APRILIA PEGASO FACTORY (2007-2009) Review

Published: 01 March 2007

"Special 'Factory' version oozes Italian cool and style"

Aprilia Pegaso Factory motorcycle review - Riding

"Special 'Factory' version oozes Italian cool and style"

  • At a glance
  • 660cc  -  48 bhp
  • 58 mpg  -  137 miles range
  • Medium seat height (780mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The special 'Factory' version of Aprilia’s evergreen fuel-injected 660cc single-cylinder Pegaso (it’s been around in 1989 in various guises - it was the Italian firm’s first ever 'big' motorcycle) is a true gem. With its chunky new radial front brake, lightweight spoked rims, a smattering of carbon fibre and finished to look like its big brother Tuono or RSV Factory, the Aprilia Pegaso Factory oozes Italian cool and style. All this for just £4999.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Such a modest amount of power is never going to test the well set-up, lightweight chassis or grip from the Pirelli Diablo tyres, allowing you to ride the Aprilia Pegaso Factory pretty much flat-stick everywhere, including corners if you so wish. Because it’s hard to get into trouble on the Aprilia Pegaso Factroy and it doesn’t take itself too seriously it’s a giggle to ride. It’s one of those motorcycles you can’t wait to get back on, even after a long ride. Around town the Aprilia is nimble, roomy, comfortable and user-friendly.

Engine 4 out of 5

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Aprilia Pegaso Factory was a burbling twin rather than a single cylinder motorcycle; it’s jus so smooth. There’s none of the chugging, clattery bad manners you’d associate with such a large capacity single-cylinder engine, just smooth power from tickover all the way to 6000rpm, where the Aprilia makes its 48bhp maximum power. Although there’s enough power to have fun with around town or on very tight B-roads, for faster roads, touring or long distance touring you’re going to need to look something bigger.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Aprilia have really put to bed the old view that Italian bikes are unreliable. Such is the build quality, the durability of the engines and faultless operation of the electrics in the Aprilia Pegaso Factory as well as the other bikes in Aprilia’s range like the RSV and Tuono it wouldn’t be far wrong to think of Aprilia as a kind of ‘Italian Honda’.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

Five grand places the Aprilia Pegaso Factory in the ball-park of less exotic competition like, the Suzuki V-Strom 650, Kawasaki’s ER-6N, the Yamaha FZ-6 Fazer and the Honda Hornet. Granted, these motorcycles all have lots more performance than the Pegaso’s 48bhp engine could hope to dish out, and are better for riding long distances, but if you fancy funky bike to zip around town on, or a few hours going bonkers on backroads the Aprilia Pegaso Factory is well up to the job. Find an Aprilia Pegaso Factory for sale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

You get a lot for your £4999 with the Aprilia Pegaso Factory: a bullet-proof liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 48bhp single-cylinder motor, funky looks and a ‘boot’ to put stuff in, like sunglasses and maybe a Twirl on top of the tank, which has a cool electronic catch. With the Aprilia Pegaso Factory you also get special lightweight gold anodized spoked alloy wheels, a four-piston radial front brake, a radial piston master cylinder, braided steel hoses, Tuono handlebars and solid machined billet aluminium handlebar clamp and carbon fibre bodywork side guards exhaust shield and mudguard. The seat is slightly taller and there are new graphics too. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Pegaso Factory in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their APRILIA PEGASO FACTORY (2007-2009) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

First timer

13 November 2009 by Morgano

This is my first big bike. It is so stable to ride around town. It gives loads of confidence in the corners. It can be flicked from side to side with ease. It feels so light to ride & push around. I can't wait till I've run it in, at the moment I'm... Read more limited to 5500rpm. The brakes are fantastic pulling it to a halt in no time with ease. The power pulls from low down if you work the five gears. the best part is the looks, a great mix of Supermoto and Street style... & them wheels, Top Drawer. Lastly the seat is very comfy, sit back and upright around town, slide forwards and hug the tank when out on the A & B roads. If there is a negative then it would be, Sounds great just not loud enough over the wind at the top end of legal speeds. Enjoy.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

what a great little bike

16 March 2009 by manxman2

this bike puts the fun back into my bike rides, the last time i had a bike that was so much fun was 12 years ago with my honda africa tein 750cc, i have sold my honda st 1300 st to get this toy like bike, and i am so glad i did, its so involving,... Read more you have to work that smooth gearbox to get a rush on, but the rewards are great, it sounds good, looks great, and goes as fast as i like without fearing a ban, around the tight roads its as fasy as any sports bike or big trailie, this is better than my old bmw gs, or 1000cc v strom, it feels so light, so easy to flick around, well happy, and its not to bad on the motorway if you lower your speed to around 70mph, flip screen coming next week so that might help, and as for the vibes they are great, you can feel that smooth single growlling away, silly cheap at £1 under 4k, i am still all a quiver after 200 fast b road miles yesterday!!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

nothing beats it round a corner

05 May 2008 by stephen.crawford864

Great bike, I sold my CBR1000FN and bought this 6 months ago I bought it for its looks weight (or lack of) and cornering. On B roads nothing will beat it I can stay with sports bikes and supermotos. The fueling glitch was a pain to start with but... Read more after its first service it was a lot smoother also I tend to keep the revs above 4k. The looks I think are great. I get about 140-150 before the fuel light comes on and that is not pottering around at 30 MPH. You do have to use the gears more which is to be expected on a 650. Comfort is fine except on motorways where 80 MPH is hard to sustain in fact anything over 65 MPH for any length of time becomes a pain in the neck, but for me thats fine I don't ride on motorways much I bought it for the A B roads of Scotland. This is a bike a lot of people don't give a second glance they don't know what they are missing. the only fault I can find is Aprilia's parts service which in a word is CRAP.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

The Best Town Bike Ever

01 November 2007 by dazzawra

I`ve had loads of bikes and just sold 2 Ducatis an bought a Pegaso Factory. The reason being that I ride in traffic nearly all the time. Its great fun and has so much low down power its brilliant for nipping round cars. As standard though the... Read more fueliing is poor. There is alot of surging at mid throttle. I fitted a Power Commander which has mostly sorted it out. I`ve also fitted Leo Vinci cans and it sounds great. Build quality is top notch, probably better than most jap bikes. The bonnet on the tank is a great feature and I really don`t know why no-one has done it before. It`s very comfortable, light, decent tank range. Only down side is motorway work. Its fine for a while, but does get a bit boring. If you want a great town or backroads bike, thats good looking and fun to ride. This surprisingly practical bike comes recommended.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £4,999
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 58 mpg
Tank range 137 miles
Specification
Engine size 660cc
Engine type 4v, single, fuel-injection, 5 gears
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 168kg
Front suspension Non adjustable
Rear suspension Preload and rebound damping
Front brake Single 320mm discs, four-piston radial caliper
Rear brake Single 320mm discs, four-piston radial caliper
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Aprilia Pegaso Factory introduced as high spec version of existing Pegaso 660.

Other versions

None.

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