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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

If you want the most commanding of traffic, coupled with an that has animal written all it, then this bike be for you

There’s still something to be for explosive power; that of trying to click through the as fast as possible to keep us the ponies being transmitted to the

I’ve just been experience with Aprilia’s 1200, the company’s answer to Hypermotard 1100EVO. Without the case, the Aprilia is 130hp of pure adrenalin, one that you forward at such a rapid that it’s virtually not to arrive at your destination – with your licence – content that you’ve been through an impossibly and manic commute. How often can you say

The 1200 is a city bike, no two about it. Not only does it that wicked 1197cc V-twin with plenty of dexterity, but the seat is not the most going around (par for the in this category) and you won’t be more than 150km the fuel warning light on.

But that’s just fine by me, my guess is that the majority of who buy this bike won’t be to carve up the back blocks of but instead choosing to tear city streets with authority – all with a view of the that only truck would turn their up at.

And if you buy one, the chances are that be the only one in your group of taking this unique riding route. But you certainly be any poorer for it.


The star of the 1200 show is undoubtedly the V-twin, with a ride-by-wire system offering three of riding – Rain, Touring and

Aprilia has long been an of ride-by-wire and, although have been some moments (just ask Colin in his first year of MotoGP for Aprilia!), the Italian company has now got it to a fine art.

There’s a hint of hesitation at low revs, on a partial throttle, but it’s not enough to upset the balance of the too much, which is a good when you’re threading traffic.

Most of that low speed commuting is spent in gear, which is quite on the Dorsoduro (and for such a bike) before tightening up in the cogs. But top gear is quite again, which had me purring a highway at 100km/h registering 3400rpm. Better fifth in those situations.

But I digress a little. While the may be a little fragile below – both in fuelling and power — above that the in Sport and Touring modes a wicked and … blow, as the works overtime trying to up and the underseat pipes deliver an fruity voice. And once ‘detonation’ occurs, it’s a experience, with the slick-shifting coming along for the ride.

The of the aggressive power delivery has lot to do the engine dimensions – 106mm x That’s really oversquare, but a part of why this thing loves to rev when it’s on the shoulder. Aprilia claims (96kW) at 8700rpm, and 115Nm at

I toggled, via the starter button the engine is fired into between the Touring and Sport most of the test period, as I the Rain mode just too – although there’s still 100hp to play with. But like dragging a ball and compared to Sport and Touring, as an owner I could see it being a respite from the volcanic in the other modes.

The Dorsoduro’s hydraulic clutch okay, although I’d be perfectly with a cable one in this – a little more befitting the raw flavour.


The has a fairly long wheelbase of with rake and trail of 27.3 degrees and 118mm Those figures don’t razor sharp, and are probably a bit at odds with the bike’s powerplant.

But the reality is that the still slices through with plenty of conviction, sometimes it takes a bit off effort – if body positioning isn’t on the money.

The Dorsoduro isn’t a sports bike where wedged against the tank as kind of reinforcement, as its flat and perch allows any number of options.

For really aggressive it’s best to go forward of the to push on the front end, that firm stance by the tapered, fairly low one-piece and the slightly rear positioned

If you want to keep understeer in that’s definitely the best because as you move back on the the steering – understandably – loses of its bite. But there’s certainly no with a lack of stability.

It does take a while to out body positioning, but once mastered the real fun begins – the bike really at home on straights and tight turns. And not forget the brakes are also an element in all that fun, the Brembo radial-mounted four-piston providing tonnes of power and a progressive feel through the There is an ABS version of the Dorsoduro but it’s not available in Australia.

The suspension certainly isn’t which certainly falls line with the bike’s prowess. The suspension (trick-looking upside-down gold forks and shock barber) is fully at both ends, with the positioned off centre to accommodate the architecture, or more precisely the of the headers on the rear cylinder. preload is adjustable via a c-spanner, but the is unfettered.

Despite the stiff the ride isn’t too onerous. what’s more of an issue in the stakes is the hard seat, probably sometimes makes hard hits on the road worse that what really are.

If you can get 150km out of the in one stretch, that’s a herculean – and you won’t get much further before it will be time for a The tank holds 16 litres, it looks much bigger that.

During the test, fuel averaged out at 7.73lt/100km.


The dashboard on the Dorsoduro isn’t a from what’s recently off Aprilia’s production line. No though, as there’s more enough information to quench thirst, which can be toggled via a switch on the left-hand side of the

At $17,990, the Dorsoduro 1200 is all fast and furious, and its ability to school boy antics has it in the same ilk as the Hypermotard 1100EVO. These deliver a two-wheel party just about unmatched in an environment — but they are not a mainstream menu item for people.

But that’s okay, as the who do hand over their earned will be in for an experience won’t forget. I never terrorising the streets would be so fun.



Type: eight-valve 90-degree V-twin


Bore x …: x 67.8mm

Compression ratio: ± 0.5: 1

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

Fuel system: fuel injection

Emissions: 3


Type: Six-speed

Final Chain

Clutch: Wet


Frame type: steel fastened to aluminium plates. Removable rear subframe

Front suspension: Sachs upside-down forks fully adjustable compression, and spring. Wheel travel

Rear suspension: Aluminium swingarm, with piggyback shock with fully compression, rebound and preload. travel 155mm

Rear 240mm stainless steel with single-piston Brembo

Wheels: Aluminium alloy front 3.50 x 17, rear x 17

Tyres: Pirelli Diablo front 120/70-17, rear


Rake: degrees

Trail: 118mm

dry weight: 203kg


maximum power: 130hp at 8700rpm

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

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