Monday, October 1, 2007

Aprilla Gilera DNA

So you think the Sachs Madass 50 is a pretty cool moped? Check this one out. 50cc engine and automatic transmission mean it should be moped legal in all 50 states, if someone decides to import it- but the two-stroke engine makes that problematic. Still, it's nice to dream.

It may be a scooter, functionally, but it has motorcyle style, and real motorcycle brakes and wheels- a 240-mm front disk with 25-mm dual-piston floating caliper in front and a rear 200-mm disk with a calliper and two 30-mm opposed pistons. Five-spoke wheel rims in die-cast aluminium alloy and large tubeless racing tyres (12/70x14" in front, 140/70x14" at the rear). 50cc reed-vale engine with oil injection (of course).

Speed is restricted to 31mph but the company offers tuning tips for racing use (wink, wink) and there are 125cc and 180cc versions availible too. Price? Well, in Great Britain it sells for £1,999, which works out to around $4,000, but that British price includes VAT so maybe we could get it cheaper. Fingers crossed.

Read more about it here.

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