After first making the 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200’s owner’s manual available to Aprilia owners, then showing a photo of the Dorsoduro 1200 during Piaggio’s HQ launch in Milan, along with a subsequent video, Aprilia is now ready to officially tell us about its 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. Available with Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) and anti-lock brakes (ABS) as an option, the Dorsoduro 1200 makes 130hp and 83 lbs•ft of torque with its 492lbs curb weight (a figure Aprilia conveniently leaves out of its press release). The maximoto to the Shiver’s street-naked, the Aprilia’s 1197cc liquid-cooled platform is under-powered and over-weight when compared to the other bikes in the 1200cc category.
While Aprilia positions the Dorsoduro as a maximotard, we’re not sure how the lack of umpf and extra heft will go over with the sporty crowd. With rumors of a Shiver 1200 still circling about, and an early glimpse of the Tuono V4R already showing a 162hp machine, we’re still not sure how this 1200cc street-only motard fits into Aprilia’s model line-up, and how it will differentiate itself to potential buyers.
At the heart of the 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is Aprilia’s new 1197cc 90° v-twin motor. With ride-by-wire and a three-way user-selectable engine mapping, the Dorsoduro 1200 is a highly over-square power plant with its 106mm x 67.8mm bore and stroke. Dual-throttle bodies get the fuel into the cylinder, while a dual spark plug configuration ignites the hotness. Like its 750cc predecessor, the 1200’s motor has two intake and two exhaust valves.
The Dorsoduro 1200’s Sachs 43mm forks feature 6.3″ of fork travel, and both the forks and Sachs rear shock come standard with adjustable pre-load, compression, and rebound settings. Braking comes courtesy from the obligatory Brembo radial calipers up front, with a single-piston caliper in the rear. The optional ABS can be adjusted and turned off by the rider, with a dual-channel configuration allowing for the rear and front tires to be independently set. Along with the ABS comes the ATC system, which has three levels:
- Level 1: for an extreme riding experience and maximum fun and adrenaline, when curbing the incredible power of the engine is the last thing on your mind.
- Level 2: for total control in all terrain conditions and maximum thrill factor.
- Level 3: ideal for tackling challenging conditions, such as slippery roads where grip is poor.
The 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 will come in either black or white paint schemes, pricing and availability hasn’t been announced yet.
2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 Technical Specifications:
Engine type: Aprilia four-stroke longitudinal 90° V-twin, liquid cooled, double overhead camshafts with mixed gear/chain timing system and four valves per cylinder.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol
Bore and stroke: 106 x 67.8mm
Total engine capacity: 1197 cc
Compression ratio: 12.0 ± 0.5: 1
Maximum power at crankshaft: 130 hp (96 kW) at 8,700 rpm
Maximum torque at crankshaft: 83 lbs.-ft. (115 Nm) at 7,200 rpm
Fuel system: Integrated engine management system. Injection system with triple map Ride by Wire throttle management: Sport (S), Touring (T), Rain (R)
Ignition: Digital electronic ignition integrated with injection system
Exhaust system: 100% stainless steel 2-into-2 exhaust system with dual catalytic converters and oxygen sensor
Alternator: 450 W/6000 rpm
Lubrication: Wet sump
Gearbox 6 speeds, drive ratio: 14/36, 17/32, 20/30, 22/28, 23/26, 24/25
Clutch: Multiplate wet clutch, hydraulically operated
Primary drive: Straight cut gears, drive ratio: 40/69
Secondary drive: Chain. Drive ratio: 16/40
Chassis: Modular tubular steel frame fastened to aluminium side plates by high strength bolts. Removable rear aluminium subframe
Front suspension: 43 mm Sachs upside-down front fork with fully adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring preload. Wheel travel 160 mm.
Rear suspension: Aluminium alloy swingarm – Piggy-back design Sachs hydraulic shock absorber with fully adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring preload. Wheel travel 155 mm.
Brakes Front: Dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs. Brembo four-piston radial callipers. Metal braided brake hose.
Brakes rear : 240 mm stainless steel disc. Single piston Brembo calliper. Metal braided brake hose. Two channel Continental ABS with Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) (specific version)
Wheel rims: Aluminium alloy
Front: 3.50 X 17″ Rear: 6.00 x 17″
Tires: Radial tubeless tyres; front: 120/70 ZR 17; rear: 180/55 ZR 17
Dimensions: Max. length 2248 mm
Max. width: 925 mm (at outer edges of hand guards)
Max. height: 1205 mm (at instrument panel brow)
Saddle height: 870 mm
Wheelbase: 1528 mm
Trail: 118 mm
Steering angle: 27.3°
Tank: 15 liter (including 3.5 liter reserve)