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New Aprilia is the 'grown-up' supermoto

By Makis - Posted on 02 November 2010

From an article on MCN on the 20th October 2010 by Michael Neeves:

Aprilia's new Dorsudoro 1200 is more than just another big supermoto, it marks a new generation of 1200cc motorcycles soon to emerge from the factory in Noale, Italy.But right here, right now, the Dorsudoro 1200 is aimed at two of the maddest, fastest, wholly impractical, whelelie-tastic bikes you can buy: Ducati's Hypermotard 1100 Evo and the KTM 990 SMR. On paper it already has them beat.....
The Dorsudoro 1200 is a very easy machine to spend time on. It's roomy, comfy, the multi-function instruments are clear and easy to read and the smooth engine emits a nice, throaty V-twin rumble.
The new Dorsudoro 1200 is a less manic take on the big supermoto. It behaves itself on fast, bumpy corners, is comfy, has a flexible engine and is civilised enough to ride for hours. It looks great, the build quality and attention to detail is superb and it's built with high-spec components.
The Dorsudoro 1200 is the first machine in Aprilia's range to be powered by this brand new liquid-cooled, 90o, V-twin, 1197cc motor with offset cylinders and state-of-the-art, ride-by-wire throttle system.
Producing a claimed 130bhp and 85ftlb torque, we believe the new engine will soon feature in an upcoming big enduro-type machine and a Shiver-style roadster.
The Italian firm is proud to boast the engine is made completely in-house. As recently as 2006 all Aprilias had engines made by outside suppliers, such as Rotax.
Now with this engine, together with the new four-stroke RS50 and RS125 about to be launched, all models have Aprilia-made engines, turning the Italina firm from a motorcycle assembly company, to a fully-fledged manufacturer.






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