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Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - Aprilia Pegaso & Caponord

Updated on May 31, 2009

Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord

The Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord simply seems too blacked out to be truly effective from an aesthetic standpoint. The lines and proportions are not overly disagreeable and it seems like an overall well balanced motorcycle given the fact that it's an absolutely enormous motorcycle that is essentially set up for unpaved roads and light duty off roading. I love the twin disks up front especially since they are given the very attractive spiral spoke hub treatment, and I'm sure that those big hand guards will come in "handy" but I don't think I'd be taking a full one litre motorcycle with almost a hundred horses anywhere that would equate to more "off roading" than a fire road.

This bike is powered by a potent 998 cc, water cooled, 60° v-twin engine with a bore and stroke of 97 mm x 67.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.4 :1 which gives the motorcycle a staggering 98 horsepower (72.1 kW). When we consider the total curb weight of the motorcycle being 473 pounds (215 Kg.), and factor it into the brawny horsepower the result is 4.83 pounds per horsepower, which is not far off from the power to weight ratio of a Gemballa Mirage GT.

Verdict: Too large and overpowered for off roading, this motorcycle is most definitely not complimented by its monochromatic paint job, but otherwise it's a decent looking bike. BEST!

 Aprilia Pegaso 650

Pegasus was the winged horse sired by Poseidon, and the Aprilia Pegaso 650 is most certainly a mechanical winged horse in almost every regard. I really like this bike. The paint combination is far more successful than the Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord's boring monochrome and the greeny bronzy color seems to flow well with the rest of the shiny black surfaces. Yes, it's over busy in design, and I'm not in love with the center core of the bike which has too many uncomplimentary angles and protrustions but I can certainly see it adorning my garage for light fire roading, gravel roads, and very easy trails, although I can see that low front fender getting ripped to shreds within a few weeks.

This motorcycle is driven by a powerful 660 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder powerplant featuring a bore and stroke measuring 100 mm x 84 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which grants the bike a total of 48 horsepower (35.3 kW). When we factor in the total dry weight of the bike equalling 370 pounds (168 Kg.), and then factor that figure into the superlative power generated we get a result of 7.7 pounds per horsepower, which is close to the power to weight ratio of a Dodge Challenger Hemi.

Verdict: The Italians just couldn't resist overstyling the center part of the motorcycle, but unlike many of its competitors the final result is definitely on the pleasing side. This is one bike I'd love to own. BEST!

 Aprilia Pegaso 650 Factory

Take a really nice dual purpose motorcycle like the Aprilia Pegaso 650, tag on the Factory monicker to the end and what you have is a fairly horrible abomination. I'm not entirely against supermotards and hypermotards, as I'm sure that there are some riders out there who appreciate the qualities of a dual purpose motorcycle combined with the proper roadholding of smaller wheels and road tires, but the Aprilia Pegaso 650 Factory leaves me cold. The styling looks borderline dated, as if someone had taken a mid Nineties Honda XR650 and plunked small street wheels and tires on it, and the gold anodized look just doesn't do it for me.

The bike has a speedy 660 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder motor engineered with a bore and stroke of 100 mm x 84 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which bestows upon the model a very reasonable 48 horsepower (35.3 kW). When we look at the overall dry weight of the bike being 370 pounds (168 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the divine horsepower generated we get a final calculation of 7.7 pounds per horsepower, which is relatively comparable to the power to weight ratio of a Chevrolet Camaro 6.2 Litre V8.

Verdict: This bike doesn't look like it fits together at all. The wheels belong on one bike, the bodywork on another and the chassis on a third. I think I'll pass on this one. WORST!

Aprilia Pegaso 650 Trail

Where the Aprilia Pegaso 650 is an almost perfect fire roader, the Aprilia Pegaso 650 Trail almost completely hits the bullseye. Although I prefer the standard Pegaso's dual color paint scheme and find the various shades of gray on the Trail model a bit too stultifying, the Trail is darn near spot on in every other respect. The high mounted main front fender gives the bike a proper off roading look, and truly the only modification I'd make to the bike before purchasing it would be to replace the tires with something just a bit knobbier for better off road traction. This is most assuredly the number one motorcycle that would make me run not walk to my Aprilia dealer cash in hand. It very well may be the most beautiful and satisfying 650 dual purpose motorcycle out of all the current models from Europe and Japan.

The motorcycle is driven by a muscular 659 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine designed with a bore and stroke of 100 mm x 84 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which endows the motorcycle a potent 50 horsepower (36.8 kW). When we calculate the total weight of the motorcycle being 370 pounds (168 Kg.), and factor it into the fabulous horsepower on tap we get a total calculation of 7.39 pounds per horsepower, which is in the range of the power to weight ratio of a Shelby Mustang.

Verdict: Ignore the boring paint job and ride the Aprilia Pegaso 650 Trail, a fully competent dual purpose motorcycle which is 100% competitive with its Japanese counterparts such as the Kawasaki 650 KLR series. I'd buy it, repaint it, put some aggressive enduro tires on it and keep it forever. BEST!

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      tony ribera 

      7 years ago

      You may have just saved me £1000s----read your article on bmw---followed by this article on the aprilla pegaso trail 650---this will be my first big bike----saw this bike in shop in Birmingham---was taken with it---bandit-bmw650gs---truiph bonn---were all on my short list-- now its aprilla 650-----thanks---more un biased reviews please.


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