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MD First Ride: Aprilia SXV and RXV

Our European Road Tester Tor is quite possibly the busiest man in – he has been jetting around Continent’ (as the Brits call it) for the past month or so, testing of new models from all the big manufacturers. His trip landed him in Sicily, he climbed aboard all four of new small V-twins – the SXV (Supermoto) and RXV in both 450cc and 550cc Afterwards he was immediately off to test 990 Adventure, and this article was written in an airport or on a plane. the article, and sing your own of the “We Salute You” song that Budweiser commercial as a to our jet-lagged tester…

Following 2004 S2 supermoto championship all eyes have been on new 77 degree V-twin. Over a year period Aprilia has tested and raced the SXV. The efforts of both RXV and SXV came at the of 50 million Euros. Even so, will spend another 30 Euros on the off-road segment in the few years. Aprilia will not race in the S1 and S2 Supermoto championships but in the Enduro world championship the RXV.

Soon to come is a RXV for MX2 and an even larger displacement Rather than just one new model with one new engine, has launched four new motorcycles at the time. To make the confusion they are all different too.

So what are they and can you ride on the road? We will have a at the Supermoto first.

The SXV 450 is literally the same engine as the S2 race The 450 develops a staggering 60 bhp at 13,000 The engine was developed from at the Noale factory, as opposed to the Rotax mill from

Aprilia wanted to enter the market with a bang, and has so with the usual displacement, but in configuration. Aprilia has gone all the way in the department – everything from fluid reservoirs to the diamond frame and bodywork show attention to detail. There is no Aprilia planned to launch the SXV as a bike from the very

The SXV 550 is the most powerful 550 supermoto With 70 bhp and a dry weight of 128kg lbs.) the power-to-weight ratio is The power is instant and as controllable as a bike.

There is not much separates the SXV 550 from a full-on bike. The engine is virtually the but suspension and brakes are different. The SXV 550 is a beater out of the crate – Aprilia has the SXV 550 to be THE supermoto.

Compared to other high end the 60 hour service intervals for machine are not too bad, either.

We got the to compare the SXV 450 and 550 on a go-cart track in I started with the SXV 450 and after a few up laps it was evident that the new is very smooth for such a performance 450. I really had to the gearbox to get near the full but it was still enough to get me excited the power of the 550 version.

After the session on the 450 I swapped straight to the 550 and I was suddenly in Supermotard heaven. in the day I had ridden the RXV 550 enduro and it was just not at all in the dirt. The SXV 550 however is just It has so much usable power, and it can be from great lean as soon as the Dunlop D208RR are warm.

Suddenly, it was the 550 I preferred, and on tarmac the bigger SXV is everything you a supermoto to be. Powerful enough to wheelie through the whole and smooth enough to make you you will never ride a again!

Where on the 550 you can hold third before braking hard the corner, you need a short up into fourth on the 450. The box lubrication is separate from the and I never thought once the gearbox during the fast around the track. Aprilia has both the gearbox and clutch for life than you can expect a single.

Both SXV’s parts such as chassis, and brakes. The engine is the only The rear tire is a Dunlop 180/55-ZR17 and front 120/70-ZR17, that you would normally see on a This gives the SXV great when leaning all the way over, but slow it down a bit when from left to right to a top-spec single with a 160 rear tyre. These also allow you to stay on the for longer and get on it earlier.

Both have got a powerful radial caliper wrapping around a 270mm wavy disc up

Compared to the SXV, the RXV features a few that will make an RXV for supermoto use difficult. The SXV’s is wider to fit wider tyres fit wheels up to 6.5 inches) and to move the further out for the same reason. The USD fork is also calibrated than the 45mm fork on the

The frame is the same tubular trellis fitted to pressed plates for extra rigidity.

The RXV 550 will be the weapon of choice for Enduro aces Alex and Stefano Pessari during the season. They also us around on our test on the Enduro in Sicily. Luckily I rode the RXV 450

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Both bikes come top spec Michelin Enduro 3 tyres. Believe me – you need bit of grip you can get, especially on the RXV

The RXV 450 is all about usable power, of it. The rear tyre just in and rockets the bike forward. I first started the engine it was not evident this off road is very powerful, but it sounds good too.

Who could imagined a V-twin 450cc in a highly competitive Enduro only a few years ago? we thought, are for touring and adventure not a racer of this capacity. no mistake, this machine is for racing. Consider that WR450 has 40 or so horsepower. Then about the RXV 450, with

The RXV 450 blew me away, and I was truly when it was time for the 550.

the 450 nor 550 are friendly enough for easy trail riding. I found it to stand up for any long period of on the 550 – the power is so on-off, and there is so of it, that I spent more trying to tame the beast actually testing it. It wore me so quickly that I decided to sit it out I could get back on the 450.

As as I tried to do anything but nurture the the rear wheel spun up. The RXV 550 its current engine mapping is a powerful beast of an off-road It is the most demanding of Aprilia’s to ride and can only be recommended to Enduro riders.

Of all the four new the SXV 550 is my favourite. The super strong really fits this I only rode it on a supermoto but I suspect it will be just as fun on the Whilst having loads of fun on the with SXV 550, the RXV 450 was blindingly on the gravel and dirt.

It has the perfect combination of tractability and The RXV 450 could easily be flicked side to side on the grass too. On the other hand, the RXV 550 is too much to handle and requires of skill from the rider. It be the experts’ choice, but even an can’t do too much magic the rear wheel spinning up all the

Different engine mapping solve the problem, though. The RXV 450 has got the of both worlds, smoother and powerful than any other It was easier to control the power and it flew around the grass

I’ll take one RXV 450 and one SXV 550 then, you.

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