Jan 12, 2002
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Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>Over the span of eight months and six rounds of the 2001 Formula USA National Road Race Series, Blackmans Aprilia took its RSV1000R Mille R racebikes from being the slowest machines on the racetrack to being the fastest bikes in the 145-horsepower Unlimited Superbike class. Thanks to parts developed by Crew Chief Bill Himmelsbach, the Blackmans Aprilias went from making in the neighborhood of 110-115 horsepower as measured at the rear wheel to well over 140 horsepower. Now Blackmans is offering the same parts to the public.<BR><BR>Blackman's Stage One kit is designed to increase the output of an Aprilia Mille or Mille R by 10 rear-wheel horsepower. The $1985 kit includes 97mm high-compression pistons, Stage One cams, re-worked cylinder heads, 54mm throttle bodies and a fuel pressure modifier.<BR><BR>The $4371 Stage Two kit is said to be good for 20 extra horsepower at the rear wheel. This kit includes peened and polished connecting rods, a re-balanced crankshaft, Blackmans 100mm pistons and rings, cylinder boring and re-plating, gaskets, Blackmans Stage Two headwork, Stage Two cams, slotted cam sprockets, 54mm throttle bodies, a fuel pressure modifier, a Blackmans Racing airbox, a Himmelsbach crankcase breather and Champion spark plugs.<BR><BR>The race-only Stage Three kit costs $12,800 and is said to increase output by 35 horsepower. The kit includes a Blackmans Supercrank, Carillo connecting rods, a lightened flywheel, Stage Three cylinder head modifications, Blackmans 100mm pistons with rings, cylinder boring and re-plating, gaskets, Blackmans Stage Three headwork, Stage Three cams, slotted cam sprockets, 54mm throttle bodies, a fuel pressure modifier, a Blackmans Racing airbox, a Himmelsbach crankcase breather, Himmelsbach engine lubrication modifications, a racing transmission, a racing radiator, Champion spark plugs and a Tigcraft 2-into-2 titanium racing exhaust with three different EPROM chips.<BR><BR>The Japanese-made Tigcraft exhaust system is available separately for $1695 including a modified EPROM chip.<BR><BR>For more information about Blackmans Aprilia's Mille high performance parts and service work, call (610) 965-9865, FAX (610) 967-4801 or go to ;