Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 review — Motorbike Writer

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

Riding the Aprilia Dorsoduro on the morning commute is a bit like a bazooka to a knife fight.

Aprilia says it has repositioned its supermoto range from warrior” to “fun commuter”. really a bit of both. It’s no tourer as I found out.

is a place in Venice where ride scooters, not monsters this. Not since BMW’s HP2 has there been such a in the maxi-motard class. Its 96kW/112Nm engine outmuscles all the others.

But it all brawn and no brains. The Aprilia is the smartest in the class with anti-lock brakes and sophisticated traction control with mapping modes for sport, and rain that can be toggled on the fly for conditions.

Aprilia has added Continental ABS to the full range of plus Mana GT and Shiver

Brembo supplies huge and 240mm discs and calipers, are more than enough to stop this lightweight

Like all purpose-built supermotards days, it looks like a bike on steroids.

Design is with small shrouds at the that don’t quite some of the ugly plumbing

The height of the trail bike-style is a long-legged 870mm — and the saddle is as hard and uncomfortable as straddling a fence.

Riding position is with wide bars and no protection. It’s great for blasts and for seeing over the but at more than 80km/h it a chore hanging on. Touring is out of the question.

Fire it up and it shudders and give it some revs and the stop shuddering and it feels smooth.

Let out the wet clutch and it springs although it is all very controllable the smooth fly-by-wire throttle. is no snatch like some that have switched to technology. You can even negotiate turns and small roundabouts having to feather the clutch.

In Sport mode, it can be a little too for such duties, but in Touring fine. In Rain mode softer still with more feel.

So there is a way to this savage beast for the commute. If you really want to.

But best experienced on twisty roads where you can easily up the sportbikes.

I had the bike recently for a ride into the country for an

While it is a fun bike in its element, certainly not designed for long-distance

The seat is too hard for long It’s more like a metal thong.

The 15-litre tank is too small for touring and the isn’t great. The on-board tells me it drank fuel at 6.5 per 100km.

But the engine is so addictive it encourages you to go and at one stage I put 12.6 litres in the after a very spirited strop. That’s close to which is worse than small SUVs.

There is nowhere to put luggage. The tank is so you can’t fit a magnetic bag but you can get an aftermarket Meanwhile, the rear section is narrow and the underseat exhausts scorch any wide bag.

We had an rear bag fitted, but it is very

Just a couple of weeks the bike was included in a launch for the new Pirelli Angel GT tyres included a romp through the followed by a track session at Park, Warwick.

Most journalists fought for the keys at the but wanted to give them on the ride up to Warwick. It simply handle bumpy roads

Give it some smooth and it lays down the traction and from corner to corner.

the front gets very and flighty over bumps the rear feels abrupt.

The steering angle makes it to turn in, but also adds to its front end. I’d suggest a damper if you want to tackle of our sinewy back roads.

riding the bike away the dealer, we changed the suspension its track bias to standard settings. But it still doesn’t the big hits very well.

up the suspension also induced a bit of dive under brakes, so it is to brake early, then get off the brake and squat the bike trail braking, otherwise it nervous going into a

As we found on the track, it will ridiculous lean angles no hint of grinding a sidestand or thanks to its high clearance.

Traction control and ABS are switchable, but you to be stopped and on several occasions we work the function. Even the at the dealership had some trouble. all of a sudden, it started to work

While build quality is up to usual high standards, the sidestand looks out of place and set too far back which makes it to flick down.

I also like the motocross-style fuel A hinged cap is far more convenient filling up as you don’t have to somewhere to put the cap where it won’t off and roll away across the forecourt.

The Aprilia slots in the Triumph Speed Triple and the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 on and exclusiveness. But the others don’t the electronic trickery nor the power of the

Just don’t take it

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200


Warranty: 2 years


Engine: 1200cc,

Transmission: 6-speed, chain-drive

Sachs 43mm fully inverted forks (front), alloy swing-arm, adjustable absorber with rebound and spring pre-load

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


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