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I'm impressed. Hackfu is able to post an article from the future (Friday, February 23 @ 00:42:31 PST -- it's 8:16 p.m. Thursday, February 22 in the eastern time zone) about a new Aprilia web site that is "dedicated to collecting information on what the motorcycling consumer wants." Since the site is completely in Italian, it should get lots of input from the American audience. Nice graphics though.

 

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I have so much respect for Aprilia. Such a young company doing so well not only on the sales floor, but on the track as well. It really kills Triumph's excuse of not having the $$$$ to back a race team. And for them to buy (correct me if I'm wrong) Cagiva, Moto Guzzi, and Laverda shows a genuine passion for motorcycles. They've got people lining up for their scooters in Europe, and I'm sure those people will look to Aprilia when it's time to step up to something bigger. I wish they had a product in the U.S. I could buy. I really like the RS50, but I don't have the $$$ to buy a toy, I need every day transport (you can't carry 2stroke oil on that 1000 mile weekend). Maybe I'll go get an Aprilia hat and call it close enough.*sigh*
 

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The Falco and RSV's are super hot in my opinion, and could be usable everyday rides for my type of riding, but I can't pony up the $$$$. On my budget when a bike goes past $10,000 I get really apprehrensive. I strung out payments on my Speed Triple fpr so long I'll never get the loan right side up, and I won't do that to myself again. Sooner or later any bike gets kind of boring, but with a low payment I can keep adding performance parts, which keeps the bike interesting. I can't do that with a $13,000 motorcycle. *sigh*
 

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I know that Aprilia purchased Moto Guzzi, but I wasn't aware of them purchasing Laverda, and I'm almost sure they haven't purchased Cagiva. If they did, they would own about 6 different motorcycle lines. I don't know if even Aprilia would be able to make that successful.
 

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I can confirm that Aprilia have bought up Laverda as of a few months ago, also Guzzi, but I don't know of any connection with Cagiva which as far as I know is still owned by the Castiglioni brothers along with MV Agusta.

Aprilia is investing around $150 million in both Moto Guzzi and Laverda over the next three years so we can expect some very interesting new bikes from both those great companies in a few years time. Aprilia boss Ivano Beggio has a strong line of credit with the banks as Aprilia paid off all development loans for the RSV series a couple of years early, so finance isn't a problem.

I for one look forward to the revival of both Guzzi and Laverda. Guzzi was starved of investment during the De Tomaso era, while Laverda has been lurching from one bankruptcy to the next for at least a decade. At last both companies may have the management and financial backing that they deserve.
 

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Although I think the both the Falco and Futura can be used as everyday bikes, I feel your pain on the price issue. The rational side of my brain can't justify that much money when Japanese bikes of the same caliber are much cheaper. The other side keeps seeing those sexy Italian lines and wondering if the pitbull stands could keep the bike steady while I shagged my wife in the saddle. ;)
 

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I for one am happy to see Aprilia reaching out to the masses for opinions. This news only reassures me of my decision to buy their product. I picked up my 2001 RSV Mille R vin#11 last week and it is the most astonishing motorcycle I've ever encountered. I was looking to buy a Mille last summer but couldn't find the funds until recently. When I saw the pictures of the 01 models at the Munich bike show I went to the dealer the very next day with a deposit.



For those who have the chance to check one out I suggest you do. The build quality is amazing and these bikes must be seen in person to be really appreciated. I just hope these bikes don't become popular with the newbie crowd.
 

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So why don't you buy a BMW F650?

It's a rebadged Aprilia and one of the most versatile "every day transports" around.

BTW I've known guys who've done some serious cross-country touring on 2-strokers so the oil thing is not a problem (but their bikes were a little bigger than a RS50!)
 

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I can't tell you how refreshing it is to see a motorcycle company who actually cares what it's potential customers think. This type of forward thinking is probably why Aprilia is currently kicking some butt in the marketplace. I can only hope that someday the other major companies will pull their heads out of their rear ends and do the same thing. Then I might be able to inform the companies what I want.....A cruiser w/classic styling and accessories that are actually available. Also, most importantly an engine similar to the VTR Superhawk with about 150hp. Nice dream but why would any company listen to me? I'm only a potential customer!
 

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I dug through my back issues of magazines and I was wrong about Cagiva being purchased. I was thinking of an article in a brit mag that compared the Cagiva Mito 50 and the Aprilia RS50. But Aprilia definitley bought Laverda and Guzzi. Sorry about the brain fart.
 

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Re: So why don

You are absolutely right the latest F650GS is a brand new bike that's *not* a Pegaso clone but appears to still share quite a few components, and would still fit the bill nicely for the kind of bike the original poster was looking to buy. FWIW there are plenty of the Pegaso-clone F650's around and some good buys out there. Because Beemerphiles scoff at them for not being "true" BMWs, very nice used F650's don't always command the outrageous prices you usually see for a cherry Beemer.
 
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