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Aprilia Dorsoduro Naked

Extreme Excitement

Test by Pickett. Pics by Nigel

MANUFACTURERS are constantly searching for new to excite and entice buyers. Big Supermoto-style bikes have around for a while but Aprilia’s 1200 is one of the best we’ve

It has everything you’d expect on a bike of this style: big stonking V-twin donk, suspension and a comfortable riding At $17,990 + ORC it’s not chump but it is on the money price wise for market segment which has only a couple of serious which directly compare to the Bikes like KTM’s 990 and Ducati Hypermotard are very to the design ethos.

Other make … bikes but which really capture the side of these machines.

has developed pretty much an engine for the Dorsoduro, dubbed the On paper it’s not much to the regular fare out there; valves per cylinder, fuel dual overhead camshafts While most motorcycles do with either chain or driven camshafts, the Dorsoduro has a of chain and gear which to the mechanical symphony of the engine.

It sounds angry enough you fire it up, and has an almost restrained from the twin underseat

On the stand   It sounds like the mufflers are too restrictive. Out on the this proved not to be the case to say the with prodigious grunt just above idle the mufflers were flowing the well enough thank The engineers have really a top job getting this engine to so well off the bottom but to also do the at the top end.

This engine is for a street bike. It doesn’t a fistful of revs to perform well, and as such you don’t to be doing 200km/h to have a amount of fun. We’ve some great wheelstanding before but rarely have we a road bike which over its rear sprocket so

There’s fly-by-wire technology the throttle, and three engine – ‘S’ (Sport), (Touring) and ‘R’ (Rain). in Sport mode it’s the aggressive but Touring mode much different, with a throttle response down Rain mode has less again and really takes snappiness off the bottom which it much nicer to ride in weather conditions.

For normal riding, even it a good go along our test we preferred Touring mode because it reduced any ‘flightiness’ in the if we were a little ham-fisted the throttle. These maps can be while on the move. There’s 130hp on tap from the engine, equates to something like at the rear wheel.

It actually much stronger than we guess because there’s so torque available from low revs.

On our test track we you could hold the bike in one or two such is the flexibility of the V90 motor, exploring the upper reaches of the in top gear had you travelling very indeed. We estimate the top speed to be in the of 210 km/h. A six speed ‚‘box the rear wheel percolating and top isn’t too high although the doesn’t like being in top at low revs.

Fuel range isn’t – it’s got a 15 litre – and it does like to through the go juice when giving it some. Wobbly You sit on rather than in the Dorsoduro. the flat seat and tall you do feel a little like you are in the amplified somewhat by the narrowness of the and the suspension. It does feel top heavy but this soon when you are travelling past pace.

Interestingly Aprilia mention anywhere how heavy the is. We can only assume it’s than the company would although it doesn’t feel like at all (some searching of the web it’s 203-207kg dry, on which site you believe). It a trick too, both in the version we tested or the black

Aprilia Dorsoduro Naked
Aprilia Dorsoduro Naked

Both front and rear is by Sachs, with a surprising and 155mm of travel respectively. surprising because even the bike looks like it has travel suspension it’s not the for this type of bike. plenty of adjustment in the suspension

We liked the way the Dorsoduro handled bumpy roads which to show some thought has gone into sorting for Australia’s roads rather Europe’s smooth tarmac. bike is easy to ride on tight roads.

With the riding position and MX style you can throw the Dorsoduro on its side and it to give you no grief, other the odd shimmy from the ’bars, a we expect is due to the steering angle is designed for quick changes in Braking deep into a is no issue for the big 1200 either.

The travel 43mm forks nicely, weighting up the front just right as you tip it in, then the rebound not too quickly on the exit as you on the power, pulling a little as a by-product. These very traits, and the stiff alloy/steel chassis, are also the reason why the likes to shake its head a at or near its top speed.

Nothing serious and to be honest we it the way it is, because all the fun from this is in the corners not winding it out on a long Did we say this is one fun streetbike?

Australian Dorsoduros don’t get ABS – the ones do – but we never it. Some pundits wondered why it get the APRC traction control as on the RSV4 and the new Tuono V4. We reckon the might have something to do it.

Start adding things that and ABS and the price starts a bit high for many people’s You also need a point of between the Tuono V4 and the Dorsoduro, than the two cylinders.

If you haven’t already realised, we the Dorsoduro 1200. We’re not sure who will buy this Maybe someone who lives on a road or someone who likes commuting, the bike is great at

Long distances would be on the rider’s body, but the bike be fine. Whatever justification you can to park one in your shed you at least have a big smile it comes time to turn the key and off. n

Aprilia Dorsoduro Naked
Aprilia Dorsoduro Naked

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