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.

  • 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V2
  • Displacement:
    896.1 cc
  • Top Speed:
    162 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    10000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8/10
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

STYLING

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2014 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

As one can notice, there isn’t much that Aprilia has done with the urban-shenanigan design of the Dorsoduro 900 when compared to the outgoing model. Why would they? It was already futuristic when they made it. Justice is served.

The Dorsoduro follows a minimalistic approach when it comes to design elements and keeps rider involvement and pleasure as its main focus. Clearly derived from the sports world, this 900 gets the same dirt-style bird’s beak front fender, flyscreen, cheek fairings, fuel tank and a long and flat saddle to give the rider plenty room for movement and comfort. But from that point down, the Dorsoduro quickly shows its street bike DNA with inverted front forks and slick street tires.

2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Exterior
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2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Exterior
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High front fenders and squarish curvy headlamps give out the old supermortard look, meanwhile carrying the state of the art TFT instrument cluster tucked behind the headlamp flyscreen unit. Hand guards on the handlebar, golden forks and the double exhaust unit under the saddle all form a part of Aprilia’s form and function philosophy.

The strongly tapering tail also incorporates the twin exhaust silencers, a feature which makes the design even more aggressive, while keeping weight distribution highly symmetrical. The adoption of a side shock absorber not only adds a further distinctive feature but also enables a rational and compact exhaust system to be fitted. It also manages to retain the “Italian" with its racing red tubular frame, wheel rim strips, and cylinder head covers.

The Dorsoduro follows a minimalistic approach when it comes to design elements and keeps rider involvement and pleasure as its main focus

The motorcycle gets an all-new modern 4.3” TFT instrument cluster which borrows from the RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 RF versions. This light sensitive screen gives out clear and highly legible readings and can be wirelessly connected to your smartphone device via the optional AMP kit. On the whole, the Dorsoduro has been built synonym with Aprilia’s DNA where form and function come together to create an almost perfect object. The design is refined, but at the same time clean-cut, without too many frills for the maximum possible functionality.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Ducati Hypermortard 939 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
Length 87.32 in 83.5 in 83.6 in
Width 35.6 in 35.2 in 35.8 in
Height 46.6 in 45.5 in 33.46 in
Wheelbase 57.6 in 58.8 in 56.8 in
Seat height 34.2 in 34.2 in 33.46 in
Wet weight 419.9 lb 450 lb 443 lb
Fuel tank 3.17 gal 4.2 gal 5.6 gal

POWERTRAIN

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While it’s easy to be captivated by the Dorsoduro’s state-of-the-art design, more impressive is what’s inside. The 2017 Dorsoduro 900 gets, as the name suggests, a new 900cc V-twin engine that is capable not just of high performance, but also complete reliability. The 90 degree, liquid cooled, DOHC engine make enough grunt to produce 95.2 bhp power and 66.4 ft-lb of torque, thanks to new Marelli 7SM ECU and increased stroke.

As before, the Dorsoduro continues using the ride-by-wire technology that it was first bestowed back in 2007 itself. It was the first factory fitted motorcycle to get this back then and still makes the scene of giving precise throttle response to the rider with being much lighter than before. Other electronic management bits include electronic accelerator that optimises opening of the throttle bodies to improve performance and fuel consumption.

It was the first factory fitted motorcycle to get ride-by-wire back then and still makes the scene of giving precise throttle response to the rider with being much lighter than before.

All the power is transmitted to the rear via a 6-spped gearbox and a multi plate-wet clutch system. Slipper clutch gives a miss here. The under seat stainless steel exhaust unit is one of the characterising aesthetic elements of the Aprilia Dorsoduro. A new internal lubrication circuit capable of limiting power loss due to churning and lubrication consumption keeps the fuel consumption levels low.

Make Model 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Ducati Hypermortard 939 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
Capacity cc 896.1 937 798
Bore/ Stroke mm 92/56.4 94/67.5 79/54.3
Output 95.2 bhp @ 8750 rpm 113 bhp @ 9000 rpm 110 bhp @ 10150 rpm
Torque 66.4 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm 72.2 lb-ft @ 7500 rpm 59 lb-ft @ 7100 rpm
Type Aprilia V90 Longitudinal 90° V-twin engine, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, double overhead camshaft with mixed gear/chain timing system, four valves per cylinder Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled Three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve, DOHC
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet multiplate clutch mechanically operated, self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run Wet- Multiplate with Slipper
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Exterior
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The Dosoduro was always known to be one of the most rider friendly supermoto bikes ever to come out of the Noale factory and still manages to hold that title even today. The ultra-fine chassis architecture born out of the WSBK experience helps in giving the rider a clutter-free engagement and riding a pleasure. The easy and intuitive chassis maintains high characteristics of efficiency, balance, a tight ride and precision both for street use and track.

Seat height approaches nosebleed altitudes at 34.2-inches tall, great for extreme lean angles, but for short inseams, not so much. The rider triangle seems to favour taller riders as well with plenty of distance between the jockey-mount footpegs, handlebars and seat, but this isn’t exactly the kind of bike one shops by comfort and ease of use, is it?

The mix of steel trellis/aluminium plates frame provides confident riding around the corners, and the stiff setting makes it easy for the rider to flick it from side to side. Thanks to the reduced engine length, the engineers in Aprilia managed to obtain a short, agile bike and ensured that this compact bike could cater to the fledgeling riders with no problem, as well as enhance the riding skills of more expert and discerning bikers.

2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Exterior
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Optimum definition of the suspension is an obsession for Aprilia designers. Hence, on the mechanical front, the Dosoduro gets a light and beefy new 41 mm stanchions Kayaba forks that are adjustable in hydraulic rebound damping and spring preload for smoothly tackling both urban and highways. The rear mono shock is pivoted to the side straight onto the aluminium alloy swingarm, and it is adjustable in spring preload and hydraulic rebound.

When it comes to stopping prowess, Aprilia engineers have left no stone unturned. Equipped with two-channel ABS, twin 320 mm discs on the front with four piston callipers and a 240mm disc at the rear sport a single-piston radial callipers. Metal braided lines guarantee maximum braking precision and excellent modulability. They are clutched onto the lightweight three-spoked wheel rims borrowed from the standard Aprilia Tuono V4 and shod a 120/70 tyres on the front and 180/55 on the rear.

Aprilia managed to obtain a short, agile bike and ensured that this compact bike could cater to the fledgeling riders with no problem, as well as enhance the riding skills of more expert and discerning bikers.

Electronic rider aids like the three-level advanced traction control system adjust throttle position and fuel injectors to provide optimum engine performance and at the same time keeping you safe from skidding away. Then there is the three-level riding modes: Touring, Rain and Sport with which the rider can access the engine management settings such as the throttle response, throttle position and power delivery to suit the riding conditions.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Ducati Hypermotard 939 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
Frame type Modular tubular steel frame fastened to aluminium side plates by high strength bolts. Dismountable rear frame Tubular steel Trellis frame ALS Steel tubular trellis (MAG welded)
Suspension / Front Upside-down fork, stanchions 41mm with adjustable hydraulic rebound damping and spring preload. Wheel travel 120 mm Upside down 43mm forks Marzocchi “UPSIDE DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment
Suspension / Rear Aluminium alloy swingarm with stiffening truss.Hydraulic shock absorber with adjustable extension and spring preload Wheel travel 130 mm Progressive linkage with adjustable mono shock. Aluminium double-sided swingarm Progressive Sachs, single shock absorber with rebound and compression damping and spring preload adjustment
Brakes / Front Dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs. Radial, four-piston callipers. Continental two-channel ABS system Twin 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo M4-32 callipers, 4-pistons, axial pump with ABS as standard Twin 320mm floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo M4-34 callipers, 4-pistons, Bosch 9 Plus ABS with RLM
Brakes / Rear 240 mm stainless steel disc. Single piston calliper. Continental two-channel ABS system 245mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper with ABS as standard equipment 220mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper, Bosch 9 Plus ABS with RLM
Tyres / Front 120/70 ZR 17 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 120/70 - ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
Tyres / Rear 180/55 ZR 17 180/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 190/55 ZR17

PRICING

2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Exterior
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2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Exterior
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Replacing the $10299 Dorsoduro 750, the 900 will make way into the country by late Spring 2017. Although no official announcement on pricing is released, it will, however, cost around $10500-$11000 (MSRP) when launched. This price gets you a two-year, unlimited-mileage warranty complete with one full year of Road Side Assistance through Road America and will be available in Black&Silver colour option.

You can as well accessorise the motorcycle with original Aprilia range of accessories dedicated to sport and touring. Levers, mirrors, frame guard, fork bumpers, comfort saddle, panniers, amongst others are made available to Aprilia customers.

Make Model 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Ducati Hypermortard 939 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
MSRP $10500 (Est) $14995 $15988

COMPETITION

Ducati Hypermotard 939

2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Ducati made a radical move in the context of motorcycling when it launched the Hypermotard for the first time. Many may think that the Diavel is the only motorcycle to showcase a best of two worlds, with its naked streetfighter inspired styling and cruiser credentials. Much before the Diavel, it was the Hypermotard which started the trend of ‘cross-breeding’ at Ducati. Yes, that’s right, the Hypermotard combines the properties of a naked streetfighter as well as an on-off road supermoto, making it a unique and worthy motorcycle.

The entire lean and aerodynamic profile of the Hypermotard 939 results in a modern design which is a blend of styling cues taken from both a streetfighter and a supermoto, making it one of the most contemporary and desirable trans-roaders available on sale today.

Underneath its sleek body, the Hypermotard 939 has ditched the 821cc Monster derived mill for an all-new four-stroke, L-twin, liquid cooled, fuel injected, 937cc engine, which now comes with a major bump in performance – 113 bhp of maximum power and 65.7 lb-ft of torque. The new Hypermotard has also been equipped with Ride-by-wire system, which enables three different engine mappings for the motorcycle for different usability of torque. This results in three different riding modes - Sport, Touring and Urban

The 43 mm upside-down front forks and fully adjustable Sachs mono-shock at the rear are set for an ideal balance to deliver both agility and good ride quality, traits which should be in an equal amount for a supermoto. Like the previous model, the Hypermotard 939 has been blessed with dual disc brakes at front and a single disc brake at rear, both sourced from Brembo, functioning of which are further strengthened by Bosch 9M ABS and Ducati Traction Control (DTC).

The Ducati Hypermotard comes with a price of $14,995. Every purchase of the bike comes with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty with maintenance service intervals recommended at 9,000 miles or 12 months, and a valve clearance checks at 18,000 miles.

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce

2014 - 2017 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800
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Making the Turismo Veloce was the boldest move by MV, which meant redefining the process of making a world class motorcycle that could trump other brands. Now, even in the touring segment. Instead of crunching apexes and punching the straight, MV is giving you the pleasure of conquering the world of sweeping bends, stunning scenery and open roads.

Although the Schiranna brand is giving you a touring motorcycle, they are not any less in style and class. The Turismo Veloce can be immediately recognised as an MV Agusta, thanks to the chiselled front fascia resembling the MV Agusta F4 that has a sharp and rakish full LED headlight element flanked by strips of DRLs’.

MV has created a one-off unique three-cylinder engine that is regarded as the most advanced and powerful mid-sized power unit to have ever been built. The in-line 798cc motor produces a phenomenal 110 bhp at 10150 rpm and 59 lb-ft at 7100 rpm. The performance at high revs is superlative due to double overhead cam timing system with four titanium valves per cylinder. The fuel consumption is 20% lower than the rest of the line-up and is now made Euro4 certified with a bigger catalytic converter also. Three engine settings: Rain (80 bhp), Touring (90 bhp) and Sport (110 bhp) and a custom mode that have the ride-by-wire throttle lets you play around with the bike’s performance according to your imagination.

Being a tourer, expect the most comfortable of positions and a supple ride to take you more than 200 miles at a stretch without hurting your body. Compared to all its competitors, it also handles like a racer. The motorcycle feels compact and agile twisting down on the winding curves and giving you a soft, supple ride is Sachs USD semi-active telescopic hydraulic fork at the front and Progressive Sachs, semi-active single shock absorber with hydraulic spring preload adjustment at the rear. Both of these can be adjusted with respected to rebound and compression by a graphical tool on the app on your smartphone. Braking units are taken by the Brembo radial-type monoblock with discs 320 mm in the front and 220 mm at the rear clutched by 4 and 2 pistons respectively. Bosch 9 Plus with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) ABS system comes as standard.

You could be forgiven for expecting to have to sacrifice your firstborn for such a ride, but MVA isn’t quite as proud as all that. The base Turismo Veloce 800 rolls in Metallic Carbon Black/Metallic Matte Graphite or red/silver for only $15,998. In the middle, we have the Lusso in red/silver or Pearl White/Avio Grey for $19,298, and at the top end, the RC comes in MVA’s racing livery for $23,298. Folks, this is a lot of bang for your buck, and the factory packs in considerable electronic wizardry for your riding pleasure.

VERDICT

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With the new Dorsoduro 900, Aprilia has once again shown us that their attractive design language has still some juice left in them and with this motorcycle being equipped with state of the art technologies, it makes itself heard at the least. With it certainly being not an easy matter to take the lead in a class as fiercely competitive as the medium powered adventure class, we feel the folks at Noale have maintained the ante the motorcycle has carried over the years, especially with the competition getting stronger by the day.

Aprilia has picked up the mantle and shown belief in their product to deliver. To a company that has to date acclaimed more than 250 world championship victories, including Supermoto titles, this Dorsoduro 900 motorcycle is their way of satisfying the disparate needs of those wanting a tool for everyday use, to a trip along mountain passes, or to use on the racetrack. The Aprilia Dorsoduro behaves completely at home in any situation, guaranteeing pure riding pleasure at all times.

To a company that has to date acclaimed more than 250 world championship victories, this Shiver 900 motorcycle is their way of satisfying the disparate needs of those wanting a tool for everyday use, to a trip along mountain passes, or to use on the racetrack.

Only if it had a bit more pieces like the slipper clutch, quick shifter and a little more top end grunt like the MV’s or the Ducati’s, taking the top spots for this motorcycle would have been a breeze on the field. Nonetheless, the asking price of the motorcycle will do the trick for the brand. At the end of the day, all that matters is how much it could make you smile when you throw a leg around, and this, it knows best.

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APRILIA DORSODURO 900

THE FUN BIKE FROM APRILIA EVOLVES WITH THE SOLE OBJECTIVE OF PROVIDING MAXIMUM RIDING FUN. MORE PERFORMANCE FROM THE REVAMPED TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE, A TIGHTER RIDE AND BETTER HANDLING FROM THE REFINED CHASSIS ARCHITECTURE AND THE BEST AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY

Aprilia Dorsoduro is the fun bike par excellence. Born out of an ingenious intuition by Aprilia, it was built with the sole objective of providing the most possible road riding fun, drawing from the best characteristics of sport bikes and the best characteristics of supermotards. The result is a bike with advanced technical solutions, agile and with performance at the top of its category. A truly special bike, achieved not only thanks to Aprilia’s skills in packaging particularly efficient chassis architectures combined with high performance powerplants, but also thanks to collaboration with the Aprilia Racing Department, capable of earning a total of 54 world titles in the most difficult and selective competitions where they have participated, 7 of which in the world Supermoto championship.
Dorsoduro 900 is born out of Aprilia’s solid tradition in this motorcycle segment and it is a true thrill generator. The exclusivity is also due to its original and innovative technical choices, like the mixed steel trellis/aluminium plates frame with excellent handling and tight cornering characteristics. The 90° V-twin engine puts a smile on the rider’s face every time the throttle is twisted, thanks to the new characteristics of maximum torque and power that amplify its personality. The fine electronic management that includes, besides the Ride-by-wire multimap accelerator, traction control and ABS, complete the technical equipment on the Dorsoduro 900.

The design: the balancing point between form and function

The Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 project places riding fun at the centre of its focus: for this reason, the superstructures are reduced to the minimum indispensable, as anything that is not essential for performance and maximum riding pleasure has been foregone. The technical elements, on the other hand, play a fundamental role, becoming a fundamental part of the design. It is not just the hand guards on the handlebar and the number plate on the front that highlight the close bond with the racing world. The shape of the centre area, the one that most involves the rider during sporty riding, also highlight the design created to achieve optimized and compact dimensions that allow the rider to find the right feeling straight away. Aprilia engineers achieved this result by designing a long and flat saddle, clearly derived from the sports world, capable of ensuring the most effective riding position at all times and allowing plenty of room for longitudinal movement. The tail is one of the most representative aesthetic aspects of the Dorsoduro: sleek and slender, it also houses the double exhaust, a solution that allows for excellent proportional symmetry and weight distribution.

Better performance from the revamped V-twin engine

Starting from the 750 cc 90° V-twin engine base, well-known and popular because of its character and reliability, Aprilia developed a new 900 cc unit with the goal of obtaining more torque and response at low and medium rpms for a thrilling riding experience. The Aprilia V-twin was therefore revisited in numerous details to achieve this purpose. The new engine capacity was obtained by increasing the stroke from 56.4 mm to 67.4 mm and leaving the bore unchanged (92 mm). By so doing, maximum power now peaks at 95.2 HP at 8,750 rpm, but more important is the maximum torque value that goes from 8.4 kgm (82 Nm) at 4,500 rpm on the 750 cc V-twin to 9.17 kgm (90 Nm) at 6,500 rpm on the new 900 cc V-twin, a value that is truly at the top of its category. It should be noted that, despite the fact that maximum torque peak for the new 900 cc V-twin is reached a higher rpms, the torque curve is actually flatter and always higher than the 750 cc predecessor. This change allowed the acceleration response to be increased, all to the advantage of a fun ride, without limiting in any way whatsoever the proverbial reliability of the powerplant, that in any case, now benefits from a new internal lubrication circuit capable of limiting power loss due to churning and lubrication consumption. The exhaust system, fitted with a double oxygen sensor, contributes to bringing the engine to within the limits established by the Euro 4 pollution standard. Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 is also available in a limited-power 35 kW version, ideal for newly licensed riders.

New electronic management

Electronic engine management is now handled by the new and more powerful Marelli 7SM ECU that dialogues with the new full Ride-by-wire electronic accelerator system, completely built into the throttle grip. This system allows even more accurate management of the fuel/air mixture and the injection throttle valve opening based on numerous parameters including engine speed, gearbox position, air flow (in quantity and speed), throttle grip and temperature, with great benefits in terms of smooth riding without opening/closing jerks, containment of harmful emissions and fuel consumption. The engine is, therefore, always able to distribute the ideal torque and provide the best acceleration, all to the advantage of a satisfying and fun ride. The system also allows a weight reduction of 550 grams compared to the previous Ride-by-wire that equipped the Dorsoduro 750. The sophisticated electronic management also provides the possibility of changing the engine mapping, radically changing the character of how the power it is capable of developing is unloaded onto the ground. The Sport setting provides an immediate and aggressive throttle response; the Touring logic provides a smoother response, ideal for touring and daily use, whereas the Rain map is ideal in the event of difficult weather conditions or on slippery road surfaces. Dorsoduro 900 introduces a new Aprilia traction control system with sensitivity adjustable to three levels (it can also be disabled) to limit rear wheel spin by acting on ignition and the injection throttle valves. The Dorsoduro 900’s Aprilia Traction Control system is combined with a Continental two-channel ABS system with developed calibration in order not to take anything away from the sporty ride. The new electrical system places the engine control and management systems in communication with the new colour TFT digital instrumentation. The compact unit with a 4.3-inch screen contains a wealth of information that is always highly legible thanks to its capacity of adapting the background and font colours based on the conditions detected by the light sensor. One of the optional features is the AMP installation kit, the Aprilia multimedia platform that connects a smartphone to the vehicle to provide an exceptional quantity of information useful for the ride: the new instrumentation lets you view all the data related to incoming/current calls on the screen, as well as information related to the use of an intercom or any audio files that you may be playing.

Chassis architecture: better handling and control

All Aprilia bikes have always been considered a point of reference for their excellent chassis architecture. The Dorsoduro 900 chassis provides high characteristics of efficiency, balance, a tight ride and precision even in extreme track riding, but at the same time it is easy and intuitive for daily use. These qualities are the merit of the particular layout of its various elements.
The frame takes advantage of the know-how Aprilia has developed in racing competitions, drawing deeply from the experience gained on the mixed structures used in the Supermoto world championship. The trellis upper part in steel tubing (now painted red, like the saddle support frame) is combined with wide spread aluminium lateral plates using special, high-resistance bolts. The result is an extremely rigid and lightweight structure, the best solution for taking full advantage of the revamped capacity of the 900 cc V-twin, with an aesthetic impact that communicates light weight, extremely high technical content and Italian style. Another strongly distinctive technical feature is the lateral and inclined positioning of the shock absorber, a unit that is adjustable in spring preload and hydraulic rebound. This solution has created precious space for an optimum exhaust manifold layout, without having an impact on the length of the bike and without stressing the shock absorber thermally. The aluminium swingarm is sized to withstand the asymmetrical stress due to the lateral positioning of the shock absorber and it boasts the torsional stiffness and elasticity characteristics indispensable for precision at rest and the ride feeling in transitory stages.
On the Dorsoduro 900 a new Kayaba fork makes its début (combined with forged aluminium steering yoke plates), 450 grams lighter, adjustable in hydraulic rebound damping and spring preload and better capable of withstanding the stress of sport riding and absorbing bumps on the road surface, providing control in aggressive riding and greater comfort for those more relaxed rides. The overall improved performance of both the Dorsoduro 900 suspension systems is also due to the new pair of three-split-spoke wheels, more than 2 kg lighter than those that equipped the Dorsoduro 750. Reducing the gyroscopic effect increases handling and acceleration, as well as providing benefits for suspension performance because of the reduction of unsprung masses.
The Dorsoduro 900’s top shelf chassis structure is completed by a sport-derived braking system. The front end relies on radial 4-piston callipers and a pair of 320 mm steel floating discs, lightweight and capable of guaranteeing reduced braking distances and excellent modulability. The 240 mm rear disc is gripped by a single-piston calliper. Both the front and rear systems have metal braided brake lines derived from the aeronautic sector, which eliminate the annoying buffering effect of conventional lines and guarantee precision and resistance to force.

Original Aprilia accessories range: for sport and touring

A wide range of accessories dedicated to sport and touring is available for the Dorsoduro 900 as well. The former highlight the sport soul and the unmistakable Aprilia racing character: parts in precious carbon, billet aluminium components, such as brake and clutch fluid reservoir covers, brake and clutch levers and mirrors, as well as the must-have frame guard and fork bumpers. The accessories dedicated to touring increase the comfort of the Dorsoduro 900, such as the comfort saddle, side panniers and the seat bag. As with the other Aprilia motorcycles, the Aprilia Multimedia Platform is available which, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and the interface with handlebar controls and the new TFT display, allow the rider to manage and share all the trip information, from data on more sporty riding to touring-related information, with indications on consumption, routes and trip speeds, grip conditions and Aprilia service centre locations.

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