APRILIA MOTO 6.5 (1995 - 2002) Review

At a glance

Power: 42 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.7 in / 780 mm)
Weight: Low (331 lbs / 150 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Whatever star quality the Philippe Starck-designed Aprilia Moto 6.5 may possess as a motorcycling design icon (and it has lots), it’s sadly more than matched by its overwhelming ‘averageness’ in terms of performance. The Aprilia Moto 6.5 is OK, in a F650/Pegaso sort of way, but you’ve got to love to weird looks to contemplate it. 

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Aprilia Moto 6.5 was designed as a chic town motorcycle and that’s where it works best: nimble steering, narrow seat and plush, pot-hole-proof suspension makes it ideal at traffic carving. Thin saddle means, however, that it’s ill suited to long rides.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Aprilia Moto 6.5's straightforward Rotax five-valver is identical to that powering the last generation Aprilia Pegaso so it’s fairly brisk, flexible and fault-free. Like most big single powered motorcycles, though, the Aprilia Moto 6.5 quickly runs out of puff if pushed hard on fast A-roads or motorways and it’s transmission is a tad clunky at low speeds.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
2 out of 5 (2/5)

Not as good as hoped. Materials are a little thin, finishes a bit, er minimal, and not only is the Aprilia Moto 6.5 more susceptible to corrosion than most, bits occasionally fall off or break, too.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

As a future classic, the Aprilia Moto 6.5 is currently fairly good value with decent-ish examples to be had for not much over £1000. As a useful road motorcycle, however, you’d be far better off with a more conventional road trailie… Find an Aprilia Moto 6.5 for sale.

Equipment

2 out of 5 (2/5)

Remember Starck’s minimalist ‘Rocket’ orange juicer? Well the Aprilia Moto 6.5 follows the same basic is beautiful mantra, too. So, there are no frills clocks, no extra comforts and bare-bones essentials. Less, apparently, is more… Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Moto 6.5 in the MCN Shop.

Specs

Engine size 649cc
Engine type 5v single, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tubular type
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 150kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 298mm disc
Rear brake Single 220mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 18 in
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 17 in

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 9 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 42 bhp
Max torque 38 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 14 secs
Tank range 120 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

1995: Aprilia Moto 6.5 launched.
1997: Aprilia Moto 6.5 deleted.
1999: Aprilia Moto 6.5 reintroduced.
2002: Aprilia Moto 6.5 deleted.

Other versions

None.

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