2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 | First Ride

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2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro Review

On paper, Aprilia has merely upgraded a few things on the 2012 version of the Dorsoduro 1200. Due to this, the new Dorsoduro 1200 doesn’t appear to be the most interesting new motorcycle of 2012.

But while testing the new Dorsoduro in Sicily this week, I realized there were many improvements, beginning with upgrades that saved some weight.

The weight-reducing upgrades include new Aprilia wheels that are 5.9 lbs. lighter than previous models. This reduces unsprung weight and I felt this during my test as the “new” Dorsoduro is more responsive than ever before.

Aprilia shaved an additional 300 grams by using a thinner plastic mold for the front mudguard, and also saved some pounds by using a less bulky exhaust heat protector and a new number plate holder.

The 1200cc V-twin is also a little bit more powerful than before, but Aprilia didn’t reveal the numbers in the its tech specs. This is because Aprilia has now reached its upper end of this version of the engine.

Without actually figures, I can say that this version is between 130-135 horsepower measured at the crank. Again, these are claimed figures, and can’t be verified without a Dyno bench test.

The Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 also features an improved engine management system, which allows for even smoother operation than before. But Sport mode is still very fierce for aggressive situations, whereas Touring is preferred in most riding scenarios .

The 2012 Dorsoduro 1200 is just as fun as before but now it handles better and responds better to throttle input, regardless of what Aprilia says on paper.

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Photos: Milagro