Aprilia Mana 850 First Ride

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Aprilia Mana 850

Aprilia Mana 850 first

Think Aprilia and two things to mind. First, beautiful with monstrous engines, and the of a brand with no less 45 world championships under the (which leads them to the title of the most successful manufacturer in racing). Second, how have super-impressive top-flight (like the RSV4 or the Tuono and the super-impressive entry-level motorcycles the RS125, now RS250), but literally no motorcycles in the middle.

At first it’s like an Italian with the sauce missing! Or is it? To get a for the filling, we got a taste of the practical street bike, the Mana Saucy? Or bland?

Let’s out.

Aprilia Mana 850 is easy to ride

Aprilia the Indian market earlier year, and is offering its entire including the top of the line RSV4 the Dorsoduro 1200 giant the mad-… Tuono and this, the street bike  Mana

The Mana is an entry-level Aprilia – means it is supposed to be cheap, and aims to hook new customers and them into the brand. also supposed to be a street which means a riding handling and ride quality which should make in our typically messy Indian conditions. And then it has an automatic which is an additional distinction.

the manufacturer is yet to provide us with a bike – indeed, their has been slow, they only have one dealer and the process is still sluggish – I was to sample the Mana on my recent to Borneo in Malaysia. Exclusive for you people, then.

The Mana combines … looks with supreme of riding

The Mana debuted at the show in 2006, and was released in as a 2007 model. The positive and accolades did not come immediately, and it took a model update the minor glitches in the electronics ironed out and the full benefit of the by wire and the automatic transmission was to be honest.

At first glance, the Mana 850 looks like any European street …. But of John McLane, it thinks – it thinks it’s partly a bike and partly a big, scooter. The Mana debuted automatic transmission (now available on the more attractive, but named Shiver).

It’s a scaled down CVT (continuously transmission), with seven ratios, and not a complex dual system like Honda’s gearbox.

Utility is a major for this bike and the Italian is quite clever. The obvious lies in the oval twin-section lamp and the short rear Thick 43mm upside front forks and steel frame add to the … bike

The 16-litre fuel tank is under the rear seat for a even weight distribution and also lowers the bike’s of gravity.

What’s in the tank, Space. The tank is actually a compartment – one of the reasons why it looks than usual. It has as special non scratch coating and can host a helmet inside, which you can commute without having to lug a with you once you’ve There’s a light inside so you fumble about in the dark, as as 12V charger socket to charge with.

You can also store the vehicle’s in here. To open, just hit the on the handlebar which only when you are stationary. A manually lever is under the passenger should the battery be ….

If the were charged, what also throb to life is the 90° 839cc V-twin which 76.1PS at 8000rpm and 73Nm at In comparison, the Suzuki Bandit generates 100PS and 108Nm. The Monster 796 on the other hand 87PS and 78.6Nm.

The electronic management system incorporates a injection unit with a 38mm throttle body and spark ignition.

At 185kg, the 850 is pretty heavy. That’s 18 more than the Ducati 796

As with most big Aprilia lubrication is dry sump with a oil reservoir built into the to reduce overall weight. doesn’t mean the Mana is mind you, at 185kg, pretty heavy. That’s 18 more than the Ducati 796.

But at the same time it is 60kg lesser than the which weighs 244kg.

a leg over and you will find the low footpegs and high-set handlebars for an upright, comfortable riding Turn the ignition on, release the brake located where you see the fuel on/off knob on Indian bikes. Not as convenient as the parking brake lever on the left clip-on, but not too cumbersome to use

The Mana 850 blends in easily at city and highway speeds

one of the brakes and crank the engine to Being a V-twin you might it to roar like the Monster, but the Mana isn’t even as loud as the Ducati. Now, roll the throttle on and ride Riding the Mana couldn’t be It’s CVT has pre-set seven which are selected by the control automatically in automatic mode, or in mode, you have buttons can allow you to select which you prefer.

Left in fully the shifts are seamless and it worked in traffic and while out on the highway. In mode, you can shift with or with the foot as you normally There is a slight delay in while the system upshifts, the rev matching on the way down the gearbox great, with lesser Shifting with buttons a little complex at first, but it take me long to get used to, and me of my PlayStation.

I must add here I enjoyed using the shift on the handlebars more than the toe shifter. But the Mana’s system feels a generation older far more indulging experience by the VFR1200F’s unit. This can be to the Mana lacking the kind of from the engine that the enjoys.

Remember, thumb for upshift, finger for downshift

The CVT disengages at below 30kmph ­– this feels scary, as the bike is But the transmission immediately starts the rear wheel when the is re-opened – which feels like when you slip the on a normal motorcycle.

Aprilia Mana 850

The Mana’s ECU three mappings – Sport, and Rain. Sport mode maximum power and improves response. Touring mode fuel efficiency by making delivery linear and softer. mode reduces the torque by 25 per cent for managing wet or slippery

As Aprilia likes to say, the is really a number of motorcycles into one.

The Mana’s show you all the information you need, revs

For my ride, which was on Borneo’s highways, I left the in touring mode for the lion’s of the time. I liked the way it felt in mode – eager but not frantic and at three-digit speeds was effortless. I to see 172kmph on one long stretch – the I rode was sans a flyscreen, but will also be selling the GT in India, which sports a fairing and should help straining your neck, you decide to blast on an open

Claimed top speed for the Mana is a creditable 200kmph.

The engine refined even at high while the exhaust note muted – more like a big scooter, which again is a How did I know I hit exactly 172kmph? the instrument cluster features an speedometer, but the accompanying LCD screen the maximum speed achieved, with the power mode, the computer, miles to empty, average economy and settings.

The highways in Borneo are similar to our bumpy and at times offering lot of the Mana rode comfortably in conditions making it ideal to on Indian roads. In comparison to the the Mana’s ride quality plusher, hence better

The Mana takes corners aplomb, and feels nimble. The 120 section rubber at the front and 190 at the rear offer good and contribute to the Mana’s able The wide handlebar makes for mile munching, and feels in town as well, especially taking tight u-turns.

A 120mm front suspension lets one tackle bad surfaces and

The front seat is plush and after riding the bike for an day I had no complaints. The ride too is great and very stiff or soft but matched to the chassis. The upside 43mm front forks are not A full 120mm front travel lets one tackle bad and potholes, but the same set-up the forks to dive under braking.

At the rear the monoshock is mounted onto the swingarm and adjustments for spring preload and damping. The monoshock is offset to the of the bike to make space for the making the bike more In fact the Mana has a wheelbase of 13mm more than the 796.

Braking feels novice-friendly a gentle bite and progressive build-up feeling unintimidating but Our motorcycle didn’t have the ABS setup, though. The front are 320mm in diameter (the size for Aprilia’s big bikes) at the rear a single 260mm does duty.

Open up the tank and instead of fuel you most likely find a size helmet

The Mana more or less the same as a Ninja650R but commands a premium of five and half lakh the Kwacker for its automatic transmission. is here but the big bike segment in the is yet to see the signs that suggest a market as large as ours and as much expected growth as is being taken as serious as it In order to attract larger Aprilia need to take the CKD appoint more dealers and their products reasonably.

If don’t, the rapidly expanding CBU could easily overwhelm premium Italian brand. would be a pity since does make brilliant

Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850
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