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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

Dailies. Galleries. Reviews August 11, 2011

160mph top speed. Leaned over wheelies leaving almost corner. A throttle response so that you won’t be able to yourself.

It’s not a sportsbike, but faster than a 600 everywhere right at the apex. It also down 118hp to the rear and has an incredibly smooth and flat curve. As a … bike, the Dorsoduro 1200 has one more trick: get down in a racing and you’ll find that the fly-screen actually generates a bubble for you to hide behind.

Bucky Sacrilege

It might be

The Dorso’s two closest competitors, the KTM 990 R (441 lbs wet) and the Ducati 1100 Evo (377 dry), are a bit more trim, but its portly of weight are just not a big deal. competing in this class of aren’t racing bikes; is much more important outright speed and the feel of the is confidence inspiring. Really.

the heft the bike feels — comparable to the Yamaha WR250R also running around on now. You can get closer to the bars and the grips are much closer than the widespread variety find on a Hyper. The seat is and the pegs (while not low enough to allow your legs to quite a bit more than a would.

But it’s fast

Like fast. With 130bhp at the it absolutely blows the 95bhp away and embarrasses the 114bhp KTM 990 R too. Peak torque is 75lb/ft, but it makes nearly all of before 3,000rpm and the additional of lb/ft build ever so before things begin to off at the end of the rev range.

Drop three and dump the clutch while hard to get a little sideways on entry. You’ll feel a superhero. Though the 27.3º is only .7º away from a it’s set up that way for a reason.

be happy to have that for stability at 160mph and the rest of the turn-in will be so blazingly that you’ll never for steeper geometry.

The Dorso 750 was endowed with a flyer chassis and crappy Even Aprilia factory admit to that. Not so with the Forks have been to fully adjustable Sachs that are easy to adjust on the Once you’ve got your sag you can adjust compression and rebound ever leaving the seat just the pointy end of the key.

nice when one fork compression and the other handles The shock is also from and is also fully adjustable, it’s disappointing to see whiz-bang on the forks and a boring old set of preload out back. The chassis itself is and has been significantly upgraded the 750.

Tube diameter is up 30 to 32mm, and they’re 1mm thicker Extra plates have been added around the head to increase stiffness. As a it does nothing but inspire Front end feel is good to trail-brake all the way through downhill radius corners after a few hours on the bike. Rear end is just as good.

If you’re dragging your a bit and feel like you’re on the of the tire, you probably are. owners will likely end up to a steepr 190 rear for a little lean angle.

Ride it a road racer, a supermoto or sit on top. In most circumstances, it matter too much. The seat is a too tall and the factory fitted 180 tire too flat if you’re to dragging your knees on but if you hang way off and stick your way out, it’ll likely just as you’re rolling the very edge of the rear

The ideal riding style for fast on the Dorso is a mix between roadracing and supermoto (think Lawson on a KZ1000R). Scoot in the seat and brake late, in, hang off and get to full lean as as possible, hit your mark, stand the bike up, scoot and roll the throttle wide to pick the front end up once you can see the exit. The Dorso feels it was designed to be ridden this

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

It’s comfortable

Even enough to be used as a touring rig if you its already nice fit and finish the right accessories. After a day on a Hyper, most riders be spent. Something about the blast, seating position and the itself make it uncomfortable it comes time to do some In stock form, the Dorso is decent for a long day on the road.

The is plenty comfortable, the pegs removable, thick rubber that deaden vibration and the are in a sensible place. Aprilia factory saddle bags, a bag, tail bag and tank bags, as well as an extra gel seat for the Dorso 750 so I wouldn’t be to see the same become available for for the along with taller windscreens.

It manages the unexpected

aerodynamic styling comes out to on the Dorso. Radiator exhaust is away from your and those large tank are great to tuck your behind. The flimsy plastic guards start to make when you realize they do keep wind off your and that miniature fly-screen is so that at speed, there’s a of still air to hide behind (a you won’t find on the Super or Hyper or any other supermoto-style for that matter).

But it’s not for pussies

Reviews have seen the big Dorso criticism for its snappy throttle in Sport Mode, but this is not a Sunday cruiser. If you find most comfortable in Rain you should probably just get on bike. This is a damn motorcycle and it demands respect.

In aside from the KTM 990 SMR, is the first supermoto-style, large-capacity we’ve ridden that makes sense. Unlike rivals, the power is there for wheelies every time you the throttle and the control is even for supermoto-style slides. Aprilia have bemoaned the disappearance of the old Tuono from the model in the run up to the North American release of the new V4 this fall, but they

This Dorsoduro has all that old and performance while managing to be the sexiest-looking new motorcycle that’s in our hands this year. say that about the old Tuono. we know that’s seen it, sat on it or it is now trying to find a way to buy it.

That be too hard; at $11,999 it’s the price as the slower Ducati and cheaper than the KTM.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike


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