Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 — Motorcyclist magazine

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Serious competition for Ducati’s

They say: Ferociously

We say: As long as you push the buttons.

They say: fun! We say: As long as you the right buttons.

My first of the new Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 was not I was expecting. It functioned well in all and was quite quick and wonderfully but as we motored away from the launch base in southern I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. The engine wasn’t with the brute force hoped for, and when I to wheelie it the traction control in a way that seemed wrong for a big

Those drawbacks haven’t supermoto streetbikes from a strong following, and after the of the Dorsoduro 750 it’s easy to see why decided to make a big-bore The inspiration for Aprilia’s 1197cc is equally easy to comprehend. The 106 x 67.8mm dimensions are virtually to those of a certain rival marque’s DOHC, eight-valve, 90-degree V-twin.

At least the newcomer has the decency to its eight valves via conventional rather than belt and

The 1200’s engine is heavier that of the 750 but just as compact. engines were drawn up in but Aprilia dialled back the effort to finish the 750 first.

The engine is heavier than of the 750 but just as compact. Both were d

The new engine is commendably and compact. In typical Aprilia it’s controlled by ride-by-wire with a choice of three maps. The first two give throttle response while utilizing the bike’s claimed 130

Rain mode drops power down to that of the

The 1200 looks very to the 750, but appears slightly muscular due to the broader radiator and tailpiece. At 4 gallons the gas tank is than the 750’s 3.2-gallon but still hardly generous. height remains a tallish inches, so it’s tricky for riders.

As for what the 1200 is to ride, that very depends on which of its personalities you In Touring mode-which I suspect riders will use most of the 1200 feels similar to the 750 but more torque. There’s no kick in the power delivery, a steadily growing wave of dispensed in admirably well-metered

The 90-degree V-twin is smooth a relaxed lope down low and only slight buzzing redline. I’d normally well before max revs except for a couple of quick on the motorway where the Aprilia to over 130 mph with more to while I made a not totally attempt to hide behind the

The only drawback to Touring was that the Dorso didn’t particularly frisky, but that with the touch of a button. mode certainly livens the up and is great fun on the right roads, but I want the bike like all the time, which is the beauty of the power modes.

The Aprilia’s new system was well worth although it’s not the sophisticated of the RSV4 Factory Special All three settings have purpose, but they all insist on the front wheel grounded, is a shame. American riders have to worry about the nanny since the Dorso be equipped with ATC when it stateside this spring.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

Once the bike is running, the button serves to select the setting. Another button on the handlebar lets you toggle power modes.

Once the is running, the starter button to select the traction-control setting

performance is perfectly adequate, more by the general supermoto with the long-travel suspension feeling a bit vague when you pushing the pace. At least the fork and shock are adjustable, and a reasonably firm, well-damped with plenty of potential for

The 1200’s slight disadvantage to the 750 is that its lazier steering means it’s not as agile. All the key measurements have been to improve stability at the higher this bike will attain. As such, the 1200 fairly firm inputs to it into a turn, especially if you compressed the long-travel fork using the brakes.

Even so, the Dorso could be along at a respectable rate, good use of the grip of its Pirelli Corsa III tires and its near-limitless clearance. Four-pot radial slow the bike efficiently, as they were plumbed the ABS system that’s an option on bikes but won’t be available in

Marketing directed Aprilia’s to apply its new 1197cc V-twin to the rather than the Shiver or a model. The supermoto is sportier.

directed Aprilia’s decision to its new 1197cc V-twin to the Dorsoduro

Our launch route ended a fabulously twisty section of where the Dorso impressed its slingshot acceleration and firm power. On a ride like it was easy to understand the appeal of a torquey supermoto V-twin, as an Aprilia tech had topped up the during the lunch stop so the range of about 100 miles an issue.

Practicality will never be a strength, but this Aprilia has of appeal for town and back-road In the future, the 1200 engine surely be shoehorned into versatile models, but for now the Dorsoduro is the way with a blend of style, and performance that justifies its but pure fun advertising line.

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


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