Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
2002 Aprilia RSV1000R Haga Replica No. 254
Registration no. 6238 LJ
Frame no. ZD4RP00002S103877
Engine no. R0960805
Having grown steadily in size throughout the 1980s, Aprilia entered the 1990s with ambitious expansion plans that included a top-of-the-range, 1,000cc superbike. Rather than face the expense of developing a four, Aprilia commissioned its engine supplier, Rotax, to draw up a 998cc v-twin, choosing a compact 60-degree layout rather than the 90-degree arrangement favoured by rivals Ducati and Honda. Twin balancer shafts were included to tame vibration, while the use of dry sump lubrication enabled the engine to be mounted lower in the aluminium-alloy, beam-type frame. The RSV Mille debuted at the Milan show towards the end of 1997, with deliveries commencing in 1998. Ever since then the RSV has earned consistent praise from professional journalists and enthusiastic owners alike for its unique blend of superlative high performance, Italian character and Japanese build quality.
Of the various versions produced, one of the most exclusive is the Noriyuki Haga Replica. Arguably the best rider never to have won the World Superbike Championship (he has been runner-up three times and third four times) 'Nitro Nori' first rode for Aprilia in the 2002 WSBC, finishing 4th, and at the season's end transferred to the Italian factory's MotoGP team to ride the infamous 'Cube' for 2003.
Capitalising on his successful 2002 season, Aprilia applied the PlayStation-sponsored, works-backed team's livery to a limited edition run of 'Haga Replicas' which also featured a selection of performance enhancements. The Haga Replica was based on the top-of-the range RSV-R and came with Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, carbon-fibre bodywork, an Akrapovic exhaust system and a revised ECU that boosted both top-end power and torque. It was widely reported at the time that only 300 would be made.
First registered 'AV52 UGM' and previously registered 'KMN 545U' in the Isle of Man, this Haga Replica was purchased by the deceased owner on 25th April 2012 and reregistered '6238 LJ' shortly afterwards. The accompanying Swansea V5C document states that there have been two former keepers. As well as the V5C, the Aprilia comes with its original maintenance manual, road assistance and service/warranty booklets (the latter containing three entries); Datatool alarm guide; assorted re-registration paperwork; and a recently expired MoT (issued 26th April 2012 at 8,073 miles). The digital odometer displays a reading of 13,048 kilometres (approximately 8,102 miles).