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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

03 Oct 2011 | V-twin street

For storming city streets or a winding road, Aprilia’s takes no prisoners. Rod Chapman

(Photos: Lou Martin)

The motorcycle is in a constant state of evolution. the age of the Universal Japanese Motorcycle of not so ago, we now have a greater of models than ever catering to an ever-more-diverse array of tastes. Scooters have joined by maxi scooters, bikes now come in all shapes, and sizes, and dirt bikes spawned supermotos.

More this latter category has fragmented, and now you can buy a number of higher machines that represent a of both supermotos and sportsbikes. So do we call this relatively new of bike? That’s a tough

Ducati’s already claimed the ‘Hypermotard’ as its own, and BMW’s the term ‘Megamoto’ with its KTM has its 990 Supermoto – no fancy there – so maybe, for the of this review, we’ll go ‘maxi moto’.

So now Aprilia has into the maxi moto with a model that every bit as exotic as it looks the Dorsoduro 750. The product of a collaboration with Aprilia’s department, and also drawing technology employed in the marque’s SXV of dirt bikes, the Dorsoduro supermoto styling and geometry the knockout punch of a larger powerplant. Throw in Aprilia’s provocative styling, a raft of components and a surprisingly modest tag, and you’ve got a recipe for aplenty.

After living day in, day out with the for over a week, it quickly clear this machine has a limited scope – but if scope and your own two-wheeled coincide, you’re in for one hell of a

The supermoto theme won’t to everyone. Touring? Forget it thank to a plank-like seat, a fuel range and limited carrying ability. Pillions?

possible, but only really for city trips, once care of that seat. Definitely – riding to has never been so much

The Dorsoduro is light, punchy and has an steering lock, although its ’bars require extra when lane-splitting, lest you a trail of shattered mirrors in wake.

So what does leave us with? Track and winding mountain roads green tick central. The carves up a winding road surgeon-like precision.

It’s such a minimalist there’s nothing to distract you the ride itself – clear your mind, as you the next corner, set-up, ease, then blast out the apex, the rear Dunlop Qualifier scrabbling for grip as the V-twin vents its anger.

we get too carried away, let’s a closer look at just on offer. The first thing strikes you about the Dorsoduro, at after your eyes lapped up its exquisite angular and quality finish, is its height. At tall that seat put more than a few off, and aren’t helped by the bike’s suspension.

However, once up there, you’re placed in a upright ride position a clear view ahead. the starter and the thing explodes life. That eye-catching exhaust provides a wonderfully tune for a stock system, and its as you click down through the to a red light will send a up your spine.

This is all about low-down and mid-range and it’s ready to rock roll from as low as 2000rpm. The heavy hydraulic clutch has a narrow take-up band, so need to be concentrating if fast are in order.

Also requiring your is the fuel mapping in ‘Sport’ Yep, the Dorso’ has a fly-by-wire system, mated to a three-position fuel map offering ‘Sport’, and ‘Rain’ modes.

‘Sport’ is – throttle response is power delivery aggressive. It things a little too jerky town for my liking, so after 15 or so I switched to ‘Touring’. This was like it – response was crisp and accurate, but it was much to keep things smooth.

I got to ride the Dorso’ in the wet, but I the ‘Rain’ mode perhaps out a little too much wind out of its effectively making it feel a LAMS machine. Bottom For me, I stuck with ‘Touring’ even on a sprint through the – although I’d give ‘Sport’ a go at a track

The engine is a beauty. It’s and flexible, and at 100km/h in sixth sitting on 4500rpm – where Aprilia says producing peak torque. there’s enough go here to light work of highway

On the move it’s agile yet thanks to its 186kg dry weight and conservative geometry. Even if the hoop does break on a bend, it’s not alarming, to the control afforded by those ’bars combined with a 1550mm wheelbase.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

The gearbox works well, those front Brembo are awesome, with oodles of and feel. The rear stopper have been a little for town work, but it still a reasonable job.

The inverted fork and off-set rear are both adjustable for preload and Together they deliver a stiff ride – a bit harsh in the city, but it all makes when you’re storming in anger.


The is certainly comprehensive, with the tacho complemented by a sizeable display providing everything speed, time and engine to trip meter, odometer, fuel economy, actual economy, max speed, a timer and a lap – all accessible via a ‘mode’ above the left handgrip.

of economy, the over the course of my I found the Dorso’ to be good for Not great, not bad – but when you it’s only got a miniscule tank, we’re talking a paltry 150km before time to look for fuel. I it gets back to the bike’s focus – if you’re on the Dorso’s maxi moto you’ll put up with foibles this in the pursuit of the ultimate sports thrill.

At $15,990 plus ORC, the 750 is a whole lot cheaper than you expect. In fact it’s $3000 cheaper than Hypermotard, and it’s over less than BMW’s HP2 Megamoto. Admittedly both competitors are packing some high-spec gear, but the Dorsoduro no slouch either.

If this moto niche appeals, love the adrenalin-pumping ride the delivers – and you can put the wad of cash saved over its rivals a stock of fresh, sticky, rubber!


The may well share the same and engine with its Shiver but there are plenty of technical that separate the two. The is a sporty streetfighter, with a 1440mm wheelbase, and lower brakes and suspension. The Dorsoduro, on the hand, is cast from the mould, with high and ’bars, a high seat (870mm), a longer wheelbase a slightly more rangy head angle (26 degrees, 25 for the Shiver), and a smaller 12lt (as opposed to the Shiver’s 15lt

While the two machines essentially the same 750cc 90-degree powerplant, the Dorsoduro’s engine has tuned for low-down and mid-range and as such produces a maximum of of torque, versus the Shiver’s Maximum power on the Dorsoduro is versus the Shiver’s 70kW.

Of the pair’s styling is markedly too, and then there’s the – the Dorsoduro retails for plus ORC, while the is $1000 less at $14,990 ORC.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike
Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Sport Bike

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