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Old 04-05-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
Zeus99 OP
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Aprilia Pegaso Trail: Yes or No?

Hi guys!

A have this huge dilemma.
I've sold my street bike to buy an entry level adventure/dual purpose bike.
I plan to go off road as much as I can, doing trips on the bike, fire roads and such, no hard core enduro.
I also commute to work every day on a bike, come rain or shine.

I'm 5'7" so my options are quite limited.
It basically comes down to two bikes:
BMW F650gs single or Aprilia Pegaso Trail.

At the moment I'm slightly biased to Trail because of the overall more modern feeling, higher ground clearance and livelier engine.
And it's much cheaper than the beamer.
But I'm concerned about the stuttering down low and questionable dependability. And i don't know how well it deals with being dropped since it will happen in the wild.
Also, I can't make my mind which bike is uglier :)
I can't seem to find some good quality reviews on the net.

So my question is...are there any Trail owners out there that take it off road sometimes, who can give me their two cents about the bike?

If you can compare it to BMW F650gs single, that would be fantastic! :)

Happy riding!
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:13 PM   #2
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I'm in the same boat as you. Looking for a first dual sports bike. Found the Aprilia. Especially good value used. The BMW's are expensive and also have their weak points such as suspension. The 660 Yamaha engine should be fine and has proven itself in the 660 Tenere. I can only find some reference to low rpm behaviour in UK reviews (MCN), not in mainland EU reviews. I think Aprilia produces quality material.

The only three things that I would like to know are: How is the suspension? How resourceful must one get to get accessories for adv riding a.k.a. farkles? And what are the weak points of the bike?

The suspension doesn't seem real high-end as the forks are standard type, non-adjustable, sachs unit on the back. I would like to hear from folks who have ridden them in various terrain. But then again, this can be upgraded (front fork with triples from a Shiver, maybe?).

There is not a lot of aftermarket stuff for this bike, but if you're handy there should be options enough to get what you want.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:25 AM   #3
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Finding various opinions. But at least I also found a guy who rode many continents with it:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...660-vs-56206-4
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tst...3_americas.php
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tst...rats/index.php
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tst...ss_to_peru.php

Bottom line is, the bike is pretty good, especially for the secondhand prices. Some things do break down (electrical connections and fuel pump are of note) but other bikes also have their own quirks.

I have my eye on one with just 10 000km, now to scrape together some money for it.
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