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    List of the RSV's common problems

    Being a sprog here and fingers X soon to be RSV owner, I've had a good trawl through the forum ( which generally involves me p1ssing myself laughing at some of the comments ) and been making a note of some of the common lil problems these bikes can have.

    I was just wondering if there was a consolidated list lurking about somewhere?

    So far I'm seeing:

    Electrics can be a bit dodgy and tempermental to our all year winter
    Rear brake fade
    Usual V-Twin keep the battery on an Optimate as much as poss
    Starter solenoid ( change it for the Yam one )
    Sprag Clutch ?

    Feel free to point a mong in the right direction to a list or add comments

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    that's about it....Just make sure the battery's topped up ALL THE TIME with an Optimate or similar as that appears to be where most of the problems emerge from....starter/sprag/clocks re-setting etc... Oh and factor in some pennies for rubber as you'll find they chew it up pretty good!

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    What about the clutch jet mod, and the brown connector mod.

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    All the RSV's inherant week spots are mostly down to poor maintenace and lack of care by the owner. Yes the battery needs to be kept on an Optimate i agree, but sprag clutches only fail due to poor starting techniques, starter solenoids fail due to attempted starting with a week battery, the poor rear brake can be improved with some careful bleeding and a few easy tweeks, a revised clutch oil jet can easily be replaced for 8.00 to help selecting neutral and that's about it. Check the brown connector for signs of heat damage every once in a while and there isn't much else that goes wrong unless your unlucky

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    You are doing the right thing by reading all the previous posts about possible issues. It seems to me that a certain level of problem solving skills are needed and a understanding of how the parts work and fail, i spent a fair bit of time checking electrical connections and taking readings with a multimeter when i first got the bike, preventative maintenance is better than cure
    My bike is 8 years old and still on the original battery but i have changed all the connections on the charging circuit and think this was time well spent.
    As with all forums, most posts are about problems but they are great bikes in general and just need a bit of TLC.
    Bet my f*!ker wont start now

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    dont worry about the problems mate, if you wrote em down you wouldnt want to buy a bike with so many flaws, the grin factor when riding though is through the roof

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    Agree with these, I've had no problems, but thanks to the posts I'm keeping battery on optimate when bike not used regulary, also keeping an eye on the brown connectors..

    As a side comment, why can't the Italians make decent wiring? I used to be a textile engineer, and all the electric steam presses were made in Italy, after 3 or 4 months we discovered all the insulation falling off the wiring and the actual wire had turned green.. These are machines supposedly built for use in a wet enviroment..

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    i agree with everyone buddy Just make sure you buy one from a decent owner and check all the reciepts, as for faults well its normally always boils down to one part and thats a dodgy battery with this up the shitter it will spur many more faults but as said keep that in check and you will get many years of happy pull ya sack back action.

    Now get ya candy ass out there and buy one :Bigthumb

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    Whatever the problems the Mille will give you, the enjoyment factor far outweighs all of em.

    Now get one bought and rag its knackers off.

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    My biggest problem with it is that every time I look at it I get turned on and need to go grab a shower!! oooo did I say that out loud?

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    Wouldn't want to be stood behind your exhaust when you fire her up in the morning. Eeuuuw

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    Don't know how many times I've had to go to the burns unit recently

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    whats the brown connector mod ? been trying to find posts about it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiswas View Post
    My biggest problem with it is that every time I look at it I get turned on and need to go grab a shower!! oooo did I say that out loud?
    Have you met Edward Smith?


    Tiswas, do you call your RSV Sally??

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    Quote Originally Posted by majorjam View Post
    whats the brown connector mod ? been trying to find posts about it ?

    The brown connector mod is for the newer shape RSV's majorjam

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    the main problem with the mille is getting the sodding weather to ride it as often as we want in the u.k

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    Quote Originally Posted by caterpillar View Post
    The brown connector mod is for the newer shape RSV's majorjam
    But what is it??

    When I get mine back i think i should look at all possible mods to keep it in my garage and not at the bloody dealers

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    Beechy, this was posted by BB1000 about the brown connectors. Hope it helps squire.

    Click click is battery, charging problem......check the brown connectors between the stator and alternator.... scroll to bottom of page http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s...own+connectors

    First connector is between the V of the engine, this can melt due to high reistance on the terminals and cause the stator to burn out (no battery charging) if not caught early

    FIX is to cut off connector and solder wire together

    2nd connector is just below the regulator under the right side fairing panel, you can do the same fix to this connector to

    OR its just a fooked battery

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    cheers when shes back will look at her brown bits

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    Quote Originally Posted by beechy View Post
    cheers when shes back will look at her brown bits
    I would recommend everyone at least drags the connectors out and has a look at them. The new shape bike has 2 of them. When I pull mine out the one on the reg/rec was fine. However the one located between the cylinders was well on its way out, and was partially melted. If it goes completly it will take some very expensive parts down with it.

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