2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

A few weeks ago, some eager beaver at Aprilia posted the owner’s manual for the new Dorsoduro 1200 on Aprilia’s web site, which I reported here.  That was odd, because the existence of the bike hadn’t actually been announced by Aprilia.  That’s all changed now, as Aprilia has announced the bike, and given us the first official picture.

The Dorsoduro is sort of the Aprilia version of the Multistrada, that is to say, kind of a dual sport/megamoto kind of bike that’s considerably more comfortable on road than off. Think streetfighter built along supermotard lines.

The specs from Aprilia say the 1196.63 cc L-Twin spits out 134.5HP at 9,oo0RPM, and 76 ft-lbs of torque at 4,000RPM. Dry weight is 467 pounds, however, so that comes out to something around 520 pounds ready to ride. So, it’ll be quick, but not quite a bike that will leave you slack-jawed with stupefaction is twist the throttle a bit too much. Compression ratio is also 12:1, so get ready to shell out for premium fuel.

The seat height is decently low, though, at 29.5 inches, which means that, unlike some of the taller offerings out there, the average person doesn’t have to worry about tippy-toeing it at a stop sign.

Full tech data follows below, all presented, sadly, in the metric measurements so favored by heathen foreigners.

TECHNICAL DATA

Engine Type 90 ° V-Twin DOHC 8V LC

Bore x stroke 106 x 67.8 mm

Displacement 1196.63 cc

Maximum power 134.5 bhp at 9500 rpm

Maximum torque 10.5 kgm at 4,000 rpm

Compression ratio 12,0:1

Electronic Fuel Injection (Multi)

Electric Start

Digital Electronic Ignition CDI

6-Speed

Multi-plate clutch in oil bath and hydraulic

Chain final drive

Steel and aluminum chassis with high strength bolts and aluminum side plates

Swingarm in cast aluminum

Front suspension fork 43 mm inverted telehydraulic, three-way adjustable

Rear suspension Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable rate. Wheel travel 150 mm.

Front brake Dual discs 320 mm, 4 piston radial calipers

Rear brake 240 mm disc, single piston caliper

Tyres 120/70 x 17 “and 180/55 x 17″

Total length 2248 mm

Maximum height 1205 mm

Maximum width 925 mm

Wheelbase 1528 mm

Seat height 750 mm

Empty weight 212 kg

Fuel tank 15 liters

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

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