I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I love Aprilia’s Dorsoduro series of bikes, and I think they represent the best value in a do-it-all, multi-purpose motorcycle. If I had disposable income, I’d probably sell my BMW and snap up a Dorsoduro 750, since I would get more use out of a lightweight 750 than I do a 1,200 cc sport-tourer. It would take up less room in my garage, too.
If you liked the 750cc Dorsoduro, but wanted something with a little more stonk, Hell For Leather has good news for you: Aprilia has decided to bring the 1,200 cc Dorsoduro to the U.S next Spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but you can rest assured it will undercut the Ducati Hypermotard by quite a large margin, while still offering features like Aprilia’s triple map ECU, available ABS and traction control. The 1200cc motor makes 130 horsepower, which should make acceleration of the 500 pound bike “brisk”. Fuel capacity, a complaint many had with the Dorsoduro 750, is increased to nearly four gallons versus the 750’s 2.9 gallon tank, and the Dorsoduro 1200 offers a fully adjustable Sachs suspension front and rear.
I’ll post pricing as soon as it’s announced, and hope to get you a ride report on the big Dorsoduro as soon as they hit the states.