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2009 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Comparison Photo Gallery

These European supermoto street bikes go head to head in this 2009 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 vs. KTM 690 Duke street bike motorcycle comparison. Check out how the 2009 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 did in our 2009 Aprilia Dorsoduro vs KTM 690 Duke Comparison.

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The Dorsodudro 750 is a hybrid street/supermotomotorcycle.
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The difference in engine response between each of the Dorsoduro’s three engine map modes (Sport, Rain and Touring) is dramatic. We like Touring mode the best no matter if we were riding on the street or racetrack.
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The OE fitted Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier tires delivers an astounding amount of grip for a street tire.
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Without a doubt the Dorsoduro is more difficult to ride fast than the 690 Duke.
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The Aprilia lacks a slipper clutch which makes controlling the rear tire during aggressive deceleration more difficult.
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Although it shares its frame and drivetrain with the Shiver 750 the Dorsoduro looks completely different.
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Twin undertail exhaust pipes not only look cool, they sound the part too. The Dorsoduro’s exhaust note is far more raspy sounding than the KTM’s.
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A hydraulic Sachs shock absorber mounts directly to the frame and swingarm without a linkage. It only offers preload and rebound damping adjustment and quickly runs out of adjustment range during aggressive riding.
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The Dorsoduro’s seat is a cross between that of a supermoto motorcycle and an conventional street bike.
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Front brake performance is adequate and fade-free. However we wish that it offered more feel at the lever.
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The Dorsoduro uses twin 320mm rotors and radial-mount Brembo calipers.
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Instrumentation is easy to read and offers a variety of different functions.
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The Duke always gets the jump out of the corner but as soon as the Aprilia gets shifts into third gear the KTM will be left in the dust.
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At an elevated pace the Aprilia offers much more rearend feel than the KTM.
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Ground clearance is definitely a limiting factor on how fast you can ride the Dorsoduro.
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The Aprilia’s quick handling manners don’t compromise stability even at speed.
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2009 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 vs. KTM 690 Duke dyno chart courtesy of Mickey Cohen Motorsports.