Aprilia MXV

Aorilia

$6399

Engine type: sohc Single

Displacement: 460cc Carburetion: EFI Transmission: automatic Final drive: gear Front brake: dual disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 60.4 in. Seat height: 30.9 in. Fuel capacity: 3.5 gal. Claimed dry weight: 397 lb.

A twin-cylinder motocrosser! Who would have thought such an outrageous bcrm-bustcr could exist? Leave it to the innovative thinkers at Aprilia to level whoops, doubles and even triples with distinctive Italian muscle and style. The fuel-injected, 77-degree, kick-start-only V-Twin has a single overhead cam and titanium valves allowing revs to 12,500 rpm. Ensuring that there is never too much power to hook up, a choice of "Big Bang" and "Screamer" ignition settings selectable from the handlebars deliver "hard/' soft" mappings.

$8499

Engine type: sohc V-Twin

Bore x stroke: 76.0 it 49.5mm Displacement: 449cc Transmission speeds: 5 Front wheel travel: 11.9 in. Rear wheel travel: 12.2 in. Fuel capacity: 2.0 gal. Seat height: 37.8 in. Front brake: disc Rear brake: disc Claimed dry weight: 229 lb.

$4899

Engine type: sohc Single

Displacement: 278cc Carburetion: EFI Transmission: automatic Final drive: gear Front brake: dual disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 53.5 In. Seat height: 32.0 in. Fuel capacity: 2.4 gal. Claimed dry weight: 326 lb.

Want the convenience of a scooter but not the ultramodern looks of a spaceship? Leave it to the Italians to come up with a thoroughly modern transportation device that still has the charm and spirit of a classic. The Scarabeo 500 has a big, motorcycle-like 16-inch wheel up front and a slightly smaller 14-incher in the reai-. This helps the 500 handle more like a motorcycle than a traditional scooter. Optional windscreen and rear luggage box increases around-town usability. Linked brakes and a dashboard that displays computerized trip information make your passage even more pleasurable.

Striking a balance between a small, urban-friendly scooter and a big, highway-capable maxi-mobile, the Sportcity rolls on 15-inch wheels for stability but has a short wheelbase for quick and easy maneuverability. Inset turnsignals and dual headlamps contribute to the sporty, modern styling, while pre-load-adjustable dual shocks make sure you'll get the right ride, whether loaded and two-up or solo. The built-in tinted windscreen should be fine for city use, but for those looking to travel the highways, a taller windscreen and rear luggage case are offered as options.

$3499/2799 Engine type: sohc Single Displacement: 181/96cc Carb.: 29mm Keihin/22mm Dell'Orto Transmission: automatic Final drive: gear Front brake: disc Rear brake: disc/drum Wheelbase: 54.8/49.4 in. Seat height: 31.9/30.7 in. Fuel capacity: 2.1 gal. Claimed dry weight: 340/194 lb.

Here's the quintessential Italian transportation system—or at least that's what Aprilia's marketing people would have you believe. But they do have a good point. The Scarabeo 200 combines a spunky, I81cc engine, 16-inch alloy wheels, disc brakes and an upright riding position with a flat floorboard. An undcrseat storage compartment provides enough space for a helmet, some textbooks or a few groceries. Also available: The Scarabeo 100, a smaller, 96cc version of the 200 offering plenty of savings in weight—and impact on the wallet.

$3499/2799 Engine type: sohc Single Displacement: 181/96cc Carb.: 29mm Keihin/22mm Dell'Orto Transmission: automatic Final drive: gear Front brake: disc Rear brake: disc/drum Wheelbase: 54.8/49.4 in. Seat height: 31.9/30.7 in. Fuel capacity: 2.1 gal. Claimed dry weight: 340/194 lb.

$2899/2099 Engine type: sohc Single

Displacement: 124/50cc Carb.: 30mm/17.5mm Keihin

Transmission: automatic Final drive: gear Front brake: disc Rear brake: drum Wheelbase: 53.5 in. Seat height: 30.5 in. Fuel capacity: 2.0 gal. Claimed dry weight: 257/231 lb.

$5499

Engine type: two-stroke Single

Displacement: 125cc Carburetion 28mm Dell'Orto

Transmission speeds: 6 Final drive: chain Front brake: disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 52.9 in. Seat height: 31.6 in. Fuel capacity: 3.7 gal. Claimed dry weight: 280 lb.

$3099

Engine type: two-stroke Single

Displacement: 49cc Carturetion: EFI Transmission: automatic Final drive: gear Front brake: disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 50.8 In. Seat height: 32.2 in. Fuel capacity: 1.8 gal. Claimed dry weight: 198 lb.

Who says scooters have to be economy-minded commuting machines? Well, okay, they arc, but they can also be wicked fun. Take the SR 50: You don't have to dig deep in Aprilia's war chest to find out where the design inspiration came from. With styling and an intake that's right off the big RSV 1000 R, the SR 50 has sporting intentions that are registered loud and clear. An analog tach adds a nice touch to the digital instrument cluster. Options include a racing monoshock, a 32-liter top box, windshields and footrest spoilers.

$5499

Engine type: two-stroke Single

Displacement: 125cc Carburetion 28mm Dell'Orto

Transmission speeds: 6 Final drive: chain Front brake: disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 52.9 in. Seat height: 31.6 in. Fuel capacity: 3.7 gal. Claimed dry weight: 280 lb.

Whether you're on the fast track to MotoGP fame and fortune, a hobby racer or simply a track-day devotee, the RS 125 is road-course ready and easy to ride. Its lightweight chassis, responsive, cat-like reflexes and zingy two-stroke single-cylinder engine deliver all the racing sensation and emotion that only a two-stroke, GP-bred machine can provide. But don't be misled by the fact that this bike comes equipped with street amenities; it's sold as a track-use-only bike that is not street-legal in the USA.

$17,899

Engine type: dohc Inline-Triple

Displacement: 1130cc Carburetion: EFI Transmission speeds: 6 Final drive: chain Front brake: dual disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 55.9 in. Seat height: 31.9 in. Fuel capacity: 5.5 gal. Claimed dry weight: 438 lb.

Okay, so you're sold on the idea of economical two-wheel transportation; but the current state of your personal economic situation—not to mention that of the rest of the world—makes even the meager monthly payments on a Scarabco 200 pie in the sky. That's where the Sportcity 125 fits in. It offers many of the same qualities found in Aprilia's high-end scooter range, but in a lighter-weight package that rolls on 14-inch wheels. Also available: The Sportcity 50, a smaller, $H00-less-expen-sive, 50cc version of the 125.

The Tornado 1130 is Benelli's flagship model, a stylish sportbike powered by a three-cylinder. 1130ec engine that punips out a load of stump-pulling torque. From behind at least, the Tornado is easily identified by the signature exhaust fans in the tailsection that draw air through the rear-mounted radiators. The frame utilizes large tubular-steel spars bolted and bonded onto aluminum plates. The fork is a Marzocchi and the shock an Extreme Tech unit working on an aluminum swingarm. Front braking is handled by powerful radial-mount Brembos.

This middleweight Triple—which was originally announced as a late 2009 model but did not materialize until 2010—fills an important gap in Benelli's range. It's a streetfighter powered by the same basic engine layout as the company's big-bore 1130s but destroked to 49.2mm from its sibling's 62.0. Different pistons give the 899 a higher, 12.5: i compression ratio. The chassis is very similar to the TnT Sport EVO's, with an identical wheelbase but a marginally lower scat height. Also available: The 899S, which has a sportier saddle and lower handlebars.

$12,599/13,299 Engine type: dohc inline-Triple

Displacement: 899cc Carbureton: EFI Transmission speeds: 6 Final drive: chain Front brake: dual disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 56.8 In. Seat height: 30.7 In. Fuel capacity: 4.4 gal. Claimed dry weight: 438 lb.

This Italian hooligan is more than just a stripped-down version of its cousin, Ihe Tomado sportbike. All attitude with performance to boot, the Sport is driven by a slightly detuned version of the repli-racer's liquid-cooled engine, bul it still packs a massive dose of torque. Side-mount radiators give the TnT a distinctive look. A 50mm Marzocchi fork and fully adjustable Extreme Tech shock are mated to a hybrid steel-trellis-and-aluminum-plate frame and trellis swingarm with eccentric chain adjusters. Also available: The gold-and-black Café Racer.

$16,999/16,299 Engine type: dohc inline-Triple

Displacement: 1130cc Caiburetion: EFI Transmission speeds: 6 Final drive: chain Front brake: dual disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 55.9 in. Seat height: 31.0 in. Fuel capacity: 4.6 gal. Claimed dry weight: 438 lb.

Take the same torquey Triple found in the company's other I I30cc motorcycles and stuff it into the frame of an upright, comfortable adventurer and you get this bike, the Tre K. This urban and asphalt explorer was designed to travel near or far in total comfort while carving apexes with ease. Its long-travel suspension includes a Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock with 6 inches of travel front and rear. The chassis incorporates a hybrid steel-trellis and aluminum-plate frame and swingarm. Also available: Adventurous types will like the more off-road-oriented, knobby-tire-equipped Amazonas.

$14,799/15,699 Engine type: dohc inline-Triple

Displacement: 1130cc Carburetor: EFI Transmission speeds: 6 Final drive: chain Front brake: dual disc Rear brake: disc Wheelbase: 55.9 in. Seat height: 31.0 in. Fuel capacity: 6.0 gal. Claimed dry weight: 451 lb.

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