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Old 07-27-2010, 10:18 PM   #1
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Aprilia SXV 550

'Been researching Supermotos ever since I got an opportunity to ride a DRZ.... I found a super sexy looking Aprilia..... but OMFG! What big maintenance requirements you have....

http://slorider.com/Aprilia/manuals/...eIntervals.pdf

Change pistons and rings every 4k miles? OK, I'm sure that's a VERY conservative number but.... REALLY? Valve checks at the same time!? Most users on the net will do 600-700 mile oil changes.............. gahhh!

Any idea why this bike and those like it have the maintenance intervals indicated?

I get that it's a high performance machine intended solely for race use that just happens to be barely street legal; it wasn't meant to put down miles off track..... but pistons that need to be replaced every 4k miles? There HAS to be a legitimate reason for that... especially when considering that an SV650 twin doesn't even have a specified interval for pistons.

Someone explain this to me.

Though, it's so sexy even if that maintenance chart is legit it might be worth it:

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Old 07-27-2010, 10:43 PM   #2
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Thats nice! I swapped bikes with a friend for a short time. KTM 625 Supermoto. As soon as I got on it I missed the 4 cyl power. He then proceded to wheelie my bike all over the place. I told him to. The KTM was nice though, I kept that thing wide open the whole time, just downshifting in the turns, it was all I could do to keep up.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:47 PM   #3
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Ask Ion about those.

Although I think they have the bugs worked out now. And Daryl, what you rode does not compare to that beast. It's a v-twin.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:05 PM   #4
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Those things RULE Deals Gap...period.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:09 PM   #5
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Those things RULE Deals Gap...period.
Back it in!

There's one for sale 6000 initial asking price with 1k miles.

Could probably get it for a bit less since dealer retail asking is about 5800 and trade in is 4000.

For 5-5.5k for the ultimate in hooliganism.... seems like a good deal.... but then there's that maintenance.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:28 PM   #6
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My old KTM SM would smoke an FZ1 in the twisties around here. That Prilla would smoke the KTM.

Of course, it would have to be running in order to do that.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:04 AM   #7
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My old KTM SM would smoke an FZ1 in the twisties around here. That Prilla would smoke the KTM.

Of course, it would have to be running in order to do that.
Yeah, definitely not selling the FZ1 to get it if I did.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:30 AM   #8
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It's a race bike. Last I remember hearing from Ion was he was suing them to get his money back because it needed enough work to be a lemon and Aprilia wasn't paying the dealers to do it.
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It's a race bike. Last I remember hearing from Ion was he was suing them to get his money back because it needed enough work to be a lemon and Aprilia wasn't paying the dealers to do it.
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Hmmmmm well that's a shame....yeah should probably stick with japanese anyway. Will keep a lookout for prebuilt sm converts....thinking honda crf450 or similar.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:29 AM   #12
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I loved my Husky SMR 510. Was real dissapointed when I got rid of it to go to the KTM 690
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:32 AM   #13
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I loved my Husky SMR 510. Was real dissapointed when I got rid of it to go to the KTM 690
I love my Husky SM570 NOX.

sucks that i can't ride it for crap!
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Check out www.apriliaforum.com/forums and read up on it. Many engine failures early on, but they did get it worked out eventually. What year is that one? I think the year after Ion's was when they became somewhat dependable, at least compared to the first ones. A friend of mine bought an older one and was going to try to fix it, but ended up selling it to a guy for a parts bike.
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Hmmmmm well that's a shame....yeah should probably stick with japanese anyway. Will keep a lookout for prebuilt sm converts....thinking honda crf450 or similar.
The Euro purpose-builts are awesome for power/weight. For many the J dirt bike conversions are the way to go. At least the parts and dealer network are more accessible. But the problem here is that CA DMV seems to have the VINs all wired in now. Anything built in the last few years that wasn't plated to begin with is a problem.

If you watch the classifieds on supermotojunkie and thumpertalk you'll be drooling soon.
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Ktm 990smr my must have bike. 115hp vtwin.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:58 PM   #17
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Ktm 990smr my must have bike. 115hp vtwin.
Not a real supermoto.... 400 pounds. No thanks.

690 SMC, now that's where it's at. I actually did look at an SMC at the dealer.
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The Euro purpose-builts are awesome for power/weight. For many the J dirt bike conversions are the way to go. At least the parts and dealer network are more accessible. But the problem here is that CA DMV seems to have the VINs all wired in now. Anything built in the last few years that wasn't plated to begin with is a problem.

If you watch the classifieds on supermotojunkie and thumpertalk you'll be drooling soon.
Ideally I'd get a purpose built, plated, fuel injected and reasonably large displacement SM.... but once you get into those specs price skyrockets.

Which, when I found the 08 SXV I thought that was a damn good price.... though, apparently while the price may be right the value ain't so hot..... but it's soo sexy..... they should have just called it the SXE/SXY SuperModeltard; looks great and performs pleasurably when it wants to... but is high maintenance and finicky willingness to perform will likely drain you of your sanity... and money.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:22 PM   #19
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I test rode the Aprilia 450 in off-road trim shortly after they arrived in the states. More than enough power for off-road work. Not a bike for short people.

I can shred twisties on my plates GasGas EC300. The ultimate hooligan bike. 2 stroke, 6 speeds, Ohlins suspension and can be jetted to be smooth or violent. Off-road, some of my friends call me the "Violent Hillbilly". Stand too close and you will get used for traction.
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Thats what im talking about! A converted 2-smoker motard ;)
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