Supercross still holds the number-one slot in my heart for “motorsports that are actually fun to watch,” but Supermoto is definitely my next favorite and closing fast. The unusual combination of dirtbike, flat track and pavement requires a very broad skillset, and necessarily, very specific bikes as well.
Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 750 is just such a bike, with elements from all three racing styles all mashed together for an entirely purpose-driven design.
Given my affinity for this style of racing, I decided it was time to take a good look at this ride and see what all the factory has done to accommodate the dizzying array of demands placed on the bike by Supermotard tracks.
Continue reading for my review of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 ABS.
The 2013 Aprilia MXV 450 is a versatile off road bike designed to be able to tackle anything you’ll throw at it.
At its heart lies a 77° V twin four stroke, liquid cooled, single overhead cam engine with rocker operated exhaust valves, chain timing drive, 4 valve heads and titanium valves. The engine is fed by a 7.4 liters fuel tank and is mated on a 4 speed transmission. The V twin unit is linked to a performing exhaust system that is placed under the seat.
The strong engine is combined with a set of capable brakes that include front Nissin floating calipers and super-lightweight 270 mm wavy discs, while out back there is a 240 mm disc with single piston Nissin caliper.
The 2013 Aprilia MXV 450 is offered with a starting price of $ 9,229.
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Aprilia started its adventure in the big bikes segment with the Pegaso 650. In fact the Pegaso 650 was the first bike of its kind and gave the start to an entire new segment.
Fortunately the company never stopped to improve the Pegaso 650 and the bike continues to considered a benchmark in its segment.
The 2012 Aprilia Pegaso 650 Factory is propelled by a modern, four-valve, dry sump engine with electronic fuel injection which puts out 48 HP (35 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 59 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm.
The company says that its bike was made to master the hairpins of mountain roads and trails and rewards you with a thrilling ride every time you jump on the saddle. The bike was not only made for savage roads, as it feels imilarly comfortable around the city too. With a total steering angle of 76° (38°+38°), the Pegaso 650 flicks through the traffic like a compact scooter.
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The Aprilia RXV and SXV were the first bikes in the world to break the ‘single cylinder’ taboo and install a high performance twin in enduro and supermotard motorcycles. At the time it was seen as an almost impossible challenge to develop an off-road twin that would still be accessible to the riding public. But Aprilia’s R&D had the conviction, determination and experience for the job, and victories in top level competitions soon came flooding in, followed by the world supermotard championship title.
The new babies in the Aprilia range, the RX and the SX, are inspired by Aprilia’s world-beating off road twins. The RX 50 and SX 50 are clearly dedicated to young riders seeking the best technology around plus head-turning good looks.
The motorcycles are powered by a 49.9 cc liquid cooled, single cylinder two stroke with light alloy cylinder. The engine is combined with a 7 liters fuel tank and is mated on a six speed gearbox.
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The Aprilia RXV 4.5 - 5.5 received a series of significant upgrades for 2013 and now incorporates the latest technologies developed by Aprilia using its experience in the Enduro World Championship.
The bike is powered by a V twin 45.2 engine which has a 77° V angle. Thanks to its V twin configuration the engine has the advantage of vibrating less than any single cylinder unit. The engine’s cylinders are integrated in the crankcase and have replaceable wet liners which make it one of the most compact twins in the world.
The bike is fitted with a new perimeter frame especially developed to host the compact V twin engine. What’s more interesting however, is that the engine forms and integral part of the chassis increasing its rigidity. Additionally, the variable section aluminium alloy swingarm is now much lighter to improve traction.
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The Aprilia RX 125 was designed especially for the young drivers who are still working on refining their riding skills. The bike features Aprilia’s latest design language and is distinguished by an aggressive style and a pair of mean-looking 17 inch wheels wrapped in 110/70-17” and 150/60-17” tires.
At the heart of the Aprilia RX 125 lies a 125 cc single cylinder, two stroke engine which develops a maximum power of 16 kW and 16 Nm of torque at 9750 rpm.
The ride quality is assured by the double cradle frame combined with a front 40 mm upside down telescopic fork which offer a wheel travel of 260 mm and a rear long steel swing arm which offers a wheel travel of 260 mm.
As far as stopping power goes, the Aprilia RX 125 is fitted with front 260 mm and a rear 220 mm discs.
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The Aprilia RX 50 was the first enduro bike that managed to combine with success the off road riding with street riding.
Like the Aprilia SX 50, the RX 50 is fitted with a relativelly compact liquid cooled, single cylinder two stroke 50 cc engine, mated on a 6 speed transmission. Despite its small displacement, the 50 cc unit has enough grunt to keep you out of trouble on the toughest off road tracks but also on the paved roads.
The engine is mounted on a steel frame, which is especially designed for off road conditions. The suspensions were also tuned to deal with the tough conditions of off-road riding and consist of a front 40 mm hydraulic fork with leading axle and a rear steel swingarm combined with a hydraulic monoshock. The bike is kept in check by a front 300 mm ventilated disc and a rear 180 mm stainless steel disc.
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