The style is clearly reminiscent of the Aprilia superbike world. No fan
will have trouble recognising the aesthetics the stylistic standards in
the new SRV 850 which, together with the performance, contributed to
confirming Aprilia motorcycles as the point of reference in the world of
Aprilia SRV 850 takes its origins based on the GP 800, the maxi two
cylinder launched by Piaggio Group in 2007 which established itself as
the most powerful scooter in the world. The Aprilia engineers enhanced
that revolutionary project, transferring to the SRV 850 the know-how
which stems from decades of victories on tracks all over the world and
which Aprilia has always transferred to its most sporty bikes such as
the Aprilia RSV4, the SBK 2010 world champion, and the muscular motard
Evolved in engine performance, revisited in weight, riding set-up and
aesthetics, SRV 850 brings to the scooter world the philosophy of
performance without compromise which is written into the Aprilia DNA.
NOT ONLY POWER: A UNIQUE ENGINE
The Aprilia SRV 850 engine is the first and only 90° V two cylinder
scooter engine and it makes the maxi from Veneto the fastest and most
powerful scooter ever manufactured anywhere in the world.
Liquid cooled, equipped with electronic injection, with distribution of 4
valves per cylinder and twin-spark ignition, the engine has a
displacement of 839.3 cc. Thanks to a new optimisation of the engine
control system, it now reaches a maximum power of 55.9 kW (76.0 HP) at
7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 76.5 Nm (7.8 kgm) at 6,000 rpm, specs
which place the new SRV 850 at the top of its category. Two new oxygen
probes (lambda) allow the engine control unit to optimise management of
the fuel-oil mixture for the two cylinders, all to the advantage of
combustion, obtaining a regularity of operation at idle speed and a
progressiveness and torque flexibility at medium rpms which are a
reference point for this type of engine architecture.
The new system guarantees maximum efficiency in terms of fuel economy
and emissions control so much that they already meet the future
(stricter) requirements of Euro 4 approval.
But it is not just power that the designers had in mind when they
conceived this extraordinary engine: crankshaft and transmission group
were designed with a rotational motion opposite that of the wheels in
order to have a significant reduction of rotating inertia and the
gyroscopic effect: by doing this the handling and quick entrance into
turns of the Aprilia SRV 850 is increased.
On Aprilia SRV 850 the engine is secured in a completely integrated way
to the frame thanks to an elastic mounting to contain vibrations and the
final drive is entrusted to a robust, but sophisticated, Regina Z-ring
The exhaust system, completely free of the frame in order to keep
vibrations to a minimum, is a 2-in-1 system which terminates in an
aggressively styled silencer with heat shield.
THE STYLE OF THE APRILIA MAXI
SRV 850 brings the style of the Aprilia maxi bikes to the scooter world.
If the eyes are the mirrors of the soul, the front end of the SRV 850
leaves no doubts as to the nature of the first Aprilia two cylinder
scooter: the style which made the RSV4 popular, the SBK 2010 SBK World
Champion bike, is offered here in its entirety. The triple headlight,
the dynamic air intakes under the headlight assembly, the racing fairing
designed in the wind tunnel, are all elements which the SRV 850 has in
common with the bike that revolutionised the supersport world. The
colours of the livery recall the colour range of its "sister", the RSV4,
including the two-tone Black-Red which characterises the Factory
version of the Superbike from Veneto, the one that Max Biaggi rides in
world championship races.
Even the front mudguard and the mirrors, which house the built in turn
indicators, are faithful to the Aprilia racing style, as is the design
of the half-handlebars: the two arms are made of aluminium and the new
hand grips emphasise its sporty nature. The new instrument panel, in
perfect Aprilia Racing style, is at the same level as the best
supersport bikes. A large, central LCD is combined with the large
analogue instruments (speedometer and rpm indicator), a true on board
computer with a vast number of functions (including: double trip
odometer, total odometer, service LED, radiator temperature) selectable
with a "mode" button located on the handlebar.
The large saddle, made in Hi-Tech material, is in line with the sport
design but offers great comfort for rider and passenger. The sleek and
slender rear end of the SRV 850 ends with a spectacular LED technology
light assembly which the new maxi two cylinder from Aprilia shares with
the Dorsoduro 1200, another “extreme”, bike, standard bearer of the
Aprilia maxi bike muscular sportiness: a family of vehicles which the
SRV 850 is a full member of, bringing unique sport characteristics to
the scooter world without compromises, not even in style.
FRAME AND CHASSIS
The generous power of the Aprilia two cylinder’s engine demands a
superbly rigid chassis. The double cradle frame of the Aprilia SRV 850
is made of steel trellis pipes with reinforcing and rigidity plates.
Simulations and road tests have demonstrated that the SRV 850 has a
coefficient of stability at full power similar to a motorcycle (1
rad/sec) and almost twice as high as a conventional scooter. The high
level of rigidity translates into an extraordinary sensation of riding
control which also stems from the 5 kg lightening realised on the RSV
850. The new sport maxi scooter from Aprilia leans into bends like a
sport bike, reaching angles of 45°, always holding a neutral behaviour
and extraordinary road holding.
Even analysing the suspension department it is easy to see how much
Aprilia motorcycling know-how was passed on to the new SRV 850. At the
rear there is a swingarm made of cast aluminium and secured directly to
the side plates of the frame. It is clamped by suspension linkages that
are dominated by a horizontally mounted, lateral hydraulic monoshock
absorber, adjustable to seven different preload settings.
Compared to the GP 800 the fork made in aluminium with large 41 mm
stanchions - adopts a more sustained calibration resulting in
significant improvement of dynamic control of the vehicle, improving
braking and leaning stability.
The wheel rims, 16” at the front and 15” on the rear are manufactured in
aluminium to minimise unsuspended mass and guarantee riding precision.
Overall performance is also helped by standard equipment radial tyres,
120/70 at the front and 160/60 on the driving wheel.
The braking system at the front uses Brembo Gold Series double piston
floating callipers and two 300mm semi-floating steel discs. On the rear
the floating calliper with two opposing pistons acts on a 280 mm steel
disc. The piping covered in metallic trellis and the levers which can be
adjusted to 4 positions, are further testimony to the attention placed
on realisation of the braking system. The Aprilia SRV 850 is even
equipped with a parking brake operated by a practical lever on the right
of the leg shield.