Mr Starck is a keen motorcyclist and has produced a distinctive non-aggressive roadster, aimed particularly at tempting urban travelers away from cars, buses and trains. The Moto 6.5 certainly looks like nothing else on two wheels, thanks to its fuel tank and seat/side-panels.
It is powered by the 650cc single-cylinder unit from Aprilia’s Pegaso 650 trail bike. Detuned slightly for this bike, the water-cooled, five-valve engine produces a maximum of about 45bhp.
The chassis is based around a steel frame whose main tubes form a graceful curve. That shape is followed by the visible pan of the exhaust system, much of which is hidden beneath the engine. Unlike the Pegaso, the Moto 6.5 is intended to be ridden only on the road, and has considerably less suspension travel than the trail bike. Its telescopic forks and single rear shock unit, both from Italian specialist Marzocchi, hold wire-spoked wheels whose tyres are designed purely for the street.
Riders of average height or less will quickly notice one advantage of the road-biased suspension: the Moto 6.5’s seat is reasonably close to the ground. The Aprilia is very light, too, at just 150kg which, in conjunction with the softly tuned engine, makes it both lively and easy to ride.
Simply twisting back the throttle sends the Aprilia chugging forward almost regardless of revs (just as well since the wacky instrument console does not actually include a rev counter), and means that you do not have to worry too much about flicking through the five-speed gearbox. Finished in silver and described to be in excellent condition throughout, and with 15,084km recorded from new, this fun Aprillia is not to be missed.