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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 Review

BY: Ken Wootton, PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Lou Martin

Date: 29.07.2011


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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 Review
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

Aimed at the market sector occupied by megamotards like the KTM 990 Supermoto and Ducati's Hypermotard, and to a lesser extent the Ducati Streetfighter, the Dorsoduro 1200 is all about bare-bones naked motorcycling, but with a decent dollop of 'hoon factor' thrown in.

The surprisingly rorty ADR-compliant note from the twin underseat pipes adds further fuel to the fire. With an exhaust note like the Dorso's why have a throttle if you don't blip it?

With top-notch suspension and Brembo radial-mount stoppers I can't see many sportsbikes beating the Dorso 1200 along a twisty piece of tarmac.

The Dorsoduro 1200 is the first model to get Aprilia's all-new 90-degree V-twin engine with its ride-by-wire engine management system and three power modes - Sport, Touring and Rain. The Sport and Touring modes both offer full power, but with the delivery in Touring mode less aggressive. Rain mode reduces the maximum power to 100 horses.

In peak mode the engine produces a claimed 130 horses at 8700rpm and peak torque of 115Nm at 7200rpm.

Read the full story in the August issue of Motorcycle Trader.

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  • Refcode: DIY509273
  • Class: Road
  • Usage: Sport Tourer
  • Learner Approved: No
  • Engine Capacity - cc: 1,000

Reliable Low mileage sports bike. Loads of fun. New rear Pirelli. Rego on hold. Will put 3mths on before sale.

Tauherenikau, Wellington
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  • Refcode: DIY495306
  • Class: Road
  • Usage: Naked
  • Learner Approved: No
  • Engine Capacity - cc: 1,300

Low Km's, very grunty bike, great on the open road or around town. I bought this bike about four years ago and have used it almost daily. I have ridden it to the Burt Munro Challenge in 2012 very comfortable ride. I have 4 children under 7 so decided I would get a double cab Ute for now, as usual good buy bike. I have just given her an oil change and the chain and sprocket are in very good condition front tyre is marginal rear tyre is not too bad. If you have any questions please get hold of me

Paraparaumu, Wellington
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  • Refcode: DIY496193
  • Class: Road
  • Usage: Scooter
  • Learner Approved: Yes
  • Engine Capacity - cc: 300

Scooter is great for touring and commuting on Main Highway

Raumati Beach, Wellington
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