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The History of Aprilia Bikes
Like most motorcycle manufacturers, Aprilia started out manufacturing bicycles. Just after the Second World War Alberto Beggio opened a factory in Noale, Venice. After 20 years of producing simple bicycles, Beggio made his first motorcycle. The first bike had a capacity of just 50cc and quickly led to the development and production of the Colibre and Daniela mopeds.
From this development of scooters, Aprilia then moved onto motocross bikes. Aprilia produced their first competitive motocross bike in 1974 which quickly led to them dominating the motocross championships in just a few years.
After a period of focusing intensely on motocross machines, in the 1980's Aprilia decided to move into producing bigger, more powerful bikes. 1985 saw the birth of Aprilia racing, a racing outfit which would prove to be a dominant force in motorcycle racing for the next 30 years. Aprilia quickly saw success in the MotoGP which has let to many titles and successes over the years.
The key to Aprilia's success is in their wide range of designs. They are one of the few motorcycle manufacturers who produce all types of bike, from 50cc scooters right up to 1000cc racing machines. Aprilia are the only manufacturer in Europe to offer this wide, diverse range.
Since 2004 Aprilia have been part of the Piaggio group. This move has allowed Aprilia to focus more on their mid range motorcycles and has already led to some exciting developments. Two of the most exciting developments of recent years have been the Shiver 750 and the Mana 850. The Shiver is the first production bike to incorporate an electronic ride by wire throttle, and the Mana, the first to incorporate Aprilia's fully automatic electronic gearbox.
Though these two models have caused quite a stir in the motorcycle world, it is Aprilia's flagship superbike that gets the most attention. The RSV4 is the result of 33 championships victories, 254 MotoGP Championships and 8 Superbike wins. The RSV4 is at the absolute cutting edge of motorcycle design. It is a 'supersport' machine which shows exactly what the teams at Aprilia are capable of.
If you want more information about Aprilia bikes you can start by walking into any UK motorcycle dealer. Though this will get you so far, if you want specialist advice, you will need to go to a specialist Aprilia motorcycle dealer. A specialist Aprilia motorcycle dealer will - with their enthusiasm, knowledge and experience of these beautiful bikes - give you all the information and inspiration you need.
If you already own an Aprilia bike and need some help or support with it, there are many specialist Aprilia motorcycle dealers in London who will know your bike inside and out. They will be able to fully advise you on how best to look after it as well as provide a first class service should you need any work done.