2006 Aprilia RXV Review


Aprilia has improved on a bike that was already one of the best on the planet. Awards in the S2 class of the Supermotard World Championship and top finishes in the Enduro World Championship did not make its development team complacent. For the 2006 Aprilia RXV, the Italian company invented, developed, and tested new improvements to solidify its place at the top of the industry.

While Aprilia paid attention to every detail on the 2006 RXV the 77-degree V-Twin engine is the showpiece. The design that brought Victory home for Aprilia on the enduro and supermoto circuit now blazes trails in the consumer market, and suffice it to say, a V-Twin engine mounted on an off-road bike is groundbreaking. With a goal of producing the most power out of the smallest package possible, Aprilia used expensive but effective materials. Aluminum silicon alloy, magnesium, and titanium are not used sparingly, resulting in an engine that weighs only 71.4 pounds, yet produces up to 70 horsepower.

On the 2006 Aprilia RXV, a five-speed manual transmission with separate gearbox lubrication and final chain drive transfers that power efficiently to the wheels.

What would an enduro bike be without an amazing suspension system? Riders of the Aprilia RXV may never know. The beefy 45mm inverted fork is specifically designed for enduro situations, being fully adjustable for preload, rebound, and compression. Aprilia created the most rigid swing arm of any enduro/supermotard bike in the industry, with its variable section aluminum design. Rising rate linkages operate a Sachs multi-adjustable monoshock with piggy-back cylinder and double high/low speed settings. Crushing uneven ground at high speed is not only possible, but with the RXV, it also becomes a completely controllable experience.

Aprilia engineers realized a lightweight engine coupled to a heavy frame would be counterproductive. For the 2006 RXV, Aprilia used a tubular steel trellis structure, fitted with pressed aluminum side plates. This creates one of the lightest frames in the industry. The V-twin engine acts as a load-bearing component, which leads to the creation of a frame endowed with remarkable stiffness. This lightweight, powerful machine is ready to dominate the competition.

When riding in the dirt, rider control becomes the most important element. In order to facilitate proper control, variable section adjustable aluminum handlebars with no cross bar come standard on 2006 Aprilia RXV. The handlebars are able to be moved forward or backward several millimeters. A super-lightweight digital instrument panel gives the rider all the necessary information. For advanced enduro riders, Aprilia offers an optional racing kit, which converts the bike into a more track-oriented form.

Mud, water, foliage, and dusty trails are the domain of this bike, which means control and braking power is essential, and again, Aprilia does not disappoint. Up front, the Aprilia RXV has a Nissan radial-mounted four-piston caliper with a single 320mm wave-pattern floating disc, providing amazing stopping power. In the rear, a Nissan single-piston caliper with a 240mm wave-pattern disc slows the RXV down when you need it.

If you are seeking one of the best off-road enduro bikes in the world, look no further. With the available accessories, you can take this motorcycle from the showroom, straight to the track, with confidence that Aprilia has engineered a winning machine you can depend on.

New For 2006

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2006 Aprilia RXV Specs

  • Model:RXV
  • Engine Type: Two-Cylinder, Four-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 80 x 55 mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Fuel Injection
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Five-Speed Manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.06 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Upside Down Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 58.9 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 36.1 inches
  • Curb Weight: 271 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 90/90 – 21
  • Tires (Rear): 140/80 – 18


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Key Competitors For The 2006 Aprilia RXV

  • KTM 450 EXC