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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Aprilia Pegaso 650 is a stylish street motorcycle that’s more supermoto than its traillie-esque predecessors. Easy to ride and with great handling, it’s an ideal motorcycle for newbies and, with its lower seat option, smaller riders too. Shame the Aprilia Pegaso 650 has snatchy fuel injection but it sure looks great.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The same liquid-cooled, four stroke single in the Aprilia Pegaso 650 fires the Yamaha XT660X and the Yamaha MT-03, so this highly-respected single does the job. There’s no shortage of oomph but the jumpy fuel injection lets this motorcycle down, especially around town where it should shine. The Aprilia Pegaso 650 is a buzzy and sporty motorcycle at higher speeds, but the Aprilia Pegaso 650 makes back roads huge fun, however.

 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

With an upright, commanding seating position, excellent Brembo brakes and wonderfully light handling, the Aprilia Pegaso Strada provides no end of frisky fun. Even thundering down the motorway, the motorcycle holds its own (although expect a few vibes through the bars). Prone to missing neutral on occasion and the standard screen’s useless.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Aprilia Pegaso 650 has a funky glove compartment on top of the fuel tank (also housing the filler cap) plus decent underseat storage. There’s also an impressive, hi-tech dash which tells you everything from lap times to the state of your motorcycle's battery in a number of different languages. The Aprilia Pegaso 650 comes with a fuel gauge too. Extras include a higher seat (820mm), luggage and an adjustable screen. Compare and buy parts for the Aprila Pegaso in the MCN Shop.

Aprilia Pegaso (1997-2009)

Detail Value
New price £4,899
Used price range View Aprilia PEGASO 650 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 659 cc
Power 50 bhp
Top speed 112 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Nothing major to report but Aprilia Pegasos in earlier incarnations have been popular for donkey’s years so the outlook’s promising. Yamaha’s proven XT660 engine just keeps on going. If anything does give out on the newer model Aprilia Pegaso 650, it’ll probably be all that gadgetry on the dash.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Costing around £5000, in a low insurance group and with high mpg figures, the Aprilia Pegaso Strada’s a good, affordable motorcycle. Consider fitting a Power Commander (from around £300) to sort out the jerky injection and it’s still a pretty shrewd buy. BMW’s F650GS and Ducati’s Multistrada 620 motorcycles both come in costing more. Find an Aprilia Pegaso for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

1993: Original Aprilia Pegaso 600 introduced, taking over where the earlier Aprilia Tuareg 600 left off.
1997: Overhaul of original Aprilia Pegaso 600, including USD forks, new frame, 2-1-2 exhaust and bodywork.
2001: Updated brakes and suspension. Electronic fuel injection introduced.
2004: Minor model tweaks.
2005: All new Aprilia Pegaso 650.

 

Other Versions

Aprilia Pegaso 650 (1997 – 2004): long-running, highly-respected, dual purpose motorcycle. On-going tweaks have kept it in touch with (and often ahead of)opposition motorcycles in road tests. The looks aren’t ageing too well though.
Aprilia Pegaso 650 Trail: off-road motorcycle with higher seat, more ground clearance, more suspension travel, spoked aluminium wheels and slightly different geometry & brakes.

Specifications

Top speed 112 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13 secs
Max power 50 bhp
Max torque 45 ft-lb
Weight 170 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 58 mpg
Tank range 205 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 659 cc
Engine specification 4v single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame Steel spine
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Rebound and preload
Front brakes 320mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(13 reviews)

  • A true lightweight super single - leader in its class!

    merko

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had this bike for a few weeks now and it is everything I wanted and more. Get on the bike and feel at home. It starts on the button everytime and excelerates smoothly through the low ratio gears up to a comfortable 80mph cruising speed. The handling is amazing like my old 125 but much steadier and with great views over the traffic ahead. The flip up cover on the fuel tank is great - revealing a very useful "glove box" although its more like storage for your fags and phone. The digital readout gives loads of info including the time, fuel level, engine temp and a warning light at 6500rpm to change gear. Strengths: Looks, Handling, Ground Clearance, Styling - those blue wheels are wicked Glove box (cigarrette holder). Weaknesses: Restricting top speed, Vibration (but it's a single)

    23 October 2006

  • Great bike, unfairly underrated. Build quality is impressive

    railwaybob

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Mine bought with 8500 on the clock. Condition was like new, testament to the build quality. I'm told the silencers are the achilles heel and are very expensive to replace, check these out before buying! Not as vibey as you might expect, keep under 85 and it really is not bad at all. Mine has taller Givi screen,it looks better than the standard and is very effective. Economy 50mpg average. Strengths: Build, handling, except when pressing very hard, and ride comfort i.e. high set with straight back. Weaknesses: Front brakes can occasionally make you wish they were more powerful or double discs. Spark plug change is difficult. Demands precise gear use, unforgiving with frequent changes then! Oh, seat needs better padding, giving a sore botty after less than 50 miles.

    14 October 2006

  • Great commuter/light tourer but not for long hauls

    jongudg

    Average rating rating is 4

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    2001 ie model showing 18.5k owned for 2 weeks. Fuel economy 50-60mpg = 200/270 miles range, light, torquey, sustainable top speed probably 90,comfortable up to 80, practical (mine has Givi screen and racks). Fun to ride locally, good mirrors and great riding stance but after a 12 hour 350 mile day out I know why trials riders stand up a lot! Quality seems good, great round the lanes and A roads, not really a motorway bike. Excellent for filtering and quite stable. Corners reasonably well. Lots of sensible ideas BMW could copy. Strengths: Good all rounder,economy & range, very practical & versatile, not too narrowly focussed. Weaknesses: Saddle comfort - lack of ! - its only really bad fault.

    29 June 2006

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johnrodgers

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Mixed bag

After a 1000 miles on a 2000 Pegaso with the 652cc Rotax lump some initial impressions. The bike is very top heavy due to the twin silencers, and most of the weight is high up, after riding an MZ Skorpion it feels like an oil tanker. The engine feels lumpier than a Funduro I rode but overall performance is similar. Max comfortable cruising speed for me is 75mph which is reasonable for a single Lowest fuel economy on a tank has been 43mpg, highest 54mpg, at no time have I been remotely thrashing the bike. Brembos are predictably excellent, handling is very predicatable and fun but limited due to the weight. I have noticed the starter solenoid giving signs of imminent demise and the sprag clutch, starter and head gasket are all suspect on a bike with 16000 miles.

Fun bike to ride but I wouldn´t touch another one with a very long barge pole due to the amount of potentially expensive faults when there are more reliable Japaese alternatives.

27 July 2014 23:02

Dartmoormct

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about to get one

Hi I have a Pegaso coming on Sunday.  Really keen and looking forward to the ride.

08 February 2011 21:51

ipes1

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Loads of character and fun!

Always had sports bikes but pleasantly suprised with this single-cylinder all rounder. Added a high level front mudguard (& removed the front section of the lower fender) to make it look more like a supermoto and although not blisteringly fast, it is enough performance to have fun. Good for scratching and commuting with excellent features and details. A V-twin version would be awesome!

29 March 2007 12:28

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