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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

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The Aprilia Dorsoduro promises to be a fun bike, wrapping a 1,200cc v-twin engine edgy styling, nice and an upright riding position.


The name of the Dorsoduro’s game is It doesn’t exist in any rigidly-defined like a 600cc supersport or supermoto does. Heck, not even really a supermoto, a … bike with height.

By not adhering to class or existing archetypes, it hopes to its appeal to a wide variety of something it’s comfortable and very accessible, $11,999 help with.

Aprilia’s 1,197cc, liquid-cooled v-twin motivation. Rather than outright power, it delivers a fat torque curve, developing in its mid-range at 7,200rpm, while power of 130bhp arrives at That’s a ways behind the Ducati Multistrada’s 150bhp and figures, but in action, on the road, it feel like there’s in it.

Swing your leg over the tall, 34.25-inch seat and you into a narrow, long, saddle. Despite that width, it’s actually comfortable. Something aided by the low pegs, which really taller riders to stretch out on rides.

Front forks are if not overly-fancy 43mm, USD, Sachs units while the is also a fully-adjustable Sachs. side mounted, sans as is becoming a defining feature of Aprilias. One of the main areas in the Dorsoduro definitively departs supermoto practice is in that

It’s travel is only 6.3 (front) and 6.1 inches (rear), is much closer to that of a bike than it is something of travelling off road.

In contrast, the lighter Ducati Hypermotard SP we reviewed has 7.3 inches of front travel and 6.9 at the rear. That’s of the reason it feels and rides a real supermoto.

The Dorso does maintain a bike’s wide handlebars, with swoopy bash Those guards come in while the bike itself is slim, the bars are 36.4 wide, meaning the plastic do tend to familiarize themselves car wing mirrors.

The Ride

Adey (pictured in all the photos) and I time on the Dorsoduro over the of several weeks, riding it LA traffic, up and down the highway and some of the best canyon in Southern California.

You feel one of the Dorsoduro’s 494lbs of kerb mostly because it is so tall. makes it awkward the first few you try and thread it through dense Abrupt reaction from the throttle, regardless of which of the modes you have it set in, doesn’t there.

But, sitting up high, good brakes and wide you’re able to identify a long time before become problems and are equipped excellent tools for reacting to

On the highway, the Dorsoduro fairs That dinky little around its headlight actually a good job of keeping much of the blast off your torso. The really gets into its at higher speeds too, us up to an indicated 160mph at one point.

surprisingly comfortable and stable at speed for a bike that’s so upright and unfaired.

In the canyons, the excels through 3rd and 4th gear where it’s stable and and smooth, flicking between with the aid of those wide But, get it into the tighter 1st and 2nd stuff and that weight becomes apparent. On The Snake or a road, the suspension is suddenly too the throttle reaction to abrupt and the too imprecise to delivery much Ground clearance is also limited.

It’s just the pegs touch down, but they do down very early.


Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

Comfort, once climbed over that seat, is exceptionally good for a bike with a dirt-style And sitting so high up, without a in the way, you have unrivaled

The brakes are strong and predictable. again that you don’t race-spec components to deliver braking on the road. Plain-Jane radial calipers are much user friendly than the Monoblocs or new M50s as used on the R and Factory, respectively.

This is also an extremely good-looking design that, with restrained color looks years newer most other bikes, though its now a six-year old design.

The is powerful, flexible and punchy, its relatively tame peak figures.

What’s Bad

Fueling is and jerky. We’ve ridden equipped with aftermarket and their accompanying engine which are flawless, but Aprilia to struggle to combine smooth with legal emissions on model. Not something that’s a on the faster V4 range.

At over 34 the seat is going to be too tall for riders and, at 494lbs it makes the bike difficult to for all but the strongest. Even Adey, who over 200lbs of muscle his 6’3” frame, struggled to the Dorsoduro backwards down my driveway.

Surprisingly limited ground is the penalty for all that leg room. You drag peg in tight corners and will limit your speed.

Despite its relatively travel, the suspension’s damping is soft, causing the bike to and weave if you really start serious cornering forces it.

In combination, all of those factors can the Dorsoduro feel surprisingly

The Price

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