Friday, November 11, 2016

2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 unveiled at EICMA

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For 2017, the Aprilia Dorsoduro is back in a new, 900cc avatar. And it's even wilder, more supermotard-y than ever before. Should be a mind-blowing ride...

The Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 was introduced back in 2008, while the Dorsoduro 1200 arrived in 2010. The 750 is no more (not too sure about the 1200 though) and in its place we now have the new Dorsoduro 900, which has been unveiled at the EICMA, in Milan. This new supermotard from Aprilia is powered by a Euro 4-compliant 900cc V-twin, which pumps out 95 horsepower and 90Nm of torque. A new and more powerful Marelli 7SM ECU and a full ride-by-wire throttle management system keep the power delivery smooth and consistent, and ensure that the engine always works at peak efficiency. The three riding modes (sport, touring and rain) further optimise power delivery as per riding conditions and rider preferences.

The 2017 Dorsoduro 900 is equipped with a new three-level traction control system, which limits rear wheel spin by controlling ignition and injection throttle valves. This traction control system, which can be disabled by the rider, is linked to the bike’s Continental two-channel ABS that has been designed for sporty riding. Still, the ABS can also be turned off completely by the rider. Other notable bits on the 900 include its colour TFT digital instrumentation, optional AMP (Aprilia multimedia platform) kit that connects a smartphone to the bike to provide tons of (useless?) information, redesigned steel tube trellis frame with aluminium lateral plates, new 41mm Kayaba USD fork and new monoshock (both adjustable for preload and rebound damping) and newly designed 17-inch split-spoke wheels that are 2kg lighter than the old Dorsoduro 750’s hoops. Braking hardware on the 900 comprises twin 320mm brake discs with 4-piston radial-mount calipers at front, and single 240mm disc at the back.

Aprilia have a wide range of accessories for the Dorsoduro 900, including various carbonfibre and billet aluminium bits, a ‘comfort’ saddle, side panniers and seat bag. With a 12-litre fuel tank, Aprilia claim a range of more than 200km for the 900, which can probably also serve as a short- to mid-distance touring bike. Looks interesting and should be in showrooms early next year. Nice.




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