Full Test: 2009 Aprilia Mana 850 Sport Rider

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Aprilia Mana


Technology is a many thing. Just look at the in which technology has shaped our written letters have way to emails, cell phones (almost) made landlines a of the past, and who needs a map when got a GPS? In many ways, has made once arduous more convenient.

Yet the internal engine and the method by which it its power to the road has remained the same for the past century. A transfer device of some distributes the power from the to a set of constant mesh gears then distributes that motion to the driven wheel or (over simplified of course). been the same for ages. And as the goes; if it ain’t broke, fix it.


Wrong. At least to Aprilia. There are some to the conventional method of forward transfer, and borrowing a rather new from the four-wheeled spectrum, has equipped its new Mana 850 with a or Continuously Variable Transmission.

get more in-depth with the CVT but let’s switch gears intended) and talk about the that the Mana has to offer.

Sum Of Its

The Mana isn’t exactly a but it is an awfully nice tool to the everyday needs of a rider. To the Mana’s steel trellis cradles the 850cc 90-degree Like its Shiver stablemate, engine is also manufactured in-house. On the dyno, the Mana put out a 55 horsepower and 40 lb-ft. of torque. torque curve, however, is as a board throughout the entire rev providing decent acceleration no what rpm you’re in.

Of course, you’ll never how fast the engine is spinning there is no tachometer on the sparse cluster. The speedometer dominates the while an LCD screen displays mode selection and gear assuming you’re shifting manually. In their infinite the folks at Aprilia must figured that since it can itself there’s no need for you to the engine speed.

Word to we want the tach back.

duties are provided by a non-adjustable inverted fork with of travel, while an offset is mounted directly to the swingarm the use of linkages. Adjustability is limited to and rebound damping. Stopping in the front is by way of four-piston, radially calipers hugging 320mm Oddly, stopping power by binders is sub-par from we’ve come to expect Aprilia.

The bike will to an input at the lever, but that bite isn’t there. Not to say the brakes are weak, but the Mana a little more effort we’re used to giving for an

The Mana features a wide, handlebar that gives it leverage in the tight stuff and low set which provide a neutral position. Despite the low pegs, the makes contact with the before your feet. include a gas tank whose tube is located under the seat.

Aprilia engineers placed the tank closer and to the C of G for improved handling. We noticed a in the responsiveness of the chassis with a tank and one bordering on empty. The tank clearly required effort to turn and wasn’t as

So what’s the deal with the gas tank? Well that’s now a unit. One equipped with a non-scratch lining. There’s a compartment for the toolkit and a cell and even a 12 volt A/C outlet to a phone charger.

A full helmet is claimed to be able to but none of ours did. this is one of the conveniences of the Mana: a tankbag at no extra charge.

This CVT Thingamajig?

Right, the Like we mentioned earlier, the premise behind traditional is that power is spread constant mesh gears a fixed amount of teeth. The with this setup is first, there are times the vehicle is hunting between (say on an incline) and the ratios two gears will either the engine to spin incredibly or so low that it can’t put down torque to maintain speed.

The second issue is the sudden albeit very minute) of momentum as the gears are changed one to another.

A continuously variable eliminates those issues by operating at optimum rpm for a given Simply put, a CVT has three components: a V-shaped, high metal or rubber belt, a driving pulley of varying that’s connected to the engine’s (like a countershaft sprocket), and a driven pulley, also of a diameter, that drives the wheel (like a final sprocket).

At slow speeds the pulley is large, while the pulley is small, to enable the to accelerate quickly. As speed the two pulley’s diameters will to inverse, effectively creating an amount of gear ratios. isn’t to say that you’ll to accelerate forever, as aerodynamics, as as the physical size of the pulleys, ultimately determine top speed.

There are other factors at here, such as electronic that play a part in the As for the Mana, its seven gears are set at ratios which are ultimately upon automatically (when in or electronically when in sequential mode.

So What’s It Like To

The first adjustment you need to when riding the Mana is that the clutch lever is You’ll instinctually reach for it, but it. It’s not there. From the ride experience is much a scooter—just twist the throttle and on your way. A common with bikes that do with clutch levers is speed maneuverability, as clutch helps in these situations.

the Mana doesn’t have problem. Despite the fact the CVT disengages at speeds below 20 it immediately transfers power at the slightest crack of the throttle, the same effect as a slipped

When in Autodrive mode near impossible to tell the CVT is switching gears, it’s seamless. Shifting manually the hand controls takes getting used to as well. for upshifts, pointer for downshifts. through the gears pressing the (or using your foot the traditional foot lever) offers that sensation you’re really manipulating the Upshifts are still seamless and the is automatically rev-matched when

The feeling is much more to riding a large computer. A computer, to be exact. In Autodrive, the is still able to downshift as as there is no throttle application. The will then take again once it detects the grip being twisted.

The to switch between the three modes: Sport, Touring and is also available while in and while some testers the responsiveness of the Sport mode, found its high-revving nature a bit and instead preferred the subdued quieter) behavior of Touring As on all other bikes we’ve with power modes, still trying to figure out who really use rain mode. on a bike with only 55 to begin with.

Convenience. Style

That being the Mana is not the motorcycle for the purist. It is, the one for the utilitarian. An added side of the CVT is the distance one’s able to on a single tank of gas. We slightly more than 39 mpg the riding consisting of everything long highway stints to up the local twisties. Our best mpg for a single trip was an impressive 42 but the riding was long and boring

When you take into that these numbers all with the Autodrive map set to full mode, where power precedence over economy, the become that much staggering. Beyond that, the position is comfortable for long (even without a windscreen), the handles better than given it’s budget and there’s plenty of room for

But then there’s the price. For the Mana 850 suddenly loses its to the utilitarian. It’s got some features and some innovative but for this price we expect

A detent in the turn indicator would be a nice start. things you might say but hey-we’re

’09 Aprilia Mana 850


+ High bars and low are comfy

+ Easy bike to twist and go

+ The bike for an urban

— Very anemic for an 850


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