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xv550 vs ktm500

Hi All.
I currently have a 17 ktm500 exc thats great but im sick of changing the motard and dirt wheels on and off.
An sxv550 06 has come up for sale nearby. 5050 kilometers on the clock.
Judging by the ktm i do only 2000 ish kilometers on the road each year. I have a good workshop at home for maintenance.
Pros and cons of that model?
What would be the big differences between the sxv and the ktm?
Very appreciative for any input
 

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Read the threads on the Aprilia forum until you decide not to buy an SXV550.
Should take less than an hour, even if you are keen, and a bit crazy. (Like me)

If that doesn’t work, ensure you note the names of the specialists that can rebuild these engines, and fix the numerous issues. There are at least three, world wide. One in Australia.

Finally, if you are still considering one, speak to at least one owner.

Unique, fast, flawed and fragile.
 

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SXV550's are incredible machines.

I'd only buy one if I got it for next to nothing, then I'd use it up and throw it away when the engine was done. It's kind of sad that a bike that awesome is considered a throwaway bike but when it cost 6K to rebuild, and the engine is worn out as fast as or faster than a full race bike, that's what it's going to be.

On the plus side, once the engine is done and thrown in the garbage, a lot of the chassis parts off that bike are awesome and in demand for various projects.
 

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i almost pulled the trigger on one before i bought my '03 525sx SM. a quick google search and reviews made the choice for me... from what i gathered, it's essentially a race bike with street wheels. needs a LOT of maintenance and parts are 1) can be hard to find and 2) can be expensive. good for a track SM bike, but otherwise personally i'd stay away
 

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I have had both. When the Aprilia is running perfect its the best bike to have. But I stress running perfectly. The 500 quite possibly be one of the best bikes out there that can do everything very good.
 

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Thanks for all the answers everyone.
That has definitely given me some insight into the 550s.
Just a quick coupla more questions:-
 

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Skypig- i notice you are on the sunny coast, just up the road from me.
Do you know the name of the aussie guy who is the specialist on the sxvs?
 

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G2G - when you commented that your past sxv had to be running right. Did it need constant tuning, or remapping?
What was involved in keeping it humming?
What problems did you have with yours?
 

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Skypig- i notice you are on the sunny coast, just up the road from me.
Do you know the name of the aussie guy who is the specialist on the sxvs?
Dave Ward
Moto Italia
Aprilia-Ducati-Moto Guzzi
0432 441 985

(Copied from the Aprilia forum. I guess it’s ok to post the number.... Assume it’s current)
 

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My problem was not with tuning it. After it was remapped it was fine. It was the head gasket issue. had the engine rebuilt at 10k miles because the headgasket started to fail then it started to fail a second time about 500 miles later. was sick of spending money getting it fixed. All motor work was done by Allen Noland in the US.
 

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