2007 Aprilia RXV 450 — 550 Dirt Bikes — First Ride — Dirt Rider Magazine

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2007 Aprilia RXV 450 — 550 Bikes – First Ride – Rider Magazine

Tuesday, 24, 2009

With a Red Bull in I am writing this high the clouds. Most of all, I’d to sleep, but I can’t shake the Aprilia RXV 550 out of my mind. The RXV 4.5 and 5.5 launch was at Naturale Pino d’Aleppo in the of rural Sicily. I guess made the landowner an offer he refuse, as he sacrificed his field to the RXVs.Luckily, I rode the RXV 450 first on terrain. Both bikes standard with Michelin Comp III tires.

Believe me: You every bit of grip you can get, on the RXV 550. We also rode the two on a grass track, where aren’t many bikes will beat the 450. Who have imagined a highly off-road 450cc V-twin a few years ago?

V-twins are for and adventure enduros, not for off-road But make no mistake-this is a race The RXV 450 is a serious challenge for Honda’s and KTM’s 450 EXC, particularly the Italian puts its massive down better than the

But with the AMA banning twin-cylinder bikes in pro racing, the bike’s future is somewhat cloudy.RXV 450 is all loads of usable power. The V puts out around 55 bhp in a much more tractable way than a When I first started the it was evident this off-road is very powerful (it sounds too).

Even with all the that rear tire in and the bike surges forward. is spread over a very range, and there’s plenty of You quickly develop biceps Popeye’s riding this Compared to a single, you have more power to play anywhere in the powerband but with engine-braking. That puts importance on braking and riding in corners.

Seat height is a 39.2 inches to allow of ground clearance and wheel The V-twin engine allows for an slimmer frame than a single. Balance is superb; it is the twin engine lends to naturally. Despite the fact Aprilia claims the engine the scale at no more than a the RXV weighs more than singles.

A claimed dry weight of less 220 pounds is not unusual on singles; the RXV 4.5 258 pounds. The actual weight of a KTM 450 is 255 pounds ready-to-ride with an tank, so if Aprilia is accurately the bike’s weight, the twin overly porky. Titanium and magnesium covers help to the weight of the engine down, but we the complex chassis and exhaust add weight compared with a

However, the balanced package and delivery compensate for the extra Our riding did not involve any big challenges, so it is to tell how the extra weight have affected us on tougher suspension was perfect for gravel with small stones-soft to absorb small hits but firm enough for high The standard setup is ideal for enduro riding, in other

For jumps and hitting big rocks or at speed, the fork springs are a bit on the side. There is very sag, but the rear shock under power. The rear is a single shock sitting on a aluminum swingarm. The shock has high/low-speed compression settings. The suspension is a 45mm USD adjustable

The SXV supermoto models got a differently 48mm USD fork and a wider to fit wider wheels. This it difficult to convert an RXV for supermoto. is different to suit the diverse styles.

All of the XVs are very single-minded and for racing. The adjustable fat handlebar and grips are nice but are placed too far for my liking. Too often I felt as if I was by my arms rather than full control. (This was noticeable on the powerful RXV 550.) On the track, I could easily the front where I wanted to go using too much muscle and be able to keep the throttle

The RXV 450 grips better than bikes out of bends-you can really go for it. The RXV 450 me away, and I was truly worried it was time for the 550. RXV 550: The Neither the 450 nor 550 are friendly enough for trail riding.

Suspension, chassis and wheels are the as on the 450. For the enduro part, I it difficult to stand up for any long on the 550. The power is so on-off and is so much of it that I spent time trying to tame the than actually testing it.

is the word. Even when that monster torque punishes the rear tire. As as I tried to do anything but baby the the rear wheel spun. its current engine mapping, the RXV 550 is a powerful beast of an enduro

Aprilia has several engine for the 550, but this one offered too torque too early in the powerband. It is a thing the brakes are good. I felt that I would not enough time on this test (the SXV supermotos waiting for us at the go-cart track on the side of the island) to get much out of the

The 550 wore me down so quickly, I to sit it out until I could get back on the 450 for the sessions. In reality, I would needed at least a full day on the RXV to get the most out of the power. The 550 simply has too power for the riding that we

It is the most demanding of Aprilia’s XVs to and should only be recommended to enduro riders.The exhaust which is barely visible the rear mudguard, is a true of art. The angled and slashed blend in to a very exciting Attention to detail is truly There is just as much put into the overall design and as into the 77-degree V engine.

RXVs come with a fuel tank, but there be a 3.2-gallon version available in markets. Conclusion The $8199 RXV 450 was fast on the gravel and dirt. It has the combination of tractability and speed.

It easily be flicked from to side on the grass track. The RXV 550 TBD) is just too much to and requires loads of skill the rider. It could be the expert’s but even an expert can’t do too magic with the rear spinning all the time.

Different engine mapping solve the problem. The 450 has the best of worlds, since it is smoother and more powerful than any 450. It was easier to control the delivery, and it flew around the track. The RXV 450 is ready to race and a average rider could challenging 450 singles on the track. has a habit of making things the first time.

Considering the company has engineered the new engines and to enter the unknown off-road it’s a big thumbs-up to Noale. RXV 45O

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