‘It’s a great bike that has aged well’
‘It was the first bike to have full fly-by-wire throttle so you had rider modes and so on’
“It’s a good bike – we had a very good start with it back in 200708 when it first got launched, it was very, very popular. The only thing it suffers with is that I don’t think Aprilia renewed it enough and made enough noise about it, so sales tailed off. But it’s a great little bike that has aged well.
“When you look at it now it still looks cutting edge. When launched it was the first bike to have full fly-by-wire throttle so you had rider modes and so on. It’s a phenomenal little machine that’s great fun to ride and very reliable. We’ve had no mechanical issues with them, just the odd bit of electrical stuff early on. But mechanically they’ve always been very reliable with long service intervals. They hold their money pretty well on the used market, too. We’ve had ones come in that are four, five even six years old and they’ll still sell for up to £4000.
“They fell out of the limelight because Aprilia didn’t update the model enough. The brands that have done well in recent years, are the ones that are constantly launching new bikes.
“As for the chassis. It has good brakes – not full Brembos but the system’s good, while the later ones have ABS. It’s a good, reliable system. The forks are non-adjustable but most bikes in that class wouldn’t have them either.
“There’s no problems cosmetically either: no engine peeling, no excessive corrosion, nothing that I would flag up.
“You need to be a little wary of novice misuse because it’s that sort of bike and also A2 qualifying, so for years it’s been used as a restricted bike as well. But being a naked, there’s never a lot of damage unless someone’s had a big crash. Commuters use them, too, and someone who commutes wouldn’t necessarily look after their bike as well as an owner who uses it as a toy.
“The GT variant wasn’t very successful, mostly because they made a very pretty bike look very ugly. So that was a bit of a no-no. They were very hard to move.
“It’s got a lovely sounding engine and people like to enhance that with some Akrapovics or the like. Fly screens, too, with it being a naked are quite popular, too. And for the same reason as before, crash protectors are very popular, as well.”
Watch out for low-speed crash damage. Finish and brakes are generally good