July 12th, 2012
On the outside, the updated Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 has new graphics and a new selection of luggage accessories available. The maxi supermoto motorcycle easily doubles as an adventure tourer when adding the bags.
The 2012 model is seven pounds lighter than the previous 2010 model, which was the debut of the Dorsoduro. At a svelte 493 pounds, the motorcycle maintains it's comfort and powerful engine. Speaking of the engine, it's horsepower has been increased by 4 to an even 130. The weight reduction is mostly courtesy of the new cast aluminum wheels, which have Y-shaped spokes.
A Mareli injection and ignition system controls the 1197 cc engine. It's a 90-degree V-twin design, similar to the Ducati.
The four-piston brakes have twin rotors up front and a single in the rear, manufactured by Brembo.
ABS is standard, as well as an electronic traction-control system that can be set to three different levels to control rear wheel spin. The fly-by-wire throttle system is also adjustable for road conditions. The horsepower output is lowered to 100 horses at the lowest position for rising on slippery roads. The middle position tempers the power progression and the highest position allows a faster throttle response. These are changeable on the fly with the push of a button.
Tall riders will appreciate the 34.3 inch seat height. The tall motorcycle also has ample ground clearance for moderate off-road use. The adjustable long-travel Sachs suspension also helps out with trail riding.
The price tag is a very affordable $11,999 compared to many of the comparably-equipped motorcycles from the competition.
7 comments on "The Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is updated"
And just by what definition is one dollar shy of 12 grand "very affordable"?
Price the European competition and all will be revealed.
BMW R1200 GS- $18,350
Triumph Tiger 1200- $15,699
lol, and that makes a twelve thousand dollar bike "affordable"?
All that means is that it is just a little bit less out of the ballpark for me compared to the other models.
Twelve thousand is a comparably low price when talking about new motorcycles over 1000 cc.
Which is why I wont be buying new anytime soon.
It's a deal compared to the bikes it's competing with.
Reading that post, I also realize that I have very distorted standards about bike weight. Gotta say, my first thought was "493 pounds? That's svelte?" But I suppose thinking more objectively it is pretty light.
It may be a "deal" compared to equivolent other new bikes, but it does not offer enough to attract me, especially when I could find used bikes that would do all I could ask from them for a lot less.