Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory in action

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When the Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory was originally released at EICMA back in November, all we got was four studio photos. Now, we get to see it moving. As far as Factory Aprilia’s go, the Dorsoduro is relatively tame, gaining only carbon bodywork, fully-adjustable Sachs forks, a fully-adjustable remote-reservoir shock and four-piston radial Brembo brakes. All that manages to shed a kilo from the dry weight (now 185kg) meaning the Dorsoduro is still relatively porky compared to the now-lighter 172kg (dry) Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo. At 92bhp and 60lb/ft of torque, the Dorsoduro is 3bhp and 15lb/ft down on the Duc too.  >


  • mototom

    given all of that, it still looks like a sweet ride.

  • Isaac

    Man I am soooo torn between this and the Ducati Hypermotard 796. I’ll have to ride the Ape to make my determination.

    PS. If you have not tested a hypermotard..DO IT!

  • robotribe

    “At 92bhp and 60lb/ft of torque, the Dorsoduro is 3bhp and 15lb/ft down on the Duc too.”

    I feel a little bad for Aprilia. Seems like every time they grab the spotlight, it’s stolen from them by a competitor a month later. The Shiver was promising with throttle-by-wire and forward-looking design, but in reality poorly executed throttle-wise, too low in the pegs and extra pounds around the waste that cancel out it’s displacement advantage against the Street Triple or Honda Hornet. The RSV4, no matter how amazing a bike it is, has had it’s thunder stolen by the BMW S1000RR. Now the Dorsoduro looks tame on paper compared to hoopla-generating Ducati Hypermotard 1100.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Robotribe, I think that’s due not so much to poor product comparison as it is to poor strategical marketing and funding. Aprilia’s bikes are incredibly special to ride.

      • robotribe

        I can believe that. Sales-wise, I’m not sure a dealership that has Vespas, Piaggio scooters sharing the same floor is any more favorable of an Aprilia selling environment as Pro Italia here in L.A. (Montrose) selling Aprilias next to Ducatis and MV Agustas. The former is like a VW dealership who also sells Porsches, the latter is akin to a Ferrari dealership who sells Porsches. The Porsche seems to have the disadvantage in both cases.

        I’ve only test ridden the Shiver. I liked it, but would have liked it more if didn’t also try the Monster 1100 and Street Triple, which is what I chose in the end. I have no doubt in my mind Aprilia make interesting if not great product but it seems as if they lack that one mainstream “hit” to really solidify their plot of land in the mindscape of the motorcycle masses, not just hardcore enthusiasts. Ducati has their Monster and 1098/1198. BMW has their R 1200 GS bikes (no small thanks to Obi Wan and Charlie of course). Triumph…well, take your pick.

        To your point, if Aprilia were a band, they’d be greatest band out there that most will never hear about. Myself, as well as many others, thought the Piaggio purchase of Aprilia would solve that. It doesn’t seem to have panned out as of yet.

  • Tomas

    Wow, the “special graphics” feature has taken me…. These guys learning from HD?

  • Romano

    Aprilia has made some excellent products over the years. The Futura sport-tourer was at the top of the class when it came out. Tuono was (still is actually) a fantastic looking naked bike and won all sorts of comparos. And I am not at all convinced that the BMW S1000RR will steal RSV4s thunder. It’s getting smoked by the RSV4 in WSBK, it’s ugly as sin and it’s an inline 4 that brings comparatively little to the table that the big 4 do not. The RSV4 is the affordable exotic and I think it’ll be a huge hit for the company.

    • until240

      I completely agree.

      Engine recalls aside, you have to love the RSV4 for the Claudio Lombardi designed V4 engine.

      I love the RSV4. Even though the S1000RR won Masterbike 2010 (RSV4 in second), Aprilia’s will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Ray

    And if Piaggio bought Ducati, I’m guessing Aprilia would bear most of the brunt of that, existing only as a v-4 perhaps, maybe even badged as a Ducati.