An Italian produced bike, the 2012 Aprilia SXV is an attractive bike with plenty of attention to detail throughout the design. The frame has a mixed build with a tubular trellis structure and pressed aluminum side members. This allows for the Aprilia SXV 550 to remain stiff with some lateral flexibility. This is one of the many reasons that the handling is so proficient on the bike. In addition, the SXV boast a chassis where the engine itself is a part of the frame and contribute to the overall rigidity of the motorcycle. The aluminum alloy swingarm is both attractive and ingeniously designed to offer the higher rigidity available in its class. The linkage system allows for progressive increase of traction and control thanks to the high damping action of the monoshock. The 1.9-inch, inverted fork also boasts settings for high-speed stability and damping offroad. The suspension is coated in friction reducing tin, and the works with great precision, offering plenty of stability over bumps and cracks and small debris. The 2011 Aprilia SXV 550 comes with powerful, hydraulic, 12.6-inch disc front brakes and 9.5-inch, rear disc brakes. The worst feature of the SXV 550 is that the seat is uncomfortable.