“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”