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Old 18 Jan 2012
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Pegaso upgrades

Hi all,
Last July I treated myself to a very clean low miles, original condition Aprilia Pegaso. Although Registered as a 1997 model I think it's actually a '96 as it has the MX prefix. It's burgundy with the single headlight.....I've been happy to run around as standard so far but this year want to start 'upgrading' for long trips through Europe and into North Africa and am hoping for a little advice. First on the list is a bigger and/or auxillery fuel tank to extend the range to over 120 miles before reserve, I've trawled the net but have come up blank, does anyone know if its possible to get hold of a bigger tank? The only pannier rack and crash bars I can find to fit are Hepco and Becker, does anyone know of any other brands that may fit? Is the rear shock rebuildable or should I get something like a Hagon for those off-road forays....would it also be better to replace the footpegs for larger ones, I'm already considering Renthal Fatbars (everyone likes a bit of bling) as I can't really get on with the standard bars. I'm happy with the standard 19"/17" wheel sizes but can anyone recommend decent allround tyres, I'll mainly be riding smaller roads and a few dusty tracks with maybe a small blast into the desert occasionally....Any other 'improvements' you may have in mind will be more than welcome, although I'm a seasoned (old) biker I'm new to adventuring and need many thanks...Dazza
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Hi DAZZA not sure but is pegaso similar to bmw 650 not sure but maybe a trip to a bmw dealer would confirm this then look for parts that would interchange wider footpegs are nice if standing while riding along iv fitted kawasaki motocross pegs to my bmw r850r with very little alteration.
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I had a 2001 aprillia pegaso for a bit, the tank was almost 20 litres on mine so a bigger one wasn't needed.

There is an aprilia forum and I found the pegaso section quite helpful.

Pegaso 650 Cube and IE

As far as luggage goes i think hepco and becker might be your only option for pattern parts but try Zen overland he may be able to beat them on price if he fabricates some for you

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big trip pegaso's

I had a little ride on a pegaso today and found it quite nice . It have a windstopper high and a low seat ( the guy should have been 10 cm shorter than me ) .
I find it very comfortable and easy to handle, a rememerance of my old XT' .
Not sur the suspensions would be fair enough for off road serious with load .
But good for roads and long distance .
does anyone here had made a big trip with pistes with it ???
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I presume you are talking about he Mk3 Peg? 2006-2009?

I've had one for 4 years now and I still love it. Being short means that its just about the only bike of this type where I can reach the ground.

I've done some pretty rattly pistes on it when loaded up on morocco and she handled it fine. I do quite a bit of green laneing on her too and she is pretty robust

Motor is very strong, there are a few common faults but they aren't very expensive to put right.

Lots of people will talk them down (usually when they haven't a clue), but I love mine, I've been on some big trips on her and she is still sweet.

The pegaso forum is a lively place (usually), you'll find me (Dobbi) and Bruce P (YTC1) on there. Bruce has been round the world and up and down it on his! Still going strong after 100000kms
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thank you for answering
I am not really sure of the model . it is the one with the yamahe engine, built in Italy.
Sold here in France in 2011, supposed to be the last model.
FOund iti very nice too ,
wondering about buyint it to travel to Russia ! But I love my DRZ too ...
will have a look on this forum .
Can you precise the "problems to fix " ?
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Yes that is the one with the Minerelli Yamaha engine.

Biggest problem is the fuel pump which can often go after a while. There is a recall on this, but you can do it yourself for about 40 Euro and a couple of hours.

The coil can get corroded and the pins become poor. A new aftermarket coil is about 40 Euros. you can bang nails into it to keep it going. Ive done about 15000 km on a nailed coil (I should really be changing it soon!).

throttle response can be lumpy around 3.5 to 4k. I've never noticed this thing, but others moan their bag off about it. I don't think a 660cc single is ever going to be super smooth and perhaps I have a good one?

Electrics can get corroded if it is used all year around. It does corrode quite a bit. I do a strip down of the electrics and clean each year which keeps it good. Sometimes the ignition wire can break at the solder too. again and easy fix.

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