Review: Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 is a bike with multiple personalities…

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

Review: Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 is a with multiple personalities

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We were than a little excited to a leg over the new Aprilia Dorsoduro after unloading it from the of our trailer. After all, the time we rode a supermoto from the Italian motorcycle (SXV 550) we had a blast the bike into corners and the front wheel at will. the Dorsoduro certainly has plenty of attitude when painted up in our all-black color scheme.

As we wasted little time up the V-twin engine, getting familiar with the controls and and setting out for a quick ride the ‘hood. Unfortunately, our excitement turned into disbelief. The literally tried to leap out under us at every opportunity, and the seemingly little more an on/off switch was impossibly and difficult to modulate, almost as if we filled the tank with Red instead of 91-octane.

In other first impressions weren’t positive. Fortunately, we had a couple of to get it all sorted out, and our opinion of the slowly changed. How so?

Click past the break to out.

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Photos copyright Jeremy Korzeniewski / Weblogs,

Full power, all the time, undiluted. That’s what we all right? Generally speaking, the is clearly Yes. Surprisingly, that’s not necessarily the case the Aprilia Dorsoduro.

You see, the engineers at the Italian company this big-bore supermoto a trio of engine maps completely change the character of the with the flick of a thumb. As you expect, we immediately dialed up the setting, which unsurprisingly is Sport. That designation is. an and the cause of our initial discontentment the bike. Flick the switch and you get the Touring setting.

What a a button makes. But before we get in with driving impressions, take a quick walkaround.

The isn’t exactly what call pretty; purposeful is a apt description. Up front sits a headlamp with tight, bends and creases. Just is a dirtbike-style high-mounted fender should prove more capable of keeping mud and muck off the visor.

Move your back a bit and you’re met with a integrated radiator that just forward of the liquid-cooled powerplant. The top of the bike is dominated by black plastic bodywork leads to a stepless seat plenty of grip for the rider and proved significantly more than it would appear. riders may take issue the 34.2-inch seat height,

Perhaps the most memorable feature of the Dorsoduro are its twin, rear mufflers, which directly aft of the seat, forming a fender of sorts that the place of the expected plastic unit. Bisecting the two pipes is a and sharp triangular tail and all in all, each bit of the bike’s is attractive and functional, but as a whole the lacks the style of competing from the likes of Ducati and

The hard bits, though, are fault. We love seeing the sitting front-and-center between the composite chassis, made up of two plates that bolt to the and the beefy upper tubular trellis frame. It’s attractive in a purely functional of way.

Suspension bits a 43 millimeter upside down that’s adjustable for spring and rebound damping. Out back, a side-mounted shock pivots on the swingarm with no linkage and is adjustable in spring preload and damping. Travel front and totals 6.3 inches, which is to tackle anything you’re to encounter in tough urban

Braking duties are ably by 320 mm wave discs clamped by four-piston radial calipers up along with 240 mm wave and single-piston caliper at the rear. The are aluminum, measuring 3.5 inches up front with a 120/70 tire and six-inches out back a 180/55 ZR17 donut. is listed at just a bit over 400 dry, and we have no reason to that figure.

As mentioned there are three separate maps to choose from: Touring and Sport. It never here in sunny Phoenix we had the bike (Monsoon? What and once we found the Touring our opinion of the powerplant went ’90s-era 500cc two-… GP to modern-day 800cc MotoGP

We did use the Sport mode a few more and it makes sense when as a part-time mode for attacking the or for track duty. Otherwise, our is to leave the bike in Touring and it.

The liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twin is a Quick revving, powerful and this might be the ideal for a streetbike (when kept in mode, of course) and every one of its 92 horsepower shows up in full when called upon in Wheelies are but a flick of the wrist in either of the first two gears.

60 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 which means there’s all of power available at typical speeds and pulling away a … stop is a breeze. falls off a bit at higher revs, but still plenty of grunt to traffic in your wake cruising steadily on the highway. action is light and the six-speed was pretty much without

We foresee great things to from this family of which can also be found in the Shiver, and rumor has it that the is set to get a bump in displacement to 1200cc in due

Handling is exactly as you’d from a large supermoto-style Whether you choose to ride Russian folk-style or knee-down, through tight bends, find a well-mannered and orderly partner in the Dorsoduro. Grip both ends is impressive, it’s easy to break out back.

Changing direction takes almost telepathically, but the flipside is a busy ride at high and plenty of straight-line corrections undulating pavement — as it should be on this kind of Hitting the throttle when turns is great fun, and the makes all kinds of beautiful music — a deep at low revs that slowly to a high-pitched glass-shattering soprano redline.

We traveled with a of riders from time to and could never hear bikes over the Dorsoduro. We you carry a stash of ear plugs the seat if you’re planning a day’s ride.

As you might long stretches on the freeway nearly as enjoyable. While the position is completely rational and there’s no wind protection to of and you’ll eventually find squirming in the thin saddle. The steering corrections also into play on long, interstate travel.

Regardless, if you a streetbike that can both through the morning commute a banshee-screeching wail (Sport naturally) and reliably carry you a few miles to a far-away destination be Touring, thank you very Aprilia offers a full of accessories, including fitted

All good things must to an end, and so the Dorsoduro had to be handed over to Aprilia. Our initial over the character of the bike’s powerplant turned out to be completely First impressions, as it turns are not always accurate.

And finally, the of dollars and sense comes play. At its $9,599 asking this Italian is a downright in its class of hooligan-style big-bore motorcycles, and we look forward to out what pleasant surprises has in store for the 2010 model

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Photos copyright 2009 Korzeniewski / Weblogs, Inc.


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