Aprilia SRV 850 ABS + ATC, now with Superbike electronics
Aprilia SRV 850 ABS + ATC, now with Superbike electronics

In mid-March Aprilia presented the most powerful and fastest Scooter on the market, the Aprilia SRV 850, worthy heir to the Gilera GP 800. A Scooter of the most powerful on the market, if not the most powerful, which in addition to its mechanics also followed the line of the Aprilia RSV4 that are doing so well in the World Superbike (and somewhat less well in the MotoGP World Championship). But at that time we were missing something for such a powerful Scooter, electronic aids.

Three months later the Aprilia SRV 850 ABS-ATC, which comes to cover that gap that had been left. This is how the circle is closed and we can enjoy a 76 hp scooter at 7,750 rpm almost like its sister Superbike. Let us remember that we are facing a Scooter that has been designed with performance as the main objective, with suspensions, chassis and brakes more motorcycle than Scooter. In case you have forgotten what we are talking about, I recommend that you read the article that we published at the time. Because here we are going to focus on these electronic aids that have just been installed.

Aprilia SRV 850 ABS-ATC

We could almost say that Aprilia engineers have thrown the house out of the window and have again achieved that the Aprilia SRV 850 ABS-ATC is the first Scooter with a large displacement that equips these two systems combined. On the one hand, ABS helps to avoid wheel lock in braking situations, while ATC allows us to transmit all the power from the engine to the asphalt, ensuring that none of that power is lost in uncontrolled skidding.

For this management have been installed two independent control units connected to the sensors of each wheel. And although both control units share the same sensors, each one acts independently of the other. The ABS system measures and compares the speed of each wheel, and when it detects that one of the two suffers too great a speed variation (indicative that it is blocked), it activates the servo-valve that reduces or increases the hydraulic pressure in the brakes up to achieve braking without locking the wheels.

The ATC usesAs we have already said, the same controls as the ABS, but in your case it also controls the speed of the Scooter through the engine control unit, by means of a CAN-bus system. When the rotational speed of the rear wheel is detected to be greater than that of the front, the control unit determines the amount of skidding and intervenes in the ignition advance and injection to limit the torque produced by the engine. In this way, skidding due to excess acceleration is avoided. And so it is also achieved that the pilot focuses on driving, without having to worry about anything else.

In the press release they tell us that ATC can be disconnected, or adjust in two positions. What is not said anywhere is whether the ABS can also be disconnected. The available ATC options are Sport, which is the less intrusive mode of the two and is indicated by a warning light on the instrument panel. And the Standard option, in which the pilot's safety prevails over any situation.

The only way we fans can distinguish this new version of the Aprilia SRV 850 ABS-ATC on the street is the presence of the sensors on the wheels, the selection button located on the right handlebar pin and the stickers on the sides., because everything else is exactly the same as in the basic version.

Based on what is quoted by the network, from July we will be able to find the version with ABS and ATC in the dealerships at a price of over 700 euros higher than that of the basic version, with which the final price will approach 10,000 euros. We will see how many of these Aprilia SRV 850 ABS-ATC are sold.

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