2008 Aprilia SXV gains switchable engine mapping, clutchless shifting

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Aprilia XSV-VDB.jpgFor 2008, Aprilia is adding dual-mode engine mapping to both its SXV 4.5 and 5.5, while the Van Den Bosch replica adds an electronic ignition cutter that enables clutchless gearshifts. The dual-mode engine mapping works on the fly from a switch on the handlebars, allowing riders to choose between custom maps for high- and low-traction conditions. We can see this being a huge benefit on courses that feature both on- and off-road sections. The clutchless shifts enabled by the ignition cut should make shifting while leaning over in a corner much smoother, as most of the dive associated with the loss of acceleration will be eliminated. 

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