2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900: FIRST LOOK
Aprilia’s Dorsoduro will enlarge itself by 150cc for 2017, giving anyone who lays down their hard-earned cash a 900cc V-twin to go terrorizing Ducati Hypermotards with.
The Dorso has been somewhat of a hit and miss bike for Aprilia – a great chassis and engine platform but without the panache of that other Italian brand – something the Noale house hopes to change with the 900.
Aprilia got the performance increase by increasing the stroke from 56.4mm to 67.4mm, although the bore has remained unchanged at 92mm. The company claims the result is a pretty healthy 95hp at 8750rpm and 66.3 lb-ft of torque at 6500rpm.
The Dorso gets the new Marelli 7SM ECU and a new Ride-by-Wire throttle in three stages – Sport, Touring and Rain – a system that mates with the newly fitted, three-stage Aprilia Traction Control system. There’s also a two channel ABS system monitoring the Brembo four-piston radially mounted front calipers to aid in keeping this thing upright if you get ahead of yourself.
The chassis is part steel trellis, part aluminum down the sides, with Aprilia claiming an increase in rigidity a result. Kayaba takes care of a fork that has rebound damping and preload adjustability.
Interestingly, the wheels are a claimed 4.4lb lighter than on the 750, which should make for some good times when the roads get twisty.
Priced at $10,299 MSRP, this new Dorsoduro 900 should prove a solid bet for people wanting an alternative to the Hypermotard onslaught.
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