Aprilia created a stir when it debuted the automatic Mana 850 two years ago. This year at the EICMA Milan Bike Show the Italian firm displayed two new versions – the Mana 850GT and Mana X.
We crossed paths with the Mana 850GT earlier this year at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, with Aprilia showing off GT versions of both its Mana and Shiver models. The big change for the Mana GT is a new half-fairing and adjustable windshield – enhancing its touring capabilities.
Unaltered is the 90-degree V-Twin producing a claimed 76 horsepower, as well as the signature sportgear transmission. The unique gearbox permits riders, via handlebar button, to choose from
The Mana 850 GT makes the longer rides more amenable thanks to a new half-fairing and adjustable windscreen.
two modes: automatic drive with three engine mappings (Touring, Sport, Rain), or seven-speed manual shift. The manual setting requires input from another handlebar control or more traditional foot pedal. There is no clutch lever.
A steel trellis frame is mated with an aluminum swingarm, with the rolling chassis including a 43mm inverted front fork and monoshock rear – the shock adjustable for preload and rebound. Radial-mount four-piston calipers bite down on a pair of 320mm stainless steel rotors up front. A single-piston caliper closes on a 260mm rear rotor out back. The braking duties are enhanced on the 850 GT ABS with the “2-channel Continental ABS system.”
One feature that makes the Mana distinctive as a motorcycle design is its integrated cargo space. Thanks to the underseat fuel storage the traditional fuel-tank space can stow away a full-face helmet. Now with the standard fairing and adjustable windscreen, riders can better utilize the unconventional storage room for touring applications. This is doubly true with the available side case and top box accessories.
Sporting a seeming dirt-track theme, the Mana X is not a production bike. Instead Aprilia PR states “it embodies one of the many potential developments of the automatic motorcycle concept.”
The same V-Twin, sportgear gearbox and steel trellis frame adorn the Mana X. In fact, Aprilia hasn’t released many details except to say: “With its completely new layout, brand new rear suspension, and generous tires, the Mana X is the very definition of the indispensable and necessary, and defies most common conceptions of motorcycle design.”
Whatever its production fate, the Mana X sure looks like fun. Stay tuned for further developments.