2010 Honda NT700V vs. Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS —

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Aprilia Mana 850

Sport-touring lite, with

Photography by Alfonse Palaima by Fonzie

I don’t know you, but I’ve reached a (or age!) in life where I conveniences that make life as simple as possible. is especially true of my riding.

In instances I’ve learned to my ego, foregoing the need to ever ride the fastest, or loudest. When the right or right bike calls for it, act a fool, but generally, I like my when riding.

Standard on the GT is and a small front fairing a moderately adjustable windscreen. we go! Now the Mana looks like it fill my lazy man needs nicely.

Where large-displacement rockets adorned with big and electronic wizardry, like K1300GT or Kawi’s recently Concours14, have come to the sport-touring segment, the duo of the Aprilia and might just create a new sport-touring lite!

At first, over the qualities of each separately, both machines like oddballs with no competitors. But the more we thought it, the more it became obvious how this pair might up, despite what at first like an unfair engine advantage in the Mana’s favor.

Surprisingly, the bikes locked in terms of both horsepower and

If you’ll recall from year’s review, the Mana is by an 839cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 90-degree V-Twin with valves per cylinder. But the real up the Mana’s sleeve is its transmission: an automatic!

As we discovered last Aprilia sourced the mill the Gilera GP800, one of the Italian many scooter brands. the Mana is more than a basic-but-big scooter engine. A key of the Mana is the ability to operate its in fully automatic mode or in semi-manual shifting mode seven pseudo “gears.” a rider can choose from engine maps (Rain, and Sport) similar to those on the Aprilia Shiver.

The Mana the first blow for convenience its twist ‘n’ go ease-of-use that’s enhanced by selectable mapping.

For all intents, the dyno contest in a … heat, but on paper we maybe the Mana would a notable torque advantage we strapped both bikes to the at Gene Thomason Racing, California (310/618-1908).

After each sled back-to-back before dyno testing), our o’ the pants eval of engine had us feeling like the Honda made even more than the Mana, as the NT gives the of stronger drive out of the corner. The that the Honda is more off the bottom is all the more odd when dyno data that the Mana is the gruntier of the two between 2500 to 5700 rpm. It that the Mana’s CVT somewhat its initial acceleration.

Also noting is the Honda’s smoother at freeway pace. Some is noticeable from the NT’s but at roughly 80 mph the Mana’s mill more vibes to the pegs to the left for some reason) does the Honda’s engine.

The GT still employs the same dual four-piston binders as on the standard Mana, only now the pot is with the aforementioned ABS.

For sake we procured an NT700V ABS, a $1000 option. Had we not ABS on the NT, it still would’ve come Honda’s Combined (linked) System. Although we felt the brakes offered better and stopping power, the gap in performance the Honda’s brakes was marginal.

some front-end dive applying only the rear on the NT (the rear is linked to the but not vice-versa) takes some used to, but simultaneously applying and rear brakes results in stopping force on the Honda.

The slightly more aggressive dimensions imply that it be a sharper handler than the NT, but the is the bikes are pretty evenly when dicing between Steering effort is lighter on the despite its slightly longer (58.1” vs. 57.5”) and trail vs. 4.05”).

And its 28.0-degree rake is remarkably when compared to the Mana’s 24.0 degrees. The NT’s narrower rear tire vs. 180/55-17) lends to its light and steering.

Aprilia Mana 850

Factor in Honda’s real-world weight of 562 lbs for the NT, and its prowess is all the impressive. Aprilia hasn’t any claimed weight for the 2010 GT, but we that the pre-GT Mana in with its tank full at 515 lbs. The addition of the GT’s and ABS system will still it about 20 lbs lighter, but that gap down to almost nothing the Mana’s accessory saddlebags and are added.

The Mana’s inverted, 43mm fork is more than the NT’s non-adjustable 41mm fork, but discerning damping qualities ‘tween is tough.

The Aprilia offers a planted feel throughout the arc of a thanks in part to a low center of created by carrying most of its under the rider. But its linkage-less suspension action isn’t as as the Honda’s more traditional with linkage set up. The Honda’s offers a better balanced overall.

Both scoots provide remote adjustment of shock via a hand dial.

With all the dry out of the way, let’s get onto really matters on these

A …-for-tat of conveniences

At this you might think there much separating this in terms of performance, and in that be spot on. Unfortunately, looking for a among the amenities found on motorcycle doesn’t lead to one blowing the other out of the water – of course, if for you a push-button transmission is a high point, you might think the Mana is the convenience

Earlier we pointed out how we chose the ABS for the Honda since ABS comes on the Aprilia. Now it’s time for the to pony up.

The NT700V has cleanly hardbags along with two in-fairing glove boxes as of its touring repertoire; the Aprilia has no beyond that found in its fuel tank.

And this feature on the Mana is super handy. At the push of a (so long as the ignition is switched on) the “fuel tank” opens up to a cavernous compartment big enough to a helmet, and it’s graced a car trunk-type light and 12v power

However, we found that not all will fit in this space as If you have a helmet with type of decorative rear or something similar, there’s a chance you’ll have the experience we did wherein the compartment lid fully close.

Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850


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