Launched two years after Aprilia's RSV Mille, the Falco used the same 60° V-twin engine used in the RSV range. Since not every rider wishes to ride a committed sports machine like the RSV Mille, the Falco offers a more relaxed sports-touring ride. Its 998cc engine has a lower state of tune, producing 9kW (12bhp) less than the RSV Mille. But despite the lower power output and relaxed riding position, the Falco's chassis is as highly specified as the RSV. Showa upside-down forks and a Sachs rear shock are both fully adjustable, and the Brembo brakes are race-spec items. In some ways, the Falco has rather fallen between the two stools of the firm's RSV and Futura. The RSV is more suitable for track work, while the Futura is a better tourer.