Ridden & Rated: Aprilia Atlantic 500

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I approached this project trepidation, feeling that a just wasn-t anything I-d be in-until I evaluated the Atlantic I like its looks, with the curvaceous tail section and a reminiscent of a GL1500 Gold Immediately apparent is the high of care and craftsmanship with this machine was assembled. All of the parts fit together flawlessly, and are no flimsy, rattling plastic

I looked carefully, but I was unable to even a single flaw in the finish. The handlebar is attached to a body part that with the instrument panel to seal the front fork This means that water nor pebbles make it the roadway to the rider.

Speaking of I was especially impressed with the way the levers, master cylinders, pods, and handlebars are blended what appears as one smooth Its look is far more appealing the typical exposed handlebar various lumps attached.

The pictured has only a backrest, but a accessory rear trunk with a large underseat locker to provide 92 liters of That-s as much as a set of large on a traditional motorcycle. Even the accessory trunk, the large, under-seat storage area, is accessed quickly by flipping up the easily swallows a full-face with room to spare.

Without the helmet inside, it large enough to hold bags of groceries and a normal-sized

The Austrian-made Rotax engine is a liquid-cooled, four-valve single 460 cc and having a 10.5:1 compression Electronic fuel injection the starting and running chores a Continuously Variable Transmission eliminates the need for clutch and shift pedal. Just a fistful of throttle, and you-re

The front end rides on a 120/70/15 tire while a 140/60/14 power to the pavement. Brakes are by a single pot at the rear and two twin-piston up front. The left hand applies the rear and right-front the left-front is applied by the right lever. This linked arrangement is very familiar to Wing owners, though used to the left side lever requires care.

I more than once for a handful of clutch when a stop, only to find inadvertently placing the brakes in mode. You won-t make mistake more than a few The rear shocks are traditional units with five settings.

The Atlantic-s instruments the usual tach and speedo by a multi-mode display covering from fuel mileage to lap to-get this-battery voltage. signals do not self-cancel (tsk, and one staffer bemoaned the lack of control. Please, let-s be On a machine designed mostly for riding and short trips, I do not the lack of electronic cruise to be a detriment.

In fact, it-s a since engaging cruise other than uncongested roadway is dangerous. All other and switches are as one would expect the exception of the -light horn.- a switch that momentarily the high beam headlamp for other drivers. All of us felt the Atlantic-s lighting was excellent front and rear.

The Ride

The Atlantic 500 is a pleasure to solo-providing you-re tall to comfortably control the machine stopped. As near as we can reckon, requires an inseam of at least 28 The seat is comfortable enough to for hours, the suspension soaks up nicely, and braking action is The windscreen and fairing shield the well from wind and water.

Fuel mileage around 50 miles per gallon. The has a lot more spunk than one imagine, accelerating very away from traffic or onto freeway ramps, and effortlessly two-up at 80 miles per We especially had fun when challenged at a light by an -inner city Driving a small, foreign with loud exhaust and stereo, he continually revved his engine at the light.

When the turned green, I twisted the throttle in an effort to escape 100 of what passes for music days. Oh, man! What I done to this bike, I as I heard a loud howling coming from the rear.

Aprilia Atlantic 500

Not to worry, it was only my passenger, Editor Adrienne Warren with laughter as the mobile box struggled in our wake.

Speaking of riding two-up presented us some unexpected complaints our three test Co-Riders. of them complained profusely wind turbulence at speeds 50 miles per hour, and each that wind pressure at speeds made it difficult to their feet on the footpegs. not surprising, because the passenger are angled in a way that makes it to keep the balls of one-s on them without adopting a stance.

Mostly, passengers their heels on the footrests. One passenger couldn-t even the footrests.


A taller and windshield is available as an option and may be a purchase if the machine will see two-up use at freeway speeds. makers of motorcycle luggage and also offers a taller for the Atlantic. While discussing with Paul Collins of Paul told me that sold quite a few Atlantic already. He questions each as to what other bikes own, and he reports the majority of own a Gold Wing!

In supposing that maxi will appeal to Co-Riders, I identified the beginning of a new wave of riders, or do I merely have a grasp of the obvious? If maxi use does catch on with as we suppose, might we eventually see drill teams supplanted by composed of Gold Wing maxi scooters?

One thing-s for when the Wing Rider in the finds out how fun and convenient the Co-Rider-s is for in-town errands and short there-s likely to be a fight the keys. Admittedly, machines the Atlantic 500 will never the same long-distance, two-up, role of the Gold Wing. But if riders ever start machines that fit their rather than their maxi scooters like the 500 should do well in the American

At a suggested retail price of the Aprilia Atlantic 500 beats its competition by $1,800, and we think an excellent value. Contact local Aprilia dealer or the USA home office: Aprilia 109 Smoke Hill Lane, 190, Woodstock, Georgia www.apriliausa.com

Aprilia Atlantic 500
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