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Aprilia Mana: Automatic for the

Motorcycles with automatic have never caught on, but again, they’ve not had a chance to. The automatic bikes were the CB400A that debuted in and Moto Guzzi’s V1000 from 1975, which offered worse fuel and performance than their counterparts at a price premium, so did well. Yamaha’s current comes with a semi-automatic but for the extra £1,000 it costs you get when pulling away and few

Realistically, if you want twist-and-go you have no choice but a scooter. now. Aprilia has merged a belt-drive transmission with its new V-twin motor, packaged in the motorcycle manner. A V-belt between a pair of pulleys, with conical faces, one of slides axially. Control of the pulley is electronic instead of however, which opens up a range of possibilities.

In automatic mode you can select touring, sport and rain the last of which also the engine management to soften the delivery. Sport raises the rpm that the transmission allows the to operate at, so power is increased, top speed is the same.

There is a option where the rider between seven gears his left hand, still automatic clutch control. are virtual gears, predetermined for the drive pulley that unchanged unless the rider the up or down button. This the engine to go through its rev range a conventional machine instead of the auto drone.

This the extent of the motorcycle market’s desire for an auto is going to be effectively, because the Mana very well as a motorcycle regardless of and sometimes because of, its

The bike is designed as a middleweight to compete in the do-everything sector by such machines as the Suzuki SV and 650s, Honda Hornet, Monster 695 etc — and the Mana is and modern, so its looks won’t be its sales statistics.

More there’s very little the has to do on a Mana which is any different or demanding than on a conventional Yamaha’s FJR, for example, that you concentrate on precise control when pulling adding effort rather reducing it.

My main concern riding the Mana was that it be similar, as this is an issue on a few scooters, too. Doing on some is far too difficult thanks to a in the transmission taking up drive you’ve opened the throttle, and a pick-up.

This aspect of the bike is however. Start the motor brake applied first) and it into a mellow V-twin Twist the grip and the drive is up confidently, precisely and immediately, control accurate enough to with tight parking U-turns and delicate traffic

Acceleration from then on is especially at lower revs. getaways are easier — open the throttle and you get maximum no danger of clumsy clutch causing inadvertent wheelies.

The trait you must adapt to is the braking disappearing as you slow about 12mph. It’s however, to increase the engine as you slow by pressing the downchange Because of the manual option even a foot-change lever as an to the left bar buttons), a rev counter be useful.

You do get a series of lights switch on as you approach the rev limit but aren’t obvious.

While the transmission inevitably discussion of the Mana, the rest of the matters too if it’s to succeed. it’s very good, easy steering and secure It tends to stand up sharply if you while leaned over and releasing the brake as you go into a has the bike dropping down into the corner — you to compensate with the bars, makes smooth cornering

This could be a function of the soft front suspension.

The vibration at high revs is too. At times I switched sport to touring mode to lower the revs and cut the vibes. The is not especially comfortable either. that, moving the fuel its usual position has allowed to include a large, lockable bin where the tank would be.

The fuel capacity is 3.5 gallons and says it’s good for 185 If it’s so, that’s just sufficient for touring, and there’s an screen and hard luggage to this.

Importantly, the Mana is I was expecting a mushy, dull but found a lively, sharp Many riders will be at the idea they need an but you’ll discover a bike offers a different riding which is no less valid a conventional one, and with its own options. The basic motorcycle are undiluted, at times it’s easier than a normal and you don’t need to apologise for or make an effort to adapt.


Aprilia Mana [tech/spec]

£6,100 approx on the road. On December 2007. Contact: UK, 0161 475 1800, www.aprilia.com

Engine/transmission: 839cc, V-twin with eight valves; at 8,000rpm, 54lb ft of torque at Automatic pulley and belt, final drive.

Performance: top 120mph est, average consumption n/a

We like: Torque, transmission, versatility

We don’t High-rev vibes, brake on handling, seat

Alternatives: BMW £6,295. Ducati M695 £4,995. Honda CB600F £5,795 Kawasaki ER-6n, Suzuki SV650, £4,349. GSR600, £5,199.

Yamaha £4,699.

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