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2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

It’s Aprilia’s "Fun Bike"

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Aprilia’s Dorsoduro line added to its stable for MY2017 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.”

  • 2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
  • Year:
    2017- 2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    896 cc
  • Price:
    10999
  • Price:

Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Design

  • * Design balance of shenaniganery and performance
  • * Color TFT display
  • * A sportbike-supermotard hybrid
2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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All in all, it's a bike that was built using the best characteristics of sportbikes and supermotards with an emphasis on urban performance and agility.

Aprilia set about the business of milking the most road-riding fun out of its Dorsoduro, and the bike itself is sort of a blank canvas for factory accessories that can enhance the sportbike aspects or give it a capacity for touring. As for the base model, well, it’s a perfect example of what I call a jackass bike, and I mostly mean that in the best way possible. While you can find someone stunt-riding on almost every kind of bike imaginable, this particular type of bike really lends itself to the tricky stuff.

The lightening efforts begin right off the bat with a front fender that is cut down beyond the accepted minimum, but has the bird’s beak fairing above to pick up some of the slack. A cyclops headlight and flyscreen complete the entry, but the screen itself isn’t likely to protect anything other than the digital TFT instrument cluster nested in behind.

Though the fuel tank manages to pack in a total of 3.17 gallons o’ pusholine, you’d hardly suspect it just by looking at the flyline. The fuel-tank bump and elevated subframe form a gentle swale at the saddle that cradles the rider’s derrière but leaves plenty of room to shift weight and throw around some body English as needed. A pillion pad covers most of the subframe that terminates in a pointy taillight housing.

The factory routed the exhaust up under the subframe for weight centralization and symmetry with the mufflers and heat shields actually forming the trailing edge of the rear end. Honestly, I wonder about having passenger and exhaust heat in such close proximity. Just sayin’. A minimal mudguard hangs off the rear end to support the plate and turn signals.

All in all, it’s a bike that was built using the best characteristics of two worlds with an emphasis on urban performance and agility, and really fairly versatile since it can be set up to race, tour, commute or do stunts.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Chassis

  • * Adjustable Kayaba suspension
  • * Improved handling and suspension response
  • * Sport-derived braking system
  • * Switchable ABS
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2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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Forged-aluminum tripleclamps mount the all-new, inverted, 41 mm front forks from Kayaba that are just a few grams under a pound lighter than the previous generation.=center

Curb weight on the Dorsoduro 900 comes in at 467-pounds, largely due to frame design and the materials therein. The factory started with a tubular-steel trellis for strength if not lightness, and buttressed it with aluminum lateral plates. An aluminum swingarm comes built to withstand the asymmetrical forces generated by the off-center rear monoshock. Both it and the three-spoke wheels minimize unsprung weight to improve handling and suspension response.

Forged-aluminum tripleclamps mount the all-new, inverted, 41 mm front forks from Kayaba that are just a few grams under a pound lighter than the previous generation. The new forks come with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping, which is better than nothing I suppose, but there’s definitely some room for improvement here. Same with the rear shock that sports adjustable extension and spring preload.

Brake-disc diameter is definitely race-worthy at 320 mm with a pair of radial-mount, four-pot calipers to bite them up front, and a single-pot anchor and 240 mm disc to slow the rear. That’s a lot of brakes for this bike to be sure, but the standard-equipped, switchable ABS makes it safe to use them to their full potential and the steel-braid brake lines makes sure no effort at the lever gets lost in the system.

Front Suspension/ Travel: Kayaba upside-down forks, 41 mm fork body. Adjustable in preload and hydraulic damping/ 6.3 in (160 mm
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Double-sided aluminum alloy swingarm. Sachs monoshock absorber with adjustable preload and rebound damping/ 6.1 in (155 mm)
Front Brake: 320 mm floating double disc with aluminum carrier. Radial mounted four pistons per calipers with steel braided brake lines.
Rear Brake: 240 mm wavy stainless steel disc. Single piston caliper with steel braided brake lines
ABS System: Continental ABS system
Front Wheel: 3.5" x 17" cast aluminum alloy wheel with 3 double spokes.
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear Wheel: 6" x 17" cast aluminum alloy wheel with 3 double spokes
Rear Tire: 180/55 ZR 17

Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Drivetrain

  • * Liquid-cooled 896 cc V-twin engine
  • * 95 hp and 66 lb-ft of torque
  • * Improved throttle response
  • * New traction control system
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2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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The difference in torque will definitely register on the old heinie-dyno, and keep in line with Aprilia's goal of turning this into a total funbike.

Aprilia built on the experience it gained with the 750 cc mill to turn out the all-new, 896.1 cc powerplant on the Dorsoduro 900. The 90-degree V-twin runs a majorly oversquare layout with a 67.4 mm stroke in a 92 mm bore and warm, 11.5-to-one compression ratio. Liquid cooling deals with the waste heat with DOHC to time the four-valve heads.

Induction is controlled by the ride-by-wire throttle that works with the electronic fuel injection and throttle body to provide three separate valve-opening maps for Sport, Touring or Rain situations. The Rain setting actually reduces engine output to 70-horsepower from its regular 95.2 ponies at 8,750 rpm. Torque comes on fully by 4,500 rpm with 66 pound-feet on tap, and in addition to the reduced-power rain setting, you can get the Dorsoduro 900 limited to 35 kW (46 horsepower) if need be for licensing reasons. This is up from 60 pound-feet from the 750, so it’s definitely a difference that will register on the old heinie-dyno, and in line with Aprilia’s goal of turning this into a total funbike.

Inside the cases, a semi-dry lubrication system helps keep oil movement from sapping any of that hard-earned power, and a six-speed transmixxer crunches the ratios to put the power to the pavement under the control of an easy-pull clutch. Finally, Aprilia’s traction-control system rounds out the electronic wizardry with three levels of intervention and an “Off” setting for the raw feel and ability to slide around corners. At the end of the day, this bike can be as safe or as raw as you want to let it.

Engine: Aprilia 90° V-Twin, 4-stroke, four valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled, Ride-by-Wire system with 3 engine maps
Displacement: 896.1 cc
Max. Power: 95 hp (70 kW) @ 8,750 rpm
Max. Torque: 66 lb-ft (90 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm

Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Price

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2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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It's priced just $700 more than the outgoing Dorsoduro 750.

The base-model Dorsoduro 900 rolls in Adrenalinic Silver or Exciting Dark for $10,999, which is just $799 more than the outgoing Dorsoduro 750.

Electronic Management: APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) system including traction control (ATC),ABS, all independently settable and de-selectabe, AMP ready (install kit and AMP ECU sold separately)
Color: Adrenalinic Silver, Exciting Dark
Price: $ 10,999

Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Competitor

2019 - 2021 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP
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2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 900 comes with a baked-in competitor from domestic foe Ducati and its Hypermotard 950 model.

Ducati Hypermotard 950

2019 - 2021 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP
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Every inch about that hooligan life, the Hypermotard 950 hits all of the same design features, to the point that the two could be brothers-from-another-mother. Inverted forks and heavily whacked front fenders lead the way across the board, as do bird-beak fairings, though the differences between said fairing and the headlight surrounds are the most notable differences looks-wise.

Similar cheek fairings and flylines abound, though the lack of a chin fairing leaves the Ducati looking a tad cleaner, though if I’m honest, I prefer that little scoop as it at least gives the illusion of some protection for the proffered engine and exhaust headers.

Duc packs in some extra cubeage, to the tune of 937 cc versus 896.1 cc, and that carries over into the power figures with 114 ponies and 71 pounds o’ grunt against the Aprilia’s 95/66. Riding modes add to the lean-sensitive traction control to give the Duc a two-pronged edge in electronics as well.

As with everything, that edge comes at a price – $13,995 to be exact – and that extra three grand could buy an awful lot of gear and accessories for the Dorsoduro rider.

Read the full review of the Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 S.

He Said

Fun little ride, but you’d expect that with the way the factory bills it, wouldn’t you? Aprilia also offers racing-quality levers, mirrors and other bits and bobs if you’re the type who takes their fun seriously, and are willing to put your money where your mouth is on the track.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, "Output is very linear, and features can be set for the beginning rider as well as the experienced one so everyone can have a fun ride. Traction control is very subtle, probably because the linear throttle response prevents abrupt increases in the available power that could tax the contact patch. Overall, I agree this is a fun bike and one that makes you want to find the twistiest road available on which to test it."

Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Aprilia 90° V-Twin, 4-stroke, four valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled, Ride-by-Wire system with 3 engine maps
Displacement: 896.1 cc
Max. Power: 95 hp (70 kW) @ 8,750 rpm
Max. Torque: 66 lb-ft (90 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm
Chassis:
Front Suspension/ Travel: Kayaba upside-down forks, 41 mm fork body. Adjustable in preload and hydraulic damping/ 6.3 in (160 mm
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Double-sided aluminum alloy swingarm. Sachs monoshock absorber with adjustable preload and rebound damping/ 6.1 in (155 mm)
Front Brake: 320 mm floating double disc with aluminum carrier. Radial mounted four pistons per calipers with steel braided brake lines.
Rear Brake: 240 mm wavy stainless steel disc. Single piston caliper with steel braided brake lines
ABS System: Continental ABS system
Front Wheel: 3.5" x 17" cast aluminum alloy wheel with 3 double spokes.
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear Wheel: 6" x 17" cast aluminum alloy wheel with 3 double spokes
Rear Tire: 180/55 ZR 17
Dimensions & Capacities:
Seat Height: 34 in (870 mm)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 3 gal (12 L)
Dry Weight: 430 lbs (195 kg)
Curb Weight: 467 lbs (212 kg)
Details:
Electronic Management: APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) system including traction control (ATC),ABS, all independently settable and de-selectabe, AMP ready (install kit and AMP ECU sold separately)
Color: Adrenalinic Silver, Exciting Dark
Price: $ 10,999

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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