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QUICKSPIN: APRILIA DORSODURO 750 ABS – WHOA DORSO InsureMyRide

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

QUICKSPIN: APRILIA DORSODURO 750 ABS – WHOA DORSO


You know you’re riding a good-looking bike when you rock up at home and the missus says, “Damn that’s hot.” I knew for sure I had no influence on that statement; instead she was referring solely to the dim-green Aprilia motard I was on.

It’s certainly a lot horn to look at the barkbusters, that tiny bottom fairing, a very high motardy front fender and the muted splashes of green all over the new Dorsoduro combine to make a very eyecatching motorcycle. It’s not all just looks it’s also great to ride.

The 750cc engine is typical Aprilia: punchy and fun. I was never underwhelmed with it being a 750 but that’s not to say I wouldn’t jump on the chance to have a belt on the 1200cc model.

There’s the usual three engine maps to choose from with the press of a button each with its own distinct personality. At the twisty, bumpy Marulan track where we spent a day with Bernie Hatton, I was in Touring mode mostly to take the edge off that very responsive throttle. Back out on the road, I found myself turning to Sport the most to get that low-down power which is so addictive and easily accessed thanks to the super-light ride-by-wire throttle system.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

New for 2012 is the introduction of an ABS system to complement the already excellent pair of 320mm discs getting squeezed by four-piston calipers up the front and the single 240mm disc/single-piston caliper combo up the back. At Marulan during the braking exercises, I was surprised to see how far I could push the brakes before the ABS started kicking in and it was only after Bernie demanded I start “locking that damn thing up” to find the limits that I actually began to.

Lapping the track was stacks of fun. The Dorso is light and responsive when flicking side to side through tight corners. With all the new riding powers Bernie had instilled in me, I was able to appreciate how much feel I was getting from the front.

One thing I wasn’t fussed on was the seat but that’s kind of expected on a motard. The pain appeared to kick in because of the minimal width of the seat, not necessarily the plushness, which I guess is to keep with the style of the bike. It only started to grate me on the abysmally straight Hume Highway on the road back to Sydney.

For just $13,690, it’s a lot of bike. Throw in an ABS system derived from Aprilia’s racing division and you’re onto a bit of a winner here.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

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