Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 vs. Ducati Hypermotard 796

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By Brian Catterson, Photography by Kevin Wing

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 | Price: $9999

Dyno
Though its liquid-cooled engine is smaller in displacement than the Ducati’s, the Aprilia uses four valves per cylinder to make 5 more horsepower at a relatively stratospheric 9250 rpm.

Ergos
Only those long of limb need apply as the Dorsoduro boasts a dizzying 34.1-inch seat height and a rangy 24.6-inch reach to the bars. It feels like a big bike because it is one.

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train: DOHC, 8v
Displacement: 749.9cc
Bore x stroke: 92.0 x 56.4mm
Compression: 11.0:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Steel trellis with aluminum side plates and swingarm
Front suspension: 43mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual four-piston radial calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake: Single-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17
Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17
Rake/trail: 26.0/4.3 in.
Seat height: 34.3 in.
Wheelbase: 59.3 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.2 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 476/457 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 75.2 bhp @ 9250 rpm
Measured torque: 46.8 lb.-ft. @ 7000 rpm
Corrected -mile: 12.01 sec. @ 108.47 mph
Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 3.62 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 42/32/38 mpg
Colors: Aprilia Black, Laser Green
Availability: Now
Warranty: 2 yrs., unlimited mi.
Contact: Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. 140 E. 45th St., 17th Floor New York, NY 10017 212.380.4400 www.apriliausa.com

Ducati Hypermotard 796 | Price: $9995

Dyno
Though the air-cooled Ducati has just two valves per cylinder, it uses 50cc more displacement and desmodromic valve actuation to pump out 2.2 more lb.-ft. of torque than the Aprilia.

Ergos
Though the Hypermotard’s 33.6-inch seat height seems high, its relatively soft suspension and slim profile help shorter pilots plant both feet on the ground. The riding position has a pronounced forward cant

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train: SOHC, 4v, desmodromic
Displacement: 803cc
Bore x stroke: 88.0 x 66.0
mm
Compression: 11.0:1 Fuel system: Siemens EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Steel trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm
Front suspension: 43mm Marzocchi inverted fork
Rear suspension: Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake: Dual four-piston radial calipers, 305mm discs
Rear brake: Two-piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Rake/trail: 24.0/4.0 in.
Seat height: 32.5 in.
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.3 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 417/397 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 70.2 bhp @ 8000 rpm
Measured torque: 49.0 lb.-ft. @ 6000 rpm
Corrected -mile: 12.11 sec. @ 106.96 mph
Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 4.03 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 51/37/45 mpg
Colors: Matte Black, Matte White, Red
Availability: Now
Warranty: 2 yrs., unlimited mi.
Contact: Ducati North America 10443 Bandley Dr. Cupertino, CA 95014 408.253.0499 www.ducati.com

By Brian Catterson
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