Aprilia

Specs and price of all two-wheelers from Aprilia



Aprilia is an Italian premium motorcycle manufacturer. Being one of the seven companies owned by Piaggio, Aprilia is headquartered at Noale, Italy. The consortium rolls out 3 types of two wheelers - Road, Offroads and Scooters. Moreover, it has a premium scooter brand named Scarabeo which has its production only in Spain and Italy. In the Road series, RSV4, Tuono V4, Dorsoduro, Mana, Shiver, RS4 and the RS are the existing beasts. Meanwhile the offroad category is blessed with RXV, RX, MXV, SXV and SX models. Then the scooters ranging from 50 cc to 850 cc segment do a better job for its branding.

Aprilia bikes are well known in the racing tracks. They have been awarded many world titles since they joined the racing championship. In 1992, Aprilia registered their very first FIM 125 cc World Championship through Alessandro Gramigni, an Italian road racer. It was the Aprilia RS 125 R motorcycle that caused victory for the Aprilia racing team. Then in 1994, through Max Biaggi, an Italian motorcycle racer, Aprilia crowned their initial FIM 250 cc World Championship. Aprilia also have some good words in national championships. In 1977, Ivan Alborghetti won 125 cc and 250 cc Italian motorcross championships.

The company was in deed founded to manufacture bicycles by Cavaliere Alberto Beggio after the Second World War in 1945, at Noale in Italy. Later in 1968, his son, Ivano Beggio took over the firm and commenced making motorcycle. At first, the company started with 50 cc engines. Witnessing its success, Aprilia moulded out mopeds named Colibri, Daniela and Packi. In 1970, a premium scooter brand, Scarabeo came in to existence. In the 80s Aprilia added enduro, trials and road bikes of between 50 and 600 cc to their line up. In 1983, the company launched St 125 road bike. Then an improved model, STX, and an enduro, the ET 50, in 1984.

As the consortium improved a lot, they were approached for outsourcing products for other motorcycle companies. It was Rotax, an Austrian engine manufacturer that approached Aprilia for the first time to outsource their engines in 1985. In the same year, Aprilia launched the 125 STX and the 350 STX.

In 1986 Aprilia launched a small sports variant, the AF1, which was comprised of a large tanked bike for African rallies such as the Dakar Rally. Aprilia won its first World Speed Championship at San Marino Grand Prix in Misano Loris Reggiani with the AF1. In 1992 , Aprilia entered in to the scooter market by launching Italy's first all-plastic scooter, the Amico LK and the twin cylinder scooter, the Pegaso 125.

In 2004 Piaggio & C. SpA acquired Aprilia to form the world's fourth largest motorcycle group With the acquisition by Piaggio brought out so many changes in the whole crew. New leaders were nominated. Roberto Colaninno (President of Piaggio & C.) became the President and Rocco Sabelli, the Managing Director of Aprilia. As a result of huge demonstration, Aprilia became the most successful motorcycle racing brand in the history on15 August 2010, surpassing the country brand, MV Agusta.

Aprilia started their operations in India by 2011. In the same year itself, the consortium commenced booking facility of the RSV4. Aprilia has only two showrooms in India. One is in Pune and the other one is a shared dealership along with Piaggio's own, Moto Guzzi in Gurgaon. At present, only 4 models are available in India - RSV4, Tuono V4, Dorsoduro 1200, Mana 850 GT.