View Full Version : 450/550 Article & Opinion Piece

03-23-2006, 07:29 AM
Motorcycledaily (http://www.motorcycledaily.com/22march06_aprilia.htm) this morning:

03-23-2006, 07:52 AM
Most here would agree with the statement:

'We still feel that a lightweight sportbike using one of these engines (probably the 550cc version) has the potential to be one of the most exciting new models we've seen in a long time.'

Let's see if Piaggio/Aprilia will make our dreams a reality...

03-23-2006, 10:56 AM

Aprilia is to launch a 1000cc Superbike at the end of 2007 with the intention of re-entering the World Superbike Championship for 2008. Aprilia's top man, Leo Mercanti, recently confirmed the engine will be a V-4. Although no hard details are being released, expect the cylinder vee angle to be around 75 degrees with about 170 bhp for the road-going version that can be upped to 200 bhp when used on the race track. Aprilia hopes to keep the price for the road version to acceptable levels.

We mentioned some time ago that Aprilia were going to launch a 550cc road bike utilising the V-Twin motor from their SVX Supermoto. The idea has also been confirmed by management and it appears demand is already high. The only problem is that in either the 450 or 550 version, the motor needs a rebuild after every 60 hours of use, something a street bike rider will not put up with. So now the problem is how to make the motor more durable!