2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 vs. Ducati Hypermotard 796 —

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

Urbanmotard Smackdown!

What’s a supermotard supposed to look and act these days?

The supermoto era with converted motocross Suspension is reworked with travel for improved handling on and less dive under Large-diameter dirtbike wheels are out for 17-inchers that allow a range of sportbike rubber to from.

And the front brake is with a brawnier set-up includes a larger rotor to deceleration from higher

More recently, however, have issued supermoto of sorts (no, not the eco-friendly of hybrid… blech!). They’re streetbikes powered by a Single or a but lack the lengthy suspension of a motocrosser or a motocrosser’s bare-bones

These bikes maintain of the aggressive dirtbike-gone-street-evil look with a supermoto’s upright, riding stance that good steering leverage. But power and smoothness is in a totally league.

Supermoto-type looks are to the comfort and conveniences often with streetbikes, like front brakes, full and a wide, cozy saddle compared to the narrow plank of a most dirtbike/supermotards employ.

a number of manufacturer’s started this street-biased motard a few years ago – like short-lived G650 XMoto in and Megamoto in ’08 – the most recognizable of this new breed was, and still is, Hypermotard 1100.

The funky debuted as a concept bike at the EICMA show; fervor for the was undeniable.

The Hyper officially Ducati’s lineup as a 2007 for Europe, and then stateside in An up-spec S model was also boasting Öhlins suspension, forged aluminum wheels, monobloc brakes from the Superbike, and various carbon pieces.

The Hypermotard’s success seems to ensured the continued presence of or “mega” motard-style bikes in the today. As evidence we only to look as far back as the end of last

In October 2009 Ducati its all-new Hypermotard 796, a displacement Hyper that virtually identical to the 1100. And in December Ducati gave the big its first major revision in the of the all-new 2010 1100 and Evo SP as the high-end version.

But Ducati the only firm interested in the style when it first the Hyper.

In 2008 Aprilia its Dorsoduro, a supermoto-styled sportbike its 750cc, 90-degree V-Twin the SL750 Shiver … Aprilia, one of Ducati’s chief was no stranger to successful supermotarding.

a world title in 2006 in the FIM S2 via the company’s twin-cylinder SXV 4.5. and a miss for the title in 2008, with numerous individual over the years, Aprilia was as as any company to build a street-oriented

Though we’ve banked reviews of the Dorso and 796, the of the 796 to market earlier this finally created a class-appropriate for the Dorso.

The first surprise this unruly pair from the engine room.

the Aprilia before saddling up to the and you’ll likely start the Dorso’s liquid-cooled, four-valves-per-cylinder, 750cc 90-degree Vee is the more of the two. It revs quickly and aggressively, especially so when in the engine map.

The Duc’s 90-degree L-Twin, updated for use in the 796, uses dated tech by comparison.

Its two-valve with Desmodromic actuation looks more in a mechanical sort of way, out in the breeze than does the liquid-cooled engine and accompanying But just knowing the Dorso is a modern configuration might a rider into thinking the Hyper can’t hang.

Despite its name, the 796 actually 803cc (802.9cc). Still, the is a modern liquid-cooled four-valver,

Ride the bikes back-to-back and the (stress feeling) is still the Aprilia is more powerful. a couple of unscientific roll-on races from about 10 mph got a big out of us when the Aprilia simply dispatch the Duc.

Each Kevin and I got clean starts, the essentially ran side-by-side; and if the Ducati got the holeshot, the 796 was able to remain out by at least a nose or even a bike length.

Part of surprised us about the Hyper’s strong engine performance was its friendlier and forgiving character.

the Aprilia’s rev-happy and snappy the Ducati’s mill by contrast in a much more linear, pattern. Kevin said the fueling felt more compared to the Aprilia’s “digital-feeling”

Throttle response (above rpm) on the Ducati feels than on the Aprilia, yet the 796’s is precise.

Our feelings and drag aside, the dyno would the true tale.

With under 77 hp at 9200 rpm, the out-pulls the Ducati’s nearly 73 at 8400 rpm, but… big

The Hypermotard 796 out pulls the Dorso just off the bottom all the way to near with a small dip in the upper range from which it quickly. The torque spread is closer, but in this race the won by 3 ft-lbs. Not bad for a less-advanced engine

Ducati graced the little with its APTC back-torque clutch, where the Aprilia has a standard clutch, something said “can result in hopping during sloppy

Also nice is the 796’s light-effort clutch action. the clutch engages near the end of travel requiring an extra bit of when metering clutch and to, say, tip-toe through a or ease away smoothly a stop. The Duc’s gearbox was stickier at slower speeds; it some of the shine off of what is an friendly and enjoyable engine.

the page over to handling we find more surprises.

machines utilize a 43mm fork, but the Dorso’s benefits spring preload and rebound (in one leg only) adjustments, while the Duc no ability to externally tweak performance. Rear suspension is closely matched, with bike’s shock providing for preload and rebound damping

Of note is the Duc’s use of progressive to connect the shock to the … swingarm, while the Aprilia a side-mounted link-less connection the shock and swingarm.

Bikes ridden in the past – Aprilia’s Shiver – use this link-less setup don’t provide a sophisticated as one that uses a linkage. But we the Dorso’s suspension performance to the Shiver’s.

The Hyper supplies a forgiving, ride in most circumstances, but attacking corners or slicing and with riding buddies, the soft suspension reveals sporting limitations.

There’s of chassis pitching under and feel at the front is sometimes especially when riding rough, uneven pavement. But the going is smooth the 796 provides a confident-feeling front, no doubt by the grippy Bridgestone Battlax tire(s) fitted to our test

Initial turn-in as well as response on the Ducati is low effort.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

The sportier rake angle (24 vs. 26 1.9-inch shorter wheelbase vs. 59.2”) and considerably lighter dry of 366 lbs compared to the Dorso’s 410-pound dry make hustling the 796 through corner transitions a breeze.

The handling and suspension are more of fast, aggressive riding.

Its end has tighter compression damping the Duc, and for the most part the is more stable and surefooted. And a sticky set of Pirelli’s Diablo III tires lend to the Aprilia’s front-end feedback, it doesn’t side to side quite as as the 796.

No matter the Aprilia we’ve ridden the past years, the company almost seems to get braking right.

The four-piston, radial-mount front and pair of 320mm wave-style on the Dorsoduro make for an excellent package with plenty of force and good sensitivity. The Brembo brake package offers more than power, but lacks the ultimate we noticed from the Dorso. a small issue, but with a …-for-tat battle here, it was

Ergonomics continue the back and one-does-this-better-or-different-than-the-other-bike-does theme we’ve got on here.

Although the bikes essentially the same amount of suspension travel (6.3 and the 796 has less (5.5 vs. 6.3”) travel. The result is a flat-footing seat height for the Duc, a 1.75 inches less the Aprilia.

On the other hand, the doesn’t offer the same of wind protection as the Priller with its nominal but effective

Also up front and worth is each bike’s instrument

Although the 796 runs with a MotoGP-inspired, all-LCD panel its sportier Ducati siblings, we the Aprilia’s analog tach/LCD It’s easier to read at a and unlike most Ducs, has a indicator. (What is it with never indicating redline?)

machines portend some tie to the world by using hand but on the Ducati the guards house and discrete LED turn indicators. And if familiar with the Hypermotard then you know that of its distinctive look is its folding mirrors.

The 796 has the same convenient/annoying set of

Kevin was a little absent-minded one but honest, too, when he he’d whacked those mirrors a time or two. the accessory stalks would be for California lane-splitting use,” he sheepishly.

. the Ducati doesn’t the same degree of wind as the Priller does

The Aprilia’s hand guards, well, just guards; but its mirrors offered a good, vibe-free rearward view, if they are more pedestrian what the Duc has.

Don’t bet on a 3rd knockout!

Oft times we anticipate yearn for a definitive, clear-cut from the judges when a – or more! – of grace the e-pages MO.

Trust us, we the task of picking were so it’d make our jobs easier.

With this however, just like the crop of supersports, literbikes, and cruisers of various displacements, have stepped up and tightened the so well that, like comparos nowadays, we refer to of them internally here as of one, half-dozen of another”

The 796 sacrifices ultimate handling in exchange for a more comfortable, ride quality complemented by a height most riders 6-foot will welcome. at the hydraulically actuated clutch is light, and engine power is not only smooth and linear, but is ‘til just near the

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

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