RideFast Magazine June 2019


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Aprilia SVX by

Simone Conti


Simone Conti is a genius Italian custom bike

builder and his latest creation takes one of

the most impressive motorcycle engines

ever produced and puts it into a custom-built

chassis that will leave you speechless.

In our mind, the Aprilia SXV 550 (and its smaller sibling, the Aprilia

SXV 450) is one of the most impressive motorcycles made in

modern time…with one caveat.

The 77° v-twin SXV made headlines with its impressive power

fi gures (70hp for the 550cc version), as well as its tendency to

blow itself apart.

A true race bike with lights, the SXV line was a bit of a disaster

for Aprilia, in terms of customer reliability, and unfortunately that

made the limited number of supermoto and dirt bikes produced

by Noale very short-lived with their owners.

So, it warms our heart whenever we see the SXV engine used

for other projects, if for no other reason than it makes us wonder

what could have been.

Take for example this sport bike custom from Simone Conti

Motorcycles, which turns the SXV into something that is quite far

from the original design intent.

Low and fast, SCM’s Aprilia SXV is a hard tail design with a doublewishbone

front-end and sack of snakes exhaust system that exists

under the seat. For bonus points, it tips the scales at a true 122kg.

Everything but the motor is the work of SCM, with metal

bodywork giving shape to the machine and helping to frame the

v-twin engine in its custom chassis.

SCM’s creation pleases us greatly, and not just because it uses

one of the most intriguing motorcycle engines to come in the last

20 years. We thought you would enjoy it as well.

Source: A&R


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