APRILIA MANA 850 GT (2009-2011) Review

Published: 17 July 2009

"Much more than just a motorcycle with a big scooter engine"

APRILIA MANA 850 GT (2009-2011)

"Much more than just a motorcycle with a big scooter engine"

  • At a glance
  • 839cc  -  76 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The £6999 Mana 850 GT ABS is a clever bike and so much more than just a motorcycle with a big scooter engine. The new fairing and ABS add an extra layer of practicality and safety to a package which seems ordinary on paper, and a bit dull to look at, admittedly, but the Mana 850 GT ABS is absolutely fantastic in real life.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Mana has a proper motorcycle frame, chunky swingarm, new 17-inch Pirelli Angel ST sports touring tyres, upside down forks and radial brakes. This lets the Aprilia glide over bumps, and brake and corner a thousand times better than a scooter. It’s so much fun.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Aprilia Mana GT's 839.3cc V-twin has a CVT (continuously variable transmission), but also three ‘auto’ modes: Touring, Sport and Rain, to suit your mood and conditions. It can also be turned into an electronically controlled, semi-automatic seven-speed sequential gearbox with a flick of a button. It’s a willing lump and perfectly suits the effortless riding the clever transmission allows. 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

The ManaGT feels plush and well made, almost Honda-like in its build quality.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

Real bike spec and components, coupled with advanced transmission, comfort and safety features push the price into real bike territory – but not beyond. And it’s such a hoot to ride, as well as being practical, we call that good value. Find an Aprilia Mana 850 for sale.

Insurance group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The fuel tank is under the seat, leaving room for a big, easy to access storage compartment, large enough for a lid, where the tank normally is. ABS and a fairing add to the safety and practicality and all the controls are well laid-out and easy to use. There’s a mobile-phone holder and a 12V-power socket too. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Mana GT in the MCN Shop.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued 2011
Original price £8,174
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 76 bhp
Max torque 54 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 839cc
Engine type Longitudinal 90° V-twin engine, liquid cooled, SOHC with chain drive, 8v
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 227kg
Front suspension 260 mm stainless steel disc. Single piston caliper
Rear suspension n/a
Front brake Dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs. Radial calipers with four pistons
Rear brake 260 mm stainless steel disc. Single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 ZR 17

History & Versions

Model history

2009: Model launched
2011: ABS added as standard

Other versions

Aprilia Mana 850 - unfaired version, £6369.

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