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APRILIA DORSODURO 900 (2017-on) Review

Published: 28 February 2018

Aprilia’s big capacity supermoto with attitude

APRILIA DORSODURO 900  (2017-on)

Aprilia’s big capacity supermoto with attitude

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

This is a niche product and its update is never going to change this. But if you are into big supermotos, the Aprilia is well priced, has a high spec and rides with a spark of attitude that its naked sibling, the Shiver 900, lacks.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Through bends, the Dorsoduro inspires confidence. It’s not super-agile, but it is assured and when you add the safety nets of traction control as well as strong brakes backed up with ABS you can ride it pleasingly hard. The suspension has some adjustability, meaning you can dial out that rocking sensation you so often get on supermotos with their long travel suspension. Both the TC and ABS can be deactivated if you want to play the fool.

Engine 4 out of 5

On the throttle the V-twin is really smooth, which is a good thing, but the Dorsoduro’s lowered gearing when compared to the Shiver gives it a bit more of a much-needed zing. There is constant torque right through the rev range and while it isn’t the most powerful of lumps, it does respond really nicely with a pleasant throttle pick-up and lovely light clutch action.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Build quality appears quite strong, but Aprilia still suffer a bit from the perception that their bikes are unreliable. There are no major issues with the Dorsoduro 750 and the 900 is essentially the same bike with a longer stroke within its motor, so all should be good. The limited dealer network work is a bit of an issue.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Aprilia's Dorsoduro 900 is priced to undercut its main rival, the Ducati Hypermotard 939. There's the Yamaha MT-09, which is a bit supermoto in its outlook, that's considerably cheaper.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Dorsoduro comes with three-stage traction control as well as three power modes thanks to its ride-by-wire throttle, which is good. The dash is a full colour item and can be linked to a smartphone via the optional extra A-MP kit, which sounds all very impressive until you remember the KTM 125 Duke also has this technology.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £8,999
Used price £7,600 to £8,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £130
Performance
Max power 93.9 bhp
Max torque 66.4 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 896cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel with aluminium side plates
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 212kg
Front suspension 41mm inverted forks, adjustable rebound and preload
Rear suspension Single shock, adjustable spring preload and rebound
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs, four-piston radial calipers; ABS
Rear brake 240mm disc, one-piston caliper ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their APRILIA DORSODURO 900 (2017-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 900 (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
3 out of 5

It's bloody brilliant - when it works

05 March 2019 by ibanezmatt

Every part of me wants to give it 5 stars, and yet I can't. My shortened review is that it's just brilliant to ride. But there are just issues I can't get over.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The ride is on the harder side. The rear shock is very saggy from the factory, but harden it up and there's no problem. The front forks are okay for road use, but all adjustment being on one side doesn't fill me with much confidence. A £9000 motorcycle has no excuse to not have adjustment spread over both forks. The brakes are a little squishy and the rear basically locks up (even though it has ABS) anytime you want to actually use it, which is nice when you fancy backing the bike into corners, but not so nice when the nonce in front of you drops their phone. Despite my complaints however, they're above average for bikes in this price range in my opinion. An upgraded master cylinder on the front would certainly be a welcome upgrade.
Engine
5 out of 5
I love it. Simply put. It is an amazing engine. It pulls hard from nice and low, you don't need to be absolutely ragging it to enjoy it and it makes an absolutely wonderful noise. The gearbox is a bit poo, and hates going into neutral when it's cold, but otherwise, it's a bloody brilliant engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
Multiple parts of the bike are rusting (1700 miles on the clock). Yes, I ride through winter. Yes, I clean the bike very regularly and protect it. The catalytic converter bakes the inside of the chain meaning one side essentially is never lubricated despite cleaning and lubricating regularly. Makes it very difficult to stop the chain rusting (I've never had a chain rust in my life). It's been back to the dealer numerous times, sometimes simply failing to start up at all. It broke down on the first day of ownership due to certain fuses and wires not having been fitting correctly. The 'stainless' steel exhaust system is either not stainless, or of such low quality material it corrodes extremely quickly. Again, I have never owned a bike where my exhausts have begun to corrode, and certainly not within 1700 miles of use. (As comparison, I owned an F800GS for 20,000 miles - done in 2 years - which had zero corrosion on it anywhere when I sold it). The exposed brake lines corrode very quickly, so despite it being disgusting, lather them in grease and they won't. Perks of the ABS module being right at the front of the bike. Multiple screws and bolts were cross threaded from the factory which have since needed to be re-tapped and replaced to avoid the problem.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Other than it being a rear tyre and fuel eating machine, it's pretty cheap to run. Insurance isn't that ridiculous (considering). Though where the MCN rider claims to be getting 50mpg from, I have no idea. When I'm not hammering it, I'm only just in the low 40's. If you're a fan of wide open throttles and caning it, be prepared for sub 30mpg. If your commute is particularly stop/start, be prepared for the fuel light at around 65 miles. The bike is well overpriced for it's overall quality. Its key selling feature is that it's niche, and people like me (idiots) love big V-Twin supermotos. I should have bought a Hypermotard.
Equipment
2 out of 5
Nothing stand out whatsoever, given the price range. Especially when you think the KTM 790 is packed to the rafters in comparison.
Buying experience

Bought from new, from a dealer and they have been nothing but fantastic for me, despite my many issues. I ended up paying about £8500, which is about £500 below asking price these days.

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