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Dirt bikes to go twin cylinder

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November 23, 2003

Monday November 24, 2003

If you want more power from the same capacity of engine, you go to more cylinders - it's one of the fundamental laws of engine construction.

Of course there are a myriad of other considerations such as power delivery characteristics, size and weight. That's why serious off-road motorcycles have always been single cylinder... until now.

With the Supermoto class beginning to have so much focus worldwide, and with motocross being four-stroke, the never-ending quest for more power is driven by a simple equation: more horsepower equals more chance of a chequered flag being waved at you which in turn drives sales.

Aprilia's solution is a 450cc, twin cylinder machine being introduced in both Supermotard and motocross racing. Dubbed the SXV 4.5, the bike features the same motor shown at the Milan Show recently (without a frame) and it will contest both the Supermoto and Motocross world titles next year.

On debut in Supermoto World Championship in SPA, the performance of Aprilia's SXV 4.5 ridden by Alex de Angelis was described as "extremely positive". The bike performed reliably for more than one and a half hours without any technical problem (and without any previous testing).

In the Supemoto Grand Prix of Wallonie on November 16 the SXV 4.5 had a "very positive race", finishing 23rd as data was collected for ongoing research and development.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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