2011 Aprilia Mana Review


With the introduction of the Aprilia Mana 850 at the end of 2007, the Italian manufacturer of motorcycles aspired to change the way people in Europe commute. Because of their emphasis on practicality, they may actually have been successful. The 2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS is a half-faired version of the original naked bike model with touring capabilities. It is powered by the same 839.3-cc, V-twin engine that produces 76 horsepower and 54 lb-ft of torque. Unique to the Aprilia Mana 850 is the intelligent continuously variable transmission that has the sequential riding mode and the Autodrive riding mode. This provides excellent handling and the ease of switching between riding styles. The Sport Gear Transmission separates the Aprilia Mana 850 from the rest of the motorcycles in this category.

The sequential riding mode allows the rider to change gears by pedal or by pressing a switch located on the handlebar. If the rider does not downshift when decelerating, the Semi-Sequential feature shifts down gears. In the Autodrive mode the continuously variable transmission does everything for the rider, who only needs to take care of the acceleration. In the Autodrive mode the rider can also switch between three transmission maps depending on the ride conditions: touring, sport, or rain. The touring mode provides the best mileage; the sport mode provides the best performance, while the rain mode is designed for slippery roads, allowing for a safer ride. Another thing that is unique to the 2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT is that the rider can switch between the automatic and sequential mode at any time.

Being a sport touring bike, the 2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT is equipped with anti-lock brakes. The two-channel Continental anti-lock brakes make for effective and precise braking on surfaces that do not provide good grip. A rather distinct design feature of the Aprilia Mana 850 GT is the under-seat fuel tank. The clever placement allows for an impressive fuel capacity of 4.23 gallons and a very useful helmet and storage compartment where the fuel tank is conventionally placed. Illuminated and lined with non-scratch, non-slip material, the compartment also contains a cell phone holder, a glove box, and a 12-volt power socket. This means that the rider does not have to carry around their helmet and other items. The fuel tank is placed such that it allows a low center of gravity and more effective weight distribution. The difference between the GT model and the standard model is that the GT model has an adjustable windshield and stylish fairing. The 2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT is a well put together, attractively designed sport touring motorcycle that offers some very impressive and innovative features.

New For 2011

  • New latest generation two-channel Continental anti-lock brakes are standard Half-fairing with adjustable windshield

2011 Aprilia Mana Specs

  • Model: 2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS
  • Engine Type: liquid cooled, four-stroke, V-twin engine
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.46 inches x 2.72 inches
  • Compression ratio: 10:1:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead cam
  • Induction: Fuel injection
  • Ignition: Digital electronic
  • Transmission: Sequential with manual or automatic mode selectable by the user
  • Final Drive: Chain drive
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.23 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Dual 12.6-inch stainless steel floating disc, radial calipers with four pistons
  • Brakes (Rear): 10.2-inch stainless steel disc, single piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork, 1.7-inch stanchions
  • Suspension (Rear): Single-piece aluminum alloy swingarm
  • Wheelbase: 57.6 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: N/A
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • For the 2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT, the Aprilia store offers a very convenient top box in plain black finish, with a quick release system and a handle for easy carrying. It has enough room for two helmets and a passenger backrest can be attached to it.
  • The backrest for the top box adds comfort for the rear passenger.
  • A rear luggage rack can be attached for ease and convenience when carrying luggage.
  • Aprilia Mana bike cover protects the bike from dirt and extreme weather conditions.
  • Aprilia adjustable windshield allows for a more satisfying riding experience
  • Aprilia adjustable shock absorbers make the ride even more comfortable
  • Side cases can also be purchased. They are easy and quick to fit and remove from the bike, and the semi-rigid construction allows for proper protection of gear.
  • There are several apparel options including several motorcycle jackets, hats and pants.

Key Competitors For The 2011 Aprilia Mana

  • Yamaha FZ1
  • Yamaha FZ6
  • Ducati Monster 795