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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 £7,500 to £9,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
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

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