Adrian's Aprilia Pegaso 650 1995 - Owning and Riding
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The Pegaso is surprisingly tall for such a small bike, my feet are on tippy toe unlike my much larger Tiger 800.
This is because the seat and frame are quite wide at the waist. I found the suspension to be harsh. I have since
fixed this, see my "Issues Page".
I like the light feel of the bike. The steering is fairly neutral. When collected the brakes were hopeless as were
the lights. The 650 Rotax engine has plenty of go and I can cruise 50, 60, 70 or 80 mph. The engine is vibey
fortunately this lends character not pins and needles. I remember my old 750 Africa Twin being flat out into wind
on the French Motorway when a 650 Pegaso came cruising past, so these bikes will punch above their weight.
The Pegaso accelerates quickly from slow speeds so overtaking up to 70 is no problem. Overtaking another
vehicle that is travelling 60mph or more does require some planning, unlike my Tigers I cannot twist and go.
The switchgear works well enough and I seem to have decent electrics. I had to sort out all the issues which took
9 months of my spare time from March to November. The Pegaso now starts, runs, does not leak fuel, does not
drip oil and the panels are removable on their new stainless fittings. Rebuilding the forks and fitting a Hagon
shock provides a good level of ride quality. The brakes are now usable although I will be fitting braided hose
because 1995 brakes feel weak compared to my Tiger XCx and MV Brutale.
If the bike runs well over the winter I might try some sort of cheap Dakar style paint job with spray cans next
spring. This may sound awful but the Pegaso is not worth spending much money on and back in the day I
achieved decent results re-spraying other bikes.
The fuel tap was too stiff to turn, it leaked in 2 places and fuelling was
problematic on a low tank. With all these issues fixed and a low
pressure fuel pump installed I can now, start, run and actually ride my