Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 First Ride- 2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 V-Twin

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 – First Ride Italy’s other 90-degree V-Twin breaks cover.


The brand-new, 1200cc version of Piaggio /Aprilia’s 90-degree V-Twin has finally arrived, and it was well worth the wait. Better yet, this first edition of the engine has been shoehorned into the chassis of Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 750. a move made possible because the engine hides its larger displacement inside external dimensions identical to those of its three-quarter-liter kin.

It isn’t just a bored-out 750, however, as the cylinders have been flipped, the rear barrel now associated with the right con-rod and the front with the left roda concession to the redesigned transmission. Bore and stroke measure 106.0 x 67.8mm, and shorter connecting rods are used to keep cylinder height the same as on the 750. The new 1200 is perfectly balanced in primary order, but it tells you it’s there via a prevalent secondary imbalance, though not to the point of making your hands go numb.

Chief Project Engineer Federico Martini was conservative in tuning this first version of the Twin, which makes a claimed 130 hp at 8700 rpm and 85 ft.-lb. of torque at 7200, but 150-hp units are already in the works for other applications. A 12.0:1 compression ratio necessitates the adoption of twin-spark ignition to ensure a complete burn.

This modern, compact powerplant impressed during my test of the bike, which included laps on the Jerez de la Frontera racetrack in southern Spain. Generous torque and good overall power are managed by Aprilia’s well-honed throttle-by-wire system. Three ride modes are selectable, including Sport, Touring and Rain; ABS and three-position traction control are standard in Europe, but neither will be available in the U.S.

Although the 1200 is close to identical to the 750 in appearance, there are substantial differences between the two chassis. The new bike’s trellis frame is constructed of 2mm-fatter, 32mm-dia-meter, 1mm-thicker-wall steel tubing, while additional sheet has been added to the steering head area for rigidity. Better components, like the fully adjustable Sachs suspension and radial-mount Brembo front brake calipers with 320mm discs, are welcome upgrades.

Slippery and bumpy roads around the Jerez area confirmed that fitting the torquey Dorsoduro with traction control was a wise choice. In Sport mode, the engine delivers very linear and stout response, yet is never overly aggressive and always easy to modulate. The six-speed gearbox shifts smoothly, and the hydraulically actuated clutch requires light effort.

For a bike this size (claimed dry weight is 440 lb.), the Dorsoduro is fairly agile at low speeds, aided in part by the wide handlebar and upright seating position. Increased rake angle (27.3 degrees compared to 26.0), along with added trail and wheelbase (4.6 and 60.2 in.), combine to make the bike very stable at speed.

Call it a MaxiMoto (like Ducati’s Hypermotard or KTM’s 990 SMR ) if you like, but with a long list of accessories that include saddlebags, the bike suddenly becomes a threat to BMW’s GSs or Ducati’s Multistrada .

List price in the U.S. is expected to be $11,999. The bike should arrive at dealers this April.

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

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