Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS vs. Honda NT700V ABS- Comparison Tests

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Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS vs. Honda ABS – Comparison Test A quiet between the Utilitarians.

The lashed-on crate is one of the great utility-expanders in But, due to shortcomings in weather and security, it’s not nearly as as having a bike with bags.

While there are Big Bike options in Luggage a middleweight machine offers and ease of handling on a day-to-day that is tough to beat, also offering enough comfort and wind protection for trips.

Which is why we rounded up new-to-us-after-10-years-in-Europe NT700V and the Aprilia 850 GT (both with ABS) for head-to-head battle from the commute to a 750-mile weekend California’s great coast and valleys.

First thing: The GT’s bags are not standard but as a $977 option. The fairing adjustable-height windscreen—bring tools) and and rebound-damping-adjustable shock are part of the GT that helps expand the open-road suitability.

Second thing: The NT700V was equipped with a long of options, including a top trunk heated grips ($315), deflectors ($150, mounted by the turnsignals) and knee, tank and pads ($210 for all). The five-position manually adjustable (no tools required) is standard.

thing: We packed our bags, up rear-spring preload (the has easy knob adjustment, and hit the road.

The drill is pretty on the NT700V. Start the sohc, 52-degree V-Twin, pull stab shift lever, throttle, release clutch, go. etc.

The Mana, on the other hand, has no clutch lever it “shifts” itself. And, to be it was almost creepy how quickly I comfortable with the Aprilia’s Sportgear transmission. This is a big scooter CVT between the 90-degree V-Twin and the chain final It’s got an internal belt on pulleys for ratio changes, and an automatic centrifugal clutch for

Added riff here is the button- or foot-shift mode gives you “gears” by electronically the ratios. Auto is actually more practical and easy to use in any of its modes: Sport, Touring or Further, in these automatic pushing the downshift button “gear” mode temporarily to with engine braking, and the will stay in the selected until the rider twists the well past the “balancing” at the apex.


But when with a manual-shift bike as as the NT700V, it’s hard to with tradition. The clutch is with a clear engagement and the five-speed shifts like up or down. There is some lash from the shaft drive, but fueling is accurate and the runs smoothly, making the a minor issue.

Power output on this of Twins is remarkably similar the 839cc Aprilia’s 159cc advantage. Despite their neither of these engines win a personality contest, although the gets the nod by surprisingly offering a bit sizzle. Even with the in manual-shift mode, where you can the revs rather than ahead, the engine doesn’t a sense of urgency or entertainment revved.

And on the highway, the Mana considerably more, particularly at rpm (as in Sport mode), while the just thrums along the smooth patter of V-Twin a subtle backbeat.

Aprilia Mana 850

The Aprilia less wind protection. But of the width of the bags, it is more to get pushed around in windy That bag width comes in though, because more fits inside.

Carrying is further increased thanks to the lighted and power-ported “trunk” pops open where the tank normally resides fill is under the passenger The NT’s integrated bags handy pass-through that take a poster tube or such across both hold less but, of their tight integration and make it easier to lane as we can here in California.

Honda is considering offering taller lids to increase A pair of gloveboxes (the side locks) are handy, the optional top trunk eats two helmets. But you definitely feel the of the fully loaded top bag when riding; pack lightly up if you are looking for best agility.

of which, the Aprilia is much willing to change direction and is with flick-to-apex sport even when ridden on a couple of “parade” laps Mazda Raceway Laguna The Honda is by no means a heavy-steering but it leans toward the stability of the equation, taking more to initiate turns thanks to its relaxed 26.8-degree rake/4.5-inch versus the Aprilia’s more 24.0/4.0.

Neither fork is adjustable, but the taut damping on the Italian works better, and the Mana’s and 180/55ZR17 Pirelli Scorpion tires add to the sporting nature, the NT’s 120/70ZR17 and 150/70ZR17 Battlax BT-020s. Rush the on a winding backroad and the bike to crack a smile, while the feels…rushed.

But it’s a minor for the greater comfort provided by the The riding position is more rider and passenger seats are more accommodating on long and wind/weather protection is better.

As utility-oriented bikes, thrills are delivered at a rate somewhat than the coveted per-minute-basis, for long days in the saddle or out another brutal commute, might just be the perfect If you want to go shiftless, the choice is

But even in the face of the Mana 850 Italian styling and sharper despite the fact that the spent a decade in Europe it got here, the NT700V’s virtues of smoothness, range and wide never go out of style. By the way, if sporting a milk crate, time to step up.

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


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