Aprilia has just unveiled the new SMV Dorsoduro supermoto at the Milan show.
The power for the new SMV750 comes from an updated version of the 750cc V-twin used in the firm’s Shiver naked bike, which has also donated its basic chassis design to the new machine.
The V-twin engine, making a claimed 95bhp, uses a second-generation version of the fly-by-wire throttle system that debuted on the Shiver.
The back section of the chassis, cast in aluminium, is identical to the Shiver’s, but thanks to that bike’s composite chassis design, which combines an aluminium swingarm pivot with a bolted-on tubular steel front section.
The rest of the bike is developed specifically for the SMV750. The Showa forks are considerably longer than those on the Shiver, although they retain the bottom sections to allow radial calipers to be fitted, and the swingarm is a new cast-aluminium design.
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