LOOK back into the not-too-distant past and there are countless bikes that have come and gone. Of the models that got left at the roadside, we think there are a few that never managed to achieve the status they deserved. Here are five such bikes – models that, we think, with the passing of time should have become classics.
1. Aprilia SL1000 Falco
It’s safe to say that the SL1000 Falco was a bit of a flop for Aprilia. Undeservedly so, we think. When it was on sale it was often overlooked by buyers who favoured similar models from Honda, like the Firestorm, and Suzuki, like the SV650S. Nowadays, it’s a bit forgotten. There was nothing wrong with its makeup which consisted of a characterful detuned RSV engine, sporty chassis and a decent half-fairing, which all came together to make a less focused, more road-friendly version of the RSV Mille. The Falco’s weaknesses include a heavy clutch and iffy slow speed handling manners thanks to a high centre of gravity. Sadly, this V-twin sportster didn’t take off in in Europe.