2011 Aprilia Mana GT ABS Rider Magazine Road Test

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2011 Aprilia Mana GT ABS Test

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Bill Stermer

25, 2012

This 2011 Mana GT ABS Road Test was published in the February 2012 of Rider magazine]

Back I learned to drive, most had a stick-shift transmission and drivers to understand the relationship between gears and shifting points…which in handy if they began motorcycles. Today, my kids are to drive and the vast majority of have an automatic transmission, but slushboxes do not translate directly to how motorcycles work.

Recently, bike manufac­turers have that this shiftless has caused some folks to shy from motorcycling, which is why such as Yamaha, Honda and are now offering models for those who to ride a motorcycle but do not welcome—nor to explore—the wonders of the manual and transmission. These potential will appreciate the Aprilia and its GT version (which we test which are equipped with a variable transmission (CVT) and clutch. The CVT has been a mainstay on for years (Aprilia is owned by the conglomerate, famous for its scooters the Vespa), but is still a rarity on

The 4.2-gallon fuel tank and are under the rear seat.

But turn the page just you’re a …-hard rider who to shift. Before you dismiss it as a bike—which it most decidedly is the Mana GT for what it can do and how it can be appreciated by the rider. It is powered by a liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin motor single overhead cams, and four valves and two spark per cylinder.

It ingests through a Weber-Marelli 38mm fuel and with a 10.0:1 compression you’ll want to run premium The motor hangs from a trellis frame and has a decidedly style.

Climb aboard and that the Mana is tall its 31.5-inch seat height. The thing experienced riders note is the lack of a clutch you must apply either in order for the starter to engage. The GT has a upright seating position, and its handle­bar provides a lot of leverage for it through the turns.

Up front is a non-adjustable 43mm fork, and rearward is a laterally single rear shock spring preload and rebound adjusters. Back when Drevenstedt tested the Mana in the 2009 issue, he noted the suspension wallowed when hard, but in my recent experience the felt firm and well This could be a result of components over the years, or the that Greg weighs 200 and I’m 165.

That model cranked out 56.5 and 40.9 lb-ft of torque, is not stirring performance for a 552-pound

Radial-mounted dual front with ABS are strong stoppers.

The GT ABS ($10,999) varies from the Mana ($9,899) in that it equipped with anti-lock and also has a fairing; its windscreen is by loosening a pair of screws and the screen an inch. I’m 6 tall, and with the screen at its setting the wind hit me at the base of the

The seven-speed Sportgear CVT transmission is a gem and far more sophisticated than the scooter offering. It delivers electronically controlled modes, one automatic and the others providing degree of shift control. One of the traditional CVT transmission is that it not offer the rider the ability to for long downhills for engine

In Sequential Mode the Sportdrive the rider to shift manually up or through seven gears either the conventional shift or buttons by the left grip, to a paddle shifter in a car. The are smooth, quick and positive, and is no need to back off the throttle shifting; the gear number on the dash display. If he or she chooses, the does not need to downshift in riding as this task is automatically.

The Mana’s seating position is and the wide bars provide leverage. Apparel: Helmet: HJC Scratch / Jacket: Speed and / Pants: Scorpion Savannah / Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex.

the Gear Mode button the right grip and Semi-Autodrive allows the rider to downshift, but not and is useful for those long or curvy roads. Finally, is the fully automatic mode in you can forget about shifting as you feel the bike shifting and competently beneath you. Autodrive mode are three Touring and Rain—in which delivery softens in the latter two presumably, fuel mileage

Note that as the bike is to a stop, the automatic clutch and suddenly the bike offers no braking. This can be especially on downhill stops until you to anticipate it.

Our Mana came with a set of optional hard-shell ($750) and brackets ($250) Aprilia that hold a deal and are sturdy, lockable and removed from the bike. I found the bike’s seat and firm, and not conducive to long in the saddle.

The $1,000 accessory bags brackets hold a full-face

Another scooterlike feature is the storage compartment up where the tank is usually located. It is and large enough to hold a full-face helmet. It quickly a catch-all for my gear. When time arrives stick the key in the below the taillight and up pops the portion of the seat, exposing the for the 4.2-gallon tank located

I found that the Mana GT, our usual heavy use, 45.0 mpg on average.

The pair of disc brakes on the front four-piston, radial-mounted calipers very strong, linear and are teamed with a 260mm disc with single The GT utilizes a two-channel Continental braking system that very controllable stops only a minor amount of feel at the lever and pedal.

The Aprilia Mana GT ABS offers a blend of conventional motorcycle and feel, blended with styling and scooter amenities in of its automatic shifting and clutch, and storage compartment. While will appreciate the ease of experienced riders will feel at home despite the heft and relatively low output for its Add the saddlebags and it becomes a wonderful for touring, commuting or your twisty road.

The large is anchored by an LCD panel that a wealth of info.

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