Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Rsv Mille Vs Zx-9r C - James Do­herty

“This head-to­head is the most clear-cut we’ve ever done. The Aprilia RSV Mille is what a 1990s sports­bike should feel like; tight, con­trolled, ex­plo­sively pow­er­ful and with a plugged-in rid­ing po­si­tion that puts you in the mood for some fun. It’s got a fan­tas­tic con­nec­tion be­tween the throt­tle and the road too – the sus­pen­sion is hard but fair; the faster you go the more re­spon­sive it gets. I love the look of the thing too; it’s re­ally classy. I’d like to get rid of the pink bolts and have the alarm and im­mo­biliser re­moved – but, apart from that, there’s noth­ing wrong with it. It’s just as good to ride as an equiv­a­lent-age Du­cati – some might say it’s loads bet­ter be­cause you don’t have to get your head round the way it han­dles – but it doesn’t come with the ex­tra value in name or rep­u­ta­tion; so it’s rel­a­tively cheap for what you’re buy­ing. I love it. Def­i­nitely worth con­sid­er­ing.

“The ZX-9R doesn’t quite work for me. I like the en­gine – it’s a big, fast, boomy thing, all noise and revs. No prob­lem there. The sus­pen­sion is show­ing its age and the brakes are too. But for me, the bike’s been sav­aged by an ac­ces­sories cat­a­logue, and only the naff pages.

Irid­ium screens have never been cool – Har­g­reaves had an irid­ium vi­sor in the 1990s and that was bad enough – and car­bon-look mini­indi­ca­tors. Re­ally? Sawn-off rear mud­guard too, never pretty. I mean, we all did it back then, and at least most of it is easy to put right. So the ZX-9R is also def­i­nitely worth con­sid­er­ing as a cheap, sporty run-around... or espe­cially if you’re plan­ning a mi­nor resto this sum­mer.”

“Sav­aged by naff pages of an ac­ces­sory book”

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