Piaggio's plan to introduce an ATV to the U.S. market has been put on hold, but the company still intends to offer its dealers off-road product in 2006.
Piaggio is the parent company of Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Vespa and Derbi brands.
In a recent interview, Paolo Timoni, president of New York-based Piaggio USA, told Powersports Business that Aprilia dealers can expect to receive three off-road bikes in 2006: a supermoto, enduro and motocross bike, all powered by the company's 450cc 77-degree V-twin engine.
In 2004, Frenchman Jerome Giraudo took the World Supermoto S2 (450cc) title on an Aprilia SXV. This year, that race bike has been transformed into a production model to be sold on multiple continents.
Aprilia recently revealed the production RXV 450 enduro and SXV supermoto at the 2005 Paris Mondial du Deux Roues, which runs Oct. 1-9. Timoni said the motocross bike will follow.
Also on Oct. 1, but halfway across the earth, the company introduced the SXV Supermoto racer to the North American public for the first time as Darrick Lucchesi, an instructor at the West Coast Supermoto School, rode several exhibition laps prior to the AMA Red Bull Supermoto A-Go-Go practice sessions in Reno.
While you won't be seeing the SXV racer in AMA Supermoto competition - the series currently only allows single-cylinder machines - the consumer version of that bike is what Aprilia dealers will be receiving for their showrooms.
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