What appears to be an an owner’s manual for the much-rumored Aprilia
Dorsoduro 1200 has leaked, revealing nearly every detail about the big
supermoto. A big brother to the Dorsoduro 750, the 1200 looks virtually
identical to that model, but is a little bit longer, a little bit
heavier and should have a lot more power and torque. Both bikes use a
liquid-cooled v-twin of Aprilia’s own design. The full owner’s manual is
available below, as is a wiring diagram pulled from an online workshop
manual which gives this leak two separate sources.
Update: The Dorsoduro is coming, but not to the US. Here’s the official word from Piaggio: We are extremely pleased with the sales of the Dorsoduro 750 and do not plan on importing the 1200 at this time.
Here’s the full owner’s manual:
Here’s the leaked wiring diagram:
Let’s compare the specs for the 1200 to the 750:
What’s notably absent from these specs are power and torque figures for the 1200. Two years ago, it was rumored the 1200 should produce something in the region of 130bhp and 89lb/ft of torque, but that same information also gave an engine size of 1149cc, where this owner’s manual lists an 1197cc figure. Additionally, the 1200cc engine uses a higher compression ratio than the 750. As such, we’d expect to see a higher output than those 130bhp, 89lb/ft rumors.
Looking at the numbers, we expect the 1200 to be substantially faster than the 750 despite the disappointing 57lbs weight penalty. The chassis’s apparently been modified to cope with that extra speed, gaining some stability through the more conservative rake and trail and slightly longer wheelbase.
Like the 750 and several other Aprilia models, the Dorsoduro 1200 uses a ride-by-wire throttle with three different settings; Touring, Sport and Rain. Touring is optimized for smooth progress and good fuel economy, but does give you max power and torque. Sport sharpens the throttle response. Rain reduces throttle response while limiting torque.
Anti-lock brakes will be optional on the 1200, but traction control is not available. ABS can be turned completely off.
The 1200 will also use fully-adjustable Sachs suspension where the 750′s is only adjustable for preload and and rebound damping on the rear shock (the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Factory is fully-adjustable).
It’s most likely that the Dorsoduro 1200 will debut at EICMA in November, where was also expect to see the Aprilia Tuono V4. There’s no word on this engine reaching the Aprilia Shiver, but that has been heavily rumored and the Shiver is based on the same platform as the Dorsoduro. Additionally, there’s talk of a new R1200GS-rivaling Aprilia adventure tourer using this same engine. Aprilia was not immediately available for comment.