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Aprilia Mana 850GT and X First Look

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
2009 Aprilia Mana X
The Aprilia Mana X made its debut at this November's EICMA Milan Bike Show.
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.

Mana 850GT

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
2009 Aprilia Mana 850 GT2009 Aprilia Mana 850 GT
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.

Mana X

2009 Aprilia Mana X
What is the production fate of the Mana X?
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.
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Comments
I wish for a Mana X -I can actually replace my Subaru?!?!  March 27, 2009 04:08 PM
If this thing can go dual sport, I'd be in for one immediately. I drive on roads paved and unpaved, and sometimes non-existent! I have been waiting for an automatic version. Honda DN-01 can kiss the Mana's rear exhaust!
Eric -850 GT  February 15, 2009 07:24 AM
when will the mana gt be on the market? I would like to see the mana GT with full fairing like a real sportbike, do you think that is a possibility?
J. Eric gray -Mana 850 & 850GT  February 15, 2009 07:08 AM
I would like to see the Mana 850 with full fairing like a real sport bike. In fact I would buy it right away. J. Eric Gray
scott -C-dog what up?  January 12, 2009 09:15 PM
All that to look at & you get hung up on the rear tire?
Tim -I Dare You, Aprilia!  December 11, 2008 09:37 AM
The Mana X is too cool to produce. It looks like a futuristic flat tracker! I'd love one, but I'm not holding my breath.
C-dog -Aprilia X  November 26, 2008 10:19 AM
What's up with the Harley-Davidson rear tire? See the gallery!! It's a Dunslop D427 from the H-D Fat Bob. I thought H-D and MV Agusta were nice and cozy. Is Aprilia jumping off of the BMW ship and heading for little Germany(Milwaukee WI)??