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Meldrew wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:03 am
It was the other way round, the Gilera GP 800 came out first, it wasn't a big seller and it later morphed into the sportier looking Aprilia SR 850.
Ah thanks. My mind playing tricks again. The Aprilia incarnation had almost escaped my mind entirely despite being more recent than the Gilera!

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Best-looking GP800 ever:


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Nice review Capital, thanks.

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Wow thanks for the reply’s, the one in the review is the same colour as mine, looking forward to getting it tomorrow , but if fun and unusual, yes the latter ones went over to the Aprilia srv 850 which looked liked the rsv 1000 from the front , some people modify them by grafting 2 x piaggio x9 500 barrels on the lump.. I think it’s a bit more than bolting them on tho.. will post up later on I’m riding back from the new forest to Chichester, my mate has a srv

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I seem to recollect that it was a bit of a faff to change the front sprocket when a chain & sprocket change became due. It was inboard of bearings that had to be removed from a housing.

That's why the GP had a chain and sprockets that were over engineered, and far more substantial than they actually needed to be.

That's what I remember being told b y two dealers at the time, but it could be something that has morphed over time in my mind. :lol:

Jim Crowther, long term contributor on Modern Vespa forum had one. He would be the person to ask if you need clarification.

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Went out on her today and I must say I am generally very impressed with the ride , the engine is sooo under stressed, small throttle movements sees you inhaling the horizon at an alarming rate for a scooter .. or indeed most modes of transport... suspension is way better than most of my previous maxis, she’s also comfy to I’m 5,12. Wind protection 5/10 I have ordered a givi so watch this space .. u see seat storage 3/10 just about a full face lid (no intercom on side) so yeah a real squeeze but the originality and fun factor out weigh negatives, mpg to follow and screen update but they may be later.... much later... as shipping from Italy and it’s holiday season atm... night all 👍

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Yes, let us know. They aren't a common beast on here!
I recall now that I had a test ride on the Aprilia Mana, which has/had the same engine and transmission. I recall that it did accelerate wonderfully quickly from rest, but I found it very frustrating to ride on twisty roads as there seemed to be terrible lag in the transmission between you twisting the throttle and any drive resulting! I was finding I'd go into corners, twist the throttle but nothing happened so I'd lumber along 'in neutral' as it were, making cornering slow and aggravating. I've seen other people mention this, but it may of course depend on your riding style as to whether it is an issue for you.

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I can say you need little twist of the wrist to make progress on this one it holds a line well through the corners to, the drive is instant on the gp , I took my daughter out last night she just touched the pegs as the seat is so wide , she’s 10, she loved it , need a top box ... , not going to get much use at the moment as work is flat out and the weather is not playing summer time but typical August .. I’ll await September 👍 Indian summer again hopefully

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Mana had a computer controlled variator, like the Burgman 650. I also test rode a Mana and was underwhelmed... :( The GP 800 and Aprilia SRV 850 are classic variators...the SRV 850 actually came with Dr. Pulley sliders from the Factory! 8-)

(note the word PIAGGIO stamped into each slider...)
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SkuTorr wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:52 pm
Mana had a computer controlled variator, like the Burgman 650. I also test rode a Mana and was underwhelmed... :( The GP 800 and Aprilia SRV 850 are classic variators...the SRV 850 actually came with Dr. Pulley sliders from the Factory! 8-)

Fascinating about the DrPulleys! Why don't others do this?
Yes, its all coming back to me - the Aprilia gearbox did have several modes (including a semi-auto?) whilst for some odd reason the GP800/SRV didn't get any of that. So the GP800 might work better. BUT being computer controlled is no excuse for transmission lag - the Burger's worked fine most of the time.

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