Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200: giant supermoto gets traction control

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The most exciting thing about the new Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 isn’t its new 136bhp 1200cc 90° v-twin that we’re sure-as-hell going to see in future Aprilias, but instead the debut of Aprilia Traction Control, that we’re also going to see in new models. Oh yeah, since we exclusively revealed the Dorso 12 back in August, the only new details this official one-image release brings are power and torque figures: 136bhp and 85lb/ft. Remember, Aprilia USA doesn’t plan to import the 1200 into North America.

Here’s the Dorsoduro 750/1200 specs comparison that we put together backed when the owner’s manual leaked, just use your childlike since of imagination to plug those power and torque figures in there. Max power arrives at 8,700rpm and max torque is at 7,200rpm.

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Like its smaller brother, the 1200 uses ride-by-wire throttle with switchable drive modes, is equipped with defeatable ABS and the traction control can also be turned fully off. No details on that traction control system yet, but hopefully its similar to that found on the latest crop of European superbikes like the 2010 MV Agusta F4, which is switchable between levels of sensitivity and not-at-all intrusive. Aside from the power and torque boost, the main difference between the 1200 and 750 is the presence of fully-adjustable suspension.

This new 1200cc engine appears to use four valves per cylinder and is equipped with two spark plugs per cylinder to more completely combust the fuel/air mixture.

While it’s inevitable that we’ll be seeing this engine in more Aprilia models, it’s rumored that we’ll see it there very soon, everyone seems to think in a 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere-rivalling adventure tourer.

We’ve reached out to Aprilia for further details on the Traction Control system, stay tuned.

  • Zirq

    “Aprilia USA doesn’t plan to import the 1200 into North America.”

    I don’t understand this. The 750 Dorsoduro competes with the 796 Hypermotard. Why doesn’t Aprilia want to play ball with the Hypermotard 1100 in the US?

    Obviously the Hypermotard 1100 sells. Are they incapable of pulling a profit in the same manner Ducati does with their Hypermotard 1100?

    Sure, it’s a niche market, but the Hypermotard 1100 is the only bike in the class. Why let your competitor have a free lunch?

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    Dry weight 212kg? Hypermotard is 175 dry. But then again 136bhp beats 95..

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, it’s a porker all right. Hopefully we’ll see this engine in something a little less corpulent.

    • 2ndclasscitizen

      The Shiver is a bit of a fatty as well, doesn’t stop it being damn good fun. Can’t see this being any different with some even bigger balls.

  • Miticale

    W/ the increased tank capacity I think although it won’t be a head to head competitor with the Multistrada 1200, it’ll hold its own. I’m more excited to know if TC will be an RSV4 option for ’11.

  • djleethal68

    The JAPS need to get more serious when it comes to super motard. The Yamaha is nice but lacks power. Bigger & better is what they need. The Italians make a beautiful S M but they have too many mechanical issues. For the money they charge they should be more reliable and flawless. Just my 2 cents.

  • http://www.patmooney.com Pat2bornot2b

    Having test ridden the Yamaha Super Tenere and the Ducati Multistrada 1200, I’m looking forward to the new Aprilia 1200. The Ducati Muli 1200 is a sport bike trying to be somethings else, looks amazing but mind all the press hype, it’s good but really 6 out of 10, there is just something not right. While the Yamaha Super Tenere is stunning to ride, not where to go but which country, amazing. Not a great looker, a BMW beater, yes. I’m not a big Jap bike person but this Yam has made me rethink that.