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Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 09:59 PM
Micah and I went to Lukenbach Texas today to see the SXV display bike at the Harvest Classic, a vintage bike show consisting primarily of European brands.

The SXV on display was made from race spares and some production ready pieces, though the bike was not a "runner."

The bike was surprisingly complete and looked very near production ready. The unit at todays show was without an ECU, any instrumentation, and of course the motor did not run.

From just sitting on the bike, it appears that the SXV will be considerably lighter than the current generation of Supermoto motorcycles. This display SXV featured a relatively soft suspension, even for a light rider like me (135lbs). The brakes were Nissin Radial calipers up front with Brembo Radial Pumps. The rear was a full Nissin unit with reservoir in the pump.

The seating position is quite natural, and the seat itself, while narrow, actually seems to be more accomodating than the seat found on the KTM Duke or the Suzuki DR-Z 400SM. The weight is the thing that really impressed me about this bike though. It felt nearly 100 lbs lighter than the KTM Duke that I have had significant riding time on.

There is a possibilty that this SXV was artificially light, perhaps by way of a hollow engine, but I would tend to think that the engine in the display bike was actually a running engine at some point, as it showed signs of heat cycles, and oil stains.

Here are the pictures that I took of the bike.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:00 PM
engine side shot

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:01 PM
Note rear brake pump w/ integrated reservoir.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:02 PM
Lower suspension linkage

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:03 PM
Carbon fiber belly pan probably won't make it to production :)

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:05 PM
Oil fill location in center of pic indicates that this is indeed a dry sump engine.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:06 PM
Highly adjustable front forks held in by one sturdy looking bulk head.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:08 PM
That sticker in the center of the number plate commemerates Aprilia's World Championship with the SXV prototype in 2004

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:09 PM
Engine side left. The unlaminated carbon fiber airbox houses the complete throttle body assembly. Too bad, we could have really had a field day trying to find the innovations on them.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:10 PM
Engine side left lower.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:11 PM
As usual with Aprilia, the swingarm is a thing of beauty.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:13 PM
Bodywork looks production ready, so does the frame.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:14 PM
Note the gear position sensor.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:15 PM
Fanless radiators are handmade

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:16 PM
Note the extremely abbreviated race muffler (also visible in the first pic)

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:18 PM
Micah's attempt at an action shot on a bike that doesn't run.

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:21 PM
Note me, wondering how I'm going to afford one of these. (The radial Nissin calipers and wave rotors are easily visible in this shot.)

Steve / AF1 Racing
10-22-2005, 10:25 PM
At a modest 5'7", I haven't been exactly blown away by the saddle height on most SuperMotos.

I am happy to say that the SXV changes all of that. It is extremly natural for me despite my height, and I instantly felt comfortable on the saddle, which is saying a lot, because I hadn't felt all that good on any SuperMoto until today.

Go, Aprilia, GOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Jet City Racer
10-23-2005, 01:10 AM
Great pics Steve. Boy, I sure picked the wrong time to go to a Honda dealer. :crybaby:

mnm222876
10-23-2005, 01:38 AM
I have to go change my shorts. :lover: :lover: :lover:

duc slayer
10-24-2005, 10:49 AM
Thanks for the pics, those are beeeeeuutifull!!!! once agains wayne and garth come to mind shwing!!!!


and ckruzel if you happen to read this can you get started on some deacls of that engine cover????? The A with the intergrated lion's head, that would be a killer decal.