Aprilia Moto 6.5 Starck

With Phil Aynsley


Aprilia approached famous French designer Phillipe Starck to come up with a city bike that would appeal to non-motorcyclists. Perhaps one could call it a bike for Hipsters before Hipsters became a thing! 

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French designer Phillipe Starck is responsible for the 6.5

Based on their Pegaso trail bike, the Rotax 650 motor was slightly detuned for smooth city duties and fitted to Starck’s curvaceous chassis and smooth bodywork.

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Curvaceous chassis and smooth bodywork creates a very integrated flowing look

The bike was introduced in 1995 (the same year as Ducati’s Monster), and was built for only two years. However, in 1999 it was put back in to production until it was finally dropped for good in 2002.

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Production was limited over a five year period

Objectively the bike provided only moderate performance and wasn’t a particular success.

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Aprilia Starck 6.5

However, to my eye, it is one of the most beautifully designed bikes ever to leave a factory! I could have spent a day shooting the incredibly well thought out details…

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Aprilia Starck 6.5

The 42hp, 150kg weight and low seat height combined for an easy ride around town. This bike is regularly ridden on the Central Coast of NSW.

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Aprilia Starck 6.5

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Aprilia Starck 6.5 – Left switchblock

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Aprilia Starck 6.5 – Instruments

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Aprilia Starck 6.5 – Under belly collector

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Aprilia Starck 6.5 – Tank

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Aprilia Starck 6.5

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I have never heard of the bike, likely not introduced in the States? Anyway, the bike had an immediate appeal to it and after reading it didn’t do well in sales I was quite surprised to hear that. However, if it was designed for getting around urban areas, maybe some means of storage would have made it more practical. Otherwise, a beautiful design and ahead of it’s time in my opinion.

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What the hell is that? I’m usually the last person to say a bike is ugly, beauty is subjective and I like quite a few uniquely designed bikes that others shit on. But come on, noone in their right mind could find this thing appealing.

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Ca mon, the bike design is 20-23 years old. I’m looking at it from that perspective and the uniqueness it brought to the table back then. None of the I/4s of that period were anything to scream about.

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massive understatement…. I think I threw up in my mouth!

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Right on brother!