APRILIA PEGASO STRADA 650 test
Intro: APRILIA PEGASO STRADA 650
Once a bike starts to show its age- a manufacturer really has two options. 1- give it a facelift and try to hide the signs of aging- 2- remodel it completely. It is this second option that Aprilia has selected for its Pegaso model.
Esthetique: Between trial and super-moto
Since Leonardo Da Vinci- we know that the Italians have a bit of an artistic flair. The design of the new Pegaso is no exception to the rule. It is trying to reinvent itself – somewhere between a trails bike and a supermoto machine. It’s allure is complemented by a racing colour scheme- with aluminium- red- and black.
A distinct resemblance to the RSV 1000- Aprilia ultra sports bike.
In terms of its finish- the Pegaso is not bad at all. Carbon effect plastic. Spoked wheels- and two large aluminium exhausts.
Motorization: A modest mono-cylinder
Up until now- the Pegaso has been powered by the single cylinder Rotax 650. But there is a change of allegiance at Aprilia- with a Yamaha kitting out the new version. It is the XT 660.
And it comes with all the characteristics of a Japanese bike. Good power beyond 3000 rpm- until you get past 5000- when it starts to fade somewhat.
With its 50 hp- the Pegaso isn-t exactly the most powerful of beasts- but it will certainly get you from A to B- and remain within speed limits. Those who like to stretch the law will be pleased to know that the Pegaso is capable of more than 160 km/h.
On the road: Easy and practical
Such urban scooters always try to be as practical as possible- and the Pegaso is no exception. There is a storage space underneath the seat.
And there is this box on the fuel tank – an idea borrowed from its direct competitor- the BMW Scarver. Add to that a trip computer to make for intuitive riding.
Gadgets- practical features- and a little gauge. As you can see- Aprilia is not hiding its intention to attract an increasingly female clientele. The Pegaso takes us off the beaten track- and with its trails history- it doesn-t really have any trouble.
It is not bad on the road either- provided you don’t push it too hard. There is minimal protection however.
So just who is this new Pegaso Strada aimed at- Those who are looking for a versatile little scooter. Those who are not looking for a lot of power. And those who have 7000 euros to spare.
It is more expensive than an XT- but less expensive than a Scarver. It will perhaps be the design and the Italian craftsmanship that will convince you.
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