Monday, March 07, 2011
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200: The Wild One
With its 1.2-litre 90-degree liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve V-twin, which pumps out 130 horsepower and 115Nm of torque, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is a wild Bronco, bucking and weaving and sliding with every twist of its throttle. The RSV4 Factory APRC SE is our no.1 favourite Aprilia, but the Dorsoduro 1200 definitely sits at no.2 – going by the video above, the bike certainly looks like it’s HUGE amounts of fun to ride… :-D
Apart from being a blast to ride, the Dorsoduro 1200 is also properly high-tech. It’s fitted with an integrated engine management system that includes ride-by-wire throttle management and three-mode (Sport, Touring and Rain) fuel-injection mapping. The 43mm Sachs USD fork at the front and hydraulic monoshock at the rear are fully adjustable, brakes are from Brembo and feature four-piston radial-mount callipers at the front, and there’s ABS and even traction control to make sure everything’s kept under control.
We’ve often said we don’t really ‘get’ supermotos, but the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 looks simply fabulous. The bike is expected to cost about US$12,000 ($2,000 more than the 750 version) when it goes on sale in the next 3 - 4 months, and we think it's well worth the money. In fact, we’d love to have one of these in our garage…
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