2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro Review


The 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 has its roots firmly set in Aprilia's highly successful SXV supermoto bike line. Not deviating too far from its lineage, the 2010 Dorsoduro was designed and built in close collaboration with the Italian company's professional racing department. Created as a middleweight complement to its roster, the resulting Dorsoduro is one that brings a new kind of excitement to the track and the street. The bike is lightweight, incredibly agile, and a superb all-around performer. The difference maker is Aprilia's compact V-twin, 122.6-horsepower engine that's tight, powerful, and well beyond the capacity of its rivals.

Aprilia's Dorsoduro has a mixed trellis and aluminum frame that has fast become one of its most distinctive features. The lightweight durability and slender shape of its chassis allows the driver to become one with the bike, and enables it to produce exceptional directional control, instantaneous responsiveness, and the highest precision in its class.

One look at the Dorsoduro and you may think you're looking at just another naked bike. After all, with the lack of plastic body panels on the bike, the body work is minimal at best. But there is a reason behind the bike's sparse looks; the designers eliminated virtually every accent that didn't improve the bike's performance. What remains is a bike that is symbiotic with its rider. In fact, after just a few minutes of riding the Dorsoduro, you will have the feeling that it is more an extension of your body, than almost any other bike you have tried.

The Dorsoduro features a long, flat seat that pays homage to the bike's racetrack heritage, but it actually works very well in providing the rider with the freedom to find the most comfortable position for his riding habits. The sleek, twin, stainless steel exhausts give the bike a mean edge, while also serving to provide it with a more balanced weight distribution and a visual symmetry that's as cool as it is stunning.

With its 3.2-gallon tank and average 39 mpg, the 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 lets you enjoy a full day of riding without having to stop for a fill up. And best of all, with the bike's new Tri-Map selectable triple mapping system, riders can choose from Sport, Touring, or Rain modes simply by pressing a button on the handlebars. If you're looking for a burst of aggressive power, just select Sport mode, and hold on tight. Or, if you're out for the day cruising, set it for Touring and enjoy a smoother, more comfortable ride. Then again, if it starts to rain, just set it to Rain, and the Dorsoduro will provide you with the safest ride on slippery surfaces. No matter what type of conditions you find yourself in, the Dorsoduro will be able handle them with ease.

Even though the 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro looks and rides like a monster, it's totally modern and outfitted with the latest generation of matrix instrumentation, and ABS braking systems. The bike's two-channel Continental ABS braking system is specially calibrated to deliver incredible braking power and exceptional tire grip on dry surfaces. The all-too-common rubber brake hoses have been replaced by metal-braided brake lines, so the sponginess that's often a result of rubber lines is non-existent on the Dorsoduro.

Aprilia has truly outdone itself with the 2010 Dorsoduro, and the bike is clearly one of the best in the middleweight category. Whether you're looking for a touring bike, or you want an aggressive performer on the track, or both, the 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 delivers all that and more with a clean, minimalistic style.

New For 2010

  • Tri-Map selectable triple mapping system helps bring out the bike's more aggressive side
  • The bike's 749.9 cc engine, with its bore and stroke of 92 x 56.4 mm has also undergone some technological improvements, most notably the engine's advanced electronic management system
  • The Dorsoduro is now available in a restricted 25 kW version that delivers superior acceleration over its competitors

2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro Specs

  • Model: 750
  • Engine Type: V-Twin, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 92 x 56.4 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel injected
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.2 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 39.8 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 59.3 inches
  • Seat Height: 34.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 476 pounds (wet)
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • Comfort gel seat
  • Bike cover
  • Semi-rigid side case
  • Side case racks
  • Tank bag
  • Tank cover
  • Tank side bags

Key Competitors For The 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro

  • Ducati Hypermotard