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be sure to check out this website dedicated entirely to aprilia motorcycles and scooters, from 50cc to 1000cc. it is run by two aprilia mechanics. Includes model-specific discussion forum, a forum mall for aprilia ftermarket goodies, tech tips, product reviews and an aprilia news section.

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...and I'll be test riding their bikes, and letting you all know what I think of them in the near future, right?

Come on, I live in Austin afterall!
 
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Ed, welcome. Good luck with your forum.

While you are here, may I ask you a question? It seems as though Aprilias aren't selling too well here in the states. Am I wrong about that? I have no hard facts for basis, but I've seen a few dealers slashing prices on 2000 models that they were unable to sell. There's even an Aprilia dealer here in Houston that has re-crated it's bikes and is sending them back to Aprilia. Maybe it geographical within the U.S.? I hope I am wrong, because they are sweet.
 

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I think the problem is parts, service, and the fact that if someone wants a flashy italian bike, their first thought is Ducati. If Aprilia had a truly phenomenally better machine than Ducati, or on par with the Japanese bikes, we might see more popularity. I love the RSV Mille 1000 R, but I know if and when I wrecked it, it'd be insanely painful to get parts, and to pay for them.

Mototek here in Austin is pretty dedicated to Aprilias from what I understand, so their sales are probably better because of their reputation. FYI, this new forum is put on by the guys at Mototek. I haven't been down there yet, since I've only been in Austin about a year, and bike riding about 4 months, but I understand they have race nights and all kinds of good stuff. Definitely sounds like the place is worth checking out if you're interested in Aprilias, and Aprilia racing.
 

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aprilia sales are picking up in the US. The are over 100 deales now. The hardest thing aprilia faces is that Americans have never heard of aprilia. Everytime i take one home, people on the streets ask me, what is that?? who make that??italian???

aprilia sales for the first year were strong...i think over 4,000 units overall. yes, there were some good deals to be had on some leftover 2000 models, but that wont be the case this year, they will all sell out. Aprilia USA has to order the bikes from Italy at the beginning of the year, and it is hard to predict what will sell the first year. Will Americans buy the 50cc, the 650cc, or 1000cc??? It may also be your dealer is unfamiliar with them, so they cant sell them very well. We only sell aprilia, and we sold every 2000 model we could get our hands on. What models did they re-crate???we really need some SR50s and RS50s.

go ride a Mille...you'll love it....rock solid handling, lots of torque, perfect reliability (unlike ducs), cheap replacement parts (unlike ducs), cheap maintenance (unlike ducs), and a sweet transmission with very short, very positive throws.


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rob,
yes we do work for mototek...come check out our shop

it is painfully EASY and CHEAP to get parts for your Mille...parts cost the same or less than honda or yamaha parts. Availibility is good too, 2-5 days tops. Service on these bikes costs no more than your GSXR...shim under bucket (no desmo, schmezmo) with 10K intervals. I havent seen one prob wih any of the Milles I have serviced (over 22) or sold (over 10).

you are right about people wanting A Ducati first...it will just take time for people to switch over to aprilia....you get a much better bike for a lot less money Mille R $17K versus 996S $20K+ or base Mille $13.8K versus 996 $16K...i work on a lot of Ducatis in our shop and, yes they are sexy as hell, they are just built like crap.

Known Ducati problems continue for many model years, bad cush drive design, weak batteries, bad electrical systems, weak clutches, blown motors, chrome flaking off of rocker arms, etc, etc

we havent started bike nights yet again this year...we hope to very soon...with Troy Corser winning so much, we are selling lots of bikes and are working 12+hr days. When we resume "bike nights", it will be on tues. nites and we have 3 TVs and a bigscreen to watch WSB and GP racing on Speedvision.

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Wow, see, that's the kind of info that needs to get into the publics eye. I had no idea that parts were reasonably priced, I just assumed if it's Italian, it's gonna be bad, sure you can understand that. Very good points about the Ducati craftsmanship, and lack of massive desmo tune ups :) Also wasn't aware that the pricing was better than Ducatis, I thought it was about the same, also great info.

Also, I meant to say "back riding" not "bike riding" in my previous post :)

I'll have to come check you guys out sometime soon.
 
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Ed, thanks for the info. I didn't get any details on what bikes that dealer was sending back; they obviously didn't want to talk about it. On a better note, "Houston Yamaha" which is only a few minutes from my house, just started caryring the Aprilia line, so it's easy for me to get my Italian-eye-candy fix. ;)
 
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