Aprilia is an Italian motorcycle company, one of the seven marques owned by Piaggio, the world’s fourth
largest motorcycle manufacturer. Aprilia started as a scooter manufacturer, but has
more recently come to be known for its race-winning sportbikes–V-twin Superbike,
the RSV Mille.
Aprilia has introduced a number of technological innovations–the first catalytic
converter for scooters and the first water cooling system for 125cc bikes. It has introduced completely
new segments, like Scarabeo.
Gilera is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer founded in Arcore in 1909 by Giuseppe Gilera. In
1969 the company was purchased by the Piaggio & Co. SpA.
In 1935 Gilera acquired rights to the Rondine four-cylinder engine. From the mid-thirties Gilera
developed a range of four-stroke engine machines. The most famous of which was the 1939
Piaggio’s commercial vehicles: Ape, Porter, Quargo, Trackmaster.