Think manumatic transmissions and motorcycles and the first thing that pops into your head is likely the $15,599 Honda DN-01. But that’s not the best use of a no-clutch transmission in a motorcycle, that honor goes to the Aprilia Mana 850. Instead of trying to change the world with a feet-forward riding position and bizarre styling, it concentrates on delivering the performance of a sports v-twin and the practicality of a scooter. Neat solutions abound; check out the parking brake, the button-operated trunk, the underseat fuel tank, the shift buttons and the shift lever. Our favorite part, however, is one we added; it’s the Hell For Leather-branded LeoVince SBK exhaust that makes the Mana roar like a proper twin. Which it is, just one that won’t kill your left hand in town.
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