With its roomy seat, upright riding position and spacious footpeg layout, the Aprilia Mana is supremely comfortable and user-friendly around town, although a lack of a fairing will make long motorway blasts something to be avoided. In typical Aprilia tradition the Mana handles too; it’s agile and stable through the corners, thanks to its stiff chassis, wide, sticky Dunlop Qualifiers and good quality suspension.
In ‘auto’ mode the Aprilia Mana’s 839.3cc V-twin motor has plenty of get-up-and-go around town. The throttle response is friendly in traffic and away from traffic lights making the Aprilia Mana as simple to ride as a scooter. For a more involving ride just click into sequential mode, using a button on the right handlebar and you can toggle up and down through the electronically operated CVT seven speed gearbox, using the up/down button on the left handlebar or the conventionally-mounted gear lever. Performance out on the open road is brisk but not particularly exciting.
We’ve said it before but Aprilias are fast becoming ‘Italian Hondas’ thanks to their superb build quality and attention to detail. Engines tend to be bullet-proof too.
If you’re after real ‘do-it-all’ bike, something that’s as easy to ride as a scooter commuting in the week and is as fun as a motorcycle at weekends the Aprilia Mana 850 is excellent value. But as a motorcyle just for the commute or just for pleasure it’s not such a good proposition. There are far cheaper and more exciting roadsters out there for having fun on and cheaper scooters to ride to work on. Find an Aprilia Mana 850 for sale.
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For a humble looking roadster the Aprilia Mana is very well equipped. It’s the first big motorcycle to have a fully-automatic gearbox, which also turns into a seven-speed sequential gearbox at the flick of a switch. Other features include a multi-functional LCD dash, a 12v socket for phone charging and storage under the dummy fuel tank, big enough for a helmet. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Mana 850 in the MCN Shop.