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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The standard Dorsoduro has always been impressive; much more user friendly on the road compared to the larger Ducati Hypermotard and KTM, but couldn’t match the competitions on track performance. However the new stiffer racier Factory should narrow that gap if not erase it, and it’s even more mouth watering than before with lashing of real carbon fibre.

- Video: Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory vs Ducati 796 Hypermotard


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The engine remains unchanged on the Factory version which means you get 92bhp and 60.5ftlb or torque from the Aprilia Shiver derived 750 V-Twin engine. It’s really responsive, revs quickly and has enough punch on the road, enough for a top speed around the 135mph mark. Aprilia have also included an engine management switch which enables you to choose between, Sports, Touring or Rain mode. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The standard Dorsoduro is a little on the soft side the rear sits a little too much on the power, but not any more thanks to the new up-rated suspension. The Factory version has much less sag, both the front and rear are much stiffer, feels very hard. Up front the suspension is all new, 43mm Sachs items which are now fully adjustable unlike the standard version.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Factory shares the same multi functional clocks which first appeared on the Pegaso. There is a mode switch on the left handlebar which enables you to scroll through the informative screen, there is even a lap timer built in which records max speed, even fuel consumption. Up front the brakes are the highest spec, Brembo radial items. Compare and buy parts for the Dorsoduro Factory in the MCN Sport.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Factory (2010-2011)

Detail Value
New price £7,874
Dealer used prices
£4,880 (2010) - £5,510 (2011)
Private used prices
£4,400 (2010) - £5,010 (2011)
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Engine size 749 cc
Power 92 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The factory version gets a dash of real carbon fibre, ignition cover and front mudguard and combined with the red trellis frame and back finish gives the bike a quality look. The sculpted exhaust covers are now black and cover one of the best looking rear ends on road. In terms of reliability there is no reason to question the reliability of the V-Twin engine, Italia reliability stories seem to be a think of past.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

At £7580 is not a budget bike nor can it be considered cheap, but if you compare it to the competition it seem good value and it’s only a grand more than standard model. Italian exotica, with stunning looks, multi adjustable suspension, lashing of real carbon fibre, Brembo brakes, lightweight wheels and come is cheaper than most sports 600cc machines makes it a attractive buy on price alone. Find an Aprilia Dorsoduro for sale.


Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2008: Aprilia Dorsoduro launched.
2010: Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory launched.

Other Versions

Aprilia Dorsoduro: Standard version with more basic suspension and less carbon fibre.


Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 92 bhp
Max torque 60.5 ft-lb
Weight 180 kg
Seat height 880 mm
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 749 cc
Engine specification 8v V-Twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel Trellis
Front suspension adjustment 43mm fully adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Single side mounted preload and rebound adjust.
Front brakes 2 x 230mm 4 pot radial calipers
Rear brake 240mm disc 2 pot
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 180//55x17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Factory Dorsoduro


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Like the name on the bike, this is factory. Its totally the giggle factor, in sports mode out on the wiggly bits this bike puts such a huge grin on your face it aches when it comes time to put it away.

    20 November 2010


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Does anyone know the make or model of the motorbike trousers the guy on the ducati in the picture is wearing?

21 February 2012 11:25



Come on MCN get your facts right! How is the rear disc larger than the front ones? What else have you got wrong?


Apart from that, it's a great bike and a pleasure to ride!


05 July 2011 23:29

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