Details: 2008 Aprilia Mana 850 fuel tank

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Aprilia-mana-850-tank.jpgThe Aprilia Mana is an interesting take on the practical motorcycle. Bringing in many ideas first seen in scooters, like the automatic transmission, it manages to make functionality sexy. Our favorite part is also scooter-inspired. Instead of housing the fuel high above the engine, it reserves that space for a storage locker (big enough to fit a full-face helmet), while the fuel is kept down low, under the seat. Not only is this solution practical, resulting in a much larger on-board storage capacity than any motorcycle before it, but it also enhances performance by lowering the center of gravity.

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  • Aoelus

    Lower CG??? How so high under rear portion of seat and whatever happened to mass centralization. check KTM duke 690 with fuel tank well forward and draped over frame to add weight to front wheel and lower CG in the right place(air cleaner under seat). Not to say the Mana is not a tasty bit of kit, but it won’t offer weather protection of a scooter so why bother with auto trans?