2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro Review


The 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro looks like a BMX bike with fat, nearly-smooth highway tires. On the black and white model, the gold forks are a true standout design though. The 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro looks like it would be as at home on a dirt course as it would on the road. That is intentional. It is a supermoto, a cross-bike. It may not be race-ready, but race-ready is where its inspiration derives. It could be prepared for track duty without excessive mods. Very similar to the Dorsoduro 750, the 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro has a brand-new, 1200cc, V-twin engine, angled at 90 degrees, that is cooled by liquid. With four valves per cylinder and a double overhead camshaft, the design does not break new ground. Horsepower output of 130, though, will cover lots of new ground as it speeds down the highway, or the track, as the case may be. Micro-nebuliser injectors do their part to get the ravenous engine the fuel it needs. The result of that injection setup is ideal combustion: clean power. Contributing to the clean power is a twin-spark ignition system, burning fuel all the more effectively. The 2011 Dorsoduro 1200 has a ride-by-wire throttle with three power modes: Sport, Tour and Rain. Aprilia was the first cycle builder to introduce ride-by-wire, and they lead the pack in the design and application of the technology. Traction control and anti-lock brakes add modern tech safety touches. Here is how the power modes are applied: Sport mode is for extreme performance, power unrestrained. Touring mode produces smooth performance, applying the plentiful power appropriately in all road conditions. Rain mode balances things out, reducing output to 100 horsepower in poor grip or wet conditions.

This style of bike tends toward the Spartan, by design. However, the 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro has top-end features. The instrument panel offers mixed digital-analog gauges, and has a dedicated event log memory for self-diagnostics. A control on the handlebar brings easy access to all information. The white analog and red digital displays are backlit by LED's, and have three brightness settings. Competition supermoto bikes have anodized aluminum-tapered handlebars. So does this machine. It is a great weight-saving touch and another node to the supermoto DNA. The clutch, hydraulically operated, is self-adjusting. No maintenance is required, saving time for riding thrills. The seat might intimidate shorter-legged riders, at just over 34 inches from the pavement. Tippy-toes at stoplights can be frustrating. The rear shock absorber is has a very steep rake. That is deliberate, to free up space for large exhaust headers. The engine breathes much better, which translates to more available power. So, a suspension decision increased engine efficiency. A side benefit for shock absorber is protection from high temperatures. The base prices run $9999 for the 750 and $11,999 for the 1200.

New For 2011

  • The 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is all-new for 2011 – a brand-new model to join the current 750, which is little changed.

2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro Specs

  • Model: 750 / 1200
  • Engine Type: Four-stroke, two-cylinder V-Twin, 749.9cc / Same description, 1197cc
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.6 x 3.2 inches / 4.17 x 2.68 inches
  • Compression ratio: 11:1 / 12.01:1
  • Valve Train: Double Overhead Camshaft, four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: n/a
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed with overdrive
  • Final Drive: Chain, 2.88 / Chain, 2.5
  • Fuel Capacity: Four gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: n/a
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Hydraulic Disc, 12.6 inches / Brembo with same specs as 750
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic Disc, 9.4 inches / Brembo with same specs as 750
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted Fork, 6.3 inches travel / Inverted Fork, 6.4 inches travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm, 6.4 inches travel / Twin Sided
  • Swing Arm, 6.1 inches travel
  • Wheelbase: 59.3 inches
  • Rake: 27.3 degrees
  • Trail: 4.6 inches
  • Seat Height: 34.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: n/a
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • Comfort Gel Seat
  • Continental ABS Brake System
  • Dorsoduro Bike Cover
  • Semi-Rigid Side Case
  • Side Case Racks
  • Tank Bag
  • Tank Cover
  • Tank Side Bags

Key Competitors For The 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro

  • Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO
  • Suzuki GSX-R 750
  • Ducati Diavel
  • Triumph Street Triple R
  • Triumph Sprint GT