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2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 First Look

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 ABS
2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
The 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 uses a new 90-degree V-Twin and Sachs suspension.
Fans of high-performance, oversized supermoto bikes will be pleased with the introduction of the 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. The Italian motorcycle maker has created an all-new bike for the so-called “maxi-motard” category. With the Dorsoduro 750 introducing Aprilia riders to the fun street segment, Aprilia simply boosted the output and gave the most power-hungry something to gnaw on. There is now a very robust offering in the large-displacement supermoto category as the Dorsoduro 1200 joins the Ducati Hypermotard 1100, KTM’s 990 Supermoto and BMW’s HP2 Megamoto.

The Dorsoduro 1200 uses a 90-degree V-Twin. Each cylinder uses four valves, a dual overhead cam and twin-spark ignition. Riders can control the output with three preprogramed settings (Sport, Touring, Rain). Sport mode gives hard-hitting access to the full power spread of a claimed 130 horsepower (at 8700 rpm). Touring also uses maximum power, but acts to smooth the delivery. Rain cuts back to 100 horsepower for better ridability in low-traction situations. Fuel is served up from the four-gallon fuel tank and into the oversquare cylinders with ride-by-wire throttle and fuel injection via dual throttle bodies.

With so many ponies on tap the Dorsoduro 1200 needs brakes capable of hauling itself down to legal speed limits. Radial four-piston Brembo calipers squeeze down on dual 320mm floating discs up front and a single 240mm disc and Brembo single-piston unit covers the rear. ABS and traction control are available as additional options. Photos have the bike shod in 17-inch Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tires.

The chassis reminds of the SXV with a two-tone arrangement of alloy with cast aluminum lowers and a tubular steel trellis frame on the top half. Front suspension is a 43mm Sachs fork that is fully adjustable with 6.3 inches of wheel travel. Sachs also suspends the rear end with a severely raked shock that is side-mounted on the right. It too is adjustable for preload, rebound and compression and allows 6.1 inches of rear wheel travel. Having the shock side-mounted allows room for the exhaust pipes to sweep upward into a pair of massive undertail cans.

The bike comes with the smallest wind screen, just enough to protect the digital display with analog tach. Narrow wrap-around handguards help keep riders’ hands protected from wind and rain and protect the hydraulic clutch and brake levers in the event of a crash.

There is no pricing information available yet for either the Glam White or Competition Black.

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Massive stopping power, tire-spinning hooliganism and unique Italian design promise that maxi-motard fans will have plenty to like.

Follow all the exciting new motorcycle releases on our EICMA Milan Bike Show page and watch the official Aprilia video below.

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2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 Specs
2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Engine: 4-valve per cylinder, DOHC, Liquid cooled, 90-degree V-twin
Bore/Stroke: 106 x 67.8mm
Displacement: 1197cc
Compression Ratio: 12.0 : 1
Maximum Horsepower: 130 HP @ 8700 rpm (claimed)
Fueling: EFI
Starting: Electric
Transmission: 6-speed
Clutch: Hydraulic multiplate wet
Final Drive: 16/40 chain
Chassis: Modular tubular steel with aluminum side plates
Front Suspension:43mm Sachs fork, compression, rebound, preload adjustable, 6.3 inches wheel travel Rear Suspension: Remote reservoir Sachs shock, compression, rebound, preload adjustable. 6.1 inches wheel travel
Front Brakes: Dual 320mm floating discs, Brembo four-piston radial calipers
Rear Brake: 240mm disc, single-piston Brembo caliper, optional ABS with Aprilia Traction Control (ATC)
Wheels F/R: 3.5 X 17; 6.0 x 17
Tires F/R: 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17
LxWxH: 88.5 x 36.4 x 47.4 inches
Seat Height: 34.3 inches
Wheelbase 1528 mm
Rake/Trail: 27.3 degrees/4.6 inches
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gallons

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Ptolemy -UHOH  December 26, 2010 08:56 PM
There goes my drivers license
DesmoDemon -Way cool bike!!!!!  November 10, 2010 08:35 AM
Ride a big engined supermoto just once on a curvy road and sportbikes will suck forever. You are acually comfotable on these bikes, and they handle as good as any bike made. This bike just ROCKS !!!!
Cam -shivver 750 and dorso 1200  November 7, 2010 09:08 AM
I own a 2009 shiver 750 and as of yesterday,Canada's first 1200 dorso owner. Too much shit is being talked about the 1200, yes its got some extra pounds but nothing a bit of customizing wont fix. 135bhp will be a huge difference from the 95 the shiver has. These both are insanly fun and dont exceed anything you need to have an awesome time out riding. I for one will remain faithfull to aprilia over any other manufacturer due to their aggressive nature and rugged look, Aprilia's whole line-up are very unique bikes and shouldn't be overlooked by anyone, no matter how moto cocky you are or how coool and fast your bike is. Aprilia didn't build them to race, they built them to win. 36X world champions.SBK2010.
Centerline -750 DD rider  November 4, 2010 04:36 AM
The 750 version: great fun, engine signed off too early. The 1200 should solve that.
Gritboy -Nice!  November 3, 2010 08:14 AM
Always good to see the super moto sector get new toys added to it. The 750 was a nice machine, so the 1200 should be too -- though a bit overkill.