There have been rumors stating that since the unsuccessful launch of Aprilia’s naked bike, the Shiver, the company just wasn’t capable of releasing new motorcycles that would boom in the market. But now, after four years of silence, Aprilia is introducing a new Dorsoduro Motorbike. The 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is said to be stronger than the previous Dorsoduro released years ago. This fascinating new motorbike can now be added to the Italian manufacturer’s collection when it is introduced at the EICMA show in Milan this year. It will be joining the previous Dorsoduro 750 and the Dorsoduro Factory 750 models.

The first ever official image of the Dorsoduro 1200 was recently released, and although it did not give us a good enough grasp of the features the bike will have, it did provide us with a little information. In the photos you can see that the bike’s ABS system was completely redesigned and the description attached to the image noted that the Dorsoduro will have a 1200cc 90-degree V-Twin engine. The bike’s new engine will perform at a higher compression to allow for increased displacement, so expect some robust power coming from the ride-by-wire platform. Aprilia claims that the new motorbike will have a power output of 130 hp at 8700 rpm and 84.8 ft-lb. of torque at 7200 rpm. This new engine feature is considered to be a strong point in leading over the other top bikes in the market today.

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Stopping power for the new addition will come from Brembo four-piston radical calipers and a 320 mm disc up front and a single-piston Brembo caliper and 240mm disc at the rear. ABS - which can be turned off by the rider - and traction control are also now available as an option.

Moreover, feast your eyes on the Dorsoduro 1200’s new chassis with a slightly more relaxed steering geometry, a longer wheelbase, and a fully adjustable suspension, thanks to Sachs. The suspension comes with USD forks featuring adjustable hydraulic damping and a piggy-back rear shock with adjustable pre-load, rebound, and compression.

These were only few of the great features of the 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. More details will be announced as soon as the superbike makes its debut at the EICMA this November.


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