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2017 - 2018 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

2017 - 2018 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

Aprilia’s Dorsoduro line gets a major addition for MY17 with the all-new Dorsoduro 900. This supermoto-inspired ride serves as the successor to the popular Dorsoduro 750. It brings over 95-horsepower to the table with a ride-by-wire throttle, variable power delivery, traction control and ABS to help riders cope with the extra power. Not only does this show a certain amount of model-maturity, but it promises some security and safety for those who would use it in their day-to-day riding. Officially billed as a sportbike-supermotard hybrid, the factory also refers to it as “the fun bike.” Let’s dive right in and see what all Aprilia packed in to back up that nickname.

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2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

The supermoto crossover from Noale has everyone raise an eyebrow.

Aprilia has been firing on all pistons to give the world class leading performance motorcycles that make the riding aphrodisiac’s hearts racing. And as with them trying to stay with changing times, they add new updated models every year to their existing lineup to keep things fresh. Although they never made many headways before, it seems like they have now learnt things the hard way and have been busy making bikes that speak for themselves and beam technical prowess.

First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated model of its adventure crossover, Dorsoduro 900. Dubbed as a “True Thrill Generator”, Aprilia have been making the Dorsoduro crossover for some time now, and it used to run on a 750cc before. Now, Noale has updated the part-supermortard-part-sportbike motorcycle with an all-new 900cc machine that also makes a scene in the Shiver 900.

With more modern technologies and features embedded into a fine tune chassis built with the experience of the Aprilia Racing Department, there isn’t much that could go wrong with this adventure crossover here. New electronics, refined mechanics and an excellent chassis structure sees this motorcycle take new levels of riding pleasure and we are here to find out how.

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2017 Aprilia Shiver 900

2017 Aprilia Shiver 900

The Italian gets a bigger heart and better electronics to take on its brother form another mother.

Aprilia has been firing on all pistons to give the world class leading performance motorcycles that make the riding aphrodisiac’s hearts racing. And as with them trying to stay with changing times, they add new updated models every year to their existing lineup to keep things fresh. Although they never made many headways before, it seems like they have now learnt things the hard way and have been busy making bikes that speak for themselves and beam technical prowess.

First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated models of its naked streetfighter, Shiver. A 750cc motorcycle first launched in 2007, struggled because of its unearthing looks which were not any more striking than the competition. But now, it seems that Aprilia have given their magic touch to the 2017 edition, and it looks more so ever lively and strong.

It carries a bigger 900 cc engine, a jump of a lethal 150 cc from the earlier models and they sit just below the Italian brand’s flagship models RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 RF. New electronics, refined mechanics and an excellent chassis structure sees this motorcycle take new levels of riding pleasure and we are here to find out how.

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2015 - 2017 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally

2015 - 2017 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally

Aprilia’s Adventure-Tourer

Aprilia serves as the large-displacement sportbike/race branch for Piaggio, and as such, put out a lot in the way of supermoto and stoplight-burner bikes. The subject for today is not one of those, but rather an on-/off-road bike that carries that unmistakable Italian style with a veritable alphabet soup of fancy electronic subsystems. Aptly named the Caponord 1200 Rally, this ride straddles the line between race-tastic ability and real-world practicality with an eye to long-distance comfort. A 1200 cc mill pushes the thing with ride-by-wire throttle control, variable rider modes and cruise control, plus dynamic suspension and traction control to boot. As one of the few non-crotchrocket bikes made by the company, the Rally stands out as something of an anomaly, but I see no sign that Aprilia is in over its head with this design. Don’t believe it? Join me for my walk-through and I’ll show you what I mean.

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2016 - 2017 Aprilia SR Motard 50

2016 - 2017 Aprilia SR Motard 50

Introduced to the North American market in 2013 for the 2104 model year, Aprilia calls the SR Motard 50 "supermoto-inspired" and I’m sure it was, hence the clever model name. I can see the influence in the design: the aggressive front fairing, minimal body panels revealing the mechanicals, the exposed front forks, insect-tail rear end and race-tastic graphics. It even sounds like it could manage in the dirt, but that’s really as far as it goes. It’s a supermoto theme on a 50 cc scooter. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I’m just calling it as I see it. That aside, let’s look at the SR Motard 50 as a spiffy little sports scooter and see what we can make of it.

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2017 Aprilia RS 125

2017 Aprilia RS 125

Aprilia doubles down on its campaign to draw new and young riders into the sportbike sector with an extensive redesign of its proven entry-level ride, the RS 125. Previously powered by a carbureted two-stroke plant, the new Euro 4 emissions standards forced a shift to four-stroke power with electronic fuel injection to control the mixture. The race-tastic form associated with the family is carried into this new generation, ensuring that this ride continues to appeal to riders looking to break into the sportbike sector on an unintimidating platform. Aprilia released the rehashed RS 125 at the 2016 INTERMOT show, and now I make good on my promise to take a deeper look at it.

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2016 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

2016 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

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.

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2016 Aprilia Shiver 750

2016 Aprilia Shiver 750

Aprilia started out life building scooters. Now the brand falls under the Piaggio umbrella, and it sort of serves as the “racing division” for the company. As such, one would expect some fairly race-tastic features, even on such a small engine, an assertion backed up by recent wins in Qatar by Aprilia racers Jordi Torres (who unfortunately crashed out in a later round) and Leon Haslam.

The company doesn’t come out and say it, but I consider the 2016 Shiver 750 to be the closest thing to an entry-level motorcycle that it offers, unless you count the SR Motard scooter (I do not). Back in ’07, the original Shiver was widely regarded as entry-level champagne at beer prices, and it pioneered the nearly ubiquitous, ride-by-wire throttle control system now seen on most top-end rides. The factory has had a few years now to polish the Shiver, so let’s see how it’s coming along, shall we?

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2016 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

2016 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

When Aprilia entered the growing adventure bike market a couple of years ago, Miguel Galluzi — lead designer for the Caponord — said, “We didn’t want to design an elephant like the BMW R1200GS, or a pig like the Ducati Multistrada.” He went on to say, “We wanted a simpler look that was different from everyone else.” On looks, he might have hit his mark, but he missed the mark by a mile on the adventure bike side of things.

With no off-road amenities like an enduro drive mode, skid plate or engine guards and coming equipped with street tires and wheels, the Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack has only a slightly longer wheel travel to indicate it was meant for anything but the pavement. As an adventure bike, it only dreams of coming close to the "elephant" BMW R1200GS Adventure, BUT….it is an awesome sport tourer. Let’s call it like we see it and look at the 2016 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack for what it is.

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2016 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR ABS

2016 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR ABS

Aprilia isn’t a brand you see zipping around Smalltown, U.S.A., but European superbike race fans (and competing manufacturers) know the name all too well. Operating under the Piaggio umbrella, this one-time bicycle, moped and scooter manufacturer now focuses its efforts on building large, powerful racing machines – such as the 2016 Tuono V4 1100 RR. The Aprilia “super-naked” line sprang from experimentation with Aprilia’s then-flagship superbike, the RSV Mille, and evolved over years of Tuono 1000 R production. This newest Tuono benefits from years of successful race experience, and it represents the latest generation of Aprilia ingenuity. I’ve made mention before about how passionate Italians (in general) are about their bikes, so let’s see if the Tuono meets my already-high expectations.

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2014 Aprilia SR Motard 125

2014 Aprilia SR Motard 125

The Aprilia SR Motard 125 offers a perfect mix between sportiness and practicality. The scooter features an attractive style with sleek lines and an aggressive headlight.

Perhaps it goes without saying that the scooter also features a comfortable riding position that is perfectly suited for the city riding.

At the heart of the Aprilia SR Motard 125 lies a 124 cc, single cylinder, four stroke engine which delivers a maximum output of 9.6 CV at 8,500 rpm and 8.2 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. The engine is fueled by a 7 liters fuel tank and its power is handled by a CVT transmission.

The scooter rides on 14 inch wheels wrapped in 120/70-14” tubeless tires.

The Aprilia SR Motard 125 is offered with a price tag of €2.759.

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2014 Aprilia RS4 50 Replica

2014 Aprilia RS4 50 Replica

The Aprilia RS4 50 Replica is a sporty compact bike that draws inspiration from its bigger displacement brothers that dominate the race tracks. Therefore, the Aprilia RS4 50 Replica, features a lot of lines and shapes borrowed from the Aprilia RSV4 Factory super sports bike.

Jump on board and you’ll be greeted by an analogue/digital multifunction dashboard inspired by that of the RSV4, with analogue rev counter and LCD Screen for all other information. For enhanced practicality, the motorcycle features a removable shell which transforms it from a two-seater into a single-seater. Moreover, you also get a pretty spacious under seat storage compartment.

Power comes from Aprilia’s single cylinder, two stroke, 49,9 cc liquid cooled engine which is mated to a six speed transmission.

The bike is priced at € 4.080.

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2014 Aprilia SX 50

2014 Aprilia SX 50

If you want to enter in the world of motards and you are looking for a less aggressive motorcycle, then you should take a closer look at the Aprilia SX 50. This compact model is fitted with the latest technologies developed by the Italian manufacturer and promises to deliver first class performances in terms of ride and handling.

The Aprilia SX 50 is powered by a 49,9 cc, single-cylinder, two stroke, liquid cooled engine which is kept under control by a six speed transmission.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a light, but stiff perimeter frame made of high strength steel. The frame is combined with a Marzocchi tele-hydraulic fork (195 mm wheel travel) and a steel swingarm with an advanced hydraulic shock absorber.

The Aprilia SX 50 is offered with a starting price of €3.956.

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2014 Aprilia SRV 850

2014 Aprilia SRV 850

The Aprilia SRV 850 is one of the sportiest scooters from the streets. It features a futuristic style and an ergonomic construction and also has a pretty versatile personality.

At the heart of the Aprilia SRV 850 sits a 839.3 cc, V 90° twin, 4-stroke, 4 valves engine which puts out a maximum power of 56 KW (76 CV) at 7,750 rpm and 76,4 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The engine is fueled by an 18.5 litres fuel tank.

The scooter is built on a rigid chassis, which gives it first class handling abilities and a great stability. The swingarm is made of cast aluminium and is combined with a preload adjustable, single hydraulic side-mounted shock absorber.

The Aprilia SRV 850 rides on aluminium five spoke rims which are wrapped in front and rear tubeless tires.

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2014 Aprilia RS4 50

2014 Aprilia RS4 50

Light, compact and agile, the Aprilia RS4 50 is a sporty motorcycle that draws inspiration from its bigger brothers. The motorcycle is built around a 49.9 cc, single cylinder, two stroke engine which is mated to a six speed transmission. The engine is housed by a lightweight frame which uses die-cast beams in aluminium alloy with cross-ribbing reinforcement.

The frame sits on a 41 mm upside-sown fork (110 mm wheel travel) and a rear asimmetric swingarm paired with a hydraulic monoshock absorber (122 mm wheel travel).

As far as safety is concerned, the Aprilia RS4 50 features a capable breaking system which comprises of front 300 mm discs grabbed by four-piston radial mount calipers and rear 220 mm discs paired with single piston calipers.

The motorcycle is offered with a starting price of €3.959.

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2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200

2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200

The Aprilia Caponord 1200 represents a great solution if you are looking for a motorcycle that is good for daily commuting, but it also has all it needs to offer a fun riding experience.

It is propelled by a four stroke, 90° longitudinal V twin engine with a displacement of 1197cc. The unit delivers a maximum power of 125 Hp at 8250 rpm and 114.8 Nm of torque at 6800 rpm. For enhanced versatility the engine is combined with a 3 maps ride-by-wire system. Moreover, the motorcycle is also equipped with a two-channel ABS, Traction Control (aTC ) and completely digital instrumentation.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the Aprilia Caponord 1200 features 43 mm upside-down Sachs fully adjustable forks (167 mm wheel travel) and a rear hydraulic Sachs dynamic monoshock absorber (150 mm wheel travel).

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2014 Aprilia RS4 125 Replica

2014 Aprilia RS4 125 Replica

Since it was launched back in 1993, the Aprilia RS4 125 Replica has quickly become one of the most wanted bikes in its segment. And there is no wonder why, as it delivers top notch performances in terms of power, ride and handling.

The Aprilia RS4 125 Replica shares the same racy style with the super sport Aprilia RSV4 featuring a black and red livery. It is built around a 124.8 cc, single-cylinder, four stroke, fuel injection unit which puts out a maximum power of 15 hp (11 kw) at 10.500 rpm and 1,11 kgm (10,9 nm) of torque at 8.250 rpm. All this power is transferred to the ground by means of a six speed transmission.

It is also worth mentioning that the bike rides on big, 17 inch wheels which are wrapped in 100/80 ZR 17 front and rear 130/70 ZR 17 radial tubeless tires.

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2014 Aprilia RS4 125

2014 Aprilia RS4 125

If you are looking for a small displacement sport bike, then you should take a closer look at the Aprilia RS4 125 as it has all it needs to be considered a perfect bike to learn the secrets of sport riding.

At the heart of the motorcycle lies a 124 cc, single-cylinder, four stroke, fuel injection engine which cranks out a maximum power of 15 HP (11 KW) at 10.500 rpm and 1,11 Kgm (10,9 Nm) of torque at 8.250 rpm. The unit is kept under control by Aprilia’s Quick Shift rapid gear change system and is fueled by a 14,5 Lt (3,3 Lt Reserve) fuel tank.

The ride quality is assured by a 41 mm upside-down front fork with black anodised sheaths and 110 mm stroke and a rear single shock absorber.

You also get front 300 mm steel discs grabbed by four-piston radial caliper and rear 220 mm discs with single-piston calipers.

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2014 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS

2014 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS

The Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS is a tough motorcycle that can deal great with a wide range of activities. It was built with versatility in mind, so it features a comfortable riding position and a strong and pretty efficient engine.

Talking about the engine, the Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS is equipped with the company’s 839.3 cc longitudinal 90° v-twin, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, single overhead cam unit with chain drive and four valves per cylinder. The engine delivers a maximum power of 76.1 HP (56 KW) at 8,000 rpm and 53.8 Lb-Ft (73 Nm) of torque at 5,000 rpm. It is mounted on a robust steel tube trellis frame which has a single piece aluminium swingarm that keeps in check the laterally-offset shock absorber. The front wheel is combined with a 43-mm upside down fork that enables a 120 mm wheel travel.

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2014 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS

2014 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS

The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS is one of the most wanted supersport bikes from the market. And there is no wonder why, because it is equipped with state of the art technologies is reliable to the core and looks quite stunning.

The motorcycle is propelled by a 999.6 cc, V4 Longitudinal 65°, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The unit cranks out a maximum power of 184 Hp (135,3 KW) At 12.500 Rpm and 86.2 Lb-Ft 117 Nm of torque at 10.000 Rpm, and is paired with a six speed cassette type gearbox.

The engine is combined with the aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package which includes: aTC - Aprilia Traction Control, aWC - Aprilia Wheelie Control, aLC - Aprilia Launch Control and aQS - Aprilia Quick Shift.

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2014 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS

2014 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS

With its sporty stance, modern technologies and great ergonomics, the Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS is ready to reward you with a fun riding experience every time you jump on its saddle.

The motorcycle is built around a strong 999.6 cc, V4 longitudinal 65°, 4-strokes, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The unit generates a maximum power of 184 Hp (135,3 KW) at 12.500 rpm and 86.2 Lb-Ft 117 Nm at 10.000 Rpm. All this power is kept in leash by a 6-speed cassette type gearbox with multiplate wet clutch with mechanical slipper system.

The aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package comes as standard and includes: aTC: Aprilia Traction Control, aWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, aLC: Aprilia Launch Control and aQS: Aprilia Quick Shift.

The Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS is priced at $15,499.

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2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS

2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS

The Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC is the naked version of the sporty RSV4. It is priced at $14,499 and comes with a long list of state of the art technologies which help it deliver first class riding performances.

At the heart of the new Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC lies a 999.6 cc, V4 Longitudinal 65°, 4-Strokes, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The engine is paired with a six speed cassette type gearbox and delivers a maximum power of 167 HP (123 KW) at 11,500 Rpm and 82 Lb-Ft (111.5 Nm) o torque at 9,500 Rpm.

For enhanced versatility, the engine features triple mapping which enables you to modify the character of the bike using three differed setups namely: T-TRACK, S-SPORT and R-ROAD.

The motorcycle rides on 17 inch wheels wrapped in 120/70 ZR 17 front and rear 190/55 ZR 17 tubeless tires.

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2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

The Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack is a great motorcycle for travel. It offers a relaxed riding position and faultless riding and handling abilities. Moreover, thanks to its versatile character, the motorcycle can deal great with both the city and highway traffic.

The motorcycle is powered by an 1197cc, V90, four stroke longitudinal 90° v-twin, liquid cooled, double overhead camshaft engine with four valves per cylinder. The unit delivers a maximum power of 125 HP (91.9 KW) At 8,250 Rpm and 84.6 Lb-Ft (114 Nm) at 6,800 Rpm.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine features a triple mapping system, which gives you the possibility to select between Touring, Sport and Rain modes.

As far as prices are concerned, the Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack can be yours for no less than $15,499.

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