2014 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS Review

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Sportbike? Maxi-scooter? Whatever. The more proof that is Italy’s best-kept secret.

I didn’t really expect the Mana 850 GT to be much of a sportbike, but it is. enough, when we set off into the back down Ortega toward civilization after a day riding, we didn’t get stuck a single cement mixer or pickup or any vehicles at all – completely – which meant we could set our own through all those fast, sweepers. The Mana settled a surprisingly swift one.

not really a requirement on a road Ortega, and the Mana’s dyno-derived 54 at rpm felt like enough. It is an V-Twin after all, and it hangs from a steel frame. Steering’s neither too nor heavy, and fast enough.

erectus ergoes and an aluminum put you in total control and, the faster I rolled into the the more the Mana reminded me of a freight-train Ducati, before went all Panigale on us. If you were low-rent scooter tires, be surprised to find Dunlop in full-on 180/55 and 120/70 sizes on the Mana’s rims. The not adjustable, but it is a firmly sprung inverted unit, and the rear end right along.

The gearbox is, enough, the thing that makes the Mana such a fun You can leave it in full auto Sport, or Rain) and just along. The other thing you can do, the push of your right on the fly, is put it in Sport Gear, and the 7-speed for yourself. The Mana’s got paddles for your left and forefinger.

I never cared for them on a personally – my hands have to do. What the Mana has that the don’t is a shift lever for left foot, as Allah allowing toes to shift gears if you’re not keen on

The Mana’s 90-degree V-Twin power through a continuously transmission that eliminates a lever. The Sport Gear mimics a 7-speed gearbox by paddle shifters on the left or via a foot shifter.

It’s a variable ’box like have used since the Greeks, but controlled by the miracle of electronics instead of spinning and springs. Scare yourself what feels like too speed into a corner, and all you to do is tap down on the shifter, no clutch

Engine braking increases and the fact that it’s a means there’s no lurch at all – you slow down a bit, and more controllably than by a little rear brake. leaned way over if you want, no Upshifting at corner exits is as smooth, instantaneous and lash-free.

There’s no tachometer, but in Sport mode, three sequential lights followed by a red across the top of the tell you when to shift. racy, easy to see, and Ducati-ish sounding. The CVT belt is but it’s incapable of transmitting any to your buzz. It’s not to be the hot set-up for drag racing; you really blast off from a

But the CVT makes the Mana sneakier than it seems; lots of Orange County automobiles quickly small in the Mana’s when the light goes without really trying.

the selector button down for 3 and you will be in Sport Gear whereupon you have a 7-speed clutchless gearbox you can shift either your left and thumb, or left foot. shift lights across the top you when. Ambient temp is accurate, there’s a clock, a lap a pessimistic fuel mileage et cetera …

For curvy-road use, I was how capable the sensible commuter-appearing turned out to be, the classic MTV video in the cat glasses and tight bun who transforms the opposite of the girl next Some might find the NT700V more appealing as an package. Each to his own, I

I find the Italian bike ahhh, sexier and more fun to

Speaking of which, though the song of the maxi-scooter becomes and harder to resist as one grows old and the nearly equally convenient a life-affirming motorcycle that the world you’re still of straddling a thing, not a rolling that you’ve given up all and have stored your in the underseat compartment next to the and oatmeal. I kid, but only a

The Mana GT is the sexiest CVT-equipped not that it has much competition.

The shows you can still get your leg up, at least. The seat’s not exactly at just over 32 inches, and more firm than Which turns out to be less a since my … is lately plush than firm. It all out, doesn’t it?

You can dial the preload out back with the knob, and adjust rebound with a penny. This is user friendly. The airflow the windscreen can be turbulent; you can cut it down or it out easily enough. On chilly it’s way better than and the shape of the gas tank pushes air your thighs, too.

is a little vibration above 85 or so, through the footpegs than the noticeable but to me not at all objectionable.

It’s no Burgman trunk, but the helmet-shaped (ie. rounded on the storage compartment is designed to be to hold a helmet. I couldn’t get any of my full-face helmets to fit, but from other staffers able to be squeezed in, and open-face fit easily inside the 15-liter cavern. Sadly, there are no helmet locks. You can fit a couple of wine, a quart of milk and a of Trader Joe’s Dark no problem.

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Remove the plush and there’s a drain plug in the in case you need to transport beverages or fresh-caught salmon There’s also a 12V outlet and a and even a little hydraulic to hold the lid open.

This Shoei X-SP size L but any full-face with a spoiler or on back seems to not quite it into the Mana’s maw. Two of wine and a bag of Cheetos are no problem.

A bit of storage on a motorcycle goes a way, and beats schlepping a wherever you go, though unfortunately my laptop won’t quite fit Meanwhile, the fuel tank’s away at the rear, doing its job 4.2 gallons and keeping the cg low, and gas to the single 38mm Marelli injector body at the rate of 46-48 mpg. Fully the Mana weighs about 530

Yup, $11,199 is not cheap, but not is the Mana a unique motorscooter it’s also very turned out with braided brake lines, two-channel ABS for of us who don’t like linked Brembo brake calipers, wheels, really nice and a general level of thoughtful that makes the Honda copy feel a bit cheap. it is compared to the Mana: The dual-clutch Honda with ABS retails for

The Mana GT is sportier than NC700X DCT, but is it a better package? An upcoming shootout weigh the pros and cons.

The does almost everything than the Honda, including you feel sort of cool to be with it, and if the Honda’s DCT is a bit more advanced, the Mana’s old-school CVT and its Shift are surprisingly competent. to the maintenance schedule, the Mana service every 12,000 or so. How hard could it be?

There are valves per cylinder also, and one with screw-and-locknut adjusters.

been producing the standard 850 since 2008, and created the GT in 2010 by adding the fairing and brakes. Seems like may have improved its suspension, since we didn’t experience any of the or sidestand grinding Pete about on the … Mana in Our bike consistently returned at 46 mpg, too, as opposed to the 40 got.

I’m not sure how I’ve only now gotten to ride the Mana, but I’m I did. The Piaggio Group to make some of our very motorcycles. Add this one to the list the RSV4 . the Tuono . the Moto Griso . the V7 Racer . the California . the MP3 … along with them, the feels like one of the best-kept in motorcycling.

Scootering. Both.


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