Aprilia — Dorsoduro 1200 tested — Canada Moto Guide

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Aprilia – Dorsoduro 1200


Please bear me for a moment as I have to call my Riding Aprilia’s Dorsoduro has side effects similar to the you hear on TV for male enhancement And the (ahem) physiological benefits for WAY more than four

In fact, it’s oh-so that “Dorsoduro” literally to “hard ridge.” And, clarifying that this is a district in the Italian city of we will speak of this no

The Dorsoduro has a stiff clutch, a seat, guzzles gas like a 747 on is almost unrideable when in mode and there’s no way to fit a tail tank bag or lunch bag. rowdy, raucous, totally and after 15 minutes I’d made up my



1197 cc of happiness. Aprilia

At $12,595 the Dorsoduro is less than its maxi-motard Under the hood, you’ll an 1197cc, 90-degree V-twin pumping out 130 horsepower and 85 ft lbs of torque. The EFI, DOHC and four per cylinder are fitted, but the cam drive is a combination of gears and chain.

A fly-by-wire throttle hooks up the handle and the Aprilia’s three modes are accessed via the start once the engine is running. is the full yahoo setting maximum power and incredibly throttle response. “Touring” dials up full power but a softer, more manageable while “Rain” feels as if the is stuffed full of dirty socks and the Aprilia accelerates it’s towing a large trailer.

The chassis is fairly – steel frame with an swingarm and removable aluminum Fully adjustable Sachs 43 mm USD hold up the front end while a adjustable Sachs laydown (mounted asymmetrically ala the 650 Ninja) the hind end. Wheel is a generous 160 mm up front and 155 mm at the rear.


Like most motards ridden, any kind of braking the front end to dive like a hockey player, but cranking in compression damping and front stiffened up the forks without steering or ride quality.

Braking is excellent.

Overall, the was top notch with spring and rates well matched to the

Braking duties are ably by a huge pair of 320 mm stainless discs squeezed by Brembo radial calipers and stopping feel and feedback were ABS is an option but it wasn’t on my press

Kinda wish it had been. of something about to go “all Read on).

The Dorsoduro in at 222 kg (488 lbs) with the 15L full. Surprising because, not doesn’t it look that it doesn’t feel like it Even at slow speeds, the steering lock and abundant low end make it easy to maneuver.

You be THIS tall to get on this

It’s a tall ride.

The seat is a good news / bad scenario. The bad news is that it 870 mm (34.3 inches) above the which makes it fine for ‘Arris and Your Obedient with our stork-like inseams, but without NBA aspirations may have climbing aboard.

The good news is that actually quite comfortable. motards have seats so they qualify for their own number but the Aprilia’s is quite If it were just a bit wider and have a forward slope, it be all-day comfortable.

One day trip up in country netted out at around 500 km – not Butt mileage but more enough to have me begging for on most bikes of this However, the lofty perch is great for looking over vehicles when in traffic.

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With 130 on tap, the Aprilia is well but I found the power delivery in mode shockingly aggressive. the throttle a wee crack in first or and the front wheel reaches for the

Even though having a machine is amusing at first, it grows tiresome. Especially in the People’s Republic of Ontario if a gendarme sees such an you’ll be outside the compound in no time, wondering where motorcycle (and your Rights) went.

Touring mode is ideal for riding. You still get the full 130 pop with ferocious acceleration, but quite manageable and you can still every speed limit in the in second gear.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

The digital is conveniently located in the LCD info to the right of the large analog Near the speedo, you’ll a handy gear position a clock, temperature gauge and you can cycle through such as consumption, elapsed time, odometer, and top speed reached the games begin).

Clocks are laid out.

The downside is resetting one of the functions resets all, thereby wiping out the and your fuel consumption

Speaking of fuel consumption, it is, put, dreadful, but that’s the you pay for a high performance motor and a that encourages you to use it. Even at 100 and a relaxed 3,800 rpm, the computer showed the Aprilia 93 octane at the rate of 5.7L/100km or 49 per Imperial gallon.

Normal yielded 6.5 – 6.7L/100 km while one of fairly (ahem) vigorous returned an SUV-like 8.1L/100km or 34 And the small, 15-liter tank you’ll soon be on a first basis with your gas station attendant.

It’s not a bad looking bike by any

Aprilia recommends premium and they mean it. I tried one of regular and it was pinging more a nuclear submarine on maneuvers in the Atlantic.

Side mounted shock.

Aprilia squeezed a nice exhaust note the twin, upswept pipes – raspy and fierce without offensive. And, in case Against Everything think totally irresponsible, the Aprilia a three way catalytic converter and sensor to take care of emissions.

With only 250 km on the my press unit’s gearbox felt notchy and stiff, it loosened considerably as I racked up the The throw is short and neutral was to find, even at a stop. The clutch is on the heavy side but is and progressive.

Surprisingly on a serious, motard, there is slipper

The Dorsoduro is a thumb in the eye to responsible a direct affront to sensible ownership and flips the bird at who are against anything fun. It me with its affordable pricing, acceleration and corner carving It’s also the most motard I’ve ever and just needs a better and some wind protection, to it a great daily rider.

Um, except for pesky fuel issue.

But Dorsoduro owners won’t be overly concerned fuel economy as they’ll be too trying to wipe the smiles off faces – or at least wait the Hard Ridge goes

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200


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