I just loved the look of it and hoped that one day I would own one. They were very rare, and it was a couple of years before I actually saw one in the flesh, riding past in the town of Tain (see, can even remember when I first saw one!)
Years went on, I got a better paying job, bought my Skorpion, then one day went to a bike show where there was an Aprilia for sale! I was in a position to buy it, well until I stood next to it and realised that the saddle height was so high that I would be on tiptoe and probably fall over! Oh well, another dream shattered!
Over my 40 year motorcycling life I've never owned an Italian bike nor a trail bike, and this would have filled both those vacancies.
|Engine and transmission|
|Displacement:||562.00 ccm (34.29 cubic inches)|
|Engine type:||Single cylinder, four-stroke|
|Power:||45.00 HP (32.8 kW)) @ 7000 RPM|
|Top speed:||155.0 km/h (96.3 mph)|
|Bore x stroke:||94.0 x 81.0 mm (3.7 x 3.2 inches)|
|Valves per cylinder:||4|
|Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels|
|Front brakes:||Dual disc|
|Rear brakes:||Single disc|
|Physical measures and capacities|
|Weight incl. oil, gas, etc:||182.0 kg (401.2 pounds)|
|Fuel capacity:||18.00 litres (4.76 gallons)|