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2012 Aprilias & Moto Guzzis – First Look

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

Piaggio Group’s two street motorcycle brands, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, are each rolling out a half-dozen models for 2012. Making a comeback, the legendary bad-boy Tuono adds V4 R to its name, thanks to two additional cylinders, 41 more horsepower and 22 fewer pounds. Its engine is adapted from the RSV4 superbike, which includes the latest throttle-by-wire system with three ...

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First Look: 2011-2012 Aprilias


In addition to an updated Shiver 750, Italian maker Aprilia, part of the Piaggio Group along with Moto Guzzi, has three new liter-class models for 2011, starting with a RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition of its championship- and comparison-winning racebike-with-lights. The SE’s Aprilia Performance Ride Control takes the 180-horsepower, $22,499 sportbike into electronic la-la-land with what Aprilia says is unique ...

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2011 Aprilia 750 Shiver – First Look


A few years after joining the Piaggio Group, Aprilia began building its own motors, including the 750cc 90-degree V-twin in the Shiver, which debuted in 2008. During our road test (Rider, December 2008), the 486 pounds-wet machine put 76 horsepower to the rear wheel on Jett Tuning’s Dynojet dyno. For 2011, the Aprilia 750 Shiver’s engine and chassis will remain ...

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Italian Bikes in a German Town: Aprilias in East Texas


by Steve Natt; photography by the author and Ted Phillips It was with more than a modicum of skepticism that I fielded the invitation to attend a weekend riding “some of the most beautiful roads in America,” in Texas, on exotic, high-performance Italian motorcycles. Reading the fine print had me really shaking my head like Scooby-Doo—a large contingent of Italophiles ...

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2009 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro – Road Test Review


photography by Kevin Wing When running late or feeling lazy, instead of my Wheaties I grab a chorizo- and-egg breakfast burrito from a popular Ventura eatery on my way to work. Normally, this indulgence sets me back $4.29. But one recent, harried morning, it cost me $207.29. The difference? Hooligan tax. Avoid mixing caffeine, tardiness and the Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro, ...

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2009 Aprilia Mana 850 – Road Test Review


[This 2009 Aprilia Mana 850 Road Test was originally published in the February 2009 issue of Rider magazine] If you judge this book by its cover, it is clearly a winner. Red, Italian and stylish, with a rumbling V-twin engine. Factor in the comfortable, upright riding position, optional side cases and one of the coolest features I’ve ever seen on ...

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2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver Twin – Road Test Review


The Aprilia Shiver is Aprilia’s first middleweight sportbike, a product of its plant in Noale, Italy. This factory has already served as the birthplace of the Tuono and RSV models, and many scooters, but in the past Aprilia had been buying its motors from Rotax. Now that it has become part of the Piaggio Group, Aprilia is building some of ...

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2003 Model Year Bike Reviews


(This article was published in the December 2002 issue of Rider magazine.) By Mark Tuttle Jr. Hope you’re hungry! There’s a veritable feast of new motorcycle models rolling out of the kitchen for 2003. Some are here already, others are on their way to dealers across the country. Most of the manufacturers waited for the September 2002 dealer shows or ...

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2001 Model Year Bike Reviews


The article The Stars of 2001 was published in the December 2000 issue of Rider magazine.) by Mark Tuttle Jr. Ready? Cue Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the theme from 2001, A Space Odyssey. Now, open the pod bay doors please, HAL—the new street motorcycle models rocketing their way to the U.S. for ’01 are all on these pages, even some 2002 ...

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