My weedwacker with wheels. Don't you just love the smell of castor oil in the morning? With the big bore cylinder kit and larger carburetor fitted I need to supplement the fixed output of the standard oil injection pump. So I add some Maxima Castor 927 pre-mix oil to the gas tank at 100:1 for the aromatic qualities and to keep my motor happy.
I was obsessed with these bikes while in college but I was too poor to afford one back then. They're considered learner bikes for rich teenage kids in Europe who dream of becoming Valentino Rossi.
My sweet wife gave this to me as a birthday / wedding anniversary gift in September 2013. It's great for short rides around the neighborhood on early Sunday mornings.
2013/08/24 - 517 - Purchased bike from second owner.
2013/09/02 - 525 - Installed CF12ANL-01 LED turn signal flasher relay.
2013/11/13 - Replaced missing exhaust pipe o-ring with Viton o-ring size 122 (ID 1 1/8", OD 1 5/16", width 3/32"). Cleaned engine.
2013/11/16 - Installed Aprilia LH light switch with integrated choke lever (p/n AP8224413). Installed Mikuni MK-412 cable choke conversion kit.
2015/06/06 - Installed new Sava MC18 tires, 17x90/80 front, 17x110/80. Cleaned and waxed wheel rims.
2016/06/09 - 700 - Drained and filled engine coolant with Honda Pro Honda HP Coolant 50/50 Premix. Installed new copper crush washer on coolant drain screw. Checked transmission oil level, topped off with Mobil 1 75W90 gear oil. Cleaned bike, adjusted tire pressure.
2017/08/12 - 805 - Modified Mikuni VM15SC4/85 plunger and VM15/37 fitting to allow cable actuated starter enrichment circuit to function properly.
2017/09/05 - 831 - Flushed front and rear brake fluid with Motul RBF 600 DOT4 brake fluid. Cleaned bike, adjusted tire pressure.
In the beginning… When I first got the Aprilia, starting the bike with a cold engine would go something like this: Kickstand up. Ignition key on. Shift gearbox to neutral. Kill switch set to Run. Snake right hand between plastic bodywork and aluminum frame. Fumble around blindly as I awkwardly reach for the Mikuni TM24 carburetor plunger mechanism and pull up to activate the starter enrichment circuit (choke). Press starter button. Gently rev engine for a minute or so while stationary. Put on helmet and gloves. Set off down the road gently, upshifting before 7,000 rpm, keeping an eye on […]