2008 Aprilia RXV 4.5 450 Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Aprilia RXV 4.5

2008 Aprilia RXV 4.5 450 | Review

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I took a up to Hungry Valley State Recreation Area in California to the Aprilia RXV 4.5 on a variety of different of terrain—motocross, intermediate trails, washes, and rough single

First off, it revs and like a 250 two-…, but still has the power and grunt of 450 four-…. it sorely lacks the tractor-like which has made modern easy to ride, leaving the to constantly concentrate on power to the ground and the endless search for This is especially apparent in gnarly, single-track trails first gear is nearly to use, but second gear is too for the rev-happy engine.

Uphill sections necessitated the to sit as far back on the bike as possible to the rear end, at same feathering the clutch to keep looping out. On any other I would charge the section my … a few inches off the seat, on the pegs, and using the back-end to around obstacles. The lack of on the Aprilia necessitated a completing riding style in certain

I was impressed with the stock and it was great for intermediate trail with a plush ride but rebound to flick and flow the rollers. The RXV actually performed on the motocross track, but when it to big whoop sections, the stock is way too slow causing the suspension to up and the bike to hobbyhorse across the of the whoops. I softened the rebound front and rear and that quite a bit, but it still a pin-it-and-pray strategy to clear the sections at speed.

The RXV 4.5 is light and flickable! For off-road, the seat, combined with the narrow tank-seat junction that there’s not a lot of mid-section for the to grip with the legs. puts more strain on the body to maintain the correct position.

I raised the handlebar to a more stand-up riding and that really opened up the and made for a better ride. importantly, I would bolt on a damper to help the Aprilia in a straight line and reduce the headshake. With the amount of this bike puts a damper would benefit the end of the bike just as much as the end.

The RXV 4.5 requires additional effort to compared to single-cylinder 450s, and most likely not make a faster rider, but it sure cool on the trail. And, a large percentage of motorcycle enjoy looking at the bikes even more than them, there already is a for a bike like the Aprilia. there is the pleasure inherent in something different and seemingly

The  Aprilia RXV 4.5 is a definite but probably a little ahead of its It takes an expert hand to clutch and throttle to get the rear to hook up. But, if you take the to tailor the setups specifically for one it will be a blast to ride, and you look super-cool doing it.

Photo riders: Neil and Josh Nielsen

Photography by Don

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