48 photos of the 2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

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The Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 has been updated for 2012 with lightweight forged wheels, revised engine management software, slimmed-down bodywork and new graphics. While smoother throttle response and slimmer exhaust heat shields were both needed, it’s the new wheels that are going to make the biggest difference to the supermoto-style naked roadster. Shedding 5.07lbs over the previous items, the new forged wheels will improve acceleration, braking, ride and traction. No word on when we can expect the 2012 model Stateside or if our version will include traction control this year.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    That is a nice looking motorcycle. Probably will be spendy.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      $12k ain’t bad.

      • Edward

        you must be making more money doing this blogging thing than most of us realize. 12k is a lot of money.

        • noone1569

          It is a lot of money, but it is not a lot of money for a 1200cc brand new motorcycle.

          Go price motorcycles in that range and tell me this isn’t a bad deal.

  • Charlie

    Riding a 796 Hyper myself, I wonder whether a 1200 makes sense, vs. moving to, say, a MTS for more functionality. Or if you don’t need to pretend with a 500lb dirt bike, how about a 1200 Griso SE? That being said, nothing wrong with 31 flavors of motorcycles, and the 750 looks awfully good in the real.

  • Paul

    i bought a dorso 1200 after sean’s prior totally spot-on review. 2000 miles later – its still awesome: fantastic motor, amazing throttle response in sport mode, and quite agile despite the heft. different beast from a hyper 796 and, yup, les practical than an MTS.

  • Coreyvwc

    Amazing what a little color or the lack there of (black) will do to a motorcycle!

  • Tommy

    Yeah, I think I’d be ok with riding that.

  • Rick

    Will these be arriving in showrooms before the Mayan Calendar runs out? My money says…no.

  • Paul

    right – is it just me or does it seem ducati does a better job of getting its various models over here?

    • Rick

      I don’t follow Ducati so closely but it seems like their newest bikes arrive in the USA in a much more timely fashion.

      Aprilia really makes life tough for dealers when their motorcycles arrive so late in a model year, it forces many shops to sell them at a discount- sometimes steep!

      And this doesn’t just hurt dealers, it kills resale values.

  • FiveG

    Nice, but I kinda like my DD750 with the Arak. pipes I’ve put on it. Not sure the extra weight works well with this.

  • Miticale

    Very confident US DD 1200s will not have traction or forged wheels standard.

  • Paul

    because . . .??