Tuesday, February 09, 2010

2010 Aprilia SXV 5.5: The hooligan’s choice


The Aprilia SXV 5.5 - the right tool for those who want to go out and play hard...
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We have, in the past, admitted that we don’t really ‘get’ supermotards. A bike with motocross-worthy suspension and riding position, combined with sticky, street-spec rubber sounds suspiciously like the two-wheeled equivalent of an SUV – neither a sports car, nor a utility vehicle and a compromise at everything it’s supposedly capable of doing.

Then again, maybe it’s not that bad after all. Not if you see what Motorcycle-USA have to say about the Aprilia SXV 5.5, which actually looks interesting even to us. Here are some excerpts:

Have you ever envisioned riding a top AMA Motocross team’s pumped-up and highly-tuned race bike on road rubber? Well now you can. Say hello to the Aprilia SXV 5.5. The $9,499 SXV 5.5 is the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s top-shelf Supermoto racer cloaked in full street-legal attire and seemingly designed to break every single traffic law in existence.

The scream emitted during fast idle from the engine’s internal mechanical flurry and the roar of the sleek and expensive looking 2-into-1-into-2 pipe configuration is wake-the-neighbours loud. Punch the throttle and feel the immediate burst of power from the unique 549cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine.

Right off the bottom, the engine pumps out upwards of 80% of its max torque from as low as 5,000rpm. Torque gradually increases, eventually peaking at 46Nm at 9,000 revs. This gives the engine such a wide spread of propulsion through its 11,400rpm range that it makes it difficult not to loft the front wheel through each of the transmission’s five gears. Overall throttle response is excellent and provides a direct feel to what’s happening at the business end of the rear Dunlop tyre around the racetrack at speed.

With the throttle pinned, the engine gains revs instantly and feels surprisingly similar to a hopped up and race-fuel fed 450cc single. The free revving nature of the engine, extremely close transmission gear ratios, and ultra-short final drive gearing contribute to an engine that spins-up faster than any other road-going motorcycle on the market. The SXV offers mind-boggling acceleration from stoplight to stoplight [and] the sound emitting from the tiny sculpted metal exhaust tips only adds to the thrill.

But buyers beware: Riding this bike is the quickest way for you to end up in the back of a cop car. Whether motoring down the road on the back wheel, getting sideways entering a corner, or drifting the rear tire through corner exit, the Aprilia SXV 5.5 is a true hooligan’s dream.

Sounds interesting to us. For the full story, please visit Motorcycle-USA

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2010 Aprilia SXV 5.5: Tech Specs

Engine: 549cc liquid-cooled SOHC 8-valve fuel-injected V-twin
Power: 61.6bhp@11,100rpm
Torque: 46Nm@9,000rpm
Transmission: 5-speed; chain final drive
Chassis: Steel-trellis/pressed aluminium hybrid
Front suspension: 48mm Marzocchi inverted fork; 2-way adjustable for compression and rebound damping; 10.8 inch travel
Rear suspension: Sachs hydraulic shock absorber; 4-way adjustable for high/low-speed compression, rebound and spring preload; 9.9 inch travel
Front Brake: 320mm disc with 4-piston FTE radial-mount calliper
Rear Brake: 240mm disc with single piston caliper
Front Wheel: 3.5 x 17-inch
Rear Wheel: 5.5 x 17-inch
Tyres: Dunlop Sportmax Qualifer 120/70-17, 180/55-17
Kerb Weight: 141kg
MSRP: $9,499

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