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2007 Aprilia SXV Photo Gallery

2007 Aprilia SXVThere's plenty of folks who are wondering just what the hell Aprilia is doing in the off-road market with its crazy V-Twin and fuel injection. It's doing a damn fine job, that's what. Check out our 2007 Aprilia RXV/SXV First Ride

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JC was enthusiastic about the possibilities of owning an Aprilia. As the only fuel-injected V-Twin supermoto machine, it’s likely that others will feel the same way.
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JC was learning the ropes on the supermoto track. Finding confidence in the tires and learning their limits is a big hurdle for dirt-only guys. It might look like he’s backing it in, but Hilde got caught testing how hard he could lay on the brakes.
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Faster guys felt that the fork was still a little soft despite being considerably larger than the RXV model.
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Obvious differences in the requirements of enduro and supermoto racing have led to some significant changes. Stiffer, 48mm fork, 17-inch wheels and oversized brakes are standard fare for SM machines.
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Aprilia includes supermoto as part of its off-road line. The SXV bikes are very similar to the RXV, but the differences are enough to warrant purchasing whichever bike based on your preferred style of riding.
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Aprilia's voyage into the off-road market is finally bearing fruit for the Italian company. The rumors have circulated long enough and it was almost a relief to finally set the story straight with our own MotoUSA test.
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JC does his best to get horizontal.
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Flicking through corners is simple on the Aprilia, but at 276 claimed pounds, it isn’t the lightest machine on the track.
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The race exhaust, right, helps cut weight by eliminating the tailpipes.
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The gripper seat actually made it difficult to move around in leathers. That thing is sticky.
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Shifting wasn’t as good as we would have liked on the SXV. Since the bike is almost always under full power when accelerating, the bike’s tendency to resist shifting under a load is more than a nuisance.
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Mmmm. Sexy.
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See, it can be done. Backing in the SXV comes with a bunch of rear-wheel chatter and the adoration of all nearby hot chicks.
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The swingarm looks right at home on the pavement. It bears a strong resemblance to the triangular CBR600RR units.
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Since riders stand much less on the supermoto track than they do riding enduro, the advantages of the angular bodywork are even more useful on the SXV.
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Watch for Aprilia to have a bigger presence in the American supermoto scene in short notice. If it comes street legal for 2008 the SXV sales will reach even higher.
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Hilde was battling poor style while trying to evaluate the bikes. He never did get the hang of leaving his feet on the pegs.
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Vibration was much more noticeable on the asphalt. JC thought it was comparable to that of a single-cylinder.
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Hah! Atkins wasn’t sparkin’ either.
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Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, NY was our host for both supermoto and enduro testing. Those densly-wooded forests surrounding the paved track gave us a typical East Coast trail; tight, twisty and full of roots.
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A 5.5-inch rear wheel and wider swingarm makes plenty of room for wide-pattern race tires.
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If it’s this hard to control the traction on a 4-stroke, we can’t imagine what it would be like to put slicks on a 2-stroke supermoto bike.
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The photographer never caught any sparks on film, but we swear, Hilde managed to touch the pegs on occasion.
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Atkins hops back onto the pavement after shredding the last dirty bowl turn and step-down.
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Hey, everybody gets passed sooner or later.
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Factory rider, Darryl Atkins was showing the newbies how to go fast in the dirt on slick tires. Actually, he was showing us how to go fast everywhere.
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Dunlop’s Sportmax tires were plenty grippy in JC’s mind, but several of the faster guys were itching for a real race-compound tire.
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Riding side-by-side with the 4.5 and 5.5 illustrated how much harder the big-bore bike will accelerate to the next corner.
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JC accelerates out of Turn 1 at Oakland Valley Race Park.
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Hilderbrand makes the inside line stick. The battle for Fastest Newbie honors was an intense, albeit slow one.
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Getting hard on the brakes is made easier by oversized rotors.
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The SXVs were very stable along the straight and settled through corners with precision. Holding your line is no problem on either the 450 or 550.
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Using a 320mm front rotor on the supermoto bike helps cut down those higher speeds with more authority.
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There were about four journalists who were on hand for their first SM experience. After riding the SXV machines, it surely won’t be their last.
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The larger wheels and suspension are a large portion of the five-pound difference between the SXV and RXV.
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Even though he’s spent his whole life riding in the dirt, JC elected to stick to the pavement for the supermoto testing. He did venture onto the dirt sections, but figured he was better off learning to ride on the street than learning to tuck and roll in leathers.