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Aprilia Dorsoduro Naked


Test-riding the Aprilia 750 remains a fond memory. I the bike, but Kiwi buyers it as much as they did the United party in the recent election.

we don’t quite get supermotos, we watching their entertaining antics on street circuits as Whanganui and Paeroa, but ride one on the road? Forgetaboutit!

Anyway, to that distant test of the 750. I said at the time it would be a hard sell just a 750cc V-twin to it, and a price premium that it $3000 more expensive the mechanically similar Shiver 750 Maybe Aprilia read the (yeah, right), for two years there’s now a Dorsoduro 1200 caters more to our taste for motorcycle engines. Meanwhile, the smaller 750 now costs $15,990, less than it did in 2009.

The shift downmarket of the 750 creates space for the new 1200, which with a value-packed $21,495 attached to its handlebars. Both represent a more concerted … on the notoriously conservative motorcycle consumer. If these can’t stimulate an appetite in our for Italian-branded supermotos, Aprilia as well give up on them and just on importing the bikes do sell here (notably the rapid RSV4 sportsbike in of its guises).

The test of the Dorsoduro started well. Self-employed in utes kept halting in business to check it out and take a look. Most had a dirtbike in the at home, and the idea of a 1200cc with similar styling and position definitely appealed to However, the price of the Aprilia to be the deal breaker for most. Why I get a brand-new Chinese ute for that, one.

Indeed, you can, I replied, but it be as much fun?

For Aprilia has doubled the engine capacity of the 750 for the Dorsoduro, and the bigger bike is an weapon on city streets, the huge reserves of accessible that the liquid-cooled V-twin The mid-range performance of the 130bhp is as punchy as that of the rival Hypermotard 1100, and the Aprilia it off with a far-stronger top-end

It certainly sounds the part the bangs of the engine arriving the same frequency intensity as a bass drum kicks as he the beat of a heavy- metal Given that this the version of the Dorso 1200, the ABS brakes and traction control of the version, those thumps can have a levitating effect on the front wheel. For this likes to wheelie as much as McCaw likes to regain of a rugby ball.

Despite being the dumber in terms of its comparative lack of riding aids, the more 1200 still comes the choice of three settings for its throttle — sport, and rain. However, I found far too aggressive and rain far too passive, so touring for the most of the test It’s arguable that is the setting Aprilia would selected for the bike if it was only to be with a solitary throttle

Like the 750, the larger is a brilliant city bike, through the gridlock with thanks to its generous steering superb balance, and a lofty perch that makes it to spot what’s happening in the traffic. Take the bike out on roads, however, and it doesn’t quite as at home. For it’s a to find that it isn’t the steering supermoto that you

The styling certainly makes that the Aprilia isn’t of keeping. It’s an enjoyable to chuck around, but you really to put a lot of forearm and shoulder muscle it to get it to change direction. There the same ability to carve through corners like the any KTM supermoto, or even its little the 750.

Perhaps Aprilia was worried stability given the higher the 1200 is capable of, and opted for conservative steering geometry.

Aprilia Dorsoduro Naked

the rest of the chassis package right up to taking the fight to the KTM and Ducati rivals. The brakes are and full of bite, the Dunlop radials deal with the of traction control on this and the suspension is dynamically competent.

1198cc liquid-cooled dohc 8v V-twin stoked by fuel to develop 97kW (130bhp) at and 112Nm of torque at 6250rpm.

six-speed sequential gearbox, final drive.

Frame: alloy trellis frame aluminium swingarm, fully- 43mm inverted Sachs forks, and horizontally- mounted Sachs monoshock adjustable for preload, and compression/rebound damping.

Price: $21,495 as tested; with optional ABS brakes and control.

Hot: Superb new V-twin engine is smoother narrower-angle V-engines from

Not: Aprilia should backed up its sportsbike range an adventure tourer rather a supermoto.

— Fairfax NZ

Aprilia Dorsoduro Naked

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