Aprilia RXV 4.5 for a dual sport or something else.......

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Pcfly, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    Howdy folks, I got myself enthralled by a 2008 Aprilia RXV 4.4 (450) and dispute knowing how unrefined, gas guzzling, garage needy and over-hp'ed this Italian hag is......I think I want one!! :bluduh Despite all my sensibility and education I can't help but want an RXV.

    I know I'd be better off with a WR250R, 2007 650X Challenge or a newer Husky before remotely thinking an Aprilia would make a decent DS! :loll I know the jury's verdict is in, court adjured, the fat lady sang but........damn, this bike just looks so bloody cool!! Can anybody give me any credibility to the RXV and it's DS characteristics? What do you think.......move on to something else?? The hype isn't justified?!? It's worth it?! Please let me know if this things going to leave me stranded 100miles from home in Death Valley...........which is where I like to take long weekend rides. I'm not a speed freak or one to break the sound barrier, rather I'm one to enjoy the scenery. The 650X is the most refined, probably the best of this lot but it's just a wee bit lacking in the heart racing dept. What would you guys recommend?? The goal is to off-set my 1200GS with a light weight trail bike, add a big gas tank and soft bags and do more technical sections that I wouldn't take the Rhino on.

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  2. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    Well, I have the single cylinder version of that bike ((ha ha, actually, they do share the exact same, complete $500 fuel pump assembly)) and it IS guaranteed to put a spring in your step, but would I try and dual-sport it all over again? I doubt it. Trans is too close ratio, fuel mileage sucks when you throttle it hard all the time, burns rear tires like going thru butter. It's fun, but I just dont know if its worth it.

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  3. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    Sweet husky!!! :thumb Which husky is it.....TE-610, TE-550?? I love the looks of these new Husky but again......I hear stories here and there about how they would let you down at just the wrong time. Yeah I should look for a WR250R but I just feel like I want to sleep with what I'm riding. Ok, that might be a little much but you get the point. :lol3 I should just change this thread into..... Show us pictures of your high maintenance, oil burning, exotic hag!!! :D

    I had a feeling this bike wasn't going to get a lot of hits here.

    Thanks for the input.
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  4. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    Actually, this 2010 TE450 is rock solid at this point, 4000 miles, doesn't burn any oil at all, has never boiled over, and like you said, if bikes were women, yeah, this one you would do with no beers before. It just might not be the one you finally decide to marry....

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  5. Rokoneer

    Rokoneer Been here awhile

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    I was just like you at one point and bought an Aprilia RXV based about 99% on the looks/sexy factor. I had it shipped across the country to me without ever having ridden one until it showed up at my door.

    Even when I sold it three months later it still looked amazing. Easily one of the top three sexiest looking bikes I've ever owned, and I've had some sexy machines.

    Twas not the bike for me. Maintenance intervals were ridiculous and the questionable reliability (mine was an '07) was ALWAYS on my mind when riding. I also found that having the motor screaming at 6800rpm's at 55mph was really, really annoying.

    All this being said, I'm not sure you shouldn't buy one just to realize your passion. If you don't you'll always wonder what it would have been like, and that will drive a sane man crazy. Plus, it may very well be everything you had hoped even though it wasn't for me.

    Opinion knowing what I now know of my personal experiences: Buy a Beta.
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  6. BC61

    BC61 Long timer

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    I own a 09 RXV 5.5 I use primarily for RallyMoto racing but have done a few dual sport rides. I have had a few head gasket issues but nothing else. I believe a properly sorted bike can be be just as reliable as the next brand.

    Your quoted line below

    "I'm not a speed freak or one to break the sound barrier, rather I'm one to enjoy the scenery."

    says this is not the bike for you. The RXV has two things going for it, it looks really cool and the bike is made to rip! Most of the 450 class bikes are not made for putting around though some can take it better than others. If you are looking for a 450 class bike for cruising the trail and you want a little more bike than a DRZ has to offer I'd look at the Husqvarna TE 449(TXC 449 if street legality is not an issue), a BMW G450 X or a KTM 450 EXC. If being street legal is not an issue you have even more options. Find a bike that is enduro specific as most mx based bikes don't have the cooling capacity for trail duty.

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  7. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    I was afraid you guys might give me that advise.... :bluduh

    There's certainly a lot of good bikes out......but there's certainly a lot of bikes without soul. I do like some of the Husky's and my brain likes the WR250R & G650X.
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  8. habahaba

    habahaba Adventurer

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    I have RXV550 2007 as a Dual Sport bike, and I love it. These are awesome machines as long as it has been set up right. The bad reputation for this bike came from the early ´06 and ´07 models, where Aprilia had some serious issues with product line.
    The must do mods in my opinion for the RXV is definately:
    -IMS 20liter fuel tank
    -Lithium battery(I have ultragravity 6900Ah)
    -longer ratios, I changed the front sprocket to 16 teeth

    When the bike has been mapped properly and supporting mods have been done, the fuel mileage is not so bad. Also bike is very light and its easy to handle even in the hard terrain.

    This bike puts a smile to my face every time I ride it, I recommend this bike to every adrenaline junkie :clap
    If you consider this bike, I suggest you get to know apriliaforums.com, there are lots of helpful information available.
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    arkansawyer Long timer

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    IMS 20l tank is $689 from justgastanks.com!
    Does anyone make a decent rear rack for a 450RXV? Maybe mounting rotopax jugs or using bungees to strap on a one gallon wally world can is the answer.
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    arkansawyer Long timer

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    Anyone have an opinion on the 12L Aprilia tank? They're around $300 + a bit under $100 for the seat.
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  11. mantan

    mantan Been here awhile

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    Hey Paul,

    Get the RXV, you will not be disappointed. I suggest 09 (or 10, same as 09) because it has all the fixes/updates from Aprilia and has the new swingarm which can take smaller rear sprockets, I am using 41t. You can try mine if you like, its a 550 with IMS tank, some soft luggage and even heated grips!

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  12. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    I'll take you up on your offer. I'll PM you.:thumb
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    arkansawyer Long timer

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    I'd like to thank each and every one of you who responded to my questions. My brother is coming in next Friday and I wanted to give him a cool birthday present for his 450. Too late now.

    PU doesn't list a 16T front sprocket. Only JT even offers the standard 15T. Fuel tanks? You guys are worse than HD owners.
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  14. habahaba

    habahaba Adventurer

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    Had some nice 800km ride at the finnish Lapland last weekend with my RXV 550. The bike was running like a dream, average fuel consumption during the trip was 33-35 MPG.
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    ktm950se Banned

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    Greetings,
    If you don't mind, what year is your machine, and how many total miles are on it?
    Any mechanical issues?

    I looks great! :thumb

    ktm950se
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  16. habahaba

    habahaba Adventurer

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    My bike is 2007 and total mileage is now around 2000 miles.
    When I bought this bike as new(at late 2009, it was some dealer leftovers), we opened the engine with my friend and re-sealed it before I run it. If you have later 2008-> bike, you dont have to do this.
    I have bought one new starter motor, but thats about it.
    Service intervals are short, but I dont mind changing the oils myself, its pretty simple when you learn to do it properly.
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  17. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    Thanks for the info.
    That bike is definitely on my radar screen! :evil

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  18. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    I really like the idea of this bike as an ADV bike mainly because it’s a twin makes plenty of power and is Italian :deal
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  19. James Adams

    James Adams ɹǝsn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn Administrator

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    I took it out on the street briefly yesterday to get gas and it's scary fast and handlebar vibes (from the engine, not the tires) are intense. :eek1


    This is going to be a hoot! :pynd
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  20. Pacote

    Pacote n00b

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    Dual sport riding?

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