Fit better wind-protection and some storage and it would make a fun tourer. Unlike some feisty supermotos, the Dorsoduro is nice and stable on fast, bumpy terrain and the ride quality is good. With its electronic ride-by-wire throttle system the Aprilia has three riding maps: Sport. The Dorsoduro is built with Aprilia trademark attention to detail, using good quality components. As well as the electronic ABS and traction control it comes with a multi-function dash, fully-adjustable Sachs forks and rear shock and radial Brembo front brakes.
The Dorsoduro is sporty and pretty successful, especially in Italy, so a larger-engined version made sense. At least the notably light and compact newcomer operates its eight valves via gear and chain drive to the cams, and conventional valve springs, rather than via belt and desmodromics. In typical Aprilia style the motor is controlled by ride-by-wire electronics, with a choice of three maps. Chassis layout follows that of the smaller model, which is no coincidence because the two projects began simultaneously in
The motor comes straight from the Shiver and packs a decent punch in the most powerful Sports of its three switchable settings. The reduced power modes Touring and Rain give a super-smooth delivery, making it easy going, especially round town. It sounds great too, those twin underseat silencers sounding just the right side of sporty.
Click photos to enlarge. Our big, clean bike pics make great desktop wallpaper. Developed in close collaboration with Aprilia Racing the department of Aprilia responsible for thirty-seven world titles , the Dorsoduro combines the best technology from the worlds of supersports and racing supermotards. The result is a distillation of performance and technology, a special, extreme, and elite motorcycle that is capable of elevating its rider to motorcycling excellence.