remove the screw (2) in the centre. see page 82 (REMOVING THE FAIRING UPPER FRONT COVERS). Disconnect the two connectors (4) on either side of the front fairing. CAUTION Make sure to refit the electrical connectors (4) and (5) to the matching connectors on assembly. CAUTION Do not overtighten the screw (2) on refitting.1 5 4 2 3 6 REMOVING THE FRONT FAIRING u Place the vehicle on the stand. u Detach the front fairing (6) complete with headlight.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . as it sits on plastic. After refitting: u Set the rear-view mirrors at the correct angle.

connect the wiring (6)  (aprilia part # 8127544). To restore it. For removal. CAUTION Do not pull on cables. and √ stand switch (4) is only recommended for vehicles used for racing. connectors or on the wiring. When the vehicle is without the side stand (side stand removal is allowed only for racing use). This means the vehicle is use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Disconnect the electric connector (10) from the connector (5). When the stand switch (4) alone is disconnected or removed. Removing the stand switch (4) interrupts the electric circuit. engine starting is no longer inhibited with the stand down. to the connector (5). u Connect the wiring (6) (aprilia part # 8127544) [in plac e of the electric connector (10)]. leading to serious injury to the rider and other people and vehicle damage. (REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS).4 3 2 1 7 6 10 9 5 6 5 REMOVING THE SIDE STAND Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. hoses. WARNING Removal of the safety pegs (7) fitted to the rider footrests is only allowed after removal of the side stand. √ bracket (3). Removal of the side stand (1) complete with: √ springs (2). which may result in an accident. NOTE WARNING It is forbidden to disconnect or remove the safety switch (4) separately from the stand.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 85 . available from any aprilia Official dealer. always park using the rear wheel stand . proceed as follows: u Remove the left side fairing. see page 81 CAUTION Do not lean the vehicle against walls and do not lay it down on the ground. capable of moving off with the stand down.

86 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Lower the fuel tank. NOTE Support the stand. √ stand switch (4). u Refit the screw (13). the washer (14) and u Refit the left side fairing. see page 81 the nut (15) and tighten to the specified torque. u Remove the stand (1) complete with: √ springs (2). This way. u Unscrew and remove the screw (11) and NOTE (LIFTING THE FUEL TANK). in order to prevent it from accidentally falling down. see page 80 14 13 12 11 Torque wrench setting for screws (11) and (13): 40 Nm (4 kgm). √ bracket (3). while holding the nut (15) at the rear end with a spanner. u Unscrew and remove the screw (13) Store away the complete stand.9 15 u Withdraw the cable (9) completely. (REMOVING THE SIDE FAIRINGS). the screw (11) and the washer (12) together.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . collect the washer (12). you will be able to refit them correctly when you intend to use the vehicle on public roads.

and lubricate the fork oil seals. or the threads may strip. 87 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Failure to do so may result in the front end jerking unexpectedly when riding. prompt service. Have the front fork oil changed after the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 10000 km (6250 mi) afterwards. u Ensure that all parts are firmly tightened and check for proper operation of the front and rear suspension joints. If necessary. NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. Inspect the fork legs for any traces of oil. u Keep the brake lever squeezed in and NOTE Have the front fork oil changed by an aprilia Official dealer. A vehicle whose fork legs are set to different settings will be unstable. The front fork should compress in a smooth motion. for guaranteed accurate. contact your aprilia Official dealer.Each fork leg is fitted with suitable adjusters to modify suspension response. have them replaced at an aprilia Official dealer. whereas a lower adjuster screw (2) controls compression damping. Set both fork legs to the same spring preload. FRONT FORK ADJUSTMENT CAUTION INSPECTING THE FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. on rough roads or for racing. compression and rebound damping settings. The front suspension is managed by a hydraulic fork. FRONT SUSPENSION u Every 10000 km (6250 mi) check. press down repeatedly on the handlebars to compress the front fork. When spring preload is increased. rebound damping should be increased accordingly. or if qualified assistance is necessary.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . clean Do not force the adjusters (1-2) beyond their limit stops in either direction. An upper adjuster screw (1) controls rebound damping. A top-mounted adjuster nut (3) controls springs preload. Carry out the following checks after the first 1000 km (625 mi) and every 10000 km (6250 mi) afterwards: CAUTION In the event of abnormal operation. which is held to the steering tube by two yokes.

(***) = Have this adjustment carried out exclusively by an aprilia Official dealer 88 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . The notches on the adjusters (1-2) provide convenient reference marks when setting compression and rebound damping. away from public roads. screw (2) Spring preload.9 turns 4 notches in view WARNING Racing settings may only be used during official competitions or sports events authorised by the competent authorities and taking place in closed circuits or. Riding a vehicle with racing settings on public roads and highways is forbidden by the law. However. CAUTION Before adjusting. front suspension setting may be modified to suit specific needs in accordance with vehicle usage. nut (3) Fork height (A) (***) over top yoke (not including top cap) (*) = clockwise (**) = anticlockwise Standard setting Tighten fully (*) and then slacken (**) by 12 click positions Slacken fully (**) and then tighten (*) by 8 turns 3 notches in view Racing setting Tighten fully (*) and then slacken (**) by 8 .RSV 1000 R FACTORY . screw (1) Hydraulic compression damping.≈R FACTORY∆ FORK Factory setting is designed for racing. Front suspension Hydraulic rebound damping. anyway. Rotate the adjusters (1-2) gradually changing setting by one notch at a time. first set the fork to the stiffest setting [turn the adjusters (1-2) fully clockwise].10 click positions Slacken fully (**) and then tighten (*) by 6 .

ADJUSTABLE STEERING DAMPER The adjustable steering damper (1) is fitted with an adjusting knob (2) that controls hydraulic damping (see table). u Turn the knob (2) to set hydraulic damping (see table). Before adjusting.17 click positions Tighten fully (**) and then slacken (*) by 15 click positions (*) = anticlockwise (**) = clockwise use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . first set the knob to the stiffest setting (turn the knob fully anticlockwise). The standard model is equipped with an adjustable steering damper (1).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 89 . However. available from aprilia Official dealer. 1 CAUTION 1 STEERING DAMPER The standard model is not equipped with a steering damper. it may be retrofitted with an adjustable steering damper (1). 2 Adjustable steering damper Setting Standard setting Racing setting Setting options Tighten fully (**) and then slacken (*) by 2 . Adjust as follows: u Turn the handlebar fully to the left.

an adjusting ring nut (3) that controls spring preload and a ring nut (4). on rough roads or for racing. first set the rear shock absorber to the stiffest setting [turn the adjusters (1-2) fully clockwise].RSV 1000 R FACTORY . an adjuster knob (2) which controls compression damping. Factory setting is designed for racing. CAUTION Tighten the check nut (5) to the specified torque. u After adjusting. respectively. u Release the ring nut (4) by means of the appropriate spanner. Check and if necessary adjust the rear shock absorber every 20000 km (12500 mi).CAUTION Before adjusting. To modify vehicle response. u Adjust spring preload (B) through the adjusting ring nut (3) (see table). Compression damping is adjusted by turning the knob (2) on models. Torque wrench setting for lock nut (5): 40 Nm (4 kgm). NOTE Vehicle response can be further modified by varying rear ride height. u Work the adjuster (6) to set shock REAR SUSPENSION The rear suspension is managed by a spring/damper unit that is connected to the frame and to the rear swinging arm through uni-ball bearings and a linkage system. u Work the ring nut (1) to set shock absorber rebound damping (see table). u After the adjustment. However. tighten the lock nut (5). tighten the ring nut (4). To change vehicle trim: u Slacken the lock nut (5) moderately. rear suspension setting may be modified to suit specific needs in accordance with vehicle usage. the rear shock absorber is fitted with an adjusting ring nut (1) which controls rebound damping. REAR SHOCK ABSORBER ADJUSTMENT NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. Do not force the adjusters (1-2) beyond their limit stops in either direction. absorber length (A) (distance between centres) (see table). by turning the screw (2) on  models (see table). 90 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . or the threads may strip.

or knob (2) for . WARNING Racing settings may only be used during official competitions or sports events authorised by the competent authorities and taking place in closed circuits or. anyway. 146 mm Spring length (preloaded) (B) 145 mm Racing setting 310 to 316 mm Rebound damping.16 click slacken (**) by 20 click positions positions by 13 . Rear suspension Standard setting Shock absorber distance between 313 Ø1.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 91 . away from public roads. which would leak out if these components were disturbed. you will have to increase rebound damping accordingly to avoid unexpected jerking when riding. 148 mm 147 mm Tighten fully (*) and then slacken (**): Tighten fully (*) and then .CAUTION Set spring preload and rebound damping according to vehicle usage. by 1. If necessary. screw (2) for . Riding a vehicle with racing settings on public roads and highways is forbidden by the law. by 12 . CAUTION ( ) Never remove the capscrew (8) or attempt to service the membrane located underneath. contact an aprilia Official dealer.5 turns . When you increase spring preload. by 1-2 turns by 12 click by 8-14 click positions positions (*) = clockwise (**) = anticlockwise use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . This would impair shock absorber operation and lead to an accident. The shock absorber contains nitrogen.5 mm centres (A) .16 click positions Tighten fully (*) and then Tighten fully (*) and then slacken (**) slacken (**) . ring nut (1) Compression damping.

page 34 (DISK BRAKES) and page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. Check the brake pads for wear after the first 1000 km (625 miles) and every 2000 km (1250 miles) afterwards and before each ride. disk and brake pads as follows: u Visually inspect the area between brake √ front brake callipers (1): check the pads looking from above at the rear end. or when any one of the wear indicators is no longer visible: √ change all brake pads of both front brake callipers (right and left). riding style and road surface condition. NOTE The following instructions apply to both braking systems. Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. The rate at which brake pads will wear depends on usage. metal-to-metal contact with the brake disk would lead to rattle and the brake calliper sparking. √ rear brake calliper (2): check the pads looking from the bottom up at the rear end. 92 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .1 1 2 3 CHECKING THE BRAKE PADS FOR WEAR Read page 33 (BRAKE FLUID recommendations). This will result in loss of braking and brake disk damage. WARNING Have the pads replaced at an aprilia Official dealer.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . Have the brake pads changed when the lining material [of even just one of the front (3) or rear (4) brake pads] is worn down to nearly 1. see page WARNING If brake pads were allowed to wear down until uncovering the metal substrate. This is a quick inspection procedure to determine brake pads wear: u Place the vehicle on the stand. NOTE NOTE The front (right and left) brake callipers are fitted with four brake pads each.5 mm. The rear brake calliper has two brake pads. √ change both brake pads of the rear brake callipers. WARNING Inspect the brake pads before each ride. on rough roads or for racing. causing a dangerous riding condition. 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND).

THROTTLE TWISTGRIP ADJUSTMENT Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. CAUTION After adjusting. u Take off the rubber gaiter (2). NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. tighten the locknut (3) and check free play again. u Refit the rubber gaiter (2). Have the throttle cables checked at an aprilia Official dealer after the first 1000 km (625 miles) and every 10000 km (6250 miles) afterwards.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 93 . There should be 2-3 mm free play in the throttle twistgrip (measured at twistgrip edge). on rough roads or for racing. see page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). If not so: u Place the vehicle on the stand. turn the handlebar and ensure that idling speed is unaffected by handlebar movement. u After adjusting. u Loosen the locknut (3). use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Rotate the adjuster (4) until setting the specified free play. Open the throttle and ensure that the twistgrip springs back to the closed position smoothly and gradually when released.

Ensure that no dust or foreign matter fall into the cylinder. even when only one needs replacing. remove the spark plugs and clean off any carbon deposits or replace as required. NOTE The vehicle is equipped with one spark plug for each cylinder. CAUTION Check. change the spark plugs every 5000 km (3125 mi). see page 80 (LIFTING THE FUEL TANK). If the vehicle is used for racing. Check the spark plugs after the first 10000 km (6250 miles) and every 20000 km (12500 miles) afterwards. allow some time for the engine and exhaust silencer to cool down completely before proceeding. u Lift the fuel tank. u Fit the suitable spark plug tool (supplied with the tool kit) to the spark plug. one by one. The procedures described below apply to both spark plugs. 4 SPARK PLUGS Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. At regular intervals. Removal: u Pull the cap (1) off the spark plug (2). clean or replace all spark plugs. In order to gain access to the spark plugs: 3 WARNING 2 To avoid burns. u Fit the 13-mm open-end spanner (4) to the hexagon of the spark plug tool (3). on rough roads or for racing.CAUTION 1 Always change both spark plugs together.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . 94 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . NOTE Halve maintenance intervals if the vehicle is used in rainy or dusty conditions. u Remove any traces of dirt from the spark plug base. u Unscrew and extract the spark plug.

Blow with an air line to remove any deposits. If not so.0 kgm). A loose spark plug will cause engine overheating and result in severe damage. u Check the electrode gap with a wire plug finger-tight to avoid damaging the thread. A spark plug must be changed when: the insulator is cracked. NOTE Repeat the above procedures for the other spark plug. Key: √ central electrode (3) √ insulator (4) √ side electrode (5). Do not clean with wire brushes and/or abrasive compounds. Use a wire feeler gauge (7) to check air gap between electrodes. Screw in each spark plug by one half turn to compress the washer. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . When you fit a proper spark plug at a later time. Any other tool will damage the platinum coating of the electrodes. the engine will damage. feeler gauge (7).0. u Check electrode and insulating material for CAUTION Ensure that the replacement spark plug is the suitable length and thread. change the spark plug. the tip of the central electrode (3) is worn away and has achieved a radiused contour (6). Electrode gap should be 0. A spark plug of the wrong rating may shorten engine life and cause loss of performance. Torque wrench setting for spark plugs: 20 Nm (2. carbon deposits or corrosion. u Make sure the washer (8) is in good condition. CAUTION It is essential to tighten the spark plugs properly. see page 112 (TECHNICAL DATA). the electrodes show traces of corrosion or exceeding deposits. u Lower the fuel tank. so that it will not work itself loose when exposed to engine vibration. To refit the spark plug: u Fit the washer (8) and screw the spark Inspection and cleaning: CAUTION This motorcycle uses spark plugs with platinum electrodes.7 mm.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 95 . u Tighten using the supplied tool. see page 80 (LIFTING THE FUEL TANK). A short thread will cause carbon to build up on the thread in the head. if needed. Clean with compressed air only. Use recommended spark plugs only.CAUTION Do not attempt to adjust electrode gap. u Refit the spark plug cap (1) securely onto the spark plug (2).6 .

C). u The springs (2) must not be damaged. oxidised or weakened. let engine idle and then pull in the clutch lever (5).RSV 1000 R FACTORY . by pushing the gear lever (6) downwards. u Fold up the side stand (1).CHECKING THE SIDE STAND Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) and page 101 (CHECKING THE SWITCHES) carefully. u Sit astride the vehicle. worn. see page 116 (LUBRICANT CHART).A). The following should happen: √ the engine must stop. √ the "side stand down" light "" must come on. u The stand must rotate freely. Grease the joint if needed. √ down (supporting the bike) (Pos. Check the stand as follows: u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel u Make sure that the stand has no free u Start play in the up or down position. stand. contact an aprilia Official dealer.B). see page 51 (STARTING). The side stand must be operated by the rider. pull it down and make sure the springs let it achieve the fully down position. CAUTION If the engine does not stop. The side stand (1) has two positions: √ folded up (at rest) (Pos. The springs (2) keep the stand in the desired position (up or down). u With the stand up. see page the engine. The side stand (1) is equipped with a safety switch (3) that inhibits engine operation when a gear is engaged with the side stand (1) down. u Release the throttle twistgrip (4) (Pos. 70 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE REAR WHEEL STAND ). 96 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Engage the first gear. To check for proper operation of the stand switch (3): u Remove the rear wheel stand. u Pull up the stand and release it at mid travel to make sure it goes fully up. see page 70 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE REAR WHEEL STAND ). u Pull down the side stand (1) to operate the stand switch (3). The stand (1) must rotate freely.

2 3 3 1 2 2 3 2 BATTERY Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. u Remove the rider saddle. Disconnect in the reverse order. √ coated with neutral grease or Vaseline. Ensure that the ignition switch is in the "" position before connecting or disconnecting the battery. see page 100 (INSTALLING THE BATTERY). CLEANING AND CHECKING BATTERY TERMINALS AND LEAD CONNECTIONS Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully. u Check that battery lead connections (2) and battery terminals (3) are: √ in good condition (free from corrosion or any deposits). Connect the positive cable (+) first and then the negative cable (-). u Refit the battery. the battery. u Ensure the ignition switch is in the "" If needed: u Remove WARNING Fire hazard! Keep fuel and other flammable products away from electric components. see page 98 (BATTERY REMOVAL). NOTE This vehicle is fitted with a maintenance-free battery which seldom needs inspecting and may need charging from time to time. Never invert the battery cables.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 97 . u Slide the red protective cap (1) aside. position. see page 80 (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE). otherwise some components might damage. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Clean off any corrosion deposits from the battery lead connections (2) and terminals (3) using a wire brush.

NOTE See page 100 (INSTALLING THE BATTERY) for installation instructions. 98 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . WARNING Once removed.3 4 6 7 1 2 5 8 BATTERY REMOVAL u Release and remove the positive (+) u Refit the rider saddle. u Ensure the ignition switch is in the "" terminal screw (4). u Release and remove the negative (-) cool. the battery must be stored in a safe place out of the reach of children. u Grasp the battery (8) firmly and lift it out of its mount. u Remove the battery retaining bracket (7). u Slide the positive lead (5) aside. terminal screw (1). see page 80 (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE). u Remove the rider saddle. u Place the battery on a level surface. (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE). u Slide the negative lead (2) aside. the digital clock and red line setting will be reset to zero. dry place.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . in a position. Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully. See page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER) for instructions on how to set clock and red line. see page 80 CAUTION When the battery is removed. u Lift the red protective cap (3). u Release and remove the two screws (6).

u Switch on the battery charger. Charge rate Regular Fast Voltage Amperes Time (V) (A) (hrs) 12 1.0 8 √ 10 12 1. CHECKING BATTERY FLUID LEVEL Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully. Do not inhale the gasses produced by the battery under charging. WARNING Charge or use the battery in a wellventilated place. u Set the battery charger to the desired charge rate (see chart below). CAUTION Do not remove the battery plugs or the battery may damage.CHARGING THE BATTERY Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully. This vehicle is fitted with a maintenancefree battery and it is not necessary to check battery fluid level. Allow 5-10 minutes before proceeding to refit the battery.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 99 .0 0. u Be sure to have a suitable battery charger ready at hand. WARNING The battery keeps producing gases for some time after the battery charger has been switched off.5 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Remove the battery. see page 98 (BATTERY REMOVAL). u Connect the battery to the battery charger.

u Connect the negative (-) cable by tightening the terminal screw (5). the positive (+) cable by tightening the terminal screw (4). u Refit the red protective cap (6). u Ensure the ignition switch is in the "" NOTE Place the battery (1) with the terminals pointing to the rear of the vehicle. u Remove the rider saddle. u Connect position.3 6 2 4 5 1 INSTALLING THE BATTERY Read page 97 (BATTERY) carefully. u Refit the rider saddle. see page 80 (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE). u Coat lead connections and terminals with neutral grease or Vaseline. see page 80 (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE). u Fit and tighten the screws (3). See page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER) for instructions on how to set clock and red line. u Refit the battery (1) into its mount. WARNING On refitting. the digital clock and red line setting will be reset to zero. connect the positive cable (+) first and then the negative cable (-). u Refit the battery retaining bracket (2). 100 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . CAUTION When the battery is removed.RSV 1000 R FACTORY .

2) Brake light switch on the front brake lever. See page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER) for instructions on how to set clock and red line. u Clean the switch if caked with dirt or When the vehicle is left unused for over a fortnight. The pin must move freely and return automatically to its initial position. see page 99 (CHARGING THE BATTERY). charge the battery to avoid sulphation. u Make sure that the cables are connected correctly. 3) Safety switch on the side stand. otherwise the multifunction computer will keep drawing current and the battery will deteriorate. disconnect the leads from the terminals. worn or weakened. dry place. mud. u Remove the battery. see page 99 (CHARGING THE BATTERY). see page 98 (BATTERY REMOVAL) and store it in a cool. u Charge the battery fully at normal charge rate. CHECKING THE SWITCHES Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 101 . The vehicle is fitted with four switches: 1) Brake light switch on the rear brake lever. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . 5 5 3 NOTE Disconnecting the 30-A fuses will reset the digital clock and red line setting. u Check the spring (5): it must not be damaged.LONG INACTIVITY OF THE BATTERY 2 1 4 CAUTION When the motorcycle is to be left unused for over twenty days. disconnect the 30-A fuses. 4) Switch on the clutch lever. check battery charge at regular intervals (monthly). If you are leaving the battery fitted in the vehicle. To avoid degradation in the wintertime or while the vehicle is stored away.

1 2 REPLACING THE FUSES Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. NOTE When you use one of the spare fuses. A blown fuse is identified by the filament (2) in the centre being broken. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . NOTE When a fuse fitted in a particular position keeps blowing frequently. determine and rectify the cause (if possible) before fitting a new fuse. u Repeat the process for the main fuses. When this is the case. u When you find a blown fuse. This could damage the electrical system or cause a short circuit. u Extract all fuses one by one and check for blown fuses. See page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER) for instructions on how to set clock and red line. Check the 15-A auxiliary fuses first and then the 30-A main fuses.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . This will u Remove the rider saddle. remember to add a new fuse of equal rating to the fuse box. 102 box (1). the digital clock and red line setting will be reset to zero. NOTE When the 30-A fuses are removed. u Replace any failed fuses with a fuse of equal current rating. or when the engine does not start. Checking the fuses is recommended whenever an electrical component fails to operate or is malfunctioning. prevent accidental short circuits. u Take off the cover of the auxiliary fuse CAUTION Never attempt to repair a defective fuse. there might be a short circuit or overloading. see page 80 (REMOVING THE RIDER SADDLE). contact an aprilia Official dealer. with the risk of fire. Never use a fuse of a rating other than specified. Inspection: u Set the ignition switch to "".

NOTE There are three spare fuses (G). coils. B) From ignition key to: direction indicators.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 103 . fuel injectors. horn. NOTE There is one spare fuse (L). ARRANGEMENT OF 30-A MAIN FUSES H) Battery charging and vehicle loads (red and red/white wires). fuel pump. low beam lights. brake light. relay. camshaft position sensor. ARRANGEMENT OF 15-A AUXILIARY FUSES D) From battery to: speed sensor. C) From battery to: key positive brought to ECU. dashboard. air intake flaps. parking lights. E) From battery to: cooling fan relay. VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT OF THE HEADLIGHT BEAM NOTE Beam inspection procedures may vary from country to country. lambda sensor. starter. Observe the law in force in the country of the user. I) Injection loads (red and red/white wires). use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .G A E F D B C H I L ARRANGEMENT OF 5-A AUXILIARY FUSES A) From ignition key to: light relay. ARRANGEMENT OF 20-A AUXILIARY FUSES F) From ignition switch to: high beam lights.

HEADLIGHT SCREENING In case headlights are to be taped (for using the vehicle on the track). it is recommended to disconnect the connectors of the headlamps to prevent the lens from overheating because they are not cooled by air. see page When finished: CAUTION Restore electric connections before using the vehicle on the public road. Correct beam horizontal adjustment is performed at the factory and we advise against disturbing standard setting. unless such adjustment is mandatory in your country. 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). To set beam height: u Place the vehicle on the stand. fit a short cross-headed screwdriver to the adjuster screw (1) and adjust as follows: √ TIGHTEN (clockwise) to raise the beam. u Working from the rear left side of the front fairing. WARNING Check for proper beam height setting. u Repeat process for the right beam. 104 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . CAUTION The headlights are also fitted with adjuster screws (2) for horizontal beam adjustment.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . √ SLACKEN (anticlockwise) to lower the beam. 2 1 CAUTION Secure and insulate previously disconnected wires so that they do not hinder handlebar movement and are insulated from water.

Do not leave your fingerprints on a bulb. NOTE Check the fuses. If you touch a bulb with your fingers. REPLACING THE DASHBOARD BULBS If you need assistance or technical advice. dry cloth to handle bulbs. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .BULBS Read page 59 (MAINTENANCE) carefully. remove any fingerprints with alcohol to avoid early failure. for guaranteed accurate. see page 102 (REPLACING THE FUSES) before changing a bulb. as this may cause overheating leading to failure. DO NOT PULL ON THE WIRING.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 105 . Wear clean gloves or use a clean. prompt service. contact your aprilia Official dealer. WARNING Fire hazard! Keep fuel and other flammable products away from electric components. CAUTION Before proceeding to change a bulb. set the ignition switch to "" and allow some time for the bulb to cool down.

If one of the bulbs (2) is damaged and no spare bulb is available. u Refit the connector (4). you may replace it with one of the bulbs (3). HIGH AND LOW BEAM BULBS CAUTION Never pull on the wiring to disconnect a bulb connector. see page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). u Disconnect the connector (4). Replace the damaged bulb as soon as possible. High beam and low beam use the same bulbs. In fact. This is only intended to help you ride back home or reach the nearest parts shop. When high and low beam bulb connectors must be removed at the same time. √ Two low beam bulbs (2). u Refit the bulb holder into the seat and rotate clockwise to lock in place. u Rotate the lockring anticlockwise and extract the bulb holder (5). u Fit a new bulb of equal rating. see page 82 (REMOVING THE FAIRING UPPER FRONT COVERS). The front fairing is shown removed from the vehicle for better clarity.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . NOTE Disconnect one connector at a time to avoid confusing the various connectors when refitting. √ Two parking light bulbs (3).1 2 3 1 2 3 5 1 2 3 4 REPLACING THE HEADLIGHT BULBS Read page 105 (BULBS) carefully. mark them with their positions and make sure to refit them in the correct positions on assembly. 106 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . The headlight accommodates the following bulbs: √ Two high beam bulbs (1). u Remove the upper side cover. To replace: u Place the vehicle on the stand. the high and low beam bulbs can be replaced with the front fairing in place.

1 6 2 CAUTION Never pull on the wiring to disconnect a bulb connector. u Remove the lens (2). REPLACING THE FRONT AND REAR DIRECTION INDICATOR BULBS Read page 105 (BULBS) carefully. NOTE Ensure that the bulb locates correctly into the bulb holder. see page 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . CAUTION The protective shield is retained by a locating peg. u Unscrew and remove the screw (1). u Remove the bulb and fit a new bulb of equal rating. PARKING LIGHT BULB u Remove the front fairing. u Place the vehicle on the stand. u Grasp the parking light bulb holder (6) and pull to extract. CAUTION Never pull on the wiring to extract a bulb holder. Remove carefully or the locating peg might break off. see page 84 (REMOVING THE FRONT FAIRING).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 107 .

1 4 3 5 CAUTION On refitting. u Extract the bulb (3) from its seat. CAUTION When fitting the bulb. u Place the vehicle on the stand. REPLACING THE NUMBER PLATE LIGHT BULB Read page 105 (BULBS) carefully. see page 29 (UNLOCKING/LOCKING THE GLOVE/TOOL KIT COMPARTMENT COVER). ensure that the two locating pegs locate properly into the slots in the bulb holder. CAUTION If the reflector (4) comes off its seat.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . 108 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . u Remove the passenger seat / glove/tool kit compartment cover. see page CAUTION Never pull on the wiring to extract a bulb holder. u Remove the bulb and fit a new one with equal rating. u Extract the number plate light bulb holder (5). u Push down the bulb (3) gently and twist anti-clockwise. Tighten the screw (1) gradually. 58 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE STAND). ensure that the lens locates properly into its slot. u Install a new bulb of equal rating. NOTE Ensure that the bulb locates correctly into the bulb holder. Do not overtighten or the shield will damage. refit it correctly.

to avoid fuel.TRANSPORT CLEANING During transport. hot and damp weather) √ Particular environmental/seasonal conditions (salt and anti-ice chemical products spread over the roads in the wintertime).RSV 1000 R FACTORY 109 . Clean the vehicle frequently when it is exposed to adverse conditions. the vehicle must be well secured in an upright position with the first gear selected. from the vehicle fairings. Opera te the br akes re peatedly to restore normal operation. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . Remember that braking distance will be longer. Perform the recommended pre-ride checks. etc. Contact a road-side service. as the friction surfaces of the braking systems may be wet. see page 50 (PRE-RIDE CHECKS CHART). √ Make sure to clean off any industrial residue and pollutants. dead insects. fruits or leaves falling from the trees may contain aggressive chemical s u bs t an c e s t h a t m a y d a m ag e t h e paintwork. Resins. such as: √ Pollution (urban and industrial areas) √ Salinity and humidity in the atmosphere (sea areas. √ Avoid parking the vehicle under trees. oil and coolant leaks. do not have the vehicle towed. CAUTION If stranded. tar. WARNING Braking efficiency may be temporarily impaired after washing the vehicle. bird droppings.

frame. WARNING Do not apply protective wax on the saddle or it may become slippery. instruments and indicators. soften caked dirt with a lowpressure water jet. 110 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . After washing the vehicle u Remove the cap (1).RSV 1000 R FACTORY . silencer. Do not polish matt-painted surfaces with polishing paste. CAUTION Do not aim high-pressure water/air jets or steam jets at the following parts: wheel hubs. cooler or radiator fins. CAUTION Clean the lights using a sponge soaked in neutral soap and water. Do not use aggressive detergents or the surface treatment of these parts might damage. Do not wash the vehicle under the sun. Rub the sponge gently on the lights and rinse frequently with abundant water. should be washed with mild soap and water. especially in the summertime. when the body is still warm. ignition switch/steering lock. The shampoo drying before it is rinsed away can damage the paintwork. bearings. Wash the vehicle thoroughly before applying silicone wax. footpegs and so on. controls on the right and left side of the handlebar. wheel rims. lights and electric connections. Clean the outer parts of the engine with a degreaser. petrol or solvents: use water and mild soap only. Do not clean any rubber and plastic parts and the saddle with alcohol. brake master cylinders. Parts in anodised or painted aluminium such as forks. glove/tool kit compartment. brushes and a cloth. fuel filler cap. Sponge off using a car body sponge soaked in a car body shampoo and water solution (2-4% parts of shampoo). Do not use liquids at a temperature higher than 40° C to clean the plastic components of the vehicle. Rinse with plenty of water and dry with chamois leather.To clean off dirt and mud from painted surfaces. u Drain the contents into a container and deliver it to a waste collection centre.

u Perform the recommended pre-ride checks. u Inflate the tyres. AFTER STORAGE NOTE LONG PERIODS OF INACTIVITY Proceed as follows: u Remove Remove the plastic bag from the exhaust pipe. see page 109 (CLEANING). WARNING Test ride the vehicle at moderate speed in an area away from traffic.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 111 . see page 99 (CHARGING THE BATTERY) and install it. 109 (CLEANING). see page 98 (BATTERY REMOVAL) and page 101 (LONG INACTIVITY OF THE BATTERY). see page 70 (PLACING THE V E H I C L E O N T H E R E A R W H E EL STAND ). otherwise the multifunction computer will keep drawing current and the battery will deteriorate. See page 18 (MULTIFUNCTION COMPUTER) for instructions on how to set clock and red line. u Cover the vehicle. u Refuel. When storing the vehicle away for long periods. u Wax all painted surfaces. u Place the vehicle on the rear wheel stand. see page 32 (FUEL). u Store the vehicle in dry place. NOTE Place the vehicle on the front  and rear  wheel stands so that both wheels are off the ground. lest you forget them. u Wash and dry the vehicle. see page 71 (PLACING THE VEHICLE ON THE FRONT WHEEL STAND ). A general check-up of the bike is also recommended. some precautions are necessary to avoid damage due to prolonged inactivity. u Wrap and tie a plastic bag around the exhaust pipe opening to keep moisture out. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . the battery. see page u Check battery charge. away from sunlight and with steady temperature. see page 43 (TYRES). u Uncover and clean the vehicle. Minor repairs should not be postponed. Avoid using plastic or waterproof materials. see page 100 (INSTALLING THE BATTERY). NOTE Disconnecting the 30-A fuses will reset the digital clock and red line setting. CAUTION When the motorcycle is to be left unused for over twenty days. disconnect the 30-A fuses.u Place the vehicle on the front wheel stand. see page 50 (PRE-RIDE CHECKS CHART). without heating.

................................................................. cm 97 mm/67...........6 cu.................................. No..................... Clutch.....5 mm 11.. 18 b Fuel reserve ......................... 6 gears with foot control on left side of engine Fuel (including reserve) ........................................oil and oil filter change 3900 cu cm Front fork "R FACTORY" oil............... Minimum ground clearance. Wheelbase .... Bore/stroke......... Max...............8 Ø 0.......................... of cylinders .................................... Mechanical............................................................................................................................... height (incl.............. Model ........................ hydraulically operated..RSV 1000 R FACTORY ................................................................................................. Engine idling speed............... Type ...............5 cu cm (each leg) Coolant.... 2 997................................ 4 b Engine oil ................. Total displacement........................ control on left side of handlebar and PPC device Lubricating system ............................ 2....................................... width....................................................................................................................... Weight in running order. length .... Dry filter cartridge Cooling system ............................................ windshield .............. Rider saddle height ....TECHNICAL DATA DIMENSIONS Max...............................2 b (50% water + 50% anti-freeze with ethylene glycol) Saddle..................................................... oil change 3700 cu cm .... Compression ratio.......................................................................................  180 kg 194 kg (rider + passenger + luggage) 112 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R ........5: 1 Electric starter 1250 Ø 100 rpm Multiplate wet clutch...... Starting................... Max............................................. Liquid cooling GEARBOX CAPACITIES Type ................................................................................................................................................................. 2025 mm 730 mm 1120 mm 810 mm 1410 mm 130 mm  213 kg √ 207 kg ENGINE V990 NG 4-stroke V 60* twin-cylinder................................................. load .................................. 2 Max................. with 4 valves per cylinder.......................................... 500 Ø 2........ Dry sump with separate oil tank and oil cooler Air cleaner... DOHC...........................

...........................................986 1:7.895 1:6.....................TRANSMISSION RATIOS Ratio 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Primary 31/60 = 1: 1...................... 133 mm Front..................................632 20/26 = 1: 1.............................280 DRIVE CHAIN FUEL SYSTEM FUEL FRAME Type ..........................................935 Secondary 15/34 = 1: 2.................. Wheel travel .............. Premium-grade unleaded petrol.. Æ 43 mm Travel ..........................................091 25/24 = 1: 0... 120 mm Rear ........... twin-piston calliper ..........960 26/23 = 1: 0......279 1:4........... Æ 57 mm Fuel .................................................................. inclined...........Æ 220 mm....................885 Final drive 16/40 = 1: 2.... 525 Type ..00 x 17" FUSE version .. with light alloy cast elements Steering head angle.........................................645 1:4............................... 101.......Æ 32 mm SUSPENSION BRAKES WHEEL RIMS Type .Æ 320 mm................ spindle can be removed Front............. radially-mounted callipers with four pistons .................................................................... Adjustable hydraulic upside-down fork...................................FORGED version use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .............................. Disk brake ............. 3. Light alloy.............. floating twin disc ..................... double-sided aluminium alloy swinging arm with progressive linkage and APS syst em............300 22/24 = 1: 1.................................... Type ....FORGED version Rear ........................................................ Electronic injection (Multipoint) Choke................................ 25° Trail ................... with no master link Endless ................................ Hydro-pne umat ic sh ock ab sorb er with a djustab le compression/rebound/spring preload and length.........267 19/31 = 1: 1...............50 x 17" FUSE version ............................................................. sealed...................................... Double beam frame...7 mm (with 120/70 front tyre) Front....................................... minimum octane rating 95 (ROM) and 85 (MON).....500 Total ratio 1:10...........RSV 1000 R FACTORY 113 ...Æ 34 mm and 4 pads Rear ................................................................................................................... 6....290 1:5.

0) √ √ 210 (2.5) 280 (2.0) 200 (2.5) 280 (2.3) 250 (2.9) 210 (2.0) 200 (2.5) 280 (2.0) 200 (2.0) 210 (2.8) 250 (2.1) 200 (2.5) 114 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .8) √ √ 250 (2.5) 230 (2.1) 190 (1.5) 280 (2.RSV 1000 R FACTORY .9) + 250 (2.1) 190 (1.8) 250 (2.3) 250 (2.8) 250 (2.5) 280 (2.5) 250 (2.5) 230 (2.5) 230 (2.8) 250 (2.5) 250 (2.5) 280 (2.3) 250 (2.TYRES Q = standard .5) 280 (2.0) 210 (2.5) 250 (2.1) 200 (2.8) 250 (2.8) 280 (2.3) 250 (2.3) 250 (2.8) 280 (2.1) 200 (2.8) 280 (2.3) 250 (2. QQ = standard  s = Standard use.9) 190 (1.0) 210 (2.8) 280 (2.8) Rider 210 (2.3) 250 (2.9) QQ Front QQ Rear Q Front PIRELLI PIRELLI PIRELLI PIRELLI PIRELLI METZELER METZELER METZELER METZELER METZELER METZELER MICHELIN MICHELIN MICHELIN MICHELIN DUNLOP DUNLOP DUNLOP DUNLOP DUNLOP DIABLO DIABLO DRAGON SUPERCORSA PRO DRAGON SUPERCORSA PRO DRAGON SUPERCORSA PRO SPORTTEC SPORTTEC SPORTTEC RENNSPORT RENNSPORT RENNSPORT PILOT POWER PILOT POWER PILOT POWER RACE PILOT POWER RACE SPORTMAX SPORTMAX SPORTMAX SPORTMAX SPORTMAX CORSA CORSA – – – M1 M1 M1 √ √ √ A T √ √ D 208 RR D 208 RR QUALIFIER QUALIFIER QUALIFIER 120/70–ZR 17" 190/50–ZR 17" 120/70√ZR 17" 180/55√ZR 17" 190/55√ZR 17" 120/70–ZR 17" 180/55√ZR 17" 190/50–ZR 17" 120/70√ZR 17" 180/55√ZR 17" 190/50√ZR 17" 120/70–ZR 17" TL 190/50–ZR 17" TL 120/70√ZR 17" 190/55√ZR 17" 120/70–ZR 17" 190/50–ZR 17" 120/70√ZR 17" 190/50√ZR 17" 180/55√ZR 17" 190/55 ZR 17∆ s s s s s s s s s s s s s + + + + 230 (2.5) √ √ Rear QQ Rear QQ Front QQ Rear Front Rear QQ Front QQ Rear √ √ √ √ s s s + Front Rear Rear 230 (2. s Rider = Racing use Pressure kPa (bar) Wheel Make Model Type Size Recomme Alternative nded Rider and passenger 250 (2.5) 210 (2.1) 190 (1.1) 200 (2.5) Rear Q Rear Front Rear Rear QQ Front + + + + + + √ √ 230 (2.5) 230 (2.

...........................7 mm Resistance ........................................ 20 A 12 V – 500 W 12 V – 55 W H11 x 2 12 V – 55 W H11 x 2 12 V – 5 W x 2 12 V – 10 W Amber 12 V – 5 W LED LED LED LED LED LED LED LED LED LED LED ELECTRIC SYSTEM BULBS WARNING LIGHTS use and maintenance RSV 1000 R ......................... 0.................................................................................... Main fuses.................... Left multifunction display. 12 V – 10 Ah 30 A 5 A.............................................................................. NGK R DCPR9E Electrode gap........................................................... Neutral ......................................................... High beam................................................ Direction indicators . High beam (halogen) ............................................................................................ Generator (permanent-wound type) Low beam (halogen) ........ Direction indicators ........................................................................................................................................................ Number plate light .............. General warning.................................................... Rev counter light ...................................................... Front parking light .....................................................RSV 1000 R FACTORY 115 ........................... Fuel reserve ............................. Red line............ Stand down ............ 5 kΩ Battery ............................................ Immobilizer................. 15 A................................................................ Stop/rear parking lights ..................................... Auxiliary fuses .......................................................6-0............................SPARK PLUGS Standard .............................

50. with dropping point 150°C . CAUTION Use only nitrite-free anti-freeze and corrosion inhibitors with a freezing point of -35°C as a minimum. (Recommended) engine coolant: COOL. top brand oils meeting or exceeding CCMC G-4. As an alternative to recommended grease.1 DOT 4. SAE 15W .P. Brake fluid: The system is filled with BRAKE 5.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . 116 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .230°C.+140°C. As an alternative to recommended oils. Fork oil type “R FACTORY”: OHLINS 5W Bearings and other lubrication points (recommended): GREASE 30. specifications can be used. good resistance to water and oxidisation. Battery lead protection: use neutral grease or Vaseline. Do not mix different makes or types of oil without having checked bases compatibility. use top brand rolling bearing grease that will resist a temperature range of -30°C . high corrosion protection. CAUTION Use new brake fluid only.LUBRICANT CHART (Recommended) engine oil: TEC 4T. CAUTION Use new clutch fluid only Clutch fluid (recommended): BRAKE 5. A. S.1 DOT 4. Spray grease for chains (recommended): CHAIN LUBE.G.I.

NOTE ALWAYS DEMAND ORIGINAL SPARE PARTS. use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .RSV 1000 R FACTORY 117 .

+ S S G/N Ar/V 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 43 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 + . MAP INTAKE FLAP R/Bi B/Bi R R Bi Bi Gr N INJ. 50 Gr/N B/V 30A R/N 30A R/Bi X1 X2 B/V G/V R/M B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 Az/Ar Bi V X1 R/N 18 S + 1 Ro Bi/G R/Bi B Vi Ro/M 1 B 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 B/V Ro Bi/G R/Bi B Vi N/Ro Bi/B 63 N Ro/N B G/N Gr/V 1 61 S + 1 2 3 Bi/B R/N B/V R/N R/Bi 1 Az G Vi Ro Bi V R V V N R/Bi R/Bi G G G PICK UP CAMME BOBINE FARFALLA AMB.RSV 1000 R FACTORY 3 1 B/V Ro/Bi 87 30 85 86 2 1 B B 4 87 30 85 86 8 6 5 B Gr M Gr B/V M/Vi LAP 9 R/Bi Az/Bi V/N Gr V G N Bi Bi/B 10 LOCK P B/V G/R B/V Gr/Az 11 12 13 G G/Gr Bi/R V/N Bi/G R/N M Gr 7 1 1 Bi/B Bi 1 H L Vi/N Az/Bi V/R B R/Bi V/R Bi G Vi/N Az/Bi Bi/B Bi/N Bi/V B Bi Gr V G N Bi Bi/B G G/Gr R/Bi V/N Bi/G R/N Ar/N Bi/G Vi Ar Bi/N V G/V Bi/B Bi/V B N 60 59 53 58 57 56 52 55 54 51 Bi/B B B Bi/B N B V G/V B/V G/R B/V Ro 1 1 1 1 1 R Az 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 G G G B R B 14 B G/V G/Gr B Bi/N 1 1 Bi/N B R B Bi/N Bi/B G/Gr Az B B G/V G/Gr 15 16 1 Az B G B B N B B 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 L 27 H 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 B/V B/V M V/R Gr/Bi Ro/Bi Az/Gr V/Bi B/V B/N M/N G B G B 1 62 CONNECTOR "B" B/Ar G/R M/V Bi/B M/Vi Ro/M Bi/N Ar Gr/B G/V B/V 64 17 V/N V/N Ar Ar Ar Bi/V A B C D E F V V/R Az/Gr R/M Ar/V R/Bi N N 1 2 N N B/Ar Gr/Bi V B/Ar Gr/Bi R/M Bi/G Gr E. CIL. ANT.WIRING DIAGRAM.RSV 1000 R FACTORY G G G P M A .C. PRESS. CIL.S 1 A B C D 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 N 1 2 3 1 1 B B V/N R/Bi R/Bi G G G Gr/N Az/Ar Ar/V Az/V Vi/Bi Ro/N Ar/Bi G/B Ar/V Bi/R G/Gr B B/N Ar/V R/M Gr/B Ar/N Bi/G B/R M/Bi Gr/V Ar/V Gr/R Ar/V M/G Vi/N R/N M Ar/V R/Bi G/N M/V B/V V/R R/M Gr V/Bi B G/N B G/N M/N R/N R/N Ar R R G G G CONNECTOR "A" R X2 Ar/Bi Vi/N M/Bi M/G Vi/Bi G/Gr 65 Gr/R G/B Ro Az Vi G B/R Bi/R Az/V 1 23 1 1 .S 1 2 3 + .U. POST.RSV 1000 R . V B Ar N N R N R M N N R 34 42 41 40 39 3837 49 48 4746 3635 33 4544 H2O AIR P 31 30 28 29 27 26 M N N 25 24 22 21 REGOLATORE 20 19 118 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . INJ.

RSV 1000 R FACTORY 119 .RSV 1000 R FACTORY 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) 20) 21) 22) 23) 24) 25) 26) 27) 28) 29) 30) 31) 32) 33) 34) 35) Multiple connectors Fall sensor High beam relay Low beam relay Horn Clutch switch Lights/lap diode Left dimmer switch Dashboard Right dimmer switch Key-operated switch Front brake light switch Rear brake light switch Rear right direction indicator Tail light (LED) Rear left direction indicator Auxiliary fuses Speed sensor Flywheel Voltage regulator Starter motor Starter relay Main fuses Battery Injection relay Oil pressure sensor Purge valve (California only) Neutral light switch Cooling fans Fan relay Lambda sensor Side stand switch Intake flap Fuel sensor 36) 37) 38) 39) 40) 41) 42) 43) 44) 45) 46) 47) 48) 49) 50) 51) 52) 53) 54) 55) 56) 57) 58) 59) 60) 61) 62) 63) Fuel pump Air thermistor Water thermistor Automatic choke Intake pressure sensor Atmospheric pressure sensor Throttle sensor Twin coil Front cylinder spark plug Rear cylinder spark plug Front cylinder injector Rear cylinder injector Camshaft sensor Pick-up Engine Control Unit (ECU) Front left direction indicator Left headlamp Right headlamp Left beam parking light Left low beam bulb Left high beam bulb Right high beam bulb Right low beam bulb Right beam parking light Front right direction indicator Diagnostics socket Number plate light Immobilizer control unit (where immobilizer system is fitted) 64) Immobilizer antenna (where immobilizer system is fitted) 65) Pick-up cables shielding WIRE COLOUR CODING Ar Az B Bi G Gr M N R V Vi Ro Orange Light blue Blue White Yellow Grey Brown Black Red Green Violet Pink use and maintenance RSV 1000 R .RSV 1000 R .WIRING DIAGRAM KEY .

. aprilia Original Parts systematically undergo strict quality control procedures to ensure total reliability and long service life. wishes to thank its customers for the purchase of this vehicle: . . polluting substances and components into the environment.A.RSV 1000 R FACTORY . you are purchasing products that have been developed and tested as early as the vehicle design stage.Do not keep the engine running if it isn't necessary. A vehicle kept in sleek running order is a reliable vehicle. . proper maintenance at the recommended intervals and using aprilia Original Parts only are key factors! To find contact information of the Official Dealer and/or Service Centre nearest you. 120 use and maintenance RSV 1000 R . please consult the Yellow Pages or the map provided at our web site: www.p.com When you demand aprilia Original Parts. aprilia Authorised Network engineers are familiar with every detail of this vehicle and have the special equipment required for correct maintenance and repair.Respect the environment.Avoid annoying noise.OFFICIAL DEALERS AND SERVICE CENTRES THE VALUE OF SERVICE Thanks to ongoing technical updates and product-specific technical training. Piaggio & C.Do not release oil. fuel.aprilia. Pre-ride checks. S.