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The company "Aprilia" was founded in the mid 40-ies. Initially, the company was a small factory for the production of bicycles, as well as components to them parts. However, everything changed the end of the 60's, which was marked by the desire of Bedgio to make his business a family one.
Joint activities of family members began with work on small 50-cubic mopeds. And after two years the production reached a really serious level: the motorcycle models Colibri, Scarabeo, and Daniela were presented to the public. The special success of the company was brought by the off-road motorcycle "Scarabeo", which was later modified several times.
In 1975, debuted the company's first racing developments - motorcycles Aprilia RC and Aprilia MX 125. Almost immediately attention to the public were presented and road versions of these vehicles - the so-called copies, which were actively sold and enjoyed great demand. Already in 1977 came the first victories in racing competitions. Championship of Italy in the classes of 125 and 250 cubic centimeters was won by the racers of the team "Aprilia".
Especially warm memories of the company's representatives were about the outstanding racer Ivan Alborghetti, who owns a lot of records and wins. It was Alborghetti who became the first Italian athlete to become one of the six best drivers of the overall World Championship. Together with the successes in the field of sport came the successes of production. So for the first ten years of the company's existence, the level of annual production has increased almost 100 times, which clearly indicated the desire of the company's management to take the leading positions in the world in the motorcycle production market.
The beginning of the 80's was simply staggering for the company. In 1982, a 125-cc bike Aprilia 125 ST was introduced, which immediately gained popularity. However, more active work was carried out in the field of studying new technologies. Engineers of the concern "Aprilia" easily mastered the production of 50-, 350-, and 600-cubic-meter motorcycles, capable of competing with the bison of the world motor production. And these efforts were rewarded. In 1985, the company managed to make its debut at the World Championship in highway and ring races, the possibility of participation in which eventually brought the Aprilia concern more than 10 championship titles and, of course, increased demand for the company's products.
The next decade was marked by the beginning of work on the production of new scooters with a V-belt variator-automaton installed on them. Models Aprilia Amico and Aprilia SR 50 caused a stir around themselves, but they did not manage to surprise the world of the company. In this regard, the management of Aprilia decided to introduce the Scarabeo scooter to the world in 1993, which became the most sold scooter in the world. Aprilia Pegaso was the most popular 90th enduro motorcycle in Europe, and the Aprilia RS 250 sports bike hit the world with its power. By the end of the 90s also debuted models Aprilia Leonardo, Aprilia Sonic (prototype Amico), as well as Aprilia Gavana, the engine for which was produced at its own factory. The construction of this unique plant, by the way, ended only in 1998.
The same 90-ies were also marked by close cooperation with the automobile concern "BMW" (PDF Manuals). As part of the partnership, the Italians were engaged in assembling motorcycles BMW F650. Well, the new century has become as incredible for the company "Aprilia", as well as the end of the previous one. In 2000 the concern acquired Laverda (PDF Manuals) and Moto Guzzi (Service Manuals), well-known in Europe, and the successful serial production of the two-stroke Ditech engine, licensed by Orbital, was a real achievement for the company, which almost immediately launched the first scooter this engine - Aprilia SR 50.
Aprilia is truly a legendary company, which today ranks second in the world in terms of production and sales of serial motorcycles and scooters (more than 300,000 copies per year). And the successes achieved in sports, make this product even more popular and in demand.