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Old 06-27-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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rxv 550

having sold my klr 650 to my son , i am in the market for a better dual sport. i have the opportunity for a 2000xr650 r for 2900$ or a 2007 rxv 550 for3600$ i know the 2007 rxv aprilia has a lot of baggage and potential problems, it has 1600 odd miles and if i rode it and all seemed well would any of you gamble on it ? my first instinct is to offer 2000 for the rxv because of its potential to grenade . ironbasher
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Old 06-27-2014, 08:17 PM   #2
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Go to apriliaforums and read the RXV sub-forum. Sure seems like a hot-rod.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:13 AM   #3
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The RXV is a full-on race bike. Mega power, mega torque, too much for many racing it. Race maintenance intervals, poor maintenance history, no rear sub-frame and low alternator output. It is NOT in any way, shape or form a Dual Sport. Unless you are racing it or a pure hooligan, you will be disappointed. And this is from some one who desperately wanted the SXV/RXV to be more.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:43 AM   #4
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Thank you guys for the replies, They gives me more points of view to ponder.I have my 650 v strom for street and dirt road, and am only pondering 10 mile or so trips on the street to get to single track stuff. I wanted more power and less weight than my klr and the 2 bikes locally were in my price range.Thanks again ironbasher1

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Old 06-29-2014, 11:44 AM   #5
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For competent, relatively lighter-weight dual sports (as opposed to KTM Enduro dirt bikes), you might consider:

Yamaha WR250R
Kawasaki KLX250S
Suzuki DR-Z400 (E or S)
Husqvarna TE610 or TE630
Suzuki DR-650
KTM 690E

depending on your preferences for power, torque, FI, weight, suspension and maintenance.

I can't plate a Honda XR650R in my State, but maybe you can. Great bike, really reliable - but no battery, so limited lighting and power accessory options without a full DS kit (which still doesn't do what I want it to). The XR650L is heavy and other choices above are better for me, but you might like one, especially if you are big/tall.

If you really don't need a Dual Sport, any of the recent KTM EXCs are street legal and many of the XCs can be made so, depending on your State regulations. Ditto for some Huskys and Husabergs, the Yamaha WR250F & 450F and Honda CRF250X/R and 450X/R.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:16 AM   #6
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having sold my klr 650 to my son , i am in the market for a better dual sport. i have the opportunity for a 2000xr650 r for 2900$ or a 2007 rxv 550 for3600$ i know the 2007 rxv aprilia has a lot of baggage and potential problems, it has 1600 odd miles and if i rode it and all seemed well would any of you gamble on it ? my first instinct is to offer 2000 for the rxv because of its potential to grenade . ironbasher
RXV is a race bike that needs attention every weekend.
If you need to ask if it's for you then it probably isn't.

I wouldn't buy that bike unless I owned an Aprilia dealership.
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:57 PM   #7
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:05 PM   #8
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The RXV. The bike I would kill to own if they dumbed it down enough to make it affordable and reliable. But..."how will people know it's Italian if it makes sense and doesn't spend most of its time in the shop?"
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:58 AM   #9
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RXV is fine

there is a lot of BS about the RXV above. I wonder how many of these geniuses actually had a 2008 or 2009 model.

My 09 550 s fine with 1500+ mile oil changes. I don't race, use it as a DS. No problem. 5700 miles. Only 1 issue so far, a $20 oil pressure switch.

150+ mile range with the IMS tank.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:27 PM   #10
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You're probably right, the issue is, it's designed to race and be rebuilt as needed, rather than being a super solid play bike. The question is....why not a consumer oriented one with less extreme engine, more torque, better service intervals, etc. I'd totally sign up for that.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:36 PM   #11
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OP~ Since you're close to the RXV guru (Amauri in Long Beach.) He can "sort" your 2007 to 2009 specs (and beyond.)

Get it and send the mill to him. He's on the apriliaforum in the RXV/SXV section. Come to think of it, Norty is there too!
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:02 PM   #12
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there is a lot of BS about the RXV above. I wonder how many of these geniuses actually had a 2008 or 2009 model.

My 09 550 s fine with 1500+ mile oil changes. I don't race, use it as a DS. No problem. 5700 miles. Only 1 issue so far, a $20 oil pressure switch.

150+ mile range with the IMS tank.
Yes, there is a lot of bashing going on! Mostly by people that have only "read" about the so called reliability factor. Sure it's a race bike, so it needs maintenance, but not excessively. Just your typical maintenance, like oil changes and valve clearance checks. Some people will just never understand.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:39 PM   #13
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Don't be afraid of the Aprillia. They say my KTM is high maintenance too. That's not entirely true. In fact other than oil changes every ten to fifteen hours and two to four rear tires a summer it is no maintenance. I have 180 hours on the motor. Valves have never moved. Couldn't say that about my "bulletproof " DRZ.

Could you have issues? Yep. Could you have a hell of a lot of fun? Yep. .....or you could buy the almost FIFTEEN year old Honda. Your choice.
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:13 AM   #14
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i have (2) friends that bought the rxv550 and rxv450. they both had serious issues. starters did not last more than a week. there were many other engine and mechanical related issues. when the bike ran right they were incredible.
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i have (2) friends that bought the rxv550 and rxv450. they both had serious issues. starters did not last more than a week. there were many other engine and mechanical related issues. when the bike ran right they were incredible.
I know a store owner/mechanic (complete nutcase when it comes to
Aprilia and KTM bikes) that gave up on the 550 very soon, too.
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