APRILIA MANA 850 (2007 - 2011) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Aprilia Mana 850 is a sort of half-scooter, half motorcycle designed to be the bike for all occasions. For the weekday commute slip the Mana’s fully-automatic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox into ‘auto’ mode and you’ve a twist-and-go scooter; easy to ride and stress-free. There’s space for a helmet under the dummy fuel tank cover and a 12v socket for you phone charger too. A flick of a handlebar mounted switch turns the ‘Sportgear’ transmission into a seven-speed sequential gearbox for weekend blasts through the lanes. The Aprilia Mana 850 really does do everything is says on the tin.
Watch the Aprilia 850cc Mana take on the Suzuki SV650 Sport, the Honda Silver Wing and the three-wheel Pigaggio MP3 400
Watch the first ride of the Aprilia Mana
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||8-valve, V-twin, CVT gearbox|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||16 litres|
|Rear suspension||Preload and rebound damping|
|Front brake||2 x 320mm discs|
|Rear brake||240mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 17 in|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 17 in|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
12 of 17
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||75 bhp|
|Max torque||57 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||158 miles|
Model history & versions
2007: Model introduced.
Owners' reviews for the APRILIA MANA 850 (2007 - 2011)
5 owners have reviewed their APRILIA MANA 850 (2007 - 2011) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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These bikes are not only incredibly good, but because they are largely overlooked, they are an absolute used bargain! I shall start with the negatives - the standard Dunlops the bike is supplied with when new are not good when pushing on in corners, they seem to squirm more than they should, taking some confidence away when riding, then there is riding at speed, if you carry speeds upward of 80mph, due to the wide tank, the aerodynamics are such - that like a scantily clad lady in an Amsterdam shop window - your legs are constantly being pushed open, which does get tiresome (I should imagine, as I never go over the limit of course!). The tyres can be changed, so we cant include that as a real issue, the latter is unlikely to affect most buyers, as it is a naked, most naked bikes have an issue or two when pushed on toward the ton, so it wont be bought with top end speed in mind I'm sure. Thats the bad stuff covered. Now may I say how blown away by this bike I am. There is a crazy, ill conceived stigma with auto bikes, like you have to change gear to be a man or something, let me put that one to bed right now. This bike gets off the line VERY quickly if you want it to, and keep the power wound on, and it does not disappoint! The ride is good and the seat comfortable, the equipment level is astounding, and genuinely useful too. I thought the bike would be a pig to ride as I initially walked it about, as it felt a little weighty, but literally as soon as you pull away, this bike is light and agile, how do Aprilia do it?! Build quality is superb and the service parts accessible. The engine braking is effective and predictable, meaning when planning ahead on an easy going run, you shall use your brakes very little. When you do need to throw the anchor out, these stoppers do the trick, large discs and radially mounted callipers see to that. Due to the auto box, there is no better bike I have ridden around town. Where some bikes can be very tiring in stop-start or speeding up and slowing down a lot in and out of built up traffic, this Mana laps it up, this is where it really shines. I took this bike to the Snetterton BSB 2011, and like any other race track, its slow going getting in and out, I was so glad to be on the Mana, I can guarantee I was more relaxed and comfortable than any of the others I was travelling with. Honda have their own auto box out now, which I look forward to trying, until then, this mana is easily the king of the auto's for me (and most other nakeds)...
I have had many motorcycles and scooters and this has to easily be my favorite. It's a pure pleasure to ride and so easy around town. I have 7k miles on 2009 model so far and my only complaint is that I didn't know that the GT was coming out in 2010. I have done a couple 300 milers here in the CO mountains and it would have been nice to have the fairing and windscreen. Get one!
Had a go on one of these whilst getting some work done on my bike. Too pricey new but some good deals around 2nd hand. It has a nice throbby twin motor with plenty of grunt and the bike feels so light and compact. Decent quality with nice gimmicks like a huge LCD monitor display and metal shift buttons. The tiptronic is a bit of waste of time tho, as you can't really tell from the sound when to shift so just stick it in auto and let rip, I think from standstill this'll embarrass virtually everything through sheer ease of use. large storage area really useful and practical. Personally, i would prefer it half-faired with either belt or enclosed final drive. Narrow lowish seat suits shorties and women, get one for the missus and then nick it for joyrides.
I've owned my Mana since June 2008, and love it. I have returned to biking with a 6 year gap, and wanted a street bike without the nutter power level that most bike reviewers seem to be pushing, with good looks, handling etc. I have not ridden a scooter before, and did not 'need' the auto box, but thought that it was innovative, and liked the ride during my 2 tests enough that i bought it (first was solo, 2nd with the girlfriend, now the missus, on the back). The auto gearbox is great, and I usually use it in manual in the sticks for a more interesting/involved ride, and auto (touring) around town. The sport mode makes the engine vibrate too much (too high revving), so i don't use this. I have not used 'rain' mode much, amazing as i live in Belgium ;o) so cannot comment on it's effect. Givi luggage is great (3 box set, mono key). The 'tank' storage compartment is not big enough for a full face helmet (at least not my Arai or Schuberth C3), but as it has my alarm box, intercom box, ipod, preload spanner, side stand 'plate', tyre gauge, bungee net, registration docs etc. in it, it is very convenient. quality of the bike, and controls are very good. (the bike has a handbrake, as the gearbox is always in neutral unless it is engaged). shame it is chain drive rather than belt drive, as it is a pain in the a**e to lube the chain without a centre stand (previous bikes were Transalp with centre staand, and R1100GS with shaft, so no probs here with lube-ing). the Aprilia screen is a barn-door so i am trying to get a smaller universal Givi screen to fit at the moment (difficult due to instrument cluster overhanging headlamp, but hopefully will work when i get the time: riding at 120km/hr+ is tiring due to wind pressure). I had heated grips fitted, but these are uncomfortable (large diameter) and make the bars vibrate to a painful degree so they are coming off! (will try alternative: perhaps oxford grips). mirrors are not wide enough, or perhaps my elbows are too big. no vibration in them though, will try some aftermarket ones soon. The wife and I went to south of France from Belgium in summer 2008, and loved the ride, very comfy for both of us on the sweeping French back roads, but not so good on the autoroute (really needs a small screen to deflect the wind). Two-up performance is a bit more sedate due to extra weight, so may consider the Mana 1200 when it comes out later in 2009 (?). Summary: a great looking, reliable bike with innovative transmission. Would definitely recommend, and buy one again (perhaps a less tall version for the missus?) Graham
After 6 months ownership and 5500 miles I thought it was time to add my comments on this super motorcycle.As a 60 year old ex racer who values his licence, I have turned my back on sports bikes in this speed concious society.The Mana gives me the ease and laziness of my Burgman 650 scooter with the get up and go and handling of all but the most focussed sports bikes. Think SV650,ER6 and add an auto box and you end up with a Mana, but with some important additions: instant GO from the auto box (play with the 3 modes or manual change if you wish..but it really is not necessary) it surprises much bigger bikes and friends with 1200GS, Fazer 1000 etc know now to engage a lower gear out of corners etc or they will be left by the Mana! The Tank storage is great. Fuel consumption is averaging 60/61 over 5500 mls..ignore the instrument average as it is at least 15% too thirsty (I have read that it works on US gallons!!) Bad points: mudguard weather protection is bad, it needs a longer front guard and a wider rear; original Dunlop Qualifiers are too sports orientated and feel nervous at normal lean angles only coming into their own when "trying"...they lasted 5000 and now I have fitted Michelin Pilot 2's...far better feedback and surprisingly I am using more of the edge of the tyre! The silver paint on some of the plastics is coming off, not helped by constant washing due to the poor mudguarding.It is a fiddly bike to wash with loads of nooks and crannies..not good if like me you prfer riding to washing. I have fitted the Aprilia screen and also fitted a fender extenda, heated grips,knuckle guards and pillion mounted givi rack and the bikes suits me just fine. I have also converted it to belt drive (home made) and understand that the prototype had belt drive!! I suppose it was deemed a step too far for such an innovative machine to break into mainsteam biking....shame. Bring on the Mana Touring and Mana 1200