Italian exotic with Japanese reliability?
Smooth and comfy with a rorty motor, and "look at me!" styling.
What is it?
You could consider it as Aprilia's answer to the Multistrada.
Upright riding position, tall suspension, 17" wheels.
Sharp handling, great ride.
What's it got?
A 1200cc 90 degree v-twin with the best sounding stock exhaust, and the best transmission of any bike I've owned.
Ride by wire with three modes (rain, tour, and sport - you'll never use rain), three levels of traction control, and switchable ABS.
The chassis features semi-active suspension front and rear.
The fork damping responds to inputs from the road in near-realtime.
The shock damping also responds, and the spring pre-load also responds.
The harder you push, the more you get back.
The suspension is also electrically adjustable from the dash.
The bike comes with side cases and a top box, as well as heated grips and cruise control.
The good things to know?
In addition to the above, it has a CalSci "medium" aftermarket windscreen.
It's never been dropped or crashed.
All services performed by the guys at Rockridge Two Wheels.
Resprung by Dave Moss to AF1 recommended specs.
Truly great mirrors.
Great two-up bike.
The bad things to know?
A faulty sidecase latch led to one coming off on the highway.
The case survived, but she's a bit scarred up.
See the photo.
The latch still needs to be fixed.
Its mileage is a bit high for its age, 28,702, compared to KBB's estimate of 15,600.
The paint on the exhaust can is flaking (they all do that, sir).
That's about it.
Priced for BARF - $7,500!
Looking for a 250 dualsport (CRF, WR, KLX), and would consider a partial trade.
Tor Sagen's Launch Review on YouTube.