2009 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

2009 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

The Supermoto and street bike come together with hybrid Dorsoduro 750 motorcycle.

meets every day street That’s how you’d describe the Dorsoduro 750. Where the Duke is focused on the supermoto segment, its narrow seat, single-cylinder and low rolling mass, the Aprilia has street bike DNA built it.

You’ll notice this as as you slip inside the cockpit. you’ll feel like sitting within the machine atop of it like on the KTM. But let its hybrid seating position you because this bike oozes Supermoto.

Just at its body. Although it shares the street bike drivetrain, never know from at it. Visually the Dorsoduro shares design elements with SXV line of track-spec supermoto equipment.

We are especially keen on its front end design and flat with stylized twin mufflers that not only fresh, but sound the part

Like the Duke, both levers offer a reasonable of adjustment for different sized Push the starter button and the snarls to life with aggression than the Duke. the throttle a few times and you’ll its racy mix of chain/gear driven noise as well.

Without question, the Aprilia is a motorcycle in every aspect the KTM. It feels wider, a bit taller, and is considerably heavier 120 lbs more than the Katoom!). is especially apparent in parking or when you’re really slow.

As speed increases the mass begins to evaporate, but it disappears to the Duke’s level.

The quick-handling manners don’t stability even at speed.

to the Duke, the Dorsoduro allows the to alter the engine mapping but its is easier to manipulate. With the running one can toggle through different modes (Rain, and Sport) via the red starter button. And the in the engine’s character in each is astounding.

In Rain mode power is substantially subdued to the where response feels It makes it spool up slower and the rider of any kind of power However, for a less experienced or when actually riding in the we see how this setting would be a advantage.

On the opposite end of the performance spectrum you Sport mode. When it makes the engine respond frightening urgency as soon as the is cracked. Just barely the gas and the Dorsoduro charges forward as if you the NOS button! In fact, throttle becomes too precise, especially you’re trying to ride wheelies or when you’re through the canyons or on the track.

forced us to use Touring mode for the of our riding, and despite what its implies it actually still an exhilarating rush of linear without being overly The bottom end feels softer the Duke’s, but as revs climb comes on strong, and closing in on its rpm redline the engine really to life, pumping out a hair 75 horsepower at 9000 revs.

the Grange’s tight, 8/10th-mile the KTM would continually get the jump out of the But once you had the Aprilia straight and hammer the gas, it inhales and quickly closes in on the Duke. Its 180-series Dunlop Sportmax rear tire also to hook up better than the 160-series rear rubber.

We also perceived an enhanced between the Aprilia’s rear and the rider’s wrist. Spinning the out of the corner was not only more on the Aprilia but it was just plain as well.

However, its less chassis makes getting a corner more difficult on the KTM. Sure the Aprilia direction almost as quickly as the but after you initiate the turn its gremlins appear.

Where the bike can charge in and out of the corner, the has to deal with either through its long front … too fast or having it over the pavement, only the top two-thirds of its … while a harsh feeldepending on how much preload is dialed in. Either when the fork springs it’s as if it has zero rebound The rear suspension equally with a noticeable lack of damping.

Part of the problem is the Dorsoduro only offers and rebound adjustment fore and And while the preload adjuster can for a considerable range of riders’ it’s the lack of effective damping and no compression damping that really make it fast difficult. Add in its generous and you quickly understand why the suspension is so

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

Another problem is its lack of clearance; with aggressive hard parts will In fact, we tried adding more rear preload raising the rear end of the motorcycle but it no difference parts still

The Aprilia lacks a slipper which makes controlling the tire during aggressive more difficult.

A reasonable pace masks the suspension and on the highway the Dorsoduro delivers a ride even over pavement, which is remarkable it lacks a traditional rear linkage. Its hybrid street-oriented pay a real dividend for a rider extended time in the saddle. the seat is wider as is the bike’s profile, which makes it for freeway hauls.

It also less on the freeway and the mirrors a clear view no matter your speed is. We also its plastic guards over the levers just in case you paint with another on the road.

The Aprilia’s instrument panel is to the Duke’s. A large swept bordered by a red-backlit multifunction provides speed information, temperature, trip meter and The rider can also scroll other functions via a left-hand switch including instant and MPG, maximum speed and a lap

The OE-fitted Dunlop Sportmax tires deliver an astounding of grip for a street tire.

In of braking, since the Aprilia twin brake discs and compared to the solo set-up on the you’d assume it would better stopping, right? yes and no. While the brakes don’t and power is slightly better the KTM, the brakes lack bite as well as feel.

deeper on the brake lever solve the problem either. Yet for a its less-sharp braking performance be a bonus as it perhaps gives a more leeway in a panic situation.

The combination of a high engine and lack of slipper also hinders aggressive Precision clutch work keep the rear end from around violently, but it is way too much and really takes away a true Supermoto experience. We weren’t particularly enamored by its transmission, especially at a stop it was difficult to find neutral.

Aprilia has always been for its quality fit and finish, but when to its Austrian counterpart, you can see that the have some catching up to do. from the way the body pieces fit to the feel of the controls just have the same solid as the 690. By no means is it bad, but it’s a step behind the

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