APRILIA DORSODURO 750 (2008-on) Review

Published: 16 May 2008

"A fun, real world, big capacity supermoto"

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"A fun, real world, big capacity supermoto"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Aprilia Dorsoduro is priced competitively cheaper than Ducati’s Hypermotard and KTM 990 supermoto, and still turns heads, is laden with quality parts and has clearly been designed and not just thrown together. The Aprilia Dorsoduro may not be as radical as the competition or Aprilia’s marketing department would let us believe, however this does make it easy to ride, not intimidating, making the Dorsa a fun, real world, big capacity supermoto.

 

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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Aprilia Dorsoduro’s high speed stability is excellent considering the bike’s dimensions. At low speed it also excels, you can really throw the bike around, it’s relatively light and the supermoto riding position enables you to carve up city traffic. However the Aprilia Dorsoduro slightly on the soft side for track use, especially when compared to the competition.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Aprilia Dorsoduro 749cc V-Twin engine has been stolen directly from Aprilia’s Shiver and remains virtually unchanged apart from different fuelling and obviously the exhaust. It’s down on power compared to the competition as it’s only a 750, however its not half bad. Power is smooth and progressive and it sounds lovely out of those two under seat exhausts.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

On face value the Aprilia Dorsoduro appears to be a quality bike, with quality components and even with a critical eye it’s hard to see where Aprilia has saved costs. The engine is all new, stolen from the Shiver so as yet unproven however going on Aprilia’s V-Twin history I’ve no reason to question its reliability.

 

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

As mentioned earlier the Aprilia Dorsoduro is cheaper than the competition and at £6649 it’s reasonably priced for an exotic Italian supermoto. Its also hard to see where Aprilia have saved costs, as the Aprilia Dorsoduro still boasts quality components like huge radial Brembo brakes, side-mounted adjustable shock and a fly by wire throttle. Find an Aprilia Dorsoduro for sale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

There’s a mode switch on the Aprilia Dorsoduro’s left bar, as like their own Pegaso, which enables you to scroll through the informative screen. As well as the usual information there an additional lap timer, max speed, along with all the usual information. The Aprilia Dorsoduro also boasts an engine management switch which lets you choose between Sports, Touring or Rain mode. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Dorsoduro in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

9 owners have reviewed their APRILIA DORSODURO 750 (2008-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your APRILIA DORSODURO 750 (2008-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 3.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Terrible

19 February 2013 by timmychen6

Okay. It was quite troublesome to get an account at the forum but I felt like I was responsible for the prospective owners of this bike. I got an Dorsoduro 750 abs here in Taiwan about 2 weeks ago. And due to the tax law and fees here, I had to... Read more pay around 17000 USD to get this bike. Guess what happened. The bike broke at the day I bought it. The dash board keeps showing urgent service and the throttle had no reaction. Plus the oil meter was never correct. (It showed half tank at max and randomly shows from 1~3 blocks, I thought it's coz it's new so it will take some time to be correct) The bike's fuel injection system just pump some gas periodically while the throttle was dead. I've checked other forums and people said it's like the safe mode for this bike. WTF, it happened at the first day I own it?!?! then after a while, I restarted the bike and it's back to normal then I thought it might be fine now. The same situation just happened the next day. then the frequency of this problem just got more often until it's in the "safe mode" which is not ridable and kept showing the "urgent service" at the third day I owned it. unfortunately, there was a long vacation here and I couldn't use my bike anymore for like 10 days. I finally managed to send it back to the dealer 2 days ago after that long vacation. The dealer told me that they can't detect any problem with the bike using Aprilla's computer, which means they can't find a way to solve it. I spent 17000 USD on a machine that I couldn't even ride and even having a mortgage for it. On top of that, it might not even be fixed although it's a completely new bike. This is totally ridiculous. Even if it's fixable someday in the future, I will be worrying about it's reliability like what simonpeyto said on the forum here. I don't want it to break down like that when I am riding at a high speed or in the middle of nowhere. It is a quite powerful machine though, although I could only ride it for about 40 miles before it broke down.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
1 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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2 out of 5

ITALIAN RUBBISH

17 August 2012 by mccracd

I bought this bike, with 4200 miles on the clock, just out of warranty. The bike handles lovely, really one of the best bikes ive ever owned. However, i have been plagued by electrical problems, it has been in a aprilia garage for over a month now,... Read more for over a month ive been listening to excuses after excuses, and to top it off aprilia just went on holiday so no more parts for three weeks. terrible terrible terrible, wouldnt recomend one to my worst enemy. Do yourself a favour, if you want an enduro, buy a KTM 690.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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1 out of 5

UNRELIABLE!

13 July 2012 by simonpeyto

I have a 2010 Dorsoduro, bought from new to commute to work on, under 12k miles and still under warranty. In the time I have owned it it has broken down 6 times! Faulty air pressure sensors, faulty exhaust and an intermittent electrical problem. It... Read more has been off the road for well over 3 months due to unscheduled maintenance. Aprilia seem unable to find a permanent fix. I have escalated the complaint to Piaggio UK and they don't seem interested. Unfortunately, my experience of this bike has been absolutely horrendous and arguably very dangerous when I consider the unfortunate places it has stopped on me without warning. Sadly, I'm now at a point where I am instructing solicitors to attempt to recover a refund as I simply cannot trust this bike anymore and the inconvenience and additional expense is just to much to accept.

Ride Quality & Brakes
1 out of 5
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Engine
1 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
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Equipment
1 out of 5
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5 out of 5

I love it!

14 September 2010 by Anonymous

The Dorso is brilliant! Sounds meaty and look ultra modern. I had one of the people i work with say it looks like something out of IRobot! I love it to bits and cant wait for its 1st service so i can rely open the taps and get the full amount of... Read more horsepower. It makes me smile every time i get on it... the only thing that makes me frown is when i look down and the fuel warning light is on AGAIN!! but hell i didn’t buy it to be sensible! Love it, love it, love it!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Love it to bits

04 March 2010 by snelling123

Took the recomendation of one of the previous owners ratings and just went out and bought it in September last year. Managed to get it run in by the end of October and had great fun doing so. plenty of useable power and great fun on the local twisty... Read more A&B roads of Mid / North Wales. Would probably now wait for the 1000 before buying a new one but hope it doesn't put on too much weight. I'm now just looking forward to a change in tyhe weather when I can get out and have some more fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Excellent all round bike

03 December 2009 by dirtriderjohn

I have been riding the Dorso every day for the last 6 months on a daily commute. The suspension setup was crap when I first got it, I had it properly setup by H&M and it is now superb (best £200 ever spent). Brakes are awesome and really give you... Read more loads of confidence to have fun on the bike. The engine is creamy smooth and lovely to ride, dont bother with sport or rain mode, they dont do the bike justice. Quality has been superb, one minor issue with hazards coming on randomly (Italian electrics)was sorted by a replacement throttle housing under warranty. The bike turns heads, everyone loves the look and the sound, people are always aking what it is. As you can guess I love this bike, and considering the nearest rival is the Ducati HyperM at several grand more expensive, it is a steal.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Wow!!

06 May 2009 by andrewbristow092102

Picked up my bike from Taz of Peterborough. Needed to switch the ignition mapping back from sport mode to touring for a couple of hundred miles as it was like a drag bike. My thigh muscles are now getting a work out hanging on as I'm now back to... Read more sports mode! Going out in search of the twisty roads as it's an axhilerating ride. Reccommend to anyone who loves adrenalin nut doesn't want the aching wrists & back of the super sports. Fantastick on town/b roads. Could sing it's praises more.... but I think I've made my point!? :o)

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Buy, Buy, Buy!

03 August 2008 by rst165

Traded in my 56reg Kawasaki z1000 for this bike and loving it. Its fun with a capital F! Test ride one asap you won't be disappointed. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Get one.

01 July 2008 by daviddtlor

If you were thinking of getting one,don't, just do it ! You won't be disappointed.Fan-bloody-tastic... Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
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Equipment
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price £7,932
Used price £4,300 to £8,200
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £59
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 92 bhp
Max torque 60.5 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Specification
Engine size 749cc
Engine type 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 186kg
Front suspension 43mm USD, preload/rebound
Rear suspension Single shock, preload/rebound adjustable
Front brake 2 x 230mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2008: Aprilia Dorsoduro launched.

Other versions

None.

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