Aprilia

Company history Aprilia

The Italian motorcycle manufacturer based in Noale belongs since 2004 to the Piaggio Group. Previously, the company was owned by the Beggio family. Alberto Beggio founded the company shortly after the Second World War in 1962, but specialized in bicycles. Only his son Ivano Beggio, who took over the company from 1968 to 2004, gave him the idea of ??producing motorcycles and motorcycles. They first started with 50 cc two-wheelers called Colibri, Daniela and Packi. In early 1970, they introduced the first off-road model Scarabeo. The motocross was produced until the end of the 70s in 50 - 125 cm³ versions. This was followed by a change in the company: Aprilia focused more on the development and could be all parts of suppliers manufacture.

In the 80s followed more Enduro, trial and street motorcycles with 50 to 600 cc, as 81 the first trial model TL320, 83 the road model ST125 which was further developed to STX. In addition, the sale began for the Enduro model ET50. Through a cooperation with the Austrian engine manufacturer Rotex followed the models 125 STX, 350 STX, the road racer AF1 and the Tuareg with a large tank.

In the early 90s, the offer was extended by a few scooters, such as the AMICO, the first scooter with a complete plastic body. In the New York Museum of Modern Art was the naked bike by designer Philippe Starck Moto 6.5. issued by 1995. In the same year, the Fima managed a brilliant cooperation agreement with BMW, which took over the production of the F650 singles. The 1000 cc V2 engine developed by Rotex was first used in 1998 in the Superbike RSV Mille and in modified form later in the models Falco, Caponord, RST 1000 Futura and Tuono. Thus, Aprilia jumped into the 'Big Bike' category.

Aprilia was the first Italian manufacturer with a regulated catalyst in the big models and one of the first to build an efficient off-road ABS. In 2003, the successor of RSV Mille followed the RSV 1000, which is still Aprilia's most successful and iconic product. As once "MOTORCYCLE" headlined "The miracle from Noale". In 2004, Aprilia remembered your off-road roots, came with the RXV / SXV 4.5 / 5.5 on the market, which immediately won the Supermoto World Cup. In 2006, this series went into production.

In order to become Europe's largest and most important brand, Ivano 2000 bought the famous but rather ailing traditional companies Moto Guzzi and Laverda. Unfortunately, he could not count on the collapse of the scooter market, whereupon he slipped into a life-threatening financial crisis and thus at the end of 2004 the company took over the Piaggio Group. After six years of abstinence for the 2009 season, Max Biaggi and Shin'ya Nakano returned to the Superbike World Championship with the new V4 super sports car RSV4 Factory. As required by the regulations, it is also produced and sold as a street version.

In the following years, wide models came on the market, i.a. 2007, the mid-size motorcycles Shiver 750 and the Mana 850 with automatic transmission, 2008 in the spring the Supermoto Dorsoduro, an alternative to Ducati's Hypermotorad. In addition, model lines such as u.a. Caponord, Tuono and SX.

For 2019, some new models are on the plan. The Aprilia RS 660 2019 parallel two-cylinder engine in the middle class. In addition, the RSV4 1100 Factory 2019 follows with lush 217 hp, which is made possible by a capacity increase to 1078 cc. The RSV4 range will also be enhanced with a new curve ABS. The model range of the naked bikes Tuono is extended with the V4 1100 RR 2019 and Factory 2019 with a semi-active electronic chassis. In the case of the Shiver 900 2019, the display in conjunction with the smartphone becomes a navigation device.

 

Fun Facts Aprilia

-The total annual production in 2006 was 109,214 units.
-Leider are currently declining the 2016 new registration: 1809, 2017: 1071
The Tuono model series are currently the best selling models

Aprilia Motorsport
-Since 1975 participants in the MotoGP. Moto GP is the premier class of motorcycle racing
The first MotoGP title came in -1992: Alex Gramigni became world champion in the 125cc class.
In 1994, Max Biaggi triumphed in Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Barcelona to become World Champion in the 250cc class
-For 2018, Scott Redding 2018 started driver 1, Aleix Espargaro driver 2

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