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Aprilia Motorcycle Reviews
Aprilia motorcycle reviews, comparisons and news from Rider magazine. Aprilia is an Italian motorcycle manufacture and part of the Piaggio Group along with Moto Guzzi. In 2010 the Aprilia RSV4/Factory was a main contender for the Rider magazine Motorcycle of the Year award.

2011 Aprilia Mana GT ABS Road Test

2011 Aprillia Mana GT ABS action

Bill Stermer
January 25, 2012

This 2011 Aprilia Mana GT ABS Road Test was originally published in the February 2012 issue of Rider magazine] Back when I learned to drive, most cars had a stick-shift transmission and drivers came to understand the relationship between clutches, gears and shifting points…which came in handy if they... Read more »

2012 Aprilias & Moto Guzzis – First Look

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

Greg Drevenstedt
December 8, 2011

Piaggio Group’s two street motorcycle brands, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, are each rolling out a half-dozen models for 2012. 2012 Aprilia Tuono V4 R 2012 Moto Guzzi California 90 Making a comeback, the legendary bad-boy Tuono adds V4 R to its name, thanks to two additional cylinders, 41 more horsepower... Read more »

First Look: 2011-2012 Aprilias

2011 aprilia rsv4 factory APRC Special Edition

Rider Contributor
November 30, 2010

2011 aprilia rsv4 factory APRC Special Edition 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.... Read more »

2011 Aprilia 750 Shiver [News Intro]

Aprilia Shiver 750 ABS

Rider Contributor
October 5, 2010

Aprilia Shiver 750 ABS 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... Read more »

Italian Bikes in a German Town: Aprilias in East Texas

Ed Cook (center) and Micah Shoemaker (right) founded AF1Racing.com in 2001. They opened their dealership in 2005, which is when roadracer Jon Francis (left) joined the team.

Steve Natt
May 5, 2010

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... Read more »

2009 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro Road Test

2009 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro

Rider Magazine
October 9, 2009

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2009 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro Road Test was originally published in the November 2009 issue of Rider] 2009 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro 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... Read more »

2009 Aprilia Mana 850 Road Test

the 2009 Aprilia Mana 850 stands apart from the motorcycling crowd by virtue of its Sportgear transmission. It is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), just like on a scooter.

Greg Drevenstedt
January 12, 2009

[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... Read more »

2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver Twin Road Test

Aprilia Shiver action

Bill Stermer
November 5, 2008

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... Read more »

2003 Model Year Bike Reviews

Radial front brakes, a titanium-nitride Ohlins fork and close-ratio six-speed tranny have been added to the 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
December 28, 2002

(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... Read more »

2001 Model Year Bike Reviews

The 2001 Aprilla Pegaso 650 I.E. features new Sagem EFI and a lower seat.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
December 1, 2000

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... Read more »

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