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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. First Ride

Supermotards are the latest buzzword in the motorcycling world and while many are yet to explore the best these machines can do, Aprilia has gone ahead and given it all a new dimension by building a maxi-motard machine, the Dorsoduro 1200. We spend a day straddling this big bad bloke!

Winter season is a great time to get on a motorcycle and head for a ride. The temperatures are bearable, there is no sign of rain and the soft sunlight makes for very pleasant scenery all around you. And it doesn’t get any better than the editor handing you keys to the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 a big, bad 1200cc power-packed supermotard machine that has come straight from the Italian shores.

These are the days that you look up in the sky, pass a soft smile while repeating ‘Thank You’ inside your head. It’s the calm before the storm. A storm encompassing psychosis spawning from 130 horses let loose to play on a snaking road that goes disappearing into the vast horizon.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. ZigWheels First Ride Pics!

Supermotards are the latest buzzword in the motorcycling world and while many are yet to explore the best these machines can do, Aprilia has gone ahead and given it all a new dimension by building a maxi-motard machine, the Dorsoduro 1200

While most supermotards that I have ridden before have been lightweight and somewhat easy to get used to in rather short period of time, the Dorsoduro 1200 scared the wits out of me for most part of my first spin astride it within the city


It was only later that I straddled it on the open country roads and onto the curvy b-roads outside of the city limits is when I got a bit used to its hooligan character and the rather lanky stance of the 1200

With a saddle height of 870mm, the Dorsoduro 1200 is not exactly comfortable for stubby riders but more suited to 6-foot tall physiques

Out of the city to play on the winding roads, the Dorsoduro’s agility and precision trumped its vulgar display of horsepower

Utterly well-mannered and sure-footed, the Dorsoduro 1200 held the line with precision attacking corners one after another at blitzkrieg speeds without letting out a single hiccup

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

The slender frame despite its bulk makes for a great supermoto riding stance and sliding to and fro on the slim saddle is effortless

Fully adjustable long-travel 43mm inverted suspension unit upfront and a piggy-back fully adjustable hydraulic monoshock on the rear, both being provided by motard-specialist German firm Sachs

The nimble handling character and well-heeled conduct of the Dorsoduro 1200 is largely attributed to the supple combination of a modular steel trellis frame secured onto aluminium side plates which hold the lightweight aluminium alloy swingarm in place

But with 130 horses available on tap at 8,700rpm and 115Nm of torque coming in at 7,200rpm, the performance of the over square big-bore Vee-twin motor with a bore into stroke config of 106mmx 68mm is quite a handful on public roads – even for seasoned riders

The digital instrument cluster has varied modes, it is an engine management system helped by Ride by Wire throttle mechanism which offers three different riding modes, namely – Sport, Touring and Rain, wherein the horsepower reaching the rear wheel is monitor as per the Mode chosen

Turning heads and fingers pointing directly in our direction, out of all the non-faired motorcycles that I have rode till date, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 certainly beats them all when it comes to street-cred as its almost impossible to go unnoticed

Now at a pricetag of Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune) it is not exactly a steal but considering the competition it faces in the current Indian scenario, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is a lot of motorcycle for that money

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

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