The 2007 RXV also features new graphics for a
more exclusive, racing look.
Clinical, decisive lines transmit a sensation of lightness and unbeatable build
quality. The design team has worked hard to create a distinctive Aprilia look
and feel, and has launched a whole new look in enduro and supermotard
motorcycles. Your gaze is inevitably attracted to the superb technology of the
RXV in the form of its V twin engine, mixed trellis and aluminium frame, and
mighty swingarm. The design of the tail and rear side panels abandons
traditional enduro styling and is totally innovative, just like the centrally
mounted exhaust system with twin tail pipes under the rear mudguard. In fact,
innovative design solutions catch your eye whichever way you look at the RXV.
And Aprilia Racing colours confirm that this is a bike that is born to compete.
As always with Aprilia, goods looks are just the outward shell of ingenious
design solutions. The fixed air guides for example, allow the fuel tank to pivot
upwards, giving easy access to the filter box.
Everything about the RXV is designed for victory in off-road racing. The quest
for perfection has driven the design team to pay close attention to even the
smallest details, following input from the champions who have ridden the bike in
top level racing. The seat is now lower and more rounded at the edges to enable
riders of all statures to get a better grip on the ground, and the brake pedal
has been reinforced to resist damage in the event of a fall or a collision with
stones or branches. These are just some examples of how race development can
cover all possible aspects of a motorcycle.
Engine: continuous evolution
The amazing V2 engine is the natural centrepiece of the RXV and its sister bike,
the SXV. Aprilia was the first manufacturer in the world to believe in the
potential of V twin engines in a market segment where nobody has ever had the
courage to try. Impressive results in top level racing in 2005 and 2006 have
shown that Aprilia was right. This exceptional engine (made entirely by Aprilia)
has now been transferred to Aprilia production motorcycles. Totally reliable on
the racetrack, the V2 engine has not been deprived of any of its technology or
performance by homologation for road use. Engine development also proceeded hand
in hand with chassis development from the word go, to ensure that these bikes
handle and perform as totally integrated machines.
The 77° V angle between the cylinders is the result of innumerable tests aimed
at maximising performance and minimising vibrations. The new engine vibrates far
less than any single without even requiring a balancer shaft.
The cylinders are integrated in the crankcase and are lined by replaceable wet
sleeves. The intelligent design of the V2 has also permitted engine accessories
to be arranged in an extremely rational way, keeping the powerplant as compact
as possible. The results are amazing: Aprilia’s V twin is one of the most
compact in the world, smaller than many singles of similar displacement. Design
solutions were specially selected for maximum power and a wide power band. The
sophisticated electronic engine management, developed by Aprilia Racing,
introduces a number of innovations for this type of motorcycle. The fuel
injection system features 38 mm throttle bodies (40 mm on the 550) and is
controlled by a programmable ECU. For 2007, the ECU has been given a new,
race-developed mapping that improves throttle control and makes power delivery
more progressive. The control cams for the throttle butterflies have been given
a new profile for the same reason. As a result, the 2007 bike is easier to
handle under all conditions, especially on difficult terrain and mud.
Reduced displacement per cylinder has permitted use of an extremely compact and
lightweight single-piece crankshaft. The gyroscopic effect of the crank is
therefore dramatically reduced. The engine responds instantly to throttle input,
making the whole bike faster and more agile.
Valve gear based on a single overhead cam and four titanium valves per cylinder
gives the best possible compromise between compactness, light weight and
Aprilia technology, of course, means more than just performance. Reliability and
durability are just as important. The V2 engine sets new standards in this
direction, and also guarantees beautifully easy access to all parts requiring
regular service like plugs, oil filter and air filter. The SXV and RXV also
boast far longer than average service intervals.
The same sort of effort has gone into weight reduction. The engine sets a new
record for a V twin, even with its starter motor fitted! This has been achieved
by an abundant use of super-lightweight prestige materials. The central
crankcase sections, for example, are made from aluminium silicon alloy. All
covers are in magnesium; the valves are in titanium; and the entire gear train
has been made lighter than ever before.
The engine is specially tuned to suit the use of motorcycle. The gear ratios are
also precisely calculated for supermotard use in the case of the SXV or enduro
use on the RXV. Even the injection and ignition mapping have been modified to
give the two engines the right character and performance for the bike; higher
revving on the supermotard, smoother and torquier at low to medium revs on the
Technical specifications of the V2 engine:
Electronic fuel injection with 38 mm throttle bodies (40 mm on the 550 cc
Dry sump lubrication with external oil tank. Separate lubrication for gearbox
and engine ensures that the engine oil is not contaminated by clutch plate
particles, and remains fully efficient for far longer.
Single overhead cam, titanium valves.
Cylinders integrated in crankcase, wet liners.
Reg Maximum engine speed 13,000 rpm (450 supermotard).
Improvements for 2007
New piston profile
New piston rings
New ECU mapping
New starter motor gearing ratio
Extended service intervals
Chassis: lighter than ever
An uncompromising machine like the RXV demands a unique and effective chassis.
The perimeter frame was developed in conjunction with the engine and features a
tubular steel trellis structure, interference fitted to pressed aluminium side
plates to form an extremely rigid assembly. The engine also forms an integral
part of the chassis, acting as a load-bearing element and contributing to
exceptional overall rigidity. For 2007, this frame has lost a further 500 grams
in weight to become one of the lightest enduro frames around.
The variable section aluminium swingarm is another example of brilliant
industrial design. Far more than just an element of style, this is the most
rigid swingarm on any motorcycle of this type. Rising rate linkages operate a
Sachs multi-adjustable monoshock with piggy-back cylinder and double high/low
speed settings. The 2007 RXV has a new suspension setup to improve stability and
control over rough ground. A new linkage has also been fitted to make suspension
action more progressive and give increased traction and control.
The 45 mm upside down fork is specially calibrated for enduro use. The fork is
also fully adjustable, so that you can set up your own suspension action exactly
as you want it. The 2007 bike has improved fork calibration designed with the
help of Aprilia’s official enduro racing team to improve high speed stability
and damping action over stony ground.
The unrivalled technology and performance of the chassis are supported by a
fantastic braking system. The RXV boasts Nissin calipers with lightweight wavy
discs (270 mm at the front) for unrivalled braking control in even the most
challenging conditions. The 240 mm rear disc and single piston caliper provide
the perfect balance between stopping power and ease of control
Components: ready to race
Every single component on the Aprilia RXV is selected for functionality and
To list just a few, the RXV is equipped with:
Compact and ultra-lightweight digital instrumentation for all the information
you could possibly need.
Variable section aluminium handlebars with no cross bar for perfect elasticity
High luminosity LED tail light.
There can be no doubt that the 2007 RXV is more race oriented than ever, thanks
to a new racing kit that comes with the bike and that allows you to transform it
into a virtually race-ready machine. The kit includes a lightweight front light
with simplified wiring to eliminate the ignition switch and instruments, number
holders, a LED tail light and rear mini-number holder, lightweight throttle
control with no starter and with a more gradual cam. Installation of this racing
component kit takes another 2 kg off the overall weight of the bike.
Accessories: more race-oriented
Even the accessories are the best you could wish for. Though the RXV already
gives you the best enduro performance you can get, Aprilia’s engineers, working
closely with Akrapovic technicians, have boosted exhaust performance even
further. The Akrapovic side exhaust kit is available in either steel or
titanium, and comes with dedicated ECU mapping. This race-only exhaust reduces
weight and boosts power over the entire rev range, especially at low revs. The
kit has been developed primarily for use in Extreme racing, the most challenging
of all enduro specialities though Aprilia’s official riders have already used it
in conventional enduro competitions too. Now the kit is available for all those
enduro fans out there who really want to get the most out of their RXV.