Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jay Leno rides the Aprilia 850 Mana


Jay Leno gets to grips with the Aprilia 850 Mana and its 7-speed automatic transmission. Is this the almost-perfect sports-touring motorcycle for grown-ups...?





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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like this bike, you dont have to think about changing gears, you just drive. Perfect.

Andrew said...

It's not a seven speed auto, it's CVT, as the picture clearly shows. As a gimmick more than anything else it does have a few preset positions it can jump to, which is kind of stupid since the whole point of CVT in the first place is the fact that it is CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE.

Is it a perfect bike for grown-ups? Maybe it could be, if it wasn't made by Aprilia. Luckily, there is now the Honda NC700 family of bikes that offers auto transmission *and* Japanese quality for less money.