2009 Aprilia Mana 850 Review — Motorcycle USA

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Aprilia Mana 850

2009 Aprilia Mana 850

The Aprilia Mana 850 provides performance and feel, but with its Sportgear transmission.

The Mana 850 will be a motorcycle of At least that’s the conclusion I to while swooping through on Southern Californian backroads the Piaggio Group’s pitch for the crowd. Corner after I dip the bike in, rolling on and off the throttle, no to worry about, no clutch to

Sure, the Mana and its unconventional Sportgear transmission could as easily flop — as an oddity, an unsuccessful offshoot in evolution. Yet, whatever its here it is, the Mana, a full-fledged flaunting the unofficial rule twist-and-go simplicity always be to the scooter realm.

The … is a motorcycle plain enough, obvious chain-drive and a 90-degree powerplant on display. Only inspection reveals the lack of a lever, made possible by the transmission, a CVT design with separate drive modes.

The Sportgear transmission has four — three fully-automatic and one manual sequential-shift mode.

The three “Autodrive” settings: Touring and Rain, are fully engine mappings, selected by the via right side switchgear The fourth setting, a manual shift mode dubbed operates similar to a traditional Seven gear ratios are by a traditional pedal or +/- trigger on the left-side switchgear.

In practical the Autodrive settings make a difference in power delivery. In the engine revs high, quicker acceleration — at we felt it revs higher, as the has no tach to gauge the RPM. mode, which unlike the makes an audible clunk selected, has a more relaxed delivery for its intended wet-weather Touring is a happy medium and default setting.

In all three auto modes a can manually downshift, for better on passing maneuvers. But once to the mindless application of Autodrive, I it much simpler to just the throttle and go.

In fact, the auto works so well I found interest in operating in the Sportgear at all. The manual shift does a decent job simulating a gearbox with seamless but I didn’t shift better the computer – so what’s the point? The system, which is electronically is … proof.

Even in mode the bike will when it needs to and stalling the is impossible.

Power delivery the CVT is linear with smooth response; the differences between the Autodrive modes are palpable. We an indicated mid-110s for top speed and at there’s plenty extra for passes during freeway

Peak power numbers are to entry-level riders. Dyno courtesy of Mickey Cohen .

The liquid-cooled 839cc Twin may not be the torque monster of its Italian but sticking the Mana in fourth it spun the Mickey Cohen dyno up to 54 hp and 39 lb-ft torque. speed junkies will be by the SOHC four-valve Twin’s it is more than adequate for street riding and a playful for the entry-level/intermediate riders it is marketed

“For an entry level the power is more than says MCUSA Video Robin Haldane. “I found the Mana Twin got you up to speed but was very easy to control.”

“I was surprised, actually,” says Executive Editor Steve a former professional racer and rider. “I thought I was going to it, but considering this goes up scooters and is fully automatic, I was impressed. The engine gets up and well for a CVT-driven auto.”

the missing clutch lever some getting used to, but it take long to get used to the auto transmission.

In general the reaction to the Mana on our test could best be described as contempt, with comments “that’s that scooter-type right?” Skepticism toward the transmission may hover about the but there’s just not much to find in the system. It’s an motorcycle – big deal!

The biggest we experienced was acclimatizing to the lack of a Approaching a corner at high it was unnerving to keep instinctively for an invisible lever, but the rider untill. Clutches, shcmutches.

Who ‘em anyway?

“I kept going for the over and over,” adds “It’s embedded in my brain I need to be using my left all the time on a motorcycle and it took serious coaxing to get myself to that. It did come in handy I wanted to pick up Starbucks,

One foible of the CVT system is the need for a brake, located on the left of the engine/frame. But even that once accustomed to, became as a convenience – in particular while on a sloped surface.

No one will the Mana’s handling capabilities those of a scooter once the starts getting twisty.

The stigma associated with the is shattered in the handling department. is nothing remotely scooter-ish it. Sporting a 57.5-inch wheelbase, rake and 4.05-inches of trail, the is all motorcycle and a deft handler at The center of gravity feels low to the ground, with the Mana rear-weight bias of 53.9% the fuel stored underseat.

The is quick, yet easy to control, and 491-lb tank empty it still transitions side-to-side without (the Mana weighed in at 516 lbs of fuel).

The 43mm front is non-adjustable, with preload and adjustment available on the rear The front end felt reliable, stock fork settings than adequate for entry-level use although faster riders pine for adjustment options.

to a scooter, the handling is for sure its point,” says Atlas. a full-sized motorcycle with wheels and stickier tires and no could keep this in sight.”

“At fast speeds in longer corners I found the Mana to get uneasy, leaving me a little confident than I would liked,” admits Robin, adding, “the chassis for quick side-to-side turns, allowing you to rock ‘n roll a tight canyon road well.”

The front brakes on the were more than (top). The quirky parking (middle) and trigger shifter won’t be found on any other

The dual 320mm front brakes overachieved and display initial bite from the four-piston calipers.

“Good bite paired with feel left me very with the brakes,” agrees “I was able to come up on a corner hot and feel confident that I slow down in time to it through.”

“Great brakes, overkill even for this adds Atlas. “They ample feel and feedback, way more than enough

Hard braking before a actually exhibited another as there were a few occasions my glove stuck on the throttle pulling the brake. It’s a riding technique, but you’d be how often it would happen as riders pull in the clutch while decelerating. It would sense on the Mana to separate the side controls, mounting the lever on the left handlebar, that arrangement would be when riders mistake it for the clutch — which undoubtedly would!

At 6’1, the Mana felt to me, but not uncomfortable. The riding position is and standard, with a pleasant of mild sportiness. Handlebar is natural, but taller riders find leg room on the snug

Those shorter statured, should get along well and not the 31.4-inch seat height

“The relaxed ergos are for around town and help the bike a lot of fun to ride,” agrees “however, during our long ride I would have a little more leg room and a small windscreen.”

Under the seat is the 4.2-gallon fuel – good enough for about a range with our observed MPG efficiency. Oddly enough, not a fuel meter on the Mana – we could find. A lot of redundant like real-time MPG and average MPG is available on the instrument console, but what possible advantage can a glean from momentary of fuel efficiency?

The white speedo is best feature on the instrument panel.

A convenient or weekend playbike, the Mana is an option for entry-level or scooter looking for a fun ride without over a clutch.

We did, appreciate the unexpected storage the traditional fuel tank reside. Full-face helmet is possible, but while one rider’s Shoei would fit, my modular wouldn’t. Still, the space is eminently convenient – its commuter advantages.

Style-wise the looks the part of a … bike. It would seem designers were keen on the unconventional drivetrain with a motorcycle look and feel.

“Overall I would give the a 6 out of 10 if compared to other motorcycles, but to scooters, I’d have to give it an 8 or 9 out of Atlas concludes. “For all you riders looking for a sporting this just isn’t it. But for looking to ditch the scooter and their way into the motorcycle this may be an ideal option.”

At the Mana MSRP is steep, in during these down times. Yet it seems like has to be a market for the Mana, one that has untapped for years. New riders enjoy the innovative mount and I’d that even skeptical would admit grudging for the Mana after a day in the saddle.

It is a package and worthy of a place on roadways and dealer showrooms.


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