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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

A good hooligan machine got great

Despite outward the Dorsoduro 750 and 1200 actually very little in the way of common Instead of simply enlarging the engine to achieve the 1200cc all-new cases were to support the massively oversquare of the 1200. Bore and … are 106.0 x 67.8mm, respectively, for an engine that technically has of displacement.

But in order to keep dimensions of the 1200 engine as as possible, Aprilia switched the of the connecting rods on the crankpin to the 750. The result is an engine Aprilia claims is as narrow as its brother. Otherwise, the 1200 is a 90-degree V-Twin that its dual overhead camshafts, valves per cylinder and a mixed timing system, similar to used on the 750.

The result of rearrangement of parts from is an engine with a torque that is practically flat at 4000 rpm. That you get at least 70 ft.-lbs. of torque the moment you start rolling all the way to no matter what gear in. That’s the kind of performance you from the saddle.

When the V-Twin is wound it produces 73.9 ft-lbs of at 7400 rpm before peaking at rpm with 115.1 horsepower, to the Superflow Dyno at Gene Racing.

Supporting this is a steel trellis frame has been strengthened in key areas to the 750. Aluminum side are used for reinforcement and as mounting for the engine. Because the frame is a beefier to cope with the it’s also slightly than that on the 750 as well, to help compensate Aprilia has the subframe.

Keeping the wheels on the are Sachs components front and A 43mm fork is adjustable for and compression damping, as well as preload. The rear shock the same adjustability and is mounted to the swingarm without the use of linkages.


As expect on a pumped-up motard, travel is quite generous — 6.3 (160mm) in front and 6.1 inches in the rear. Dunlop Sportmax tires make contact the pavement, but we’re slightly to see a 180/55-17 rear tire to the six-inch wide wheel of a 190. Up front lies a 120/70-17.

European sportbikes are known for stopping power, and that’s not on the Dorsoduro 1200. Dual rotors up front are clamped by radially mounted Brembo that are fed fluids via steel-braided Out back is a 240mm disc and a Brembo caliper, also a steel line.

Aprilia ABS as part of its Aprilia Traction (ATC) system on the Dorso, it isn’t as sophisticated as the system on the RSV4 APRC models, only wheel-speed sensors to the amount of intervention. That is moot here, however, as our bike wasn’t equipped ATC.

The Roads Are A Playground

European correspondent, Tor Sagen, some time aboard the 1200 during the model’s introduction. Judging by his glowing reaction to the bike, it’s clear the Dorso 12 is just as of a riot on the other side of the as it is here.

But first things first: Tor is a taller than the usual here at MO, and the Dorso’s high feels every bit its claimed height. With my 5-foot, frame and 30-inch inseam, the of my toes were just the tarmac. “The Dorso’s is taller than just anything without an MX nomenclature, so riders who are tentative won’t riding it around town,” 5-foot, 8-inch Duke.

reason it’s not a fun “around-town is because of its fairly heavy lever. After repeated work through town, strong hands will to get tired.

That’s a small to pay, however, for a machine actually makes riding town an otherwise enjoyable If you’re like us, you may be tempted to hop a few as you slice through some but isn’t that the beauty of a As typical for this supermoto the Dorso’s seating position is upright and relatively comfortable.

Its anodized and tapered bars are up and wide and give the rider of leverage to maneuver pretty anywhere. The pegs are positioned low, and the seat is cushy though it borders on the narrow

While a machine like the 1200 can ably carve its way town, a bike like thrives on tearing up tight With its fly-by-wire throttle, is able to equip the Dorso three different ride to suit the rider and/or It’s adjustable by pressing the start button with a throttle and then toggling the modes.

In Sport mode all 115 and 73.9 ft-lbs are readily on tap sharp throttle response borders on being too aggressive. is fine for experienced riders a deft throttle hand, but we preferred the slightly less throttle response offered in its mode, which still the same amount of peak

Even though power in the lower gears is a little relaxed, there’s still of grunt to squirt you out of sticky or paint a smile on your Or, to put it in terms hooligan types can understand, Touring mode you modulate power wheelies

The system’s Rain mode softens its power delivery, an otherwise exciting ride. it would be appropriate in super-slick, wet but it’s of no use in the dry. And if your level is such that consider using Rain when it’s not wet outside, the Dorso 12 is probably the wrong for you anyway.

After seeing Tor wax about the Dorso 12 from its launch, I wondered to myself if his was warranted. The answer is a clear With torque readily from the V-Twin engine, the throttle is not only met with a of speed, but also a throaty and exhaust note. Despite a knee-down sportbike guy at heart, I help but stick my leg out when corners on the Dorso.

It exhibits a nimbleness despite its rather claimed dry weight of 457 lbs, will likely push the mark with it full of Credit for its responsiveness is due to its wide bars providing plenty of and an agility-enhancing 180 rear tire.

One difference between this and its sportbike cousins is that the suspension helps to absorb and imperfections in the road that otherwise be unsettling on a sportbike. The however, is that “sportbikes tall suspensions can sometimes and handle oddly,” notes “But the Dorso turns in neutral and responds just as you

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

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